Scuba Steve with some nice ones yesterday. Yes, we know where they are.
The lake level is 553.15 and has risen just a bit since this time yesterday. Just when you though they could not release any less here they come. Government, you gotta love em. The White River at Newport is 2.98 feet. We did receive about 0.44 inches of badly needed rain last night here at Blackburns and it at least gave everything a drink. It is to freeze tomorrow night and Tuesday night so get in your plants and pick the rest of your garden. I still have a lot of big green tomatoes and peppers. It was a beautiful sunny day with light winds yesterday with a high in the 70's and a surface water temperature of 73-74 degrees. I was surprised at the number of boats out there still dragging stuff around. That is to change starting Monday night with highs in the 50's both days. I went diving and the walleye were in the same place that I left them a few days ago. I got my limit of two and came back. It look longer to get there and get back than it did fishing but my old boat does not go very fast to say the least. I have had it for thirty years and it has been on hundreds of diving trips and put in many brush piles. It was over twenty years old when I bought it and I owe it more than it owes me. It is not pretty but it can cook, plus I do not make payments. Everyone knows I do not make payments, especially on things that I cannot use all year. I also saw several large crappie and will try and pole fish for them today. Crappie fishing is getting better as is bass fishing. Every effort will be made to get my personal limit of five today for a friend who cannot fish anymore. All of my fish are fresh as I do not keep any inventory. Cast a jig or small grub with minnow past the brush and let it sink into it for the crappie. They are hitting on the drop at about 10-15 feet and the bite is getting better everyday. Windblown banks with creature baits and crankbaits are best for black bass and Kentucky bass are everywhere. The moon is waning and the catfishing is improving. Now is the time to get them as they slow way down when the water gets cold. Live bluegill are the best bait. Several fishermen are in but I have none fishing for temperate bass so I have no report. At least the wind has dropped for a while. It was getting old and hard to get out of. If you are planning a trip to Norfork give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay more elsewhere. You can save a minimum of $30/day including a free boat stall with your cabin. We have no duplexes and all cabins are individual with big covered porches. If you are already in town come check us out. It is nice here and we will not charge you too much.