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

Blackburns new friends caught some good ones fishing with Bink's Guide Service this morning. We will see what the rest of the group does tomorrow. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 570.12 and has dropped a little less than 2-inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 60% of the time. The surface water temperature is 85 degrees and the water appears to be clear from the surface but the visibility is not good at the thermocline at 25-feet. Divers are getting some nice walleye though.  Some bass are schooled up on shad in open water and are the best bite now, followed by walleye and a few stripers and crappie. Bluegill are still under docks and around willows on the main lake. Spoons are the best bait but trollers are catching some also. I do not troll and I like to feel the initial bite and set the hook, not just pick up a rod out of the rod holder. I can barely handle one rod at a time but do not miss very many fish. If I drug around 6-8 lines I would have everything messed up. The weather has been very cool for July and is pleasant. It is to get hot again later this week but not a lot of chance for rain. The lake is in excellent condition for swimming and boating and Blackburns has another group of nice people.  We like that.