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

The lake level is 551.22 and dropping very slowly with about two hours of generation in the afternoons.The surface temperature was 79 when I went diving yesterday and the wind was causing white caps from the south east. I went over by Robinson Island and this is what I found: Diving conditions have improved greatly in the last week. The water was the same down past 35 feet in visibility and temperature and I found no thermocline. The reports that it is at 40-feet are probably true or it is gone. I did not go that deep. I could see about 8-10 feet which is perfect for spearfishing. All of the fish were either right in or very near the brush at 25-feet near the bottom. There were no fish between brush piles and not that many on them. I saw a few walleye but mostly bass and most of them were smallmouth. Nice ones too. The bait fish present were bluegill about two inches long and bass about the same. I saw no fish anywhere below 30-feet. The water was very nice and I got a couple of walleye in the 20-inch range. Good to be under water again and be able to see. Plastic worms should work well for bass letting them sink over the brush or drop shotting finesse worms. Rain for a couple of days and then much cooler weather. Not much is changing as far as fall foliage is concerned but sumac, which is usuall bright red is just turning brown.