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

Image titleJohn Bornhop with some of yesterday's catch.Image title

The lake level is 558.15 and is about what it was at this time yesterday with just about 2-hours of generation. They are still dropping Table Rock to keep it at or below normal. it is time to let some water out of Norfork Boys. You have had plenty of time and have failed again. Rain is on the way (surprise) and they usually quit generating when it rains to maximize the water rise. And there are people that want the government to run more stuff. The lake in general is in excellent condition with the spawn continuing with the bluecats ready to spawn now. The smaller crappie caught yesterday had not spawned and the larger ones had finished. The top water bite for red meat fish is improving and fishing should be good for the next several days with cloudy skies and warm temperatures. We are to get heavy rain tonight. We will see. it is clouding up now as we speak. Bass are about equally divided by being in the buckbrush and in open water on shad and a little over half of them have spawned with several males still on the beds. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much. You will need those covered porches with the rain. If you stay elsewhere do not forget your umbrellas.  John Bornhop and Tom Kelly caught some good fish yesterday.  Tom with bass and John with crappie and catfish. I did not see the other people as they are fishing hard. 

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

The lake level is 558.15 and continues to rise with no rain for several days and very little generation. They continue to run Table Rock to keep it normal at the expense of Norfork. Hold and hope does not work very well in the spring rainy season. Two years ago tomorrow did not seem to teach anyone a lesson. The lake surface temperature is about 66 degrees and the lake is clearing with less pollen. Crappie fishing has slowed a bit with more smaller fish showing up but still not bad.  More will come out of the open water and on to cover as the fry grows and moves to brush. Same with walleye. The larger ones have spawned as have the bass.  Fish the buckbrush with finesse worms, shakey head worms and creature baits for bass. Use a very small slide weight for the shakey heads.  There were a lot of people bed fishing yesterday for bass.  The top water bass, hybrids, white bass and smaller stripers is good now early and late. The simulated spawn bite for stripers is over after dark but some fish are still coming up and near the bank on shad at dark. People are still taking pictures dock floors full of small dead stripers and think it is impressive. It is not. 10 pound stripers are not big. I do not fish for them much but a lot of people do. We are paying the price for over-harvest and a lot of the big stripers are gone. Release them and kill the white bass for meat especially while they are shallow and can be released safely.  The spawn has been good with the water level not varying too much and is in or past the buckbrush for cover. It is to get warmer with highs near 80 and rain later on this week. We get at least one rain every week in the spring but we are not too wet here. It rains just about when we need it. Catfishing on trot lines is good . I am fishing the backs of creeks  for big channels but a few flatheads are being caught in deeper water just part way in the creeks. Come on down we will not charge you too much. The money you save here can be given to disabled Veterans.

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

The lake level is 557.88 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours with no generation since early yesterday afternoon. They are still running Table Rock hard to protect Branson and keeing it at a normal level. We just received a 10% chance of a shower a few minutes ago and it has quit now and is very cloudy.  Should be very good for fishing all day.  The top water bite yesterday morning was mostly small white bass but at least something came up. I am just not seeing very many stripers being caught now.  Tom Kelly reports catching some very large bass in float creek yesterday and releast all of them on the spot on his shakey head worm. Having these big bass tournaments right in the middle of the spawn really hurts the fish and I am glad they are not here this weekend. They may release all their fish but catching the bass off their nests and leaving them unprotected for just a few minutes allows the bluegill to eat the eggs all up and quickly. The lake has been rising steadily for a few weeks with little generation but not fast enough to hurt the spawn. We just do not need a big rise or drop in level at one time like we did the year before last the last day of April when the Corps of Engineers were the only ones that were surprised and not prepared for one large rain. We should be 5-ft. lower now at least.  We have not receives more than average rainfall for the last two months.  When I hear their representatives say That is what the dams are for is too hold water it gets annoying. They are to help prevent floods not hold water all year. You have to know when to hold em and know when to dump em and take advantage of dryer periods.  I saw Harvey Hall out on the water yesterday and it was good to see him. He was catching crappie as usual. All of the fish that he caught were spawned out females and said smaller fish were showing up indicating the spawn was about over. Walleye are getting better everyday as are catfish. I fish catfish hard when the carp are spawning and they are. Blugill are the biggest predator for crappie and catfish are the same for carp. This is a fun time of year. Come on down. We will not charge you too much, put you in a duplex or charge for your first boat stall. You can save at least $30/day by staying here.

