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Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Blog. (Click Here For Comments)

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The lake level is now 555.55 and they have cut down generation a lot. Guess they think the lake does not need to drop any farther. I disagree. The so called seasonal levels need to be reviewed or completely gone. Where did they come from anyway? They used to draw the lake down in the winter and prepare for the spring rains. Now they do not. How is that working out for them? Makes them look incompetent when they get tricked every year. The answer is "that is what the dams are for, to hold water". My answer is "hold the water at a lower level". I went out in the middle of the day and caught bass continuously for about two hours. I probably caught 25-30 fish on my grub and about 4-5 were keepers. I do not keep them anyway. It was fun. Many, many small fish are everywhere. Some crappie in the 10-11 inch range are being caught on brush but the schools are small. I do not know if they are roaming or just being caught out. I caught a 4-lb. channel cat on the grub and it was my largest fish. 

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Lake level is 555.71 and is dropping about 2-inches a day with limited continuous generation. Surface temperature is still near 80 and the main lake seems to be clearing a bit. I went out for about 1-1/2 hours and caught 6-crappie, two bluegill and two bass. No big fish. There are a lot of baitfish and undersized fish out there. It is to get cooler later this week. We are very dry. Newport is at 8-feet and they could be generating more. I would like to see some surge capacity. This is a good level for fishing though. Be carefull cutting points as debris is hung up on shallow main lake points where it has not been before from the high water. We are getting to have a lot of gar in this lake. You can drive or walk to the lake 1/3 mile, launch your boat, park and step on the dock with your free boat stall and still only pay $53/day. Why pay more?

 

Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Blog. (Click Here For Comments)

Crappie are not big but are keepers. Released them anyway.Image title

Mike Eakle caught most of the fish but i cannot drive his camera. Image title

The lake level is 556.45 and is back to normal. There is no surge capacity for a big rain. Lake is still stained with the constant drop but is a good color for fishing. People are catching fish in Blackburns area of the lake but not a lot of big ones. Crappie are running from 9-11 inches and stripers are small and skinny. Walleye a numerous but many are short. You have to catch 5 or 6 to get a keeper. Small stripers are around the island and white bass are in Blackburns creek. Blackburns brush piles are all holding some crappie and bluegill. Fishing is getting better. Water temperature was 82 last evening. There are lots of small bass. The total fish population is excellent. 

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It may be the first day of fall but you would never know it here. Highs to be near 90 for the next few days. The lake is still dropping and finally broke 557 and is now 556.95 with both generators running at about 1/2 speed. I will not try to lure you here with reports of great fishing. A lot of small bass are being caught and a few crappie. Walleye fishing is fair on main lake brush at less than 30-feet near the bottom on a spoon. The striper class of 7-8 pounds seems to be the worst hit by the fish kill.  It will leave a hole in the year they are susposed to be big. Many people were catching that size before the kill and now several hundred of them are gone at least. All other speces will do well with all of the cover after the flood and a low mortality rate. Scuba divers got very few with the reduced visibility and not nearly as many were caught in May and June as normal. Several small walleye were also floating in the dam area but none around here. The oxygen comes in with the river flow and the conditions get better the closer to the mouth of the river you get and it takes a long time to get to the dam. The flow caused by the generation is helping.  This is about as poor fishing as I have seen the last part of September and it will not get better when the lake starts to turn in October. I bet I will be catching a lot of fish in November especially about Thanksgiving time unless something drastic happens. There are a lot of bait fish in the creeks and the small bass are feeding on them big time. You can catch some good fish if you know what you are doing but there will be a lot of smaller ones in between. The lake is perfect for boating and swimming. Learn how to spoon brushpiles for best results or cast or drift a tipped grub over them. Tom Kelly caught some good crappie and bluegill yesterday and put them in the pond. No big ones yet and not high numbers.  13-1/2 is the biggest one I have caught this summer and not very many of them. Mostly 9-11 inches. They are there though. Blackburns has several good fishermen in this week and we will see. The pool is open and the price is $53/day for a one bedroom cabin.

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It rained hard for just a few minutes and then sprinkled later. We received over 1/2 inch of badly needed rain and it really greened things up.  I went out in between and found the crappie in brush at 28-feet 8-feet down.  Caught smaller bass, big bluegill and 10-crappie from 10-12 inches. No big ones yet. All went in the pond. I like catching those crappie. Lake level is now 557.79 and continues to drop 3-inches a day. Surface temperature continues to hang around 80-degrees and is good for swimming and boating. looks to be a good fall so far. $53/day for a cabin with a free normal sized boat stall. Please get your fishing licenses on line at Arkansas Game and fish website. It is pretty easy. We no longer sell them here. We sold them for over 20-years but were unable to cut through the government red tape to continue with their new program. It compares to the new boat registration rules. Come on down. It is still summer here. Pool is open.

Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Blog. (Click Here For Comments)

Lake level is 558 and still dropping about 3-inches/day with both generators running about 1/2 speed. They need to get rid of seasonal pool levels and get politics out of dam management. I think they would keep Newport at 12 feet no matter what. They now use the flood gates as management tools even though the water is wasted and cost millions of dollars. Common sense needs to prevail. The old idea that the dams were for flood control first and recreation last went out the window with the incorporation of the worthless minimum flow law for the put and take trout. Everything is back to normal now after taking almost 5-months even though we have been in very dry conditions. You can drive or walk to the dock and step on. Glad to have parking lot and launch back. I caught 10 keeper crappie and three nice bass yesterday afternoon in about two hours. All went into the trophy pond. The lake surface temperature is 79-80 and the ambient tempereature is to be near 90 for the next several days. Our pool is open and our prices are low. Come on down. We are open all year and November fishing is some of the best. Blackburns is your fall foliage headquarters for Norfork Lake, Mountain Home and the Ozark Mountain Region.

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Good fishing today. Caught limit of crappie, giant smallmouth bass and a nice catfish. All went in the pond. Level is 558.91 and dropping about 3-inches a day and the surface temperature is just above 80. Visibility is stained and brush piles are getting good. Lake is about 6-ft. higher than I would like it but is in good shape for fishing. I like a surge capacity in case of a big rain. Normal, what ever that is, is about 552 before they started messing with the numbers. Pool is open and we are on our winter rates here. $53/day for a one bedroom. 

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Lake level is 559.45 and continues to drop. We just got a few sprinles of rain and it is very dry. I went out for a couple of hours yesterday and the fish were biting. Caught catfish on the trot line, smallmouth bass in the buckbrush and crappie and bluegill in my brush piles. I limited out on crappie with the largest about 12-inches. Put some in the pond and give the rest to a friend. I have not killed a fish this year and have none in the freezer. The stripers in this area are skinny. At least they are not dying. The crappie are very healthy. A 13-1/2 inch one was caught by a new customer yesterday. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much and maybe in a duplex with no covered porch and also paying for boat stall. Drive on in here on your way home and check us out. You will not be disappointed. Our new wireless internet system is working well. It is 150 MB and costs $200/month and the customers really like it. They are streaming, whatever that is. The pool is still open. You will need it this weekend.90+ degrees. 870-492-5115  Lake is still stained and the visibility seems to change daily with no ryme or reason. Try that 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon in brush at 25-30 feet. I caught the crappie 8-ft. down. 1-bedroom cabins are $53/day. 

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Mike Eakle with a nice flathead for the pond.Image title

Lake level is 560 and things are in good condition with beaches , launches, parking and day use areas in play. Very late though. Should have been done sooner. I think they would regulate Newport to 12 feet if the world came to an end. Dam management rules should be reviewed and changed. Brush piles are getting to be at a good level now and some fish are moving to them. Many small white bass are chasing shad in the creeks. The shad are small too.  We are getting very dry here and need rain bad. Surface temperature is about 80 degrees but may rise a bit with ambient temperatures to hit 90 this weekend. Should be a good week for boating. Flatheads are starting to show up on jugs and trotlines on live bait part way back in the creeks. Bass are moving to the banks early and late . Smaller ones are being caught during the day. There are many walleye with most being undersized. 

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Lake level is 560.94 and dropping with both generators running about 1/2 speed. The lake is still stained but good for fishing. Fishing has not been the best lately but some good ones are being brought in. If you want stripers go to the dam with a net early in the morning.  Big walleye often go downstream and deep until there is no oxygen just like the stripers and hang out with them.  I caught a 10-lb. walleye in 90-ft. of water on a Bink's spoon a few years ago during the last fish kill. I really am sorry to lose these big fish. Hard telling how many sank instead of floating. Deep walleye and stripers are easily caught on a spoon in the hottest part of the summer but the organic material in the lake ate up all of the ozygen this year from the flood and killed them. When I went out yesterday the surface temperature was 81 degrees and the thermocline is at 28-feet. You can find it with a fish and temp or camera with temperature on it. The camera also shows you the visibility. Water clarity can be deceptive from the way it looks from the surface. I have had people report clear water and found no visibility 10-15 foot down and there is always a mud line just before the thermocline. Fish are often in or close to it. You can also go scuba diving and feel when the water starts to get cold. I have been diving for many years and rarely find the thermocline below 30-feet and never below 32. This happens when the surface temperature gets 90 or above. It has not done that this year. It should not drop anymore this season. I went to the place where I have been catching walleye for several weeks and they were gone. I did catch some good bass there though. White bass and hybrids are back in the creeks but many are small. Schools of shad are plentiful. I spooned a brush pile at 26-30 ft. and only caught small fish. There are lots of stripers about 6-inches long in Blackburns Resort creek area. Must be from this spring's stockings. The weather has been beautiful and our pool is open. Several guests are taking advantage of Blackburn's low prices. We will not charge you too much. A free boat stall comes with each cabin. Call 870-492-5115

Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Blog. (Click Here For Comments)

Lake level is 562.16 and dropping. We are getting dry again here. Last summer holiday is about over and day services on the lake are coming into play along with some campgrounds. Took since last of April to get the level down to manageable. People really missed the swimming areas this year but were able to go out on pontoons and swim off them. There are a lot of fish in this area of the lake at 22-26 feet and some brush piles are getting to be at the right depth. A am very sad about the striper kill down by the dam but have not seen any here. There are a lot of small walleye dying there also. Hard to tell how many sank to the bottom rather than floating. Dissolved oxygen is best the closer you get to where the river flows into the lake. It is about time to start catching some big flatheads. Starting today Blackburns has dropped their rates to $53/day for a one bedroom cabin along with a free boat stall. Up to 4-bedrooms are priced accordingly.  Others charge from $80-to over $100 and charge for boat stalls and trolling motors on pontoon rentals and have no covered porches. You can save $ towards the rising gas prices. The weather is to get cooler for the next week and fishing will get better. Call 870-492-5115 We will not charge you too much and are open all year.

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Lake level is 563.58 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours. Got some nice walleye yesterday near Cranfield Island in 21-feet of water on the flats near the drop off. We have had beautiful weather and it should continue through the weekend. Just had one cancellation. Call 870-492-5115 The town is filling up already. Beaches are starting to come into play. 

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The lake level is 563.85 and is dropping about 2-1/2 inches in a 24 hour period with some generation most of the time. It has now been 4-months since the raise. We should be at 552 now.  The 553.75 is a new so called normal caused by the worthless minimal flow rule that took away flood capacity for the put and take trout. They have been getting good minimal flow lately and are complaining about not being able to wade the river. The lake is in good condition but mainlake points have had snags hold up on them when the lake receded and you need to be careful when cutting points. I do not recommend going out after dark unless you are very familiar with the area. It looks to be a very busy weekend and they took the rain out of the forecast today and the Texas storm looks to go northeast of us. A litte rain would not hurt. Blackburn Resort and Boat rental goes on it's winter rates Monday and you can get a cabin for $53/day with a free boat stall. 870-492-5115.  Blackburns is your fall foliage headquartes for Norfork Lake and The Ozark Mountain region. Normal peak is the last week of October but we will keep you posted. I am going walleye fishing. 

Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Blog. (Click Here For Comments)

The lake level is 564.84 and dropping a little over 2-inches in a 24 hour period. The creeks are still stained green and the visibility is about 5-feet on the main lake. Tom Kelly caught some good fish including a walleye yesterday in the Cranfield area. Mike and James caught stripers, bass, walleye and crappie in the same area a few days ago. Stripers are in deep water at 70-80 feet and are being caught near thumb point on spoons. All of the stripers die when brought up from that depth so remember if you go regularly that your posession limit is twice the daily limit of three including hybrids. Venting does not work. The water temperature was 79 yesterday morning on the main lake in some places and in the low 80's other. Fishing will get better and better as the lake dropping brings my brush piles into play and the water cools a bit. August has been cooler than normal with July being the hot month this year. Everything is still very green which is unusual. Blackburns has cabins available from $75/day until September 4th when they drop to $53/day.  Cannot beat that anywhere especially when you take into account a free boat stall. Check prices before you book unless you just have too much money. 

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The lake level is 565.63 and dropping about two inches a day with medium generation. I guess they want to hold it up as long as possible. Some brush piles are coming into play and fish are moving on them. We received about 2/3 inch rain yesterday afternoon and the creeks run it came so hard. Things are very green. 

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They started generating again and the level has dropped to 566.26 It had been rising again with the rain. It was scattered with some places getting 3-inches and some getting 0.6 inches. Things are sure green and nice for the middle of August. The lake surface temperature is 84 degrees and the thermocline is 27 feet. Some brush piles are coming into play but most are too deep. We need a 6-ft. drop. Hit thumb point early with a Bink's spoon for the stripers. Crappie are also showing up on main lake points. You can get a one bedroom cabin here at Blackburns for $75/day with a free boat stall. Why pay more? 870-492-5115

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The lake level is 566.43 and they have quit generating.  Looks like they want to drag out the lowering.  This is unbelievable. The rise started in April and this is August. The rules of dam management need to be reviewed badly. The water is clearing slowly on the main lake but not much in the creeks. Fishing is picking up for bass, crappie and walleye and some brush piles are coming into play. Stripers are on the bottom with a few walleye at 60 feet and many other fish are at 20-feet on main lake points. Walleye are being caught everywhere but many are too short. I suspect their number in total are large with very few taken by divers. Smallmouth bass are showing up but many ot those are short too. If they ever drop the lake to at least 560 the November fishing will be very good.  A lot of shad are in the creeks and they are about 3-4 inches long and small white bass are with them.  

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The lake level is now at 566.67 and still dropping with some generation all of the time. It rained heavily for a few minutes yesterday afternoon. We received almost an inch and the creeks run. I was surprised. I went out for a few minutes yesterday and caught a few crappie near brush on the bottom at 20-feet on a minnow. No big ones. Others are catching walleye bottom bouncing night crawlers on main lake points at 20-feet. Bink is still catching stripers and some walleye together in 60-feet of water on the bottom.  I could see my lure down about 5-6 feet on the main lake. Creeks are still stained. September fishing should be good. This is the coolest August that I can remember. 

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The lake level just hit 566.99. About time.  They would keep Newport at 12-feet no matter what. The rules need to be changed.  Lucky the big rain in Missouri did not effect us this time. I bet they get the campgrounds open just in time for winter to close them. We need more government. The lake is in good shape and Game and fish are cleaning and reinstalling courtesy ramps at launches.  These guys are not afraid to get out of their trucks and work. My compliments.  Many campgrounds are to remain closed until September30th. Resorts have full service. Striper fishing: Go to thumb point and use a Binks jigging spoon on the bottom at 50-60 feet. Many fish are at 18-20 feet near Cranfield. 

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Mike is good with those Bink spoons.Image title

Lake level is 567.62 and they are running one generator continously. The surface temperature is 87 degrees and the visibility and water color is good for fishing. A lot of fish are at 18-20 feet. Spoons and grubs with minnows are working well. Fishing around the Islands is good and a lot of bluegill are shallow in brush. Call 870-492-5115 for reservations. $75/day with a free boat stall. Image title

Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Blog. (Click Here For Comments)

The lake level is 568 and dropping about 2-1/2 inches a day with one generator running most of the time and both a little. Surface temperature is 87 degrees. Stripers are where they always are this time of year but not quite so deep and are mostly on the bottom at 50-60 feet and can be caught on jigging spoons. Most other fish are near the thermocline or around 18 feet. Many are around the islands. Bluegill are shallow in warm water near the shore in brush and are biting well on crickets. Mike Eakle caught walleye, catfish and bass all in the same area at 18-feet on a Bink's spoon. All went in the pond. Here is what should happen: Fishing will get better and better as October approaches and then the lake will turn over. This is not like northern shallow lakes where the lake flips from bottom to top and raises debris and stops the fishing. The thermocline just inverts and the water is homogenous from the top to about 30-feet and the fish have no preference where to go and they are just scattered. Sometimes the ambient fall weather stays fairly constant and the lake turns very slowly over a longer [period. You can catch fish at this times but it is a bit more difficult.  The water will then cool from the top down and the fishing will start to get better and better until my favorite time which is around Thanksgiving. When it gets cold, the red meat fish will move around the river channels near the bridges and get very lethargic and hard to catch. This is in January. Big crappie, bass and walleye can be caught at this time. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental's prices drop on Labor Day and you can get a one bedroom cabin for $53/day. Not bad. A free boat stall comes with your cabin. You can save at least $30/day by staying here. We keep the big pool open until it is too cold to swim. 

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The lake level is 568.78 and dropping about 2-1/2 inches in a 24 hour period. There is light generation most of the day and the level at Newport is below 12 feet. Some of the beaches are just starting to show up as are guard rails to causways.  The surface temperature is 87 degrees and you can see about 3-feet down on the main lake. I like a level of 560 for fishing but it does not leave much buffer for a big rain. It is getting dry again here but much greener than a normal August. My garden is doing great and it is a good year for tomatoes and peppers. We are in for some cooler weather starting tomorrow. I caught some nice bluegill yesterday shallow in brush on crickets for the pond. Stripers are biting well on jigging spoons 50-60 feet down whether on the bottom or suspended near thumb point. Bass are biting with black light and saltcraws near Cranfield island after dark. The lake is dropping too quickly for trotlines but drop shotting jugs with multiple hooks with live bait is working for channel cats. The lake in general is in good condition. The lake was quiet yesterday afternoon with light boat traffic. Blackburns has a cabin open tomorrow for $75/day with a free boat stall 870-492-5115 and it has a covered porch like all of our cabins.  

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The lake level is 569.20 and is dropping much slower now with generation cut way down. Guess they want to keep the water high to prevent camping and swimming on the beaches. At least the resorts are mostly at full service.  Newport is 12-feet and there is no need for this. Government. Give them more money and more time off. That will fix everything. The lake in general is in very good condition. Just day use access not so good. 

Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Blog. (Click Here For Comments)

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The lake level is dropping quickly. We received 0.7 inches of rain and it was needed badly. Greened everything up. The level is 569.66 and dropping about 3-inches a day with one generator running part time and both part time. Lake is in excellent condition for boating and swimming. We are busy here but still have an opening tomorrow. 870-492-5115 Bink is catching a lot of big stripers. Lots of good friends coming this week. Pontoon rentals start at $105/day. 

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Nathan Strouse with a nice catfishImage title

The lake is dropping with both generators running part of the time and one the rest and is at 570.13 You can walk or drive the 1/3 mile to the dock and step right on. Children can ride their bikes everywhere. Blackburns is the family place. The launch is open when someone is not parking in front of it. Catfish and bluegill are biting off the dock and Bink is catching a lot of big stripers. Swimming and boating are excellent. Blackburns is full now but has an opening starting Saturday. Call 870-492-5115. One bedrooms are $75/day and all have covered porches and come with a free boat stall. We will not charge youi too much.

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The lake level is 570.5 and dropping quickly. You can now drive the regular road to the dock or walk. Launch is open. Call 870492-5115

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comments)

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Lake is dropping fast now. Over 3-inches a day. Finally. Things are opening up. Lake is in excellent condition. Blackburns has cabins starting at 75/day. 870-492-5115


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The lake level is 572.85 and is dropping about 2-inches a day. It is hot and getting dry again. Good for boating and swimming both off boats and in our big pool. There were a lot of boats out there by big E and between the bridges. The most I have seen all year. The lake is in excellent condition. The level at Newport is just above 12-feet and maybe they will quit holding back the water for a while. You would think they would be needing electricity. The lows are about 70 so the best time to fish is very early  and after dark for bass with a black light. Bluegill fishing is excellent with crickets and catfishing on limb lines and jugs is fair. Bink is spooning up stripers and hybrids early with a few walleye. Evening boating feels very good.

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The lake level is 573.30 and is exactly what it was at this time yesterday despite a thunder shower this morning. It rained hard and the creeks run for awhile.  We were getting dry. I do not think I have seen things so green for this time of year. The rain varied widely but we received over 2-inches here at Blackburns. It is sunny and humid now.  We got a nice shower also last evening about 5:30 PM. We have a nice, flat, big playground here and we just keep mowing. Lake views are good for people that like to sit on the porch huddled up on a hillside and drink coffee in the morning and sip wine in the afternoon. Our beautiful valley is green and big and flat and the children can run, ride their bikes and explore our 28 acres. Blackburns is the family place. We have 2 openings starting tonight and would be glad to have you and will not charge you too much. 870-492-5115  One bedrooms are $75/day and we have 2,3,4 bedrooms also. All have covered porches and none are duplexes.  If you smoke you can go out on the porch in the rain and not carry an umbrella or rig up your fishing poles out of the sun. It has been hot and good for boating and swimming. The lake is in excellent condition.  

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The lake level is 573.31 and dropping slowly. The level at Newport is below 12-feet and there is no excuse for not letting out more water to open up some of the day use areas. It is too late to plant soybeans and they are protecting nothing down stream. The army needs to get out of dam management and protect our country. The rules need to be reviewed and favortisms like protecting Branson at other people's cost need to be changed. It is all about the money. The Lou Lattray family is here and I hope they are having fun. They are always welcome. Lou is catchiung some nice bass.  The Schuler group are boating long hours and are also welcome. They like hot weather and I am glad they are getting it. Boating conditions are excellent. Blackburns has a couple of openings and you can call debbie at 870-492-5115 for last minute reservations. We will not charge you too much. 

