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

The lake level is 552.35 and has dropped 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with a little more generation. I went diving yesterday and not much has changed. I am just not seeing very many big fish on brush piles. They must still be in open water on shad which is not unusual for August. I did see many Kentucky bass in the 25-ft. range and they were not very big but several were over 12-inches. I also did not see many bait fish. Lots of them are in shallow water back in coves. The visibilty was not good and you could see about 5-feet. The lake has been clearer below the 30-ft. thermocline but not now. It was hot and breezy and the lake needs to cool a bit before more fish move back to the brush. The surface temperature was 84 drgrees. I did get a few nice crappie but did not see large numbers. I will take a few days off from diving and go pole fishing. It is easier anyway. I like both equally. Suspended fish in deep water are very difficult to get diving. It looks to be a good fall so far with fishing getting better and better as we get into September with the lake turnover happening sometime in October. It does not kill fishing but makes water conditions including oxygen levels the same from 0-30 feet. The fish then have no particular reason to be anywhere except for where the bait fish are located and then cover will be the best bet. November brings excellent fishing with baitfish being on the bank in the late evenings and on brush during the day. I will start fishing walleye on the flats in late September. Good time.