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

Caught on the trot line this morning.Image title

Caught last night fishing with Bink. That is the biggest striper that I have seen all spring.Image title

The lake level is 554.73 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-hours with one generator still running and receiving 1/2 inch of rain. It rained hard about 4:AM. It is sunny and very warm with a high of near 80 again today with a cold front coming in later this week. Our normal high is 68. The surface water temperature rises to over 60 during the warm part of the day and then drops by morning with ambient lows in the high 50's. There is a top water bite for bass about 7:AM most days in their normal places and the night bite for stripers is still on but will end soon with the simulated striper spawn finishing and them coming up at day break. You can lure them out of suspension early if you know how to work that spook and throw it past them when they come up. White bass will be coming up all over the place. I like the baby spook better but you can throw the bigger ones farther. Clear is good for sunny mornings and bone colored for cloudy. I like the spitin image better for bass. I am catching fish everyday on my trot line and they are all channel cats all on big shiners. Male crappie are in the backs of the creeks in earnest now and getting ready to make a nest as are bass and bluegill. This is a good time to catch and release everything. I found two mushrooms yesterday and they were the small gray ones. Big brown ones are on the way.  The rain and 80 degree temperatures will make them pop. Come on down. We will not charge you too much or put you in a duplex with no covered porch. We have ample boat trailer parking and you can drive to our launch, launch your boat, put it in a free stall, park your trailer and step on the dock with no steps. Cannot beat that, especially if you are by yourself. Our dock boat slips are not one size fits all and we have one that will just fit your boat with walk ways on both sides. I do not know what to do today. Hunt mushrooms or fish.  Maybe both.