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

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The lake level is 555.65 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with minimal generation. It was a beautiful day with ambient temperature in the early 70's and sunny with a light south wind when I went out yesterday. The lake is clearing nicely after the rain and is in excellent condition. This is a perfect level for launching, parking and fishing. I wish it would stay at this level always. I fished until dark and caught several fish including bass, crappie, warmouth, bluegill and one short walleye. It was good to just be outside. The fall foliage is still changing and is better than last year but not great. It is to be cloudy and rainy for the next several days with one clear night coming up with a frost. I am not seeing shad moving to the bank at dark for the night bite yet but the full moon is not until the 12th of November. I will put on a stick bait and give it a try a little later. I found a school of shad suspended in 50-ft. and dropped a spoon but they were bluegill. Big ones too. I caught a couple and moved on. Most bass were near the bank in front of the buck brush but a few were on main lake points in about 10-feet of water. I found crappie shallow on dead trees  and also on brush at 20-feet. The walleye was on a point 20-ft. down near the bottom. I only fished three places and the bite was best just at and after sundown. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Why pay more? We are open all year and if your boat is winterized we have a rental for you.  

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

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The lake level is 555.89 and has dropped about 2-inches in the last 24-hours with a mix of one generator running and a small amount of flood gates open one foot.  The surface temperature has also dropped to just under 70 degrees and the lake is clearing and is in excellent condition. Crappie, bluegill and bass fishing are still the best with catfish and walleye next.  A few hybrids and a very few stripers are being caught. There are very few white bass. The fish coming up in the early morning and late evening are mostly small bass. Spoons over brush and a 3-inch worm with a lead head and hook exposed are working for bass. I am still using my 2-1/2 inch twister tail tipped with a minnow for both bass and crappie and am doing pretty well. Bass are near the bank and crappie are in brush at 20-30 feet suspended. Walleye are on and around brush on main lake points at 20-25 feet.  Also some are schooled part way back in the creeks in the evening in cuts. There are some red meat fish out in front of the docks at Mallard Point in 50-feet of water on shad but they are not very big. The fall foliage is changing slowly with the roadways being much more colorfull than the hillsides. i would not drive very far to see it. It was a dud last year. We are usually at peak the very end of the month and we are approaching that. My maple trees are turning brown and are usually brilliant red.  That is not a good sign. We do have some good color here at the resort though with our flaming bush magnificient.  It is cloudy and cooling down with a cold front on the way with highs to be near 50 later this week. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Your first boat stall is free.   

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

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The lake level is 556.51 and has dropped about 1-inch in the last 24-hours. They now have the White River at Newport at just over 10-feet. I guess they are preparing for a flood. The surface temperature was just over 71 degrees when I went out yesterday and it was breezy. I worked the grub and minnow around and over brush and caught some very nice crappie. I then tried the bank just outside the buckbrush and there were a lot of bass there but most of them were small. I caught no picture fish but one crappie was over 12-inches. I released all of them. I am fishing out of a different boat every day to make sure all of them are ready. It was nice and warm with ambient highs in the 70's and the lake was in excellent condition and very nice to be out. It stormed last night but nothing serious and it is gone now with sunny skies for several days.  We will see what this high pressure does to fishing. The bluegill bite is very good now on crickets and small spoons. Some stripers are being caught by trollers but they are small. I sure wish they would stop killing all of them. They are cutting their own throat. Pictures of dock floors full of small dead stripers are not impressive. I do not fish for them much but a lot of people do. Bink was really on the walleye yesterday. The ones that I caught were small but it is good to see them showing up. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much.  

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

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The lake level is 556.67 and has dropped a little over one inch in the last 24-hours with very little generation. We are about 4-1/2 feet higher than we should be this time of year which is 552. It is at a good level for fishing and boating. the weather is very nice. You need a heavy coat early in the morning. Shirt sleeves in the afternoon and a jacket in the evening with a daily temperature range from 30's to the 70's. The water is still stained in the creeks and the main lake is getting clearer after the turnover. Crappie are on main lake brushpiles, walleye are on main lake points in 20-25 feet of water and catfish are biting perch on jugs. Striper fishing is slow and I still have not seen any white bass. Bass fishing is pretty good in about 15-20 feet of water on grubs and plastice worms. Bink's 1/4 ounce spoons are working for about anything in the brush. Fishing is getting better and better as it always does in the last of October and up into early December. I will let you know about the after dark bite for stripers and hybrids. If it happens it will be about the 12th of November.  The fall foliage is not looking very good so far but that could change. Only the road ways have color now. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. Only $59/day for a one bedroom cabin with 2,3 and 4 bedrooms priced accordinly. Free stall for your boat and we have several bass and fishing pontoons for rent. 

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

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The lake level is 557.09 and has dropped about 1-inch in the last 24-hours with about 0.5 inches of rain last night. One generator is still down for maintenance and they are running the other part of the time and also opening one or two of the gates a very little to augument the release while holding Newport below 12- feet.  Surface temperature is 74 degrees and the creeks are stained a bit. Fishing and boating conditions are good with the lake at a good level with Blackburns brush piles drawing a lot of traffic. They are producing bass, walleye and crappie.  The big crappie have been biting for several days now with the lake turnover and the moon waning. Only the best fishermen are catching the stripers and walleye now. Bass fishing is getting better with a lot of fish on main lake points 1n 15-25 feet of water. Everyone is catching crappie and I wish they would not kill so many. I still am not seeing any White Bass but have reports of some showing up. I hope so. They are very easily caught and the children love them. The 1/4 ounce spoon is still the best lure over brush and the jig and pig, grub and plastic worm for bass. Walleye are on brush on main lake points also with about 1/3 of them keepers. Fishing will get better now as this high pressure hangs around and until the next cold front. The weather is perfect. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. Fall foliage is changing quite a bit on the roadways but not much on the hill sides. We are not near peak yet. 

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

The lake level is 557.20 and has dropped about 1/2 inch with one generator running. The other is down for maintenance. You would think they would do the maintenance the last six months when they were shut down.  We received about 1-1/2 inches of rain last night and the creeks run hard. The fall doliage is just starting to turn with the sumac turning on the roadways and some ornamental trees and shrubs getting yellow and red.  Not much change on the hillsides yet. I cannot tell if it will be good yet but it usually is if it is not dry. The grass is green and still growing. The weather is much cooler today after 80 yesterday with a cold front coming through.  It is to be in the 70's again early next week. We have several good fishermen in now and they are catching mostly walleye, crappie and bluegill. A lot of the bass caught are small with many short ones coming up in the creeks in the evening. i am still seing no white bass. It is too cool to go diving this weekend so I will pole fish. It is easier anyway but not as fun. It looks to be a good fall for fishing and the lake is in excellent condition both for level and water clarity and there are lots of fish. Fish kills and too many dead small stripers pictured lining the dock floors have hurt the red meat fish population but we will see. They stock a lot of them and they grow fast.