Whether it’s Beaver Lake in the northwestern corner of the state or Norfork Lake in the northern reaches, striper fishing seems to be on. In the photo, these two gentlemen had a big day on Beaver Lake recently, catching their limit of stripers with guide Mike Bailey. At Norfork Lake, guide Tom Reynolds says the striper bite has gone from good to outstanding this past week. The week before, he says, his groups had a hard time catching any size or numbers; now they are limiting out in less than two hours on each trip. This past Saturday and Sunday morning his clients caught 10 limits of stripers in less than 24 hours. The difference between the morning and evening bite is the heat and timing. The evening bite is happening late during the trip; it usually starts at sunset and right after dark. The morning bite starts around 6 a.m. and lasts for two hours. This is especially great because the heat is only starting vs. the evening when the heat index is often 100 degrees. You’ll find Norfork stripers feeding in 40-60 feet of water. In the 40-foot range they will be on the bottom feeding. In deeper water the fish can be found in the 35- to 40-foot range feeding on shad. The good news is, walleye are very active there, too. Talk about a summer delight when you can catch some walleye and then put them on the grill. Trey Reid of Arkansas Wildlife TV has a great episode from earlier this season about grilling walleye. Now, we know not everyone can get up to north Arkansas, so the good news is that striper fishing for the central Arkansas anglers is good at Lake Dardanelle, according to guide Charles Morrison. He says stripers have been good on topwater baits such as Gilmore Jumpers and large poppers while they are feeding on the surface. Swimbaits and spinnerbaits, and chatterbaits with a scam shad trailer, have been working well while they are suspended, he says.