published October 29, 2008 by Ben Adams

Arkansas Fall Trout Fishing: Norfork Tailwaters

This time of year in the Natural State, there aren’t many better places to be than hunkered up in a deer stand. The rut is starting to heat up, and every hunter around the state is using up end-of-year sick days, excusing themselves with “Deer Fever” — a suspiciously annual pandemic around Arkansas.

Arkansas fishing, Arkansas fishing reportsBut over the weekend, with the temps in the low 60’s and fall foliage near its peak, I — almost guiltily — pried myself out of the deer woods for possibly the only other acceptable outdoor location this time of year: waste deep in the cool stream of the Norfork Tailwaters.

Most people already know this area of North Arkansas as one of the most productive trout fishing locales in the world, but when the weather turns cool, and fishermen-turned-hunters head for the woods, this beautiful region of the state becomes a forgotten trout-catching paradise.

During my visit, the water levels were almost perfect for wading, wooly buggers and San Juan worms were two highly-coveted trout dinners, the weather couldn’t have been better … and, oh yeah, I caught a ton of trout.

Check out this more in-depth article about the Norfork Tailwaters from Arkansas Sportsman in the Arkansas Fishing Forum. Get tips on reading the water flows, what to fish with, the best access points and more.


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