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A pair of 20's caught this morning with Bink's Guide Service. Over 100 trips a year come from Blackburns and everyone is happy. Good partnership. Image title


The hot weather is here and the Schuler group from Chicago like it. They are always welcome here. The lake level is rising just a bit with very light generation and is at 573.59 and has risen over a foot again. the level a Newport is back near 14-feet after the rains.  It is too late to plant soybeans in the delta so there is no reason not to let some water out. The rules of generation need to be reviewed. Just a few feet makes a big difference on the area lakes for day users. You can swim off Blackburns Dock or in the big pool but swim beaches are under in all area lakes. Norfork is in better shape than most.  The lake in general is in excellent condition and boaters are having a great time and people are catching fish. 

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Tom Kelly with a nice one caught yesterday morning on a spoonImage title

We received two inches of rain last week and about four inches so far this week. The lake has risen 10-inches to 573.35 with no generation. They had 10-weeks to drop the level but dropped the ball instead. We need more government and they need more time off. This level does not hurt anything but really slowed the chance of getting day use areas open. Resorts are fine and so are boating and fishing.  People learned two things so far: Do not tent camp and do not stay where you have no covered porches. Makes for tough grilling and smoking when there is continuous rain. The fireworks on Norfork Lake went off well with no weather problems and the Lake Chamber did a good job. The weather has been cool for this time of year and everything is very green. This looks to be an excellent year for gardens. Stripers and walleye are showing up around the islands, bass are biting after dark on salt craws and bluegill are biting off the dock. Spoons are the best bait along with grubs. Most fish are at or near 20-feet of water with stripers on the bottom at 50-feet. Blackburns had some leave today after the holiday and have a few openings. Call 870-492-5115 and Debbie will help you. It was a very busy holiday and people made the best of the rain. 

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James and Sonny caught these fishing with Bink today. Sonny Eakle is here from Woodward, Iowa.Image title

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The lake level is 572.56 and they have cut generation down and it is dropping about 1-inch in a 24 hour period. The level at Newport is still dropping and is just above 12-feet. The rules of dam management need to be reviewed or there need to be someone else making the decisions. There is no reason to hold this long. The rise happened over 2-months ago. The lake is clear and there is no debris but day services are being affected. People cannot find a place to camp or swim from the shore. Resorts have full service. We had a couple of thunderstorms and about an inch of rain the last few days and it has kept everything green. There have been no rain outs. Stripers are biting on spoons on the bottom at 50-feet and catfish are hitting trotlines and limb lines. Some crappie are showing up and bluegill fishing is excellent off Blackburns dock. Night fishing with a black light and saltcraw is good and surface temperature is in the mid 80's. Our big pool is very busy and the kids love the slide. If it does rain you have covered porches on all cabins to sit outside out of the weather. I would not stay anywhere with out one. People are using the big pavillion to have cookouts, play shuffleboard and ping pong. Kids are riding their bikes everywhere. We like it when people are having fun. The fish started biting yesterday about 9-AM.

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We had a thunderstorm this morning and got just a little rain. We were dry. Lake level is 572.80 and they are generating less now for some reason. Level at Newport is at 12+ feet and they could be letting out a lot more. They could do a lot of good by dropping just a few feet but are resistant to do so.  The launch at Panther Bay is in good condition with the county doing a lot of work removing trees and brush. Boating and fishing conditions are excellent and the surface water temperature is in the mid 80's. The ambient temperature is to get near 90 later this weekend. Should be a good holiday. Starting today The law enforcement are out in force to watch for boating under the influence. Have a designated driver or be ready to blow in the tube. Tom Kelly caught some nice stripers on Thumb point in 50-ft. of water on the bottom on a Bink's spoon. Bass are biting in float creek and bluegill are biting off Blackburn's Dock. Walleye are still around the islands on spoons and dragging night crawlers. A lot of fish are at 20-feet of water under submerged trees and brush. Spinner baits are working where you can cast to the bank.

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The lake is in great condition and services are opening up fast. The water is dropping a little less than 2-inches/day and is at 573.21  and there are a lot of boats between the bridges this week. More launch parking is also being available. Spooning walleye and white bass by the islands, catfishing in the creeks and bluegill fishing off the dock are good.  Several people are swimming off the dock and in our big pool.  Blackburns has a one bedroom cabin open starting friday for $75/day and a two bedroom deluxe cabin open Thursday for $115/day. A free boat stall comes with your cabin and all have covered porches. If you are paying more elsewhere give us a call at 870-492-5115

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For you bluegill fishermen: They are biting off the dock. For you walleye fishermen they are biting around the islands. 

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Steve Deardoff and Tom Kelly Caught several this morning. Good fishermen.Big fish.Image title

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Lake level is 573.59 and dropping. Lake is in excellent condition but a bit high. I checked out boat launches and trailer parking and it is getting better every day. No better options out there than Blackburns resort and Boat rental.  Fish are biting and boating and swimming are excellent. Not many public beaches open just stay at a resort and rent a boat and things could not be better. It has rained about 0.7 inches in the last two days but the lake is clearing nicely. Fishing is good and fish are all over in the brush at 16-20 feet. Walleye and bass. Bass are coming up early. It is time for spooning. Red meat fish are in the brush at night and moving deeper in the morning after sunrise and are also biting on spoons. This is an excellent time to visit Blackburns resort and Boat rental for boating,water sports and fishing. 870-492-5115 and we will not charge you too much. You work too hard for your money to just give it away. I know where the fish are.

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The lake level is 574.18 and dropping very slowly with generation less than 1/2 the time. The level at Newport is 12+ feet and there is no reason to hold anymore. The lake is in excellent condition except it is too high for day use and much camping availability. Just a few feet drop would really help at this stage. Catfishing is good on trotlines in the backs of the creeks and blugill have come back under our dock. Big ones too. Some red meat fish can be caught early and late and white bass are in Blackburns Cove. Walleye are being caught regularly around the islands. Swimming and boating are excellent with beautiful weather. Surface temperature is in the early 80's. Water is blue except for the backs of some creeks.

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Lake level at newport is 13.98. Let some water out boys. Government. You gotta love em. There is absolutey no reason to punish the day users and campers in the area lakes by holding any longer. It has been two months and we have had almost no rain. The slug moved through the rivers weeks ago. All area lakes are in the same dilemma. Resorts have lake and dock access and boating, swimming and fishing  but the public areas are lacking. I do not want to gain from other's problems. You would think if you were managing campgrounds and also managing water release you would at least try to reach a happy medium instead of failing at both. Norfork lake is clear and blue but did it entirely on it's own. There needs to be a review of dam management and not just protect Branson and the Delta planting at all costs. If I lived on Beaver Lake I would be more than outraged. The dams were initially put in for flood control but the minimum flow for the put and take trout changed all of that. Wow. I am out of breath.  

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We received a little rain last night but not much.  It had some wind with it. The lake level is 574.75 and is dropping about an inch a day and they are generating a little less than 1/2 the time. They could do all of the area lakes and their users a lot of good by dropping them just a few feet but they are hell bent to get Newport down to that magic number of 14 feet and the world will be saved.  It is just over 15-feet now. I have a small trotline out and am catching small channel cats about 1-1/2 to 3 lbs.  They are biting on prepared baits.  I bait every other one with live shiners but they are still there. No bluecats or flatheads yet. Flatheads are the last to spawn and will not bite on dead baits. Limb lines are not working very well.  I also am catching walleye dragging night crawlers on a lindy rig around the islands. Just go partway back in major creeks like float creek where you can cast close to the bank and look for the shad surfacing and cast something there.  It does not much matter what. Almost all fish, including bait fish are in submerged brush and trees in less than 20-feet mornings and evenings. Fishing is slow during the middle of the day. Boating and swimming off a boat is excellent. Fishing, diving and swimming off the bank not so much. Blackburns has good swimming off our dock and in our big pool with slide. 

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The lake level dropped to 575.24 or less than an inch in 24-hours. They are generating very little everywhere except Table rock Lake to protect Branson. It is very political. The level at Newport is dropping rapidly and is near 20-feet. Why I do not know. It is getting too late to plant anything. Walleye are showing up around the islands as they always do in high water.  Guests caught some good ones yesterday. It is a good place to drag nightcrawlers on a lindy rig because there is not much to get snagged on. About 2 in 3 are keepers. Also work the submerged picknik tables on the south side of Robinson Point campgtound in the grass. Big fish are there. Blackburns Creek is clearing from the bank out and is in good condition for fishing. People are swimming off the dock.Pan fish are back under the dock and are also around main lake submerged willows near the boy scout camp and west of 101 bridge. Use crickets, worms and minnows. We are very busy here with people taking advantage of our low cabin and boat rental rates, free boat stalls and easy access to the dock. It looks like day use people will be inconvenienced for a while but not here at Blackburns resort and Boat Rental.    

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The lake level is 575.30 and they are generating about 1/2 the time.  When they quit it raises just a bit from the river inflow. It dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours and they are intent on getting the level down at Newport no matter how long they hold us. It has droped dramatically there for whatever reason. If they would get us down about 5-more feet it would really help access launching, swimming, parking and camping but that is out of the question. The lake is in good condition but just too high it clears rapidly as you go north of Cranfield Island. Parking at launch ramps is very congested and it is a long walk from your trailer parking to your boat. And of course there are rude people clogging up the launch ramp while rigging their boats with few courtesy docks.  The surface temperature is about 80 degrees. The game and fish were working the area near Blackburns clearing debris. Thank you. Stuff was getting clogged on the long shallow points. The thermocline is forming and the fish will mostly be above or just at it at around 20-feet where ever there are shad and this will be in the submerged trees and buck brush and is not very far from the bank. There are many minnows swimming in the brush too. They have a lot of cover and have a lower mortality rate. We are starting to get into spooning season but it will not be as normal. You have to change your normal way of fishing and adapt to the high water.  It will be around for a while as we are last on the priority list. The fish are there and will move deeper as the thermocline drops. Spooning stripers will be good in the heat of the summer as will be the night bass bite.

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They have cut way back on generation and the lake just went down 1-inch in the last 24-hours.  I was afraid that would happen. The lake is clearing nicely and the clarity is not a factor in fishing. The fish are biting but it is hard to get them out of the trees.  The creeks in this part of the lake are slow clearing and are the color of lakes in Northwest Ontario.  Fish points part way into creeks with a spinner bait for bass and walleye and live bait for everything else.  Look for shad flipping around in the brush and submerged trees. They have plenty of cover. I am using a long pole baited with a shiner and poking it back in the trees where the shad are coming up. The thermocline is forming and a lot of fish will be in the 20-ft. depth level and shallower. Boating and swimming are good.off docks and off boats in deeper water. Swimming and fishing off the bank not so good. Weather is wonderfull. 

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We are having more than a week coming up of beautiful weather. Highs 80's lows 60. People are boating, fishing, swimming in the lake and pool and in general having a good time. The grass and the gardens are growing at an unbelieveable rate. We have been getting rain just about everytime we need it. The lake level has dropped to 575.60 and is dropping about two inches a day. They did stop generating for a few hours yesterday and I was not glad to see that but did expect it. All spillway gates are now closed on all dams in the area and the lakes are about 5-feet from top of flood pool. Every one except Beaver Lake is out of danger for a while but they are bent on getting the level down at Newport no matter what while protecting Branson. Most resorts are least effected with campgrounds and day use areas being the most. Things are fine here at Blackburns except you have to go to Cranfield or Panther bay to launch and drive your boat to our dock. Many resorts do not have launches at their place anyway. We have plenty of parking for your trailer. The kids will love our big pool with slide and baby pool and the parents will love our prices on both cabins and boat rentals. Big, geen, flat payground with lots of room for your pets and very close to all services.  

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It is to be sunny and in the low 80's for the next week. The lake has dropped to 575.82 with both generators running continuously and is dropping about a foot and a half a week. I caught a couple of nice channel cats yesterday and put them in the pond. Dropping water and full moon usually slows catfishing. I am pulling my limb lines and putting a trot line on the bottom. Bass, walleye and catfish are biting fair. Swimming is good but there are not very many beaches available. Just bring your boat or rent one of ours and go out on the lake. You can also swim in our 30x60 pool. We were full but have a few openings for starting today. $75/day for a one bedroom. Launch your boat, drive it to our dock and park your trailer in out trailer park and be done with it until you leave. A free boat stall comes with your cabin. You can drive to our dock and walk just a few steps to get on. Campers and day use people are the most inconvenienced but it is getting better every day. People are having a lot of fun. The weather is great. 

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Bart Vandervelde with a nice Norfork Lake Bass. Sorry to see him and Caroline go home.Image title

The lake has dropped to 576 with both generators running continuously despite getting and inch of rain. The lake dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. Walleye are biting in float creek on spinner baits and bass are doing the same in Diamond Bay on both spinner baits and spooks. The you can call the bass up despite them not surfacing on a spitin image. They will come up a few feet to get it. Catfishing in the backs creeks has slowed down and I am moving to my summer place. Good launching sites are available in Panther Bay, Cranfield and Robinson Point park but truck and trailer parking is limited. Have someone with you and be prepared to walk. Courtesy docks are unavailable.  Most places have some camping but you had better call ahead. When you stay at a resort make sure your cabin has a covered porch. You can rig your poles, play cards and smoke out of the weather. Better than staying in the cabin. Our price for a 1-bedroom cabin is $75/day for two people. The weather is to be perfect for the next week with high pressure, sunny skies and normal temperatures which are the low 80's. The lake level dropping has trapped most debris on the bank and the water coming in from the river has cleared the water north of Cranfield. Shad are mostly on the bank and under submerged brush and trees.  Find a place part way back in the creeks where you can cast to the bank with a spinner bait. Top water fish are not coming up every morning.  

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The lake level is 576.70 and is dropping about 2-inches a day with both generators running continously. We seem to be in a pattern of rain in the afternoon and fog in the morning. It cooled down quickly yesterday after the rain. We did not get much but it rained hard for a few minutes. I went  and checked out Cranfield launch yesterday and it is in good condition but with limited parking. There is still a topwater bite early but the fog makes it tough. Look for points part way back in the creeks with submerged brush and trees with a spinner bait for bass and walleye. Diamond bay and float creek are two good places to start.  We should get into the dry season in the next week or so with predominately south wind and hot temperatures. A thermocline is starting to form.

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Tom Kelly with a couple of nice ones. More too. Image title

The lake level is 576.85 and dropping a couple of inches a day with both generators running continuously. The creeks in this area are slow clearing with the changing wind directions moving debris. Some of it is sticking to the bank with the lake dropping 3-1/2 feet from it's high. It was a cool May but the temperatures are back to normal which is 81 for a high. The shad are mostly under cover of trees and brush and that is where the fish are. Tom Kelly is catching some good fish on points with covered brush and trees. Mostly walleye and bass. The catfish have slowed a bit but I am still catching some. I put two nice ones in the pond today. Surface temperature is rising with 73-76 depending on where you are. The lake is really improving they just need to lower it more to improve launching and parking. Norfork is about the best alternastive out there. 

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The lake level is 577.08 and is dropping steadily with both generators running continuously. They seem to be holding the white river at Newport at 24.5 feet and they could be discharging 50,000 CFS at Batesville but are only at 35,000 CFS. They are starting to get a cushion on the level but it has been over a month since the raise. It seems to me to be better to use the generators earlier instead of holding until the level gets to be an emergency and open up the flood gates and waste the water. It costs $millions of dollars. The rules of the dam management need to be reviewed. They threw out the idea that the dams were only for flood control and everything else did not matter when the Minimum flow for the put and take trout was adopted and they took away flood capacity by holding the lakes level higher and discharging no matter how low the lakes get. They are getting good minimum flow now. The gar are moving into the creeks now and that is usually not a good sign for catfishing which has been excellent. I will move to main lake and main lake cuts. Tom Kelly reports catching a lot of nice fish part way back in float creek including walleye and bass. Bink is catching stripers and bass early on top water. It is busy here and fishing time is not as much as I like. Some people are raising their rates again and are north of $100/day for a one bedroom. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is $75/day with a free boat stall, free trolling motors on fishing pontoons and all cabins have covered porches. That is very important. Boat rentals are the best value in the area. 870-492-5115

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The lake level has dropped a little over an inch in the last 24-hours and stands at 557.41 and the water is still clearing. It sure was busy here this weekend. We got rain but it was almost all at night and did not affect anything. it is beautiful here today. Bart and Caroline Vandervelde are here and they are always welcome. Bart likes that top water fishing and always catches good fish and releases all of them. They have been coming to Blackburns for over 30-years.  We were very happy to see the Mickey McGee family again. What a nice family. The pool was very busy. It is a good thing it is a big one. I did check and found there was one launch ramp open at Robinson Point campground but no parking. It is still best to launch your boat and pull it around to Blackburns dock and park your trailer in our parking area and be done with it until you leave. 

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We have received 2.7 inches of rain total for this week end but the lake has not risen very much with both generators running most of the time and the level is 577.51. The creeks are running a bit but not heavily. Do not count on wading the rivers fishing for a long time. Camping and parking at launches is very limited. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has no diminished services except launching and it is available at Panther bay which is close by. It is good to have a dock with a lot of stalls. Especially if you get a stall free with your cabin. Solves a lot of logistical problems. There is still a top water bite early, bass fishing near the bank on spinner baits and top water poppers and good catfishing on trotlines, limb lines and jugs drop shotted with several hooks. It is sunny now and the resort and pool are busy with people having fun and renting boats.   That is what it is all about. You do not have to pay more unless you just want to.

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We received a little less than an inch of rain early this morning but it is sunny now. The lake went up about 1/2 inch and is now at 577.50 with a surface temperature of just over 72 degrees. It was not a good night to be in a tent. The shad are in the brush and under debris and it is making it harder for the game fish to get to them. Not like when they are in open water where the fish can stay right on them and feed on demand. Bass are biting well on spinner baits in float creek and diamond bay with red meat fish coming up early in both places. Catfish and bass are still biting well on trot lines and limb lines on live shiners and bluegill with smaller ones on prepared bait and chicken livers. The creeks in this area are finally clearing and the water is fairly clear south of Hwy 62 bridge. Go partway back in a creek where the debris does not extent very far from the bank and work a spinner bait in the trees and brush for bass. A lot of campgrounds are either closed or partially closed and parking at launch ramps is at a premium. You can launch at Panther Bay, drive to our dock and park your boat in our dock for free with a cabin rental and park your trailer in our trailer area. You can park you vehicle at the dock and walk just a few steps to get on it or rent one of our low cost boats. Many people are swimming in our big pool with slide. Call 870-492-5115 We have a few openings and the best prices.

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The lake is 557.56 and rising slowly and they just started generating. It has been minimal with the other lakes being so full. Fishing has been picking up daily. Boating is good south of the 62 bridge. Tom Kelly caught a lot of big fish in diamond bay yesterday on a spinner bait. The Magness crew are really catching some nice catfish and so is Scuba Steve. Panther Bay launch is good. Remember clear water is not the best for fishing. If the fish can see you they will notbite. Look for stained water where you can see your lure just a few feet down. A lot of fish are on the banks. Try float creek too for bass. 

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Yes we do have the biggest pool in the area.  Yes it does have a slide. Yes it does have a baby pool. Yes it is open. Yes we are catching fish. Yes we have the lowest prices on both cabins and boat rentals. Yes you can drive to our dock and take a few steps to get on it. Yes you get a free boat stall with each cabin unless you bring a pontoon (we have 11 of them to rent). Yes we have the best, biggest and flattest playground and most play stations for the children including a soccer field. Yes we have powerfull Wi-FI reaching all cabins. Yes we are closest to Mountain Home, dining and shopping.  No we will not charge you too much. 

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The lake level is 577.01 and has been the same for four days despite the 1.7 inches of rain that we received in the last two days. The creeks did not run and they increased the generation a bit. The game and fish and corps of engineers cleaned up the Panther Bay launch this morning and it is in good shape for launching. Watch out for submerged signs and guard rails. Blackburns big pool with slide is open and children are in it all day.  The Magness group is here and are welcome. We are always glad to see them. They are catching lots of channelcats on their trot lines. You can still drive and park at Blackburns Dock and step on and get a free boat stall while paying the lowest prices in the area. There are some crappie and bass being caught off the dock now. I will get some crickets and try for brim. We hope you like our new WI-FI system. It gets reception in most places and is very expensive. It is 30-times faster than our old one.

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The lake level is 577.01 and has been stable for several days with the intermittant running of generators with no effort to drop the lake. We received some rain last night and early this morning but not much. We could get more tonight. Not much has changed except the water is clearing a bit on the main lake but is slow clearing in the creeks. Fish are in and under the brush and debris and can be caught with live bait near the bank. If you are fishing artificial find where you can have access to as close to the bank as possible. Catfish and bass are still the best but some red meat fish can be caught too. A good place to start is part way back in float creek. Several fish are being caught. Lake cleanup is tomorrow so there will be better access to launch and park after that. My limb lines are still producing catfish and bass on live bluegill. There is still a top water bite early. Some people are catching smaller channelcats on jugs with chicken livers.

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The lake level is 576.98 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours. If it drops just a bit more this debris will stick on the bank and not just continually blow with the wind. If the level  comes up with the next rain it will head downstream. I caught three catfish and a 4-lb. smallmouth on my limb lines yesterday and put them in the pond. I am still using live bluegill. Bink is catching fish everyday.

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The lake level has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours and is at 577.09 with pretty heavy generation. The level creeps up when they quit generating.  Newport has also dropped to 27-ft. from the 30's and they are looking to get it to 14-feet and keep it there. How much we drop will depend on that and how long they continue to drop Table Rock. Bull Shoals cannot hold any more and is closer to full than Norfork. The White River will be high for sometime.  Catfishing is still very good.

