Scuba Steve with some Norfork Lake Bass released under the dock.
The lake level is 551.99 and is the same as this time yesterday with about 3-hours of generation. The White River at Newport is back down to 9-ft. and there is no attempt to drop the lake level for the winter and we are well into february. I guess they are banking on a dry spring. We should not question the government and just take what they dish out. The snow is melting quickly now and it is to get to nearly 60 later this week with another cold front coming through next weekend but not nearly as bad. I like these sunny skies out on the water even though it is not the best for fishing but it warms the water. The water temperature is about 43-44 degrees and the color is good for winter bass fishing and they are up shallow in the late afternoon and on brush earlier. I am seeing more shad in the backs of the creeks than last month, especially north facing creeks but the wind has shifted to more southerly and varying in direction but it has been light. Bass fishing is the best now with a few crappie and small stripers being caught. Some are getting into a school of white bass every once in a while with a few larger ones mixed in with the smalls. I am still using the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon in the brush along with the Bobby Garland jig and the stingray grub on the steeper banks. A few nice crappie and walleye are being caught but bass fishing is best. Overall fishing is just fair. Blackburns is open all year so come on down. We will not charge you too much. Compare those prices unless you just have too much money. I do not. No we are not on vacation but I do get to go fishing everyday. That is good.