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

Mike Eakle with a nice hybrid released under the dock.Image title

The lake level is 567.05 and is just what it was at this time yesterday. They quit generating all night and have just started again. We have received a three day total of just about one inch so far with more on the way. It has come slow and the creeks are not running.  It looks like summer is here for the weekend with highs in the 80's and sunny. The lake surface temperature has been slow rising and has hung in there at just below 70 for several days but that should be all over by Saturday. With the cloudy conditions the nightime lows have stayed in the 60's and the earlier cool nights with lows in the 40's is what have kept the water temperatures down. Our average rainfall for May is 4.84 inches and we have received just over 3-inches so far this month and is on track for average or below barring anything big. I went out for a few minutes yesterday to check on some fishing spots for our customers and was a little surprised on how clear the main lake was from the day before. I could see my lure down several feet. The fish were biting pretty good on my jig and four crappie(two very large) and a bass were caught. I was back within the hour.  The two crappie were spawned out and donated to a customer and the rest released under the dock. Catfish are starting to show up on shallower brush on main lake points. I would like to set out a trot line but just have not had time to do so with the resort being so busy with people taking advantage of our lowest cabin and boat rental rates in the area and they really appreciate not having to pay for their first boat stall unless they bring the Queen Mary and I have to move one of my rental pontoons out. We have twelve of them. Our boat stalls are different sizes and are not one size fits all. One that just fits your boat is the best. All of our stalls have walkways and electrical outlets on both sides for your convenience and ease of getting in and out of your boat and charging.  We have three Purple Martin House on the dock and they are all full of birds and it is a pleasure to just watch and listen to them. Not many bugs down there with them on the prowl.  We have two more houses full of them at the resort along with many hummingbirds, goldfinches, cardinals, bluebirds, grossbeaks, and indigo buntings, blue jays and wrens. We are an Arkansas State Bird Sanctuary. You can set out on your covered porch and have a great time watching them. A covered porch is important if you want to be outside on these rainy days, out of the sun or if you smoke. We do not allow smoking inside the cabins here. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Jigging spoons are starting to work on main lake points.