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

The lake level is 572.26 and has dropped about an inch in the last 24-hours. It is dry here and they could really do a lot of good by dropping the lake a few feet but refuse to do it. Why they are trying to hold the area lakes up as high as possible for as long as possible is anybodies guess but being run by the government is enough. They manage the lakes like they manage the post office and the Veterans Administration. Don't expect much don't get much. The surface water temperature is about 84-degrees and the water is clear. There was rain all around us yesterday but none here. There are pictures of a jet ski floating around in the lake in front of Mallard Point and that is one reason why you should not be boating in the dark. Buoys also break away in the high water and are not fun to hit let alone logs. There is not a lot of debris out there but it only takes one. Some of the wood is water logged and just under the surface. The Cystic Fibrosis fishing tournament is the 16th of October and the Bass Cat invitational is the following friday and saturday the 22nd and 23rd. The lake should be lower by then. Blackburns has $59/day 1-bedroom cabins, on site launching, plenty of parking and is close to the take off point. We are filling up already and I am glad Bass Cat is back. They are welcome here. Cystic has a lot of Missouri boys and they know how to catch bass. It should be a fun October. The top water bite is slowing and just lasts for a few minutes but some nice hybrids are showing up in deep water but not a lot. All of the stripers caught out of deep water die this time of year so I do not fish for them deep. There are not many big ones left and this high water will not help the ones that are left. Fishing overall has slowed but some are being caught. Boating and swimming conditions are good, launching and parking is not especially on weekends.