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

The lake level is 554.59 and rising very slowly with one generator running continuously. The lake is clearing and is in excellent condition. I did not find any mushrooms yesterday but it is getting close. The rain and 70 degree temperature will bring them out. Not much is better than fried mushrooms, taters and onions and catfish. I stayed out until after dark last night and tried the night bite for stripers. I never have good luck finding them on cloudy, rainy, moonless nights with no wind and I was correct. They like that moon shining in their eyes and the wind blowing into the bank. Just wanted to confirm. I caught a catfish on the trotline, bass on grub and a large crappie before dark though. The morning bite for surfacing bass is the best now.  Get out there by 6:45 AM and be ready with a spitin image. The surface temperature is still about 57 degrees and should raise to near 60 with the warmer nights and higher daily temperatures which seems to be the magic number to get things started. It looks like April 15th is still on track for a good top-water bite. I keep trying main lake points but they are just not many fish there yet. The crappie are just not ready to spawn yet and neither are the bass. I will be out there every day to let you know.