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

The lake level is 557.71 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours.  At least they are generating at this time. They continue to run Table Rock heavily around the clock to keep it at normal level. Go figure. Why are Norfork lake people not more outraged about this? We need to hold government people accountable and know their names and how to get in touch with them. This anonymity needs to have the light shined on it and more fair rules applied. Some post spawn walleye and crappie are coming in everyday now and they are some nice ones. Some are on brush and some are in open water on shad. Top water temperate bass and black bass are coming up early and surfacing around 6:30 AM. I am not seeing very many big stripers and many of the white bass are small. More than 1/2 of the bass and crappie have spawned now with several males still guarding the nests. If you catch one off the fish off the nests it takes about five minutes for the bluegill to eat them up. Mushrooms are about gone now but I found some good ones this year. You can almost see the garden and grass growing and the weather is beautiful today. Walleye and white bass are coming in with the shad under lights after dark now and some big walleye are being caught. They are skinny and are post-spawn feeding. It is about time to hit the flats around Cranfield Island. I usually wait for 70-degree water temperature but also like to find out more what is going on than meat hunting. It is fun th be the first one to give an accurate report and I have several good fishermen helping me to do it. No copying here. 

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

The lake level is 557.49 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with just 3-hours of generation.  They are still running Table Rock hard to keep it at normal level and protect Branson and the landing. I suspect politics is involved. The rainfall last night and today is very variable depending on where you are but we received about 0.8 inches here at Blackburns so far. We have not had over average rainfall here for the last two months. What we have had is bad dam management. The very heavy tree pollen clouded up the creeks yesterday but did not hurt fishing. I had one report of a person catching 23-bass with the size about 2-21/2 pounds. All were released. Dock floors full of dead fish are not impressive especially during the spawn. The top water bite early in the AM is really picking up for white bass, bass and smaller stripers and will get better and better as we approach the full moon the 18th of May. Large striper numbers continue to be a problem and we highly recommend releasing smaller stripers. 10-lb. stripers are not picture fish. They are semi-put and take and are finite in numbers.  Water temperature was 66 degrees yesterday when I went out. It is very busy here at Blackburns and we like that. Shop before you buy.  We will not chage you too much.

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

The lake level is 557.30 and has risen 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with a few hours of generation. The lake is getting very clear and is in excellent condition with a surface temperature in the early to mid 60's. Crappie, bass and catfish are the best bite now with several walleye showing up. The crappie being caught now have not spawned and are in the 12-13 inch range.  The bigger ones have spawned. The exact same thing is happening with the bass. Catfishing is good on trot lines. Top water bite for bass and temperate bass is picking up early but I am disappointed in the size of the stripers.  The bass population on Norfork is excellent and the fish are getting larger and larger. Largemouth in the 6-lb. range used to be uncommon but not anymore. Also 4-lb. smallmouth are common. I caught a 3-lb. Kentucky bass earlier this week. There is a good chance of rain for the next couple of days and then nice again for the weekend. There should be no complete rain out day for a while with tonight and tomorrow being the best chance. We finished the remodel on cabin #9 (the mobile home) last night and it is now ready to rent. It is the only thing that has kept us from being full for the last two weeks. I planted the garden yesterday and the yard was mowed again. Everything looks good here and wildlife is everywhere. I love hearing those Purple Martin and Pileated Woodpeckers. Come on down we will not charge you too much. If you are already here check out Blackburns before you leave. Our beautiful valley speaks for its self and we have the largest magnolia tree anywhere and it will bloom soon.  Our children playground is second to nobody. Our coin laundry has two washers and three dryers. We have it all here at Blackburns and at the best price and are closest to Mountain Home, dining and shopping. No sense staying 10-miles from anything.  Remember the size limit on walleye is 18-inches. Too many people are killing short ones. 

