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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 558.38 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators still running continuously and two spillway gates open 1-ft. The surface temperature is 48 degrees and we received about 1-inch of rain in the last couple of days. It has been cloudy, cool and rainy. Tomorrow is to be in the 50's and then warm up from there. I spooned brush over by Robinson Island and caught a few crappie, bass and bluegill. I checked the flats in front of Mallard and found some open water fish. They were bass, hybrids and white bass. All were small except the largemouth and they were on scattered shad anywhere from 50-70 feet of water 50-feet down. I was using the 1/2 ounce Bink's spoon white with red throat in color. The only thing good about the weather was the wind was down and you could stay on the brush and shad easily. Blackburns is open all year and have several good fishermen coming in today.  We will see what happens. I guess the high generation is keeping the brown water from settling but it is easy to find clearer water. None of it is clear. The most I can see my lure down is 3-feet but I have not gone south of Robinson except fishing with Bink. He is on the open water fish. I have been doing the fishing report since 1997 when my friend Gary Sperry died and was asked to take it over. Now several newcomers are writing one and I guess emulation is the sincerest form of flattery. My motive is to keep existing customers abreast of what is happening here at Blackburns Resort and let them know the lake and fishing conditions. I am either out there fishing or diving almost every day, pretty much know where the fish are and put in lots of brush to enhance the fishing for our customers. The more you fish Norfork the better you will get at it.  It is not easy but you have accomplished something when you learn how and then you will catch fish almost every time. There are a lot of fish in this lake. Do not throw everything in the tackle box at them but just use what works. It is not very many things.

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 558.68 and has dropped a little over three inches in the last 24-hours with both generators still running and two spillway gates at one foot. It is down two and one half feet since it's last high a couple of weeks ago. The surface water temperature ranges from 48 to 49 depending on whether you are in the sun or not. Not much sun yesterday with a cold damp day with light rain. It is a cloudy day today also. We have been fortunate that all of the weather has kept north of us this winter and there is no frost in the ground . It is to get very warm later this weekend. The lake is very slow to clear up after the big runoff last month. I would have though it would have dropped out by now. You have to go to about Robinson Point to find clear water and it is not nearly as clear as normal, what ever that is. Fishing goes from fair to poor for brush fishing but is much better for open water fishing after you find them. They are still at about 50-feet no matter the depth of the water. The size is not the best though but good numbers. Release the fish and let them get bigger. They grow very fast. The 1/2 ounce white spoon is the best. Crappie and bass fishing is fair but some big ones are coming in. Call and get your reservations in to get the cabin and boat of your choice. It looks to be a good year for fishing and boating. 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)

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The lake level is 558.95 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously and two spillway gates open 1-ft. The surface temperature was 49 degrees when i went out yesterday.  It was a beautiful warm day with sunshine and light wind after the heavy fog burned off. I caught bass and crappie on the spoon in brush at 25-30 ft. deep and it was nice to be out there. It has cooled off a bit today with a chance of rain tonight and tomorrow but nice again this weekend. Fishing is pretty good for open water fish if you know where they are. Bink knows. I wish the size was bigger. Crappie are the best followed by bass for brush fish. I am not catching many pounding the bank. The water is still brown to the bridges and is not clearing very quickly but just stained a little green south of that. I am fishing the Robinson Point and Float Creek area on points and banks with access to deep water. 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 559.45 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running and two spillway gates open 1-ft. Keep it going boys. I went fishing with Bink's Guide Service today and we really caught a lot of open water fish. He knows where they are. We fished neck and neck most of the day but he pulled away at the last minute. He caught 26 and I caught 24. We released all of them on site. We are trying to get the sizes of the temperate bass back up where they were a few years ago. People need to quit killing all of these small stripers and hybrids no matter what the regulations are. A 7-10 lb. striper is not big and pictures of dock floors full of dead ones are not impressive. It was a beautiful January day on Norfork Lake with highs near 60 and sunny with light wind. Wish you were here. It looks to be a good year for fishing. What a fun day. Look for fish in the 40-50 ft. range no matter the depth of water. 

