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Take a safe boating course and get your Washington boat license to increase your fishing success. Many walleye are short but about 1-in-4 are keepers. The surface water temperature is about 57 degrees and the lake is stained a bit. On behalf of the entire staff here at The Fisherman, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our loyal readers and your families a happy and healthy Holiday Season. Almost all of the fish are in the buckbrush and trees and under debris including the shad and other minnows. The ambient high temperatures are varying from 60's one day and 40's the next. Bass on Norfork spawn up into the summer. I started catching  black bass on brush near the bottom yesterday and some nice smallmouth on the steep banks on the north side on a grub from 6-12 feet down around Cow Point. Compare prices. November looks to be good. Crappie fishing is still ok and I am catching about 6-7 keepers in about two hours of fishing. Smallmouth Bass River Fishing Forecast The most sought after sportfish in the North Fork Shenandoah River is the smallmouth bass. I like winter fishing. Bink reports the river is running brown for several weeks. Deep brush in 40-feet or more are holding big walleye and black bass. Share via email. Go out a little deeper for walleye and crappie in barely exposed wood or exposed big logs. The lake is clearing again and is in excellent condition for fishing. Crappie, bass, catfish and bluegill are on 25-ft. brush and are coming up to about 10-feet to get the bait. The main lake surface temperature bumps 60 when the sun comes out but it is just in the 50's for ambient temperature today so it will not rise today. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear and fishable. We will see if there is a night bite for stripers in November. The lake level is 553 and dropping very slowly with just a little generation. Big schools of large bluegill are showing up on shad in deep water for some reason. Ice is beginning to take over the river. This reservoir has two boat ramps, boat moorage, 50 campsites, picnic areas, boat rentals, grocery story, fueling station, and ADA-accessible fishing platforms. If I could choose a permanent lake level it would be where we are right now. Smallmouth bass fishing is getting good. Use of bait allowed April 22 – Oct 31, but beginning Nov. 1 anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. Get out there about 6:AM and fish until they go down which is about 9:30 AM part way back in the creeks. This is an exciting time to fish Norfork and Blackburns resort will not charge you too much. You have to get below the small bass which are very shallow to get the crappie. Ice is beginning to take over the river. Crappie are in their normal places for the end of September and have not moved from the open water for the fall yet. What a difference a few miles can make. Some are trolling swim baits with a little success. If you are staying somewhere where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. There are a lot of shad and there is no reason for them to move from open water yet. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526, Brian Deardoff with 2 of 20 caught yesterday, Fishing had slowed dramatically after the cold weather and snow but is picking up now. range have been caught before they can grow and the low ozygen affects the biggest ones the worst. It is about time for catfish to start coming into the creeks as soon as the small bluegill move in under the docks. 101 Grocery and Bait’s Fishing Report. Brush permits are being issued by the Corps of Engineers at 9:AM January 14th at their office. The corps of engineers are now predicting the lake will be at about 555 by October 24th. The North Fork has a low percentage of pool habitat compared to the South Fork Shenandoah. A few White Bass are finally showing up. When you find a school of shad feeding, fishing can be fast. The smallmouth were off the steep river channel banks in 16-18 feet of water on a grub tipped with a minnow, the crappie were on brush with a minnow on a slip float and the black bass were on brush on main lake points on a 1/2 ounce bink's jigging spoon. One day the fish will be in the North Creeks and the wind shifts and they move to the south creeks. Bass fishing is fair and some good ones in the 3-lb. You can see your lure down about 6-7 feet on the main lake. Big Bluegill are biting well on worms and crickets under docks and around sunken willows. Most any offering of artificial or natural bait should entice a hungry largemouth. It sometimes is quick but more often takes a while. The slug of brown water caused by the heavy rains a few weeks ago is settling out and the lake is in excellent condition. They will after the spawn. Surface temperature is 57 degrees and the lake is pretty clear and you can see your lure down about seven feet on the main lake. The white bass are scarce and the ones that are there are small. The top water bite at sunrise and the night bite for stripers on the bank on a stick bait are right around the corner. Crappie just got scarce for me. All cabins have covered porches. There are lots of shad and not all of them hold fish. It is time. Spoons and dragging night crawlers are the best. Look for shad near old river channels part way back in the creeks. Many undersized bass but some very nice walleye and also many bluegill. There is still a topwater bite most mornings early for both bass and red meat fish. If none are surfacing, use a 3-inch green plastic worm on a 5/16th ounce jig head. Bink reports catching fish morning, noon and night with some walleye still full of eggs. Walleye before dark on stick baits and soft plastics and stripers and hybrids after dark. It is to get very cool this weekend so bring jackets. The thermocline is forming and will be at less than 20-feet and the fish will be just above that. Current fly fishing reports and conditions for North Fork of the Flathead River in Montana! They are getting several catfish