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

The lake level is 555.38 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. Hope they can keep it up for a few more days. Crappie fishing is fair with some fish being caught everyday. Mostly around 11-inches and not worth a picture. I am catching 4 or 5 in the evening in about 2-hours of fishing. The Moody brothers are doing well on both bass and white bass. They are using both Alabama rigs and wiggle warts. I am glad they are having a good time. Nice fellows. It was late when I got in and did not get a chance to talk with the other fishermen. The fishing is not great but it is surprising to me how good it is for this part of March. The cold fronts move through several times a week this time of year and typically really hurt the fishing for a while. Bass are best, white bass and hybrids second and crappie third. All of the walleye that I am catching are small and not very many of them. A lot of fish have not moved to the bank yet but I will check it out this evening. The moon is getting full and it will not be long. When the walleye start to bite in the evening before dark the stripers will be on the bank. Fish the shadowy banks for walleye at about 6:30 PM and then move to the striper banks until after dark. Soft plastics for walleye and suspending stick baits for stripers. We need some warm over night lows in the 50's. The top water bite will be in full swing after the threadfin shad spawn which is when the water temperature reaches early 60's in the early morning. It is 50 now. Suface water temperature is very important at this time. The male bass will start looking to build a nest when the water temperature is in the mid to high 50's and the process begins in the low 60's. Some Norfork lake bass continue to spawn well into the summer.