In the 60’s with a south wind. Jerry Harris: we put in a big ole tree on your favorite spot. The creeks are clearing but are still stained in some places. The lake level is the same as it was yesterday. There are a lot of boats fishing between the bridges and they are catching White bass, Hybrids and Some Stripers. Paul Ahrens from St. Louis is here and really catching some big bass. He caught his limit both yesterday and this morning. He was fishing south facing banks away from the wind in 25-feet of water. Welcome back Paul. The wind is to shift and the temperatures are to drop a bit with rain for Saturday evening and Sunday. We will see. Not bad for the end of January. Paul picked the best weather. Bink caught some good fish yesterday too. I was busy putting in trees until dark.
Gus and I started putting in brush yesterday and will continue today. Have to suspend fishing operations for a few days. This is important for you to have good places to fish. We have some excellent places and will add a few more new ones. The Norfork Lake Chamber had it’s annual meeting Sunday and Jeremy Risely, the area fish biologist, was the guest speaker. Jeremy was born here, is a good fisherman, and has the area lakes in his interest. They are experimenting with synthetic fish attractors and are monitoring several on both lakes and adding more and making improvements on them. He also said they were resuming the natural habitat program and start replenishing brush piles next year. Both of these are good news for us anglers. He said there were 203,220 fingerling Black Crappie, 22,210 Yearling Blue Catfish, 8,460 Catchable Channel Catfish, 22,000 Yearling Channel Catfish, 48,185 Fingerling Hybrid striped Bass, 134,865 Fingerling Striped Bass and 200,000 Fingerling Walleye stocked in Norfork Lake in 2014. Not bad. It sounded like they were working hard and doing a lot of monitoring to help the overall fishing. He said there was no plans to stock Yellow Perch in Norfork as they are not doing so well in Bull Shoals. The fish numbers in Norfork Lake are about what he wants them to be. Everything sounded pretty good. The lake level is 549.96 and dropping steadily with heavy generation. This is the first time in several weeks it has dropped below 550. We are at a very good level for the end of January but they usually keep it lower in the winter. I have been catching some good bass everyday.
The lake level is 550.32 and dropping steadily with heavy generation in both mornings and evenings. If you are wade fishing the rivers, go in the middle of the day. Blackburns is 20-minutes from the rivers and three minutes from the restaurants and bars. The surface water temperature is 45+ and the creeks are stained a little green but clear in the backs near the shore. Stay in the stained water near brush for bass and crappie for best results but there are still fish on the main lake brush. I am catching a few walleye too. I am using a spoon during the day and grubs and minnows early and late. It is to be sunny with light winds for the next week at least with highs in the high 50’s and lows in the low 30’s. If you want to get off the sofa come on down. No ice or snow here and with the low price of gas and cabin rental the price is right. We will start putting in brush for you next week. Debbie has been painting everything and things are looking good. Be glad to have you.
After we got through that one cold spell the winter has been very mild. We have been able to get a lot of outside work and painting done. Things are looking good. We have several guests in and are glad about that. Gus and I got our Brush permits from the Corps of Engineers yesterday and we will have some good brush piles for you to fish this year. I did not see any other resort owners at the meeting. The brush piles in front of the green signs have not been maintained for several years and are old and not very productive. We will show you where Blackburns are located when you get here. More people are looking for brush that is put in by someone else so I have to continue looking for new places. It is hard work but we do not mind. I suggested an adopt a brush pile program for the ones in front of the blue signs but cannot get anyone to go along with it. They are mostly in good places. The lake level is is 550.44 and is dropping just a bit with with a few hours of heavy generation in the morning and evening. It is higher than they usually keep it for this time of year but is at a good level. The surface temperature is about 46 degrees. I was fishing for bass and crappie last evening and spotted a school of fish under shad on the way in and caught several of them on a 1/2 Ounce Bink’s Spoon in 40-feet of water near the bottom on the old river channel near Cranfield. Most Striper Fishermen are Coveyed up between the bridges in front of Henderson Marina or on the river channel north. I do not like crowds and find my own fish. I have not seen any big ones (30-lbs and up) caught lately but a lot of Hybrids and 3-lb. White bass. The White bass I caught were full of eggs with blood in them, Spawn cannot be far away. This has been a good winter for Hybrid Stripers, White Bass and 8-lb. Stripers. Crappie fishing is fair with bigs ones being caught and bass fishing is excellent. I love catching 3-lb. Kentucky bass and have caught several of them. Both Crappie and Bass are moving inside of brush closer to the bank near the bottom in the evenings and also over 25-ft. brush 9-ft. down during the day. Come on down. There are no price increases this year again and we will not charge you too much. 1-800-635-0526
Got a mixed bag. Spooned up a nice walleye. Caught three bass on a grub and several crappie on minnows. Released all. They again quit at dark. Tom Kelly was open water fishing with a spoon and also caught several nice fish. He always does. Good fisherman. The lake level is 550.71 and they just started generating heavily after three days of nothing. They usually take it down lower in the winter than it is now. The surface temperature is also rising and is now 46 degrees in the afternoon and drops a bit by early morning. The stain color is leaving the creeks a bit. Bass fishing is very good.