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

The lake level is 559.95 and has dropped over an inch in the last 24-hours despite us getting about 1-inch of rain the last two days. The new news is that they are running both generators continuously and have supplemented the discharge by opening two spillway gates one foot. This is a step in the right direction. Just do not quit at 553.75 but take it down to below 550 and we will be fine. The increased discharge is not allowing the lake to clear much but the brown water on the main lake has settled a bit but the creeks are stained. The water coming down from Missouri from the river and Bennetts is brown but everything is ok by the time you get to the bridges. The float creek area is an excellent place to start and the main lake points south of there. It was cool when I went out yesterday but the wind had completely died down. I spooned brush for bass and crappie but had limited success. I caught a few but no picture fish. The surface temperature is still about 48 and the lake in general is in good condition. The moon is getting smaller and on cloudy days when it gets dark it gets dark. And when the sun goes down it gets cold. Dress accordingly. We are busy making improvements here at Blackburns and getting the rental boats ready for spring. You will like what you see when you get here. Call to get the cabin and boat of your choice reserved.  We are open all year. We need to keep our high quality employees and do not lay them off. 

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

The lake level is 560.19 and has dropped 2+ inches in the last 24-hours with heavy generation. They are also running other lakes hard and suplementing with spillway gates. Hold and hope and let out water not going through the generators and wasting it is the plan. Not much of a plan. Why do they not just draw down the lakes after harvest and get revenue with the water? Nothing is hurt by keeping the level of the White River at Newport at 21-feet and lowering the lake levels to have a surge for the spring rains. It worked before. The whole water management plan needs to be reviewed and be revised for the 21st. century. The old one does not work so fix it. The rain is not the problem. The plan is. It was cool with light wind when I went out yesterday and the surface temperature was 48.5 with partly cloudy skies. The creeks are clearing faster than the main lake in this area which is still brown to just short of the 101 bridge. I know where some open water fish are but decided to try and fish the brown water for bass and crappie. It did not work out very well. I tried both the spoon and slip float and minnow over some good brush with little success. I wanted to give it a good try before quitting. Today I will move just a little downstream and work main lake point brush in the clear water. We will see. I would not advise taking a long trip here just to fish at this time. It should get better soon. It always does and there are a lot of fish in this Lake. 

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 560.39 and has actually dropped a very little with pretty heavy generation. The surface temperature has dropped below 50 and is now in the high 40's with the cooler weather. It is to be slow warming up but should get back into the 50's by late this weekend or early next week. The creeks are clearing after the runoff from the rain but the main lake is still brown down to just before the 101 bridge. The open water fish that I am finding are not in the creeks but on the main lake flats in 60-80 feet of water. Some are in the creeks but that is determined by the prevailing winds as it always is. Many schools of shad are not holding any fish. Crappie and bass fishing has slowed a bit but some are still biting on brush.One thing about open water fishing now is that the fish and the bait are not moving very much and you can stay on them. It is much easier than when they are roaming which can be very difficult to do so. Use a 1/2 ounce spoon and work from the bottom up the water column until you find the level in which they are feeding. If they are not look for some more and move back there later. I wish it was warmer but as long as the wind is not blowing it is not bad. I am still somewhat surprised that fish are biting in the brown water but they are. All of the water south of 101 is pretty clear and a good color for fishing.  Blackburns is open all year.

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

Mike with some good ones caught on the Bink's Spoon yesterday. They were not released. They had quite a few eggs in them for January. Image title

The lake level is 560.40 and has risen over 3-inches in the last 24-hours. The brown water seems to have stopped before the 101 bridge and is pretty clear south of that. The creeks are settling out nicely but it will take a bit on the main lake north. The brush pile fishing has slowed but the open water fishing has improved but you have to know where to go. It takes more looking than fishing to find feeding fish. They are feeding best at 50-feet no matter how deep the water is. 60-80 feet is best on main lake flats. All kinds of fish are on shad in open water but it is hard to get them to bite. Just keep finding fish and move and then come back to check them.  They are not moving very far.  Some nice crappie are still being caught but not as many as before. This always happens this time of year.  The surface temperature is still just below or right at 50. We put in a couple of nice trees in yesterday in back of the other too deep ones and moved the dock again. It is to be cool for the next couple of days and then get back up to 50 later next week. You cannot walk on our water or drill holes in it. Just dress warm and you will be fine. Better than staying on the sofa.

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

Tom Kelly with some good ones. He is fishing in Float Creek with a whacky worm. Image title

