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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 with one nice hybrid. Released under the dock. Image title

The lake level is 552.50 and is exactly what it was at this time yesterday. Surface water temperature was 58 when I came in last evening and the dock was very busy. Both fish cleaning stations were going full blast. People reported catching many bass on creature baits and plastic worms while setting in 25-feet of water and casting to the bank. A few crappie were caught but not a lot. The red meat fishermen caught several white bass and a few small stripers and hybrids. I convinced them to turn the stripers loose as they were only 5-7 lbs. and too small to keep. It is a shame to kill them.The gulls are starting to come back so fishermen are now able to find the shallow shad more easily. They were having a hard time until yesterday and had fished for several days with very little success. A few stripers are still being caught at dark on stick baits with most of them in the Bennetts area. It is getting personal with me about walleye fishing. Usually I can catch them just at sunset on bass assassins but not now. They were no where to be seen scuba diving in late October on main lake points after lake turnover at 20-feet as normal. They must still be in open water on shad but the reports of people catching them are rare. Spooners should be getting some. Many were caught in hot weather deep. The weather is beautiful with highs near 60 for several days. Come join the fun. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. 

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

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It was pretty cool when I went out yesterday afternoon and the wind was from the north which is not a good sign for the middle of November. I have some very nice electric gloves I received for my birthday and they work well but it is hard to cast with them on. There were two other boats out together and that was all. I called several customers and told them to postpone their fishing trip until Thursday unless they want to freeze. It does not seem to affect people from Chicago as much as me. When there is ice in the eyelets i am done. It messes the drag up anyway. I went crappie fishing and caught several and then went north of Cranfield Island just at dark and tried a stickbait on the bank and caught two stripers but they were only 6 or 7 pounds and too small to keep.(very seldom keep stripers anyway unless they are caught deep). These swam away quickly to grow a bit. The crappie were ok but not the giants wanted. It is just very much appreciated to be able to get out.  It is cold today but it should break by tomorrow afternoon and very nice for the weekend. If you are not staying at Blackburns you are paying too much. Give the difference to the disabled Veterans. We are open all year and have live bait. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. The lake level is 552.57 and dropping a little more than 1/2 inch in a 24-hour period with a few hours of running one generator. The surface temperature is just under 60 on the main lake and much colder back in the creeks. 

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

I waited until the sleet and rain stopped about 3PM and went out until it started again at dark. The surface temperature was just over 60 and the wind was from the north. I was the smartest, most handsome and the best fisherman out there. I caught 10 crappie, one nice bass and two big bluegill and put them in the trophy pond. Again the bite was slow until the sun set and they they bit pretty good until dark and then completely quit. 4-5 PM is the best evening bite now but that could change. It is sunny and unseasonable cold now but is to get nice again by Friday and continue through the weekend. The lake level is 552.62 and has dropped just a bit with a few hours of running one generator. I would like to see the level at about 548 going unto the spring. At least below 550. Blackburns brush piles are producing good crappie, bass and bluegill but not much else. The walleye are still eluding me. White bass and a few hybrids are coming up in float creek early AM and then go down with the sun rise to about 25-ft suspended. Our normal high is 58 degrees and it will be nice to see that again this weekend when we have another big group of fishermen coming in. They are taking advantage of Blackburns low priced off-season rates and a free boat stall. We have live bait and are open all year. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. We are the closest to Mountain Home, dining and shopping. You can launch your boat, put it in a stall to fit your boat (not one size fits all) park your trailer in our lot and not worry about anything until you are ready to go. It is a good set up. You will like it.

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

Nice one caught by Bink's Guide service on his spoon. The morning is the best bite.Image title

John Bornhop caught these in the morning. He is a good crappie fisherman.Image title

It was about 50 degrees with no wind when I went out yesterday afternoon. The lake was like glass and the fish were not biting very well for me. The morning bite was much better. Surface temperature was just under 62 degrees and the main lake was clear and the creeks stained. I fished for about an hour and a half and caught 5 keeper fish all in different places. Crappie, bass and bluegill were biting slowly compared to early morning. It did get a little better at sundown but quit at dark.  It is to be very cold for the next few days with temps rebounding nicely by Friday to the high 50's. Our normal high is 59. I am seeing no evidence of the night bite for striper and most of the ones caught in the morning are small. I was forced to winterize several cabins this weekend but still have several more open and will be open all year. The first frost and cold wave came early but it is still too soon to predict fishing and weather for the fall. You just have to be out there everyday and check things out. A week old fishing report is no good. I saw no surface activity on the lake and it would have been evident with the calm waters. These cold fronts really do affect fishing. Blackburns still has the best prices on both cabins and boat rental and have live bait and are open all the time. Come on down.

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

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The lake level is 552.59 and rising a bit with no generation. The surface tem[perature is in the low 60's and the lake is clearing nicely. The moon is getting bigger now and the morning bite has improved greatly and has now surpassed the evening bite as predicted. Fish are pushing the shad up all over the lake in the early AM and fish are also moving to cover from the open water. Crappie, bass and white bass are the best bite now and a spoon is the best lure. If you see fish coming up cast the spoon to them and hop it back to the boat keeping it from sinking as much as you can. Minnows, grubs tipped with minnows and the 1/8th ounce Bink's spoon are all working for crappie on 25-ft. brush. I have no reports of the night bite for stripers but most of my guests have just left with the prediction of cold and snowy weather. Monday and Tuesday do not look the best weatherwise but nothing severe. The lake in general is in excellent condition.Our normal high is 60 and we will not get anywhere near to that until later on next week. The people wanting summer to be over are really getting their wish. I caught some good fish but would rather show off this picture of my father and his brothers. I am more proud of them than any fish.