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

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

The lake level is 570.71 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with a little less generation. If it does not rain much and they keep up this stupid lake management we should be at normal levels by October. Then they will not draw it down in the winter and we can begin high water again with the spring rains. Hold and hope. Sounds like a government plan to me that really wants launches, parking, campgrounds and swimming areas covered with water and then blame it on rain. The only thing that makes things work now is a drought. This is not going to change until people really start complaining to their congressmen. There are some people that this does not bother much and continue to support the current rules. It is not a matter of whether you flood out the farmers or the lake, it is a matter of smart management. My dog is smart and could do a better job.  I am so tired of people saying that is what the lakes are for to hold water. The lakes are for flood control. Smart flood control. They give you a choice of how do you want your steak, raw or burned, and have people take sides. It should be medium. The government just reacts to problems by saying they will do a study and then three or four years later they start the public comments to test the waters. This is how they do everything. We are years away from any changes if we start now. I am not sure why the creeks go from very clear to stained overnight with no changes in weather. The main lake is consistenly clear and has been for several months and the creeks change almost daily but it does not hurt anything. Some days I can see near the bottom at my dock which is in a little over 30-ft. of water and some I cannot see down 3-4 feet. There are a lot of fish under there though. Fishing has not changed with the stripers deep and the walleye in 32-ft. of water on main lake points. Crappie are under docks and on mainlake dropoffs near any wood. Bass move into the old shoreline in the evening. Big bluegill are also undwer docks and under main lake willow patches. This is all normal. Water surface temperature remains at 85 degrees. The lake overall is in good condition.  


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