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Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 555.12 and is dropping about 1-inch in a 24-hour period with little generation. The White River at Newport is 5+ feet and about ready to dry up. They could be letting out a lot more water if they wanted to. Surface temperature is still 90-degrees and the ambient temperature is in the mid to high 90's and it is dry here. The creeks are stained and the main lake is fairly clear down to the mud line just above the thermocline at 23-feet with very cold water at 27 feet. A lot of fish are on brush in 23-28 feet. Many red meat fish are being caught early and late west of the 101 bridge to Cow point. They come up early and then go back down. Top water lures and spoons are the best. Some are not very big but there are a lot of them. Mostly white bass and a few hybrids. Catfish are with them and a few walleye. Boaters and swimmers are having a great time and the lake in general is in excellent condition. Come on down to Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental and we will not charge you too much. Norfork Lake summer fun is in full swing.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 555.30 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with a little more generation. It got hotter sooner than they predicted and is past the mid 90's.  Definitely not tent camping weather.  At this time it is definitely better to have covered porches on your cabins,  pools, along with the lake to swim in. Get the whole package here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental and at the best price. Fishing and diving conditions are the same except that some top water fish were coming up early on the flats just west of Mallard point early yesterday out in the middle.  Most were bass. Spooks were working but spitin image was working better and holding them on. Boating and swimming conditions are perfect and the lake is in excellent overall condition and at a very good level. Tom and Marlene Stanton caught some good red meat fish yesterday. They always do. They like trolling that umbrella and are good at it.  Come on down. we will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 555.42 and is stable with very little generation. The White River at Newport is 4+ feet and about ready to dry up. It is getting hot again and looks to stay that way for several days with chances of showers most days. We are very dry again and need rain. I went diving yesterday and found the following: The surface temperature is 90 degrees and the visibility is about 6-7 feet down to the mud line where it is 0 from 20-24 feet.  The thermocline starts at 24-feet and gets cold at 26-feet and the visibility is about 5-feet there and clearer in the cold water at 30-feet. All of the fish were from 21-25 feet and on or near brush and I saw mostly Kentucky bass and walleye but not a lot of either. I got two nice walleye. The white bass will move to this area soon. i did not see any crappie where I went but am catching some on a pole on main lake brush at 25-feet. The condition of the lake in general is excellent and the lake level is normal with all beaches, launches and parking operational. Looks to be a good summer. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and the children will have a lot of fun. Bring your bikes as we are not huddled up on a hillside but in a beautiful green valley with large playground 1/3 mile to our big dock with many rental boats. Our pool with slide is the largest around.  You will like it here. Many repeat customers do. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 555.58 and is stable with almost no generation. White River at Newport is at 6+ feet and about to dry up so they must have it where they want it. Not much has changed and the surface temperature is 90 but we did have a cooler night last night with lows in the 60's. It had been in the 70's. It is to be in the 80's for a few days and back into the 90's again later this week. Just right for swimming and boating. We will not charge you too much. Tom Stanton caught some big stripers yesterday on umbrellas. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 555.66 and dropping a bit. They just started generating again after several hours of being shut down. We are at a perfect level for fishing, boating and swimming. All services, day use areas and beaches are finally open. Brush piles for fishing are at good levels again. Took long enough to get it down but at least Branson Landing was protected at everyones else's cost. We received  some local rain here yesterday afternoon and it was badly needed. It rained hard for about 10-minutes and give everything a good drink, greened up the grass and watered the gardens. They are doing really good this year. We have received about two inches of rain more than average this year total. Sometimes it gets very brown and dry in July and August  but we have received rain about every time we needed it. It is a perfect time to visit Norfork Lake and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental and we will not charge you too much. Compare prices. If you just want to pay more for some reason just stay here and donate the difference to disabled Veterans. I am proud of our veterans and am one myself. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 555.84 and stable with very little generation. Surface temperature is still about 90 and it is also stable. Creeks are stained a little but the lake overall is in excellent condition. It is very busy here and we like that. There has not been any time to go fishing but plenty of guests have gone and reported to me. Pretty much everything is biting early and late except I have had not reports on catfishing. Bink is on the stripers and is catching some good ones everyday. Mike Eakle and Tom Kelly caught some nice fish of most varieties on Blackburns Brush piles which are at a good level now.  Boating and swimming conditions could not be better and the lake was very busy for the holiday. It is back to normal now with the day use people gone. I have no need to join the crowd and like the lake peacefull like it normally is. We had dozens of tent campers calling wanting a room because it was too hot. I got all of the tent camping I wanted when I was in the Boy Scouts and military. So far we have avoided all of the storms and heavy rain that has hit other areas and have been very fortunate. Norfork Lake is the place to be now and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has the best prices. Why pay more?

