Norfork lake Arkansas Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 553.74 and has risen over one inch in the last 24-hours with no generation and 0.6 inches of rain last night. It thundered but not much else. The lake has turned in this area and is getting clearer every day. It turns from North to South and Bink Reports it is now in the process in The Big Creek area which is way South past the dam. I is about 20-miles by boat from here to there. He fishes there a lot and knows what is happening. I only go to that area when I fish with him. It is just too far for me as I catch all of the fish that I want close to Blackburns which is more in the center of the lake. It gets very quiet down there in the winter.  Marinas have reduced hours after Labor Day and You do not want to get caught way down there and low on gas. Buzzard Roost marina has 24-hour gas and is the only one that I know that has that service. I wish more did. Blackburns rents a lot of boats and we constantly have people running low or out of gas who are wanting to see the dam and are disappointed when they get there. Fishing is getting better and better as the month of November progresses except for right after cold fronts move through and then the sun starts shining. Sunshine means high pressure and it takes a few days until it has been around a while or until it gets cloudy and low pressure and rain moves back in. Low pressure is usually followed by a cold front especially in the late fall and winter and again in early Spring in March, but not necessarily. November is our wettest month and the cold fronts preceded by low pressure continually move through. The best overall advice is to fish until it rains you out. We seldom get severe weather in November but can get heavy rain. You will have a notice when the wind picks and clouds get dark from the west  what is happening. It will pick up again preceding all fronts.  Just stay closer to Blackburns Dock which is a good place to fish anyway and duck in when it starts to rain. I always catch the most fish right before and when it starts to rain.  Yesterday was a good day for about everyone. Bass, walleye, crappie and bluegill all were caught and also a couple of small stripers in the 6-8 pound range. It is sunny and beautiful now with wind to pick up and be gusty later. Some people pounding the bank are catching a few bass and Tom Kelly caught some decent bass in Float Creek on his  shakey head plastics. Big crappie are biting on small spoons on brush as are walleye.  I did not talk to any trollers yesterday but there are several of them out there. If you like big bluegill this is the time.