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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)


Dennis Byrd with some good ones caught yesterday. All were released.Image title

The surface temperature has dropped back down to below 52 again and the level has dropped to 546.60 with heavy generation for several hours a day. It is to get into the 70's tomorrow with a good chance of rain. The crappie are on brush on the main lake in 20-30 feet of water. Lots of them and big ones too. If it is windy drift a jig or grub over the brush and use your trolling motor to go past them again from the other way. If it is not windy use a slip float and minnow or a 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon right over them. Set the float about 9-feet deep. Use the spoon as near the top of the brush as you can get without getting hung up. I am catching big ones every day but they are finicky and either move or stop biting after catching a big one. I rig my slip float with a bobber stopper, glass bead, balsa pencil float, split shot and a #4 red true turn hook. All work just switch back and forth after they have seen one for a while. Put the bigger minnows on the red hook and the smaller ones on the grub. Change minnows when they get tired.  

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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The walleye are biting on stick baits part way back in major creeks. Stay as far from the bank as you can cast. Crank down three times with your suspending bait and with rod tip down reel slowly. Make sure lure is tracking properly and is barely working. Bass 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)

Fred Schneider from Kelso. Missouri Shows off Some Norfork Lake CrappieImage title

Tom Kelly caught some good ones.Image title

They quit generating yesterday afternoon and the level is creeping up towards 547. I went out in the Cranfield area for Crappie but could not catch any great big ones. They are there though. Mostly all I could catch was white bass and I do not have much use for them. The water temperature was 55 degrees but should not rise with the much cooler temperatures for the next two days. These fronts sure turn the fish on and off but you can catch big fish almost everyday if you work on it. When I catch large numbers they are usuall smaller and when I catch just a few they are usually big. I like big. The brush piles are producing but not everyday and the fish are moving with the shad which tend to move shallower in the evening.  Big schools are on brush at 20-30 feet in the evening. The big males will move off the brush soon and to the creeks with the smaller ones to follow as the water warms. I have not killed any fish to tell the condition of the eggs in the females. Things start to happen around here at about 60 degrees water temperature. Last year we had a warm winter but was slow warming up in the spring and i caught a lot of fish off the brush until late April and paused a bit and then again in mid May. Walleye fishing gets real good in May but some are caught in March too.  I used to say the top water bite peaked in Mid April but I will have to wait and see. 

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

Cannot tell you how much I like catching these. You do not lift them over the side of the boat. What do you think Rodger? Released under dock.Image title


Caught Yesterday On The Binks SpoonImage title

It is very warm today with a cold front coming in later this week. We are to get a frost this weekend. I hope it does not burn everything. After that it is to warm back up again. I opened up more cabins yesterday. Debbie was turning away customers and we were full. People are taking advantage of our low prices, free boat stalls and good brush piles. They are generating about three hours heavily in the mornings and evenings each. The lake is staying stable at just under 547. The lake is in good shape for fishing. Crappie have moved to the main lake brush in 20-ft of water and Tom Kelly says he found some in 35 feet. There are lots of them and some very big ones too. They are not biting fast but the size makes up for it. A few smaller open water fish are moving into their normal places to simulate a spawn. It still looks like the best time for after dark fishing will be the full moon in March which is the 12th. It does not vary much from that no matter what the water temperature is which is 54. It is to be a bit windy today with the heat and should make for good drift fishing for crappie in the sunshine. I have been having my best luck about 4:pm. The shad really start to get shallow the later in the day it gets and you can get some good bass just at dark. I am not getting any walleye but some people are. I am not finding anything in a frenzy but you can get some very nice fish if you stay at it. We will see what this cold front does. I think I know.

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 big bass are pre-spawn feedingImage title

I asked several people who have lived here for more than my 22-years and they said they have never seen dogwoods and Bradford pears blooming in February. A heavy frost would really hurt things here with it to be in the mid to high 70's for the next two days. Water temperature was 53.4 last evening when I came in. We received a little over 1/2 inch of rain but the lake remained stable at just below 547. They seem to start generating heavily every time it rains. They have stopped again now. Bluegill have moved in under my dock and they usually do that at the end of March. Fishing was a little slow for me but caught some good fish including a giant crappie. It is in the basket. I will get a picture and let it go. Bink caught bass and stripers. Bink tried the stick bait at dark and caught a few but it rained him out. There are some stripers out from the bluff wall south of Cranfield Island. The crappie and bass I am catching are on mainlake brush in 20-ft. of water near the bottom. Many have moved in now. It will not be long until the males move to the creeks to make nests. I do not keep male crappie in the spring on beds as they protect the eggs and fry from getting gobbled up by predator fish. You catch and keep them and you will see a bluegill or goggle eye devour the young in about 5-minutes. I also do not sight fish for bass and do not like fishing tournaments during the spawn. Things are really a changin and you need to be out there everyday to keep up. Tune in the Live in the Boat  radio show tomorrow at 8:45 AM on KTLO 97.9 Fm. I will try to be there if the fog has lifted.  It was bad this morning.