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

Caught yesterday fishing out of Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental with Bink's Guide Service. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 569.74 and is dropping a little more with generation most of the time. The surface water temperature is 86 degrees and the weather has been beautiful. It is to get warmer for the next couple of days and then another good chance of rain for the weekend continuing until early next week. The last time this was predicted we got nothing. It is very dry here and we have received below average rainfall for the last two months. The main lake looks very clear from the surface but there is a mud line right around the thernocline which is normal for this time of year. A lot of fish ar at this depth of about 26-feet. It is a good place to look for walleye, bass and crappie. Others are deep, schooled and suspend about 60+ feet down in 100ft. of water.  People are still fishing for the deep stripers and killing all of them. Several in the 8-9 pound range are being caught. It would be good if this water level would drop soon and allow the bigger ones that are left to grow for next year. The ones being caught now are getting smaller and smaller. This is being caused by over fishing and high water levels for extended periods of time causing very low oxygen levels. Maybe the new strain of stripers brought here from North carolina by Game and Fish will help them survive better. They are doing the best they can. Bass and walleye are the best bite now with a few big crappie and bluegill being caught. Catfishing is fair on live bluegill on drop-shotted jugs and throw lines.