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

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Big bass caught on the Bink's Spoon yesterday. Image title

The lake level is 553.68 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time. They are holding the White River at Newport at just over 14 feet for some reason. The surface temperature is 49 degrees and the lake is still stained and you can see your lure down about 3 feet. It is a good color for fishing and the lake in general is in excellent condition. I caught bass, crappie and bluegill when I went out last evening. I was using both the Bink spoon and a slip float and minnow over brush in 25-feet of water. It tried to sprinkle a little but it was warm and good to be out. It is cloudy again today and I will head out this afternoon. I am seeing more large schools of shad than before and that is good but few of them have fish on them. There were several boats fishing around my dock with birds all around but they did not know I had just fed the fish with floating fish food. The same thing happened under the bridge when I was feeding the ducks that fly in by the boat wanting food. The Corps of Engineers are issuing brush permits for Norfork lake at 9:AM at their office on January 14. First come first serve. This is a good way to help the fish habitat. With the effort of the biologists from Game and Fish and private fishermen putting in brush it will definitely make the fishing better. Blackburns has been putting in brush since 1995 and have some good ones. We want our customers and friends to catch fish and it works. Fishing is pretty good now with spooning being the best over and right around brush.  Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Why pay more?  We are open all year.