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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 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.

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

Tom Kelly with some big ole Crappie caught in Float Creek.Image title

The lake level is 555.15 and has droppped a little over 2-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. Keep it going. Our group of Norfork lake lovers got our fish cover permits this morning and will be putting out brush piles over several areas of the lake to help Blackburns Resort customers catch more fish. I hope other people do the same thing for their customers. We provide a map with their locations and they really work. We will show you when you get here. The surface temperature was just under 47 when I went out yesterday and both the main lake and creeks stained a bit with the the creeks more stained and a bit cooler. I saw only one other boat out there and it was Tom Kelly. He caught some nice fish too. The weather has been cloudy and cool with light winds for several days with the sun scarce. It is to get warm starting tomorrow and then cold for late this weekend. I will be out there until there is ice in my rod eyelets. The ice on the line screws up the drag and causes me to miss some big fish. A day or two off will not hurt anything anyway. I just like to be out there. Crappie, bass and white bass continue to be the best bite with large schools of small stripers showing up in the Cranfield area. Tom is fishing the float creek area mostly and is working our brush piles there with good success. He kills very few fish and turns many good ones loose under the dock after pictures. Bink is fishing the Big Creek area and doing very well on about everything using his spoon and green grub. I am seeing and hearing many more loons than normal and I like that. There was a roadrunner down by the dock yesterday. Blackburns is a bird sanctuary and we have many songbirds and herds and flocks of deer and turkey gather at out feeders. I like that too. We have hundreds of cardinals.Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free in our dock in a protected cove with launch and parking. No huddled up on a hillside here and we are open all year.

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 555.34 and has dropped one inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. Keep them going. The cool weather had dropped the surface temperature to just under 47 when I came in last evening. I saw no other boats out there and the fishing was slow until after 4:PM when they started biting until it was too dark to see. My last cast caught the largest fish which was a very large crappie. White bass, crappie and all kinds of bass are the best bite now. The weather is to warm starting tomorrow and should bring out more fishermen. Fishing is changing daily and you cannot go out once and write an accurate fishing report. You have to be out there everyday. Brush pile permits tomorrow. Bass are now on their normal winter banks. 

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

Caught last evening on the grub.Image title

Caught Friday On the 1/8th ounce Bink's Spoon. Blue and white. Image title

The lake level is 555.44 and dropping very slowly with continuous running of both generators. Do not touch that off switch for about two months and get us down to 548. The main lake is a little stained and you can see your lure down to about 4-feet. The creeks change almost daily. The fishing was not as good for me yesterday as it has been lately but I did catch a few good fish. I caught a couple of keeper bass and a few crappie. The conditions were exactly the same as the day before with very light winds but the bite was much slower. I saw no other boats out there and it was nice to have 30,000 acres to yourself. I am still using small grubs, slip floats with minnows and the 1/8th ounce Bink's spoon for crappie and the grub for bass. The surface temperature is still about 48 degrees on the main lake and the fish seem to want to come up shallow in the late evening behind the brush piles toward the shore otherwise I am fishing right in the brush. One thing for sure I am seeing a lot less shad than usual in this area and do not know for sure if they are there or not. They are usually thick and black out the locator by Robinson Island, In front of Panther Bay Marina and from Blackburns creek to the north bank. Not now.  Maybe some are hugging the bottom. The fish that are caught are very healthy though and we will have to get some very cold weather from now on for the water temperature to drop enough to have a shad kill which starts in the high 30's. The shad kill really helps short term fishing but it might be better if we did not have one this year. It is to be back in the 50's early next week and should bring out fair weather fishermen.