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

The lake level is 571.53 and has risen over 3-inches in the last 24-hours with a few hours of generation yesterday afternoon. We are to get more rain later this weekend and into next week. There is no chance the lake will drop even if it doesn't rain. Every lake is rising except Beaver which still has full generation and spillway gates open to give it a little surge capacity but still has just over 1-1/2 ft. before breaching. It looks like they will hold and hope until everything is totally full and then flood out downstream again. We are at a point where a little higher will not hurt anything much. I would not advise trying to launch anything from about Saturday noon to Sunday afternoon and after that the day users will be pulling out unless you plan on a long line and a longer walk to parking and back to your boat. You have to really want to get out there. Fishing was not the best yesterday with not much top-water but they do not come up everyday. A few fish were caught but not a lot. Bass, catfish and bluegill are the best. Some stripers have gone deep already. The bass are spawned out as are the crappie. I am seeing some small fry around the dock. Blackburns has several out there this morning and I hope they do better. There are a lot of undersized fish of all species but some big ones are still being caught. The surface water temperature is a little over 70 and the main lake is pretty clear and the creeks change from clear to stained almost daily even if there is no wind, boat traffic or rain. The best place to fish now is on the old shoreline in 20-25 ft. of water after the top-water is over if there is any. Fishing slows about 10:am.