It is an excellent time to visit Norfork Lake. Temperatures near 80 for highs and lows in the high 50’s. Water temperatures are now dropping with the shorter days and cool nights but are still in the mid 70’s. The lake level is 549.68 and stable with a few hours of light generation in the afternoons. Joe and Beverly Kiely are back and are always welcome. Mitchell and Trish Davis from Streamwood, Illinois are also here and welcome. They went fishing with Bink and said they had a good time. Bink can catch the fish. Randy Schofield is here and we missed him. He has not been here for almost a year. I am thankful for our many returning customers. The list just keeps growing. Wish you were here. We will not charge you too much.
We had an ambient temperature of 88-degrees yesterday and I had a surface temperature near 80 last evening. The lake continues to drop with afternoon generation and is at 549.69 now. The weather is to cool just a bit to the mid 70’s with lows near 60 with mostly sunshine for the next several days. Looks good. I did not look for a thermocline but found no cool water down to 33-feet. Rule of thumb now: Crappie and Bluegill on shallow brush 18-23 feet, smallmouth and Kentucky bass on drop-offs 20-25 feet and roaming, big black bass right in deeper brush, walleye on the ends of main lake points in brush near the bottom in 32-feet. I will let you know if this changes. Good time to visit with an excellent combination of weather, fishing and low prices.
Blackburns Resort is nearly full but still have a couple of cabins for you. Prices for a one bedroom are $48/day for two people. Conditions could not be better and the fish are biting. John and Hunter Bornhop are here and our new friend Jack Pelc just left and he caught some very nice bass. He has already scheduled a trip later. Welcome Jack. Wish you were joining in on the fun. We will not charge you too much.
The Crappie, Big Redear Bluegill and Big Brim are Back To Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Brush Piles as of Today. I guess the magic number is 75 Degrees this year. It is not always so. I went on three dives today and was amazed at the number of panfish and bass. They were everywhere and big ones too. Come on down and I will help put you where the fish are. Getting them to bite is your goal. They are not very fat and look to feed heavily. I have never seen them so thin. Must be the lower level of shad. Not sure. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.
They generated heavily for six hours yesterday and the level is still the same at 549.89 and the creeks are stained but we had little or no runoff. The main lake is not clear but appears to be so from the top. We are not too wet but just about right. Everything is very green. The walnut trees are losing their leaves rapidly and it looks like the area is still on track for a fall foliage peak the last of October. I saw a Golden Eagle near Blackburns Dock yesterday. Josh and Jenny Levart from Centerton, Arkansas are back and catching quite a few catfish. Glad to see them again. Nice people. Joe Cebula caught several walleye yesterday and lost a big one. He is spooning them on main lake points near the bottom with a white spoon with a red eye near Blackburns Resort. It is to be sunny and warm starting tomorrow and it is foggy in the mornings so be careful out on the lake. It seems every year there is a boat collision in the fog with people running blind on GPS. This has been our busiest September ever so far so come on down. We will not charge you too much. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are probably paying too much. Wish you were here. Surface temperature is 76 degrees. Fine for swimming and boating.
The lake level is 549.89 and the surface temperature is 77 degrees. Scuba Steve went diving and got some good fish even though it was cloudy with diminished visibility. Joe Cebula had caught four walleye when we went by him on the water last evening and probably caught more. Kathy and Jim Macintosh from Bailey, Texas are here and caught some big fish fishing with Bink’s Guide Service. They wore out the fish and the fish wore them out. Said they had fun. They are very nice people and we are happy to have them as our friends. Blackburns resort and Boat rental has had over 2,000 repeat customers this year. Thank you. We will keep making things better without raising prices. Cabin #14 now has matching new refrigerator and kitchen stove. Looks good. We are spending money on improvements as fast as it comes in and fortunately it is still coming in. Wish you were here.
Joe says he never caught so many stripers so fast. Bink is on the stripers, hybrids and white bass every day and Harvey is catching crappie but it is not easy and Scuba Steve is getting a few crappie, walleye and white bass. This is a great time of year to just be here and the price is right.
The level has remained just above 550 since the rain and the lake is in excellent condition. Joe cebula caught bass, white bass, catfish and walleye yesterday. He always catches fish. I talked to Harvey Hall today and he caught 12-crappie one day last week. He said they were not giving up easily. He is going tomorrow and I will let you know. They were on main lake brush 28-ft. down.Bink is still catching Stripers, Hybrids and White Bass everyday. I have not been diving since Friday but am not seeing schools of crappie just single ones. When it warms a bit I will try it again. It will be any time now. This is a great time of year. Wish you were here. People are bringing in catfish ,and big ones too, while fishing for stripers. There is not near as many shad as there was before last winter’s kills and when you find shad there is fish under them. All kinds.