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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)

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. 

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

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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A bucket full of big Norfork Lake Christmas Ctappie.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)

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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Look at the size at that Norfork Lake BassImage title

Nice crappie Steve.Image title

Fishing was good today for Steve Deardoff. Weather nice, light winds and big fish.

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

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. 

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 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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Norfork Lake Winter Crappie.Image title

It was a little windy and started to cool off about 2-PM. Fishing was steady but not fast. Caught a bucket full of nice ones for my friend Leonard Darr. He likes those crappie. So do I. Lost a giant one getting it over the side of the boat. Must get a net. Nice to be out.

Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home By Scuba Steve (click here for comments)

It is cold here in Mountain Home but the big bass are biting and so are the crappie. The ambient temperature is to get to the 50's Saturday and drop fast after that. The surface temperature is 54 now and a little cooler in the creeks. I am catching fish everyday on brush in both the ceeks and main lake on spoons. Big ones too. Sometimes the crappie bite on spoons and other times on minnows and grubs. Open water fish are in front of the docks at Mallard point close to Blackburns Creek in 45 feet of water but they are mostly white bass, small hyrids and a few small stripers. More stripers are in Bennetts Bayou where I reported before. You have to use little fuel to find fish and combine that with our low cabin prices and free boat stalls you can save a bunch by stayng at Blackburns. It is about time to put in brush piles for you this year to help you catch fish. Some people do not and use ours but that is ok. They do not know where they all are but you will when you get here. We put solar lights on our no wake bouys so you can see them when you come in in the dark. Some do not do that either. Our new dock secrity system is working great and we are installing new carpet on bump strips in the boat stalls to protect your boats. We are open all year and keep all of our employees full time. They are the best and we want to keep them and not take pot luck in the spring just to save money. Our guests from Illinois filled the new fish basket with big bass yesterday. They come every December and stay in cabin #15, the 4-bedroom two bath cottage. We have many repeat customers and appreciate them and they appreciate all of the improvements that we make every year while maintaining the lowest prices of any major resort.  Call 1-800-635-0526 to join the family. We will not charge you to much.

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

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. 

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

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. 

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

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. 

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 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