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Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Tom Kelly is a good fisherman and can work that spoon.Image title

Lake level is dropping again and is at 550.13 with heavy generation for the last several hours. Tom Kelly caught some nice temperate bass yesterday and I did not do so well. Crappie and walleye fishing has sure slowed for me and if it was not for bass I could not catch anything at all. Maybe I need to get some shad and troll open water. (not likely) I am seeing some dead shad on the wind blown banks for some reason. The lake tries to clear and then gets green again.  It seems to change daily. Something weird is going on but I do not know what. It is not only the level drop as this happens every year. I hope it does not carry over to diving season as it did last year. The last flood really changed things with the water staying so high for so long. There are many more dead trees part way in the water. They should make for more cover in the spring. The level is where I like it for this time of year.  We received almost an inch of badly need rain and it all sunk in. Traitor and recruiter Joe from Olatha is finally gone. We are glad. Maybe he will not come back.  Are there no lakes in Kansas? If you have trouble on the lake do not call him as he will not help. It is a beautiful day and I will try and spoon up a few fish. We are doing some work on the dock and cabins now and you will like it when you get here. No price increases next season and we still have a free boat stall for you. Our new 150 MG internet is working nicely. It costs a lot but we have good coverage. We will suck it up. 

December 14th,2017 Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comments)

Caught these and more today.Image title

Lake level is 550.31 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24 hours with some heavy generation. it could rain several inches if it was not a gully washer and the lake would not rise we are so dry. Nice weather for the next week with no cold weather. Lake is in good condition but fishing is not the best. Binks caught some good ones this morning. I better get out there. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

It was windy. Bad hair day. Image title

The lake is still dropping and is at 550.77 and they are running two generators now. We are having rollercoaster temperatures with highs near 70 one day and in the 40's the next. It is very dry and there is a burn ban on. The lake is in good condition. I went out yesterday looking for walleye and could only catch white bass which do not count and started looking for bass again. I found them a little after 4:Pm and caught several good ones on the grub until dark. Crappie fishing, which had been good for me for several weeks, has slowed and I will have to change my tactics. They might be moving shallow in the evenings. There is a lot more cover and dead logs near the shore than before caused by the flood.  We will find out. The bass are. It sure cools down fast at sunset. Stripers are in the back of float creek and by point 1-D in Bennets with some hybrids.  I will stick to walleye, bass and crappie for now.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is still dropping a bit with several hours of running one generator. We are now at 550.90 and the surface water temperature was 55.6 when I went out yesterday and the lake is clearing. Tom Stanton and Mike Eakle went out and caught 4 nice stripers in the float creek area but it was not easy.  They were trolling umbrellas. I went crappie fishing and they were not biting at all for me so I went after bass.  They were biting. I caught my limit including largemouth, smallmouth and Kentucky. They were next to cover about 10-12 feet from the bank on steep river channels. I was using a small grub. I had on a nice walleye but someone had removed my net from my boat and forgot to put it back . I released them all anyway but the walleye was a quick release at the side of the boat. It is not a nice sound when you hear that pop. The net is back in the boat now but it is usually tangled up in other poles anyway. I need to get more organized some day but have a hard time getting that serious. I just like to be out and really enjoy the peace and quiet and not fishing under pressure. It was a beautiful evening and the wind dropped to about right at 4:pm when the fish started to bite. I have been writing a fishing report for 20-years now since I took over for my friend Gary Sperry who passed. He was a good striper fishermen.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Over 15 lbs. won the Bassmaster Qualifier on the last day. Blackburn's guest Beau Govreau from St. Louis got 2nd place after winning the team championship with his brother Brett.  Ryan Butler won. The Bassmasters play the National Anthem every day before every event and there was no setters or kneelers there. Good organization. Glad to have them. The fishing was much better Saturday after fog, late start, calm wind and cold weather hampered the day before with only 1/2 of the finalists catching fish.  I will give it a try this afternoon as boat traffic is way down. Need to catch a few crappie and bass. Having withdrawals. Guests are out striper fishing this morning. We will see how they do. White bass are everywhere but they do not count.