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

The lake level is 561.27 and has risen 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with no generation for 20-hours but they did start this morning. Table Rock is at normal top of power pool with very heavy generation for several days. Norfork is 8-feet above top of power pool which illustrates to what extent Branson and the landing are protected at all costs. It is all about the $. It is to the point of being corrupt. The light needs to be shined on the people making these decisions and they need to be subject to public scrutiny instead of being anonymous.  It was a little cool when I went out yesterday but not too bad with electric gloves and sox. We moved the dock first, which is a daily event now, and we stuck near Blackburns fishing part way back in the creeks using the grub for bass. Saveral were caught but no picture fish. They were biting very lightly and you could barely tell when they bit except for the line twitch. The wind has to be vey light or you have to get out of it to use this technique. Several fish are between the bank and the brush piles just in front of the buckbrush in 10-12 feet. White bass fishing is good, crappie and bass fair. Several fish are being caught everyday and the lake is in good condition despite going into the spring too high to handle any future big rains. The surface temperature is still in the mid 40's depending on the time of day. When you get a bass on, try very hard to prevent him from jumping because they are spitting out lures badly with this light bite. Crank baits with treble hooks hold them better but you will not catch as many on them right now. Watch out for some debri on the lake when the wind changes but it is not bad though. 

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Caught fishing with Bink yesterday. It was 65 degrees.Image title

The lake level is 560.94 and has risen 5-inches in the last 24-hours. They started generating a couple of hours ago and it is stable when they run both generators and rises quickly when they shut down which is most of the time. The surface temperature was 45 degrees when I went out yesterday. It was a little windy but it died down about 5-PM and the bass started biting. Both places that I caught fish were on main lake cuts about 1/2 way back from the point to the back of the cut and I was using the grub. Slip float and minnow and spoon did not work for me over brush so I switched to the old reliable grub and it worked.  The fish were between the bank and the brush in about 10-12 feet of water. They did not bite hard and you could just see your line twitch a bit. No crappie were caught but 4-keeper bass and a couple of smaller ones were released. Bink caught a couple of walleye yesterday in 60-feet of water near the bottom on his 1/2 ounce spoon. They were the first walleye that I have seen in over a month. He caught several whites also but he can do that anytime. There was some debris back in the windblown creeks floating around and much more ready to float away when the l;ake rises more. Overall fishing is just fair for me but I am catching some good ones every day. It is raining lightly now. 

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

The lake level is 560.49 and has risen 6-inches in the last 24-hours with no generation for the last 20-hours.  They did start generating last hour. Tom Kelly reports fishing Float Creek and catchinbg some nice crappie. He says it is in good shape. The rise in water has floated some debris out there so be careful. The creeks with clay banks are brown but rocky banks are much more clear. There is still some runoff coming from the hills but the creeks have almost stopped. More rain is due tomorrow but not too much. The white river at Newport is at nearly 30-feet and they are finally trying to let out water. Do not expect to do much wading in the rivers for quite a while. If they can drop the level a bit in the next few weeks we will be in good shape. We have been working hard here at Blackburns doing improvements and things are really looking good. You will like it when you get here. 

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

The lake level is 559.14 and rising with no generation for the last 24-hours. It has risen 2.2 feet since yesterday and over 4-feet in the last three days.  We received a total of about 3.1 inches of rain. I had to move my dock two times already and will do it again soon. The creeks are muddy and there is debris washing into my dock stalls. More rain is scheduled for Friday. It is sunny now and is to get into the 60's tomorrow and Thurday. The creeks are still running but much slower now. The fishing has not been affected much and the bass and crappie are still biting but not great. White bass and a few hybrids are still between Mallard Point and Cranfield island about 45-feet down outside brush piles. A good place to fish now is Float creek. Go back until you reach the brown water and fish outside of it in the marked brush piles. Stay out from the bank as far as you can cast and let your lure sink over the brush raising your rod enough as you reel slowly to keep your grub sinking as much as possible. I will be out there as soon as I move the dock. The main lake is stained but is in pretty good shape. Surface temperature continues to be in the mid 40's and the danger of a shad kill is almost over. 

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

The lake level is 556.55 and has risen 11-inches in the last 24-hours with about 5-hours of generation. We have received 2.3 inches of total rain yesterday and today and the creeks are running hard and it is still raining. It is heading for 558 even if they leave the generators on but they will not. The creeks were lightening up a bit in color but that has all changed now and is worse than it was. There is debris in the lake and I am going down to move my dock in now. I did not go fishing yesterday.  The lake is not in bad condition but is about 8-feet higher that it should be going into the spring.