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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 553.99 and has dropped over an inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time.  The surface water temperature is pretty stable at about 51 degrees and the lake is still stained and you can see your lure down about 3-feet. They have dropped the White River at Newport to below 15-ft. and could be letting out a lot more water and creating a lot more energy rather than holding and hoping and opening up the spillway gates and not getting anything from the release. They exemplify bad management and the rules need to be changed. Nobody gets hurt with Newport levels below 21-feet. The fishing remains good with crappie and bass alternating as the best bite and the level is perfect for blackburns brush piles and they are producing. It has been windy for the last two days and it has dropped a lot today finally. More and more walleye are showing up but most of them are throw backs. We have several people fishing out of Blackburns now and they are all catching fish but mostly bass and crappie with a walleye or two also. White bass are scarce and the ones caught are mostly small. Please get your deposits in by January 15th to hold you reservations for this year and insure you get the cabin and boat of your choice and not lose your seniority. There have been a lot of improvements made this fall and winter and you will like what you see when you get here. Looking forward to seeing familiar faces and new ones too. The lake in general is in excellent condition. May the new year find you and yours healthy and happy. Everything is good here. 

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 554.06 and they have started two generators for the last few hours and the level has actually dropped a little. It is the first time both generators have run for about six months. It was windy yesterday and more windy today. The surface temperature is right at 51 degrees. The wind was coming from the west and was swirling and hard to get out of. The bass fishing slowed a bit but the crappie have picked up. Big ones too. Bass, crappie, blurgill and a few walleye are what is biting best. The trollers are catching a few red meat fish on umbrellas but few are even 10-lbs. They are thinning them out. The lake is stained just right for fishing and is overall in good condition. Some nice fish are being brought in every day. Spooning, slip float with minnows, and grubs are the best bait. Deeper brush in the 30+ feet range is producing good bass and some of the time they are right beside the brush and not right in it. Several are hitting the spoon on the drop near the bottom. We are all fishing within 1/2 mile of Blackburns creek. No need to go further. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and are open all year. 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)

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The lake level is 554.12 and is rising just a bit with one generator running about 1/2 the time. We did receive about 1-1/2 inches of rain last night but most of it sunk in and the creeks did not run. They are holding the White River at Newport at 16 feet to keep the lakes up as high as they can going into the spring rains. The surface water temperature is between 52 and 53 degrees depending on when you check it. The water is stained and you can see your lure down about 3-feet. Bass fishing is far the best now. They are really biting well now in brush about 25-30 feet of water near the bottom. I am using the 3/8 ounce Bink's spoon, white with a black back and red eye. Everyone here is catching a lot of fish. The new Game and Fish brush piles are really working and attracting many fish. Try them in Float Creek. We have a map of them on our game room wall along with the location of Blackburns piles. This is about as good as it gets and is especially good at this end of the lake. Several fish in the 3-4 lb. range are coming in every day. Walleye are showing up with them but you catch about four before you catch a keeper. A few crappie are with them but not as many as two weeks ago. I did catch some very large ones yesterday though but not as many. The red meat trollers are still hit and miss with mostly miss. They fish for two days and catch nothing and then find a feeding school, catch a bunch and then write a report. I wish they would quit killing all of those small 7-10 pund stripers. Pictures of them filling a dock floor is not impressive. Striper fishing will suffer for it if they do not quit. 

