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Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 565.39 and rising with no generation since about dark last evening. The level is back where it was and has risen 3-inches since yesterday. They did start generating again just now. They are running Table Rock and keeping it at normal while letting the others rise. The level at Newport is now below 12-feet for no reason at all  and it looks like the Corps of Engineers are punishing us for some reason. You cannot let the government run anything. Someone has to be accountable. The main lake is clearing faster than the creeks in my area and the lake is in good condition for boating and swimming with the surface temperature approaching 80 degrees. The temperate bass fishing is good (red meat fish) as well as other bass. Catfishing is good and crappie are fair. A lot of people are catching some good fish. You have to get out there early to get the top water bite but when they go down trolling unbrellas and spooning is working well. Go part way back into the bays and start looking in 30-ft. I was hoping more of the beaches and day use areas woul be available for this weekend but it does not look good. They have had ample time to drop the lake.  Almost all of the resorts have full service. Some campers will be disappointed. It will be best to swim at the resort pools or dock or off a boat. There is some debris out there so boating after dark is not recommended by me. Let us have an accident-free weekend for a change. You can bet there will be a lot of law enforcement out there. Do not come on vacation and leave on probation. It is best to buy your fishing licenses on line at Arkansas Game and Fish. I sold licenses here for over 20-years but am no longer smart enough to do so. Sorry. More government.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 565.10 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours. There was rain in the area last night and it was very spotty. I received almost none and the area around Flippin received 1-1/2 inches. The level at Newport is below 12-ft. and they must be waiting for a big rain to get the lake levels right up there. They should have dropped 4 or 5 ft. by now. The main lake in this area is clearing again but is still stained a little green.  Not nearly what it was. Catfish are biting very well on trotlines with live bait. Flatheads are slowing down but channel cat are biting the best and big ones too. Up to 10-lbs. Smaller hybrids (in the 3-6 lb. range) and white bass are together schooled and can be caught on a jigging spoon after they go down in the morning.  There is a top-water bite most mornings early. Bass are still in the brush 14-18 ft. of water and so are the walleye. The lake surface temperature is in the high 70's and is excellent for swimming and boating. Call 870-492-5115 for a cabin. We will not charge you too much. I only have pictures of smaller fish, not worth posting. Nearly everyone is catching them. The overall numbers are high.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 565.17 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with generation about 3/4 of the time. They are still running Table Rock enough to keep the level normal. They have also cut the discharge down at Newport and seem to be trying to keep the level at 12-feet for some reason unbeknownst to anyone. It is a good thing we did not get the rain that passed through the Sprinfield, lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis areas. You can add luck to the strategy of hold and hope. Fishing remains pretty good with several red meat fish being caught but a lot of smaller ones. Not worth a picture. Crappie fishing has slowed but some are still being caught. The fish are all together in the brush on the old shore before the lake was allowed to rise in 14-18 feet of water.  Bass fishing is fair with a lot of smaller fish being caugh but some good ones too. Walleye fishing is also fair with more keeper fish taken than earlier.  Spoons, grubs, creature baits and swim bates are all working. It is very busy here with people taking advantage of our low prices and I have not had much time to fish. When I do I can usually go out for about an hour and catch a couple of 19-22 inch walleye. They are very healthy. The new thing is that the water from Red Bank to the 101 bridge has become stained green again for some reason. Looks like algae. The creeks too even though we have not had any runoff for a long time and are dry. It does not hurt fishing any though. The water has warmed to the high 70's and is good for swimming and boating. The thermocline will be forming soon. Blackburns still has a couple of openings for the upcoming holiday. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.  The big pool is filling. No need to stay at a plce with no pool or a small one.