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Tom Kelly with a couple of very nice crappie. Walleye, bass and white bass were with them.
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The lake level is 555.89 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of generation. White River at Newport is 7+ feet so they could be letting out about all they wanted. Blackburn's brush piles are at perfect levels now and there are fish all over them. Bass, walleye, crappie and white bass are together. Stripers are at 40-50 feet on shad no matter what the depth of the water. Spoons are the bait of choice for about everything unless you want to get out at 4-AM and net shad and drag around a bunch of poles that get tangeled up. Both work. People are catching fish everyday and good ones too but most are enjoying boating, swimming and dragging overweight childern around on a chaise lounge chair. I wonder what happened to skiing?This is Schuler weather. They know what I mean. The children are really having fun playing in the big pool with slide and are worn out at the end of the day. Water surface temperature is about 90-degrees and the creeks are stained green a bit. I will not go diving until the lake traffic slows a bit a  as some people on jet skis think the dive flag is a target and do not acknowledge no wake zones.  Most boaters are good though. Blackburns has a good group in as usual and we are glag to see them. Repeat business is the best and we have a lot of it. Thank you. The lake in general is in excellent condition. Come on down. We have several ways to beat the heat.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 556.09 and they have cut way back on the generation. It is actually rising just a bit. Newport is just over 8-feet and dropping. They could let out a lot more if they wanted too. The lake is at a good level and if I could pick a constant level this would be it. Brush piles are at perfect depths and there are fish on them. Crappie, bass, bluegill, white bass and a few walleye. Jigging spoons are working best.  I have not been diving for a couple of days due to the work load but the lake looks to be in perfect condition for boating and swimming from the top. Surface temperature is approaching 90-degrees and the water is pretty clear. You can drive or walk to the dock and launch on a nearly flat road and step on the dock. Have the children bring their bikes. The very large pool with slide is very busy. You better check if your place to stay has a pool as several do not and some do not have a launch or covered porches.  We are set up good here and will not charge you too much. If you are boating after dark (which I do not recommend) do not cut points. Some stick out very far and are shallow. Several boats run aground on points every year and tear them up badly. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 556.22 and has dropped a little over 3 inches in the last 24 hours with alternating one and two generators running. The lake is in excellent condition. Surface temperature is 90 degrees.  We are full here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental but have two openings starting tomorrow. If you are trying to grill in the sun with no covered porch, staying in a duplex and paying more than $75/day check us out before you leave. Why pay too much unless you just have too much money? Today was striper day with Binks and he did well. Our 30x60 pool with slide is full of people with a continuous line to the slide. We have 11 pontoons and still have two of them not rented. Come on down. Boating and swimming could not be better. We will not charge you for most boat stalls and trolling motors on pontoons are free. 30-boats to rent at about 1/2 marina prices. 28 flat acres for your children and pets to run and play on our big playground. Bring your bikes. Not huddled up on a hillside and 1/3 mile to our dock and launch. No need to go elsewhere to launch. 3-miles to walmart. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 556.65 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours and they quit generating last evening and it is still shut down. The surface temperature is about 90 degrees and the weather is very warm and sunny. The lake is in excellent condition for swimming and boating. The thermocline is dropping and diving comditions are not as good as they were. I am not seeing nearly as many walleye as I was. If you like summertime and good lake conditions and a big pool, come on down.  This is the time. We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 557.08 and is dropping much more slowly as we approach 556.75. They have cut back to one generator. It is raining now and we received one inch here yesterday. It is very hot and humid and perfect for boating and swimming in Blackburns big pool with slide. The hot weather came early this year and the lake surface temperature is approaching 90 degrees. The thermocline is also dropping and is in the lower 20's. The lake is pretty clear down to there. Red meat fish continue to bite pretty well in the early morning but others have dropped off but that is normal. The bass are starting to bite after dark on salt craws and flourescent line and black light. Things are about normal around here, whatever that is. Good time for vacation and Blackburns will not charge you too much. Lake is in good condition and you can drive or walk to our dock, launch your boat here, get in your free boat stall and park your trailer in the ample parking lot. We have a good set up here. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 557.25 and has dropped a little over 4-inches in the last 24-hours with alternating one and both genertaors running. The top of the power pool is 555.75 to 556.75 for this period where ever that came from. The rules seem to change arbitrarily with no imput from the public. I suspect they will slow generation when this level approaches as the government does not want to give up control to the power company. I went diving yesterday morning and not much has changed as far as visibilty is concerned. What has changed is that the fish that were around the thermocline are mostly gone. Many walleye were there and they have packed up and gone. At least where I have been going. There are very few fish in the cold water below the thermocline which is dropping a bit to the low 20's. I am not seeing any crappie on the brush. Some bass are in the brush in the warm water at 16-18 feet and a few in the brush at 21-23 feet. Bigger ones are at the deeper level. I am just not seeing a lot of fish now compared to a few days ago. I will just have to try different places as it is very difficult to dive for suspended fish in open water. Temperate bass are going deeper and some bigger walleye are with them in 60-70 feet of water and are being caught on the jigging spoon near Cranfield Island. Some crappie are being caught off docks as well as bluegill. This always happens this time of year. The white bass and crappie will move to the brush on the bank soon as will the catfish. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

We received about 2-inches of heavy rain this morning and the creeks were running hard but have slowed now. The lake level is 557.71 and is rising but they have not stopped generating like they usually do when it rains. We were very dry and a lot of it sunk in but it came fast. We needed it very badly. So far no wind. The very backs of the creeks are muddy. More may be on the way. This did not hurt anything and it looks to be dry and hot after today for a week. The temperatures have been mostly above average which is 87 for now. It should not affect fishing much which continues to be pretty good for the end of June. The best bite is very early in the morning. Bink's has been catching some big fish on his spoon and always says the hotter the better for stripers in the middle of the summer. He always uses the 1-ounce mini-shad when they go deep. Blackburns keeps live bait all year long for your convenience. Come on down and check us out. We will not charge you too much. The children will love the big pool with slide and big flat playground. Bring their bikes. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught this morning fishing with Bink's guide Service. He books about 100 trips a year out of Blackburnas resort and Boat rental.It has been a good relationship for over 20-year. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 558.31 and dropping about 3-1/2 inches a day with generation about 2/3 of time. They are stubbornly holding Newport at 12-ft. for some unknown reason. This needs to be changed. This is wrong.  We should be 5-6 feet lower by now. It is a good thing the heavy rains have gone around us. I went diving yesterday morning and did poorly. I changed locations and the visibility was terrible. At least where the fish are which is 20-24 feet. Thermocline has dropped to 22-feet. I did see a big school of small striped bass about 8-9 inches long and a few bass but that was it. I have been seeing a lot more fish until yesterday. Bass fry of varying sizes are literly everywhere and by the thousands. Dive off chunk rocks out of boat traffic for best vivibility. It does not hurt pole fishing though. Spoons and trolling umbrellas are working the best for red meat fish. Walleye are near brush in the 20-24 ft. range. 

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The lake level is 558.64. They quit generating for several hours last night but started again. It dropped about 3-inches in the last 24-hours. Surface temperature is about 86 degrees and has been stable for some time. The diving conditions change from day to day and the visibility is a lot dependent on the amount of sunshine. I got my two walleye yesterday morning but did not see nearly as many. They have a way of packing up and leaving to parts unknown this time of year but when you see the small bass fry about 1-1/2 inches long on brush, there will be fish there. As you go deeper from the bank, the water is pretty clear down to about 19-feet, cloudy to about 25-feet, and then clear again in the very cold water. The thermopcline is still just below 20-feet. I am seeing no fish past 26-feet and there is no fish in the deeper brush in the cold water. I did see some decent bass in the warm water at about 15-feet down. As the water drops, I will have some very good brush piles come into play. The crappie have not moved in yet but should a little later. I am just happy to be able to be out there if for just a short time. It is busy here at Blackburns and I do not have much off-time. we need some rain and it looks like we will get some soon. Lake conditions are very good for swimming and boating and it has cooled down a bit. June has been very hot. Blackburns still has cabins for as low as $75/day and sizes up to 4-bedroon, two bath. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.Red meat fish are being caught quite easily near Cranfield Island early morning on the spoon.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 558.91 and still dropping with generation most of the time. We are at a good level for Blackburns resort dock where you can drive or walk 1/3 mile to the dock, park, launch your boat, step on the dock and park your trailer on the way back and be on the lake in minutes.  Very handy. No need to go elsewhere to launch. I went diving yesterday morning and found the fish in the same area. The visibility is ok at the thermocline which is just over 20-feet. Many walleye and big bass are just under that in the cold water. It is as good of conditions as I have seen in several years. The water is pretty clear from the surface to about 19-feet. I was able to pick and choose the two walleye I got and they were nice ones. There are also several very large red-eared blugill in the brush and some good bass just below them. I saw no catfish or crappie but was not looking for them. The striper fishermen are doing quite well near Cranfield Island in 50-60 feet of water suspended. Some good ones are being caught. Especially in early morning. We are very busy here at Blackburns with people taking advantage of the low cabin price, low boat rental prices and free boat stalls. If you are staying at a place were you are nearly the only customer, you are paying too much. We will not charge you too much. Check us out.