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 not changing very much and the water clarity is not changing very much but the surface temperature has risen to 553. Bink and I went out yesterday morning and headed a little north. We stopped where the phone reception was good and waited for Bob Knight from KTLO 97.9 to call at 8:45 AM as he always does on Thursdays so we could give him the fishing report for Live in the Boat. I committed to catch Bob some crappie so we were under pressure. The pressure lasted for about an hour as we tried using the grub and casting it to the bank with a slow retrieve. That did not work very well so Bink moved us to deeper brush and we switched to the jigging spoon. We immediately started catching fish and they got bigger and bigger. We ended up catching Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Kentucky Bass and Smallmouth Bass and a few crappie and many smaller fish. It was a beautiful day and the wind was light and we were reluctant to come in. It was more like an April day than the end of December. It was a lot of fun. We both commented on how people need to quit killing those small stripers in the 6-10 pound range and the small numbers of White Bass. We took pictures and released all of the fish. When I returned to Blackburns I was met by several fishermen at the resort who also reported good success but caught more crappie then we did but they were fishing Blackburns brush piles. They are at a perfect depth. Bink and I caught very few fish shallower than 30-feet with most caught from 35-40 feet near the bottom. He told me the dissolved oxygen was almost the same from 0-90 feet and there was no reason for the shad  to be at any special depth except for cover. It was agreat day and the trip is on me next time. Come on down and join us. We may get some rain saturday but the warm weather is looking to hold for another week. Blackburns is open all year and have the best prices. I am making my promise good to Bob Knight today with the crappie I caught yesterday evening. Big ones too. Bink knows where the fish are. 

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 rising with very little generation and they are lowering the White River at Newport and it is now at 16-ft.+.The lake level is now 553.89 and the surface termperature is 52 degrees and also rising. The water clarity is still the same and you can see your lure down about 3-4 feet depending on the degree of sunshine. I saw two other boats out there yesterday and it was very warm. The fish were biting as soon as I went out about 2:30Pm and continued until 4:pm and then they shut down.  I caught several very large crappie and a couple of keeper bass along with several throw backs. One crappie was giant (over 16 inches) picture to follow. I have now caught 30-crappie over 15-inches this winter.  We have several good fishermen coming in today and we will see what they do. One day the fishing is very good and the next slow but I am seldom shut out. This is my time to catch large fish. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. We are open all year and are here now. I am fishing with Bink's Guide service today and you can hear his radio program on KTLO 97.9 Live in the Boat at 8:45 this morning. It is on every Thursday.  We will see how a professional does it. He is a good fisherman and I like his new Ranger Boat. 

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 553.82 and rising very slowly with very little generation. They are running one generator a few hours a day to keep up with river inflow and are reluctant to turn over the control to the power company. The White River is just over 16 feet at Newport. They have two months to get the level down to 548 before the spring rains. We will see if they do it or just maintain their policy of keeping the level up in the winter and then hold and hope. The lake is at a very good level now for fishing as is the color.  You can see your lure down about three feet. It is clearer closer to the shore. The fish seem to start biting about 9AM and again about 1-2 PM and then about 4-5 PM with periods of lockjaw in between. There does not seem to be any paticular pattern except there are not a lot of fish on the bank and the shad are roaming on plankton and blowing with the wind.  Bass, crappie and red meat fish are on some shad but you have to find several schools before one is feeding. More fish are on shad in open water than on brush but I am catching some good ones on brush but not high numbers. I caught one short walleye, several short bass, three bass keepers and seven keeper crappie with three of them very large in the over 15 inch range. If you are fishing in the afternoon make sure you are out at sundown until dark or you will be missing out on the best time of day. Especially for larger fish. The 3/8 and 1/2 ounce Bink's jigging spoon, white with black back and red eye are my bait of choice with the blue one next. Bink is using the Arkansas shiner. Otherwise I am throwing a Bobby Garland jig, light blue in color, tipped with a small minnow over brush in 25-ft. of water. Cast past the brush and let sink on it while retrieving slowly. Come on down to Blackburns. The weather is great and we are open all year and will not charge you too much. Your first boat stall is free. The surface temperature was just over 51 yesterday afternoon with the ambient temperature in the 60's. It cools down quickly after sundown. After this high pressure moves through and it gets cloudy will be an excellent time to hit Norfork lake and fish until it rains you out. 

