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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 554.91 and rising with no generation and heading back to 555. If they cannot manage it in January they do not have a chance in the spring. Hold and hope is not a good strategy. The surface temperature dropped just a bit with the snow to about 45 degrees and should drop a little more as it melts. It should be about gone by tomorrow. The snow always clears the lake some. The wind blew itself out last evening and it is sunny with very light winds now. Good for grub fishing for bass. You can see the light bite with the line twitch. Diamond Bay, Float Creek and Big creek are good places. White Bass and small Hybrid  continue to bite well on spoons in open water and the schools are scattered at different depths but many are from 101 bridge almost to Cranfeld Island. The fronts continue to move through often and fishing is reduced with the cold fronts. I am still looking for walleye but cannot find any. They usually move up river in February but that seems to be getting less and less each year with mostly small ones caught. I saw so many this summer diving that i know they are there but they do have a high mortality rate with very few keeper fish released. People prize them very much. I would like to see more stocked. You can talk about pressure cooking gar, using a scoring machine for carp and cutting the red meat off temperate bass but not much beats Norfork lake walleye and crappie. Kentucky Bass, Bluegill and flathead catfish come close but no cigar. Going out now to try and catch some more bass. See you out there. I will be wearing electric socks, electric gloves and an electric coat. Am not much for cold weather. I spent time in both Northern Maine and Minnesota and have had all of the Ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and shoveling I want for a very long time. A very long time. I do like Norfork Lake winter Bass and crappie fishing though. 

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 554.80 and rising with generation cut way back. We received about 0.4 inches of rain last night and enought snow to cover the ground today. It has stopped now. They had better keep generating or risk looking very foolish in the spring. We will see what the nasty white stuff does to the surface temperature when I leave to go bass fishing in a few minutes. It is grub time on the bottom now. I caught some very nice crappie yesterday and a few keeper bass. Mike Eakle caught a bunch of white bass and small hybrids on the west wide of the 101 bridge about where the old Eagle's Nest resort used to be on the spoon and some very large crappie on Blackburns Brushpiles. The red meat fish are very easily caught but not very many stripers over 10-lbs. This is a good time to catch big bass but you have to work for them but the white bass and small hybrids are very abundant. I am still not seeing as many shad as normal and more schools of them are holding predator fish making them easier to catch. Shad are coming to dock lights at night bringing a lot of white bass to them. It is to warm back up Monday.   

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

The lake level is 554.73 and has risen one inch in the last 24-hours after they quit generating for 16-hours. I thought it was too good to be true. They did start up again a few hours ago. We need to be about 6-feet lower going into the spring. Surface temperature was 47 when I went out yesterday and the wind was very light. i founf some more schooled fish on the way to my fishing spot and dropped a spoon hoping for a a walleye. No such luck, they were only small hybrids and white bass and not worth a picture. They were on the north side of the lake 1/2 way west of the Mallard Point docks in front of the cross.  I did catch some nice bass on the brush on a spoon but crappie fishing has slowed for me a bit. I was catching big ones everyday but not now. One day on one day off. Big bluegill are biting pretty well though along with bass and white bass. The open water fishermen are finding red meat fish but are doing quite a bit of looking. There are many small hybrids (less than 7-lbs) and white bass being caught but few keepers. Not many boats out there. 

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

The lake level is 554.68 and has dropped almost 3-inches in the last 24-hours despite about 0.4 inches of rain last night with both generators running continuously. The surface temperature was almost 48 yesterday when I went fishing. I went to a brush pile between cow point and the 101 bridge on the north side and there were schooled fish there but they were only small hybrids and white bass so I went across the lake to another one and fished for crappie. It started out slow but got better at sunset. It was in the high 40's and the wind was light. I was both spooning and casting the grub over the brush and letting it sink and caught three nice bluegill, a bass and two crappie. Nothing big. We will put in more brush piles today and then go fish. The full moon is the 21st and we are to get more rain and the wind is to pick up with fronts going through almost continually. Please keep generating. The lake is in excellent general condition for fishing. Blackburns still has the best prices on cabins and do not charge you for the first boat stall. Why pay more?

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

The lake level is 554.93 and has dropped a little over 2-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. That is good. More rain may be coming.  It was a little warmer yesterday when we went out to put in brush piles. We are off to a good start and have some good ones with more on the way. The surface temperature is still just about 47. We are to be in the 50's for a couple of days and then to get cold Saturday night and Sunday. It is the back side of January and the days are getting longer and the moon is getting bigger. I never have very good luck with the clear skies and big moon but did catch a few bass. The big crappie were not biting very well.  Will try again a little later today. Winter fishing has been just fair for numbers but some big fish are being brought in every day by the few people that are out there. The spoon did not work for me yesterday and the grub was all I caught anything on.  I still am not seeing very many shad.