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Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

Just put 15 nice fish in the trophy pond. Black bass, Small mouth, crappie, bluegill, Finally found the big bass. On south facing steep banks main lakes. Pound the bank. Near Blackburns. $53/day with a free boat stall.  870-492-5115 Why pay more?

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

The surface temperature is in the mid 60's and the main lake is very green like it is turning over. The moon is getting big and is full on November 4th. I went out about 3:30 PM and stayed until dark. I spooned a brush pile and caught several fish and then they quit. Moved to another one and switched to a slip float and minoow as the wind died and it was calm and I could stay on the brush with minimal use of the trolling motor. I caught some very big crappie and bluegill. I ended up catching a bucket full for the pond including bass, crappie bluegill and white bass. The walleye were short. I finally caight several crappie in the 13-14 inch range. It was very pleasant out with the temperature in the 60's and sunny. We are to get back into the 70's later this week. We did have two cold days with highs short of 50. Still not on the big bass. Many of the white bass are small and they are also near brush. The crappie are tight above it and if you move off a bit they are not there. Put you marker buoy down and go against the wind and stay right on the brush. The people with anchor on their trolling motor are spending too much time off the brush before they get back on it. Some of the bluegill are big. Lots of baitfish with small fish on them. Get a hook sharpener and use it or loose a lot of fish. Especially striper with a hard mouth. Cabins $53/day with a free boat stall. 870-492-5115. Why pay more?

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

It was cold and windy when I went out yesterday. I fished the south creeks to get away from the cold northwest wind. I did see several boats which was a surprise. I fished brush piles in the 24-30 foot range and caught four crappie on a slip float and minnow. One was big. I switched to a 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon. White with a blue back and a spash of red on the throat. ( he just delivered them to me today I was nearly out and now I have a good assortment.) I caught two bass, two white bass and a big bluegill. The fish all hit it on the way down and I realized I had been fishing too deep for the crappie. Shortened up the slip knot on the float and caught more crappie but they were not big. They were about six feet down. The lake is stained but I could see some of them near the surface. They usually do this near dark in the winter. The white bass were deeper but close to the brush. I had a good time but was not used to the cold yet. It is to warm up tomorrow with good weather next week. The lake level is 553.23 with just a few hours of running one partial generator. The lake is in good condition but the fish are not jumping in the boat. You have to work for them. Some bass are on the wind blown steep banks in 6-12 ft. of water on the main lake. Many minnows and shad are shallow and a few fish are coming up back in the creeks late but many are small. I am not getting the big black bass with the circle on their side yet but I will. Surface temperature is dropping and is in the mid 60's. Put all fish in the pond. Stick close to brush. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

82 yesterday. 48 today. Enough said. The people wanting the water to cool are getting their way. Some resorts close all winter starting soon but Blackburns is open all year.  If you are visiting friends or family for the holidays and they have no room for you, this is the place. 870-492-5115. There is a big fishing tournament the first part of December and we are nearly full already. We have lots of warm weather left. This is the time of year I catch big fish. Last year we had no winter.  That is the way I like it. Spoon, grub and stick bait time. The pond is getting more and more fishermen. I wonder why? I am happy to see the folks catch big fish. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

Lake level is steady at 553.32 with little generation. It is to be warm for the next two days and cool off dramatically after then. Out normal high is 68 degrees and we will not get close to that. A feeeze is even predicted. The water surface temperature hit 69 last evening when I went out and it is the first time I have seen that low since this spring. People that have been wanting cold weather are getting what they want.  I prefer warm. The lake is looking green both main lake and creeks. The wind has been pretty bad but is to go away this evening. A lot of fish have blown into Blackburns creek as have the shad. The bank is full of shad and minnows. It was good to not have someone on my brush piles yesterday. Maybe they have gone home or fishing another part of the lake. Either one will work.  I put 6-crappie, four bass, two warmouth and three bluegill in the pond. Some on the grub, some on the spoon and some on the slip float with minnows. Several people are coming in so be sure to bring warm clothes. I would not recommend driving here to view fall foliage again this year.  What color there was blew off the last two days. We did get 1.2 inches of rain this weekend and needed it badly. November should bring walleye to the shadowy banks before dark on soft plastics and maybe stripers after dark on stick baits.  They move in to feed some years but not always. Depending what the shad does. Right now I am spooning brush piles. Some nice bass are finally showing up on the wind blown banks. Many fish are surfacing late but mostly small ones. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

I went out in the afternoon and the fishing was not as good as before but the wind was way down. The water was a little greener than normal and the surface temperature was 74 degrees. I caught several crappie off three different brush piles and they all were about 11-inches long. The big ones have not moved to the brush yet. I caught several bass but nothing to brag about. I put 8 decent fish in the pond. Tom kelly put several grass carp in there and it should be easier to fish if the giants in there do not eat them They were only about 6-inches log.  A guy stopped me and said how happy he was to have a good place to fish and that he caught four catfish around 10-lbs and thanked me. That is all I wanted. Now if I can get moochers off my brush piles. Maybe they will just go home. You can be sure I will not add anymore to those this winter. I will catch fish anyway. The weather is beautiful and is to stay so for the next week with highs in the 70's. Turnover is getting close. Lake level is stable with little generation. Anybody know why the river is running brown? It has been for several weeks and I have never seen it before, except after a big rain. I asked Bink who lives on the river and he says he has never seen it in 28 years. I think the dam discharges at about 100 feet deep. It should be clear down there. It could be from allowing the lake to stay so high for so long.  I hope they do not do that again. Government. White with Blue back  1/4 ounce Bink's jigging spoon is the bait of choice now in the brush. Nice flatheads are in there too along with a few walleye. 


Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

Roger and Vicky Moody from Clinton, Illinois caught some good fish.Image title

The lake level is 553.56 with almost no generation. The lake is clearing before turnover. Our good friends Roger and Vicky Moody just left and we are sorry to see them go. It is getting a little old to go fishing and find the same people on your brush piles after you worked so hard to put them in. Fish the ones that the resort you are staying at put in or the corps of engineers or game and fish. I do not fish other people's brush and like to find good places on my own. There are a few top water fish late but many fish are still in open water on shad and the rest are on brush with a few just off the steep wind blown banks. Roger Moody caught some good ones on a white spinner bait yesterday. I caught only crappie and bass with a few bluegill. There are many small fish. I hate to see all of these 10-inch crappie killed. The resort is filling up nicely this fall with people taking advantage of the $53 cabins and free boat stalls. 870-492-5115. If you want to spend more just stay here and give the rest to disabled vets. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

The lake level is 553.60 and there is very little genaration. Crappie and bass fishing is the best now but usually is this time of year. There is still a lot of small fish being caught. I always catch a lot of crappie in October and the big ones usually start to show up in November and December. I have to go to two or three of Blackburns brushpiles in order to find one that is not camped on. People catch a few and then are on it every day. If everyone would put in their own brush it would be better. I do it so my customers have good places to fish. Some people are just lazy. A few white bass are showing up on the flats between Mallard Point and Cranfield Island in 30-ft. of water. But not very many. It is too early to tell. They are always there the full moon in November but it is the 4th this year and it might be a little early for the stripers and walleye north of Cranfield Island. Not much interested in white bass anyway. By the time you cut out the red meat there is not much left. Will take walleye, crappie and catfish anytime but a lot of people like those stripers.  

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

Caught this morning by Dennis Byrd and Mike Eakle.Image title

The lake level hit 553.75 last night and they quit generating immediately. I like that level for fishing but it sets us up for more high water. If the hurricane landed further west we would be right back where we were. There needs to be different people managing the lake levels. It has not worked the last few years. It is too bad we cannot vote them out of office. The lake is sure different this fall. There are plenty of huge logs on the shoreline and main lake shallow points partially submerged. These will create cover that was not previously available but be aware things are not the same. Crappie and bass are the best bite now with a lot of small fish. The lake will start to clear now with the lake not dropping and I am seeing signs of it happeneing already until the lake turnover. The warm weather is holding that off a bit. I am not sure about the fall foliage but there are several leaves falling and the sumac is turning brown instead of red. Last year was a dud as far as color goes and we had almost no winter. I will shut off the TV when the NFL comes on and go fish. Gus needs a few crappie. The weather is beautiful and the resort has several cabins full with the people taking advantage of the low off-season rates and the warm. $53/day with a free boat stall. It is very dry here but the rain last week helped a bit. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

The lake level is 554.28 and dropping about 2-inches a day with two generators running about 1/2 speed most of the time.  We will see what they do when it hits 553.75 which is still too high to take a big rain. It is good for fishing though. Who come up with these new seasonal pools anyway? The surface temperature is 79 degrees and the lake is still stained.  I went out for about 1-1/2 hours yesterday and caught my limit of crappie and 5 bass.  All went into the pond. One crappie was very large and the rest were 10-12 inches. Fish are biting well right now despite the full moon. As near as I can tell only stripers and bluegill like the full moon but the crappie were biting fast last evening. Blackburns brush piles are really paying off now. I wish more resort owners and guides would put some in. I tried the pvc artificial ones and they do not seem to work well for crappie and walleye. New cedar trees are the best. Blackburns still has cabins with covered porches, boat stall and launch all for $53/day. No need to go somewhere else to launch. Why pay more unless you just have too much money?870-492-5115

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

Scuba Steve put some in the pond too. Image title

John Bornhop and Tom Kelly caught some nice crappie yesterday. I know where. Welcome John and Tom.Image title

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

This and several more caught on a Bink 1/8th ounce crappie spoon. Image title

The lake level is 554.90 and is dropping about 2-inches a day. Blackburns brush piles are at a perfect level and there are fish on them. The shorter days and cooler nights are finally dropping the surface temperature and it has dropped to below 80. Tom Kelly and John Bornhop caught some nice crappie yesterday. They always do. I went out for about an hour and caught four bass, one crappie and a big bluegill.  All went into the pond. Bink is catching some stripers again and several crappie. Walleye have slowed a bit but some are still coming in. It is very dry here. Fishing will get better and better until the lake turnover. It may be a slow process this year. When it happens the thermocline inverts and there is no reason for the fish to be in any special place except for cover and shad location. Clarity, temperature and oxygen level will be homogenous to several feet down. This is where brush pile location gives you an advantage. Wish more people would put them in. As the surface water cools after turnover fishing gets better again and November is a very good month. Come on down. 1-bedroom cabins are $53/day and you get a free boat stall with your cabin. All cabins have covered porches. Why pay more? 870-492-5115 It was good to see the Mowrers again. Nice family.

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