Norfork Lake fishing report, fall foliage 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 554.66 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours. They just quit generating a couple of hours ago after two days of 1-1/3 generators running continuously. The White River at Newport is at 7-1/2 feet. The surface water temperature was 83 degrees when I went out yesterday afternoon and there was a little wind but not bad. The crappie were not biting for me as well as the day before but others here at Blackburns caught several earlier in the day. I caught two nice Kentucky Bass, one keeper largemouth, two crappie, several bluegill and a short walleye in about two hours from 3-5 PM. I know fishing is better early and later but I just like to see if I can do it in the middle of a warm late summer afternoon. I am not out to see how many fish I can kill. I need my vitamin D. There were some signs of fall foliage on the hillsides with hardwood trees losing leaves more rapidly than usual for this time of year and more brown color than normal. I do not know it it is caused by stress from being so dry or something else but it is happening already. I am not an expert in dendrology but just report what I see and I am out there everyday. I am a Chemical Engineer and know a little about some stuff but need Bink to give me a few more lessons on fishing but at least I can take care of my own swimming pool. Yes it is open and yes it is sparkling. Largemouth bass fishing is getting better and I expect fishermen in the up-coming tournaments in October will do well. I know the Missouri boys sponsoring the Cystic tournament wii .They always do. It is a good cause. It is always the Saturday before the Bass Cat which is the 22-23rd. Blackburns has two cabins open for both of these and has the best prices. They are still predicting the cold front to get here with north winds after a good chance of rain tomorrow night. We could sure use some.  I am not sure about the 48-degree low temperature though. I have lived in Minnesota and Northern Maine and am finished with winter, ice fishing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. I will leave those for the people that like it. We do catch a lot of fish in the winter here at Blackburns and Thanksgiving is almost always an excellent time to visit us and go fish. Not many jet skis out there then and it is tough running a snowmobile on water. Big crappie time.  Drop that spoon in 30+ ft. in or near brush.