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

Tom Kelly with some nice crappie released under the dock Yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 554.75 and stable with one generator running continuously. We are to get quite a bit of rain tomorrow and they will probably quit generating like they almost always do. The White Rivel level at Newport is now dropping quickly and is at 16.75 feet heading for 14-feet for some mysterious reason. Flood stage is 26-feet. It has been windy from the south for the last two days but it slowed and moved to the northwest last evening. Blackburns has several brush piles facing north so the wind did not bother much. We try to put them in for all different fishing conditions. The creeks are still stained from the wind but the main lake is clear. The surface temperature ranges from 72 in the middle of the day to the high 60's in the early morning with the very warm weather. That all changes tomorrow with a cold front coming in and it getting windy again.  The surface temperature really climed quickly with the mid to high 80 degree ambient temperatures. It was about 73 yesterday. The crappie caught on the bank are all males and the ones still on the brush are all females and they are ready to spawn. Several female bass moved to the bank to spawn yesterday. They were on brush and under docks. The very cool weather may slow this process down a bit. I just hope the rain does not raise the lake much. It would be very nice for the spawn for it to remain stable for the next couple of weeks. Come on down to Blackburns where we will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. You will need a covered porch all day tomorrow and Sunday morning.