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Mike Eakle and James Soltysiac are catching a lot of big fish.Image title

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The lake level has been the same for three days at 577.18 and the lake is clearing with much of the lake debris gone in this area but a lot is still on the bank. You can find places where the bank is clear and that is the best and easiest to fish. The Corps of Engineers are sponsoring a lake clean up next Saturday to help remove debris from launch ramps and other areas to make things good for the upcoming holiday. The surface water temperature is past the mid 70's in the creeks and rising rapidly. Things are improving rapidly. Including the fishing. Shad are in tthe creeks next to the bank as are many fish. We cannot launch here yet but there are several good places near and you can launch your boat, drive it to our dock and park your trailers in our parking and nearly step on our dock. We are opening the big pool this week after a new renovation and paint job. Norfork is in as good if not better condition than any lake in the area and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has no dininished services except launching and several places do not have that anyway. Catfishing could not be better. 

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We went out at about 1:PM and fished until 3PM and caught 2-crappie and 5 catfisn. It had just stopped raining. We received about an inch from the day before and yesterday. The lake level is still the same at over 577 and is less than 3-feet from breeching the spillway. All area lakes are now about the same and have little holding capacity left. They are now controlling the levels by generation except for Bull Shoals which is still rising from spillway gates from Table Rock. The lake is not clearing as quickly as I would like and there is still debris on the main lake near here. The fish are near the shoreline just outside the debris and in the trees. I suspect many are under the debris. Work the banks where you can get as close to the shore as possible. The surface temperature in Blackburns Creek is 71.6 and the water is still brown. There are crappie under most docks. I was using bluegill for the catfish and minnows for the crappie. Our basket is full.

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The lake level is 577.13 and is the same as 24-hours ago with all spillway gates closed and both generators running. The lake is clearing rapidly. There are places to launch but no parking at the launches. Just launch your boat and return it and your trailer back to the resort  where there is plenty of parking for both. Please do not park trailers at our dock. We have plenty of space in our trailer park. Catfish and smallmouth are still the best bet but some fish are still coming up. It would really help if some government officials would get out of their trucks, get in their boats and remove debris from the  launches. It would not take much. We are to get some rain tomorrow but sunny again for the weekend and further. Resort and Marina owners are working hard to make things nice for you. 

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The lake level is 577.16 and has dropped about 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They have cut the spillway gates way down and are discharging the equivalent of about three generators. We have two. We are now 3-feet below the top of the gates. The White River level at Newport has also dropped to about 30-feet. Down about 4-feet. They have closed the gates at Beaver but are still discharging from Table Rock's gates and mostly holding at Bull Shoals which is in about the same condition as here. We are to get more rain Wednesday night and Thursday but the ground can take a little now with a week of drying. I will check out launch sites later today but more are open. Parking is the issue. Not much camping for a while.

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The lake level is 577.42 and has dropped about 8-inches in the last 24-hours. They still have spilllway gates open.  A few open-water red meat fish are being brought in but smallmouth bass and catfish continue to be the best bite. We are to get more rain on Thursday but things are beginning to dry up a bit. These several days of sunshine and warm are welcome. 

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The lake level is 578.20 and has dropped 7-inches in the last 24-hours. The sun is shining with light winds and the lake is clearing. Debbie and Abby painted the pool and it will be open in a few days when it cures. We have the largest pool in the area. The lake level is perfect for limb lines and the catfish are biting. We caught one of the biggest channel cats I have ever seen. A big one is 10- pounds and this one was near 20. There are also several bluecats but no flatheads yet. It is as good as I have seen it in 22-years. Mike Eakle and Steve Deardoff are really catching them. They are biting both day and night on live bluegill set just under the surface. This is really fun and we are sharing them with our guests. Norfork lake catfish eat well. 

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The lake level is 578.81 and has dropped 11-inches in the last 24-hours with the help of the spillway gates. The plan seems to be as follows: Hold the water in the lakes until they get to within inches of going over the spillway and then opening the gates to prevent disaster while protecting Branson at all costs and flooding everything downstream and keeping the lakes high all summer. Once the lake clears, the higher level will not hurt anything after the launches are opened again except that the parks and camping will be eliminated. The debris is now headed to the dam. Bink is catching smallmouth bass everyday and Scuba Steve is having fun catching catfish on his limb lines. Nice ones too. Barring any heavy rains, and further spillway gates opening, the level should remain stable and clear up until all of this slug passes and they then keep the level at 12-14 feet at Newport at all costs keeping everything one rain away from going over the spillway again. The top water bite should resume soon with sunshine and stable water level.  

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The lake level is 579.83 and is exactly what is was 24-hours ago. The flood gates are maintaining the level. The sun is shining and it is to do so for the next week with warm weather. The level at Newport is still at 33.2 and has been about there for a few days. This slug has to move through the Mississippi, then the Arkansas and then the White in order for Norfork to drop on it's own. It will be a while. It is not like they are planting the delta now anyway but they will lower Newport as fast as they can and hold us. Fishing will pick up after some sunny dry days. The lake will clear and launching will be the only issue. This will improve as the debri is removed from the launching areas. 

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We received 3-inches of rain total and the lake is to rise to 580.  That is the top of the spillway. Dam management 101: do not let the water run over the spillway. They failed in 2008 and it looks like their memory is not too good. Government.  It is to be dry for the next week now. I set out about a dozen limb lines this evening. I will tell you how the catfish are biting. Might as well make the best of things. Better than staying on the porch. I love catfishing. It is amazing how complicated it is for people to go for a few days fishing. You would think it was the biggest decision of their lives. We just count our blessings here and pray for the less fortunate. It is sad to see how many people are only concerned about money when we are all going to end up in the same place. A little sunshine will cheer people up. I am happy for each day. 

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The lake has risen 1-ft. in the last 24-hours with 1.8 inches of rain and is now 579.3 but they opened the spillway gates again this morning to keep the water from going over them. They had been shut. It is still raining a little now but it is to move out soon and get windy today with a week of dry weather top come. Debris has clogged the launch at Panther Bay and Cranfield is not in use. I will tell you where to launch when you get here. I went out all over yesterday and did not find anything but brown water but did not go way back in Bennetts. If there is clear water I do not know where it is. It will be tough to trot line for a bit with the level changes but when things settle for a few days it will be good. Limb lining is good now. Set your line just a few inches under water and use a live bluegill. Bass have moved into the shallow road beds They will not drop the lake very fast. With the level at Newport at 32.74 they will do everything they can to get it down but are limited only by keeping the water from breeching the area spillways. You can still drive to Blackburns Dock and step on but we need several days of stable weather to clear the water a bit and fishing to pick up again. Launching is not a problem for us as we have many rental boats already at the dock but there are very few public places. This will change as the debris goes down stream. 

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The lake level is 578.36 and has dropped about 6-inches in the last 24-hours. The water is brown and the debris is clogging up on the main lake depending on the wind direction but is heading down stream. Surface temperature is 61+ degrees. The location of the debris can change in the matter of minutes. Bink caught 14 fish yesterday taking out more of our customers. We cannot control the rain but have worked hard to maintain all services except for launching. You will have to go somewhere else to do that. Many places do not have launching at their resort anyway. We think we have the best of all options but am not encouraging anyone to do what they are concerned about. You can always reschedule rather than milling around fretting. It is amazing how worked up some people can get over a few days fishing. Me, I am going out and catch a few smallmouth bass and set out limb lines for catfish. 

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It is sunny today with high near 75 with light western winds. The lake crested at 578.93 and now is at 578.8 with a large amount of debris moving south near the 101 bridge. Another bunch is south of Robinson island. Blackburns creek is clear with water in the trees but very little debris. They are running flood gates to maintain the level.  It is perfect for limb lining catfish. We have full service except for launching and you can drive right to the dock and step on. You can launch at Panther Bay. We received no wind or hail, just rain and are counting our blessings.  

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Lake level is 561.28 and rising a bit with no rain so far this weekend. We will see what happens. Everyone is out fishing and catching fish. 

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It is cloudy today but the fish continue to bite. There is still a top water bite but not every day. The most consistent bite is smallmouth bass. They are in the buckbrush and main lake river channels and are hitting both top water and creature baits. Some very nice ones are being caught and high numbers too. You can catch about anything in the buckbrush now. The lake level is 560.41 and has risen about 6-inches in the last 24-hours. I have not been crappie fishing because catching these smallmouth is so much fun. It is important to learn how to catch fish in all different conditions. Do not just rely on sight fishing for topwater fish. You will have a lot of disappointing hours of fishing. By the time the average fisherman gets out there it is over. 

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Many fish were caught yesterday morning from about 6:AM until after 9:AM until the rain took over for almost the whole day. The same people catching fish on Tuesday did it again on Wednesday. Nice ones too. It is sunny now with more rain to come later. The level is now at 559.43 and the morning top water bite is still the best. The water is in the buckbrush and a  lot of fish are in there with shallow shad looking for cover. Including smallmouth.

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The third day in a row of sunshine brought the fish up again yesterday morning. It is raining again and the lake has risen to 557.02 and we are to get more tomorrow. A lot of people caught a lot of fish. We like that. 

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The lake level is 556.64 and still rising but more slowly after two days of sunshine. We are to get more rain tomorrow night. The backs of the creeks are muddy with runoff and then it turns stained as you go out towards main lake. Surface temperature is in the mid 60's. The level at Newport is 14 feet so they could let out more if they wanted to. Better to generate electricity than open the gates and waste it. It was a good thing they drew the level down this winter. There is still a top water bite most mornings for bass and white bass and the catfish are hitting on jugs and trot lines. I got a channel cat in the 10-lb. range yesterday. The water is in the buck brush and needs to settle out a bit for the good fishing to return. Some of the spawn washed out with the consistently rising water. After a while they just give up on a nest and go out to sea. Watch around the islands and Robinson campground for walleye. They will be there soon. 

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The lake is still rising and is now at 556.15 with more rain to come next weekend. This would be a good time to generate heavily and keep it here. Watch out for some debris. This is a good level but at 560 problems with accessibility begin. Reports that the fish are in a frenzy and jumping into the boat are exaggerated. There are two bites now. One is very early AM before sunrise for two hours on top water on main lake points and the other is grubbing for smallmouth bass during the day and evening. Gravengoeds are back and catching fish on live bait. They are good fishermen and we are always glad to have them. They get up early and fish hard. Others are having mixed results. It was a beautiful day yesterday and today. A little wind and hot tomorrow. This water level should bring walleye around the Islands soon. The grass is growing very fast and is hard to keep up with between rains. It is very busy here. Thanks. We appreciate your business and will continue to not charge you too much. 

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The sun is shining bright today and the temperature is rising. The lake level is 555.39 and rising. It was 552.9 on this date last year. It was windy from the north yesterday and very cool. March and April can be very variable here with low pressure and cold fronts passing theough a couple of times a week. Blackburns has a couple of cabins leaving today so we will have some openings. Later this week is very busy with many boats rented. The crappie fishing should pick up soon but is not the best now. Some are still staging, some are spawning and some others are in open water on shad and have done nothing yet. The lake came up fast at a bad time for spawn but that is not unusual. It needs to stay stable now for a couple of weeks. Flatheads are the last thing to spawn and some have moved back in the creeks to feed on the shallow shad and bluegill. Topwater bass and red meat fish are the best bite now early. Get out ther at first light partway back in creeks.The surface temperature is hanging in there at 67. When the high pressure has been around for a while fishing will pick up again.

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It rained hard yesterday afternoon for about an hour and I waited until about 3:PM before I went out. The creeks run hard.The lake level is now 553.3 and has risen 1.3 feet since yesterday and 1.74 feet since Friday morning. We received 1.8 inches Friday and 1.5 inches again this morning and late last night. It is cool now with temperatures near 50 with 70 scheduled for tomorrow. i caught a flathead on my trot line and several smallmouth on the mainlake river channel bank. All went into the trophy pond. I talked to John Gibbs while waitiing for the rain to stop and he and his friends are catching lots of fish. They were fishing main lake points with jerkbaits and crankbaits and the four of them caught about 60 fish including walleye, bass, crappie, striper and white bass. They always catch fish and come two or three times a year. Nice guys from Chicago. Blackburns is full today but give us a call Monday when we have some leave. It is a busy place here with people buying real estate, looking for real estate, building houses, working on construction, visiting relatives and fishing. it takes all kinds to stay full but the thing they all have in common is that they do not want to pay too much and they do not have to here. We will see what this cold front brings but the grass and flowers are sure growing. Lake surface temperature is 67 degrees.

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Get out there about 6:Am for the topwater bite part way back in the creeks. Use a clear spook if the weather is clear and the sun is coming up. Otherwise a bass assassin or white spook will work.  I am still catching smallmouth bass on main lake on grubs. Bink is really on the stripers. Blackburns has several good fishermen in now and we will see what happens. More rain is to come later this week. The lake level is stable with several hours of generation. Things are about where they should be for this time of year. Lots of crappie are under docks. Walleye and, bluegill and bass are with them. Shad are in the creeks. I caught no walleye on the flats but will try again May 1st. it is really busy here with people taking advantage of our low cabin and boat rental prices and free boat stalls. Why pay more?

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The lake level is 551.37 and rising slowly with about 5-hours of heavy generation yesterday and the surface temperature was 67 when I went out about 3-PM. People reported a lot of bass coming up in east pigeon creek about 6:30 this morning just at sunrise. We have received about 1.1 inches of rain since Saturday night. I like to find my own fish and there was nobody fishing the main lake so I decided to give it a try. The smallmouth bass were on the steep south facing banks near the shore and biting well on small grubs. Several warmouth were there too and they were right on the bank. I caught my limit of keeper smallmouth and took them to Tom Kelly's trophy pond along with the warmouth. The smallmouth were in the 2-4 pound range and the warmouth were in the 7-inch range. The walleye, crappie, bluegill and bass have moved in under the main lake docks and are shallow and hard to catch. The water is pretty clear except for the pollen which is heavy on the wind blown banks. It gets warm and the wind blows from the south for a few days and then a cold front moves in and the wind changes to the north and it cools down dramatically. That is spring fishing in Arkansas. Blackburns has cabins for $53/day for two people with a free boat stall with your cabin and we do not charge for trolling motors on fishing pontoons which we have several. They are all 24-volt too.

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It thundered a bit late this morning and rained hard for a few minutes. We received about 0.3 inches of rain. We are to get more the next 48 hours. The lake has risen to 551.17 with no generation for two days and the surface temperature is 65 degrees. The cold front really lived up to it's name and the ambient temperature dropped to 61 degrees. The bass were really coming up back in the creeks this morning right before the front but the stripers were small. We will see if the front slows the top water bite or not. it looks like several are moving in and out. The wind is light from the north now. Spooks and flukes are working well for top water. If you are out there back in a good creek by 6:30 in the morning you are pretty much going to catch fish and close to Blackburns too. The Easter egg hunt was a big success with dozens of children. Everyone got a couple of big baskets full. We had another smaller one this noon for the ones that were unable to attend Saturday. Cannot leave anybody out. There were over a thousand eggs and toys. Blackburns large flat playground is perfect for a hunt. Not on a cliff here. Big week coming up. Call 870-492-5115 to join in. We are the family place. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much and missing out on the fun.

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Water temperature was over 67 yesterday and the level should reach 551 today with very little generation.  The creeks stained up a bit. The best bite is definitely early morning about 6:30 AM and then just before dark. Fishing is tough in the middle of the day. That could change with the low pressure moving in tonight with a couple of days of rain. Blackburns 15th annual Easter Egg hunt is today at 2:Pm and there will be many children here with hundreds of eggs and prizes for all ages. Fun fun fun. We had a big crew of egg stuffers. Lots of fish are under the dock. 

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It was 80 and sunny yesterday and the low was 60 last night. The level is 550.88 and is rising slowly. They did not generate this morning resulting in the 1.3 inch rise. We are starting to get a little dry again. The lake is beginning to clear some, especially in the creeks. The fish are biting best both early and late and are coming up most mornings. There are some big fish being caught. The big change is the fish that are under the dock. The bass are huge. I saw one that went at lest 8-lbs. and there were several more in the 5-lb. range. I am not an expert in bass spawning but it sure seems that the Kentucky bass spawn in deeper water than the black bass. The Bass Cat tournament is in Alabama this year and is on April 20th and 21st. which will be right in the middle of the spawn here. I do not catch fish off the beds and sight fish but even though that tournament is much smaller than it was, those guys know how to do it. If they are going to have it in the last half of April it is probably better if they have it in Texas or Alabama. it is all about the money anyway. They do make pretty boats. It is a bit early but I am going to check out the flats for walleye. Most of them seem to have moved from the bank in the late evening and may have gone there. Some crappie have moved back to the brush. Shad are scattered but there were some big Gizzards under the dock. Some shad are in the creeks in 20-ft. of water. Spring is here. Tom Kelly says he is healing nicely and will be back on the lake soon. We hope so. Blackburns has a large group of regulars here and they are having fun without paying too much. 

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It is nearly 80 degrees. The grass is growing. The flowers are blooming. The lake is in great shape.  The level is rising very slowly and is at 550.76 with a few hours of heavy generation. Mostly in the morning.  Surface temperature is in the mid 60's and rising. Some fish have spawned, some are spawning and some are making or on beds. This is an exciting time. Fishing is not fast and furious but there is a good top water bite most mornings and another evening bite just before dark. The early crappie spots that were too shallow a few weeks ago are holding fish now that the lake is up near what I will call normal. Or what I would like to be normal. I would like it to get to about 555 and stay there all year but that is not going to happen. The water is still stained and is a good color for fishing. Sometimes the water gets so clear that you can see the bottom at 25 feet and that makes it rough on fishing. I firmly believe that if the fish can see you they will not bite. I caught my fish yesterday on a small grub and minnow. It changes everyday. My trot line is slow but others are working. I like to keep mine close and in sight. They will move there soon. Blackburns is very busy. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. Come on down. 

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Water temperature was 64+ when I went out yesterday. It is still stained from the pollen and rising water. The level is exactly what it was 24-hours ago at 550.71 and they are generating heavily now and have been for several hours. There is some debris floating so be careful. Nothing big. Some good fish were caught yesterday but not a lot. I caught crappie and bluegill, John caught a very nice walleye, Roger caught bass and crappie and others did the same. Some big bass are under the dock and walkway looking to make a nest. Many bluegill have spawned and moved in under the dock also. Some are big. I caught mine on 25-ft. brush piles on a small Bink's spoon. John caught his walleye and striper on a rapalla. The weather is to be great for the next week so come on down. We have a lot of good people here who come back year after year and have made friends. Join us and not pay too much. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much,.I hear people say we had the whole place to ourselves. I wonder why. 

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The lake level is still rising a bit with a few hours of generation and is at 550.73. It is a very good level. Tommy Smith reports carching some big walleye on his trot line and seeing several turkeys. John and Debbie Schreeves are back from Omaha, Nebraska and John is catching some nice fish. He caught a very nice striper yesterday. He catches more and more everytime they come. Marion Bass left me some nice garden plants. Thank you. Marion reports there were 287 boats in the Cystic Fibrosis bass tournament and just over 15-lbs. won. Not bad.  Fish are moving back on main lake points and cuts on brush and the water temperature should rise with the warm weather and fairly warm nights for the next week. It has been very slow warming and has struggled to get to 60 on the main lake. The top water bite is getting better every day. It is a good time for a fishing trip and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental will not charge you too much. You can still get a 1-bedroom cabin for two people for $53/day with a free boat stall with your cabin. Trolling motors are included in price for fishing pontoons. Why pay more? 1-800-635-0526

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Wind wind go away. The lake level has moved to 550.65 and is rising with no generation. More rain on the way.

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The lake level is 550.19 and rising with no generation for 24-hrs. 552 was the normal pool for years until the worthless minimum flow for the put and take trout raised it to 553.75 taking away flood capacity. We are in the ballpark now. It would be better for the spawn if it were in the buckbrush but this is a good level and it is not rising too fast. The lake in general is in excellent condition but is warming slow. Today's mid-70's with sunshine will help that. It was a beautiful day yesterday and the wind slowed dramatically. Marion Bass reports finding many Bass on shad shallow yesterday in the Bennets area and Bink is catching big fish both morning and evening. Blackburns is full today but give us a call on Monday. The Cystic Fibrosis bass tournament is today and will draw many local fishermen. These guys know how to fish and will give an indication of the conditions. I predict a large catch. Fish are coming up most mornings and the top water fishing is getting better every day and the evening bite is still good. Smaller crank baits are working for bass also. Look for crappie in pigeon, middle pigeon, east pigeon and briar creeks. My trot line is slow for catfish. 

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Lake level is still rising but they are generating now. We just passed 549. We have sunshine now but it is to get cool for the next couple of days when this cold front comes through. Highs to be in the 50's and lows in the high 30's. Normal high is 66. 

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The lake level is 548.88 and has come up 2+ inches in 24-hours. They just started both generators just before 9AM. It is 5.29 feet lower than this time last year and I like it.  The lake is stained a bit. The clouds are to thin this afternoon with some wind. We have had a lot of clouds lately but it has not rained us out from fishing for very long. Everything is very green and leaves are popping out all over as are mushrooms. It just has been slow warming the water. The same thing happened last year. The main lake needs to get to 60+ and is not there yet.  There is a morning top water bite most days and bass and hybrids are schooled on the inside of main lake points but many of them are small. The open water fishermen are finding fish but it is not easy and they are trolling a long ways to find schools and then they bite fast. I am still fishing in the backs of major creeks. The big schools of crappie I am finding are small and have not spawned yet. The giant crappie on this lake have a way of disappearing for periods of time and roam with the bait fish. After the bluegill and bass spawn and the fry grows a bit some of them will move to main lake brush on points and inside points. If you find brush with bait on it there will be fish. If not none. I will start fishing for walleye on flats and around main lake points the first of May or just before. When the thermocline forms they will be on points on brush just above the thermocline. Usually less than 20-feet on the bottom. Bait fish are moving into the creeks now and will bring white bass and hybrids with them. Many small bass are being caught now. Someone cut my trot line first day out but whoever does it will be on tv next time. Blackburns does not raise their prices and then offer discounts. We do like new customers but will not undercut our regular ones which we value more. You can still get a one bedroom cabin for two people for $53/day. If you just want to pay more, just give the difference to disabled veterans. We like them. We like them a lot. 

