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

Dave Titus with more good ones. Image title

The lake level is 554.63 and has dropped about 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with a little more generation but not much. They are making no effort to drop area lakes and all are above power pool. The weather man has postponed the cold arctic air here to the middle of next week and has mitigated it a bit. It will be cold but not nearly as bad as formerly forecast. It was cool and drizzle yesterday morning so I waited for the wind to pick up and the front to start to blow through and it did about 3:Pm so I went fishing.The fish started biting as soon as I got to a brush pile in about 35-ft. in Hensleys creek. The wind was from the west and kept increasing until the white caps were lapping over the boat. I had caught eight crappie and one bass on the jig casting it past the brush and letting it sink into it. They bit right at the top of the brush and in front of it near the bottom. I do not call any Norfork Lake crappie under 17-inches giant but I did catch a couple near that. The rest were 14-15 inches except for one only about 10-inches. I released all but the four largest ones which I saved for a shut-in friend who loves them. I saw no other boat out there except Dave Titus who was also catching fish. The wind did die down at sunset but by then the temperature had dropped about 15-degrees so I did not go back out. The best fishing has been just at sunset and until it was getting dark until yesterday. The high pressure and clear skies are here now and we will see what that brings. That is why you have to be out there almost everyday to write a report. It changes with the wind, air pressure and cold fronts. Usually one day after the high pressure moves in the fishing is not the best but it gets better and better until the next Low pressure is fully here. I found fish in deep water schooled but did not want to bring them up and have them die. Venting the fish lets them go down after being caught deep but they die anyway. When the wind has been blowing for some time into one bank near deep water the bass can be caught with a crank bait. Otherwise a lot of them are just outside brush on shad near the bottom and can be caught on the spoon. Use 4-lb. test on the 1/8th and 1/4 spoon and 6-lb on the 1/2 ounce and 8-lb. on the 3/4 and 1-ounce for the best action. I only use the larger ones if the wind is blowing hard to keep the line straight up and down. If you drag the spoon you will lose it for sure. If you want to kill everything you catch fish in over 50-ft. of water near the bottom. The water temperature is still 47 and is also still clearing. It is very clear near the bank and stained a little green in open water. Algae is getting to be a problem near the bank for some reason. Probably because the dam at Dawt Mill is gone. The new siding on cabin #1 is finished and partially stained. Cabin #2 is about 1/2 done. #4 and #11 are next. You will like what you see when you get here at Blackburns and there will be no price increases again this year and your first normal sized boat stall is free. We do charge if you bring your own pontoon. Please get you deposits in for this year to hold the cabin and boat of your choice and prevent disappointments. The summer months are filling up more than normal. I do not use the money to go on vacations, buy a new car, truck or personal boat and all of it goes to improvements. The money you save by staying here can be donated to Disabled Veterans.