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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)

Caught fishing with Bink yesterday.Image title

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. 

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

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.

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

Norfork Lake Arkansas Big SmallmouthImage title

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.  

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 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. 

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

Norfork Lake Winter Crappie Fishing.Image title

Look at the Size of these.Image title

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You cannot lift these over the side of the boat with 4-lb. Test. Image title

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.  

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

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John Can Catch those big crappie.Image title

Tom Kelly and John Bornhop caught a lot of nice fishImage title

Surface temperature 52 and dropping. Level 548.64 and dropping.