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

Caught fishing with Bink's guide service yesterday. Image title

The lake level is 557.22 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours with only three hours of generation. They are running Table Rock generators hard to protect Branson and leaving Norfork behind like a step child again. The rules need to be reviewed and changed leaving politics out. The lake is warming rapidly and fish are spawning. Many big bass and crappie are spawned out and are moving to 20-30 ft. brush. Middle sized ones are still on the bank or on brush. Carp are way back in the creeks spawning and making a big commotion. Channel cats are biting well and just a few flatheads are showing up. They are the last to spawn and only bite live bait. People using hot dogs are catching smaller fish and ones using live shiners catching bigger ones. The lake is warming nicely again and is in the mid 60's in some places. I still do not know where all of these bluegill that are from one to one and one half inches are coming from. Must have been a fall spawn but the bass and catfish sure do like them. Top water stripers and bass are getting better every day and some stripers are being caught north of Cranfield near dark.  The weather has been perfect with rain moving in again Wednesday and continuing until thursday night. The weekend looks good again. Crappie, bass and catfish are the best bite with some white bass coming in but we do not count them. I hope people do not kill a bunch of small top water stripers as we need to build up the supply of big ones. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. Do some shopping.

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

Mike and laney caught a big catfish. Toby is checking it out.Image title

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You like green flat playground?  This is it.Image title

The lake level is 556.86 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours with just a little generation. The weather has been beautiful. Catfish are biting as well as bass and crappie. Many fish are spawning. There is a top water bite most mornings for both stripers and bass. The lake is warming and is in the lower 60's. We are having a wonderful easter here at Blackburns and the egg hunt went over well.  We had about 50-children of all ages and over 1,000 eggs. Debbie separated them into three groups acording to age and off they went. Wish your children and grand children could have been here. The place was full.  Several children found new friends and we had pizza afterwards. The weather was perfect. We like fun here at Blackburns with no drama. Tommy Smith is catching a lot of catfish on his trot line and others caught stripers, bass and crappie. Fun was had by all. The lake was pretty busy and in great condition. Blackburns has people here doing construction, buying property, waiting on builders, mushroom hunters, bikers and people just resting. About 1/2 of out business is fishermen and we like all of them. It is a good group. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much.

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

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide service.Image title

Caught yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 556.55 and has come up a foot in the last 3-days and 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of generation. I had a 62 degree water temperature yesterday and it was cool and windy. Our normal high is 70 and normal low is 50. It is beautiful today for the Easter Egg hunt at 2:Pm and is to be near 80 tomorrow and sunny again. Perfect for being on the lake. The lake in general is in excellent condition. Crappie fishing has slowed a bit but some are being caught. The spawn for crappie and bass is in full swing and it would be nice if the water level remained stable for a few days. Walleye are shallow and will remain so until the thermocline forms and then they will move near it at 16-18 ft. of water near the bottom. It will take a few very warm days for that to happen and is usually in early May. Mushrooms are up and will start to dry up with too much hot weather. Turkeys are gobbling all over.  We are mowing the grass every week. Blackburns is full now but have some openings later this week. People are taking advantage of the low prices on both cabins and boat rental here and your first boat stall is free. No charges for trolling motors on pontoons. You can save hundreds of dollars on a week-long stay here at Blackburns. You do not have to go elsewhere to launch your boat and we have ample parking and a gentle slope to the dock. This is the family place and all cabins have covered porches and there are no duplexes. On rainy days you can rig fishing poles, play cards and smoke on the porch with no umbrellas. No smoking in cabins.  Come on down. We will not charge you too much.

