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

Dave Titus with some of yesterday's catch. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 557.45 and has dropped 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. They are dropping the White River at Newport quickly and also dropping the discharge while drastically cutting the lakes dam discharges. Newport is now at 16 feet heading for 14-feet and then 12-ft on May 8th. The idea is to keep the area lakes one big rain away from high water instead of creating a little capacity and then hold and hope and then open the flood gates after the crops are planted downstream. They have been able to accomplish this goal in most of the last several years so it must be what they want. When asked about this all they have to say is the dams are doing what they were built for to hold water. My question is why not hold a little less in the winter so you do not have to hold so much in the spring and summer? At least they have Table Rock at power pool so Branson Landing does not flood again They got enough flak from that a few years ago. It is all about the $. The other lakes are several feed above power pool. It is to be a nice day today with a high near 70 but then the cold weather moves in Tuesday night with freeze warnings. This is not unusual for this part of April. Cold fronts move in and out a couple of times a week from February through April. Look for a couple of nights with lows in the 60's for the top-water bite to really take off. The post spawn bass will be really hungry and will come up almost every day. Now it is just mostly on clear mornings at sunrise. A lot of bass are still full of eggs and have not spawned yet but some crappie have but not nearly all of them. Pigeon, East Pigeon, Briar Creek and Float Creek are good places to start. Grubs tipped with minnows, Bobby Garland jigs and 3-inch swim baits are catching a lot of fish on the bank in the buckbrush. Spring walleye fishing is as good as it has been in several years with more keepers showing up than the last couple of years. Some are on the bank with the bass and crappie in the creeks and some are on the main lake points in 14-16 feet of water on the spoon. Pretty much all of the fishermen here at Blackburns are catching fish. About 1/2 of the people here are fishermen. Others are building houses, constructing businesses, looking for property or just relaxing and enjoying nature. The forest canopy is filling out fast and many plants and trees are blooming and it is a beautiful time of year. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. You can save anywhere from $30 to $60 per day here with no diminished quality and in most cases better. A lot better.