The lake level has risen to 549.06 and that is good with just a little generation in the evening. The days are getting longer and that is also good. Norfork Lake is in excellent condition. I have been out every day and have caught fish everyday. They bite best for me at 3:30 to 6-Pm. This is winter bass and big crappie time and I look forward to it every year. Bink is really on the Kentucky Bass.
I caught two large ones at 4-PM on spoons and at 4:30 they started on grubs as fast as I could get them in. I usually only keep three but several people need supplied. These are some big fish. You cannot lift them over the side of the boat but have to use a net. Norfork Lake fun at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. Never saw another boat and it was 53 degrees. Wish you were here. No walking on the water or drilling holes in it.
I fished until after dark and caught crappie and bass. Caught Bass On Bink’s Spoon, bass and crappie on a Jig and crappie on minnows. Caught eight total in 1-1/2 hours. Saw no other boats. Very nice and peacefull. At least I can get on Blackburns brush piles. You have to move from brush to brush to find active fish. There are good fish on all of them. Put out a floating light to attract shad and then put a minnow on a slip float about three feet down and be surprised what you catch. Fish of all species are chasing shad and when they come up shallow to the light you can catch fish after fish. Look for just outside docks with security lights that hold shad anyway and lure them to your light.
It has been cloudy and mild with highs in the high 40’s and lows in the low 30’s. It has rained a little most days with winds light and variable. The lake level is still dropping slowly with a level of 548.88 and they are generating heavily for a few hours in the morning and then again in the evening. The surface temperature is just under 50 and cooler back in the creeks. The main lake is pretty clear with the creeks clearing some, especially near the shore in the cooler water. I have been fishing most evenings and there are very few boats. The crappie fishing is pretty good as is the bass. I have not been looking for open water fish much but you can find them just off bluff banks near deep water and on the old river channels. Crappie are still mostly on shad but some are on brush and are biting just at sunset and after dark. I am getting some very large ones. Good bass are on bluff banks and biting in the evening near the bank near brush and I am getting some smallmouth and black bass in the 2-1/2 to 4-lb. range. Still looking for the 2-lb. Kentucky. It is to be in the low 50’s and sunny for Christmas Day. Looking forward to it. I am using 1/4 ounce Bink’s Spoons, grubs and larger light colored crappie minnows. All are working but not at the same time. When it gets tough spoon the brush.
It has remained above freezing at night. The surface water temperature has dropped to just below 50 for the first time this season and the sleet we received yesterday afternoon did not help that any. The lake continues to clear but is still not too clear. The fish, especially bass, crappie and stripers are in their normal places for the winter. The game and fish reports that 153,000 fingerling Black Crappie were stocked in Norfork Lake in November and that is good. They know how to keep a good balance of species and get counts of fish regularly. We have a lot of hybrid stripers and just undersized walleye now and the future looks good for Norfork Lake fishing. Blackburns Resort and Boat rental continues it’s policy of continued improvement. A new counter top has been installed in cabin #4 and with the refrigerator, flat screened tv, carpet, and furniture make it the most improved 2-bedroom. The new roof and trim is going on the Honeymoon cabin #3 and with that, the new flat screened tv’s and bed and bedding make it the most improved 1-bedroom cabin. We put in new bait tanks and they look good and should hold bait better in the hot weather. We keep live bait and sell fishing licenses all year. No need to get them off the internet or go to Walmart. Blackburns is one of the few resorts that offer this. More improvements on the dock and other cabins are planned. A new basketball pole and hoop is going up to supplement the other one, which has been slam dunked too many times. You have full court with baskets on each end. Basketball is played almost continuous all year. We have spent thousands of dollars and will not increase the prices on anything again this year. That is one benefit of having so many repeat customers. You keep coming and we will keep spending. It is almost like you have an interest in the resort. Come visit and see what has changed. I think you will like it. There are many more improvements too numerous to name. We will not charge you too much.
When I went out fishing last evening it was 65 degrees with light winds. The fish started biting at 4:Pm and quit at 5 when the wind shifted to the north west and it cooled down and there were some pretty good whitecaps. I saw no other boats. Got some good ones on the new 1/4 ounce Bink’s Spoon. They work very well and very seldom hook themselves on the line. I was getting wet in the Nitro until reaching Blackburns Cove which is very seldom windy. Caught some very nice fish. I like winter bassin and crappie fishing.
We received 1.2 inches and it was welcome. The lake has risen just a bit to 549.01 and that is good. Water surface temperature is still 52 degrees and has been the same for several days. It is 56 degrees this cloudy morning and to rise to 65. It feels like spring out there now. Wish it was. I miss Scuba Diving already. I had to cancel my diving trip to mexico this winter due to them keeping our Marine in Prison for so Long. It will be a long time before they get any more of my money. I will just have to fish Norfork Lake until diving season gets here. That is not so bad. Two trophy fish were caught here Sunday. People fishing with Bink’s Guide Service Caught a Big Bass and Tom Kelly Caught a Big Hybrid Striper. Check these out. Wish you were here. Both were released.
The weather is warm and a little brighter today with a good chance of rain tonight. It was busy here with several cabins full for various reasons and we like that. If I had winterized more cabins as I usually do, there would have been no room to put them. I hope the warm weather holds and they keep coming. The crew with Richard Kuzas caught several fish. Richard is from Mountain Home and our other friends are from the Chicago area and come a couple of times a year. We are always glad to see them. They sure have fun. Tom Kelly is catching some very large fish everyday and is also having fun. He said the big striper he caught yesterday made his week. It took him an hour to get it in. It is now swimming under Blackburns dock. It has been a good week and the lake is in excellent condition with a water temperature still at 52 degrees. I found some nice white bass in Blackburns creek in the afternoon about 2-1/2 pounds and caught several of them. Did not have to start up my motor. There are a lot of fish close to here of all species. 65 degrees today. If you are coming to the Mountain Home area for the Holidays come visit. We will not charge you too much. Boat stalls and trolling motors on pontoons are free and all cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have covered porches. 28 acres of peace and quiet.