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

I went out yesterday afternoon and it was very warm with temperatures in the high 80's. The water surface temperature was 80 both in the creeks and the main lake. I went to one of Blackburns brushpiles that has been occupied by someone everytime I went to it for several days. It was finally open . That is ok. We will put in more. If one gets too busy I just quit adding to it and turn it over to them. People can get permits from the Corps of Engineers to put in their own but it is easier to just use the ones others put in. Blackburn's are marked in the gameroom wall map for all our customers to see. They are good ones too. We like our customers to catch fish. I fished for about 1-1/2 hours and caught 4-bluegill, 4-bass, 2-crappie and a nice flathead catfish.  One of the crappie was very large. The fish are right in the brush in 25-30 feet and on or near the bottom. I thought when I caught the bluegill that a catfish would not be far behind and I was right. It was not as big as Casey's yesterday but a good one anyway.  I was using minnows and slip floats and Bink's spoons only. I was going to switch to the grub and minnow to try it out but did not need to. It was a warm and fun summer evening. John Bornhop is here and catching some nice crappie. He always does. He helps put in brush and knows where they all are. We have some good places and will not charge you too much.