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

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service yesterday. Both top-water and spoons are working. Image title

The lake level is 553.67 and has dropped a little less than an inch in the last 24-hours with just over one generator running for 7-8 hours. They are doing a great job of holding the lakes up as high as possible for as long as possible. It has been cloudy for the last couple of days with very little rain so far. It looks like tomorrow is now the best chance. They just keep moving it back. It was thursday, then friday, then saturday and now tomorrow. We are still very dry. The cloudy weather has kept the fish biting for most of the day. The surface water temperature is dropping slowly and is now 79 in the afternoons. We have about 1/2 of the day with sunrise to sunset and it is getting less by one to two minutes a day and the lake does not have much time to warm in the afternoons. The water is still stained green just a bit in both the main lake and creeks with the creeks being more. The best bite continues to be for crappie, bass, catfish and bluegill. Temperate bass fishermen are having a hard time and are catching very few. The ones they are catching are small. Some have given up and others are turning into crappie fishermen. The walleye bite has also slowed especially for the larger ones. I am getting more fish on main lake points outside brush just where it drops off into deeper water. They are staying close to the 32-ft. level though but are not always in it. Open water fish on shad can be at any depth up to 100-ft. of water but suspended at varoius depths. If you find them drop a spoon on their head. They are mostly bass. Some are surfacing and can be caught on a top-water lure. If they stay fairly shallow stay with the top-water bait and call them up. When they go deeper switch to the spoon. Creature baits and worms are working for bass near the bank. Many bait fish are there. I am still fishing for Crappie and Kentucky Bass and am catching several every day on both the spoon and jig. Yesterday was a good jig day. Blackburns has a lot of brush piles at the right depth now. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. If you are staying where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much.