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

Caught yesterday on the Bink's Spoon in 30-ft. of water. Image title

The lake level is 561 78 and has dropped almost 4-inches in the last 24-hours with about 1-1/2 generators running continuously. The surface water temperature remains in the mid 80's and is perfect for swimming and boating. It is to get warmer amd warmer until this time next week when it is to get in the high 90's again. It has been cool and cloudy the last couple of days. The thermocline is about 30-feet, the best oxygen is near 30-ft. and some of Blackburns brush piles are at 30-ft. and I wonder what depth and where to fish? Drop a Bink's 3/8th or 1/4 ounce white spoon in and around brush piles and you will catch bass, crappie and walleye. Let your spoon drop to the bottom , crank up about one turn and snap your spoon up about 3-4 feet and allow it to drop on slack line. Wait until your lure goes all the way down and the line is straight down before snapping up again or the spoon will hook itself on the line. Learn what it feels like when your line is fouled on the spoon or you will be wasting your time. If it does just reel up and shake your lure a few times and it will straighten itself out.  Do not allow your spoon to drag sideways or drift. Go against the wind with your trolling motor to keep your line straight down. If you try and troll with a spoon it will have a life expectancy of about 10-seconds. When you are spooning in brush sometimes the brush feels just like a bite but do not set your hook until you are sure there is a fish on it. The treble hook will keep the fish on there as long as you do not allow slack in your line. Then set your hook. All of this you miss if you just troll a crank bait plus you will miss a lot of fish. I am not seeing any shad in open water any deeper than 35-ft. no matter how deep the water is. Crappie all die when brought up from this depth and I quit fishing for them after catching three or four. Some very nice ones are being caught and I am catching very few throw backs otherwise I would not fish that deep. There is still a bass bite in the evening when they go near the bank to feed. I am using a soft plastic with no weight on a worm hook. There are a lot of bait fish there. Come on down to Blackburns Resort and Boat RentaL We will not charge you too much and our big pool with slide is open. Compare prices before you make a reservation and then give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115. Summer is not over yet.