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. Image title

The lake level is 567.59 and has dropped 1-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 1/2 the time. They are holding Table Rock at below power pool, dropping Beaver Lake slowly, Norfork a  little more and Bull Shoals quickly while holding the White River at Below 12-feet. Bull Shoals is much more above power pool than the rest of the lakes and needs to be dropped but there is no reason to hold for so long in this dry weather. We should all be back to normal by now with proper management. July is almost over and the weather is hot with highs to be near 100 for later this week. This always happens the last of July and first of August. At least we can swim in the lake, in the pool or get out of it in air conditioning to beat it. When it is cold there is not much you can do. Fall will be here before you know it. I am not a fan of winter but the fishing on Norfork Lake can be the best in winter. That is when I catch the giant crappie and bass. Thanksgiving and after makes for some good fishing and the big boats are off the lake and the fishermen are the only ones out there. Peace and quiet. The lake level is usually about right for the brush piles to be in play after being held up all spring and summer by the incompetant lake managers. My Dog Toby is very smart and could do a better job. The lake surface water temperature is in the high 80's and should reach 90 by next week. The water remains clear on the main lake and a little stained in the creeks but is overall in excellent condition. We need the level to drop about 8-feet to be at a good level and at less than 2-inch drop/day it will take until mid September to get there if it does not rain much unless they quit holding and that is not likely. It could go faster if it stays dry. We will see what August brings. Fishing is the same except the thermocline is dropping, the water temeptature is rising and the fish are going deeper but the bass are still feeding in the buckbrush on the spring spawn which is now about 3-inches long for bass and bluegill in the late evening. Spoons during the early morning and saltcraws and worms late evening.