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

Smallmouth, crappie and flatheads are the best bite. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 569.18 and has remained stable for the last 24-hours but they shut off the one generator earlier this morning.  They must be expecting some rain and are trying to keep the level as high as they can. They are running Branson hard to keep it at power pool and trying to keep the White River at Newport to 21-feet like predicted. We will see if they drop the level to 18-feet May 1st. If they do they should turn in their operators card and let my dog Toby run it. I guess it is fun for them to keep almost everything just one big rain away from disaster while protecting Table Rock and then go home and laugh. Hold and hope. We are to get at least an inch of rain tonight and then warm and mostly sunny for a few days. The lake is still slow warming but is now in the early 60's depending on where you look. The lake is clear and I still have seen very few bass on the beds yet. I do not do sight fish for bass on beds but many people do. I caught some big fish yesterday both crappie and bass and they were all in about 15-ft. of water near the bottom. I was casting the grub to the bank and letting it sink while using a slow retrieve. They all hit hard at just about the same depth. You can see your lure down about 6-7 feet and it is totally clear to the bottom near the bank. I was fishing the creeks near Blackburns where the wind had been blowing into. I fished for about two hours and caught four big fish. The fish did not bite at all during the middle of the day but started about 5-PM. The throw line produced two big flatheads on perch.


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