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

The lake level is 552.82 and has risen about 2-inches in the last 24-hours with no generation. The corps of engineers do not like Norfork much since we are not connected to the White River Chain and are on our own. It is all about protecting Branson and is all about the money. The rules for dam management need to be reviewed. I would like the level to drop below 550 again before spring but this will not happen until the level at Newport drops significantly and this big slug gets through Louisiana on the Mississippi. It may happen but we do not need another big rain. The level is fine now for fishing and the water seems to be clearing a bit . It is just stuck here from Red Bank to the 101 bridge with no generation creating any current. There are a lot of other good fishing areas though. I am just used to catching my fish very close to Blackburns do not need to go very far. The brown water usually settles out in about 3-4 days but has been much longer this time. Bob Kaufer and Doug Hoemberg from Duluth, Minnesota moved to the Robinson Point area and found the crappie there and caught several good ones. They are learning the lake well. Some bass are still on the bank.  The surface temperature is about 50 and several small white bass are still being caught in the brown water. Not much interested in them anyway. It was very windy yesterday and worse today. I will take the day off and hit it again tomorrow. I cannot go much more than a day without needing a fix.