The lake level is 549.13 and has been stable for a couple of days with a few hours of generation. It is to be sunny this weekend with a few showers coming in next week. The open water fish are still on the long flats whether you are clear back in Big Creek or Near Blackburns. Bink reports finding them in 30-feet of water or shallower and caught them from the time he dropped his trolling motor until he left at 2-Pm. The people fishing after dark are getting some very large fish with the clear skies and the moon getting bigger fast. I will try spooning some brush for walleye later today and cast a grub for crappie before dark. There are several boats out this morning. Blackburns is very busy with kids playing all over the place. That is the way we like it. Wish you were here.
I went out after the wind slowed about 4:pm and ventured further than normal to check out the night bite. I went to shadowy banks until dark, caught some bass and then decided where to go for the stripers to see if they were on the bank here like near the dam. I went to check out one place that has been known to hold these fish that was out of the wind and they were there. The moon was little and my night vision is not what it was a few years ago. The full moon is not until December 6th and it was very dark despite the clear skies. I had two stick baits, a Husky Jerk light bottom and black back that I had changed out the factory hooks to gamakatsu treble hooks and one regular thunderstick still in the package. I was not out for the duration just to get a report. I have caught all of the open water white bass, hybrid stripers and small stripers I want for a while. They have been in the same place for many weeks and are not much of a challenge. Blackburns has several regular customers that want to know when this night bite starts. And it has started. I positioned the boat as far as I could cast to the bank with the wind, cranked the suspending lure down four cranks and very slowly retrieved it to the boat. After several casts I had one. It hit near the bank about 25-feet out. After about ten minutes it got off and when I pulled the line in the lure had one hook gone and one with two barbs broken. After a few minutes of trying to tie the Husky Jerk on my 12-lb. fluorocarbon line I was ready to go again. I immediately got hold of another one and worked it to the boat. It is hard to keep your reel from running out of line with the trolling motor and not get broken off with these big fish by yourself. I released the fish which was about 20-lbs and came on home. At least I know where they are and that there are still some big stripers in Norfork Lake. Just not where I was catching them. Bink confirms this. The night bite is on and should get better until the full moon December 6th. The stripers move to the bank two times a year at night. In the fall to feed and in the spring to simulate a spawn. It is a good time to catch big fish. As for me I am back on the bass, crappie and walleye. Blackburns is full now but has openings starting Thursday. Come on Down, you will be welcome and we will not charge you too much.
It should lay down this evening making for several days of nice weather with light winds. The water temperature is 55.5 degrees and the level has risen to 549.31 and up two inches with the two inches of rain and little generation except for the worthless minimum flow. The rain stopped last evening and I went out about 3:30 PM and stayed out until after dark. The wind was calm and it was very cloudy, dark and still. I spooned until sunset and then switched to a grub and then to a stick bait. There were a few bass on the bank just inside the brush, walleye on the brush at 22-feet and just a very few crappie. I found no stripers shallow but they were still on the main lake on shad schooled. White bass, hybrids in the five pound range and small stripers in the 8-lb. range are together. They have been there for weeks and are not difficult to catch. I wish people would release these hybrids and stripers and give them a chance to grow. They can catch and eat as many white bass as they want, there are many of them but not near as many big stripers as Norfork is known for. I am seeing too many small stripers dead in the water because of the 20-inch minimum. Fish coming out of deep water often die and I have very poor luck with the so called venting. They may go back down but often come up later. I am concerned about the number of big stripers even though I do not fish for them much, many customers do. Maybe they are there but are not with the smaller fish. They stocked a lot of hybrids but a lot of them are being caught now. The shad kill last year made open water fishing much easier and more fish taken by people that do not usually get them. I will be fishing for winter bass and crappie mostly from now until spring. Blackburns still has one cabin open for this Holiday week. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.
Sorry Hunter Could not Make It. Maybe He can call John. Missing out on some good fish.
Lake level is 549.74 and dropping fairly quickly with several hours of generation. Surface temperature is 58.6 and also dropping. The creeks are stained, the main lake is pretty clear and the stripers, hybrids and white bass are biting.