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

The lake level is 566.61 and has dropped a little over 2-inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 60% of the time. They quit all night and generate all day. The shallower brush piles are starting to hold some crappie and Kentucky Bass and they are hitting small spoons Under docks and the old shore line before the water rise is holding a lot of baitfish. Small shad a little over an inch long are everywhere as well as bluegill and bass fingerlings. There is plenty of food for the game fish. Bass fishing is still the best both early and late but more and more crappie are being caught. The only stripers that I see caught are very small. Walleye fishing has slowed a bit and catfishing has not been as good as in previous late spring and summer.  The hot weather has broken for a while with the cold front. We were to get rain last night and this morning but got very little. I had 0.2 inches. It is cloudy now but is clearing out. It is to remain in the 80's for several days with temperatures to get back into the 90's by weekend and hot again next week.  Average rainfall for both june and july are a little over 3-1/2 inches each and we have received about 1/2 of that. It is dry and the grass is starting to turn brown. August and january are our driest months and November is our wettest. I had a lake surface water temperature of 92-yesterday in Blackburns creek. It does not usually get higher than that ever. The lake in general is in good condition for both fishing and boating.