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Norfork Lake & Mountain Home
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White River trout fishing has been good with wax worms, red worms,
night crawlers, Berkley Power Eggs in yellow, white, or pink, corn
and Berkeley’s earthworm Buoyant spoons. Blue Fox and jointed
Countdowns have worked best when there is some generation. Fly
fishermen are having the best luck with olive and black Wooly
Buggers, gray sow bugs and scuds, or size 14 soft hackles. Browns
are coming in on Rebel Brown Trout jointed Minnow Floats, Flat
Fish and night crawlers.
Fork River fly fishermen are catching trout on midges in olive and
black and caddis flies in tan and green size 14 – 18. Spin
fishermen are using Blue Fox spinnerbaits, Cleo’s, jigs and
Roostertails. Bait fishermen are using crawfish tails, worms,
corn and Power Bait in various colors. Lake Norfork bream are
good with crickets. Crappie are good 20 to 30 feet deep with
minnows or swimming minnows, but if you start catching small ones,
move to another brush pile, because the large ones will not be
there with the small crappie. Bass fishing is good with any lure
you have confidence in. Fishermen are catching a few walleye
trolling with crank baits or stick baits. The catfish are being
caught by rod and reel baited with night crawlers, chicken liver
or stink bait and on trotlines and jugs with live bait.
LOOK OUT FOR
RARE BATS IN ARKANSAS
With the warm
weather in the Natural State and the mosquitoes flying throughout
the night, their main predator, bats, have emerged from
hibernation in Ozark caves to feed on these pests. Biologists
from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are on the lookout for
some rare bats that inhabit the state’s many caves and mines.
Arkansas has two very rare bats that inhabit dark crevices.
Many of the
16 species of bats found in Arkansas roost in trees in the summer
months, two species stay in caves year round. These rare bats,
the Ozark big-eared bat and the gray bat, will segregate into male
and female colonies in different caves during the summer and then
join together in the fall prior to entering hibernation.
Unfortunately, the dependence on caves has made these two bats
very vulnerable to disturbance by humans using the caves for
recreational purposes. These bats form tight clusters on the cave
ceiling and if someone enters a cave with young bats, which are
unable to fly until about a month after birth, the young may
accidentally get knocked off the ceiling if their mothers are
disturbed. Like many animals, the Ozark big-eared bat and the gray
bat are incredibly choosy about the site where they decide to
roost and they are only known to use a few of the 3,500 caves in
the state. Due to concern over their survival, funding is
available to protect caves used by these species on private lands
from trespassers and other unwanted visitors. While the gray bat
has responded well to management efforts, the Ozark big-eared bat
has almost been driven from Arkansas and there are only a few
hundred known to be left in the state. This bat is especially
easy to identify, as it is the only cave bat in the state that has
ears over an inch long, and which are often kept curled up on its
head when resting. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission would
like to survey caves or abandoned mines in North Arkansas that are
known to have clusters of bats in them during the summer and asks
that property owners contact Blake Sasse by phone at 501-223-6370
or by e-mail at
if such a cave is located on their land. Additional information
about these species is available on the Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission web page at
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