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 559.53 and has dropped almost 6-inches in the last 24-hours. It drops faster as the bowl gets smaller. It also holds more if we get heavy rain. It is to remain hot for a couple more days and then cool a bit. This is as warm a June as I can remember. I have been doing a Norfork lake fishing report since the late 1990's when my Friend Gerry Sperry died and was asked to do so. It was the only internet report at the time. He was a very good fishing guide and told me the report does not get him any business but informs his customers as to the fishing and lake conditions and to keep in touch with them.  That is why I do it now but a resort has more total customers than a guide and this blog has many loyal followers. It takes a lot of time but I get a lot of feedback on it and am asked not to quit. Sometimes I feel I am being copied but I guess that can be a compliment.  All that is important to me is that my customers and friends know what is going on at Blackburns resort and Boat rental and the fishing and lake conditions. I do not try to get fishermant here when the fish are not biting and say they were last week. I have been here too long for that. The red meat fish are biting now as are the bass and walleye. Spooning is the best. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 559.86 and has dropped about 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating last evening but started again this morning. It is hot and dry and good to be able to get on the lake and swim or get in the big pool with slide. Better than cold. Water temperature is hanging in there at 86 degrees and is perfect. Stripers are suspended in 50-60 feet by Cranfield Island and people are catching some good ones everyday early. The morning bite is better than the evening one. You can get a cabin here at Blackburns for $75/day and it comes with a free normal sized boat stall. Come on down. Why waste your hard earned money by going elsewhere? We will not charge you too much and have lots of rental boats. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 560.17 and has dropped 5-inches in the last 24-hours with continuous generation. You can drive to Blackburns dock parking and step on the dock and launch right by it. No need to go to a remote launching area.  Boating and swimming conditions are excellent with a surface water temperature of 86 degrees. The water is pretty clear down to just above the thermocline. Early morning fishing is good with walleye, bass and red meat fish all biting well. There are a lot of fish out there but you have to get out there early and again in the evening until after sunset. A lot of fish are at 20-feet on brush and others suspended at 50-ft.  There are still some floating logs out there so after dark boating is not recommended by me. Scuba diving is pretty good with people having  good success with walleye and just a few crappie. No reports on catfish. It is hot and summer is in full swing even though not by the calendar yet. Blackburns has the best prices and will not charge you too much. Come on down. 1/2 mile to dive shop. 1-1/2 mile to dollar general. 3-miles to walmart. 1-mile to Fred's restaurant. Who could ask for more? There is also pizza delivery here. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Not much has changed here. It is hot but the storms have gone north of us so far. They quit generating for several hours last night for some reason but have started up again. The level is now at 560.57 and I can deal with that but it needs to be at 552 to create some surge capacity. I went diving for a bit and got my two walleye early this morning for opening day.  Visibility is not the best but good enough to get fish.  Many of them are on brush at 20-ft. Good to get under water again. Many times better than last year.  Blackburns has a dive boat for you to rent and a very nice dive shop 1/2 mile away. I will help you as to where to go. Fishing is still pretty good with red meat fish going deeper in 50-60 ft. and most everything else at the thermocline at 20-ft. Some large bass are a little deeper with the smaller ones shallower. Walleye are pretty much everywhere there is brush in the 20-ft. range and bait fish are present. The lake in general is in excellent condition. Blackburns still has cabins for $75/day for two people with no duplexes and all have covered porches. First normal sized boat stall is free as are trolling motors on pontoons. Come on down and let the children get in the big pool with slide. They will like it. Why pay more?

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The news is that the lake level is 560.81 and is dropping about 5-inches a day with continuous generation. The launches, parking, swim beaches and day use areas are now coming into play. This could have happened several weeks ago. It is dry here but we are getting showers about every day keeping things green. Several of Blackburns brush piles are at good levels and fish are on them. Especially bass and walleye. That is because the bait fish are there. Thousands of baby bass about an inch long. There are also many bass in the 9-12 inch range making for good fishing for years to come. Spear fishing season for Scuba Divers starts tomorrow and you can bet it will take an emergency to keep me from being out.  I know where the fish are. The walleye numbers are as high as I have ever seen them. The thermocline is at about 20-feet and if you can find brush at that depth there will be fish on them. Big ones too. Surface temperature remains in the mid 80's and the lake is in excellent condition for boating and swimming. Do not have too much expectaion for the water visibility at the thermocline but I am only reporting for the area from Tracy to Cranfield.  The water looks clear from the top but is not nearly that clear where the fish are but it is good enough for spearfishing. It does not matter for pole fishing.  Pole fishing is easier. Blackburns has the best prices on both cabins and rental boats and the biggest pool. Why pay more?

