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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)

Steve Deardoff and Tom Kelly Caught several this morning. Good fishermen.Big fish.Image title

Mike Eakle with a couple of this morning's catchImage title

Lake level is 573.59 and dropping. Lake is in excellent condition but a bit high. I checked out boat launches and trailer parking and it is getting better every day. No better options out there than Blackburns resort and Boat rental.  Fish are biting and boating and swimming are excellent. Not many public beaches open just stay at a resort and rent a boat and things could not be better. It has rained about 0.7 inches in the last two days but the lake is clearing nicely. Fishing is good and fish are all over in the brush at 16-20 feet. Walleye and bass. Bass are coming up early. It is time for spooning. Red meat fish are in the brush at night and moving deeper in the morning after sunrise and are also biting on spoons. This is an excellent time to visit Blackburns resort and Boat rental for boating,water sports and fishing. 870-492-5115 and we will not charge you too much. You work too hard for your money to just give it away. I know where the fish are.

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 574.18 and dropping very slowly with generation less than 1/2 the time. The level at Newport is 12+ feet and there is no reason to hold anymore. The lake is in excellent condition except it is too high for day use and much camping availability. Just a few feet drop would really help at this stage. Catfishing is good on trotlines in the backs of the creeks and blugill have come back under our dock. Big ones too. Some red meat fish can be caught early and late and white bass are in Blackburns Cove. Walleye are being caught regularly around the islands. Swimming and boating are excellent with beautiful weather. Surface temperature is in the early 80's. Water is blue except for the backs of some creeks.

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

Lake level at newport is 13.98. Let some water out boys. Government. You gotta love em. There is absolutey no reason to punish the day users and campers in the area lakes by holding any longer. It has been two months and we have had almost no rain. The slug moved through the rivers weeks ago. All area lakes are in the same dilemma. Resorts have lake and dock access and boating, swimming and fishing  but the public areas are lacking. I do not want to gain from other's problems. You would think if you were managing campgrounds and also managing water release you would at least try to reach a happy medium instead of failing at both. Norfork lake is clear and blue but did it entirely on it's own. There needs to be a review of dam management and not just protect Branson and the Delta planting at all costs. If I lived on Beaver Lake I would be more than outraged. The dams were initially put in for flood control but the minimum flow for the put and take trout changed all of that. Wow. I am out of breath.  

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

We received a little rain last night but not much.  It had some wind with it. The lake level is 574.75 and is dropping about an inch a day and they are generating a little less than 1/2 the time. They could do all of the area lakes and their users a lot of good by dropping them just a few feet but they are hell bent to get Newport down to that magic number of 14 feet and the world will be saved.  It is just over 15-feet now. I have a small trotline out and am catching small channel cats about 1-1/2 to 3 lbs.  They are biting on prepared baits.  I bait every other one with live shiners but they are still there. No bluecats or flatheads yet. Flatheads are the last to spawn and will not bite on dead baits. Limb lines are not working very well.  I also am catching walleye dragging night crawlers on a lindy rig around the islands. Just go partway back in major creeks like float creek where you can cast close to the bank and look for the shad surfacing and cast something there.  It does not much matter what. Almost all fish, including bait fish are in submerged brush and trees in less than 20-feet mornings and evenings. Fishing is slow during the middle of the day. Boating and swimming off a boat is excellent. Fishing, diving and swimming off the bank not so much. Blackburns has good swimming off our dock and in our big pool with slide.