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

The lake level is 551.62 and is dropping very slowly with a little more generation. The weather is in the mid 80's for highs and high 60's for lows. We are still having summer-like conditions. Surface temperature is hanging in there at near 80 during the afternoons on the main lake and drops to about 76 in the creeks in the early mornings.  More fish are moving to the brush but not much more has changed. Many others are in open water on shad and have shallowed a bit. Summer fishing is still here and fall fishing will begin when the lake turns and the water temperature gets below 70 and starts to clear after the turn. It really gets here when the red meat fish move to the bank at dark to feed and can be caught easily on a stick bait. Whites and hybrids will move into the creeks during the day just outside brush and will hit the spoon. It is very difficult to tell when this will happen and it is not just a function of water temperature. Sometimes the lake turns quickly and sometimes very slowly over a couple of weeks and it is not easily visible. Just look for the thermocline to go away and the oxygen to be uniform down to 35-feet.  The fish will have no reason to be anywhere special except on shad and on cover. That is where brush pile location becomes very important and why we put them in for our customers.  You can still get a cabin for $59/day for two people with a free boat stall here at Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and have live bait all year.