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.
Fishing with Binks in the morning and diving in the afternoon. Bink give me a pole with a 1-ounce Many Shad Spoon and I never changed lures all morning and caught almost every species of fish Norfork Lake has to offer. Spooning is definitely the best way to catch fish with trolling umbrellas next. It is raining hard now and we have received five inches already. The creeks are running as fast as they have in several years. The lake level is 549.09 and is just starting to raise as they have been generating heavily until just now. It should lower the water temperature a bit which was 76 degrees yesterday with an ambient high in the mid 80’s. It will not hurt the lake to raise a couple of feet but this does not seem to be stopping any time soon. I do not have a clue what this will do to fishing but the fish on the brush will probably stay there. We will see. The water above the thermocline may invert but I have never seen much debris. That is a Northern report where shallow lakes do a complete turnover clear to the bottom and bring up junk. A nearly 200 foot deep lake like Norfork does not do that.
The surface temperature was 76.4 and the visibility was pretty good and the same to 40-feet. I detected no thermocline but did not go past 40-feet. It seldom goes below that. There were walleye, crappie, bass and bluegill from 20-40 feet on and around the brush. If you are a brim fisherman now is the time. Big numbers and sizes too. It was 86 degrees here yesterday afternoon and mostly clear skies with light wind. What a beautiful day. Harvey caught 30-crappie yesterday. He is taking out Blackburns guests for three days straight. We will see how they do today. Some crappie have moved in and some are still out on the ends of points off brush, schooled and in 43 feet of water. Further north you go the shallower they are. Spooning is the best way to catch a mixed bag of open water fish. Most walleye are just short but there will be a lot next year. I got two good ones yesterday and had them for dinner last evening and saw many more short ones. Bass are also moving in but not all of them. Now is transition period for Norfork lake and things are changing fast. Scuba Steve will let you know. Listen to KTLO 97.9 FM tomorrow at 8:45 AM for a Live In The Boat Fishing report. No reports from the sofa here.
We have had some beautiful fall days but it has been a little windy. It is to warm quite a bit this week with highs in the 80’s for several days. Big bass are showing up on the shoreline and brush piles again as are some walleye. I have just seen a few crappie. The best advice is to get out early, take the middle of the day off and go out again about 4:Pm and stay until dark and watch and be ready for fish coming up. Look for shad and get the spoon right on their heads. They can be at any depths from the top down to 80 feet. Blackburns Resort and Boat rental continues it’s policy of continued improvement with out increasing prices and installed a new flat screen TV and near new sofa in Cabin 4. The resort has expanded cable with 78 channels and WIFI in all cabins and two computers in the 24-Hr. game room. No price increases for anything for 2015 so come on down. We will not charge you too much. Fall foliage is changing faster now but should peak in late this month.