We hope he had a good time. it is a beautiful day and a big crowd for the Easter egg Hunt. Norfork lake fun at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental where we do not charge you too much.
The lake level just passed 558 and they have been running one generator continuously for two days and that is good. Blackburns Creek is not running and that is also good. The level at Newport is under 21 feet and that should allow them to keep generating for a while. Our average rainfall for April and May is just under 5-inches each month with November being the wettest month with just over 5-inches. The surface water temperature was 57 last evening. Bass is the best bite but some stripers and crappie are being caught. Easter Egg hunt Saturday. Should be fun. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are probably paying way too much.
There is a slight chance of a thunder shower but is very nice now. The lake level is stable at 557.87 and drops just a bit when they run one generator and rises the same with no generation. There is not much wade fishing on the river. I can see further down in the water everyday in the creeks and they are more green than brown now. The bass are really getting active in the creeks. The night bite for stripers has slowed but should continue for several days. It is still brown in the Red Bank area with debris floating and not so much near Blackburns. The water temperature ranges from mid 50’s in the morning to near 60 in the afternoon in the creeks.The top water bite is not far behind for both bass and stripers. Some big smallmouth are showing up already. Things are improving daily. Debbie and Susan are opening up the last cabin today. We appreciate all of our loyal customers. Wish you were here.
It was from the south at 10-15 but is calm now. It was sunny and warm and the lake is clearing rapidly. It needs too. Here is the deal. Go back in the creeks where the brown water meets the green water. Everything is mixed up now but fish are being caught and things are changing daily. This is a Good time to visit if you are staying more than a couple of days. The lake is not too high or too low. I would prefer it lower but cannot predict the future. It is is the buckbrush and is perfect for a good spawn. You can step off the parking to the dock. White bass are biting in Bennetts but are small. Crappie are in Pigeon Creek and I know where they are. Bass are part way back in the creeks. Good fishermen are catching a lot of fish. We have one cabin open. Wish you were here. Why pay more unless you just have too much money.
The lake level is 556.65 and still rising with a few hours of one generator running. The water turns brown as you go back into the creeks and is stained green on the main lake with a mixture in between. The surface temperature has dropped to 54 with the wind coming out of the north. The ambient temperature is in the 50’s but feels colder. The sunshine and warm weather will clear the lake quickly if we do not get rain for a few days. I went to pigeon creek and caught a few bass and crappie but did not stay out too long. Spring is slow coming but may be here Sunday. It probably will miss spring and just turn hot. Last year they were running their heaters one day and their air conditioners the next. I do not think it is better anywhere else. I have some crappie fishing and some night striper and we will see how they do. It will not take much to move a bunch of fish to the bank.
They said on the radio that we got just over 2-inches but both of my rain gauges had 3.1 and it is still sprinkling. The severe weather was north of us into Missouri but we got a lot of lightening. The creeks are still running and they just quit generating and the level is 555.55 and still rising. The backs of the creeks are brown. The main lake is still fine and the creeks seem to clear very quickly in the spring. We are usually concerned about the water being too clear. It looks like several days of sunshine in a row starting this weekend along with warm temperatures. I am going fishing soon and will give you the full details. Just stay out of the brown water while fishing and you will be all right. This is normal for the spring.
The lake level is 554.25 and has nearly quit rising with a few hours of light generation. The level at Newport is way down and they are discharging much less indicating the big slug went on through. We get a rain every week this time of year. I go fishing when the low pressure starts to move in and fish until it starts to rain. The surface temperature is 57 degrees and rising slowly. There is some warmer water in the backs of the creeks especially after a sunny day. The lake is clearing and we are not too dry or too wet. The grub tipped with a minnow is working 1/2 way back in the creeks near brush during the day as are other soft plastics and stick bait after dark. I prefer the smaller baits. Some big white bass are also moving in.
I am not sure but I would bet the people from Chicago that just got here are glad. This is a perfect day. The lake is clearing, the water is warming and the flowers are blooming. The lake level is just right and the fishing is coming around. For you that like fishing in the dark for stripers, now is the time and it could last for awhile. Some crappie are on the banks and some are on shallow brush back in the creeks. Some good bass are also on and behind brush in the creeks. A few walleye are being caught on smaller stick baits in the evening but not a lot. A good bait during the day is soft plastics with a weighted nose hook. I am using a small leadhead with a 2-1/2 inch grub light green tipped with a minnow. It was good to meet Jim Bornhop and also good to see John again. Jim booked another trip next month. Blackburns has several repeat customers during the year. Wish you were here. Debbie and Susan are working very hard cleaning and painting everything and nearly all of the cabins are ready for you. With the lower gas prices and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental’s lowest cabin and boat rental prices you can save hundreds of $ on a spring break trip. Come on down. If you are not staying at Blackburns you are paying too much.