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

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The lake level is 555.89 and has dropped about 2-inches in the last 24-hours with a mix of one generator running and a small amount of flood gates open one foot.  The surface temperature has also dropped to just under 70 degrees and the lake is clearing and is in excellent condition. Crappie, bluegill and bass fishing are still the best with catfish and walleye next.  A few hybrids and a very few stripers are being caught. There are very few white bass. The fish coming up in the early morning and late evening are mostly small bass. Spoons over brush and a 3-inch worm with a lead head and hook exposed are working for bass. I am still using my 2-1/2 inch twister tail tipped with a minnow for both bass and crappie and am doing pretty well. Bass are near the bank and crappie are in brush at 20-30 feet suspended. Walleye are on and around brush on main lake points at 20-25 feet.  Also some are schooled part way back in the creeks in the evening in cuts. There are some red meat fish out in front of the docks at Mallard Point in 50-feet of water on shad but they are not very big. The fall foliage is changing slowly with the roadways being much more colorfull than the hillsides. i would not drive very far to see it. It was a dud last year. We are usually at peak the very end of the month and we are approaching that. My maple trees are turning brown and are usually brilliant red.  That is not a good sign. We do have some good color here at the resort though with our flaming bush magnificient.  It is cloudy and cooling down with a cold front on the way with highs to be near 50 later this week. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Your first boat stall is free.