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

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The lake level is 565.32 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 2/3rds the time. The main lake is clear and the creeks are stained a little green and the surface water temperature is 85 degrees with a thermocline in the high 20's and near 30 with cold water below that. The visibility is poor at the thermocline but there are quite a few fish at or near it.  Bass, bluegill and walleye are the best bite with a few nice sized hybrid stripers being caught and some catfish. The dog days of summer end next wednesday and the fishing should get better after the water cools. Some small stripers are with the hybrids. When you see a picture of someone holding a striper with it's mouth open it is almost always dead and not releaseable. Fish from about 5:45 AM to 9:30 AM, take the middle of the day off and go out again about 5PM. The morning bite is the best. We need the lake to drop about six more feet to get parking and access to be back to normal but that does not allow for any rise at all. Typically November is our wettest month but it can be our best fishing month. We catch a lot of fish here at Blackburns at Thanksgiving and you can get a 1-bedroom cabin for $59/day with a free boat stall. We still have two cabins open for Bass Cat tournament in October so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115  before they are all gone and you have to pay much more elsewhere.