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

Mike Eakle with some very nice fish caught yesterday on the Bink's Jigging Spoon on Blackburns Brush.Image title

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The lake level is 553.78 and is exactly what it was at this time yesterday. They are dropping the level at Newport quickly and it is now just over 17-feet. The new top of the power pool is 553.75 and the Corps resists turning the control to the power company. It used to be 552 but the changes in management rules by implementing minimum flow for the put and take trout in the rivers took away 1.75 feet of flood capacity. So much for the dam just being for flood control. It is all about the money. They are running one generator for a few hours a day and the flood gates are all closed. I have been going out every day in the afternoon and staying out until dark and catching several bass and crappie. The surface temperature was 50.5 and the lake is stained.  You can see your lure down about 3-feet. One day the spoon works the best and the next the slip float and minnow.  The grub and minnow is just fair but seems to catch a few fish every day. Some very large crappie are being brought in and some decent bass. Many small bass are being caught. My biggest bass yesterday was 18-inches and the biggest crappie was 15-inches. About 3/4 of the crappie are 11-inches or more. The striper fishermen are not doing very well but never do this time of year. They get lock jaw and move just off the main channel and will not bite except when a lure or bait is dropped right on their heads and you get a reaction strike.  You can find feeding fish on shad if you really look hard but most of them are bass and small white bass. I have not caught a walleye for a month. I am mostly fishing brush piles in 25-30 feet of water and the crappie are on top of them and the bass are right in them near the bottom. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and keep 7 cabins open all year. The weather looks great for the next week. You get a free boat stall with your cabin here at Blackburna Resort and Boat Rental. Check out our new maps with brush pile locations in the game room. The Bink's 1/2 ounce jigging spoon, white with black back and red eye is working best for me. 

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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 553.85 and has dropped a little over an inch in the last 24-hours. There is still no generation but they have 7-gates open 2-feet which is not much. Less than 1/2 a generator. The surface temperature is 51+ depending on whether you are in the creeks or on the main lake.  The creeks both cool and warm quicker. The visibility is pretty good and you can see your lure down about 5-feet. I am fishing for mostly bass and crappie but am catching some very nice bluegill but not a lot of them. I am still spooning, using a slip float and minnow and casting a grub and minnow for everything. It is to be very nice weather for the next week and the lake in general is in excellent condition. Bink is also catching some very nice fish as is Tom Kelly. There are not many boats out there and it is nice being out in the sun. Wish you were here. We have several fishermen coming in the next few days and I will get reports from them. You cannot go out once or twice a week and write an accurate report. Things are changing daily. Come on down.  We are open all year and 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)

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The lake level is 554.10 and has dropped about 1-inch in the last 24-hours.  They are not letting much out now. The water surface temperature is 52 degrees and is a little off-color but you can see your lure down about 5-feet.  One day it is clear and the next stained.  It varies with the level drop and the degree of sunshine. It was cool and damp when I went out with a mist of rain and light wind. The fog had moved in before I returned. The fish were biting very good and I caught about 20-keeper fish total.  Both bass and crappie. A few of the crappie were very large. Some were caught on a slip float and minnow, some casting the grub and some on the Bink 1/8th ounce spoon. They were about 12-feet down over brush. The bass were deeper, just outside brush in 35-ft. of water.  I caught fish until almost dark and then they quit like turning off a light switch. It was the best they have been for several days. I saw no other boats all the time I was out. I like that.  Peace and quiet. Starting tomorrow the weather is to get better and better until the weekend when the temperature is to get in the high 50's with abundant sunshine. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. There are a lot of fish in Norfork Lake and you cannot walk on our water or drill holes in it. 

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 554.68 and they have cut down discharge by about 1/2.  We dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours. It was 7. They need to keep dropping to about 548 before the spring rains. Fish were biting pretty good yesterday on the spoon and the lake is clearing and is in good condition. Surface temperature is just over 52.  Tom Kelly caught some nice bass yesterday in Float Creek just outside the refurbished Game and fish  brush piles. They put a lot of them in Float Creek. I have maps of them on the gameroom wall as well as Blackburns Brush piles. We have been putting them in for several years in the absence of the old ones being taken care of. The group of Game and fish biologists are working hard to make the lakes better and enhance fishing. It is greatly appreciated. I like their quarterly reports. Catfish have slowed way down with the big moon and lake drop. I am not catching as many bluegill also and they usually like the full moon as do the red meat fish. Some guests have been fishing for stripers hard and are having mixed results. They go out for a couple of days and catch nothing and then finally find a large school of fish over shad feeding and catch a bunch. It is hit and miss. The bass are a little deeper in around 35-40 feet where they were closer to the bank. You have to get down to them and the spoon is the best. Some big crappie are with them. I am fishing brush in 20-25 ft. of water for crappie with fair success. Maybe 2 on each pile. I like to find a good brush pile with fish on it and stay there and wait for them to bite but it is not working now. They bite for about 10-minutes and quit for hours and are roaming. There is a lot of shad now with a mixture of very small ones and some about 2-inches and just a few of the schools are holding fish. If you are fishing for stripers you have to keep looking for feeding schools and not waste your time on the ones that are not even though they have fish on them. There are several striper boats near the bridges but only a few small fish caught. When the water gets colder they always get lock jaw every year.  The boats aways covey up in December for some reason. Find a bird and you find a boat. 

