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

The lake level is 572.94 and has risen about 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with very little generation. The White River at Newport is now at 13-feet and still they keep the drain plug in. They have also cut way back on the discharge there. We are to have very little chance of rain for the next week and it is hot about everywhere so they surely must need some electricity somewhere but the policy of hold as much as they can is still in effect. We only had a 10% chance of rain Friday evening when we got 1-1/2 inches and that and 1/2 inch more is all we have had for the month of June and it is 1/2 over. Let some water out boys. The ambient temperatures are to be near 90 for the next week with a lot of sunshine. Good lake weather. The main lake is clear and the creeks are stained a bit and the surface water temperature is 82 degrees. This is the first day of spearfishing season and I wish them well. I would love to go but it is just too busy here. The lake is in the best condition for diving in quite some time. There will be plenty of time for me later. You can get both cabins and dive boats at the best prices here at Blackburns and Scuba Doo dive shop is only 1/2 mile away. We are located in a good diving area and close to everything including shopping and dining. Other places you need to pack a lunch and take a lantern to just get there. Very few good places are available to dive from shore due to high water and to do any swimming for that matter. You need to swim off a boat, off a dock or in a pool. We have all three here at Blackburns. Early top-water bite is still the best and then a jigging spoon next. Several small stripers are being caught and a very few in the 15-lb range. The thermocline is at 22-feet and a lot of fish are around or near that with some bass shallower, especially in the evenings. Catfishing on limb lines and jugs is only fair. Bluegill and crappie off docks is fair. Crickets for bluegill are best. Look for willow trees on both main lake and creeks and fish around them. Spoon main lake points.