The lake level is 559.91 and is still rising after the rain a week ago with very little generation. It came up about 2-inches in the last 24-hours. The one big change that I saw when i went out yesterday was somewhat of a surprise. A wide band of brown water has made it down from the border and is in the main lake channel. It has made it to the bridges and is heading south. Hopefully it will settle out over time. It took it a long time because of the small amount of generation and little current. I have been here 25-years and do not remember seeing the water level approaching 560 in the middle of January. They have had ample time to drop it. If we get a big rain and the level rises five feet and the level is at 548 it becomes 553 which is perfect.  If they keep it at 553.75 which is power pool and this happens it approaches 559 which is one big rain away from trouble.  Someone with a brain needs to reassess the rules about lake management. What they are doing does not work. Everything needs to evolve. We got our brush permits Tuesday and are busy putting in trees for fish cover for Blackburns Resort customers.  We already had some good ones but have added to them and a few new ones. They are holding fish already. Bass, crappie, and bluegill are the best bite now but more schools of white bass are showing up.  They are small but I am glad to see them. Spoons are the best lure for me but jigs are working for crappie too.  I am fishing the lightly stained water but fish are biting in the brown water too. The creeks are clearing from the runoff last week. What you have is creeks clearing but still light brown, main lake channel brown from Missouri to the bridges moving south with areas of clear water outside the channel and in the big creeks and clear water south of the bridges on the main lake. The 6-feet total rise has made the brush piles deeper so i am putting in some to be at 25-feet at this level. It is hard to tell what level to put them. I try for them to be at 25-ft. at 552 which is ideal. People are catching good fish everyday.

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 559.73 and has risen 4-inches in the last 24-hours with little generation. They cannot manage it correctly in the winter let alone summer. They need to be replaced. This 12-feet rule at Newport needs to be reviewed and the level should be changed to 21-feet after harvest down stream and kept there until the lakes are well below power pool by April 1st before the spring rains. News alert: Hold and hope does not work. The brown water from the heavy runoff is clearing and the fish are biting again back in the creeks. The lake is clearer the farther down stream you go but that is not necessarily good for fishing. The surface temperature was 50+ when I went out yesterday morning with Bink. We waited until the fog had cleared and went for open water fish. We found many of them in 60-80 ft. of water near the bottom but fishing was slow. He did catch a crappie at 80-feet on the bottom and that was the first time either one of us had done that. We fished a couple of brush piles with little success and then went back where the open water fish were found earlier. We found large schools in 70-80 feet of water and they were scattered from from 30-feet to the bottom. The deep ones would not bite again but we started working our spoons up and down in the water column and started catching fish at 50-ft. It seems they moved from the bottom to 50-ft. to feed and the ones on the bottom would not bite. Once we found that out we caught a lot of fish.I switched from a 3/8 ounce spoon to a 1/2 ounce and that helped too. It was warm out with light wind and a perfect day for fishing.  Especially for the middle of january. I do not fish open water much but this was fun. We caught stripers, hybrids and white bass. The fish were not as large a we wanted but were glad to find schools of white bass which have been elusive since spring. Bink knows how to find open water fish and how to catch them. We caught and released dozens and kept just a few for his friend. I prefer walleye, crappie, kentucky bass and flathead catfish but this was a very fun day. My turn to take him brush pile fishing next. People fishing out of the resort are catching some nice ones every day.  Cold weather is on the way but we are more than 1/2 way through January and we have lots of nice days in February. I will be out there and give you a report. 

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 558.71 and has risen 7-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with little generation and has risen 5-feet in the last 5-days. The creeks are brown from the heavy runoff most of the way out to the main lake. The main lake is stained a little green but still in good shape. I have had recent changes of thought about brown water.  I used to say fish past the brown water where it turns more clear. Now I have been seeing fish on brush in the brown water and catching them. I still prefer stained light green water though but you cannot argue with results. The surface water temperature is still 49 degrees and they are starting to generate a little but not much. They could be letting some water out to chase the slug that is going through the Gauge at Newport now and better do so. There is a good chance of rain this weekend. Bink found a bunch of White Bass a couple of days ago and I was glad.  They have been scarce since last spring. Crappie, bass and bluegill are still the best bite and spoons are the best bait. It is to warm up to near 70 again later this week. It does not matter much to me as I have an electric coat, gloves and socks and love to fish. We have not had any winter here yet and the iris and daffodils are up and the Bradford Pears have buds. I hope this works out. Good fishing for the next several days.

