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

Caught last evening on the grub.Image title

Caught Friday On the 1/8th ounce Bink's Spoon. Blue and white. Image title

The lake level is 555.44 and dropping very slowly with continuous running of both generators. Do not touch that off switch for about two months and get us down to 548. The main lake is a little stained and you can see your lure down to about 4-feet. The creeks change almost daily. The fishing was not as good for me yesterday as it has been lately but I did catch a few good fish. I caught a couple of keeper bass and a few crappie. The conditions were exactly the same as the day before with very light winds but the bite was much slower. I saw no other boats out there and it was nice to have 30,000 acres to yourself. I am still using small grubs, slip floats with minnows and the 1/8th ounce Bink's spoon for crappie and the grub for bass. The surface temperature is still about 48 degrees on the main lake and the fish seem to want to come up shallow in the late evening behind the brush piles toward the shore otherwise I am fishing right in the brush. One thing for sure I am seeing a lot less shad than usual in this area and do not know for sure if they are there or not. They are usually thick and black out the locator by Robinson Island, In front of Panther Bay Marina and from Blackburns creek to the north bank. Not now.  Maybe some are hugging the bottom. The fish that are caught are very healthy though and we will have to get some very cold weather from now on for the water temperature to drop enough to have a shad kill which starts in the high 30's. The shad kill really helps short term fishing but it might be better if we did not have one this year. It is to be back in the 50's early next week and should bring out fair weather fishermen.