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

The lake level is 571.93 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours and they have cut back on the generation. All of the area lakes are rising at about the same rate except for Beaver which is dropping very slowly but only has a little over a foot and one half capacity left. They are predicting rain until Thursday but we have not recieved any yet. It is very cloudy and muggy. The catfish are biting pretty good on live perch on limb lines and throw lines but you have to bait them up late or the herons and turtles rob the bait. Bluegill are in the willows in the creeks, off docks  and main lake and are hitting crickets, worms and jigs. Bass are spawned out except for smaller ones and Kentuckys which spawn all summer depending on size. Some stripers are coming up early and then are going deep where trollers are catching some along with a few hybrids. White Bass are starting to make a comeback but still are not nearly what they were about three years ago. Work the old shoreline with swim baits and main lake points with jigging spoons for about everything. Crappie fishing has slowed. The lake surface temperature is about 77 in the creeks and in the mid 70's on the main lake. The creeks are stained and the main lake remains pretty clear. Fish are scattered all over and will be until the thermocline forms. Stripers will continue to go deeper as the ozygen level drops with the high water in the vegetation. If it remains high until September there will be another kill but it will not be as bad as before because most of the big ones are already gone. Walleye, bass and crappie have picked up the slack and are not affected by high water like the Ocean Fish. Norfork Lake has a lot of fish but there is also a lot of cover. On a normal year the cover is concentrated by man made brush piles as the river basin was cleared prior to flooding unlike other lakes but we have not seen a normal level in quite some time. Not so when it is high. A lot of bass fry are showing up near the bank.