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Doc and Truman Zinn and crew from Verona and Monette, Missouri caught some good ones yesterday. The Close boys better get on down here. The lake level is 548.68 and came up about 3-inches in the last 24-Hrs with no generation. It was very cool yesterday morning and these cold nights are not warming the water. Spring is just slow coming. Some bass as well as bluegill have moved in under the dock as have bluegill fry less than an inch long. They must have spawned this year. I have been catching a few bluegill on brush recently where there were none before. Bink has been catching fish both morning and night but it is not easy. Dragging umbrellas is working best for stripers except for when they come up. 

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When I went out last evening the lake looked deserted. What I found out was all of the boats were part way back in the major creeks. Boats were everywhere. Nobody was fishing main lake. I did not either. I was using my little grub, 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon and a 5-inch albino bass assassin and caught fish on all three. It was too windy for the slip float and live minnow when I started but it did calm down about 5:30 PM. The bait sized bluegill suddenly appeared under my dock so I immediately put in a trot line baited with larger ones from NABATAC. We are lucky to have them here as a tackle and live bait supplier. They have everything and at good prices. The water temperature was 60+ in the creeks and got warmer the further back you went. The main lake was just under 60. We have not had very much sunshine lately and the water is not warming very fast. The lake level is 548.43 and has risen about 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with no generation since early yesterday. I am very happy with this level. Both the main lake and creeks are stained with the creeks more. There is quite a bit of pollen in the water. Top water fishing is getting better everyday and the bite just before dark is still there. For best results, get out there at first light, take the middle of the day off and go out again about 5:pm and fish until dark part way back in the major creeks. 

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Caught this Morning. They started generating heavily about two hours ago but the lake has risen past 548.  Good level. Image title

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All of these were caught fishing with Bink yesterday. Spring top water is here.Image titleImage titleImage title

We missed the severe weather and most of the rain. Some places got 0.66 inches and others got 0.16. We got a little less than 0.5 here at Blackburns and the level has risen to 547.65 or about 5-inches in the last 24-hours with little generation.This is a good level and allows surge capacity in case of a gullywasher or turtle floater. We are very busy here at Blackburns with people taking advantage of our low cabin prices and boat rental prices. Some have already raised their rates for the spring but Blackburns has not. You can still get a one bedroom cabin for two at $53/day and will be able to until Memorial day. You can save a lot of money by staying here. That is why we are so busy. We like that. Bink reports the stripers are really coming up both morning and night. You can call him at 870-499-7384 he has the best prices on guided fishing trips too. The sun is out and I am going fishin. Arkansas Game and fish are starting a new fishing license system next month and it is a cluster bomb. Blackburns has been selling licenses for 50 years but will now be unable to do so. Sorry. You should be able to get your own by going to their website and give your information and down load it on your phone and show your phone to the game warden if stopped. I was unable to give them all of the paper work they demanded and am not smart enough to be in compliance after being a authorized license seller for 22-years myself. Typical government. Several others are dropping out too so you may want to go on line and get yours before you come. Walmart will still sell them but it will just be a regular paper printout. Good luck.

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The lake level is 547.23 and has risen 5-inches in the last 24 hours. We must have got more rain in the watershed up north than here because there was little runoff here. We are to get more rain this afternoon and night. Just hope the wind stays away. They run one generator this morning for two hours and then shut it off.  They did the same thing yesterday. Tom Kelly reports catching many crappie back in a creek yesterday on brush. I only caught one big one but did get several bass. It is time for me to put in my trotline. Like getting those catfish. Keep watching for fish coming up in the morning just at sunrise. It is getting better and better. Water temperature still 60 way back in the creek and 57 on mainlake. Bass are moving in shallow. We will see what this rain does. It looks like about one more week and things should break loose. Lake is stained. 

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Caught more too about this size.Image title

Fishing was better yesterday with the lake rising. It went from 546 to 546.79 in the last 24 hours. The surface temperature was 60 back in the creeks and 57 plus on the main lake. I caught several good ones but no giant ones. Some bass are moving in under cover shallow and more and more fish are surfacing early. I caught some smaller bass casting the spoon to them and hopping it back. The rest using a spoon on brush and a grub and also a minnow on a slip float most of the way back in Float creek. I am catching few fish on the main lake.

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, Siepkers from Manning, Iowa show off some nice Norfork Lake Black crappie. Image title

Beautiful day today. Low 70's with light wind. I am leaving to go fishing. Nice crowd here at Blackburns. Lake is rising with no generation for two days and is at 545.69 More rain tonight. 

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They quit generating about 6PM last evening and we received a little over an inch of rain and the lake has gone from 545.09 to 545.38 or 3-1/2 inches. Not bad. We have a chance for rain most days this next week. We just do not need the level to drop anymore. 

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Alan Rivers from Grapecreek, Illinois shows off some nice Norfork Lake crappie. Wish they could have caught more. Nice group.Image title


Water temperature was just under 56 on main lake today and just over 57 in the creeks. I caught one giant crappie and a few smaller ones. It was tough. I switched to bass fishing and caught three. Reports that crappie are jumping in the boat are exaggerated. I did see some swallows and that means better fishing is near. Checked out the backs of creeks and no fish there. The good places are too shallow. If you find a brush pile where there are crappie there are just a few. If you catch 7 or 8 the pile is cleaned out and will remain so until the water warms and the spawn is over. When the fry get about an inch long they look for cover and that is when good fish will move to the brush. Until then the next step is the males move shallow in the creeks and make a nest. We are kind of in transition until then with many fish still in open water on shad. Smallmouth bass fishing is best now . A few small fish are surfacing in the evening. The top water bite has started early so get a spook ready. Be out there at first light.  Stripers, hybrids and bass. 

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Scuba Steve put a bucket full of these in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. Does not take very many to make a bucket full.Image title

Brian Deardoff with two of 20 caught yesterdayImage title

Caught last evening with BinkImage title

We missed all of the weather so far. It went north into Missouri. They are generating several hours a day and the lake is dropping slowly again and is 545.27 and it is clearing a bit. Surface temperature was 56 degrees last evening and warmer in the creeks. Binks reports catching some good fish in the evening.  Walleye before dark and stripers and hybrids after on the stick bait. Brian Deardoff caught several nice bass as did Scuba Steve and Roger caught several crappie. Most crappie are smaller (11-12 inches) as the giant ones have moved off the brush and are showing up on the bank in the Pigeon Creek area but some are still on brush in the Walleye rearing pond area. I have caught many crappie in the 16-18 inch range this winter. Bass fishing is the best now with a lot of smallmouth showing up. I am still using the grub but crank baits are working too. It is cooler today with highs to be in the high 50's. Our normal high is 62. It is to warm again starting tomorrow. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. Blackburns does not charge you for your first boat stall. If you are on a budget you could stay longer if you stay here. 1-800-635-0526 We will not charge you too much. Some charge $25-30/ day more with increasing rates again later this month when the fishing gets good and also charge for boat stalls. We do not do that. We have two rates, Summer and so-called off season.  

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Caught fishing with Bink yesterday.Image title

They just started generating again but the lake has inched up to 545.30 and with the temperature in the 80's today, the surface water temperature will rise. Especially back in the creeks. The longer this high pressure stays the better the fishing gets. It was much better yesterday. it needed to be. We have several good fishermen in and they brought in several yesterday. A few walleye, white bass and stripers but mostly bass. Some bass have moved right up against the bank. I will see if I can find the big crappie today.  Blackburns is nearly full and it is good to hear the people discuss fishing and helping each other down at the dock. We have put in several nice brush piles and will show you where when you get here.  If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer, you are paying too much. I mowed yesterday and the yard looks good. The new laminate floors are nice and you will like them. Soon the new pool will be filling. I am spending money like a drunken Marine and did not raise the prices on anything again this year. You can save a bunch staying here and get a free boat stall with your cabin too. $53/day for two people in a 1-bedroom. We have live bait on site, fishing license too  and you can launch your boat right here. 1-800-635-0526 You can even get a pizza delivered. We have it all and at the best price. We are now a battery dealer and will give you the best prices on them. We do not raise the prices in April when the fishing starts to get good. Compare.

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Caught fishing with Bink yesterday.Image title

It was a beautiful day when I went out and there were boats everywhere. I thought the father son tournament was today. All of my good spots had a boat on them. Looked like lake of the Ozarks. I am glad it is not like that often. The water temperature is rising and is over 54 and the lake is still stained with quite a bit of brown pollen on the banks with the wind blowing in. The level is 545.25 and they have cut down on generation. I moved off the main lake to the back of a major creek and caught a few bass right on the bank with soft plastics. Fishing was slow. Very slow. They started to bite a bit later in the evening. Some people are catching a few on smaller stickbaits and smaller spinner baits. Big fish are scarce on the main lake now except for the ones in open water on shad. The water is just slow warming up. I would not drive a long way to fish here for now. Give it a few days. I am not saying you cannot catch any fish but it is not easy. I saw a few fish coming up in the back of the creeks last evening but they were small. A lot of the places that were good in the past are too shallow. Major creeks include: pigeon, fall, big, brushy, panther and float. I usually see a lot of bass under and around my dock but not yet. Just a few bluegill have moved in but not many. Bink is catching some good bass back in big creek. 

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I went fishing yesterday and they were biting pretty good. About like it was about two weeks ago. The surface temperature was 51.4 and the level is still dropping and is at 545.18 and the creeks are a little bit clearer than the main lake. Both are at a good color for fishing. They are generating heavily now. I caught a very large bass that went over 5-pounds on my first cast and let her go immediately as she was full of eggs. I then caught several crappie. One was pretty big and the others were small and just over 10-inches. I put them and several minnows in the trophy pond. The largest one was over 2-lbs. The ambient temperature was in the low 40's but it was not too cold with no wind. I was glad to find some fish had moved back to the brush at 18-25 feet. I caught them about 10-feet down. Some fish came up to get the lure shallow. Our normal high temperature is 60 degrees and we have been no where near that. The weather forecasters have been about 8-10 degrees high on there high temperature and it has been cold. People reporting an early spring for fishing have been wrong too. We now have a lower surface temperature than this time last year when it warmed up fast to just under 50 early and then stayed there for a long time. We are not too dry here but the lake is dropping because they generate heavily every time there is even a chance of rain. I am not too much worried about the lake drying up as it is still 190 feet deep in places but you have to watch what you are doing when launching and navigating the lake.  It is to warm up steadily for the next several days with highs in the 70's for Monday. I am catching equal amounts of fish on the grub and live crappie minnows and am back on the mainlake brush on both points and cuts. Spoons are not working very well for me but I will try them in a few minutes. We are busy putting in new laminate flooring in several cabins and they sure look nice. It is just too difficult to get the stains out of carpeting no matter how new it is. I am through with carpeting and shingles. Spring is filling up fast with people taking advantage of our low prices on both cabins, boat rentals and free boat stall with your cabin rental. You can get a 1-bedroom cabin for $53/day for two people and get trolling motors included in the price for fishing pontoons. We will not charge you too much. We have no snow on the ground and the grass is green. The cold weather did hurt my fruit trees that were in bloom but it looks like that may be over today. 

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Bulletin: 6:PM. I just got in and there is good news. I guess the nasty white stuff mixed in with the surface water and the temperature is back up to 55 degrees. I guess the south wind did it. No matter.  With the warm weather coming later this week with no sign of cold weather after that, things should really start to happen. First bass move to the creeks, second the catfish do the same thing, third the crappie move to cover back in the creeks shallow and Scuba Steve puts in his trot line. I will wait until the crappie spawn and move to my brush piles and then they are fair game. It still looks like early April is good. Book then. Snow is gone except for north side of hills, good riddance. Two more days of cool and then in the 70's by the weekend. I have spent enough time in cold, snowy weather when living in Minnesota and Maine to last a lifetime. Whoever thinks it is beautiful and love it should move there. They would really be happy. I have a rule: do not be sure of good fishing in the spring until after March 15th and it is coming true this year. Except for the striper fishermen and the full moon in March is always good. 

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It quit snowing about 4:PM when I went out. We got enough to cover the ground but not the roads. They were slushy but not slick. It was our first of the season. The first thing I noticed was that the surface temperature was 51.4 and the lake level was dropping. It is now at 545.66 and they are generating several hours a day heavily. The lake level was 8.61 feet higher on this date last year and the surface temperature was three degrees warmer. It is to get to close to 50 today and the sunshine is melting things rapidly and there should not be much left except the northsides of hillsides by tonight. It got down to 27 last night. This should bring my new grass seed up nicely but that is all the good I can say about it. The wind was very light after the snow and it did not feel too cold. I caught my usual bass and crappie and the overall fishing did not change. The warmup looks to come slowly and It might be a few days until the most of the bass move back in the creeks. There are some there now but not many. We will see what this sunshine does in a few minutes. It is not an early spring as far as fishing goes so use your early to Mid March tactics and if it does not get cloudy this evening there will be stripers on the bank north of Cranfield Island and on the flats near Quarry marina tonight with that big moon shing on them on the stick bait.  Some people say cast parallel to the bank but I prefer to stay as far from the bank as I can cast, crank down three or four turns and with the rod tip down reel slowly and steadily back to the boat. Try using the 5-inch or 5-1/2 inch with a light bottom and a blue or black back.  Rogue or Thunder Stick. Thunder sticks have better hooks. I am still using the small grub during the day tipped with a crappie minnow and a 1/16th ounce jig head. Works for me and has for years. Spring should be here as far as temperaturres are concerned by next weekend but come earlier in the week for the best fishing. I do not pay any attention to weekends but do not have to. Avoid the cold fronts and go a couple of days after the sun has shined for several hours/day and fish until it starts to rain or at least until the wind picks up and the clouds move in. Know the difference between a cold front and low pressure. You can E-mail me at stevenstreet23@gmail.com or comment on this blog and I will try and help you. We want everyone to have a good time and not charge them too much.

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Caught some of these and put them in the pond. Not very many though.Image title

They are generating heavily and the lake has dropped to 545.76  they can quit anytime. The lake is stained both creeks and main lake and the surface temperature was 54 when I came in last evening. Our bass fishermen fished all day and caught two or three keeper fish each. They are good fishermen and it was slow for them. I caught a few crappie and bass. A couple of the crappie were nice but the biggest bass was three pounds. Not too good. I had been catching at least one big one a day.  The last three days have been abnormally slow for me for March. I go out almost everyday and do not try to dodge the cold fronts. If you want to maximize your catch it is wise to do so. The weather is to be a little below average for the next several days with it being cold and dreary today. It is 1:39 Pm and it has just started to snow and we are expecting a freeze tonight with temperatures to rebound to 50 tomorrow. The average high is 58. I have no customers fishing after dark but have some coming in. I am not a crankbait fishermen but they are working a little as are stick baits. I have been working main lake cuts and points but have had a little luck part way back in the creeks but not much. I have several fruit trees and this frost will not do them any good as they have been blooming for several days. We will see what this does to the water temperature. The heat units for the vegetation has been above average but the water surface temperature does not indicate the spring fishing to be ahead of normal. Surface temperature does not usually cool in  March but goes up steadily. Not the case this year. When it clears tomorrow there should be some stripers on the banks at dark with the full moon. I am not seening as many large schools of shad as I was.  Many of the fish on brush have moved back out to open water. When they come back the crappie and bass fishing should pick up again. I do not try to make predictions but just look at the conditions and try to figure out what is happening. It usually works if you go out often enough. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. Come on down. We will not over- charge you. 1-800-635-0526  free boat stalls with your cabin and you can launch right here. All cabins have covered porches and we have a garage for you bikes all starting at $53/day for two people.  Also we do not raise our prices in April when the fishing gets good. 

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It was a beautiful warm sunny day with light wind when I went out mid morning yesterday. The surface temperature was 57 degrees and the lake level was 545.95 They are generating heavily now and have been for three hours. It is sunny and in the mid 50's today with cold weather coming tomorrow. Our normal high is 58. We will see if the cold weather puts any ice cubes in the water. We have had no snow yet this year. This is not the first time temperatures in the 20's has happened here in March. That is why I have been slow starting things up no matter how many flowers are blooming. In 1996 it got down to 8 degrees on the 9th of March and caused me a lot of trouble. It is to stay a bit cooler than normal for the next several days but not much. I like fishing in the 50's. The wind is to move to the north today and then to the east. Fishing was slow until about 3-Pm when the wind picked up and they started to bite. I caught bass and crappie on main lake points and main lake cuts on the grub. It was nice to be out and alive. I caught no big fish but several keepers. I do not keep fish this time of year due to the spawn except to put in the trophy pond. It is about time to put in a trot line. Saturday looks to be a bad weather day but I will give it a try anyway. I am on my way out now. They can stop dropping the lake anytime now. They have my permission. Fishing is by no means fast but you can catch some if you keep trying. I just refuse to go out there and troll atound for hours looking for open water fish and burn up gas. The fish I am catching are a bit shallower and in 16-18 feet on brush. Spooning has slowed way down. 

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Giant. Image title

It was windy but you just have to drift past Blackburs Resot and Boat rental Brush Piles Faster. These are big boys.I do not know where you can catch bigger ones than here.

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The wind was blowing but I was just drifting over Blackburns Brush Piles Faster. We work hard puting them in and they produce. These are not easy to get but you have to know where and how. These are big boys.

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When I went out yesterday afternoon the surface water temperature was 54 and the wind was swirling. It has been doing this for about three days. It changes directions abruptly and then lays down and then gusts. It is very hard to fish. With the lake still dropping we had to move the dock yesterday. It is now 546.1 but they have not generated yet today. Do not try to drive your boat on the right hand side to get past Cranfield Island from the east. There is one little channel that you can use with your trim up but it is not worth the chance. I am seeing several boats stranded there with either their props torn up or their lower units out.Go around on the left side. Watch around Robinson Island also. Everything is ok but you just have to be careful. There are some smaller stripers being caught early in open water at about 50-ft. Bass have moved off the deeper brush and so have the big crappie. I found a few in brush at 18-20 feet but they were in the 10-11 inch range. They are about like white bass. Not interested. We will see what happens today. Some rain may be on the way. We need it. The lake has stained a bit all over. It looks to stay warm. I hope so. A lot of damage will occur with a hard frost. Fishing is not the best for me right now but I am catching some, just no big ones. 

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The wind finally blew itself out. We got lightening and thunder but very little rain. There was wind all around us but it is ok here. When I was out Sunday it hailed.  The lake is still dropping and is at 546.4 which is 7-feet lower than last year. Last year the water temperature rose early to just under 50 degrees and stayed there for a long time. On this date last year it was 50. It is 52 now. Not much difference. Our overall heat units have been higher and resulted in the earliest dogwood bloom that I can remember but the fishing is about the same. We had no shad kill this season and there are plenty of them and no jerk bait bite either. The crappie that were loaded up on main lake brush moved and went out deeper. We will see if this sunshine brings them back in. We are to have temperatures near and above 60 for several days with some rain moving in next week. Should be a good next several days for fishing. We opened up eight more cabins and the girls are working hard to get them ready. We have had high demand this year and do not like to turn people away. They do not like to go elsewhere because we have no room and pay too much. Many places close for the winter. Blackburns stay open all year.  Things look good for a striper bite after dark on the full moon which is the 12th. A few smaller ones are there now. One day it is 80 and the next it is 50. I do not know what to do either. When that south east wind blows into those points on the flats north of Cranfield, there will be fish on them. Stick baits are working a bit for bass and walleye but I like the soft plastics better for them now just before dark on the shadowy banks part way back in the creeks. I will try the spoon just outside of brush today. I am catching no bluegill but some have moved under my dock. Cold fronts definitely have an effect. 

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Dennis Byrd with some good ones caught yesterday. All were released.Image title

The surface temperature has dropped back down to below 52 again and the level has dropped to 546.60 with heavy generation for several hours a day. It is to get into the 70's tomorrow with a good chance of rain. The crappie are on brush on the main lake in 20-30 feet of water. Lots of them and big ones too. If it is windy drift a jig or grub over the brush and use your trolling motor to go past them again from the other way. If it is not windy use a slip float and minnow or a 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon right over them. Set the float about 9-feet deep. Use the spoon as near the top of the brush as you can get without getting hung up. I am catching big ones every day but they are finicky and either move or stop biting after catching a big one. I rig my slip float with a bobber stopper, glass bead, balsa pencil float, split shot and a #4 red true turn hook. All work just switch back and forth after they have seen one for a while. Put the bigger minnows on the red hook and the smaller ones on the grub. Change minnows when they get tired.  

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The walleye are biting on stick baits part way back in major creeks. Stay as far from the bank as you can cast. Crank down three times with your suspending bait and with rod tip down reel slowly. Make sure lure is tracking properly and is barely working. Bass too. 

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Fred Schneider from Kelso. Missouri Shows off Some Norfork Lake CrappieImage title

Tom Kelly caught some good ones.Image title

They quit generating yesterday afternoon and the level is creeping up towards 547. I went out in the Cranfield area for Crappie but could not catch any great big ones. They are there though. Mostly all I could catch was white bass and I do not have much use for them. The water temperature was 55 degrees but should not rise with the much cooler temperatures for the next two days. These fronts sure turn the fish on and off but you can catch big fish almost everyday if you work on it. When I catch large numbers they are usuall smaller and when I catch just a few they are usually big. I like big. The brush piles are producing but not everyday and the fish are moving with the shad which tend to move shallower in the evening.  Big schools are on brush at 20-30 feet in the evening. The big males will move off the brush soon and to the creeks with the smaller ones to follow as the water warms. I have not killed any fish to tell the condition of the eggs in the females. Things start to happen around here at about 60 degrees water temperature. Last year we had a warm winter but was slow warming up in the spring and i caught a lot of fish off the brush until late April and paused a bit and then again in mid May. Walleye fishing gets real good in May but some are caught in March too.  I used to say the top water bite peaked in Mid April but I will have to wait and see. 

