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

The lake level is 564.35 and has risen about 10-inches in the last 24-hours with a very little generation yesterday evening. Norfork lake is up about 7-1/2 feet since the first big rain last month when it was down to 557. This last rain was not as big as the first one but they had not been able to get rid of the water yet when the second one came resulting in continuous high daily rises with no generation to stop it. The rises continue and do not expect any relief anytime soon.  The huge generation and spillway release from Table Rock into Bull Shoals is filling it quickly and keeping the White River at Newport to near flood levels.   Beaver Lake is getting near capacity and they will have to release a lot of water from it soon or it will get over full. Dam management 101, do not let the water go over the dam. Maybe they can get that right. Keeping the levels high all winter and holding and hoping do not seem to be working very well. More rain is scheduled for later this week with low pressure moving through about twice a week which is not unusual for early May. Yesterday was not the best weather wise. The wind shifted to the north and the ambient temperature dropped all afternoon and by about 5:PM you needed a coat. It was dark and dreary with misting rain all day. Several fishermen stayed out in it though and caught fish. Others were just hanging around on their porches rigging poles or socializing. I heard more than one comment about how nice it was to have big covered porches and not be cooped up inside all day. Today is sunny and beautiful and everybody is out. Just take it day by day and be thankful for no severe weather. I am.  The big pool is filling and will be ready for you when it finally warms up and it will. The continuous lake rises is messing up what started out to be a good spawn but the fry should have a lot of cover.