Went just out to Blackburns Creek for a little bass fishing. I am still on my first tank of gas for all winter and have literally caught hundreds of fish. I cannot afford a personal boat of my own but have been driving the Nitro to get all of the bugs out of it. New trolling motor, locator, prop and it is good now. I will go to the Black Champion and Aluminum Bass Boat Next. I caught some small fish immediately but just at 5-Pm the big ones started biting. I kept two for a picture and released the rest. They bit until 6 and then quit. Had fun. I cannot go out all day do to so many improvements to be done before March 1st when Blackburns fills up. It is not far away. Debbie is taking about a dozen reservations a day and the spring is filling up faster than ever. Be glad to have you and we will not charge you too much. If the place you are staying raised the prices again give us a call at 1-800-635-0526. When I was in Purchasing my rule was first up first out no matter how much I liked the salesman. Most boat stalls are free too. I caught about a dozen fish in two hours but could not get them to bite in the dark. I love winter Bassin and Big Crappie Fishing. You cannot walk on our water or drill holes in it. The lake level is 550.59 and rising just a bit. They completely quit generating yesterday morning and have not started again yet. Should be good for river wading for trout. The surface temperature has raised to just above 45 degrees and the creeks are stained just right for bass and crappie fishing. I caught my bass on a grub in 20-feet of water near the bottom close to brush part way back in the creek.The warm weather has brought several boats out today and the wind has picked up. Spooning time in front of Henderson Marina for stripers but I will be near Blackburns crappie and Bass Fishing. Come on down.
The lake level is rising a little with generation in the mornings and evenings and is at 550.68 and is getting very clear. Surface temperature is still 42.3 in the creek and a little warmer in deeper water. I have been only fishing in the evenings for a short time but not much has changed and I have been catching Crappie and Bass. Have caught all of the White bass and hybrid Stripers I want for a while. We have been busy here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental on improvements. Independence Marine is rebuilding the engine on the Ranger Bass Boat and we have put new water heaters in #8 and #11 and New air conditioners in #4, #6 #12 and #14. I am broke now but the place should be in good condition when you get here. It looks good. Fortunately we have had no snow or ice and hope it stays that way. The lake is in excellent condition. Wish you were here. Reservations are looking better than ever so give us a call at 1-800-635-0526 to get the cabin and boat of your choice and not get disappointed. Some places have raised prices, we have not.
The lake level is rising just a bit with some rain today and is 550.62. This is a very good level but is usually lower this time of year. The surface temperature was 42.3 in Blackburns Creek and 43 plus on the main lake. I spooned brush with the 1/4 Ounce Bink’s Spoon and caught some crappie and bass. Some bass are still suspended in open water on shad but some good ones are also on brush near the bottom in 25-ft. of water. Big Crappie are on the same brush nine feet down and smaller ones are deeper near the bottom. I am not much into trolling open water with a half a dozen rods hanging over the side with live bait but each to their own. It is to be warm the latter part of the week and it will be a good time to visit Blackburns and get in some winter fishing. I will be out there. Wish you were here.
Glenn Tomb of Michigan City, Indiana Passed December 23rd and we are so sorry. He and Brian Stevens Visited every fall for several years and he will be missed. We were always glad to see him. Very nice fellow.