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Cannot tell you how much I like catching these. You do not lift them over the side of the boat. What do you think Rodger? Released under dock.Image title


Caught Yesterday On The Binks SpoonImage title

It is very warm today with a cold front coming in later this week. We are to get a frost this weekend. I hope it does not burn everything. After that it is to warm back up again. I opened up more cabins yesterday. Debbie was turning away customers and we were full. People are taking advantage of our low prices, free boat stalls and good brush piles. They are generating about three hours heavily in the mornings and evenings each. The lake is staying stable at just under 547. The lake is in good shape for fishing. Crappie have moved to the main lake brush in 20-ft of water and Tom Kelly says he found some in 35 feet. There are lots of them and some very big ones too. They are not biting fast but the size makes up for it. A few smaller open water fish are moving into their normal places to simulate a spawn. It still looks like the best time for after dark fishing will be the full moon in March which is the 12th. It does not vary much from that no matter what the water temperature is which is 54. It is to be a bit windy today with the heat and should make for good drift fishing for crappie in the sunshine. I have been having my best luck about 4:pm. The shad really start to get shallow the later in the day it gets and you can get some good bass just at dark. I am not getting any walleye but some people are. I am not finding anything in a frenzy but you can get some very nice fish if you stay at it. We will see what this cold front does. I think I know.

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The big bass are pre-spawn feedingImage title

I asked several people who have lived here for more than my 22-years and they said they have never seen dogwoods and Bradford pears blooming in February. A heavy frost would really hurt things here with it to be in the mid to high 70's for the next two days. Water temperature was 53.4 last evening when I came in. We received a little over 1/2 inch of rain but the lake remained stable at just below 547. They seem to start generating heavily every time it rains. They have stopped again now. Bluegill have moved in under my dock and they usually do that at the end of March. Fishing was a little slow for me but caught some good fish including a giant crappie. It is in the basket. I will get a picture and let it go. Bink caught bass and stripers. Bink tried the stick bait at dark and caught a few but it rained him out. There are some stripers out from the bluff wall south of Cranfield Island. The crappie and bass I am catching are on mainlake brush in 20-ft. of water near the bottom. Many have moved in now. It will not be long until the males move to the creeks to make nests. I do not keep male crappie in the spring on beds as they protect the eggs and fry from getting gobbled up by predator fish. You catch and keep them and you will see a bluegill or goggle eye devour the young in about 5-minutes. I also do not sight fish for bass and do not like fishing tournaments during the spawn. Things are really a changin and you need to be out there everyday to keep up. Tune in the Live in the Boat  radio show tomorrow at 8:45 AM on KTLO 97.9 Fm. I will try to be there if the fog has lifted.  It was bad this morning. 

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Bink does too. They caught some white bass but they do not count.Image title

People ask : Do you catch fish everyday? I say pretty much. That is what I do. Caught more too.Image title

It was a beautiful day, warm with the wind just right. I really caught some nice fish on brush piles in 20-22 feet of water near the bottom on the main lake. A few on the spoon but mostly on the grub. Bass and crappie. They started to bite around 4:pm. I parked right over the brush and casted to shore, letting the grub and minnow sink to the bottom and slowly retrieved to the boat. Caught big crappie and bass. Came back in about 6PM. All fish released in the trophy pond. They are still not generating, except for the put and take trout, and the level is stable. It is to rain tonight. Lake is clearing and the surface temperature is in the low 50's.  I am going to have to open up the rest of the cabins because of all of the calls and reservations. I hope it is not too early. I have been burned by so called early spring before. March can be very volitile. Fish until it rains you out take the next day off and fish until it rains again. Many people miss out on good fishing listening to the weather forecast. 

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It was a good day for fishing yesterday. Warm with light winds. Very foggy this morning. Lake level is stable and they have not generated for two days except for the put and take trout in the river. I was just about to have to move my dock. I will try to catch some crappie today. The springlike weather continues. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526  Your first boat stall is free, All of our cabins have covered porches and we will not charge you too much. We have covered parking for motorcycles. 

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Put several in the trophy pond yesterday. It is ready.Image title

Tom Kelly released these under Blackburns dock.Image title

Everybody caught good fish yesterday. Tom Kelly, Roger, the Gibbs clan (they filled the basket), Binks and Scuba Steve. The shad are small so downsize your spoon. Right now the 1/4 ounce one is the best. I determine spoon size by two things: how deep you are fishing and how hard the wind is blowing. I only use the one ounce in the summer when the fish are deep. Meaning over 70-feet. 3/4 ounce from 60-70 ft. and 1/2 ounce from 40-60 and 1/4 ounce less than 40. You can get by with a 1/2 ounce most of the time but switch to the 1/4 if the shad are small as they are now. Change your line accordingly. The spoon works better when it is not dragging heavy line. This is true for all baits. If it is windy and you are having trouble keeping your line straight down go to a heavier spoon and go against the wind with your trolling motor. I use 10-lb. test for the one ounce spoon and a bait caster. Baitcasters work better for very big fish but I like spinning reels best. White bass are with the hybrids part way back in the creeks and some bass and crappie are on brush together. I caught some large bass and medium sized crappie. Roger caught some very large crappie and Tom Kelly white bass and hybrids.  It was a beautiful day and the third day after the low pressure. That almost always makes for good fishing.  It is cloudy today and I will be out as soon as I get my work done. Some walleye are moving north to spawn but not all do. Many do not spawn up in the river for some reason but just move to the backs of the major creeks. I am catching just a few and they are just barely keepers if that. I fish walleye on the shadowy banks with a soft plastic before dark in March and switch to a stick bait for stripers after dark. The water temperature is in the low 50's so it will not be long. The full moon is the 12th of March and that will be a good time to give the after dark bite a go. This is a fun time of year. You just have to dodge the cold fronts and fish right until it starts raining.  

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It was in the mid 60's when I went out yesterday and to be 70 for the next few days. The lake level has dropped to 546.97 and is the first time it has been that low in a long time. How do you want your steak? Raw or burned. The surface temperature is at 50 and has been there for a while. The lake water color is just right for fishing. I caught only three keeper fish, two bass and a crappie. I never do very well on the first sunny day afer a rain. We got more than I expected, about an inch, and it all sank in. It was badly needed and really greened things up and brought up the flowers. We seem to get one right when we need it. The resort is full of fishermen taking advantage of our low rates and free boat stalls. We like it that way. That is why we have to do most of our improvements in the late fall and winter. We get so busy in the spring with people wanting to get away from the winter that it is hard to keep up. Fortunately I have the best employees. You will be welcome here. The Game and Fish report the lake is full of fish so come on down.There were 12 deer at our feeder last evening. My deer and bird feed is higher than my grocery bill. You will like to watch both. I do.

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This is what I consider to be my best fish yesterday.Image title

We are receiving a light rain today and should get about 1/2 inch total. If it stops I will go out then. I like evening fishing best anyway. The lake is still dropping and is just over 547. This is one reason why I do not like the minimum flow rule for the rivers. They are mandated to let water out of the lake for the put and take trout no matter how low the lake gets and what the effect on the business on the lake. We have been told that the dam is only for flood control and power generation for years but that is not true now. They cannot say that anymore. It is all about the money. Last evening was good for fishing as the wind completely died down and the low pressure moved in the fish started to bite. When that happens I set right on top of brush piles and use a jigging spoon or a live minnow on a slip float. Weather looks to be good all week after today so come on down. 1-800-635-0526  Bass are the best bite now but some of everything are being caught.  

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It hit 70 yesterday. I caught several fish but only one big one. Fish are slowly moving to the brush. They started generating hard this morning and the level is dropping again and is at 547.33. Some days i catch most fish on the grub and the next on the 1/4 ounce Bink's Spoon. Just switch from one to the other. Remember the size limit on a striper is 20-inches and the smaller ones are to be immediately released and the number limit is three including hybrids and the posession limit is six. It is to rain tonight and we need it to get all of the grass seed and the flowers and bulbs Steve, Debbie and Susan are planting to get going. We want it to look beautiful for you when you get here. It looks like a good time for a trip is starting the middle of this week and continuing through the weekend. I like it just before a cold front moves in and after the high pressure has been around for a while. I am not a fan of the full moon fishing except for stripers and some people say bluegill. Dropping water and a full moon practually stops some fish from biting. Catfish are the worst. A dark night and rising water makes them bite like crazy. For some reason a full moon makes the stripers move to the bank in the spring and fall. Maybe it is because they are ocean fish. I do not know. I do know I like to be out there. A free boat stall comes with your cabin here at Blackburns. 

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It was a beautiful day yesterday and the fish were biting. Bink caught a lot in the morning and I caught a lot in the afternoon. It was 80 degrees with south winds when I left to go out at 3:pm. I caught bass and crappie. No giant ones but pretty good. Six keeper crappie and five keeper bass in two hours. I caught most on a grub but a few on the spoon. I am catching more and more smaller crappie and fewer giant ones. There are some giant bass under Blackburns dock right now and thet is a good sign. The surface temperature is 50+ and you can put away your jerk baits as there will be no shad kill this year. 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon on the bottom for Stripers on the bottom at 50-feet is the answer now. Bump the bottom and barely move it. The shad are small now and big baits are not working. All of the people I know had a good day Saturday. We will see what the afternoon brings today. It is to be in the 50's for the next several days and them warm up again. We need some more rain but the lake is in excellent condition.Flowers are coming up.

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They are generating heavily and we are at 547.49 and lower than before the rain. All of the chain of lakes and Norfork are low with a high power demand. Most of the electricity goes south and they have had a mild winter. Go figure. We have a good surge capacity if we have a wet spring. it was a beautiful day until the afternoon when the wind came up and a cold front moved in. It got cold and the fishing turned off and I came in. It is only to be in the mid 40's today with very nice warm weather coming in tomorrow and through the weekend. Good time to get out there on the lake. Debbie and Steve stained the dock and Brian worked on the walkway from the road to the dock and from the bank to the dock. They also stained and sanded picnik tables. Things are really shaping up here at Blackburns and we will be ready for your visit. Bookings are coming in fast. Be glad to have you and we will not charge you too much. 

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The water temperature hit 50 yesterday. There is no normal temperature. A few years ago it never dropped below 50 all year and the year after that the shoreline froze back in the creeks. You just cannot tell. Last year it stayed warm until spring and then was very slow warming up. The year before it was in the 70's by early May. The rain did stain the lake a bit but it is a good color for fishing. I am finding very few fish in the shallower water in the creeks. It warms up more quickly there and I will keep watching. I did notice some bluegill moved back in under my dock. The stripers will move to the bank at dark in March to simulate a spawn in the Cranfield area and across from Quarry marina. They always do. They sometimes do it again to feed in November but not necessarily. They just follow the shad then. I was catching big bass near the bank on steep bank river channels but they are gone. I am now catching them on brush in 40-ft. I have lost the big crappie for now but am catching 11-12 inchers instead of 16-17 inchers.  They must have moved out to open water on shad. They disappear for a while this time of year for some reason. They will move to Blackburn's brush piles and I have some good ones. Some males will go to the bank in the creeks next month in the pigeon creek area.  Bass fishing is the best right now but it is not easy. You cannot go fishing one time and give a report. Things are changing too quickly. I caught 10 big fish of all different varieties in one area last week and they are gone now. Shad is everywhere in the mouths of major creeks in 70-feet of water 60-feet down. Some are holding bass and a few stripers. Once I catch one fish out of the school and look around I have lost them and have to look hard to find them again. I would rather fish brush piles. Deep ones are harder to find with the lower water. The warm weather is nice and the lake is in excellent condition. Do not cut points with your boat.

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The news around here is that we received almost 2-inches of rain last night when a storm came through. The lake is rising just a bit with almost all the water running off and them starting generation again this morning. We are now not too dry and with the temperatures in the mid 70's things are starting to green up. I hope the groundhog is wrong and it looks like it so far. It was a beautiful day to be out yesterday and I caught some nice bass on the spoon. Fishing was not great but you can catch some if you know where and how. Open water fish are still at the mouths of the major creeks in 70 feet of water 60 feet down. When people say when you find the shad you find the fish. That is not necessarily true. There are many more schools of shad than they are schools with stripers under them. Look for broken schools with dots on your locator rather than black blobs and lines through them indicating fish are feeding. I am finding more schools of bass on shad than stripers and these are typically shallower than feeding stripers. I am not seeing any top water fish and am out until dark every night. I still like spooning deep brush right now near the bottom. The shad are mostly small, about an inch long, with just a few larger and there are lots of them but i have seen more in past years. We are putting in some nice brush piles. 1-800-635-0526 Why pay more?

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It was 65 degrees with light winds when i went out last evening. I was surprised the water temperature was rising and is now about 49 degrees. I am fishing main lake brush . The deeper the better (40-ft if possible) Bump the bottom with your spoon. There was a lot of shad on main lake at 70- feet of water 60-ft. down in the middle of the river channel near Blackburns with fish above them. I was after bass and caught some good ones for the pond along with a few crappie. Both are together. The fish started to bite just before sunset. The lake level is 547.61 and they just started generating heavily.  it is about 6-feet low but is normal for the way they used to manage it by taking it down for the winter to make room for spring rains. We are very dry here now. it usually rains in february and the lake starts to rise. We will see. It does not need to drop much more. Lake is getting very clear.

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I am waiting for it to warm up today.It is to be 45+ but is struggling to get to 40. About ready to go anyway. The lake is dropping again and now is at 547.64 with a water temperature of near 47. It is clearing both on the main lake and creeks. I am fishing mostly main lake and the mouth of creeks in about 40-ft. of water for all kinds of fish. They have moved deeper and near the bottom. I am getting a lot of inquiries about Blackburn's 2017 pricing. I noticed several places have increased their rates again. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental have not increase rates on anything but have made a lot of improvements and are working continuously to keep doing so. We do not see how much we can get away with charging you but have many repeat customers and want to take care of them and not charge them too much. It is more important to compare prices now more than ever unless you just have too much money and do not have to work for it. If so stay here anyway and give the big difference to disabled Veterans. We will be the first to fill up and like it that way.  

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No dragging around a bunch of live bait here. Image title

I was not able to go out today but Tom Kelly was. Look at the size of this striper caught on a jigging spoon. Nice going Tom. Looks to be a warm weekend. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526 Winter fishing good. 

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Nice evening on Norfork lake. Caught more too. Image title

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I went out last afternoon and found the fish again. They had just moved out deeper. I caught all of the fish on a 1/4 ounce Bink's Jigging spoon. Off-white with a red eye and black circle behind the eye. They were from 35-38 feet deep on the bottom. Caught walleye, smallmouth, catfish, crappie and black bass all at the same general area. Had to bump bottom to get them. Caught some good ones. it is cool today and tomorrow with a warmup to follow. Putting in some nice brush piles. I like winter fishing. When you stay at Blackburns, you can launch your boat right here, park your trailer and get right into your free boat stall. No need to go off-site and drive the boat to the dock. Good for single fishermen. No rate increases this year.

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It has been very warm for the last few days but it is to cool for a couple and then warm again. I am happy we are in february and spring is coming. The lake level is about the same as is the surface temperature. The fish are moving almost daily with the wind. You have to be adaptable. The lake is clearing a bit and you can see your lure down to about 7-8 feet. One day I am catching fish on brush and the next not and have to move to the open water. Several people caught good fish yesterday including Tom Kelly but I had a camera malfunction. Several big fish were put in the trophy pond. We got our brush permits from the corps of engineers yesterday and are busy putting in brush piles. We have some good ones and will show you where when you get here. Some good fish are being caught but you have to work for them. I was catching a lot but not lately. If you see me with white bass you know it is not easy catching the good fish.

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It has been cool with highs in the 40's for a few days but the fish are still biting. The surface temperature is dropping slowly as is the water level. Everything is fine. 

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Tom Kelly caught this nice hybrid striper and released it under Blackburns dock. Image title

One of Scuba Steve's Bass. Now in the trophy pond.Image title

It was a nice warm day and the surface temperature was 48 degrees and the lake is still just under 548. I got some nice big bass on the grub after not being able to catch any crappie. I talked to Tom Kelly who was fishing next to Blackburns creek and he caught some bass and a nice hybrid striper. We both did notice that the shad moved from 45 feet down to more and more shallow after the sun went down and it cooled down. Not sure why. Open water fish are still in the mouth of major creeks and the bass are still on the steep river channel banks and at 16-18 feet depending on which way the wind has been prevailing. They were on the north bank with the south wind and moved across the lake with the wind shifting to the north for a while. Bass fishing is very good. It is hard to stay on the open water fish after you catch one as they are moving a lot. I am fishing mostly brush piles. They do not move much. Blackburns has some good ones. Bink's spoons and grubs.

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The smallmouth was 16-inches and the crappie was bigger. Caught plenty more also. Good day.Image title

it was nearly 70 degrees and the wind was light from the east. i caught fish all evening until dark. Mostly big smallmouth and giant crappie but a few black bass. The lake was pretty busy with the nice weather and it was pleasant to be out. It is very busy here and people help others to catch fish. 

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It was a beautiful day here on Norfork lake Arkansas and the fish were biting. The wind was from the east and the crappie fishing was slower than normal so I wanted to post a picture of something other than 2&3 pound crappie and walleye. I did catch a big walleye on a 1/2 ounce Arkansas shiner Bink's spoon but did a quick release on it when it would not fit into my new rubber net given to me for Christmas by a very good friend after bringing it to the side of the boat for the third time. Need bigger net John (hint). I have the most unorganized boat in history but still seem to catch a few fish. I like smallmouth. They fight good. Caught my limit and they are in my friend Tom Kelly's trophy pond. Life is good. Any day in the 60's in January is a good day. It should be a sin to kill a smallmouth and Norfork Lake has a lot of them. Many 4-lbers. Blackburns not only has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals but we feel the best place. Check us out. 1-800-635-0526 you will like it here. Open all year. Your dog can run on 28 acres.  

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I went out yesterday afternoon and this is what I found: Water temperature was 48 degrees and both main lake and creeks were stained. The level is 548.16 and dropping with two generators running starting this morning. For you open water fishermen the shad were 50-feet down no matter how deep the water is. If it is 50 feet deep they are on the bottom and if it is 100 feet deep they are 50-feet down. Lots of them too. I spooned just a bit and caught a white bass and a small hybrid but am not interested in them. People catching stripers everyday remember the posession limit is twice the daily limit which is 3 of combined hybrids and stripers. It is a shame to kill these fish as they only dress out about 40 % after the red meat is cut out or less. Put them back and catch them again.  They are semi put and take but pull hard. I caught some very large crappie and a couple of nice bass. They were not biting very fast but there were some very nice ones. There was no wind and I was fishing brush with both crappie minnows and 1/4 ounce Bink's spoons. Nine feet down for crappie minnows and on the bottom for bass and walleye with the spoon. It was good to just be out. It is to be near 60 and cloudy this next week with some rain but no rain outs.  Good time to go fishing. Maybe I will see you out there. I did catch a couple of walleye just before dark but they were a little short. 

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The lake level is 548.19 and dropping steadily with several hours of running both generators daily. The surface temperature is 50. The Corps of Engineers are issuing brush permits on January 31st at their office at 9-AM. They have not allowed this on  Norfork for several years and this is a good chance for you to enhance fish habitat and help your own fishing success with out camping on other people's brush piles who work very hard putting them in even though they are all public. You can bet Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental will put in their share for our customers and show you where they are when you get here. They are the only place I fish and dive and I have fairly good success and do not have to travel far. Sometimes a tank of gas lasts me over a month and I am out nearly every day. I went fishing with Bink yesterday and had a great time. He is a good friend and an excellent fisherman. We have stuck together for 20-years and have gone to hundreds of sports shows together.  I use his jigging spoon over 50% of the time all year and it sure beats going out before daylight and throwning shad nets, trying to keep them alive, baiting up a half a dozen lines and trolling all over the lake and getting tangled up when you get a bite. My favorite lure is the 1/4 ounce white with red. I have been catching big fish almost everyday. Mostly bass, crappie and walleye. That is all I fish for most of the time. The game and fish have stocked 155,505 Stripers, 49,908 Hybrids, 57,750 walleye and 22,080 Blue cat this year. That should keep me busy for a while. They report the numbers and size are excellent for all speces on Norfork. I like that. The trophy pond is fully stocked with big fish and I have been putting in minnows for them every week to get them through the winter until the spawn. I see people fishing there almost every day when I put in fish and it makes me feel good. Deposits are due January 15th to hold your reservations for cabins and boat rental of your choice. We are heavily booked for this year already but will try and make room for you,.We have many repeat customers but like to get new friends. It looks to be a good year. The kids will like the new pool and we have made many improvements to continue our policy of continued improvement.  

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Winter Bassin With Bink. A few giant crappie too.Image title

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Surface temperature 52 and dropping. Level 548.64 and dropping. 

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Elizabeth and Gregory Fitch, Brian Deardoff, Tom Kelly, James Soltysiac, John Bornhop, Mike Eakle, Gus Carlson are all here. Fun, Fun Fun. The fish basket is full for the pond and the weather is nice. Blackburns is open all year. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526. Days are better with friends. 

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Winter Bass fishing with Bink's Guide Service.Image title

Winter Bass Fishing is Getting Good here on Norfork Lake Arkansas Out of Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home.

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They have been running one or both generators continuously for several days dropping the lake level fairly quickly and it is now 550.81. They just stopped this hour for the first time in several days. I went out for about two hours last evening and caught two walleye and a nice bass spooning main lake brush in 25-30 feet of water near the bottom. There was no wind and the water was like glass with ambient temperature in the 50's. Warmer for today. I saw no other boats out. All of the fish went into the trophy pond. I am glad the days are getting longer. We are heading towards spring now. Weather looks pretty good for the next several days. 1-800-635-0526 We are open all year here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental with two bedroom cabins at 65/day for four people and a free boat stall/cabin. No need to stay on the sofa. I saw about 30 turkey fly over the dock yesterday and seven nice deer at our feeder and on the road to the dock and a bald eagle next to the dock. We have birds everywhere. 

