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

I did not catch very many but they were good ones. Image title

The lake level is 556.50 and has risen 6-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 1/2 the time. Do not expect the level to drop any time soon or very fast. The lake was still pretty clear when I went out yesterday but some small tree sticks and bark were floating on wind blown banks making fishing more difficult where I wanted to go.  I went out early, came in and worked on the dock and went out again late afternoon. It was cool early, warmed up and then got cool again fast at sunset. I do not expect great fishing after a cold front and the first day of high pressure after that especially with a full moon. Stripers and bluegill are the only fish that I know that like a full moon and it was big and bright just after dark. I could see just fine with no lights on. I tried the same places that worked for me the day before with very little luck. The fish marked on the brush but would not bite very well. The same for the river channel bank. I caught a couple and then moved to a main lake cut and caught a couple more. Overall it was a slow day for me but I caught some. Things are changing every day and that is why if you want to write accurate reports you have to be out there every day. I will follow Bink's advice and work back in the creeks today. I have to test him out. The weather is to continue to be good for a few days and maybe the bite will improve. The longer it goes before the next cold front the better it should get. I am happy to just be out there with peace and quiet. It is very nice out but you need warm clothes both early and late. The warm part of the day does not last long. I do not deer hunt anymore and prefer to feed them but the season definitely slows the boat traffic of fishermen on the lake. I like that too. Blackburns still has the best prices for both cabins and boat rental on the lake and your first boat stall is free. Why pay more?