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

Casey Denham with some nice catfish caught on limb lines on bluegill. Yesterday.Image title

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service.Image title

The lake level is 567 53 and has risen 5-inches in the last 24-hours. We are to get a little rain tomorrow and then very little chance for the next week. The one inch rain we received earlier rhis week did not run the creeks. The lake is pretty clear and fishing is good especially smallmouth bass, catfish, white bass, smaller hybrids and striper. Catfish are hitting bluegill on limb lines well and bass are also feeding well on top water baits early. People continue to kill small stripers and take pictures bragging on them when there is nothing to brag about. They are just killing the future. I do not fish much for them anyway but a lot of people do and many are learning how to catch them. They are all stocked fish and are finite in numbers. Stripers and hybrids do not re-populate in this lake. Let them grow.The lake surface temperature has dropped from the low 70's to mid 60's with the last rain and a cold front is coming in now with highs only near 60 for tomorrow. High pressure will persist starting sunday. The weather should be good for fishing the longer the high pressure remains. Full moon is the 18th and that will slow the catfishing.  Bluegill are biting well and threadfin shad are spawning. If you are fishing creature baits keep a top-water lure handy and watch just behind the buckbrush for surfacing shad. Blackburns still has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your first boat stall is free unless you haul your own pontoon. All cabins have covered porches and none are duplexes. There are no extra charges for trolling motors on pontoons. You can still get a one bedtoom cabin for $59/day.  There are no diminished services here and you do not have to go down a cliff to get to the dock.