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Caught some very nice fish last evening. Wind was low and water was nearly still. Surface temperature was 50.5 degrees and the level is still dropping at 551.57 with several hours of one generator running everyday. Temperature was in the early 50's with more of the same today.  Caught some smaller keeper bass and one large one 4-5 pounds and several crappie. That makes over 100 crappie caught this winter over 15 inches and a few near 17. Norfork lake grows big ones and I like to catch them and winter bass. The days start to get longer tomorrow and we are headed in the right direction. I am just happy to be able to get out. I am going out with Bink later this week. He is one of the best winter bass fishermen I have ever seen. 

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The surface temperature was 50 last evening and the creeks are stained and you can see down about 6-7 feet on the main lake. At least people are not reporting the lake is turning over. Only a diver or someone with a temperature probe can tell that. Some locators can indicate a thermocline when it is dramatic but not all of the time.  It has been cold for two days but that should be over tomorrow for several days with temperatures near 50. Just right for winter fishing. Spooning for bass on brush in the 20-25 ft. range is working well and I am waiting for them to move to my favorite winter bank inside brush piles with the crappie on small grubs. Some years I fish the same bank all winter just before dark and sing the Marine Corps Hymn all the way home. Big winter bass fishing is excellent on Norfork Lake. Bink's favorite is that dreaded green grub on the bottom. The crappie should move up on top of cover soon but not many have. I am catching some big ones over brush about 8-feet down. I set my bait about three feet deeper than you can see it or cast my small grub over the brush and let it sink into it. Either one works but spooning right in the brush is best for both bass and crappie. I have not fished for open water fish much but the white bass, hybrids and smaller stripers are still on the flats outside of Blackburns Creek. People are reporting big stripers between the bridges but I have not seen any. Shad are everywhere and several schools do not have any fish under them and there is plenty of food and it is sometimes difficult catching them when they finally feed. When they do move to the deeper water on the main lake just off the river channel they can also be difficult to catch, get lethargic and you pretty much have to drop a spoon right on top of their heads and rely on a reaction strike. They do not move much in the cold water.  Normal high is 46 degrees. 

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To the trophy pond I go. Image title

I went out about noon and the fish were biting immediately. Caught two crappie right away and missed a big one getting it over the side of the boat. I must get a net but the fish are all going into the trophy pond anyway. I caught bass and crappie with the smallmouth being the largest. I was usuing a 1/2 ounce Bink's spoon and working the brush piles near blackburns Creek in 25-ft. of water. Some of the big bass are shallower. The surface temperature is about 55 with the creeks being a little colder. The visibility is just right for fishing in both the creeks and mainlake and the level is dropping just a bit and is at a good level at just over 552. I caught a couple of white bass just outside a brush pile on the main lake in 32-feet of water but am not interested in them. I want walleye, crappie and bass but to each their own. It was cloudy but temperatures were in the high 40's with the same for today. There was no wind making it easy to stay on the fish. It is to warm for the weekend and then cool off again. Blackburns has one cabin open with the rest full.  Call 1-800-635-0526. We will not charge you too much and the first boat stall is free and we are open all year. The normal high for this date is 48. 

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I went out this afternoon and stayed until dark. The water temperature is 56 degrees and you can see down about 5-6 feet on the main lake. It was sunny and calm with flat water. I spooned up two crappie and two bass. That was all. Very slow for me. Low pressure is moving in and it is to get near 50 for a couple of days. Maybe they will start better. It was nice having the sun shining on me even if it was cool. We are installing a new security system on the dock as we speak. We have not had any thieving problems but do not want any. Meth heads stay up all night. This one is infra red with four cameras that run continuously and has enough memory for one year of continuous use and is in color. It will be rough to pull much stuff here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. The gutters on the dock are working well and when it rains water does not fall off the roof into your boats. We are trying to improve everything we can without raising prices. Everything has new roofs, the pool is new as is all of the bedding in the cabins, TV's and much new furniture. We like it here and want you to feel the same way. The cooler water termperature has not improved fishing for me as predicted by many experts. The same people that are complaining about it being cold are the same ones that were complaining about it being too hot just a few weeks ago. just adapt and count your blessings. If it was easy everyone could do it and they can't. That is why they have trout fishing. 

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Caught on a Binks Spoon. White and Red. Yesterday.Image title

It has been pretty cold the last few days with highs in the low 40's and lows in the high 20's. We winterized a few cabins but still have several open all year. The Moodys just left and it was good to see them again. They caught some nice bass. I cannot take the cold very well and only go out in the warmest time of the day. If there is ice in the rod eyelets I do not go. It seems December has replaced January as the worst weather here the last few years. Crappie are moving shallower in the brush and can be caught on minnows, small spoons and grubs with minnows. Walleye are on brush on both main lake and secondary points. Bass are shallower on creeks points and creek brush in 18-22 feet of water. I caught some nice ones on a 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon in Blackburns creek. I am catching bass just inside mainlake points on grubs with some crappie just at dark. Some walleye are with them, both largemouth and Kentucky. Rodger Moody caught mostly smallmouth. Some pretty good stripers have moved into Bennettts Bayou on top of the old bridge and roadway in the Walker Hollow area and some hybrids are with them. Mostly white bass are on the Cranfield flats with some smaller stripers and hybrids north of the Island. I have not been out as much as I would like but maybe better days are coming. I like 50. At Blackburns you can get a two bedroom cabin for $65/day for four people. A one bedroom for $53/day for two people. We do not charge for boat stalls and you do not have to stay in a duplex with no porch with the bathrooms backing up to each other.  if you are staying a a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. 

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The new pool is finished and we will paint it in the spring. Do not wait for that to visit. We are open all year and have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals. If you are in the area for the holidays come on down. We are close to everything and have lots of wildlife for viewing. 1-800-635-0526. Winter fishing is just beginning and the lake does not freeze and no closed seasons. Nice big pool. You can stretch out and swim laps. 30x60Image title  

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James with some more good ones.Image title

The lake level is at 552.7 and is very stable even with the 2-inches of rain we got last week. They are generating just enough to equal the river inflow. The creeks go from green to clearing just about when they want to. You can see about 5-feet down on the main lake and the water next to the shore is clear. Surface temperature is 63 degrees and dropping very slowly. The people predicting colder water will make the fish explode are not right yet. I was doing better with the water in the higher 60's.  There are some open water fish just around the point from Blackburns Resort Creek toward Cranfield on the flats in front of the third dock by Mallard point.  They are mostly white bass with a few smaller Hybrids. More are just west of the 101 Bridge on the north side. They seem to be liking 50-feet of water 40-feet down but that varies with the time of day and the amount of sunshine. As far as i can tell the night bite with stickbaits has not happened. Sometimes it does not and I do not know how to predict that. There are a lot of shad and many of them do not have any fish under them. Crappie are on brush at 25-feet about 7-feet down and roaming. Pick out about 5-places and keep moving from one to another. They bite for just a few minutes and quit for two hours. They are very nice sized. A few walleye are with them. I try spoons first, minnows on a slip float next and then casting a grub and minnow over the brush and let it sink. They are right in the brush so use your marker buoy and go against the wind with your trolling motor. If this does not work I move. I am getting about 10 or 11 in a 2-3 hour period but they are 11-13 inches. The giant ones are alluding me again. I was catching them a month ago. I usually get bass on steep banks on drop offs this time of year but not yet. You umbrella trollers should do pretty well right now on open water fish. There are more shad than fish. I try not to predict but just tell you what is happening. I go out when the low pressure is just moving in and it rains me out and then after the high pressure has been around for a while. I have no confidence just after the rain or when the sun is first shining. I must have learned that somewhere or thought I did. I still try it during those times but seldom catch very many. I just like to be out. Blackburns Resort and Boat rental still has 1-bedroom cabins for $53/two people and 2-bedrooms for $65/four people and free boat stalls. Why pay more and we are open all year? 

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The fishing season does not close here on Norfork Lake Arkansas. The lake does not freeze over and fishing is good throughout the winter. You cannot walk on our water or drill holes in it.  Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is open all year and has a boat ready for you to rent if you have already put yours in storage. If you are looking for a new place to stay or if your normal place is closed for the winter call 1-800-635-0526 and we will fix you up. Fishing is getting good here now. Water temperature is 64 degrees. 

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Mike Eakle with some nice crappie.Image title

Bink reports catching some big stripers this morning on a spoon. It had been slow for a few days after the rain moved through. It rained hard and the wind blew. We received 1/2 inch of needed rain. It is sunny and cool now with highs near 60. We did get a frost but not before I picked my green tomatoes and peppers. This was the best garden I have had for years. The lake is in excellent condition and the surface temperature is 65+ degrees and the lake level is 552.65 and very stable and Newport is at 3.5 feet which has some slack if we get heavy rains. The lake is clearing and is good for fishing. I went fishing just when the rain started and caught fish as fast as I could bring them in. I came in and after the rain I could not get a bite. Cold fronts do shut them off. Kahlenbecks report catching stripers with nothing in them. I do not recall that happening before especially this time of year. We do not always get a night bite or a topwater bite for stripers in the fall but bass come up about anytime. There are a lot of shad and many schools do not have any fish under them. I am fishing for crappie and walleye and doing pretty good catching fish everyday using spoons and grubs and minnows. The trophy pond is full of big fish.   

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I went fishing yesterday and it was tough for me. I caught a few but had to work hard for them. i went to three places where the crappie are thick and could not get many to bite. Tried minnows, grub with minnow and spoon. Will try again today. It was beautiful out and no wind. Lake is in excellent condition. Stripers are moving south down the river as the lake cools. The cool nights are cooling it nicely. It is nice to have fall begin 1/3 way into November with highs to be near 70 and lows in the 40's for several days. We are getting dry again. The fall foliage is turning brown and falling with little or no color. My maple tree is not even turning red or the sumac. The lake level is stable with just a little generation to keep up with the river inflow. It will be getting dark at 4:30 by the 21st of December but that does not bother me much. I have not worn a watch for 21 years and go by the sun. If it helps the kids to not get on ther bus in the dark mornings that is fine with me. I hope that is the only reason. If they were worried about energy they would not start school so early after summer vacation and take spring breaks. I like fall fishing but am always sad to have diving season end. We are lucky to not have the lake freeze over and have no closed fishing season.  

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Scuba can clean fish faster than you can kiss a duck. They used to call him Clifton Clowers.Image title

Blackburns Has two fish cleaning stations so you do not have to wait in line.Image title

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Scuba Steve went diving yesterday and saw lot of walleye. Close to Blackburns too. Diving and spearfishing could not be better. They are on insides of mainlake points on brush in 20-feet of water near the bottom.

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Found the walleye again yesterday and got some good ones. I was fishing too deep. They were all in brush and around brush in 18-22 feet of water with none deeper. The lake is clearing again and is at 71 degrees and dropping slowly as is the lake level. Crappie are also on shallower brush at the same depth. I got some good ones. The trophy pond is fully stocked with big fish.  If you can find brush in 20-ft. of water on the insides of main lake points there will be walleye on them. Walleye and crappie are now in their normal October places. Reports that the lake is turning over are wrong. This happened weeks ago. There have been no thermocline for a long time.  The visibility is good and getting better. Just right for diving. Spearfishing for walleye and crappie could not be better. I have not seen it better in years. Fish in the 24-inch range are not uncommon but there are also several short ones. All crappie I have been getting are from 11-15 inches with very few short ones. Some bass are also in 18-25 feet of water right in the brush.. A few black bass but many nice smallmouth. A lot of bass are still suspended and schooled and can come up anywhere there are shad. Big schools of shad are near Blackburns Creek but not a lot of fish under them. We have several good fishermen coming in next week and they will find the open water fish. If you are here they will help you. I like the walleye and crappie and prefer to stay near home. If you can learn to spoon right in brush it sure helps. I am using the 1/4 ounce White Bink's spoon with red on the bottom and nose and grub and minnow exclusively and am doing very well. Bink likes to cast and hop his 1/2 ounce spoon and is very effective with it. Cabins are still $53/day for two people and boat stalls are free. 1-800-635-0526 Weather is to be near 70 for the next week. 

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All of these went in the trophy pond. Better get fishing Tom.Image title

Lake level is 552.57 and stable with a few hours of running one partial generator in the afternoons. The lake is clearing with visibility a lot better than it was and a surface temperature of 71.5 degrees. Bink's Guide Service took me and my Uncle Walter Trembly from Indianola, Iowa fishing yesterday and we had a great time. The weather was beautiful and we caught some fish. That was just a bonus. Blackburns had a good turnout for Halloween. They get a lot of loot here. The new swimming pool is almost finished and looks great. It took a lot of cement and they are pouring the floor tomorrow. I may have to get a part time job to pay for it. Anybody need a Chemical Engineer that needs time off for fishing and diving?It is to be in the 80's today and cooling to the 70's for the next week. Best fishing is for crappie and walleye and then bass. The big ones are right in the brush.Image titleImage title

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Fishing was pretty tough yesterday but I caught a few. It was not easy. It usually gets better as the high pressure hangs around a bit. Weather was wonderfull and it was just good to be out. It is hard to believe the surface temperture is stable or rising just a bit at the end of October. If I was a fish I would not know what to do either. Fish bit a little early morning and just before dark. I will see if I can find them diving again. I like a challenge.

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The lake water temperature is in the low 70's and has been stable for several days with the warm days and mild nights. The level is at a very nice 552.5 and the water is clearing a bit. I went diving yesterday and got two walleye and a couple of crappie but the numbers were not there. I thought I had found them again but they are gone. I got the only two I saw but they were nice ones. A few days ago there were big schools. Most of the bass were gone too. I was fishing in the evening. The bass fishermen report catching good ones on plastic worms early but they quit when the fog burns off. They are finding them off steep banks on the ledge before the drop off. White bass are on the flats in 30-35 feet of water on shad. White bass are for people that cannot catch walleye. Trout are for people that cannot catch white bass. Many bass are still in open water on shad. They move in when the water cools and back out when it warms. It does not usually warm again this time of year. This is the first time I have seen it in 22 years. I usually have my dive gear put away by now. There are not many of us out there. There are quite a few fishermen out. Especially during the weekend. Boaters are also enjoying the 80+ degree weather. It can stay like this until Spring for all I am concerned. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526 If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer, you are paying too much. Come join the fun. 1-Bedrooms here are $53/day with free boat stalls. We help each other catch fish.

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When I went diving yesterday it was cloudy and warm and started to rain right when I got to my destination. I anticipated that but wanted to go since the days for this year are numbered. The visibility was bad but I did get a couple of nice walleye and a crappie. The lake usually clears after turnover but is showing no signs of doing it so far. Reports of the main lake being clear are extremely exaggerated. The ambient temperature is to be near 80 for the next several days extending the diving season. The clear skies and sunshine greatly enhances the visibility down to about 20-feet and that is where the fish are. The creeks go from clearing to green and back again in a short period. Some sediment is settling to the bottom as normal but not as much as usual. The water will clear after this happens but we do not want it too clear. Stained water is best for fishing.  Crappie and bass are your best bite unless you want to travel north. I do not wish to do so since the open water fish are moving to me and a lot of shad are already showing up close to Blackburns. I hate to waste gas. Resort owners cannot afford to do that unless they are charging too much. We are a poor bunch. If you are coming to the Mountain Home area for the brilliant fall foliage only might as well stay home. It does not look good.The lake is in excellent condition and the weather is beautiful. Surface temperature is still in the low 70's and steady. The nights have warmed a bit and the lows are now in the mid 50's. Usual high is 66 and low is 43. Great time for a fishing trip. Still looks good for the full moon in November (14th) but I cannot guarentee anything. You will be the first to know. People cleaning bass are finding them full of crawdads and walleye are empty. We have not been near a frost yet and I am still picking peppers and tomatoes out of the garden. 

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Went diving yesterday and found the big walleye. Got some good ones. They are closer to the bank and in chunk rock in 18-20 feet and schooled. No crappie were with the ones I found, just some smallmouth and black bass. The lake is a little clearer as you go south. Fall foliage may be a dud.

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Cabin #11 The last one.Image title

Went diving yesterday and found this: The lake level is 552.6 and dropping slowly. The water is green and visibility is bad from near the surface to 50-foot. That is as deep as I went. The surface termperature is 73 and a bit high for the last of October. Crappie, walleye and kentucky bass have moved shallower and are now near the brush but towards the bank in 18-23 feet of water. This was in the evening. Saw lots of crappie and big ones too. Shad have moved in to the mouth of Blackburns Creek and some were near the surface. Some were also east of Cranfield Island with white bass on them.  It does not look good for a spectacular fall foliage but we will see. Saw eagles and a roadrunner. Good to be out. Beautiful day. We are redoing our whole swimming pool and it is a big project and I hope it is worth it.  Every building on the property now has a new roof and the price is still $53/day for two people. 1-800-635-0526 If you are not staying at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental you are paying too much. Free boat stalls. 

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The lake is cooling slowly with the cool nights but the high is to be in the 70's for the next week with 78 scheduled for today. The fall foliage is changing but not very quickly. It may peak just after the end of the month. I will go diving tomorrow to check things out and have been pole fishing for several days with good results. There are some open water fish north of Cranfirld Island but they are not the big ones. Mostly some white bass with a few 10-lb. Stripers thrown in. They are moving south and should be in the normal places for the night bite by the full moon. There is always a night bite for stripers in the early spring when they go to the bank to simulate a spawn but not always in the fall when they just go there to feed. Just depends on the bait fish. There is always a good top water bite in the spring but not always in the fall. It is always good to keep a top water lure ready when fishing Norfork. Bass can come up anytime. The walleye are mostly gone from the main lake points and some have moved part way back in the creeks and soft plastics just at sunset on shadowy banks can catch some. I have been mostly fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass for several days with excellent results. The crappie are very nice sized. The trophy pond and some elderly friends enjoy them That makes me feel good. The weather can stay like this all year as far as I am concerned. The lake is at a good level and is in excellent condition. 1-800-635-0526. We will not charge you too much here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. $53/day for two people with free boat stalls. All cabins have covered porches and none are duplexes. 

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Got some good crappie, bass and bluegill yesterday. The wind seems to come up about 2:Pm with the heat of the day and the fish start biting. Bink's spoons and grubs with minnows are working best for me. The weather is great with cool nights and temperature in the low 70's during the day. The surface temperature is in the low 70's. 

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Scuba Steve Likes These Crappie. Give some to my friend Leonard Darr and the rest go in the trophy pond.Image title

Crappie Fishing Out of Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountain Region. These are big boys. 1-800-635-0526

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I went diving yesterday and the surface temperature was near 75 degrees. The visibility on main lake points was bad and the walleye, white bass, most black bass and nearly all of the bait fish were gone. I had to try it again as they have been loaded in there for a few weeks.  I did see several crappie in 30-ft. on top of brush. Got some nice ones. It is cloudy and cooler today and I will try pole fishing again. Fishing has gone from bad to good to just fair now. Crappie fishing is the best with bass next but bass are not biting as well as they were a few days ago. Many have moved out to open water again. Predictions of water temperatures in the mid 60's have not materialized and it has actually gone up a few degrees. Also reports of the main lake being clear is also not true, especially from Cranfield to Robinson Point where I fish. It is very cloudy from just below the surface down to 50+ feet. Tom Kelly reports catching a 22-inch Plus Walleye in the trophy pond and releasing it. That makes me happy. There are bigger ones in there than that. We are to get some weather in the 60's for a couple of days and then back to the mid 70's. Fall foliage is coming around slowly and still looks to be near peak the very last of this month. It is beautiful here. Come visit and we will not charge you too much and give you a free boat stall. 1-800-635-0526 The lake is in excellent condition. We received a little rain last night about 0.8 inches.. We are still dry but not as bad as we were. 

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Joe caught the twin to this yesterday. Nice fish.Image title

I just lost the walleye. They have moved off the main lake points and so have the bait fish. The visibility has also diminished a bunch. Crappie are still on brush and are the best bite now. Open water fish are moving south and will be near Cranfield soon. They like it there now that stripers and hybrids are now stocked there. White bass have also moved off the main lake points. Joe Cebula caught a 15-lb. flathead yesterday and another one today and donated them for the trophy pond. Thanks Joe. I put a bucket of minnows in there yesterday and I bet they move fast and keep moving with the number of giant fish in there. Tip for crappie. When you find them (most main lake points) on brush give it a try and then move. Rotate about three places and then come back in two hours. They will bite and in the middle of the day too but not continually. Catch two or three and when they quit move and come back. The fish are very nice sized. I will know more when I get in tonight. When this happens in October they move to the flats near Cranfield and are scattered. The night bite for stripers and walleye should be on schedule for the full moon in November which is the 14th. The surface temperature is still 73 degrees and it is too early to pronunce any seasonal bite has started but when they do move when the water cools they will stay put for a while. What is happening now is typical during and just after lake turnover but the warm weather has them still undecided on what to do. The lake is in excellent condition and at a good level. 

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Joe with a 15-lb. Striper.Image title

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The visibility just went south in Blackburns Creek area. Looks good from the surface but not when you get down there. Big fish are moving south too and will be here by full moon in November for the night bite. Everything thing is looking good and the lake is in excellent condition. Surface temperature 73 degrees.

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Scuba Steve yesterday. Off to the tropy pond.Image title

Fred Gunn from Kansas City with some very nice fish.Image title

The lake level is 553 and we receirved a two day total of 2-inches of badly needed rain. It is to be very warm for the next several days.I have been pole fishing during the cloudy and rainy days and diving on the sunny ones with good results. John Bornhop is here and catching all kinds of fish. Stripers, hybrids, white bass, bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill and is now after a big walleye. John and Debbie Shreeves are back and welcome. John is also catching some good fish. Fred Gunn is here for the first time from Kansas City and is doing very well, especially on big walleye. The Davis boys are back and it is good to see them. They always catch fish as does Joe cebula. Joe helps a lot of people here and we really appreciate it. He also donates fish for the trophy pond. It has been very busy here and we like it like that. Fishing is getting better and better and is in it's normal pattern for a full moon in October. The full moon in November should bring out the stick bait fish on the bank near Blackburns before and after dark. All fish are biting now and Harvey reports getting a lot of very nice Crappie. You can call him for a crappie trip at 870-481-5630 and Bink's at 870-499- 7384 for anything else. This is a good time to visit. Call Debbie at 1-800-635-0526. The fall foliage is on schedule for a late October peak. Blackburns is also your fall foliage headquarters for the Mountain Home area. Good time of year for everything. Low cost cabins and Boat rentals available.

