The cold front is here and is going to stay for several days. At least the wind died down. Rich Dupuy arrived yesterday and we are glad to see him again. Joe cebula reports catching 12 stripers yesterday but is still looking for that big one. Scuba Steve caught some white bass and bass but the crappie fishing is still slow. Mike Sarge, Marco Tudjon, Close group, Davis Group, Tom Kelly just left and we hope they had a good time. Tom kept the magic basket full. Thank you . The lake level is 550.09 and dropping slowly with several hours of generation and no rain. We will see if the cooler water brings the stripers and crappie shallow and the bass to the holes in the creeks. Bass like to move to the creeks and look for the deepest place or on the dropoffs just off secondary points. Our normal high is near 60. So much for global warming. I keep forgetting it is the biggest threat to our country. Not here and not now. We did not have much fall foliage color but the leaves are giant sized and there are a lot of nuts and acorns. What ever that means.
Water level is dropping slightly with several hours of generation. It is 550.18 now. Surface temperature is 64 and the main lake is clearing and the creeks are stained. Some are reporting that the night bite for stripers will be early this year because of lower water temperatures. Not true. On November 10,2013 it was 64, 2012 it was 61, 2011 it was 61 and 2010 It was 65. The cold front coming in will lower it but we are right about average, which means if we have one, the bite will be a little before Thanksgiving. Look at the archives of this blog and see when Tom Kelly, Joe Cebula, Grevengoeds, (Kahlenbecks and Smiths came early this year because of their scheduling but they knew it was too early for the night bite) and you will see when it probably will happen. These folks always catch fish. Other reports say winter striper fishing is wonderful. It is not for me. When the water clears and gets cold the stripers move deep next to old river channels and do not move very much, even for food. I then fish for crappie and bass. The striper fishermen then covey up again under the bridges and the bluffs near Bidwell. Hopefully the seagulls will return and help them find the shallow shad. There are far fewer shad than there have been in recent years do to last year’s kills and now most schools of them hold fish. The year before last I left Blackburns cove and my locator blacked out to clear across the lake and halfway to the 101 bridge one way and half way to Cranfield the other. These huge schools are not there now and the lower numbers of them will make fishing much easier. Also I am not seeing high numbers of big stripers being brought in. 30-pounders have been few compared to the last few years. If they are there they will show up on the bank later this month. We will see. This is sure fun living on Norfork Lake. Fishermen are almost always good people. My kind of people. Blackburns Guests help each other and the group is getting bigger and bigger. That is good.
The lake level is 550.24 and stable with just a few hours of generation. Mike Sarg and Marco Tudjan went with Bink yesterday and said they had a good time. Also said the fishing slowed way down about 10:Am. This is their first trip to Norfork Lake and we hope they like it here. We are starting to get a lot of customers from Wisconsin and we appreciate the business. Kahlenbecks and Smiths just left and caught some good fish. Bring Joe next spring. Looks to be busy here this week. Thanksgiving week is nearly full but we have just a few open. Come on down and join the fun. If you are staying at a place where you are the only customer you are probably paying way too much. Wish you were here.
The lake level is 550.25 and dropping with several hours of running one generator a day. It is to get abnormally cool next week for a couple of days so bring warm clothes. It seems the best bite is in the morning on clear days and evening on cloudy days. The full moon was very bright last night and it never got dark until it set. The stripers have not moved to the bank yet near dark but I will keep checking.
The lake level is 550.3 and did not raise with the 1.5 inches of rain. It is cloudy now with highs to be near 60 for the next several days. Our normal high is 62. Go out to the mouth of main lake creeks and work your way back until you find the shad. There are usually some around 30-feet and start vertical jigging and drop the spoon right on their heads. I am fishing brush at about the same depth and getting a few crappie and bass. There are also some big bass near the bank in the creeks feeding on crawdads in the evenings and I am using the grub. Bluegill are biting well on crappie minnows and crickets. They also like the 1/4 ounce Bink spoon white with a red head. Stripers are not big but respectable in the 8-10 lb. range. White bass are in the 2-lb. range and bigger. There are a few keeper walleye on the bottom near brush at 26-30 feet. I am ready for the schools of crappie to move in but they have not done it yet here. Just a few. Red bank area is the best place to start. Wish you were here. We will not charge you too much.
The wind picked up and the conditions were great for fishing. When I see these conditions (cloudy and breezy) I get nervous and anxious just like I do not right after the front passes by and high pressure first sets in. Fortunately I am not on a fixed schedule and can pick the best times. This does not mean you cannot catch fish with a new high pressure but it usually gets better after it has been here for a couple of days. They were really biting well yesterday. I went out and spooned a couple of brush piles and caught crappie and bass right away. Kahlenbecks and Smith’s did better. Wish you were here. This rain is not hurting anything and we need the lake to rise just a bit before they start the winter drawdown. Wish you were here. I will keep looking for the striper bite at and after dark on the bank but no sign of it yet. White Bass fishing is good, Bluegill good, Bass good, crappie fair, stripers fair and walleye fair. Most people are catching fish. Fall foliage was a dud and did not measure up nearly to what it usually is.
I was fixing the seat and locator on the Black Champion and The trolling motor on the Nitro and decided to go out fishing for a short time. Did not start up the motor but just went out in Blackburns Creek with the trolling motor. Found some shad and dropped a Bink’s Spoon and Caught Bass and White Bass. This pole fishing is not hard at all. I will continue diving if it gets warm again. Kahlenbecks and Smiths are here and catching fish. Those Indiana boys know how to do it. We have several people in. There is nothing wrong with paying too much. |Otherwise the people charging to much could not make a living. Blackburns will not charge you too much. Wish you were here.
The lake surface temperature was 66 last evening and is dropping fast. It was 69 the day before. It is sunny now. They are generating for several hours a day now and the level is 550.37 and dropped over an inch in the last 24-hours. Main lake is pretty clear and the creeks are still stained. Good for fishing. Blackburns had a lot of trick or treaters last evening and they had fun. We give big pumpkins full of candy and served pizza. The word about the easy touch is getting around. Norfork Lake fun out of Blackburns Resort and Boat rental. Wish you were here.
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.