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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 559.25 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. We received about 0.6 inches of rain last week. The water is still brown in the Red Bank area but is clearing out near Blackburns in both the creek and main lake. It is kind of a greenish color. You can see your lure down about 2-feet.  The surface temperature is 48 and has been for several weeks. Fishing is not the best but trollers are catching a few fish in open water but it is taking them a lot of time to get them. They go out and catch some and then you do not hear from them for several days because they are not catching any. Bink is on other open water fish with his spoon but is still disappointed in the size. You have to catch a lot of fish to get a big one. He is catching a lot of fish though. I am bass and crappie fishing. Crappie are on brush at 25-feet but are very hard to catch. They do not bite for hours and then bite fast for about 5-minutes. I caught some good ones yesterday but had to work for them. The bass that I am catching are on the bank but are mostly small. They are in the buckbrush. March can be tough fishing with all of the cold fronts moving through. Wait for the low pressure and fish until it rains you out and then after the high pressure moves in wait a day or two and they will start biting again. The first day of sunshine has been slow. We need the lake to drop to the high 540's before the spring rains come. They better keep generating or they will be opening gates whether they want to or not. The water level does not affect fishing much except when it comes too fast.  Blackburns still has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your first boat stall is free. All cabins have covered porches and none are duplexes. Why pay more? I will show you where the brush piles are when you get here.  We have some good ones. 

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

The lake level is 559.58 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. The surface water temperature is 47 and the brown water is going away and changing to green. You can see your lure down about two feet. There were fishing tournaments out of most of the area major marinas yesterday and boats were everywhere. The bass were biting better early and late with slow fishing in the middle of the day. Many short fish were caught. The people that were staying here at Blackburns caught some fish but not a lot. I talked to fishermen on the lake and they had the same report. I was the only one that I saw fishing brush and most were working the bank. I caught 3-nice bass and two crappie and that was all. No picture fish. The crappie were 11-12 inches. It was slow for me but the weather was nice. Just a bit windy but not bad. Bink reports catching a mixed bag of white bass and hybrids in open water 60-70 feet of water suspended. We were both spooning but he did better than me. His fish had moved again but he found them. I did not find very many but was happy to be out. Open water fishing is the best if you can find them and stay on them. Not many big fish but a lot of bait with nothing chasing them. Striper simulating a spawn next at night and top water after that. Early March not always the best fishing. 

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 560.68 and has dropped less than 1-inch in the last 24-hours with generation continuous but sometimes dropping to one generator. I caught more white bass and small stripers in 70-ft. of water 40-50 ft. down with the 1/2 ounce spoon but decided to try crappie and basss fishing again. It was in the 40's with light rain and then the sun came out. I caught some pretty good crappie on the grub and minnow on a new brush pile in 25ft. of water 12-feet down. Fishing is picking up a bit but some people that have been here since last friday caught their first fish today and that is not very good. They wanted stripers but had to settle for some crappie. They said they could catch crappie anywhere but it took them a while to find these.  The white bass are small but some pretty good bass are near the bank. It is hard to find a keeper striper but that should pick up soon.  Surface temperature is 46+ and the lake is trying to clear but is slow doing so.  Normal ambient high is 52 and it is struggling to get there. It is ok as long as the wind is low. it is nice to just be out there.

