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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)

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. 

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 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. 

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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)

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. 

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 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. 

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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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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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

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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)

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.