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

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It was cool when I went out there yesterday and I saw no other boats all the time I was out. The surface water temperature was 52.5 and the clarity was not bad. You could see your lure down about 5-feet. They are dropping the lake fast and it has dropped about 7-inches in the last 24-hours and is at 555.08 and has dropped over 5-feet since last month. Despite the full moon and the water dropping fishing was not too bad. I went crappie fishing and caught several. Some were pretty big. I caught some on slip float with minnow and some casting the small grub over brush. Blackburns brush piles are at perfect depths now and are holding fish. I only can catch about 2-fish on each one and then they quit and I move. There was no wind and it was easy to stay right on top of them. There were some fish coming up on shad in about 50-ft. of water and I dropped a spoon on them but they were just small stripers and white bass. They were out in front of the docks off Mallard point.  The seagulls have been back for a while and it makes it easier for red meat fishermen to find fish. If you depent on them you will be out of luck when they migrate in a few weeks. There are lots of shad and not all of the schools are holding fish. Look for dots and slashing lines on your locator and not black blobs. The crappie are over brush about 10-feet down. I am catching a few bass but not a lot.  Most are still in open water on shad. Good weather for the next few days. Come on down. We will not charge you too much for cabins and nothing for your first boat stall. You can have free gas on what you can save by staying here unless you just want to pay too much. Several places are closed.

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 at 555.62 and has dropped about 7-inches in the last 24-hours with 7-gates open two feet and 5-gates open 1-ft. and no generation. They are keeping the White River at Newport at 21-feet and there is no flooding down stream. Amazing. Just goes to show you what can be done even though both generators are down for maintenance. It needs to be at 548 going into the spring rains. This is a good level for fishing and Blackburns brush piles are in play once again. Spooning open water fish is the best now with bass and crappie on brush slowing a bit. Try in front of the houses around Mallard Point or in the creeks if the wind is blowing into them.  Many fish of all speces are on shad. I do not wish to follow them around and am catching some good crappie and bass but not a lot. The fish were biting good yesterday until the wind came up and the cold front moved in and then they quit. It was hard to get out of the wind with it coming from the northwest and swirling. I caught more fish in Blackburns creek on the way in on brush but nothing big. Bink caught some nice crappie with his spoon in the morning. The surface water temperature was 54+ and is still stained with the fast level drawdown.  The lake overall is in excelent condition but the full moon coming and the quick level drop is not doing the fishing any good with the constant cold fronts moving in twice a week, except for red meat fish. Blackburns is open all year and has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your first boat stall is free. Come on down we will not charge you too much. To be in the 50's for several days after today. If you want to come fish and the place you usually stay is closed, come on down you will be welcome here. You can launch here, park your trailer here, and have your boat in a free stall in just a few minutes. If you are by yourself no problem. 

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

The lake level is 559.15 and has dropped 5-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They have 6-spillway gates open 2-ft. and 6-gates open 1-ft. for a total discharge of 10,200 cfs. Be carefull out there on the river. The surface temperature was just over 54 degrees when I went out yesterday and the lake was stained and you could see your lure down about 4-feet. The wind was light and coming out of the northwest mostly and went down after sunset. The moon was bright and in it's first quarter. Full moon is on the 12th. Water dropping fast and moon growing has slowed the catfishing way down. Crappie, bluegill and bass are the best bite now but some open water fish are being caught on shad about 25-ft. down but most are small. I did not catch any picture fish and nothing was biting very well. I will try again today and let your know.  The weather is good and highs are in the 50's. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and are open all year.