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

Tom Kelly is one good fisherman.Image title

Under the dock with these big boys.Image title

The lake level is 555.70 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating yesterday afternoon and have not started up yet. Hope they do. They always quit when it rains to let the lake rise as much as it can. We received about 0.4 inches of rain last night and this morning and it is very cloudy now. The Easter Egg hunt is saturday at 2:Pm and the resort will be full of guests and much family and friends.  It gets bigger every year and some of the children that were very small when we started have their own now and they are helping with the hunt. It is to be in the 70's and sunny by gametime. Free pizza and hundreds of eggs. We have about 4-acres of flat green grass and a big playground for the hunt. Fishing was pretty good yesterday and bass were biting. I was using my old standby grub and minnow and working part way back in a creek behind brush piles. Lake surface temperature was 60 degrees and some fish have moved out a little deeper. The threadfin shad will spawn at a late 60's and early 70's surface temperature and it does not look like we will make that before full monn in May. You have to change bass fishing techinques when this happens. The overall spawn has slowed with the cool ambient temperature and lower water temperatures. I was finding surface water temperatures in the 70's but not now. This is typical for April. It is not as variable as March but almost. Tom Kelly is using a shakey head worm, Bink is using creature baits and I am using the grub and all are catching fish. There are lots of one and one half inch long bluegill minnows showing up near the bank and are drawing catfish to them at night.

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

Caught fishing with Bink last night.Image title

Kelsey caught some good ones yesterday and looks happy. Image title

The lake level is 555.48 and has come up over 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating again yesterday afternoon and it is still down.  They do continue to generate Table Rock to protect the Branson Landing. More rain is expected late tonight. Some fish have spawned already, some are spawning and some are still getting ready. The big fish have moved from under my dock and the bank is full of male bass making nests. Crappie spawn is in full swing with the larger ones first and some females are back on brush with more in open water on shad. Many smallmouth have already spawned and the spawn has swam up and the males have left the nest. This is an exciting time and a good time for catch and release. Dock floors full of dead fish are not impressive even though may be legal. With the reduction of big stripers, increase in fishing pressure and people killing smaller fish in the 10-lb. range, I am for the reduction of the limit to two. The fishermen are just getting better at catching them and the stocking remain the same. I do not fish for red meat fish much but a lot of people do. We need more carp fishermen. My cove is full of them and you can hear them sucking in the very back. 

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

James Soltysiac with a couple of nice ones. Image title

The lake level is 555.29 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours. They completely quit generating last night. It was beautiful yesterday and again today with highs in the 70's but another low pressure is moving in tomorrow afternoon with some rain on the way.  This is the time of year when it rains about twice a week. So far we have avoided big ones and storms and the lake is in excellent condition with surface temperatures in the 60's depending where you are.  The creeks are clearing again and more fish are moving to the bank. The larger crappie have moved out from under my dock to spawn as have most bass. There is getting to be more top-water early but a lot of them are bass and white bass. Big stripers are still a little scarce and trollers are not catching very many. Bass fishing is still good and crappie are fair. Some big channel cats are being caught but you have to bait your lines after dark to keep the turtles and heron off them. Mushrooms are in full swing. Full moon is friday and our normal high is 67. Catfish do not like full moon. We are finishing putting new siding on the lodge, floors in #9, the mobil home, and resurfacing and painting the big pool and then that is enough for a while. Out of money.  We have a lot of customers but need more. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. 

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

James Soltysiac with some big crappie.Image title

Mike Soltysiac With some Smallmouth and largemouth.Image title

Kyle Aubuchon with one nice catfish. Image title

The lake level is 554.83 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24 hours with 1.5 inches of rain.  The creeks run but not too fast. It should come up a bit more but not much if they keep the one generator running. We were needing a little rain anyway and it will bring the mushrooms up next week with the warmup. It is cold now and the surface water temperature is about 60 degrees depending on where you are. Creature baits with a lead head are the best baits now with bass and some walleye on the bank. Top water lures are working early AM and then they quit so switch to a lizzard on 6-lb. line for bass and walleye.  The cold weather set the spawn back a little but it is to be in the 70's for a few days before the next low pressure moves in. A lot of fish were caught yesterday and the Cystic Fibrosis buddy bass tournament was a success with 18.79 lbs. winning and 6.78 big bass.  That is pretty good and shows how these locals can fish. There were 243 boats. Blackburns fishermen had a good day with several nice fish caught. Us folks living here are lucky to have such a nice big lake with so many varieties of fish. There is something for everyone except high boat traffic and big wake boats. I started to go out again last evening but the wind was blowing hard from the north an it was cold. At least everyone got in a pretty good day of fishing before the rain started a little after noon. Blackburns was nearly full but had several leave so we have room for you now.  Come on down. We will not charge you too much.   

