We got another shower during the hot part of the day yesterday but it looks like that trend may stop today and for the next several days with highs in the low 80’s and lows in the high 50’s. Our lows had been in the low 70’s. Maybe my electric meters will slow a bit. The lake level has remained stable for the last several days with a few hours of generation at 556.3+. The main lake is clear and the creeks are stained. Surface temperature is in the mid 80’s. Lake traffic has been much lower than normal this year but should increase tomorrow. I do not know if it is the economy, high gas prices or stricter law enforcement. All of these reasons have been reported. A lot of people are reporting changing jobs and losing their summer vacations. I am thankful Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has such a good customer base but a lot of people are on a close budget. I know I am. Everyone should have at least one vacation per year and Norfork Lake is an excellent place, especially for families. You are welcome here and we will not charge you too much. Scuba Diving is the best in years.
There was a nice breeze making it very comfortable on the lake. I went diving yesterday morning near Fall Creek and got some very nice Walleye and White Bass in 32-feet of water. The thermocline has compressed to 30-feet and there are a lot of fish at and just below that with Smallmouth Bass Shallower. The surface temperature is 85 degrees and the level is 556.34 and steady for a couple of days with just a bit of generation. The lake is in excellent condition for water sports, diving, boating and fishing. Wish you were here.
The lake surface temperature is in the low 80’s and the level is at 556.43 and drops a little when they generate and rises a little when they do not. We got a little rain last night but not much. This will be our first round of hot weather next week. We have mostly families in now but the fishermen are catching fish. Trolling Rooster Tails around main lake points are getting White Bass and Spooning Bluff banks near the river channels are getting walleye and Stripers. Smaller walleye are on brush at 26-32 feet but not many big ones. They are with the stripers. We sure have a nice group of friends here this week. Wish you were here.
We have been in a pattern of getting scattered showers almost every evening from 3-PM to 6-Pm. Some places get over an inch and others just a couple of miles away get nothing. It has not affected the lake level very much and it is 556.64 and dropped a couple of inches in the last 24-hrs. with several hours of heavy generation. The ambient highs have been a little below normal in the Low 80’s and the lows have been right at 70. It has been very comfortable. I have been diving every morning and here is what I have seen: The thermocline starts at 22-feet, is cold at 30-feet and very cold at 40-feet. The visibility is good to 20-feet, poor from 22-28 feet and good again below 30-feet. There are a lot of fish in the poor range but they are not very big. If you can find brush at 30-feet there will be big fish on it. I saw about 50 walleye yesterday and all but two were undersized. The big ones were all in 30-feet or a little deeper with schools of Big bass and White Bass. When you see White Bass there will be walleye near-by. The crappie have temporarily eluded me but will come back later this summer. Harvey is catching them everyday and Binks is on the Hybrids and Stripers. The spooning fish will go deeper and deeper as the water warms. The creeks are stained and the main lake is fairly clear and more so as you go down stream. The lake is in excellent condition for fishing, boating and water sports and we wish you were here. We will not charge you too much.
We do not just fish here but have family fun too. It started to rain a little just when I started frying fish but all ended well. What a nice group of people we have here this week. It looks like I will have to build a annex on the pavillion by the pool. We had fun, good food and great friends. It is good to have so much flat green space for the kids and pets to run and play. Wish you were here and not paying too much elsewhere.
The rain Sunday evening was spotty but it was spotted right on Blackburns Resort and Boat rental. We got 4-inches at the resort and three inches at the dock. Last evening and night we got 1.8 inches more. This has stained the creeks with the runoff. I worked several hours smoothing out the dock road from the erosion and washed out culverts. It is pretty good now. Main lake is still fairly clear with cloudy water from 22-26 feet and pretty good visibility above and below that. The water is very cold at 30-feet but I am finding more fish are going deeper. The lake level is 556.89 and has risen a couple of inches since yesterday with 4-hours of generation. We are in a pattern of getting a rain in the afternoon about every day. Sometime at the hottest part of the day and sometimes at 6-PM. You can feel the humidity rise and see the black cloud bank in the west form just before it happens. The last two have come at 6-PM. Everything is very green. The level at Newport is at 7-feet and there is still a reluctance to generate. I went diving yesterday morning and got a couple of walleye and some white bass and crappie. I am not seeing a lot of fish. They must be out suspended in deeper water where it is difficult to get to them diving. There are some good walleye though. Bink and Harvey are catching some good fish everyday and the water temperature has stayed in the low 80’s. Things should stay the same until the heat pushes the fish down. The lake in general is in excellent condition for fishing, boating and water sports. Wish you were here.
We usually have one or two a year. Very Nice People
The level is 556.54 and is down about 5-inches in the last several days. I got a surface temperature of 84 yesterday in Blackburns Creek. The creeks are stained and the main lake has pretty good visibility with a cloudy area from 22-29 Feet. Norfork Lake is in Excellent condition for boating, fishing and swimming. It is a good time for a visit and Blackburns resort and boat rental has a couple of openings for the 3rd and 4th of July. Call 1-800-635-0526 for details. Be glad to have you.