Norfork


Also known as the Norfork tailwater, only 4 1/2 miles between the Norfork Dam and its confluence with the White, is the shortest trout river in Arkansas. However, this five miles is often the best trout fishing

anywhere.

During the summer, water in the adjacent section of the White often warms to above the preferred temperature for trout. They then seek refuge in the cold waters of the Norfork. Again in the winter, many turn right at the Norfork during their upstream spawning migration up the White. As a result, the Norfork has nearly as many state and line class records as the White, 20 times as long. Among the records are the former (now #2) 38 pound 9 ounce all tackle world record brown (beaten by another Arkansas fish), three line class world record browns (all over 30 pounds), the 2 pound test line fly fishing catch and release world record and the state record brook trout (3 pounds 12 ounces).