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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

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 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.  

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 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. 

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 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.