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Crappie Fishing On Norfork Lake Arkansas By Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

The water surface temperature is in the high 60's and dropping slowly. The fall foliage is not very impressive this year and will be peak in a few days. It is still beautiful here. Joe Cebula is catching some nice fish everyday including crappie. Some are small but there are some big ones in there too. They have moved to the brush in 25-32 feet and should stay there for a while with more very large ones joining them. They tend to stay put all winter despite the lake turnover which affects mostly open water fish. I have been turning several loose under the dock. Some bass are moving in with them.  Most brush piles are holding fish. I have been using a 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon but slip floats with minnows about 12-feet down right over the brush is working too. We carry live bait all year long here and on site fishing licenses too. Most places do not and do not want to pay the bond for the fishing license machine. This is perfect fishing weather. Scuba Steve likes those big crappie and caught a good one yesterday amonst some in the 10-11 inch range. I bet John might be able to catch some too. But not from the porch. Image title

Norfork Lake Fishing Report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

The weather is in the 80's and the surface temperature is still in the low 70's and the lake is still dropping. We need rain bad and should get some Friday. I do not know what to say about the fall foliage now. It is still on schedule for peak the last of October but the colors do not seem to be as brilliant as usual. The rain could change that. I went fishing last evening and never left Blackburns Creek and caught crappie, catfish and white bass all on 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon on brush. Not a lot but some pretty good ones. I am looking for big black bass to move in but have not found them yet. They are still in open water. Reports that the fish have moved to the bank are premature. I caught all of my fish near 30-feet of water and all on brush near the bottom. A lot of fish were suspended over the brush but I was not after them. Crappie and bluegill. This is a good year for big bluegill. Joe Cebula from Olatha, Kansas is back and catching fish as usual. He caught three nice stripers just north of Cranfield Island on a spoon in 40-feet in the middle of the creek in one hour. Had to get back for the Royals game. He brought me a blue hat as my red one is out of date. Image title Welcome back Joe. Rich is missing out. Hope he likes Florida. I do not.