There is a chance of our first frost tomorrow early. I went diving yesterday and got some good fish. I did not see high numbers but several big ones. The ones I did see were either right in on near brush piles. There were some 3-lb. Kentucky Bass and some 4-lb. Smallmouth. There were very few undersized or baitfish. I found some crappie but not the big schools. The walleye were in 25-28 feet and there was one good striper at 32-feet just off the bottom not near anything. I am not seeing a lot of stripers being brought in the last few days. I could feel or see no difference in the temperature or clarity of the water from 0-32 feet. I did not go any deeper. A lot of fish are still suspended and in open water on shad and others are roaming and scattered. The November full moon is the 6th and I am not sure if the stripers will have moved to the bank to feed by then or not. I suspect some will. Blackburns has some good striper fishermen coming in then so we will see. Until then the best bet is to spend time looking for schools of shad that are broken and spoon or troll umbrellas through them. Look for the Kentucky and Smallmouth bass in 20-28 feet on brush for now near the bottom and I will continue to check on crappie and walleye which are my favorite. Wish you were here. We will not charge you too much. There is some fall foliage in our area but not the best. Not anything I would travel far to see but it is very nice out on the lake on a Fall afternoon and the roadways have better color than the hillsides. The lake level is 550.48 and dropping slowly with several hours of running one generator daily.
The lake level is 550.56 and now dropping slowly with several hours of generation. The water temperature was 70 last evening and the clarity is improving on the main lake. The wind has shifted to the north and cooled things down a bit with much cooler weather coming later this week. Fall foliage is fair on the hillsides and better on roadsides but not the best. It is good right at sunrise and sunset. There is a heavy dew on the windshields in the mornings and we have had our share of fog then too. I did find a few walleye and several crappie yesterday while diving. The crappie were 11-12 inches and not what I am used to this time of year. I get the 14-17 inchers in December and January and the big Kentucky bass. It looks like summer is over Thursday so bring warm clothes. Lake is in great shape. Toby was going crazy in the boat storage a few days ago and was terrorizing the wildest kitten I have ever seen. Susan captured it and guess what, it is now taming down in a cage in the game room. It has all kinds of toys and gets a lot of attention. Max still misses Cali and will not come close to it. All of the resort animals either come here on their own or come from the humane society. Toby was rescued twice and abandoned both times when I got him. I keep telling him I am the only one that wants him in case he gets too uppity and demands too much stuff. He is my buddy.
It thundered a lot but not much else. It is cloudy this morning with a high to be near 70. It was pretty windy yesterday but it died in the evening after the front moved in. The lake level is still 550.61 and has been stable for several days. I like this level for this time of year. The surface temperature is just under 70 and does not vary down to at least 40-feet. The visibility was better while diving and I could see about 8-feet. The fish are schooled and roaming and are not staying in one place unless the wind is persistent. One brush pile will be loaded and another one close to it will be empty. I am just not seeing a lot of crappie, some, but am not looking in the Red Bank area where they are. They are usually here too. I got a couple of walleye, crappie and a Red eared Bluegill. I will try it again today. Wish you were here.
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.