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

Caught and released on the spot yesterday. Good to see some showing up. Image title

The lake level is 554.68 and has dropped a little less than 1-inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. I hope they keep it running but the White River level at Newport is dropping quickly and the discharge is being reduced. The cystic fibrosis buddy bass tournament is today and runs from 7AM to 3:PM. So far so good with the weather and I hope it holds for them. Those West Plains boys know how to fish and put on a good tournament. It is for a very good cause. The results will be a good indication of the current bass fishing conditions on Norfork Lake with cloudy conditions and a cold low pressure moving in. I predict at least 15-lbs will be caught. It is cooler today and the rain is to start later this afternoon. They should get through most of the day with good weather. Fishing overall is in transition with fish on the bank, fish in deeper water staging and some spawning and some not ready to spawn yet. Bass in Norfork lake continue spawning well into June especially Kentuckies. It is very busy here at Blackburns with people taking advantage of the low cabin rates and free boat stall. Come on down, it looks to be good weather most of next week and we will not charge you too much. We are finishing remodeling cabin #9, the mobile home,  and then all of the cabins will have been gone through. We are very proud of the resort here at Blackburns and would like for you to check it out. There will be no price increases here again this year and you can still get a one bedroom cabin for two people for $59/day. Shop before you buy. We have a good setup here for fishermen and other boaters. You do not have to go some place else to launch and have ample parking for both vehicles and trailers. It is an easy 1/3 mile walk or drive to the dock on nearly level ground with a big level playground for the children with lots of activities.

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

Tom Kelly with some nice crappie released under the dock Yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 554.75 and stable with one generator running continuously. We are to get quite a bit of rain tomorrow and they will probably quit generating like they almost always do. The White Rivel level at Newport is now dropping quickly and is at 16.75 feet heading for 14-feet for some mysterious reason. Flood stage is 26-feet. It has been windy from the south for the last two days but it slowed and moved to the northwest last evening. Blackburns has several brush piles facing north so the wind did not bother much. We try to put them in for all different fishing conditions. The creeks are still stained from the wind but the main lake is clear. The surface temperature ranges from 72 in the middle of the day to the high 60's in the early morning with the very warm weather. That all changes tomorrow with a cold front coming in and it getting windy again.  The surface temperature really climed quickly with the mid to high 80 degree ambient temperatures. It was about 73 yesterday. The crappie caught on the bank are all males and the ones still on the brush are all females and they are ready to spawn. Several female bass moved to the bank to spawn yesterday. They were on brush and under docks. The very cool weather may slow this process down a bit. I just hope the rain does not raise the lake much. It would be very nice for the spawn for it to remain stable for the next couple of weeks. Come on down to Blackburns where we will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. You will need a covered porch all day tomorrow and Sunday morning. 

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

Caught and released yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 554.78 and is exactly what it was at this time yesterday. They quit generating for about 6-hours but have started up one generator now. A stable level is very important to the spawn. The water is just outside the buck brush. The male crappie are on the bank and the females have blood lines in the eggs indicating they are about ready. Bass are on the bank making nests and many of the big females are still in cover or under docks. The full moon is the 19th this month and the striper spawn simulation should be over by then and they will start coming up early AM. The threadfin shad are photosensitive and will spawn near the full moon now that the water has warmed way past 60.  They feed exclusively on plankton so fish wind blown banks. This looks to be a good top-water year especially for bass. I am not sure how many big stripers there are but Bink sure caught a big one yesterday. There are too many small ones in the 10-lb. range and smaller being killed. It is to cool down later this weekend and we will see what it does to the water temperature.  The wind clouded up the creeks yesterday. 

