Highs in the mid to high 80’s. We still had three cabin openings as of last night so come on down. I went diving again yesterday and the visibility has deteriorated again. I got a couple of walleye and crappie but did not see big numbers of fish. The water temperature is still 70 and that may have something to do with it. The visibility decreased as I descended and was bad below 25 feet even with bright sunshine. I will try further down stream to see if it improves. The fish are scattered all over the lake but there are more fish on main lake points than in the creeks. The brush piles are not loaded with fish as they usually are the end of October. The fall foliage is changing but is also slow with the sunshine and warm weather. We do have some nice color though. It is sure nice out on the lake with warm sunny skies, light wind and fall colors. Wish you were here.
70 today and 80 for the weekend. Surface temperature is 71 degrees and has risen from high 60’s. I went diving this morning and the lake is clearing a bit with visibility better. Some of the crappie have not moved in shallow yet but the walleye are in 25-ft. near brush. Not a lot of fish there but some good ones. I saw a few bass but a lot of them are still suspended. There are some reports saying white bass are making their fall run and are as far back in the creeks as you can get. I am seeing none of that but I do not cover the whole lake. Most I am seeing are off bluff walls in 50-feet of water and coming up most mornings. If there is a thermocline I am not finding it but I only went down to 40 feet. There are schools of crappie in their normal places but not everywhere as they should be. I catch my largest crappie in December and January and some big Kentucky bass too. This is a good time of year and the lake is in excellent condition. The lake level is stable at 550.57 with just enough generation to keep up with the river flow. Fall foliage is slow coming with lots of sunshine slowing it down and I am not sure of this year’s quality. We have not been near a frost yet but have had a lot of morning fog. Wish you were here.
It is to be in the mid to high 70’s for the next week with mostly sunshine. You can expect foggy early mornings and lows near 50 with warm afternoons. Not bad. The open water fish are biting from about 7:AM until about 8:30 and you do not have to go very far from Blackburns Creek to get them. We work hard to put in Brush here and it is paying off. Several people are finding them and I will have some new places so our customers can find them first. I want to thank Blackburns many repeat customers. Without you we could not afford all of the improvements that are continuously going on. We have dozens who make multiple trips a year and are like family. Keep your Bink’s spoons and top water lures handy and slip floats and bobber stoppers for crappie and bluegill. Crickets are also working.
The lake level is 550.53 and is rising slowly. They have not generated for three days. The surface temperature is in the high 60’s and the lake is stained in the creeks and less on the main lake but not clearing quickly. I went diving yesterday and the visibility was poor from 6-feet from the surface and deeper. I found big schools of crappie on brush in a few places but not all of the normal places. They seem to like 18-24 foot brush on top of it. They are roaming and not staying on the same piles. Walleye are on the bottom at the same depth and bluegill are with the crappie. Bass are a few feet off the bottom but most all fish are near cover. The open water fish are on wind blown banks at varying depths where ever the shad are. They have been biting well from daylight to 8:30 AM and again starting at 2:pm. They have been from 0-50 feet mostly and vertically jigging a spoon and a top water lure are the best. The white bass and bass have been coming up early for over three weeks now so be ready. There have been literally hundreds of white bass and hybrids caught and a few good stripers at 12-18 pounds mixed in. Look for the shad and the open water fish will be with them. I am not sure if the wind blows the shad or the wind blows the plankton and the shad follow but shad means open water fish no matter what depth. This same pattern is not new and has been going on for several weeks. Some good smallmouth are mixed in with the topwater white bass. Wish you were here. We will not charge you too much at Blackburns Resort and Boat rental. Fall Foliage is changing and is still on schedule for an end of month peak.
I could see about five feet and it was the same from near the surface to forty foot. The creeks are worse. The walleye, bass, crappie and bluegill are all over brush in 20-25 feet. Pan fish on top and walleye and bass right in or very close to the cover. I did see one very large walleye in twenty feet but he moved out of view quickly. I will see if it clears early next week and if it does not it will be pole fishing time. This is usually the best spearfishing month. I did get two walleye a crappie and some white bass. Joe Cebula and Tom Kelly are catching all of the open water fish they want near Blackburns Cove. Bass and White Bass are coming up every morning and then going down as the sun climbs to somewhere from 20-50 feet but are biting almost all day. If you find shad you will find fish. Spoons are the answer. Some white bass are very large and many Hybrids are showing up with some stripers around 12-pounds. Surface Temperature is 71 and lake level is 550.36 and still rising.
