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

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The lake level is 549.6 and is stable with the rain and decreased generation. We have received 1.2 inches in the last day and 1/2 and things are not nearly as dry as they were especially after the one inch last week. The ground water is still not good but the danger of fires has greatly dininished. I moved the dock out yesterday as it was getting close to being grounded after several weeks of level drop. We are in good shape now. They can drop it about another foot and then stop as far as I am concerned. It will give us a good surge for the spring rains unlike last year when they kept it up. Fishing in general is not the best but you can always find white bass and a few hybrids in open water on shad. They moved further back in float creek but are still there and many are both east and west of Blackburns creek both in front of the docks on Mallard point and between 101 bridge and Cow point. Many are small but some hybrids are pretty good. I am still disappointed in the size of the stripers. I fear there were more big ones lost during the fish kill than first thought. There are a lot of them though and they grow fast. It is a good thing they did not quit stocking hybrids as they are the main staple now except for the black bass. I am not getting large numbers of crappie but the ones I am getting are pretty good sized. I have caught over 30 over 16 inches this fall but not any lately.  This is when I usually catch the giant ones. The weather is cooling now and is to stay near 40 for highs and 20's for lows for at least a week. We have had no snow and a very mild winter so far. Blackburns is open all year and has a cabin just available for you and at the best prices. We do not charge for the first boat stall. You can save a lot of money by staying here. We are working everyday to make improvements and are proud of the place. You cannot walk on our water or drill holes in it. No price increases for 2018 again.