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

Joe and Jamie Cox with some nice ones caught yesterday morning. They are from Granger, Iowa and are welcome. Image title

The lake level is 553.99 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with 1/2 generator running about 1/2 the time. They are sure missing a good chance to drop the lake but I guess they do not need any electricity in the Southwest. The White River at Newport is now at 4.5 feet and about ready to dry up. About everyone caught fish here at Blackburns yesterday and we have a big crew. Walleye, crappie, bass, bluegill and catfish were all caught. Many fish remain in 30-32 feet of water on brush but a few smaller crappie are shallower. Some are also suspended a little deeper just out side the brush and main lake is the best place to start looking. Seldom do I leave Blackburns Creek more than one mile either way and am catching several fish every day. The Kentucky Bass, about 2-lbs, were biting well as were the 12-13 inch crappie. I caught a nice 8-lb. channel cat on a crappie jig in 32-ft. of water on the bottom just before I came in. I have never caught so many catfish on artificial lures as I have this year. The surface water temperature was right on 80-degrees in the afternoon and the water was stained a little since the reduced generation began but is still a good color. There were more boats out there than on Sunday but most of them were fishing boats. I saw one jet ski so it still needs to cool down a bit. We are to get a good chance of rain tomorrow and Thursday and we need it badly and the highs are to drop into the low 80's and it should be good fishing for the Bass tournament this weekend. Blackburns big pool is still open and our one bedroom cabins are still $59/day. If you have a need to pay more just stay here and give the difference to the disabled Veterans. We like them here as we do law enforcement. Helps keep me in line but it does not take as much keeping as it used to. The 3/8th ounce Bink's Spoon, white with red eye is working well on 4-6 pound test clear line on about everything. Temperate Bass fishing is slow. Bass Fishermen are using 6-inch worms either Carlina rigged, Texas rigged or just on a jig head early and late. Cast to the bank near deep water and they are hitting just after the lure falls off the ledge. If it is windy try the north side of the 101 bridge on the west side a couple of hundred yards in the little cut. There are a lot of fish there on the bait fish. If it is windy use a crank bait. I am not a bank pounder but it works in windy weather.