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 560.77 and has dropped just a bit since yesterday. At least they started generating again after two days of nothing and letting the lake rise as high as they can. Saturday I went crappie fishing and caught nothing so switched to the grub and went for bass. I caught three with one being a good one near the bank shallow near deep water.  Yesterday I went fishing with Bink's Guide service. We went open water fishing and looked for fish in different areas before we found them. They had moved back to where they were for two months before they left. They were in in 70 feet of water any where from on the bottom to 30-feet down.  When we found them in 30-feet they bit but the ones on the bottom would not. 50 ft. and up they were feeding and below that not.  The shallower the better. We found huge schools of bait fish with temperate bass with them. We kept a few medium sized white bass for a neighbor that just got out of the hospital and released the rest. I was still disappointed in the size of the stripers but happy to see the white bass population on the increase. The white 1/2 ounce spoon with red throat was the best. We went into big creek and the water was brown, which is usually a good color for fishing but caught nothing. Found lots of bait fish with nothing on them.  Tried good brush piles and still nothing.  I am catching very few fish on brush. Open water fishing is the best and bass fishing on the bank is second. Not much else. I called people wanting to come fish to stay home for a while until things pick up. One came anyway and is experiencing tough fishing. He usually always catches fish. This is not unusual for late February and early March but I almost always catch big crappie at this time but not now. It should get better by the full moon in March which is the 9th for the night bite for spawning stripers and walleye fishing usually picks up by then too. The old days when there was a walleye run up the river in late February to spawn has been greatly diminished for some reason. The white bass that we caught had no or very little eggs but were very healthy. The surface temperature was 47 and the water color was stained green south of the bridges to the dam but brown in the major creeks. I caught bass in brown water but nothing else. Dodge the cold fronts and the first day after high pressure moves in. The weather was very nice with light winds that picked up a little about 3:Pm and a high of 57.  Good for spooning.

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

The lake level is 559.69 and has raised about one foot in the last 24-hours with little generation. It looks to go over 560 again and winter is passing. I guess they will continue to hold and hope and then open spillway gates and waste free water. Hold until the crops are planted and up and then flood them out when they are left with no choice. It is not what you do when you are in this situation but how you got here. Do not get here. This is to be the coldest night of the year and then warm way up later this weekend. Surface water temperature is holding in there at 47+ degrees and the main lake is clearing with the creeks muddy. The temperate bass have been in the same places for about two months and continued the pattern of feeding shallower early and then moving to deeper water on the flats in 50-70 feet of water, but have recently moved. I will have to find them again. There are reports of them being in Bennetts but I do not fish that area much. The brush piles are getting too deep again but we anticipated this and put some new ones shallower. Some bass are shallow on the bank early and late. Fishing is not the best but trollers are finding some fish after many miles of dragging live bait and umbrellas. It is a good thing that we have hybrids as big stripers are getting more and more scarce. If people keep killing them this trend will continue.   I do not do troll but prefer spooning. I will take a day off and then look for them in float creek on secondary points just outside brush in the clear water when it warms a little. Ambient temperatures tend to vary widely this time of year but we get several good fishing days. Just fish around cold fronts.  

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 558.70 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. We received about 1-1/2 inches of rain in the lst 24-hours and the creeks are running pretty hard and the lake will rise more causing the lake to muddy up in the back. The main lake is finally clearing with the big rain several weeks ago. The surface temperature is 48 and is dropping very slowly. The ambient high is normally 50 now and I do not expect the water temperature to drop much more expecially with the highs to get into the 60's this weekend. Open water fishing is best right now on the spoon but you have to spend more time looking than fishing. I am not catching much on brush piles. Fishing overall is fair to poor but some fish are being caught. 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)

The lake level is 558.71 and has dropped just a bit in the last 24-hours with more generation. The winter is slipping away from you boys. If you cannot manage it in the winter you have no chance in the spring. We need to be at 548 now. We have more rain on the way. It was near 50 degrees and sunny with no wind when I went out yesterday. I first tried open water fishing and found fish in 60-70 ft. of water suspended at varius depths. A couple of stripers in the 8-9 lb. range were caught on the spoon but no picture fish. I then went to a couple of brush piles and it was worse. Just small bass. The surface water temperature was 49 and the brown water seems to be clearing a bit. I am not suggesting people take a long trip to get here fishing now.  The open water fish are hit and miss and bass fishing is slow and crappie fishing is just fair. The moon is big and is not helping anything.  You have to look hard to find feeding fish and people are fishing for a couple of days before they find any. It will be just a few days before they start and I will let you know. It is not good to fish all day and catch 2 or 3 fish but that will get better. It alway does this at this time of year. The lake is still in good condition but we do not need it to rise any more. 

