Norfork Lake fishing report: Oct. 25, 2017

Tom Reynolds, STR Outfitters

Stripers, walleye, bass and crappie are on their fall feeding pattern in Norfork Lake. Both live bait and artificial baits are working well. Stripers and walleye are hitting small- to medium-size shad. Crappies are biting on minnows, small spoons and jigs. Bass are being caught on the topwater using spinners, jigs, worms and spoons. Find the shad, and the fish will be nearby. 

 The stripers continue to be active around Robinson Point in the morning. The colder the water gets, the longer the bite will last. The upper end of Norfork Lake is still producing the most fish. The best bite has begun around 10 a.m. and lasts into the afternoon. Start looking for shad and stripers at Calamity Beach and work your way up past Lick Creek. Find the bait, and the stripers and walleye will be there. The best bait is a mid-size gizzard shad about 4  inches long. Both the walleye and stripers are taking them.

Big Creek will also be holding fish from Reynolds Island to 1C and past. We are catching walleye on every trip. They have been staying in the 20-foot range after sunup, but you can catch them very shallow at first light. We have caught them from the Stump Hole to past point 10. Right now is the time to book your walleye trip or get out and troll shad raps and swim baits in 10 to 30 feet of water above the state line. The hot spots for crappie are the Fout area and near 1C in Big Creek. The crappies are biting on minnows, small spoons, and jigs on brush piles in 20 to 30 feet of water.

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