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

36-lb. striper caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service yesterday. Image title

Tom Kelly with some of yesterday's catch.  All released under the dock. Image title

The lake level is 554.78 and rising very slowly. They just quit generating completely here but are running the chain of lakes hard to protect Branson Landing. Suprise suprise. They always do this just when the spring rains are in full force. The rules need to be reviewed and changed. I found 72 degree water in Red Bank yesterday and the female crappie were pre-spawn biting.  They were full of eggs and ready to move to the bank. The males are already there. The male bass moved to the bank by the hundreds yesterday and are everywhere. The big females are still out in open water near brush or under docks. The carp are moving far back in the creeks to spawn as are the bluegill. The big crappie will spawn first and then move to cover to feed on the the new bait fish which will do the same thing.  A lot of fish were caught yesterday. We will see what the cold front coming in Friday does to the bite. I do not bed fish but if you do a gitzet is the best lure for bass and wear good sunglasses. Blackburns still has the best prices on both boats and cabins with no charge for your first boat stall. Yes, we do promote catch and release here and are not impressed by dock floors full of dead fish. Posession limits are twice the daily limits. The Corps of Engineers just renovated the swimming beach at Cranfield with new sand and it is beautiful. It is next to the campground with restrooms, showers pavillion and playground and is one of the best beaches on the lake.  Others good ones include Bidwell point and Panther Bay.  This area is centrally located and is very close to Mountain Home, dining and shopping. 

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 554.77 and rising very slowly with one generator running continuously. The lake is clearing nicely even in the creeks. Surface temperature is in the early 60's with the near 80 degree temperatures. My dock is absolutely full of bluegill, bass, crappie, catfish, carp and turtles all ready to spawn. I feed them everyday and they just wait for me to get there. Catfish are biting, mushrooms are popping up, flowers and trees are blooming, purple Martins are back and life is good here at Blackburns. It is to stay very warm here until the weekend and then cool off. Not too bad though. Normal high is 69 and we should be a little lower than that. This is a good time for a visit and we will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. If you must pay more just stay here and donate the difference to Disabled Vets. Time to mow the grass again.

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

Caught on the trot line this morning.Image title

Caught last night fishing with Bink. That is the biggest striper that I have seen all spring.Image title

The lake level is 554.73 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-hours with one generator still running and receiving 1/2 inch of rain. It rained hard about 4:AM. It is sunny and very warm with a high of near 80 again today with a cold front coming in later this week. Our normal high is 68. The surface water temperature rises to over 60 during the warm part of the day and then drops by morning with ambient lows in the high 50's. There is a top water bite for bass about 7:AM most days in their normal places and the night bite for stripers is still on but will end soon with the simulated striper spawn finishing and them coming up at day break. You can lure them out of suspension early if you know how to work that spook and throw it past them when they come up. White bass will be coming up all over the place. I like the baby spook better but you can throw the bigger ones farther. Clear is good for sunny mornings and bone colored for cloudy. I like the spitin image better for bass. I am catching fish everyday on my trot line and they are all channel cats all on big shiners. Male crappie are in the backs of the creeks in earnest now and getting ready to make a nest as are bass and bluegill. This is a good time to catch and release everything. I found two mushrooms yesterday and they were the small gray ones. Big brown ones are on the way.  The rain and 80 degree temperatures will make them pop. Come on down. We will not charge you too much or put you in a duplex with no covered porch. We have ample boat trailer parking and you can drive to our launch, launch your boat, put it in a free stall, park your trailer and step on the dock with no steps. Cannot beat that, especially if you are by yourself. Our dock boat slips are not one size fits all and we have one that will just fit your boat with walk ways on both sides. I do not know what to do today. Hunt mushrooms or fish.  Maybe both.   