Mid 70’s starting tomorrow with sunny skies. The lake level is 550.24 and they have started generating more last night and today. It is at a very good level for October. Fish are all around Blackburns creek on Both Brush and Open water. The surface temperature is about 70 and the lake is in excellent condition. Wish you were here. We got rain but it was needed and we are not too wet but about right. I thought the lake would raise more than it did as fast as the creeks were running. They always seem to start generating when it starts to rain I guess to mitigate the change. This is a perfect time to visit Norfork Lake. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.
There has been very little generation. I like a slowly rising level rather than dropping. It is at a very good level for October. We had a little sunshine yesterday afternoon but it is cloudy again today. Surface temperature is 71 plus and dropping steadily. Joe Cebula and Tom Kelly are back and found the open water fish right away. (They always do) The magic fish basket is about full. You Striper, Hybrid and White Bass fishermen: Now is a good time. The lack of sunshine and the short days are causing the fall foliage to change faster now. There is more color everyday. I will go out and see if I can catch a few crappie before the Cardinals Game. I have several older people who cannot fish anymore depend on me. They love Norfork Lake Crappie. This is a good time of year.
The lake level is 549.92 and has come up a little over 2-inches in the last 24-Hours. The surface temperature is 72 degrees. We have received 1.7 inches of additional rain since the big one but it has not hurt anything except limited fishing time. I like a 550 level in the winter. I was just about to have to move my dock out if it went down much more. The weather looks to be excellent starting the middle of this week. I have just been able to get out for short periods a day but have caught some good fish. A message to Richard Stone from 8934 Dennette Road, Jacksonville Arkansas 72076. 501-324-7376. No we will not provide you with a falsified ticket for you to present to the Corps Of Engineers for your expense account no matter what you write about us on the internet and you, your wife and untrained dog are not welcome here. We are still cleaning up after you after your second stay.
It has been rainy but we have been able to get in several hours of good fishing everyday. It is very foggy this morning so I did not go far away from the dock. The lake level is 549.70 and has risen a little over 2-inches in the last 24-Hours with very little generation. It is to be in the mid 70’s the middle of next week so I can get in some diving. I caught some nice fish spooning brush and casting a grub over brush and let it sink down to it. I still have several of the Old Model Bink’s crappie Spoons and they are my favorite for crappie and bluegill. I bought the whole box when he discontinued making them due to increased costs of production. They are made of tin and are expensive to make. He replaced them with 1/4 ounce ones which are good too. White with a red head gets bluegill as fast as you can get it down. Take two bluegill fillets, put on one slice of buttered bread and a slice of onion and fold over. It does not get any better than that. Business has slowed a bit so we have a place for you to stay. We are just a little over half full and the fall fishermen are coming in. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.
The lake level is 549.5 and has risen a little less than 6-inches in the last 24-hours. We did get about 0.7 inches more rain yesterday and are scheduled to get more. The creeks run hard for a few hours and cleaned them out good and washed the debris to the backs of the lake. The brown water does not extend very far out into the lake and the main lake is still pretty clear. I will quit diving until it warms again next week and continue pole fishing for walleye and crappie until then. It is easier anyway but not as fun. I love Scuba diving. The fall foliage is changing slowly but steadily and is still on course for a late October peak. So far we have not had enough wind to blow many leaves off but they did north and east of us in Missouri. It does not matter if the wind blows the shad or blows the plankton and the shad follow it is now very important to look for shad on banks the wind is blowing into and the stripers, hybrids, white bass and bass with be with them. Keep a top water lure ready while spooning to catch a few bass coming up in the mornings. Get out about 6:30 AM and Fish until about 10:AM and Go out at 4:PM and fish until dark unless it is cloudy and then you can fish all day. I am looking forward to winter Norfork Lake Bass and crappie Fishing.