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Norfork Lake Fishing Report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home In the Ozark Mountains (Click Here for Comments)

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The lake continues to rise slowly with one generator running. The whole weekend has been beautiful and people listening to the weather report and worrying about rain have wasted a good time on a beautiful lake. I guess they are worried about getting wet.  Blackburns is full and has a very nice group of people. Everyday day is a vacation for me as I have chosen where to live and do not find it necessary to roam much and join the crowd but leave it to the people that do. There are a lot of them and that is what keeps us in business. Thank you. I will be back out there when it calms down. I carry my tackle box in my shirt pocket and it takes five minutes to decide if I want to be fishing and be  on the lake. The fishing is good close to Blackburns Creek and I use a tank of gas about every three weeks. Some times I do not start up the big motor.I was putting fish in the trophy pond and saw a young lad about 11 years old with a big fish basket walking up the spillway.  The only thing bigger was the smile on his face and that made it all worth it. Call 1-800-635-0526 for a reservation. Our summer rates are about the same as other's spring rates. Why pay more? The lake is in excellent condition. Mickey Mcgee reports fish coming up early near point 5 in Float Creek. They caught several. Welcome baseball players.

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Hi Ho Hi Ho Off to the trophy pond Scuba Steve goes.Image title

Terry Scott Looks Pretty Happy. We are glad to have he and Shelley here. Image title

Catfish are biting very well on trotlines on bluegill. Magness also caught two stripers on them yesterday. I have never caught a striper on trot lines and have only got one spearfishing in 21 years. They are very spooky. The lake is now 553.74 and stable with one generator running. Water temperature is 74 degrees+ and the rain did not affect fishing much. Terry and Shelley Scott from Bartlett, Tennessee went fishing with Bink's and had a great time. Tom Kelly gave a seminar on how to clean stripers and it was well attended. I was surprised how many people did not know how to do this with some resulting in hack jobs. Stripers do not dress out very well anyway and if it is not done right there is not much left. Thank you Tom. Scuba Steve went out for a while and tried to find some walleye. They started biting at 5:PM and were on main lake points in 20-25 feet of water and biting on a 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon white with red eye on brush. There are a lot of small warmouth and bluegill on the brush now and that is why they are there. I kept a nice one for the trophy pond and turned the rest back. I also put several big bluegill in the pond. Fish are still coming up most mornings and evenings but do not get used to it. If you are one dimensional it can be a long day if they do not. It is very important to learn how to use a jigging spoon and grub. Bass are typically the go to fish after the open water fish get scarce on Norfork and you can beat the bank for them and it works but when it gets tough, and it will, do not count on seeing the fish come up or following the birds that migrate. When this happens I go immediately to the spoon and green stingray grub. I seldom target one specific speces unless it is their time. I go for what is biting or should be biting. If you push the issue for one kind of fish when they are tough you can be easily disappointed. Many striper fishermen do this in January and February. If you learn how to use your graph and a jigging spoon the hottest part of the summer is best for stripers. Few fishermen can catch fish all year long unless they adapt to the changes. Bink is one of them and uses only artificial baits. Learn how to fish after dark for bass with a black light if you want them when it is hot. And it will get hot.

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Norfork Lake Fishing Report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home In the Ozark Mountains (Click Here for Comments)

One Happy Young Man Fishing With Bink's Guide Service.Image title

Rick and Debbie Goins Caught Some Good ones Fishing With Jack and Debbie Garrett. Welcome.Image title

We received two inches of rain last afternoon and evening and the creeks run hard and the lake has come up about 4-inches with one generator running continuously. We were dry again and there is a good chance for more rain in the next couple of days with the temperature in the low 80's for highs and low 60's for lows. The water surface temperature is in the low to mid 70's.  About all speces of fish are biting. The top water bite is on early and when they go down people are catching them trolling umbrellas. Bass are on the banks shallow and biting with top water lures and grubs. Crappie and bluegill are on brush and biting on spoons and live minnows. Many crappie are not as large as normal but there are some very big ones. Walleye are on brush at 20-30 feet near the bottom. There was a good spawn with water levels stable and in the buck brush for some cover. Future fishing looks good. Magness caught a 80-Lb. Loggerhead turtle on their trot lines and released it quickly. They are protected and hard to come by. I have seen only two of them in 21-years. They are magnificient creatures. They were common in the 70's and early 80's but not now. Blackburns is full again starting Friday and we are trying hard to get everything ready. The lake looks to be in excellent condition for both fishing and water sports and people are swimming and skiing already. It was very busy on the lake last weekend with the beautiful weather. Check out our prices before booking your summer trip. Yesterday was an example why you need covered porches. Our guests were on their porches playing cards and rigging lines during the rain. Better than staying inside. Worst case: Staying in a duplex with no porch and paying too much. My garden, the chickens and the grass are growing rapidly and that is good. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526 we will be glad to have you. 

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Norfork Lake Fishing Report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home In the Ozark Mountains (Click Here for Comments)

Jack always catches fish and is always welcome.Image title

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Debbie Garrett with another good one. Welcome Jack and Debbie.Image title

The warm weather is finally here and the post spawn fishing is starting for several speces. I am still catching a few flatheads on my trot line but mostly channels now. Flatheads are the last fish to spawn in Norfork. For your information, they only bite on live bait. Channels and blues will bite on anything but I have not caught any blues yet. I hope they do not stop stocking them as unlike in the rivers, they get larger than Flatheads in Norfork. Flatheads are not stocked. I am using three inch live bluegill. Jack and Debbie Garrett are back and catching stripers. After the top water bite is over, they troll umbrellas and are very good at it. I am using 1/4 ounce spoons for walleye and bluegill on brush with a few crappie mixed in. The Magness family is back and are welcome. They are nice people. Randy Schofield is also here and it is good to see him again. We are very busy here and I have not had time to fish enough but try and go when the work is finished. People are taking advantage of our low prices on both cabins and boat rentals and keeping us nearly full all the time. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. We will not let that happen. The lake level is 553.71 and dropping slowly with one generator running continuously. We received 1/3 of an inch of rain Thursday and it all sunk in. The creeks vary from day to day in color but the main lake is pretty clear. In general the lake is in excellent condition and will warm rapidly now. Good time for a visit.