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

The lake level is 555.33 and has risen 2-feet in the last 24-hours with no generation since last early evening. We did receive a total of almost 4-inches here at Blackburns for the last few days. We were able to get in a full day of fishing Friday with very cloudy skies and very light rain. The water surface temperature was just above 50 and the creeks had stained up again. I spooned brush near my dock for about an hour and caught a couple of bass and then moved to a north facing bank out of the wind with brush and found some feeding crappie and caught seven before dark. One was very large. It started to rain about 7:Pm here and thundered heavily most of the night. The creeks run very heavily and are still running. The lake will continue to rise quickly with no generation. They always quit when the rain starts. The cold front is here now and will not do the fishing any good but it is to warm back into the high 50's and 60's early next week. We will seee what happens. I am fishing brush in the 22-30 ft. range but that might change with the lake rise. It is at an excellent level for fishing now. You have to be out there almost everyday do keep on top of the conditions. I will 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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The lake level is 553.63 and they are holding it up with very little generation. They have dropped the White river to 13-feet to protect crops down river. (must be winter wheat)  It should be 21-feet and all lakes should be dropping this time of year. Hold and hope is the motto and bad management is the game. We are to get some pretty good rain the next couple of days and we are getting dry. The full moon and high pressure has slowed fishing a bit but some nice fish are being caught but not as many. I have to fish two or three brushpiles to find feeding fish. Use the 1/2 ounce spoon for the larger bass and the 3/8 or 1/4 for the crappie and smaller bass. The crappie are shallower and the bass are near the bottom. Both are hitting on the drop. Look for brush in the 25-30 ft. range. Until you get used to wheather your spoon is touching brush or a fish is biting do not set your hook or you will snag your lure. If you do snag, get directly over the spoon with your trolling motor and release your line on your baitcaster or open the bail on your spinning reel and use your thumb as drag and try to get your spoon to get some movement up and down and then keep raising it up and down without pulling the hook into the wood. Most of the time you will get it out unless you hook someone else's heavy broken line. Do not let your lure and line drag behind you when spooning or you will lose your lure for sure. Keep it straight up and down. Also watch for a difference in your line movement or resistance when snapping your line up and down to make sure your spoon is not hooked on itself.  You are wasting your time if it is. If you work on this you will catch fish. It was a beautiful day yesterday with mild temperatures in the 60's with medium winds from the south so it was easy to find a brushpile out of it facing north. I fished two good ones and only caught one crappie and then found one with active fish and caught several small bass and the a couple of good ones and more crappie. It was very nice to be out. The surface water temperature was 51 and the lake is clearing a bit and is perfect for fishing. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. Bass, crappie and bluegill are the best bite with a few walleye thrown in but not very many big ones. I caught one of the largest warmouth of my career yesterday. 

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 553.66 and is exactly what it was at this time yesterday with very little generation. They always quit generating when rain is in the forecast so they can maximize the effects of the rain to keep the level up as high as possible. We are to get quite a bit of rain Thursday night through Saturday. They have had all fall and winter to drop the lake but show no signs of doing so. Bad management. I wish they held an elective office and had accountability. I went fishing with Bink again yesterday and we had a great time. The weather was perfect with highs near 60 and light winds. The surface temperature was just above 50 and the lake is clearing and you could see your lure down about 4-5 feet.  We went to Big Creek and fished brush piles with good success. We caught largemouth, kentucky, crappie, bluegill and Warmouth all on his spoons. The grubs did not work well.  The big bass were caught on the larger 1/2 ounce spoon and the crappie were caught on the 1/4 and 3/8 ounce ones. I was using a white with black back and he was using white with red throat. We were fishing Game and Fish brush piles and they were good ones. We caught big bass but most of them were throw backs. About a 3-1 ratio. We caught seven keeper fish and about 20-smaller ones. The larger fish came out of the deeper brush from 30-35 feet and almost all were caught on the drop. We saw one other boat. My turn to take him next time. I learn everytime I fish with him. 

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 553.70 and has dropped less than an inch in the last 24-hours with just a bit of generation. The creeks cleared up quite a bit yesterday and have more visibility than the main lake but that can change quickly.  The surface temperature is hanging in there at about 50. The lake is in excellent condition but needs to drop about 5-6 feet going into the spring and they are not showing any inclination to do so. I guess it will take a drought. The weather has been really nice with highs in the 50's and sunshine. Fishing has slowed compared to the end of last year but we are still catching fish. Bass, crappie, bluegill and walleye are the best bite now but most of the walleye are throw backs. It takes a good one to be 18-inches but I like the rule. Not many big ones get released. Striper fishing is slow and the ones being caught are small. This happens every year at this time. I wish they would drop the limit on stripers and Hybrids to two. The schools of shad I am seeing have few fish on them and all the fish that I am catching are on brush. Do not forget to get your brush permits at the Corps office at 9:AM on the 14th. We want the spawn to have as much cover as possible this spring. The Game and Fish biologists have certainly done their share in helping the habitat and I hope they continue to do so. One day the spoon is the best lure and the grub the next. I cannot tell which one until I try. A few fish are on the bank but not many. I am getting my largest bass in 30-ft. of water. Do not forget to get your deposits in by January 15th to insure you get the cabin and boat of your choice. We do not want you disappointed.  It looks to be a good year and we have made a lot of improvements for you. Come on down and check us out.  You will not be disappointed and the price is right. 

