Whether you are a novice or an advanced angler, there is no better place to come enjoy and learn about fishing than the Norfork National Fish Hatchery. Within short walking distance from the hatchery is the Norfork Lake Dam, a common place to find anglers out wading and launching boats to try their hand fishing the fabled trout waters of the Norfork River. The Norfork River is 5 miles long and can be fished from the banks in certain designated spots along the river or by boat the entire length.
Please remember that the water levels fluctuate based upon electricity demand and flood control. If you are wade fishing in either the Norfork or White Rivers, please take proactive precautions by seeing the estimated generation schedules below for these waterways. A siren will sound if you are fishing at either Norfork Lake Dam or Bull Shoals Lake Dam but if you are fishing further downstream from these locations, please keep an eye out for rising water as fluctuations in the water levels rise and fall quickly without the aid of the siren warning you.
FISHING NORFORK RIVER
Fishing on the Norkfork River is exceptional and provides an opportunity to catch, what we call in the fly fishing world, a grand slam, when all four trout species are caught; brook, brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. The Norfork River provides an opportunity to catch a true, record-breaking, trophy trout, not to mention large numbers of fish throughout the day. This incredible watershed once held the world record Brown Trout in 1988 with a fish that weighed almost 39 pounds, still the second largest brown ever caught behind the biggest, a 40-pound 4 ounce bruiser caught on the Little Red River in Arkansas.
The Norfork River's five mile stretch has produced hundreds of 10-pound Brown Trout, including a 34 pounder, and 38. The current state record Brook Trout was also caught in the Norfork River that weighed in at 5-pounds. Anglers and Guides have witnessed even bigger fish in the depths of this river that, if caught, would regain the title as the biggest Brown Trout waters in the world.