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

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The lake level is 551.82 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours with 2-hours of generation. We have received about 3-inches of rain in the last 2-1/2 days and most of it sank in as we were dry. I like to go into the winter with good ground water. Things are good now. We got no wind or storms with the rain. We have six groups of fishermen in now and they kept a good attitude and made the best of it. They got in several hours of fishing and caught some fish. Blackburns has several brush piles close to our dock and they were able to catch fish and duck into the dock and fish off it when the rain got heavy. It is very cloudy with light rain again today but is to be nice and in the 60's for Saturday. We have more good fishermen coming in then. We seldom get rained out for the whole day. I am catching bass, crappie and bluegill everyday and am going out in the afternoon and stay until dark. The wind usually diminishes about 5:pm but that will change with the time change Saturday night. It is hard for me to get used to but if it helps the children not have to get on the bus in the dark it is alright with me. I am on no time schedule. The evening bite will stay the best until the moon gets small and then the morning bite will get better. The full moon in November is the 22nd or Thanksgiving Day and just before that will be a good time to check out the bite at dark just north of Cranfield Island on the points near the bank for stripers. Ger your stick bait ready and make sure it runs true at slow speeds. There are some open water fish showing up west of Mallard point. Most of them are white bass but a few hybrids are with them. There are more towards the back of Float Creek.  I do not care much for white bass but the hybrids pull hard.  I am glad they are there. White bass are ok to eat but cannot compare to walleye, crappie, kentucky bass, bluegill and flatheads. White bass do reproduce naturally and do not ingest their spawn like the stripers and hybrids.