It is cloudy today and warm. The water temperature is 72 degrees and there is a thermocline setting up at just over 23 feet. It is not definitive yet but will be as the water warms. I am finding most fish in the 20-ft. range on main lake points. Bink is fishing half way back in the creeks but I am looking for walleye and finding several with about one in four being 18-inches. I am not finding many bass on the points. I saw no top water fish last evening. The lake is still rising slowly and is at 560.68 and has come up 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours. I expect it to start dropping next week unless we get a big rain and if the government lets out more water than is coming in the lake from the river. Do not expect much do not get much. I would like to see a drop of 2-feet to make things just right. I was out until almost dark and saw very little debris in the Blackburns area but I do not go very far to get fish. I feel very sorry for the folks in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas and wish them well and count my blessings every day. We have many friends there.
We have been in a pattern of having very nice days and getting a little rain at night. We received 0.3 inches last night and the lake level is 560.59 and has come up one inch in the last 24-hours. They have been generating for a few hours in the evenings. When they generate the level goes down and when they quit it comes up very slowly. It was a very good holiday weekend and people had a good time fishing, boating and swimming. We were completely full here with children playing everywhere. The surface water temperature varies from 72-74 degrees during the day. Fishing has not changed much with small crankbaits going down to 14-feet for walleye and soft plastics and spooks for about everything else. The fish move from the creeks to the main lake points depending on how much rain we get. A good rule of thumb is when the creeks run move into them. After a few days of no rain they go back to the main lake. That is where they really want to go. The top water bite usually starts to diminish about now but should not quit but just get shorter in duration. Stick with the bass assassins, flukes and paddle tail soft plastics and white swim baits early morning and evening and keep a topwater lure handy. Contrary to public opinion it is not too wet here and the creeks have not run in several days and the rain we do get is sinking in. Things are very green. We are just storing other people’s water. They could let out some as the level at Newport is dropping quickly but it is managed by the government. If they had not implemented minimum flow and took away 1.75 feet of water capacity we would be just fine. It is all about the money. There are no diminished services here at Blackburns. Go half way back in the creeks and fish in 20-ft. Of water. Spoons are starting to work.
It has not rained for over three days and the lake has risen about 1.5 inches in that period with little generation. We have a full house here at Blackburns and people are having fun. The pool is the most popular place. It is 30×60 and has room for lots of people and the kids love the slide. We still have a few openings for next week so come on down we would be glad to have you and will not charge you too much. Great place for the family. No stress here and plenty of room to roam. Bring your bikes as we have nearly level roads to ride. Fishing and swimming off the dock too. This is the fun place.
We received 0.3 inches and the lake level has risen to 560.28 and has come up about 1-1/2 inches in the last 24 hours. The creeks are stained and the main lake is fairly clear. Catfish are biting off the dock and the bass fishing is excellent all over the lake on soft plastics. Norfork Lake is a good bass lake, especially now. There are big schools of bass fry everywhere meaning there was a good spawn and with the water in the buckbrush they have protection. Garr are starting to show up in the creeks and they do this every May. Hybrid and bass are in Float creek and it is a good place to start. There is a top water bite in the early AM and Evening lasting about 1/2 hour each. Blackburns has one cabin open for the weekend and it comes with a free boat stall. Come on down. Call Debbie at 1-800-635-0526 for a reservation. You will like it here.
The lake level is still rising and is at 559.96 and has risen a little over 2-inches in the last 24-hour period with very little generation. The main lake is pretty clear and the creeks are still stained. We received 1.2 inches of rain last weekend and the creeks run some. Bink reports when we get rain and the creeks run the fish move back into the creeks and after a few days of dry weather they move back out to the main lake. He is using creature baits in the creeks for smallmouth and spooks for top water stripers and bass when they come up. Harvey reports crappie fishing is slow and he is working hard for everything he is getting. He went out Sunday and got six. Not too good for who many believe to be the best crappie fisherman on Norfork Lake. He says this year is different from any year he has experienced. Bluegill fishing is getting better and Jim Lesliewski reports all pan fishing is a little better. He caught four crappie and four nice bluegill yesterday which is better but still not good. Tom Kelly caught some nice fish yesterday. I did see some stripers and hybrids off bluff banks in 40-ft. of water yesterday about 30- feet down on shad. You have to get out there early for the top-water bite. Some good fish are being brought in every day but not a lot. The lake is in good condition but I would like them to let out some water in case we get some big rains but do not expect much from anything run by the government. They cannot count on it being a dry summer. Water temperature is in the low 70’s and good for swimming and boating. About what it usually is for Memorial Day Week. We have been very fortunate to have avoided all severe weather and heavy rains. Should be a good weekend with some rain but most of it at night or early morning. The pattern of pop up showers in the heat of the afternoon happens sometimes but it has not been hot enough yet most of the time. Very seldom that most of the day that you cannot fish or boat.
It is cloudy again today with a good chance of rain this afternoon. The lake is coming up slowly and is in good condition. The level has not varied much over a foot for several weeks and we should have had an excellent spawn with the water in the buckbrush for cover. We are full here now but still have one cabin open for the holiday weekend. Fishing has not changed much with a lot of top-water bass being caught. It is really important to get out there early. Some very good fish are coming in everyday and people are enjoying the pool and big playground.
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The lake level is 559.13 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-Hour period. There is some water over 70 degrees out there and has finally started to rise more quickly. The creeks are stained and the main lake is fairly clear. The top water bite for bass and hybrids in the early morning is the best bite 2/3 way back in the creeks the wind is blowing the plankton into. Get out there at first light with a 5-inch swim bait with a 4/0 or 5/0 1/4 ounce jig head and a Zara Spook. I like clear on sunny days and white or gray on cloudy ones. After the top-water bite is over switch to a single spin for bass and a small crank bait that goes down 12-14 feet on secondary points for walleye. Go out at 5:PM and fish until almost dark with the same stuff. Even though the creeks are stained use clear and light line with no hardware. I use 6-lb. but 8 is ok. I like casting further and more lure action rather than dragging a rope. Retie after catching a good fish. Please do not throw old line in the water. If we get more rain the fish will stay in the creeks until they move to main lake points especially if the creeks run. We have one opening for Memorial Day.
It sprinkled just a bit this morning but nothing since. The lake level is 559.06 and has risen an inch in the last 24-hour period with just a little generation yesterday afternoon. Not much has changed with the fishing and the top-water bite is still on back in the creeks for mainly hybrids and bass but some striper too. Rob and Brad Grevengoed and Trevor Dusheke are back and catching some good fish. Next time bring Tricia. Welcome . The pool is open and there were people in it last night. It is hard to believe it is almost Memorial day. We have two openings for then so come on down. You will like it here. Family and pet friendly.
Yes it is and the grass is mowed too. Come on down. Plenty of room. Not huddled up on a hillside here. Tom Anderson is Here and caught some good stripers yesterday. Welcome Tom.