but I do not hunt them very much preferring walleye and crappie. Lou is on Norfork Lake regularly fishing for all species. North Fork Lakes (North Fork, Island, Billings, Arthur) The lakes at the upper end of the North Fork of the South Arkansas River have excellent fisheries for those willing to drive the rough, high clearance road up from Maysville (about an hour). Bluegill are everywhere and I have some giant ones under my dock. Hummingbird Hideaway Fishing Report. I am getting a lot of bites on the drop. Larger bass have mostly spawned and are in their post-spawn period with the females getting healed up. Some good ones are on the banks with more in open water on shad. I am going to put in a trot line for catfish today. Some big crappie are with them on brush but the schools have not moved in yet. The lake level is 551.4+ and the surface temperature is in the mid to high 60's and the lake is pretty clear except for the pollen. It has been the same for weeks. All cabins have covered porches and none are duplexes. ABOUT NORFORK TAILWATER. A 20-inch minimum size limit is in effect for smallmouth bass in the North Fork Holston River from the Route 91 Bridge, upstream of Saltville, downstream to the Tennessee State line. Baitfish are everywhere. You cannot count on it. The creeks are not very clear with a visibility of about 7-feet down but the main lake is pretty clear down to the mud line and then pretty good again in the cold water below the thermocline. Crankbaits are working sometimes mainly when it is windy and we have been having our share of that. Some good stripers are west of the bridge and east of Cow point in about 50-feet of water. I saw some very large turkey and found several mushrooms yesterday and the purple martins are back. Blackburns has some umbrella fishermen coming in tomorrow and we will see how they do. Crappie are starting to bite on brush with a slip float and minnow but are also moving with the wind and bass are still hitting a single spin and crank baits in the creeks. There are shad just outside brush in deeper water but I am not catching much off them. They troll umbrellas and are good at it. Otherwise use a 3-inch swim bait, topwater bait or jigging spoon when they go back down and when they go to deeper water after feeding. Spring is here at Blackburns with flowers and trees blooming, the grass growing and the fish biting. I have no luck with spoons after dark. Bass fishermen pounding the bank are having mixed results but are catching several smaller fish with just a few keepers. You have to stay right on the brush to get the fish and they bite for just a few minutes and then quit for about 2-hours. The lake in general is in good condition but there are still a few logs floating on the main lake. They are not jumping in the boat but you can get some big ones if you are persistant. There are many very small shad and bass that have recently hatched in this area. Many bait fish, mostly bass and bluegill have moved to cover at all depths. The open water fish are following the shad which are following the plankton which follow the wind direction. Small bluegill and warmouth are holding the big fish on the brush. They are where they always are in May before the thermocline is formed and will be right at the thermocline later. I am catching some good fish everyday but it is not easy. Bink reports catching good fish on the bank in the evening and after dark. The big ones always spawn first and then either move to open water on shad or cover to feed on spawn. It is still clear and there is no debris. I am not much on trolling a half dozen rods with live bait on them until I run out of gas. Those of us that have been here a while call the fall bite when the walleye start moving to the shadowy banks just before dark and can be caught on soft plastics and the red meat fish move to the banks near Cranfield Island and Near Quarry Marina after dark to feed. The creeks are most free from them. With the cooler water temperature the bass are holding in these areas. Come on down to Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental where we do not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Come on down to Blackburns Resort and Boat rental and we will not charge you too much. The 1/8th and 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon is working for about everything down to about 30-feet and then I change to the 1/2 ounce. I am surprised at the low number of fish on brush that is not on main lake points. Just yesterday most of the fish caught were males in 18-19 feet of water indicating the fry have left the nest and the males are post spawn feeding. That is what I am after. With colder temperatures look for midges and baetis to come off in the afternoon. Early March fishing is the worst for me all year and I am glad it is over. If they move or are blown to the bank in the evening there will be. I have several good bass fishermen in and they are working hard for keeper fish. I have been fishing for about 3-hours everyday and am putting from 8-11 keeper fish of all kinds in the trophy pond. Spooning is the best technique now for walleye and crappie but some bass are caught on the shelves on wind blown steep banks beating the shore. Those are all indications of good fishing to come. There are many shad everywhere and most do not have fish under them. The stick bait bite after dark has been a dud but keep checking the walleye rearing pond area for fish anyway. I am usually spooning big bass this time of year but it is not happening now. Some open water fish are showing up suspended a bit in 60-feet of water. Top water bite is in full swing so get out there early with your clear spook and spitin image. Bass, Crappie, bluegill and walleye are the best bite now with a few catfish coming in. Crappie are still on brush at 25 ft. about 8-ft. down on minnows and when spooning they are hitting on the way down. There is a lot of bait fish out there and many schools of shad are holding no predator fish. The surface temperature is 65 