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Caught Yesterday. We love it here on Norfork Lake, Arkansas.Image title

All of the fish I care about are on brush piles. Walleye, crappie bass and catfish. And there are lots of them. Have to catch them when they are biting. Move from brush to brush and come back again. They are roaming but not too far from cover. Scuba Steve knows where they are.  If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer and in a duplex with no covered porch, paying for boat stalls and  paying $25/ day more.for a cabin. Check out www.blackburnsresort.com. Send the extra money to Red Cross hurricane relief and come fish. 

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Ask Scuba Steve when you check in. He will not charge you too much. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much.Image title

Thermocline gone. Fish schooled and scattered. Crappie 30-feet on brush. Walleye with them but the big ones have moved out deeper on points in big rocks. Good fishing. Some open water fish have moved to 60-feet. Fishing will get better and better.

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Joe Cebula and his God Son Gavin are back and catching fish already. Good going Gavin and welcome. I got some big walleye diving yesterday and saw many on main lake points yesterday at 30-feet. It does not get any better than this. Wish you were here. Debbie and John Schreeves and Lucy are here and welcome. They came at a good time the fish are finally biting.

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It is warm again today but is to cool a bit tomorrow. I went diving and found a bunch of fish (walleye, crappie, bass and bluegill) on main lake points on brush from 25-30 feet deep. This is the most fish I have seen all year and big ones too. We received 1-1/2 inches of badly needed rain with little wind. Sure glad I do not live in Florida. Did not leave anything there. You either get a virus from mosquitoes or get blown away. One of the reasons I settled here is no mosquitoes. I have not seen one at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental in 21-years and none too soon. I am not a big fan of mosquitoes or black flies and have no desire to live where they have them. Our pool is still open and our prices are still low. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526 Why pay more? 

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Caught Fishing with Binks.Image title

The lake is dropping a bit with a partial generator running most of the time and is at 553.25 which is a very good level. The lake is clearing and is good for scuba diving. Surface temperature is 78.5 and pretty stable with the continued warm weather. There is a chance of rain tonight and we need it badly. There are crappie and walleye and a few bass on most main lake points on brush at 30-feet. I am getting them every day. Not much else happening except a few banks have some white bass. Some fish are coming up early but mostly small bass.  Open water fish are scarce and oxygen is low below 30-feet and the water is warm above 38 feet and they do not like it. A good rain will help along with cooler temperatures. I can spoon up crappie and walleye quite easily and get them spearfishing and that is all I want anyway but the boys like those stripers.

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I went fishing yesterday from 5-6 PM. Caught several crappie and a nice walleye all on Blackburns brush piles in 30-feet of water on a 1/4 ounce Bink's jigging spoon white with a green back. All went in the trophy pond. When I threw the first crappie in there was a big splash and it was gone. It takes a pretty big fish to eat a 13-inch crappie and there are some big ones in there.  A gentleman stopped me on the road and thanked me for stocking the pond and said he likes those crappie. Payment enough. There is now a picnic table on the dam with an umbrella. Blackburns new motorcycle garage is working out well and the people like having their bikes under protection. We have a lot of bikers as guests and they are welcome. We also offer farm fresh eggs at your arrival for free when you check in. I like chickens and we have some good ones. Red, yellow, black and black and white. Jackson is the big rooster and he takes care of all 21 of the hens. They are so tame they jump up in my hands to be petted. I told them they have a place to live for life and that reassures them. They are seven months old and I am getting from 15-18 eggs a day. I can only eat about a dozen. We are approaching fall foliage time and we usually peak the last of this month. It is dry here and I do not know how that will affect the leaves. Come on down to find out. 1-800-635-0526 Blackburns has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals. If you are not staying at Blackburns you are paying too much. 

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I talked to Bink and he is catching crappie and Kentucky bass on brush. The lake is still dropping slowly and is at 553.42 and the surface temperature is 79 degrees. The lake is clearing a bit and the thermocline is still at 38 feet. I went diving again and the fish are all on brush at 28-31 feet. I am not seeing any fish that are not on or near brush and none below 32-feet. The walleye I am getting have nothing in them when I clean them indicating they may be hard to catch with a pole. People cleaning bass are finding them full of crawdads. Crappie are nearly empty too. One place I go to has white bass, walleye and bass and the other has walleye, crappie and bass but I am not finding crappie and white bass in the same place. I am hunting main lake points with brush just a little to the inside of the points and am having very good success. Open water fish are scarce. Spooning is the best. This is why you have to be more than one dimensional and not just troll a half a dozen poles with live bait. I do not know what October will bring but it is to be in the 80's for several days starting next week. There is no such thing as a typical year anymore and you have to get out there when things change and not spectulate from the sofa. We are dry here but have had 43 inches of rain so far this year. Not bad. The pool is open and the prices are low.

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I went diving yesterday and everything was about the same. Creeks are stained and the water looks stained on the main lake but is pretty clear after you get down there a ways. I swam pretty far and saw fish only on or near brush. I got my second striper ever in 21 years of diving and a white bass and two nice walleye but was down about two hours. All of the fish were at or near 30-feet. None were deeper than 32. The cold water is still at 38 feet. Pole fishermen are still having trouble catching fish. Bink is out with some of our guests now and we will see how they do. If anybody can catch them he can. Fishing is like baseball. Anybody can hit when the score is 10-0 but the guy that hits when it is 1-0 is the best. Anybody can catch fish when they are biting but few can do it when they are not. This is one of those times. October is nearly here and we are approaching fall foliage time. The color usually peaks the very last of October and seldom varies too much from that. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is your fall foliage headquarters for Northern Arkansas, Ozark Mountains and the Mountain Home area. We have just finished a new garage for our guests with motorcycles and they will like it. We have a lot of bikers stay here due to our proximity to town and good rural roads for riding not to mention the lowest rates in the area. You can get a one bedroom for two people for only $53/day. The lake level is at 553.6 and is dropping slowly and is at a very good level. The surface temperature is near 80. Catfish and bass are the best bite now with a few white bass being caught. Call 1-800-635-0526 to get reservations. We stay pretty full all fall. A lot of people are predicting what is needed to start the bite but the fish are there and when it starts you need to be there not on the couch. It was windy yesterday with the front coming in and we will see what that does. The weather is beautiful with cool mornings and warm sunny afternoons. It is good to just be out there especially if you are a diver then it is really good.  

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The lake level is 553.81 and is now dropping just a bit with some generation in the afternoon and evenings. The creeks have turned green for some reason and the main lake is now stained. The surface temperature is 82 and dropping. It is to be sunny with highs near 80 and lows near 50 for the next several days. We got very little rain with the last front moving through and are very dry.  I went diving on the insides of main lake points and found quite a few fish. I saw two schools of crappie and three schools of white bass and several walleye all on brush at 30-feet and got some nice ones. The visibility was not as it looked from the surface and was not bad at all.  Just right for spearfishing. I like to see just enough as my gun can shoot effectively. It could have been a little better but I cannot argue with results. The water was just the right temperature and it was nice with the heat turned off. The thermocline is very distinct at 38 feet but there are no fish there due to the low oxygen. All fish were at 27-31 feet. People are having trouble catching fish now but that could change any day, and quickly. There is a top water bite early but they are mostly small bass. You can catch some smallmouth bass spooning brush or working a plastic worm off rocky banks on the inside points part way back in the creeks. We could get some good fishing before the lake turns. I will let you know. The fish are there. 

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Some schools of white bass, crappie and several walleye have finally moved to main lake brush at 26-30 feet despite the hot weather. Got some good ones today. Just finished the new roof on #11. It now has new appliances, heat and cool in all rooms, new wiring and more plug-ins, and is heavily insulated. Nice cabin. Three bedrooms and two full baths. Big screened in porch. All for $103/day. Some places charge that for a one bedroom. You get the best deals here. 

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This hot weather in September is not helping fishing any. The surface temperature is still in the low 80's and is showing no signs of dropping. If you get out before first light there is a bite on brush piles and then a short topwater bite and then everything is about over. It then gets very hot about 3PM and does not cool much until dark. The next several days do not show much different. I am getting a few walleye diving on brush part way back in the creeks at 30-32 feet of water near the bottom and I did get one nice white bass and a crappie in the same place but saw no schools. I am seeing many very large carp. There seem to be more than normal what ever that is. You cannot rely on what normally happens anymore but just be out there and be ready when things change. It is hard to schedule ahead. The fish are there and the people that put in the time, are willing to change, and are flexible will catch them. Some nice bass are moving near the bank in 20-25 feet of water in the evening. A plastic worm before dark and a saltcraw after are catching fish. Catfish, walleye and bass are the best right now but none are good. I have never seen so many catfish being caught on a jigging spoon and good ones too. The pool is open and the prices are low. 

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The lake level is 553.9 and has risen just a little the last few days. It is at a very good level and is in very good condition. The surface temperature is 82. The weather is to be basically clear with highs in the high 80's and lows in the mid 60's for several days. Many fish are near 30 feet as there is little oxygen below that. Louis Lattray is back and he always catches fish and is welcome. Joe Cebula is catching fish everyday day also and some good ones too. He caught about as big of crappie as I have seen out of Norfork and it has giant ones. He has donated many big fish to the trophy pond.  Fish are roaming and you cannot count on them being in the same place for very long. If they do not bite on one brush pile for a few minutes, move to another one and come back later. Bait fish are the key and they are moving too. Usually when the fish move to the brush in the fall they stay put for a long time. Not this year as it is still summer. The lake is great for boating, swimming and water sports and our pool is still open. Our rates are now $53/day for two people. Most other resorts start at $75. You can save a lot of money and have free boat stalls too. It is very nice here. Bink is back on the walleye.

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Joe Cebula Caught his Limit of Big Crappie Again Today. I hope we get some rain out of this. It is to get hot again next week. 





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The lake level continues to drop just a little and the surface temperature is steady at 84. It is to be in the mid 80's for several days here with a good chance of rain. It is very dry here. I continue to get some nice walleye and crappie diving but it is not easy. They are roaming and are in one place one day and gone the next. Fortunately I have several good places close to Blackburns creek. It all depends on the bait fish. They are mostly bluegill and bass and when they are on the brush there will be big fish on them and when not, nothing. The visibility is about 8-feet, down to about 38 feet and clear deeper than that but there are no fish and no oxygen below that.  It is impossible to tell visibility from the surface except for how deep you can see. I have seen it clear down 12-feet and you could not see your hand after that. There are two ways to get an accurate reading: one is to dive down there and the other is to put down a TV camera. Side view locators are OK but I cannot work them very well and many people that I know that heve them cannot either. They are good for looking in fairly shallow brush. With the forecasted weather I do not see the dissolved oxygen distribution changing unless we get runoff and high river inflow or the lake turns. When this happens fish have only one preference where to be and that is cover since the water temperature and oxygen are nearly the same for several feet down and the water will be cooler shallow. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has cabins for $53/day for two people where other places start at $75. If you are not staying at Blackburns you are paying too much. We do not charge for most boat stalls or trolling motors on Pontoon boats. You can save a lot of $. Pool is still open. 1-800-635-0526

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Some of Joe Cebula's catch this morning. Off too the trophy pond they go. Notice the new fish basket.Image title

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Diving Conditions and Spear Fishing are good now. The walleye finally moved to the brush at 30-feet. The lake is dropping slowly and the water temperature is 84 degrees. Joe Cebula found several good crappie.

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The walleye have moved back to the brush. Got some good ones diving. Joe Cebula from Olatha, Kansas is back and catching fish already. 


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The lake is cooling the weather is beautiful and the baitfish have moved back to the brush. Tom Kelly caught a nice walleye and some white bass, Bink caught some big striper early and Marvin Foster caught some big catfish. Blackburns has dropped to their off-season rates and people are taking advantage of the low prices. It is very busy here. You can get a 1-bedroom cabin for $53/day for two people. Our two bedroom cabins are cheaper than other people's 1-bedrooms. If you have put your boat away come on down. Our rental boats are low priced too and there is still a lot of boating to do. No need to haul yours. Blackburns is your fall foliage headquarters for Northern Arkansas, Mountain Home and the Ozark Mountain Region. Call 1-800-635-0526

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When I went diving yesterday afternoon I did see a few changes. I went down to about 40-feet and did not feel much of a thermocline. Bait fish have moved back to the main lake brush despite the water staying so hot. It is still 85 degrees. The level is stable at over 554 and the visibility is fair with not much difference how deep you are. I am seeing no algae suspended in the water. The schools of crappie are still not on the brush and there are fewer big bluegill but the big bass are everywhere from 28-32 feet in the brush. All different kinds of them. I got a nice walleye at 35-feet on the bottom and a big crappie but they were the only ones I saw. The white bass have not moved to the creeks yet. Bass are coming up in the late evening but there are a lot of small ones. Mixed species are all together. There is little oxygen in the water past 35-feet and it is holding the temperate bass there against their will and it has to be putting stress on them as they prefer colder water. A lake turnover will not help this. We need some rain and cooler weather to help the fishing. It is not the best right now but bass and catfish are doing pretty well and a few stripers are coming in but not many. I am used to seeing many schools of white bass this time of year but they are just not there, preferring to stay suspended in deep water where there is sufficient oxygen to live. This is not uncommon but the water is usually cooler by the 9th of September. The last of September is usually my favorite time to spearfish with the middle of June second. I am just happy to be out there. I got two nice bass and a catfish on a Bink's jigging spoon on Wednesday but it was hot. They are now in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. I saw no evidence of a fish kill there but the water has to be hot. There was quite a bit of surface activity in the late evening when I put them in there. 

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It continues to be hot and dry with a little relief coming soon. The surface water temperature continues to be in the mid 80's and many fish are still in open water suspended. It is great for boating, swimming and all water sports. The stripers are suspended in deep water less than 40-ft. down and there are concern of low oxygen levels. We need rain and cooler weather to prevent a fish kill. Stripers are being caught on Bink's Jigging spoons, catfish on trotlines and jugs on live bait and bass after dark on saltcraws and on plastic worms early morning and late evening on main lake points. It could be better. 

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The recent hot weather has moved the walleye back off the main lake points and part way back in the creeks in the stained water in 35 feet of water. The dissolved oxygen is very low and is keeping the fish above 40 feet and the stripers are in deep water above that depth. The water temperature has moved back up to the high 80's but we are in September now and it will drop soon with the cooler nights coming. The crappie were moving in but are gone again as are most of the bait fish on brush. There are still bass on the main lake points at 28-30 feet and a few small walleye with them but that is about it. Bink is catching walleye part way in the creeks in stained water and stripers suspended in 35-feet in water over 100-feet on the main lake near the dam and all on his spoons vertical jigging. It has been getting very hot in the afternoons at about 3:pm  with high humidity but that should be over for now for several days with this cold front moving in. They have been generating in the afternoons just enough to keep the level stable at 554.25  This is not the best time for fishing but will get very good when the surface temperature hits below 80 and the baitfish return to the brush bringing the walleye, crappie and white bass with them. The lake is in excellent condition and just needs some cooler weather for the fishing to improve. None of this is unusual. The diving was just starting to get good and the hot weather has set it back again for several days. 

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The walleye have moved to the main lake points on brush. And I am picking up a few giant crappie but no big schools yet. Everything is good here. Have one cabin open for Labor Day. Even though it is still hot the fish act like it is September. 

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We have had several days of perfect weather with highs in the low 80's. It is to warm up again later this week to near 90. Our normal high is 88. I went diving yesterday and the thermocline has dropped a bit to about 29 feet with a surface temperature of 84. I saw walleye, largemouth, kentucky bass, white bass, carp and bluegill at 30-feet on brush but still no crappie. The thing that has changed is that there are many more bait fish on the brush than before and that is what is bringing the fish in. This usually happens in September. The mudline has virtually disapperared and the visibility is fair with little difference down to 40-feet. I only want to see as far as my speargun can shoot anyway. Too clear of water spooks the fish but we have not had that so far this year. The lake continues to rise very slowly with just a little generation and is at 554.28 with the level at Newport at nearly 20-feet I do not expect much generation from any of the lakes in the near future. The fish on the brush are getting bigger and this has not been the case before. The creeks are stained and go from clearing to stained overnight with no rain or runoff and then back to clearing again. I got my walleye yesterday back in the creeks a bit where the stained water meets the clearer water on brush at 29-32 feet. Almost all of the fish were at that depth and I checked above and below that. I am ready for the crappie to move in. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has 2-cabins still available for Labor day so please call Debbie at 1-800-635-0526 to avoid paying too much for both cabins and boats elsewhere. You can buy gas and food with what you save staying here or donate it to the good people of Louisiana flood relief. We do not charge for most boat stalls or trolling motors on pontoon boats. It adds up in your favor.    

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It rained in the morning and hard again about 4-PM. We got over one inch of rain. The lake is rising slowly and is at 554+ with just a few hours of one generator running. The surface temperature is 84. One day the creeks are clearing and the next they are stained green. The fish are acting like it is September. I caught bass, walleye, a giant red ear bluegill that went almost 1-1/2 pounds, 4-lb. channel cat, one crappie and several other bluegill all in the same place. Into the trophy pond they went. Lou Lattray is here and catching all kinds of fish. He is a good fisherman and is always welcome. He says there are big schools of walleye suspended under the 101 bridge but many of them are short.  Bass are on main lake points on brush and big ones too. Tom Kelly is catching a big variety and is fishing flats in 27-feet of water. Bink is still on the walleye and stripers and is starting to pick up some good bass. In this cool cloudy weather you can catch fish all day. I had to duck into my friend Don's dock for a few minutes for shelter but he did not catch me. I will start diving again when the sun comes out. We are getting rain but no wind or lightening. That is good. It is not too wet and the lake is in excellent condition. 

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I went diving yesterday and the lake has cleared a lot. The thermocline is still at 27 feet and there are a lot of fish at or just below that. Tom Kelly reports catching some nice walleye on long flats on main lake points in 25 feet of water on brush. Many bass have finally moved to main lake brush on points at 25-30 feet of water suspended a bit. Big bluegill are everywhere. The surface temperature is in the mid 80's and varies a bit from creeks and main lake and the time of day. I have no report on stripers except that they are in deep water suspended at 35-40 feet down. Diving conditions have really improved as has the number of fish near the bank and not in open water on shad. There are a lot of baitfish on brush on points finally. The lake level is still rising slowly and is at 553.79 and is keeping some debris floating in some creeks and drifting with the wind. I got two giant crappie which is a change and saw one other school but that was it. They have not moved in in numbers quite yet and the white bass likewise. Bass, walleye and bluegill fishing is the best. Things they are a changin.

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Water surface temperature is now 84.7 it can drop fast. Visibility should clear if we do not get enough rain for runoff. So far the weather forecasters have been wrong but it has been cloudy. The fishermen have not been rained out and they are catching good fish. Tomorrow will tell about the rain. They had us in the bullseye. Lou Lattray is catching good fish close to Blackburns as is Scuba Steve. We have received 0.7 inches as of now. Go until it rains you out. There is no lightening. I am getting some good fish and putting them in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. 

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Cloudy with a low pressure moving in with heavy rain likely makes for a good time to go fishing. I got my work done around 2PM and just got back in. Got walleye, bass and giant bluegill. A whole bucket full and they are now in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. I will put more in after diving season is finished. The visibility is bad now but should get better as the water cools. Depends on how much rain we get and how fast. The last one was too fast. I feel real bad for the people in Louisiana. We have many friends there and hope the best for them. The lake level is still at 553 and is clearing. The high was about 80 today and a welcome relief. I do not like winter and never complain about the heat but it was pushing the issue for a while. There are a lot of fish between Cranfield Island and the 101 bridge at 27-35 feet. There are less now.  

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The lake is clearing after the rain last Friday night. It needed to especially from Cranfield to Robinson Point. The lake is very stable at 553 and should stay that way for two more weeks due to delays in the repair of flood gates. We are scheduled to get quite a bit of rain this weekend but they will let out as much as needed to keep the level the same. I have never seen things so green for the middle of August. It is usually brown, dry and hot. We have had the hot. When the cooler weather hits in August watch out for early morning fog and do not rely on GPS to get you around. You might avoid the shore but may not avoid other boats. We had another death on the lake this morning. Some are caused by fishermen falling out of the boat, some diving accidents, some jumping off the cliffs and others by boat collisions. Please be careful out there. The visibility for diving is bad so I will take up pole fishing for a while until it clears a bit. Walleye, stripers, hybrids, white bass and bass are the best right now. I will mostly use the Bink jigging spoon during the day and salt craw after dark. Tom Kelly reports catching all of the above yesterday evening on the spoon close to Blackburns Creek. I need to catch some more fish for the trophy pond. Spearfishing has a high mortality rate. 

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I went diving yesterday and the clarity is bad on banks with any dirt and a little better on steep rocky banks. The rain has washed a lot of debris in the creeks in this area and it is moving with the wind so watch out. There is some big stuff. Also we are approaching the time of year when there is early morning fog. These two do not make for a good combination. The visibility, which was good down to 26 feet is gone and it is a little better at 35-40 feet. I think this will settle out but am not sure. I saw a lot of fish on the steep banks on the ledge before the drop-off. Mostly bass and smallmouth but a few walleye. The brush at 25-30 feet is at a good level for fishing but impossible for diving. We are to have weather in the early 90's for the next two days and then a cold front is moving in and the temperatures are to drop drastically. Kentucky bass and walleye are the best bite now with bluegill next. A few stripers and white bass are coming up shallow on the flats very early. The stripers before sunrise and the white bass a little later.  People are fishing the bridge piers heavily.There several fish east of Cranfield island and they are biting early on the flats. The level is 553.12 and is very stable with just enough generation to keep it that way. It is a good level. The thermocline is still at 27 feet.

