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 552.12 and has risen 2-inches in 24-hours with no generation. They can change what is now called the top of the power pool or normal pool but I will continue to use 552 as normal level as it was for many years. I like this level but would prefer it to be below 550 going into the spring giving us as much surge capacity as possible. The surface temperature was 65 degrees on the main lake when I went out last evening and the lake in general is in excellent condition. I crappie fished until after 5:Pm and then started bass fishing. The crappie were on brush at 25-feet and the bass were under the ledge on steep river channel banks and you had to cast right on the bank and let it drop onto the ledge to get them. They started biting after 5:pm and have been doing that for some time. I do not transport or take pictures of undersized fish but a few of the bass were keepers and all of the crappie were pretty big. It was a little windy and it did not  lay after 5PM like it usuall does. I fished Bidwell and Float Creek areas. There are still many fish in open water on shad and have not moved to the bank and brush in big numbers yet. I will go to my so-called Thanksgiving places soon to check them out. I like to try to try new places and do not try to see how many fish I can catch but how many different kinds and big ones. Walleye are still eluding me but the bass and crappie are not. I will give it another try today. Rain is schedule to come and go next week several times but that is not unusual for November. Cold fronts do slow the fishing down for a while but it comes right back. I am catching 6-8 fish in about two hours of fishing. Not bad but not good. Blackburns still has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your first boat stall is free. We do not charge for trolling motors on pontoons and all cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have covered porches. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.