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 557.48 and has risen 5-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours.  They have shut the one spillway gate but still have both generators running. We have received over 2-1/2 inches of rain in the last two days and it is raining right down now. The creeks were running heavily yesterday morning and are still running but not as fast.  I did not go fishing yesterday but several of us went out Monday and caught some nice fish. The surface temperature is still in the high 40's.  We were mostly fishing the Float creek area but Bink reports people catching red meat fish in Bennetts. I do not fish that area much because the crappie are smaller there than here but it is a good place especially in the spring. The visibility is often not the best there for diving until fall.  I do not go farther than I have to but often do not have to go more than 1/2 mile. The open water fish are shallower early, feed and then go to about 60-feet of water 50-feet down. It is to be cool for the next couple of days and then warm up a bit. I will let you know what is happening. I have a lot of good eyes out there. We are getting a lot of reservations now so give Debbie a call to reserve the cabin and boat of your choice and prevent disappointment. We will not charge you too much and your first regular sized boat stall is free. Our new brush piles are holding a lot of fish.

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

James Soltysiac with a big Hybrid caught on the Bink's spoon. Image title

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The lake level is 557.05 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously and one spillway gate open 2-feet. The water surface temperature came up to over 49 yesterday evening in the sunshine and more back shallow in the creeks. The brown water is not clearing very well but you just have to go south of the 62 bridge to get out of it. I tried fishing in it to see if i could catch anything and  could not. Went to the stained green water and caught fish. Others caught bass, walleye and crappie on the spoon and an other caught bass dragging a football jig in 25-ft.of water. Some temperate bass were caught in open water in 60-ft 50-ft. down on the spoon. It was very warm with ambient temperatures in the 70's with light wind. I have been out there every day and the weather has been great. Several fishermen left but we still have a couple left. Everyone had a good time or said they did. Blackburns has all of their brushpiles put in now and they are holding fish. We will show you where when you get here.  It looks to be a good year for boating and fishing. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and are making a lot of improvements. People like our 300MG internet and first boat stall free. You will too. 

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 557.40 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously and one spillway gate open 2-feet. The lake is at a good level but needs to be at 548 going into the spring rains. It looks like the water in this area is clearing a bit but it could have just been the bright sunshine. Fishing slowed with the new high pressure as it always does but will get better through the next low pressure until the next cold front or high pressure. It looks like a cold front will be here later next week. People caught some good fish though but not nearly as many. Tom Kelly, Mike Eakle, James Soltysiac, John Bornhop and myselt put in brush piles yesterday for our other customers and we have some good ones. We fished before and after. It was a beautiful day and is better today. We were mostly spoon fishing brush. Wish you could have been here. February is now here and Debbie is getting a lot of phone calls for reservations. Give her a call to get the cabin and boat of your choice. It looks to be a good year for fishing and boating and we will not charge you too much and your first regular sized boat stall is free. A lot of improvements have been added so far. Come on down and check us out. There are a lot of big crappie in this lake. 

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

We both caught some good ones but Darrel caught the most. He always does. Image title

The lake level is 557.75 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously and one spillway gate open 1-foot. They closed one yesterday. The surface temperature is 48 degrees and the fishing conditions are good south of the 62 bridge. There is still brown water to there and it is not settling out very fast. Some fish are biting in it though. Mostly crappie. I went open water fishing with Bink yesterday and we caught some very nice fish. All temperate bass and some nice ones too. All fish were released on site. The fish were in 40-ft. of water early feeding and then moved to 60 and the bite slowed but we still caught some. It was cloudy all day and the sun never came out but the wind was calm. It was a very nice day with a lot of fun and then I went out to put brush piles in for our customers. We have some very good ones and they are producing fish. Open water fish are the best bite now but crappie are close behind on brush. One nice walleye was brought in. Every one was using a Bink's spoon. We have several good fishermen in now and they are all catching fish. We are open all year and have the best prices. Some will be watching some kind of game and I will be fishing.