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Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 564.36 and is about the same as it was this time yesterday. They are only generating about five hours a day and are now predicting the level will be at 555 by 12 November which means generation will remain resrticted well into the fall. We will see if they drop the lake this winter. Nothing would surprise me about how they manage the lake anymore. There is no urgency since Table Rock and Beaver are back to normal.  The lake is still stained and you can see your lure down only a very few feet and the surface temperature is in the low 80's. Fronts have been moving through several times a week turning the fish on and off frequently. I am waiting for low pressures to start in and then fish until it rains me out with good results. High pressure is moving in now and looks to stay that way through the long holiday weekend with nice weather predicted. It has rained on and off for the last four days with cloudy skies and cooler temperatures but that is to change starting today. Today will be my last day of fishing until Tuesday and I will turn the lake over to the Holiday crowd. The lake will clear then and boat traffic will go back to the fishermen. Mid September until mid October is usually an excellent time to fish Norfork. The lake will turn for several days then scattering the fish but not stopping the bite and then get better and better as November gets here. Thanksgiving is almost always a good time for fishing. Blackburns goes into their winter rates on Monday September 7th and you can get a one bedroom cabin with covered porch and no duplex for $59/day and a free normal sized boat stall.  You cannot beat that anywhere near here. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. Walleye, bass, crappie and catfish are the best bite now but Bink is also catching some white bass.  I am not but I am just fishing main lake points in 25-27 feet of water with a spoon. I am not much into trolling. 1/2 ounce Bink's jigging spoon is the best. Many shad or white with a black back are working well in or near brush. Go against the wind and keep your lure straight up and down snapping it up three or four feet and let it fall on slack line near the bottom. The fall foliage is starting to turn on the hillsides and it is not due to the high water and is much higher in the hills. Peak is usually the last part of October and I will keep you posted.   



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