Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

It was cold and windy when I went out yesterday. I fished the south creeks to get away from the cold northwest wind. I did see several boats which was a surprise. I fished brush piles in the 24-30 foot range and caught four crappie on a slip float and minnow. One was big. I switched to a 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon. White with a blue back and a spash of red on the throat. ( he just delivered them to me today I was nearly out and now I have a good assortment.) I caught two bass, two white bass and a big bluegill. The fish all hit it on the way down and I realized I had been fishing too deep for the crappie. Shortened up the slip knot on the float and caught more crappie but they were not big. They were about six feet down. The lake is stained but I could see some of them near the surface. They usually do this near dark in the winter. The white bass were deeper but close to the brush. I had a good time but was not used to the cold yet. It is to warm up tomorrow with good weather next week. The lake level is 553.23 with just a few hours of running one partial generator. The lake is in good condition but the fish are not jumping in the boat. You have to work for them. Some bass are on the wind blown steep banks in 6-12 ft. of water on the main lake. Many minnows and shad are shallow and a few fish are coming up back in the creeks late but many are small. I am not getting the big black bass with the circle on their side yet but I will. Surface temperature is dropping and is in the mid 60's. Put all fish in the pond. Stick close to brush.