Norfork Lake is an annually stocked freshwater lake fed by the North Fork River with great bass fishing. It is one of Arkansas’ superior striped bass fishing spots, with specimens of over 40 pounds commonly landed by anglers. Night fishing is also popular at Norfork Lake, with anglers using lights to attract white bass and crappie. The best window for black bass fishing is September through May, but the lake also contains catfish, crappie, bream, and walleye.
Norfork Lake was built and is operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. It’s on the border of Arkansas and Missouri. A White River Border Lakes License allows you to fish in all areas of the lake. The lake has crystal clear waters and plenty of big fish. The waters never freeze, and anglers can enjoy fishing every day of the year.
There are size and bag limits for all fish. You can take home 6 largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass. The largemouth and smallmouth bass must be over 15 inches long, and the spotted bass must be at least 12 inches long. There is a limit of 3 striped and hybrid bass, and the striped bass must be 18 inches long. You can catch and keep 4 walleye as long as they are each 18 inches long. Crappie must be more than 10 inches long.
Anglers fish from shore, boat, or the handicap-accessible fishing pier at the Cranfield Recreation Area. It is legal to take some fish with spear guns – check the state guidelines to determine the season and species.
Norfolk Lake Fish:
Norfolk Lake boat ramps:
The following boat ramps provide access to Norfolk Lake.