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 553.64 and stable with just a little generation. We need to be at 548 by March 1st to have enough reserve capacity for the spring rains like they used to do before the mismanagement began. The surface temperature was back up to just above 50 when I went out yesterday. The water was still stained and I could see my lure down about three feet. It is clear next to the bank though.  I waited for the wind to go down before I left last evening and it did so about 4:pm. No sense charging out there in a hurricane unless you are fishing the bank. I found a school of fish just outside a brush pile and got excited. I caught a couple but they were just White Bass so I moved. No picture fish there. The wind was swirling a bit but only about 10-mph, so I went to a north facing bank with some nice brush. I do not spoon much in the wind because it drags your lure and gets hung up too much. If you do, go against the wind with your trolling motor and try to keep your lure straight up and down.  Switched to a grub and casted it over the brush and let it sink. Caught a nice walleye and four crappie (two were very big) and a nice bass and came in at dark. The days are getting longer now and I like that. The moon is getting bigger and that is not helping things. Overall fishing was not as good as everyday for the last couple of weeks before but still ok. Several of us have been out everyday and nobody did great yesterday but all caught some fish. Better than staying on the sofa. 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)

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The lake level is 553.68 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time. They are holding the White River at Newport at just over 14 feet for some reason. The surface temperature is 49 degrees and the lake is still stained and you can see your lure down about 3 feet. It is a good color for fishing and the lake in general is in excellent condition. I caught bass, crappie and bluegill when I went out last evening. I was using both the Bink spoon and a slip float and minnow over brush in 25-feet of water. It tried to sprinkle a little but it was warm and good to be out. It is cloudy again today and I will head out this afternoon. I am seeing more large schools of shad than before and that is good but few of them have fish on them. There were several boats fishing around my dock with birds all around but they did not know I had just fed the fish with floating fish food. The same thing happened under the bridge when I was feeding the ducks that fly in by the boat wanting food. The Corps of Engineers are issuing brush permits for Norfork lake at 9:AM at their office on January 14. First come first serve. This is a good way to help the fish habitat. With the effort of the biologists from Game and Fish and private fishermen putting in brush it will definitely make the fishing better. Blackburns has been putting in brush since 1995 and have some good ones. We want our customers and friends to catch fish and it works. Fishing is pretty good now with spooning being the best over and right around brush.  Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Why pay more?  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 553.73 and has dropped about 2-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running a little over 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is still dropping and is just over 14 feet. The water surface temperature dropped to under 50 degrees for the first time yesterday and is 49+. The main lake continues to be stained as well as the creeks. You can see your lure down about 3-feet. I went out a little later than usual yesterday waiting for the wind to go down. I fished a north facing bank to get out of it and worked a brushpile hard for about an hour using a grub with very limited results. Then I switched to a 1/8th ounce Bink's spoon firetiger in color and started catching fish immediately. Caught 4- crappie and a bass in about 1/2 hour and then it was dark. It is very cloudy with misting rain now and I am heading out. We will see what today brings. The only two other boats i saw out there were staying at Blackburns where people are taking advantage of the low cabin rates and their first boat stall free. Many resorts are closed. The lake is in excellent condition and the winter fishing has been very good. 

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 553.95 and has dropped less than one inch in the lst 24-hours with generation about 1/2 the time. The White river at Newport is at 14+ feet and they must be protecting the corn and bean crop from flooding before the harvest downstream.   Oh, I forgot that was last fall. It is now January and they only have a couple of months before the spring rains. The lake is in excellent condition now though and the crappie and bass are biting. The surface temperature was 50.5 yesterday evening and the water is still stained. Mike, John, James and myself all caught fish. Some people left but we have more coming in. The fishing slows a bit after the cold fronts move in but get better and better after the high pressure arrives until the next cloudy, low pressure produces the best fishing until it rains you out. The fish care about low pressure, food, oxygen, cover, water temperature and proximity to deep water. Maximize as many of these as you can and you will catch fish. That is why I put Blackburns Brush piles on drop-offs.  After they feed they go to a comfortable place. I do not put brush on places to lure the fish there but put them on places known to hold fish to make it more attractive to them. It works. The fishing right now is a prime example. Spring top water fishing is fun and easy but i really like winter fishing for big fish and low fishing pressure. Bass fishermen beating the bank are not doing that well but the ones spooning deeper brush are doing great. This is a good time of year and you cannot walk on our water or drill holes in it. Many places are closed but Blackburns is open all year. Come on dow. We will not charge you too much. Compare prices.