degrees and the creeks are starting to clear. Bass fishing is slow. I am seeing large schools of shad on the mainlake just outside brush piles in 38-45 feet with a few smaller fish on them. NORFORK TAILWATERS. Middle Fork of the Flathead River Fishing Report. We will not charge you too much. Many fish are spawning with most of the larger crappie and bass spawned out and some smaller ones still staging and some guarding beds. Bass, walleye, crappie and bluegill are loaded there but are hard to catch. Some of Blackburns Brush piles are coming into play and will be just right soon. Go back in the creeks, work the old shoreline with a swim bait, creature bait or three inch worm. We need rain very badly. We are very dry and need rain badly. Click here for information on when runs of fish enter the North Fork Lewis. North Fork Yuba Fly Fishing Report Aug 30, 2019 Jon Baiocchi Reports on 8.29.2019 Just a few subtle changes for the North Fork Yuba River than my last report, but the bottom line it’s still fishing really well for the most beautiful wild rainbows you’ll ever find in the Northern Sierra. Blackburns has been very busy this fall with people taking advantage of the best prices on both boats and cabins and getting their first boat stall free. I like glow in the dark saltcraws for after dark bass fishing. The fish want to get active despite the cool water. The lake in general is in excellent condition for both fishing and boating. Striper are scattered and roaming and feed early and then move to deeper water. Trout fishing in streams and rivers is now closed until next spring Last updated 12/2/20. Some are trolling live bait also. Billie Springer and his crew just left and did well on walleye, stripers and hybrids. It is good to just be outside and if you have already winterized your boat, come on down we have one for you. This reservoir has two boat ramps, boat moorage, 50 campsites, picnic areas, boat rentals, grocery story, fueling station, and ADA-accessible fishing … Some nice flatheads are coming out of the brush on spoons also. They are very healthy and have blood lines in their eggs. Use a weighted nose hook and keep that head dropping as much as possible. Norfork Lake fishing report by Blackburn's Resort. This looks to be a typical year now with the water level finally going down and the surface temperature about normal. The North Fork of the Flathead flows directly south from the Canadian Border, and makes up the western boarder of Glacier National Park until its confluence with the Middle Fork at Blankenship Bridge. LAKE OROVILLE: Jamey Sorensen of North Valley Tackle was out on the lake a couple times this week, and said the fishing is very good for Oroville … The ones being caught are left overs from the summer and you can catch out a brush pile easily. People are taking advantage of Blackburns Resort's low cabin prices as well as the selection of 30-rental boats and we are very busy. Hybrids can handle this better and I would like to see more of them stocked. They will feed heavily until the water temperature drops and they become more lethargic and move to the old river channel by the bridges and Bidwell where they will be more difficult to catch. They are about 10-feet down over brush. The North Fork Shenandoah River is home to several sunfish species. They need to drop Norfork, not because it is too high, but in order to have enough surge capacity to handle the spring rains. Years of experience fishing and diving the clear waters of Norfork Lake qualifies Steve as a our local fishing expert. The 4-bedroom is good for a large group and is only $130/day and has two baths. They cannot seem to run both generators. Fishing is allowed, but the fish must not be consumed. Phone number to report snaggers Toll-Free at 1-877-933-9847. range are being caught . Why pay more? Bluegill are shallower just outside the buckbrush and a Bobby Garland Baby Shad is working pretty good. Trolling unbrellas is more effective than that and requires a lot less equipment. It should be " when you find schools of shad learn how to tell if there are fish on them" if you do not, you will waste a lot of time fishing dry holes. Bluegill are on brush and crappie are scarce. Surface temperature is still in the high 50's and very slow rising. The lake level is stable at 553.8 with one generator running continuously. The high water has allowed the shad to spawn several times this year and their population is back up. The main lake is cloudy and the creeks are stained. Most of the fish will be 12-15 inches. Blackburns resort and Boat Rental is full now but have a few openings next week. We have been fishing in Southold, North Fork, Long Island and adjacent waters for over 30 years and our boat is conveniently located on Jockey Creek. Some times it is good to drop the spoon to the bottom and reel up fast through the shad. The new news is that the lake is starting to turn over and the crappie and bass are moving to the brush piles. A few are being caught on minnows but not many. good for bow hunters. North Fork Yuba Fly Fishing Report Aug 30, 2019 Jon Baiocchi Reports on 8.29.2019 Just a few subtle changes for the North Fork Yuba River than my last report, but the bottom line it’s still fishing really well for the most beautiful wild rainbows you’ll ever find in the Northern Sierra. There may be some open water on the lower end, but in all honesty if we have a few moments to fish we will be on the Spokane River or Snake River instead. Some are also in Bennets around point 1-D near Walkers entrance and Talbot and in the back of float creek. Set your slip float for crappie about 3-feet deeper than you can see the minnow. A trout permit is required. Otherwise it makes for a short day of catching. Float Creek, Fall Creek and Panther Creek water all remained a good color for fishing.The surface temperature is still in the mid to high 50's on the main lake and gets much warmer on sunny warm days in the backs of creeks in shallow water. 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