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

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The lake level is 560.39 and has actually dropped a very little with pretty heavy generation. The surface temperature has dropped below 50 and is now in the high 40's with the cooler weather. It is to be slow warming up but should get back into the 50's by late this weekend or early next week. The creeks are clearing after the runoff from the rain but the main lake is still brown down to just before the 101 bridge. The open water fish that I am finding are not in the creeks but on the main lake flats in 60-80 feet of water. Some are in the creeks but that is determined by the prevailing winds as it always is. Many schools of shad are not holding any fish. Crappie and bass fishing has slowed a bit but some are still biting on brush.One thing about open water fishing now is that the fish and the bait are not moving very much and you can stay on them. It is much easier than when they are roaming which can be very difficult to do so. Use a 1/2 ounce spoon and work from the bottom up the water column until you find the level in which they are feeding. If they are not look for some more and move back there later. I wish it was warmer but as long as the wind is not blowing it is not bad. I am still somewhat surprised that fish are biting in the brown water but they are. All of the water south of 101 is pretty clear and a good color for fishing.  Blackburns is open all year.