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Look at the size of these babies The Crappie is almost 18-inches long.Image title


The walleye have moved to the main lake points on brush. And I am picking up a few giant crappie but no big schools yet. Everything is good here. Have one cabin open for Labor Day. Even though it is still hot the fish act like it is September. 

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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We have had several days of perfect weather with highs in the low 80's. It is to warm up again later this week to near 90. Our normal high is 88. I went diving yesterday and the thermocline has dropped a bit to about 29 feet with a surface temperature of 84. I saw walleye, largemouth, kentucky bass, white bass, carp and bluegill at 30-feet on brush but still no crappie. The thing that has changed is that there are many more bait fish on the brush than before and that is what is bringing the fish in. This usually happens in September. The mudline has virtually disapperared and the visibility is fair with little difference down to 40-feet. I only want to see as far as my speargun can shoot anyway. Too clear of water spooks the fish but we have not had that so far this year. The lake continues to rise very slowly with just a little generation and is at 554.28 with the level at Newport at nearly 20-feet I do not expect much generation from any of the lakes in the near future. The fish on the brush are getting bigger and this has not been the case before. The creeks are stained and go from clearing to stained overnight with no rain or runoff and then back to clearing again. I got my walleye yesterday back in the creeks a bit where the stained water meets the clearer water on brush at 29-32 feet. Almost all of the fish were at that depth and I checked above and below that. I am ready for the crappie to move in. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has 2-cabins still available for Labor day so please call Debbie at 1-800-635-0526 to avoid paying too much for both cabins and boats elsewhere. You can buy gas and food with what you save staying here or donate it to the good people of Louisiana flood relief. We do not charge for most boat stalls or trolling motors on pontoon boats. It adds up in your favor.    

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

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It rained in the morning and hard again about 4-PM. We got over one inch of rain. The lake is rising slowly and is at 554+ with just a few hours of one generator running. The surface temperature is 84. One day the creeks are clearing and the next they are stained green. The fish are acting like it is September. I caught bass, walleye, a giant red ear bluegill that went almost 1-1/2 pounds, 4-lb. channel cat, one crappie and several other bluegill all in the same place. Into the trophy pond they went. Lou Lattray is here and catching all kinds of fish. He is a good fisherman and is always welcome. He says there are big schools of walleye suspended under the 101 bridge but many of them are short.  Bass are on main lake points on brush and big ones too. Tom Kelly is catching a big variety and is fishing flats in 27-feet of water. Bink is still on the walleye and stripers and is starting to pick up some good bass. In this cool cloudy weather you can catch fish all day. I had to duck into my friend Don's dock for a few minutes for shelter but he did not catch me. I will start diving again when the sun comes out. We are getting rain but no wind or lightening. That is good. It is not too wet and the lake is in excellent condition. 

Bink's Spoon is by far the best bait.Image title