Norfork River Fishing Report

The name Norfork is a condensed idiom of North Fork and refers to the North Fork of the White River. This 110 mile river starts near Mountain Grove, Missouri, and flows south through Mark Twain National Forest, but the most exciting section is the last five miles before it empties into the White.


In the depressed years of the late 1930’s, officials in the state of Arkansas lobbied hard for federal assistance in an effort to create a miniature version of the Tennessee Valley Authority. They succeeded with the 1940’s construction of a dam on the Norkfolk River and the creation of Norfolk Lake. Anglers can be grateful for an unintended consequence - the prized tailwaters below the lake.

This section of river benefits from cold water releases from the dam that provide ideal trout habitat. For anglers the result is nothing less than spectacular. In 1988 a 38.9 ounce German brown was caught, the second largest ever recorded worldwide. Also pulled from this tailwater  - a brook weighing over 5 pounds that still holds the Arkansas record.

Although it’s possible to wade in certain sections, public access is limited through the middle of this section; most prefer to float and fish the whole run. Fish are abundant, stocked by the Norfork Hatchery near Quarry Park; the river is home to browns, rainbows, cutthroat and brook. On average, trout range from 12-14 inches but 20 inchers are quite common. Spirited anglers compete in what’s known as “the slam,” or catching all four species on the same day.

Before booking a trip, keep in mind that water levels are subject to change, access for wading is limited, and the middle third is strictly catch and release.
 
Additional Information
Tributaries:
The Norfork River is a tributary of the White River
Source:
Wright County, Missouri
Mouth:
White River
Length:
109 miles
Seasonal Conditions
Season
Hatches
SpringPale evening duns, spotted sedges, light cahill, terrestrials, midges, crawfish, scuds, sculpins, minnows and sowbugs, march brown and sulphur, cinnamon sedges
SummerWhite drake, terrestrials, midges, crawfish, scuds, sculpins, minnows and sowbugs
FallBlue winged olives, terrestrials, midges, crawfish, scuds, sculpins, minnows and sowbugs
WinterBlue winged olives, midges
Latest Guide Fishing Reports
Guide Reports
Flows have been off most days until lunchtime at least, sometimes later. There is good wade fishing on low water with midges, caddis, and scuds. Root Beer midges are a favorite, Sunday ... moreSpecials and Hunchback scuds are staples too, and a variety of soft hackles work great as caddis emergers. It’s a hoot to fish a bushy caddis like an Elk Hair with a midge dropper through the riffles.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Thursday, 28 Apr, 2016
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