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

Caught on a Bink's Spoon.Image titleImage title

This and several others released under Blackburns dock.Image title

The lake level is 554.65 and has come up 1-inch in the last 24-hours with 1/2 inch of rain last evening and one generator running continuously. The lake in general is in excellent condition and the surface temperature is heading towards 60. A lot of fish were caught on Norfork lake yesterday. Bass, Crappie and catfish are the best bite now with some night stripers and early morning white bass fair. Every stall at my dock had fish last evening and lots of them too. That is a sign that the spawn is about to begin. Blugill, crappie, bass and catfish are everywhere but it helps that I feed them for the children.  Carp are back also as are turtles. I use chicken feed because it sinks and catfish food because it floats. Good combination.  It is spring for sure. I will check for mushrooms again a little later. It is to get to 80 later this week and the grass is growing like crazy and everything is blooming. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free.  

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

Caught last night fishing with Bink.Image title

The lake level is 554.60 and is exactly what it was 24-hours ago with one generator running continuously. The lake surface temperature is in the high 50's and rising. The lake is clearing and you can see your lure down about 6-feet on the main lake. The night bite is still on for stripers, male crappie are back in pigeon, middle pigeon, east pigeon and briar creeks staging in 20-ft. of water getting ready to make a nest, bass are moving in the creeks under docks getting ready to do the same thing, bluegill have moved in under the docks with smaller crappie with them,  channel cats are part way back in the creeks at night.  Things are starting to change rapidly now. I saw no top water action yesterday morning but some shad were surfacing late last night in the creeks. Bass dishing is still pretty good with smallmouth coming on strong.  This is a fun time of year and the weather is warm. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. 

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

The lake level is 554.59 and rising very slowly with one generator running continuously. The lake is clearing and is in excellent condition. I did not find any mushrooms yesterday but it is getting close. The rain and 70 degree temperature will bring them out. Not much is better than fried mushrooms, taters and onions and catfish. I stayed out until after dark last night and tried the night bite for stripers. I never have good luck finding them on cloudy, rainy, moonless nights with no wind and I was correct. They like that moon shining in their eyes and the wind blowing into the bank. Just wanted to confirm. I caught a catfish on the trotline, bass on grub and a large crappie before dark though. The morning bite for surfacing bass is the best now.  Get out there by 6:45 AM and be ready with a spitin image. The surface temperature is still about 57 degrees and should raise to near 60 with the warmer nights and higher daily temperatures which seems to be the magic number to get things started. It looks like April 15th is still on track for a good top-water bite. I keep trying main lake points but they are just not many fish there yet. The crappie are just not ready to spawn yet and neither are the bass. I will be out there every day to let you know. 

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

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We received about 0.3 inches of rain late last night and early this morning and it is very cloudy now with more expected. It is to be in the 70's tomorrow and sunny with alternating days of possible rain and sunshine for the next week. I will check out my mushroom place today. It is about time. The night bite continues, crappie are fair, bass are good, catfish fair and walleye poor. Many fish are still in open water on shad but that is typical until they move to the bank to spawn and then the spawn moves to the brush for cover. The water level is just at the base of the buckbrush now is at 554.56 and rising slowly and is good for crappie spawn if it stays there. Drastic changes of level hurts the spawn more than anything now. They will move once or twice and then just give up and spawn in open water and not get fertilized.  If it stays where it is now it will be good. Many crappie and bluegill have moved in under Blackburns dock now and that is a good sign. We should see a steady 60-degree water temperature later this week and that is where things happen. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. 

