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Water BodyNorfork Lake Tailwater (North Fork River)
LocationThe Norfork Lake Tailwater flows from the base of Norfork Dam east of Salesville to the White River near the town of Norfork.
District Information
Fisheries District 2
201 East 5th Street
Mountain Home, AR  72653

AGFC Trout Program
Jeff Williams, trout management supervisor
(870) 424-5924
j_williams@agfc.state.ar.us

For generation conditions, contact:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 870-431-5311
Southwestern Power Administration - 866-494-1993

Click here for information about the AGFC trout program and trout management plans.
Constructed1944
Area Specific Regulations
  • Anglers 16 and older must have a fishing license and a trout permit to fish in the North Fork River below Norfork Dam.
  • Daily limit of five trout total, which may include:
    • Two brook trout (14 inches or longer)
    • Two cutthroat trout (16 inches or longer)
    • One brown trout (24 inches or longer)
    • Up to five rainbow trout (no length limit)
  • Rainbow trout may not be culled. Once an angler has kept a rainbow trout on a stringer, in a livewell or in a fish basket, it may not be released. (One rainbow trout longer than 16 inches may be temporarily kept in a livewell for measuring, weighing and photographing before being released.)
  • Anglers may use no more than one fishing rod or pole and must attend it at all times. No other fishing devices may be used to catch fish.
  • Chains or other objects capable of destroying aquatic vegetation may not be dragged.
  • Trout may not be driven, harassed or pursued with noise, objects, boats or by wading to concentrate them.
  • Fish that are filleted or have had head or tail removed may not be in possession while fishing from the shore, boat or transporting fish by boat.
  • Norfork Catch-and-Release Area (from the downstream end of Long Hole to Bill Ackerman River Ridge Walk-in Access, as indicated by signs)
    • All trout must be released immediately.
    • Only artificial lures or flies may be used (no natural or scented baits allowed).
    • All hooking points must be barbless.
    • Chumming is not allowed.
  • Dry Run Creek (Outflow from Norfork National Fish Hatchery)
    • Only youths under 16 and mobility-impaired anglers may fish Dry Run Creek.
    • All trout must be released immediately.
    • Only artificial lures with a single, barbless hooking point may be used (no natural or scented baits allowed).
    • Chumming is not allowed.
    • Anglers may use no more than one fishing rod or pole, and must attend it at all times. No other devices may be used to catch fish.
    • Fishing is allowed only from sunrise to sunset.
    • Mobility-impaired anglers may fish only from the pier.
    • Mobility-impaired card required for mobility-impaired adult anglers.
Major Sportfishrainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout
AccessPublic boat accesses are available at Quarry Park and at the confluence of the Norfork Tailwater and White River. Public walk-in accesses are available at Quarry Park, Dry Run Creek and Bill Ackerman/River Ridge Walk-in Access Handicap access is available at Dry Run Creek and Bill Ackerman/River Ridge Walk-in Access. A handicapped boater transfer lift is available at the confluence of the Norfork Tailwater and White River.
DescriptionThe Norfork Tailwater was created when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built Norfork Dam in 1944. The water flowing from the base of the dam was too cold to support the native smallmouth bass and sunfish population, so trout were introduced to restore the fishery. The Norfork Tailwater has since become one of the jewels of the trout fishing world, and supports a thriving tourism industry.