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The stripers are schooling up

The Baxter Bulletin

Date: 10/17/2018 1:07:00 PM

Norfork Lake's striper bite is heating up. We are catching stripers up past the state line and in the south in the Big Creek area. Again, live bait is the best bait for both morning and afternoon fish

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Temps need to reach mid-70s for bite to be strong

The Baxter Bulletin

Date: 10/8/2018 4:41:00 PM

Norfork Lake's striper migration has begun. I have seen two striper guides fishing the Robinson Point area, but I suspect they are not having much luck. The latest oxygen report shows that area has le

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Striper action will return when lake temperature reaches low 70s

The Baxter Bulletin

Date: 10/1/2018 9:39:00 AM

The live bait striper bite on the lower part of Norfork Lake, near the dam, has collapsed. Last Thursday was our last good day, but it was very slow compared to the past weeks. On Friday I tried fishi

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Peel man arrested after motorcycle chase

The Baxter Bulletin

Date: 9/26/2018 8:38:00 PM

Alderman allegedly sped off east on U.S. Highway 62 E. towards Norfork Lake. Speeds during the case reached 80 miles per hour, according to the affidavit in the case. Shortly after he passed Arkansas

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Stripers and walleye are biting on shad

The Baxter Bulletin

Date: 9/25/2018 11:30:00 AM

The Norfork Lake striper bite continues near the dam, but we should see a major change in the coming weeks. I expect by next weekend we should begin to see a shift in the migration of stripers. With t

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• River: North Fork River
• Surface Area: 22,000 Acres
In the late 1930's, before construction of the Norfork Dam had begun, the local economy of Baxter County, Arkansas was deteriorating. The yearly per capita income had fallen to between one-hundred and two-hundred dollars, and in 1940 alone more than six hundred small farms were abandoned. Those who remained looked forward with enthusiasm to any solution that promised relief from their economic problems. Mountain Home, Arkansas, then the largest community, was described as having no prospect for new business and very few paved roads. When construction of the dam finally began in the spring of 1941 it was said that, "before the first shovel of dirt was thrown, or the first tree dozed down, the Mountain Home people knew that a new era had dawned" United States, History of the Corps of Engineers. As the largest nearby community, Mountain Home was to derive the most spectacular benefit for the Corps projects in the area. Centrally located between both Norfork and Bull Shoals Dam, few of its citizens could foresee the economic change Norfork Dam would bring to the poor agricultural community (Messick).

Clyde T. Ellis, who defeated Claude Fuller in 1938 to become the representative for the third district, envisioned a smaller Arkansas version of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Ellis made Norfork Dam his personal project and fought for it until construction began in the spring of 1941. Having won the election with the promise of cheap hydroelectricity, he hoped the dams would give rise to industry and lift the region out of the depths of depression. Ellis firmly believed that if Norfork Dam was built then the other dams would follow. Authorization for construction of the dam was included as part of the flood control act of June 28, 1938. Norfork Dam was to be one of six dams built to accomplish flood control in the White River basin. The act was later revised in 1941 to include Bull Shoals and Table Rock.
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