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

A couple of yesterday's catch.Image title

The lake level is 555.65 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with minimal generation. It was a beautiful day with ambient temperature in the early 70's and sunny with a light south wind when I went out yesterday. The lake is clearing nicely after the rain and is in excellent condition. This is a perfect level for launching, parking and fishing. I wish it would stay at this level always. I fished until dark and caught several fish including bass, crappie, warmouth, bluegill and one short walleye. It was good to just be outside. The fall foliage is still changing and is better than last year but not great. It is to be cloudy and rainy for the next several days with one clear night coming up with a frost. I am not seeing shad moving to the bank at dark for the night bite yet but the full moon is not until the 12th of November. I will put on a stick bait and give it a try a little later. I found a school of shad suspended in 50-ft. and dropped a spoon but they were bluegill. Big ones too. I caught a couple and moved on. Most bass were near the bank in front of the buck brush but a few were on main lake points in about 10-feet of water. I found crappie shallow on dead trees  and also on brush at 20-feet. The walleye was on a point 20-ft. down near the bottom. I only fished three places and the bite was best just at and after sundown. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Why pay more? We are open all year and if your boat is winterized we have a rental for you.