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

Caught on the Bink's Spoon yesterday morning.Image title

The lake level is 568.87 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with just a little less generation.  It has taken a little over four days to drop the last foot. We received a little more rain yesterday and brought the two day total to about 1.2 inches. It was enough to keep everything green and not affect the lake level much. Blackburns has the biggest green level playground with many activities for the children in the entire area. They can not only look at it but use it. If you miss your basketball shot it does not roll down a cliff. Our big pool is 30x60 with a baby section and a slide and is next to the pavilion with shuffleboard and ping pong. No need to bring a tent with you for cover against the sun and rain because all of our cabins have big covered porches and you can have social distancing as all cabins are individual with no duplexes. All cabins are sanitized after every use.  Our 18-stall dock is in a sheltered cove good for kayaking and fishing.  You can launch right here and park your boat in a free stall and then there is plenty of room for trailer parking. No need to go elsewhere to launch requiring two people. Make sure you check to make sure the place you stay has a dock, pool, launch and boat rental. Many do not. Blackburns has all of the above and still has the best prices. We have several good fishermen in and it will be interesting to see how thay do fishing. Most of our guests have just been boaters with families lately. We like them too. Bink is still on the walleye and catching some everyday. Crappie fishing is just fair and stripers are a little slow. Several of the crappies are small. The old shoreline before the water rise is in about 18-ft and there are a lot of fish there in the evening feeding. Before and after that they move out in or in front of brush in 30-33 feet of water suspended at the thermocline which is about 26-27 feet. Spoons are the best lures then. Minnows on slip floats dropped just above the tops of brush piles are best now for crappie. Big bluegill at hitting crickets off docks. Bass and walleye fishing is the best at this time. The lake in general is in excellent condition, just too high but much better than a few weeks ago.