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

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

The lake level is 568.32 and is rising slowly with no generation since yesterday. They are dropping the White River at Newport Rapidly and lowering discharge in order to keep the area lakes up as high as possible for as long as possible. This way if we get big rain they can open the spillway gates and flood everything out downstream after the crops are planted and up to inflict as much damage as possible. Sounds like a plan to me. Hold and hope until there are no other options. No need for any advanced planning. We received 1.3 inches of rain yesterday afternoon and last night but most of it sank in after the dry weather for several days. The creeks are not running and there has not been much rise in level. It has come up a little over 2-inches in the last 24-hours. I am concerned about weather and rain coming in Thursday evening and night. It looks to go a little north now but nothing is for sure. Tie your docks and boats down well just in case. The weekend weather looks pretty good after this low pressure cold front comes through. The lake is still clear but the creeks did stain up a bit last night. There are a lot of fish in the creeks and the morning top-water bite is pretty good for Bass, smaller White Bass, small Stripers and some decent hybrids. Bass fishing is still the best. People just keep killing those small stripers less than 10-lbs and we will pay for it in the future and already are. What used to be common is getting rare already, meaning large stripers. It will just get worse if they hold the lake up high all summer depleting the oxygen. Watch for some debris out there and stay off the lake after dark. The surface water temperature is in the lower to mid 70's and there will be a lot of people swimming this weekend. I cannot wait for the jet skis to get back out there. I miss them.