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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 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.