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

The lake level is 554.52 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours.They have closed the spillway gates again but still are running one generator. The lake surface temperature was 58 when I went out yesterday and should continue to rise with the seasonal temperatures near 70. Our normal high is 66. A low pressure is to come through and will bring wind with it later today. Get your crank bait out and fish the wind blown banks when it does. The lake is clearing nicely both main lake and creeks and you can see your lure down about 6-feet. There is quite a bit of Juniper pollen in the back of  wind blown creeks and cuts. I am using live shiners on my trot line and catching some good channel cats every day now. They have moved to the backs of the creeks in the warmer water. I caught some 14-inch crappie also on the grub in about 25-ft. of water. Most of them are not ready to spawn yet and are still in open water on shad. They are very dark and look like black crappie until the light shines on them for a while and then the black goes away.  Some are black crappie though. I was fishing in the Red Bank area. It is getting very close to the beginning of the early morning top water bite for bass and white bass. Keep a spitin image or spook tied on and handy. Get out to your spot about 6:45AM and stay there until after sunrise. If they do not come all the way up you can lure them up from about 6-7 feet if you know how to work your lure properly. The fish are not jumping in the boat or in a frenzy but overall is pretty good. White bass, hybrids and crappie continue to bite on the spoon and trolling about anything.  Alabama rigs, spoons, crankbaits, grubs and finesse worms are all working for bass. They have not moved to the bank yet. I usually catch a lot of fish on main lake points but not now. Work part way back in the creeks on wind blown banks in 15-20 feet of water. The night bite for stripers has not been the best and will slow as the water warms and the top water bite begins. The moon is too small and the full moon is almost too late. Spring is the time to really participate in catch and release. Small mouth bass are showing up and big ones too. May 1st. is a good smallmouth bass time. The water is a little slow warming but this is about a normal year so far and the lake is at a perfect level and in general in excellent condition. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much.

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

Caught last night fishing with Bink.Image title

The lake level is 554.63 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously and four spillway gates open 1-ft. This is all equivalent to 1-1/2 generators. The White river at Newport has been dropped to a level of 17-feet on it's way to some contrived level of 14-ft. The discharge has also been reduced to about 1/2 what it was. They are missing out on a good chance to drop the lake with the low rainfall totals of march. The White river level has dropped 5-ft. in the last week for no reason. It is 10-feet below flood stage. The surface temperature of the lake is still 56 degrees and has not risen much in a couple of weeks with the below average temperatures. It should start to raise now with the warm weather finally getting here. We mowed the grass and it is filling in nicely and flowers and trees are blooming all over. It looks like spring here. I went out to check my trotline and found a nice channelcat right away. I netted him but the line was still pulling hard so I moved on down. What I saw next was a big loggerhead turtle. It looked as big as a volkswagon. I cut it loose right away. It is the second one that I have seen in the 25-years that I have lived here. It was magnificent. The night bite for stripers is still on with stick baits and and the male crappie are back in the creeks getting ready for the spawn. Bass are still pre-spawn feeding. The big ones spawn first and those are the ones being caught. This is the time of the year to practice catch and release until the spawn is over. Fish were coming up in Blackburns Creek last evening but were mostly small bass and White bass. A lot of White bass are back in Hensley's creek. Alabama rigs, crank baits and grubs are the best for bass. Small 2-inch grubs tipped with minnows are the best for crappie.  They are in Pigeon, middle pigeon and Briar creeks. The lake is clearing and in excellent condition. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.

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

Bink with a couple of yesterday's catch.  Those are some nice fish.Image title

The lake level is 554.72 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. They have now opened 4-spillway gates one foot and that is equavilant to less than 1/2 generator but it should be enough to keep the level stable. We ended up the month of march with about 1/2 the average rainfall. That is good. They should have dropped the lake much more but continue to slow the discharge at Newport and lower the level. It is now just over 17-feet heading for 14-feet for some reason. This needs to be explored, investigated and changed. The weather is still cool today with the temperature near 50 which is 15-degrees below normal. It is to get to near 70 by about wednesday. Bass fishing continues to be very good with several good ones caught yesterday. Bink caught some big ones. I cannot keep them off my trot line.  White bass is second and some male crappie are moving back in the creeks getting ready to stage before the females join them. The night bite has slowed a bit for stripers. It has been cold and cloudy and they like that moon shining in their faces and it is small now.  Full moon is the 19th and the simulated spawn will be over by then and the top-water bite will be here if the weather warms and the nighttime lows stay in the 50's. I usually tell people the top-water bite typically starts in earnest about the 15th.  It will start before then. Crappie will be on the banks by then. This is a good time for a fishing trip.  Come on down. We will not charge you too much. The improvements at the resort continue. Why pay more? Easter egg hunt on the 20th.