Norfork Tailwater

It is only two miles from the dam at Norfork Lake to the White River, but this short stretch packs quite a punch! Its waters are the place of fishermen’s dreams, sporting all four species of trout—rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat. During generation, wading is tough, but access by boat and drifting fishing is excellent. There are several public accesses on the river at low water. Ackerman’s accesses the lower part of the catch-and-release area in the lower part of the river and has premiere fly water for both the novice and the experienced angler.

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Trout Report 1/14/2017

Posted by Phil Lilley on January 15th, 2017


Finally got some low water on Norfork today, so I decided to drive over and do some wade fishing.  I got to the river around 12:00, which was right around when they shut the water off, and fished until dark. read more…

Trout report 11/24 and 11/26

Posted by Phil Lilley on November 29th, 2016


My folks decided to come down for Thanksgiving, so I was able to get out and fish with my dad for a couple of mornings.  On Thanksgiving day, we got out at first light and fished for about 5.5 hours.  The bite on 1/16 ounce Zig Jigs was good, and we ended up catching 42 trout (39 Rainbows, 2 Cutts, and 1 Brown). The biggest trout we landed that day was a 21.5″ Rainbow.  We caught several Rainbow trout in the 15 and 16″ range.  Both of the Cutts and the Brown I caught that day were small, however, I lost a Brown that appeared to be around 20″ or so. read more…

Norfork Tailwater and Spring River

Posted by Phil Lilley on December 19th, 2014


by NetBoy, OAF member – Spent the last 3 weeks in north Arkansas chasing trout on the Spring River and Norfork Tailwater. Weather was a bit chilly with lows in the 20’s and highs in the 40’s. Hot spot this trip was the Spring river. Also spent 3 afternoons on the Norfork since they were running the generators in the mornings. read more…