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

The lake level is stable for the last 24-hours with several hours of generation. I hope they realize that February was our rainiest month last year.  Everything seems to take them by surprise. It was a little windy yesterday but not bad. It stopped and was still by 4:PM. That seems to be the standard now if there is not a front moving through. There is still water running into the lake from the hillsides but the creeks have stopped running. You can bet the lake is rising if the creeks are running no matter what is generated. All of our guests that were fishing caught fish.  I was bass fishing and caught several with a mixed bag but several were undersized. It does not matter as they are all released anyway. We really promote catch and release here at Blackburns but understand keeping fish to eat.  They are so good out of this clean clear lake. I stll do not appreciate seeing pictures of the dock floor piled high with dead fish though. Nobody needs that many even if they are just white bass. John found a very large school of small stripers about 10-inches long. He said there were hundreds of them. That is good news and if people would quit killing stripers less than 10-lbs. and let them grow, we could get our population of big fish back. Crappie fishing has slowed a bit but the size is great. Walleye are still eluding me except for an occassional one caught in open water on shad with the other species. I am not seeing as many shad as normal but am not out in open water that much. Usually in the winter they black out the fishfinder on the way to Blackburns brush piles. We missed the weather again and it looks to be good fishing weather through the weekend with warm temperatures. I love my new heated sox. Bass, crappie and white bass continue to be the best bite but that changes daily. You have to be out there.