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We got a big rain Friday night and a flash flood. It has taken us until now to get things back to normal. It took a lot of work but Blackburn's employees rose to the occasion as usual. I am so lucky to have all of them. I have not been fishing but Bink is really on the walleye. Call 870-499-7384 The lake level is at 553.16 and came up just a few inches. The rain was spotty but was not spotty here. At least everything is green. The wind did not blow a lot.

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It looks like the intense heat is over after today. At least here at Blackburns you have air conditioned cabins, a big pool and a beautiful lake to beat it. Some still have time to get the children a few days of fun before school starts. The lake water temperature is about 90 and it is very clear down to 25 feet and the level is steady at just under 553 which is a perfect level for all water activities. We have received a rain about everytime we needed it this year but not too much and everything is very green, especially for August. Blackburns has some openings starting tomorrow 1-800-635-0526 and just a few for Labor Day. This summer has gone by very fast and it is hard to believe it is about over. The fishing will get better and better as September and October get here until the lake turns over sometime in October. When the lake turns here it is not like northern shallow lakes when debris comes to the surface but the thermocline inverts and the water clarity, oxygen level and temperature is homogenous to below 30-feet and the fish have no reason to prefer one depth over another and scatter. They still bite but it is more difficult to find and catch them until the lake stratifies again. This process can happen fast or can drag on for a month depending on the weather. The full moon is the 14th of November and that is an excellent time for walleye fishing just before dark and striper fishing with a stick bait at and after dark. They both will be feeding near the bank. The crappie will be back on the brush and unless we get some real bad weather the fishing will be excellent. I am seeing some very large Kentucky Bass on brush at 26-30 feet along with big bluegill. The big walleye are eluding me but Bink is on them and catching them everyday. I cannot see where they are now but will be able to later when the water cools a bit and they move back near the bank. It is very hard to get suspended fish when diving. 

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They are letting the lake level creep up a little with very little generation and it is now 552.89 and the visibility is very good down to 22-feet but there are no fish there except after dark. I am seeing some good walleye at 45-50 feet on main lake points but it is too deep for me to stay down there very long. People are still catching open water fish by the bridge piers in the evening by casting the Bink's Spoon. Both bass and stripers. There are a few places that hold crappie all year but not very many. If you fish them very much you will fish them out. I prefer to wait until fall when the open water fish move back to shallower brush. In the 20-30 feet range. Most of them are in open water now. I am still not seeing any white bass but they normally move just outside brush about now. After they move in, they will be followed by the schools of bluegill and then the walleye and crappie. Trolling deep diving crank baits and letting them touch the bottom is working well in the creeks for big largemouth bass. Kentucky bass are full of crawdads so they are moving to the bank some time or another. That is why the afterdark fishermen are catching so many of them on salt craws and big ones too. There are still a lot of shad at the mouths of the creeks but I do not know what is under them. September fishing will get better and better until sometime in October when the lake turns over and the process starts over again until about January when the Stripers get more scarce again. Remember the night bite for stripers at the full moon in November. It is an excellent time to book a trip. You can fish for walleye in the evening until dark and them switch to a stick bait for stripers on the bank at dark and spoon all day. Especiall cloudy ones. August is a hard month for divers to find good fish but I will keep trying. You will be the first to know.I may have to get my poles back out. It is easier.

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I just got back from diving when the rain started. We have missed all of them and it was getting very dry. It rained hard and we got two inches in a little over an hour. Everything is very green and the grass is growing. You can expect very hot weather the first part of August as this always happens here in Arkansas. If it is a surprise to you we need to have a little talk. This is the best garden I have had in 21-years. I am still surprised about the lack of fish on brush piles on the main lake points. All I saw yesterday was a few Kentucky bass and bluegill. There are a lot of shad at the mouths of the creeks on the main lake. Most walleye have left my good places with only a few smaller ones remaining. They will move back in this fall when the crappie do likewise. There are a few bass coming up on the shallow shad very early. Our guests fishing with bink are doing very well on both stripers and walleye. It is very busy here and we like that. Call 1-800-635-0526 for reservations. We will not charge you too much. No duplexes, all cabins have covered porches and we do not charge for most boat stalls or for trolling motors on pontoons. The pool is big as is the pavillion and the yard is big and green with lots of play stations. We have lots of repeat customers.  

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The lake water has reached 90 degrees on the surface and you have to go down past 30-feet to get to cold water but it is cool at 27-feet. The lake is stable at just over 552.6 and they are running run generator a few hours a day to keep it that way. Today is to be the hottest so far but we have not reached 100 yet and usually do in the first part of August. Our normal high for today is 91 and it should drop below that the earlier part of next week and be about normal for several days or a little below. It is getting dry again and we need some rain. We have received some about everytime we needed it so far this year without having excess. The lake is in excellent overall condition. People are all over the place. In the pool, swimming off the dock or on the lake. All of our cabins have covered porches and are individual with no duplexes and are not huddled up on a steep hillside but in a beautiful valley. If you are already here, check us out before you leave. We have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and do not charge for most boat stalls. We have 10 pontoons to choose from. I have not been doing the best diving lately. The walleye have moved from the main lake points, except for smaller ones, and are part way back in the creeks in 30-foot brush where the visibility is not the best. Some good stripers and bass are under the bridge piers and can be caught with spoons, especially in the evening. Night fishing with saltcraws is producing some good bass and bluegill are on brush . Crappie are scarce now but will come in in a few weeks. You will be the first to know. When you come to blackburns, We will not charge you too much.

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The weather is hot and we are starting to get dry again. Everything is still green though and the garden and grass are still growing. The lake level is still stable at 552.68 which is at a normal level. The thermocline has dropped to 27-28 feet. Our normal ambient high is 91 and the surface water temperature is in the high 80's and is nice for swimming and boating. People are still catching fish in the mornings and evenings but I am finding very few fish on brush piles. Some bluegill and bass are in the deeper ones with a very few crappie with them. Bink is on the walleye and some very nice stripers are being brought in but not a lot. Spoons are the bait of choice. I am getting some walleye and a few crappie on mainlake points where they drop off at 32-feet and if there is brush there will be a few big bluegill and crappie. I am not seeing a lot of fish.Louis and Karen Lattray are back and Louis is catching some big fish as usual and is casting the spoon. They are nice people and are always welcome. The pool is the center of attraction with this weather and the people like the fact that it is so big and has a slide for the children. Make sure your resort has a pool before you book your trip. Some are very small. We just had a group from the campground try it again. The weather gets hot and there are storms and they do not want to sleep in a tent and try the same thing over and over. They go to a resort and book a 1-bedroom cabin and load the whole group into the cabin and use the bathroom, showers and pool and do not want to pay for their stay. This just happened again to Blackburns. A woman from the campground booked a room and then left her teenagers and their friends here unattended. We saw as many as 9-people leaving the cabin at one time in the morning and there were 6 cars parked in front. We do not allow more than 4 people in the cabin at a time ever. When she was called she would not answer her phone. They tried to leave in the morning to go on the lake and leave their stuff in the cabin and come back the next evening and say they do not have to pay because they did not sleep there that night. Their credid card was at it's limit and she had to go get money from town to pay for the last day. I do not initiate hostile action and would not have mentioned it but they deemed it necessary to write terrible reviews on the internet. We have hundreds of repeat customers who know the truth about this place and these do not affect us much but I like to respond. They were Andrew Gainer, Samantha Beilman and Pamela Beilman from 1816 East 55th Street Kansas City, Missouri 64130 and 636-497-0529. Beware all business owners and do not take their credit. They need to stay in a tent.


Lou Lattray with some of yesterday's Catch. Nice going Lou. Lou and Karen are from Baldwin, Missouri. Nice people.Image title

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The weather is to get very hot this whole week. This is a good time to take up night bass fishing. Get yourself a black light, put on flourescent line and get some salt craws and go on out there. Work the banks with a shelf just off the bank and fish the drop-off. Try the east side of Cranfield Island and the bank after the Boy Scout Camp. In the early morning be out there at first light and use the spoon at the mouths of creeks and main lake points in 30-35 ft. of water with brush for the walleye. Stripers are in deeper water but are at the same depth early. They move on out very deep later. Bluegill fishermen go to brush in 25-30 feet and use a small spoon, nightcrawler or crickets. Some crappie will be  with them but not too many. Bass have moved to brush on points in 28-30 feet with smaller ones including smallmouth shallower. Catfish are in there usual places and are feeding at night shallow at 6-12 feet. The lake level is 552.79 and is very stable with one generator running just enough to keep it that way. I am seeing lots of walleye almost everywhere I dive with the smaller ones shallow and the large ones in the cold water under 30-feet. Fishing during the middle of the day is slow. 

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The lake is stable at 552.8 and they are running one generator intermittantly to keep it there for gate maintenance. There are a lot of fish of most kinds on main lake points near the drop-off at 30-32 feet. If there is brush there and chunk rocks there will be fish. Spooning and trolling deep-diving crank baits is the best. Look for stripers in 65-feet of water 35-feet down in the early mornings on the spoon. Lots of big bluegill on brush everywhere. I am getting giant crappie and some good walleye diving.

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I went diving this morning and things are changing. The walleye are mostly gone from where I was getting them and I will have to find them again if the visibility allows me. I saw no crappie again and will try another place again. For you bass fishermen the bass are schooled and are on main lake brush in 25-30 feet with the very large ones deeper in the cold water. More bluegill are on brush in 24-feet of water. They are still dropping the lake and it is now just under 553 which was their target level to do gate maintenance. I have no report on striper fishing as Bink is taking a few days off from his hectic schedule to rest up. Dave and Olivia Carnefix are catching big fish everyday. They are doing better than me.

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Dave Carnefix is a good fisherman and we are always happy to see him here at Blackburns Resort and Boat rental.Image title

Dave Carnefix from West Plaines, Missouri caught These YesterdayImage title

I went diving this morning and the visibility has improved just a bit. The lake has dropped to 553.11 and they are still generating. Now my brush piles that were too deep are now right in the mud line where the visibility is poor. It is pretty clear down to 23 feet but there are no big fish there. I saw some bass schooled at 28-ft. and a few walleye near brush at 27-30 feet. Many small fish of all kinds are in shallow water. I am still not seeing any white bass or crappie. Bluegill have moved to the brush at the thermocline and that is good news as the crappie will follow.  I will check out a crappie place tomorrow and see if they have moved in. The thermocline is still at 24-feet and it is cold at 30 with the mud line in between. Pretty good visibility at 34 feet but the brush is above that. I have been traveling south to fish but will check out the visibility closer where there are more fish if I can see them.  This has been a challenging year for diving but I have got some very nice fish just not too many of them. Dave Carnefix is doing better with a pole and line. 

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I went diving this morning and it was cool and overcast. It has rained a bit everyday and everything and is very green but the lake is still dropping about 2+ inches a day and is at 553.79 heading for 553 at least. This is a perfect level. It is to be in the low 90's or less with a 20% chance of rain everyday next week. It has been very humid. We have had a bit of rain every morning and afternoon for a week but not too much. It comes before the sun comes up and again in the heat of the day at 3-4 PM.  We are not too wet and it is better than dusty and brown. I am not seeing a lot of fish but am diving in 34-40 ft. to find the larger walleye. I got two nice ones in the three pound range and that was all. They are singles and I have found no schooled fish like Bink has. There is little visibility in the 24-30 ft. range where a lot of fish are. Especially smallmouth bass but most of them are small. I did not see any white bass and a couple of weeks ago they were numerous. A lot of giant carp.  The thermocline is at 24-feet and the surface temperature is in the mid 80's which is just right for swimming and water sports. I am trying to get our customers to get their kids and grand kids to take up skiing instead of dragging them around in chaise loungers and some are doing it. Skiing is getting to be a lost art.  It is more fun and requires more exercise and they can be proud when they excell. I do enjoy scuba diving and spearfishing and never get tired of it. You can rent gear for a very reasonable price to try it out and see if you want to buy your own. Everyone should at least try it. It seems there is less and less of it going on also. Arkansas is one of the few states where you can spearfish and it was one of the reasons why I moved here 21-years ago. The other was no mosquitoes. I have never seen one at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. Give us a call at 1-800-635-0526 and join the fun. We will not charge you too much.  

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The lake level is dropping about 1-1/2 inches per day depending on how much rain we get and we have been getting some every day. The level is 554.2 heading for 553. I went diving and it did not work out very well. It was cloudy, the visibility was poor and my speargun broke on my first walleye. Long trip for nothing. I have a spare but did not have it with me. I am not seeing a lot of fish but the ones I am seeing are good ones. The mud line is very murky from 23-32 feet but better above and below that. Many fish are at that depth. Now that the holiday traffic is over and the water is not getting churned up and when they get the level stabilized at 553, which is a good level, it should clear up. I know where some crappie are located but it is too far north for any visibility at this time. The visibility increases as you head south.  I am not seeing crappie on my brush but that comes a little later. All of a sudden they will just show up. The white bass on the main lake points have disappeared and all I am getting are walleye. There are reports of shallow catfish but I do not fish the hot water.  It is much harder to get fish diving than with a hook and line and I do a lot of both. Use jigging spoons or drag nightcrawlers on the main lake points at 30-35 feet for the walleye and get out very early for stripers also on the spoon. Use live bluegill for both bass and catfish and crickets for bluegill. 

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We have received another two inches of rain to bring the total up to about 5-inches here at Blackburns for the entire long weekend.  It has been mostly in the late night and morning and people have been able to get in pretty good boating days. Not as much as they wanted but several hours each day. They had the fireworks as scheduled and nothing has been a wash out. The creeks are running now but the lake is still dropping slowly and is at 554.70 and they still want it to get to 553 for gate maintenance. The level at Newport is below 9-feet so they should continue generating. The government web site for lake levels has been down for all weekend. I guess they need their time off too. Surely there is someone driving the train. Some people think the whole world stops until they finally get back to work and other people work to pay them. The lake will return to normal later today and you can get the fishing boats out again. This looks to be a good week to get out on the lake after today. 1-800-635-0526 I will get a report after I come out of hiding.

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We received about three inches of rain quickly yesterday afternoon and the creeks run heavily for a while. The wind blew down at the dock but everything is alright. People got in a pretty good day of boating before and after the rain. It is very cloudy so far today. The lake level is 554.85 and they are trying to drop it to 553 which is a good level. The creeks muddied up with the runoff and I will see what it did to the visibility on Monday. The rain was spotty but we sure got it here. Everything is very green for early July and the lake is in excellent condition. It is to get hot again later this week. The garden is really growing and the chickens are laying. Who could ask for more? A young man caught the big bass under the dock and was really happy. Bink is on the stripers and walleye and the lake will return to normal Monday afternoon. Blackburns has a couple of openings starting tomorrow so come on down. 1-800-635-0526 we will not charge you too much. The covered porches are coming in handy now. I am glad all of our cabins have them and are so are the customers. The big pool is very busy. 

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The lake is dropping quickly now with one generator and one flood gate open. It is 555.36 and dropping 3-4 inches per day. The thermocline is about 24 feet and the mud line goes from there to just past 30-feet. A lot of my brush is in the mud line which is good for fishing but not for diving. If it is a cloudy day the visibility is bad and on sunny days it is acceptable. It looks clear from the surface but when you get down past 22-feet it deteiorates quickly until the cold water. The walleye have moved off my favorite spot and I have to find another one. Bink is catching big fish everyday.No catch no pay. Blackburns has one opening starting tomorrow. 1-800-635-0526

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Caught this morning. Nice fish.Image title

The lake level is dropping about three inches a day with one generator running continuously and is at 555.66 and we are susposed to get rain this weekend. They also opened up a flood gate to increase release to the equivilent of two generators to drop the lake to 553 for maintenance on the other gate. This water is wasted and does not produce any electricity. I would have had it to there already.  I am still finding walleye and some bass on brush at 32 feet and there are more shallower but you cannot see them because they are in the mud line. It is very cloudy from 25-30 feet. My brush piles are no longer too deep and are coming into play. Suspended fish are in about 60-feet of water 35-feet down. Drop that spoon right on their heads. I am not seeing a lot of fish but the ones I am seeing are big. Smaller fish are in the shallow warm  water at 18-24 feet. The lake is in perfect condition for now and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has one cabin available. Call 1-800-635-0526 We have plenty of boats to rent and at the best price. 

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It has cooled off a bit with highs to be in the low 80's. My electric meter must be dizzy from running so fast. The lake is still dropping slowly with one generator running continuously. We are receiving just enough rain to keep from having to irrigate and everything is green. The lake is in excellent condition with a surface temperature near 87 which is perfect for boating and water sports. We are fortunate not to have a lot of big Queen Mary boats on Norfork and low boat traffic compared to other lakes in the Ozarks and have several swim beaches near Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.  The thermocline has dropped to about 24-feet and there is a mud line with little visibility from there down to 30-feet. Some big fish are just below that. Bink reports early morning walleye and stripers suspended in about 60-feet of water. He found schooled walleye and caught several but I have only seen singles around brush. Call 870-499-7384 he is guarenteeing fish now. Diving conditions are good with a lot of walleye coming in compared to last year. Call Debbie at 1-800-635-0526 for cabin and boat rental reservations. We have the best prices on both and all cabins have covered porches with no duplexes and we do not charge for trolling motors on pontoons so you can fish and boat with the same boat. The 30x60 pool with slide is very busy and we are child and pet friendly. Mostly free boat stalls too.  

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We received 0.6 inches of rain last night and the power was off two different times but it is sunny now. North Arkansas Power Company does a good job. I remember growing up where my father was Manager of the power company and we had a phone in his den which was for trouble calls only with a bell that rang in the yard. Employees took turns being on call and could not leave town during their time. When that phone rang we run to it. Power outages were very important to all, especially farmers whose livlihood depends on electricity.  It was just a part of the job and all employees accepted it. There were no bucket trucks then and everything was done with climer spikes of which my dad could literly run up a pole. We do not appreciate things enough here in the land of plenty until we lose it. The lake is dropping slowly with one generator running continuously and is 556.2 and is in general in excellent condition and perfect for swimming boating and water sports. Terry Sims is here from Louisiana and is a good fisherman. I will get a report from him later. Always good to see the Sims family. Striper fishermen Drop that spoon, bass fishermen get out that black light and saltcraw and walleye fishermen drop the spoon and drag those night crawlers and bluegill fishermen use live crickets and live worms and everybody try to find brush in 27-32 feet of water especially on main lake points at the dropoffs except for stripers and some walleye which are going deeper and deeper with the 86 degree water.  Call 1-800-635-0526 to beat the heat. This is no time for tent camping.  

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The lake is dropping a bit with one generator running and very dry and warm weather. It is now 556.64 and the thermocline has set in as normal with clear water down to just above 21-ft. and clear water in 30+ feet of water with a mudline with poor visibility in between. Some fish are in the mud line and some are below it. I am getting walleye in the 3-4 lb. range in 32 ft. near the bottom on brush. Most of them are around the brush and not right in it. Large Kentucky Bass, Largemouth Bass and white bass are there too. Joe and Beverly Keily from Downers Grove, Illinlois are back and are welcome. They report catching catfish. bass and bluegill. Bink is still on the striper and walleye and Scuba Steve is going after walleye only and doing quite well. Get out early, take the middle of the day off and go out in late afternoon to catch fish and beat the heat. This is like the end of July weather and the lake is heating up and the fish are going down. No problem just get out your jigging spoon.The lake is not crowded and there are few big boats like other lakes and many swim beaches. 1-800-635-0526 Blackburns will not charge you too much.

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Jeremey Gabreleski Caught Several This Morning Fishing with Bink's Guide Service. He is from Braunfels, Texas and he and his family are welcome here. Image title

They are letting out a bit more water with one generator running most of the time now that Newport is almost dry and the lake is dropping slowly and is just under 557.  The thermocline is still about 20-ft. and the visibility is not bad to there but is bad below. Most fish are below. Surface temperature is in the mid 80's and rising as the hot weather continues. We need rain. Fish are moving deeper and there are few in the warm water of any size. 

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Water temperature is in the mid 80's, the weather is warm and sunny, the lake is in excellent condition, the fish are biting, the pool is big and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is ready for your visit. We have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and do not charge for most boat stalls or trolling motors on fishing pontoons. We have no duplexes and all cabins have covered porches. We are child and pet friendly. I usually go diving early in the mornings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and get back in time for work. The walleye are on mainlake points in 27-ft. of water and can be caught on the 1/2 ounce Bink's Spoon. Arkansas Shiner color. White bass are with them but a little shallower suspended a few feet. If you can find brush at that depth it is all the better. If you cannot look for big chunk rock just before the point drops off. I told Bink I was tired of seeing pictures of big stripers and that anybody can catch them but real fishermen catch walleye. He showed me and fast. I know where some crappie are located but not very many places. They are not everywhere as usual for some reason. We do have lots of big bluegill.  Bass fishing after dark is good with a blacklight. This is a good time of year but got too hot too soon. I wish they would let some water out just in case of a big rain. If you like boating and water sports this is the time.  1-800-635-0526 My garden is growing like crazy Marion.

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We received about 1/10th of an inch of rain last night with much more just west of us. We need some more but not that much. The lake is over 557 and is still rising slowly. They need to let some water out and not wait until it is too high and then open the gates and waste it. Surely there is some place that needs electricity with this hot weather. These minimum flow requirements are a failure and a cluster bomb like most government programs. John Bornhop just left and caught catfish, smallmouth and several crappie. He said he had to catch several before getting a keeper but came in with several of them. It was good to see him again. Bink is moving further south to get stripers but is still getting them everyday. I went diving yesterday and got some very nice walleye. They were on main lake points on brush in 25-30 feet of water. There is a thermocline at 20-feet and cold water under. The visibility is just fair and is better as you move south. I will put my fishing poles away except when I go with Bink and dive. I like both. The night fishermen with black lights are getting some good bass and they are still coming up a bit in the mornings but most of them are small. White bass are moving to their summer banks in 30-ft. of water lots of them. Use spoons or rooster tails.