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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 this morning fishing with Bink.That is one nice hybrid striper.Image title

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. 

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 these and many more this morning. Image title

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. 

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 a dozen of these today fishing with Bink.Image title

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.

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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Joe and John Kahlenbeck caught a bunch.Image title

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Two of 26 caught with Bink.Image titleRob and Brad GravengoedImage title

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. 

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 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. 

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 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. 

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 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.

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

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.

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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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?

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 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.

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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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.

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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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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Caught fishing with Bink last evening.Image title

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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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 last evening.Image title

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. 

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

John Schreeves with one very nice striper. Image title

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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Nice Walleye caught last evening fishing with Bink's Guide Service.Image title

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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Caught last evening fishing with Bink. Image title

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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We have a new fish basket and two fish cleaning stations for your use. Live bait and tackle on site. Image title

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.