Our reporters from Norfork Lake, guides Tom Reynolds and Lou Gabric, both note that the striper bite continues to be excellent there as the summer winds down. Tom adds, “In fact, on Friday the action was so fast we finished up quickly so I invited a local who fishes by me to come on to my boat. We hooked up the other person’s rod who stayed in their boat and in another 25 minutes they both had their limit of stripers. I limited out the last four days very quickly… On Labor Day, my clients were done in 45 minutes.” Meanwhile, Gabric, from Hummingbird Hideaway Resort, said fishing has remained consistent over the last couple of weeks. And, while the best bite on the lake has been for striped and hybrid bass, the walleye and white bass are not far behind. “Our fishing guests over the last week have had a great time catching and getting great fights from Norfork Lake’s striped bass.” Lou says he and his guests on Tuesday found a lot of fish in 65-75 feet of water. Most were laying on the bottom. We managed to land two nice hybrids and a very nice walleye, and had a handful of other bites which we missed. Very slow morning compared to the last three days.”
Mike Bailey says that on Beaver Lake the walleye bite has been as good as the striper bite. Bottom-bouncers on gravel points are producing some nice “eyes.”
In southwest Arkansas, guide Mike Siefert says that on Millwood Lake it’s time to keep an eye for the egrets to lead you to a hot bass bite. “Watch for three to five or more of the white egrets standing on pads, stumps and cover in 4- to 9-feet-deep flats. These egrets are picking off the leaping shad bouncing on top of lily pads while the bass chase the shad in the flats from 4-7 feet deep! Find those egrets and the topwater schoolers and buck bass are not far away. The egrets are simply waiting their turn when the bass force the threadfin shad up into the shallow flats with nowhere to go except up and over the lily pads. …. It’s a feedbag fiesta near midmorning where you find groups of these egrets patiently waiting on their breakfast catered to them by the bass. Most of these buck bass are only 2-3 pounds but tons of fun to fight in the lily pads.”
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