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Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service yesterday. Image title

Cabin #11 with three bedroom, two bath and big screened porch after renovation. Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 561.01 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/3 the time and one running about 2/3 the time. We missed the strong storms that hit Mississippi and Alabama and inundated Tennessee with rain. Even though I do not like the way it is managed, Norfork is in better shape overall than most of the lakes around. We just need about two weeks of no rain but that is highly unlikely in the end of March and early April. We would have been just fine if they had drawn the levels down in the winter but they refuse to do so. A lot of things are changing and have changed on the water. You cannot go out there once a week or so and write a report. They are just not worth anything. First of all the lake surface water had passed 60-degrees and was about 61 but has dropped again with the cool night to the mid 50's. The bluegill have moved back in the creeks under docks and have brought catfish and bass with them. Some walleye were caught yesterday by Bob Schniderman from Illinois part way back in creeks in the Red Bank area on a Stick bait. He is a good fisherman. Crappie are schooled up and are also back in the creeks in about 23-ft. of water and biting on jigs and grubs tipped with live minnows. They are pre-spawn feeding as are the bass. Fish are starting to come up in the evening and the creeks are the place to be for about everything. Big stripers are being either elusive or just gone. Hybrids are being caught near the bank on stick baits and nice ones too. This is all happening after a couple of weeks of not very good fishing. The lake seems to be clearing just a bit but is either brownish green or green over most of the lake and the floating small debris is not affecting clearity much. Flatheads, bass and crappie were all caught in Blackburns Creek yesterday and there were several boats out there enjoying the 80-degree weather and participating in fishing tournaments. Bink caught a mixed bag of fish yesterday including, bass, white bass, hybrids and small stripers. He is fishing the Big Creek area and reports the water is clearing a bit but still brownish. No report on the night striper bite. The fronts continue to move through about every three days and when the cold fronts get here followed by high pressure the fishing is slowed for a couple of days and the water temperature drops again. There is some top-water bite in the evenings but will not start in earnest until about April 15th. Things are in transition now but that is what makes things interesting. Blackburns has finished renovation on cabins 1,2,4 and the three bedroom two bath house and are now focused on painting trim. All other cabins are freshly painted.  That is why we have received the Best of Mountain Home Awards for improvements and value for the second consecutive year. We did not raise any of our prices and your first boat stall is free here unless you bring your own pontoon and we have 12 of them to rent. Our one bedroom cabins are still $59/day for two people and 2,3,4 bedrooms are priced accordingly. All have covered porches and none are duplexes. You will like what you see when you get here. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.