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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)

Caught these and many more this morning. Image title

It is cloudy today but the fish continue to bite. There is still a top water bite but not every day. The most consistent bite is smallmouth bass. They are in the buckbrush and main lake river channels and are hitting both top water and creature baits. Some very nice ones are being caught and high numbers too. You can catch about anything in the buckbrush now. The lake level is 560.41 and has risen about 6-inches in the last 24-hours. I have not been crappie fishing because catching these smallmouth is so much fun. It is important to learn how to catch fish in all different conditions. Do not just rely on sight fishing for topwater fish. You will have a lot of disappointing hours of fishing. By the time the average fisherman gets out there it is over. 

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

Caught a dozen of these today fishing with Bink.Image title

Many fish were caught yesterday morning from about 6:AM until after 9:AM until the rain took over for almost the whole day. The same people catching fish on Tuesday did it again on Wednesday. Nice ones too. It is sunny now with more rain to come later. The level is now at 559.43 and the morning top water bite is still the best. The water is in the buckbrush and a  lot of fish are in there with shallow shad looking for cover. Including smallmouth.

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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Joe and John Kahlenbeck caught a bunch.Image title

Rob with a big one.Image title


Two of 26 caught with Bink.Image titleRob and Brad GravengoedImage title

The third day in a row of sunshine brought the fish up again yesterday morning. It is raining again and the lake has risen to 557.02 and we are to get more tomorrow. A lot of people caught a lot of fish. We like that. 

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 556.64 and still rising but more slowly after two days of sunshine. We are to get more rain tomorrow night. The backs of the creeks are muddy with runoff and then it turns stained as you go out towards main lake. Surface temperature is in the mid 60's. The level at Newport is 14 feet so they could let out more if they wanted to. Better to generate electricity than open the gates and waste it. It was a good thing they drew the level down this winter. There is still a top water bite most mornings for bass and white bass and the catfish are hitting on jugs and trot lines. I got a channel cat in the 10-lb. range yesterday. The water is in the buck brush and needs to settle out a bit for the good fishing to return. Some of the spawn washed out with the consistently rising water. After a while they just give up on a nest and go out to sea. Watch around the islands and Robinson campground for walleye. They will be there soon. 

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 is still rising and is now at 556.15 with more rain to come next weekend. This would be a good time to generate heavily and keep it here. Watch out for some debris. This is a good level but at 560 problems with accessibility begin. Reports that the fish are in a frenzy and jumping into the boat are exaggerated. There are two bites now. One is very early AM before sunrise for two hours on top water on main lake points and the other is grubbing for smallmouth bass during the day and evening. Gravengoeds are back and catching fish on live bait. They are good fishermen and we are always glad to have them. They get up early and fish hard. Others are having mixed results. It was a beautiful day yesterday and today. A little wind and hot tomorrow. This water level should bring walleye around the Islands soon. The grass is growing very fast and is hard to keep up with between rains. It is very busy here. Thanks. We appreciate your business and will continue to not charge you too much.