Lee’s Lite Line Guide Service is owned and operated by Robert Lee a full time professional fishing guide based out of Mountain Home Arkansas. Robert specializes in guided striper fishing on Norfork Lake as well as Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat Trout fishing trips on the White River and Norfork River. He established his guide service in 2003 and has since become one of the busiest guides on Norfork Lake in a very short amount of time. Robert and his family moved from the busy "city life" of California to pursue his dream of becoming a fishing guide in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.
Lee’s Lite Line Guide Service has grown tremendously because of 4 basic principals that he applies to himself; hard work, honesty, integrity and knowledge of the waters he guides on. When you add that all in with his fun and easy going personality, Robert makes fishing trips and family vacations here in Mountain Home Arkansas a great experience for all. My family and I had the pleasure of experiencing all of this first hand. We met Robert at Henderson Marina at 4:30 am for our trip and he had already been down at the lake since 1:30 am catching bait and making sure everything was in order to ensure a successful trip. Robert states that during his season of trips he is never off the water for more than 2 days in a row to make sure he is taking his clients to where the fish are.
Another important and attractive aspect of Lee’s Lite Line Guide Service is located within the name. He specializes in chasing those big Norfork Lake Stripers using spinning tackle and light line. Robert targets these stripers with 6 to 8 Lb line and explains “ there is nothing more exciting than hooking a 15-20 Lb striper on this outfit”. We can attest to that statement after our trip. We caught around 26 fish throughout the trip with a mix of nice size Stripers and Hybrids, watching the kids trying to reel in those fish on that gear was a site to see. By the end of the trip the boys were wore out from fighting all those fish.
On our trip Robert outfitted us with 6’ 6” Fishing Edge Rods and Shimano Reels spooled with 8Lb Andy Fishing Line. I had never heard of this line and he advised it was a saltwater line that he has been using years. He almost exclusively fishes with live bait over artificial bait almost 95% of the time. When asked why he simply stated, “I’ve seen what live bait can do. That’s why I use it. There are times when the fish go real deep and we have to vertical fish with a Jigging Spoon but other then that it is all live bait.” There are also times when he says he has to “troll” but prefers not to if he doesn’t have to. During the spring Robert says he normally finds the stripers “pushing the banks” in 25-30 feet of water and as the summer comes in he locates them from 40-50 feet but as deep as 70 feet at times. His best “big fish” times are in the early spring and in June and August. But as far as numbers goes Robert states that, “anytime is a good time here on Norfork”.
He also tries to make every trip a learning experience for all his clients. Roberts took the time out to explain every step he was taking when setting the lines and why we were fishing any particular spot. His personality is naturally easygoing and he enjoyed teaching the kids about his fishing. He took the time to point out on his graph the layers of shad and the stripers sitting under them as well as showing them the difference in the shad we were using. Explaining to them the difference between the Threadfin and the Gizzard shad and everything was explained on their level. That meant a lot to the boys and to myself. Robert even gave us a few spots for the following days we were going to be spending at the lake and every one of them produced fish for us.
If you have ever thought of booking a guided striper trip I would highly recommend contacting Robert Lee of Lee’s Lite Line Guide Service on Norfork Lake. Whether you are down for a family vacation or a trip with the guys Robert will put you on fish and help you stay on them for the rest of your trip.
To read the details on our guided fishing trip with Robert go to my Pro-Staff page and click on my Journal Reports.