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 561.95 and they are generating about 1/2 the time. Newport is down to below 12-feet and there is no reason not to generate more out of Norfork. Table rock is normal and they are keeping it that way to protect Branson Landing. Just when they are getting to a level that does some good they slow way down. We need to be below 560 and now. This needs to be investigated. Nothing much has changed as far as fishing is concerned. Crappie are deep and in cold water about 30-feet down no matter what the water depth and most are still on shad. I am not finding many on brush. Walleye and bass are though. They are around the thermocline at 21-feet or just above in the mud line near the bottom with the bass a bit higher.  A few are in the cold water. Stripers have gone deeper as the water warmed and are around 50-ft. down suspended at several depths. The surface temperature is still 86 degrees and has not changed much lately. We are so busy with people taking advantage of our low cabin prices, low boat rental prices, largest pool in the area and free boat stalls that  I have not had a lot of time to go fishing. They really appreciate the big covered porches and all cabins separate with no duplexes.  I try to get out in the early morning for an hour or so to check out places when it is cool. It has been abnormally hot and dry for June and it is a good thing the pool is as large as it is with so many people using it. The children love the slide.  We need a rain.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The level is 562.24 and they quit generating for some reason early rhis morning.  Newport is at 12 feet. It would be really good to get it below 560 to open up roads, parking, launching and day use areas.  Maybe they will start again. We have been fortunate to have missed the big rains but we could use a little. It rained just a bit yesterday afternoon and settled the dust. We are dry. Crappie are in cold water in about 30-ft. on brush during the day and big ones too. Walleye are around the thermocline which is at 20-feet with the bass on cover. Stripers are deeper in 50-ft. and will continue to go down. Drop the spoon right on their head. Watch for top water fish early and late. Some big fish are being caught. Surface temperature is in the mid 80's and the lake in general is in good condition. Watch for some big floating logs. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 562.48 and dropping about 3-1/2 inches a day. Surface temperature is about 86 and the lake is in overall good condition. Walleye and bass continue to bite well and  are around the thermocline in cover at 19-23 feet. The spoon is working the best. Bink is catching a lot of fish and so is Scuba Steve. The brush piles are paying off and about two more feet of level drop and it will get better as well as the lake access and parking. 560 seems to be the magic number. There are still some big logs floating around out there and I do not advise being out on the lake after dark. You will tear something up.  We are getting dry again and need some rain but things are still green. Water clarity is normal for this time of year and a normal level whatever that is. Should be a good summer.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Big Pool is the place to be this summer. We have a big crowd and they love the slide. Lots of fun and no drama. Come on down. 30x60 and swim some laps.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Caught some of these today. Not sure what they are. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level has dropped 3.3 inches in the last 24-hours and has finally gotten back to where it was before last week's rain. They have been generating continuously and Newport is at 13-feet. It was cooler yesterday with less humidity and was beautiful. Very good weather scheduled for most of this week and a good time to visit Norfork Lake. Surface temperature remains about 86 and the lake is pretty clear and in overall excellent condition for fishing, boating and swimming. Walleye fishing is the best followed by bass, crappie, catfish and temperate bass (red meat fish) not much has changed otherwise since last week with some stripers moving to 50-ft deep and biting on the spoon and many others in 19-25 feet and roaming after the newly hatched very small shad. I will check out brush piles later. Some are coming into play but many others need about 5-ft. of level drop. Bink's Guide Service is really on the walleye and if that is what you want now is the time.  Both morning and evening. Use that 1/2 ounce spoon and drop it right on their heads. Soft plastics are working too. I will check for a thermocline and will not speculate until I know for sure. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 564.19 and has dropped a little over 3-inches in the last 24-hours. Just a couple of more inches and it will be back where it was before the rain last week. The generation has been continuous. There has been a good early morning bite and evening bite for almost all speces. A lot of nice walleye are coming in as are crappie, bass and red meat fish. Spoons, grubs, soft plastics and top water baits are all working. Get out early, take the middle of the day off and fish until sundown. Take the children out on the boat swimming during the day and teach them to water-ski instead of dragging them around. Our big pool has been full all week with a continuous line to the slide. You can get a one bedroom cabin for only $75 with a free boat stall for your boat. You can save a minimum of $30/day here and have a big flat playground  and covered porches. Why pay more?

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake is staining just a bit after the rain. It was much clearer. The creeks did it a day before. The lake level is 564.46 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with continous generation. Newport is at 13 feet so it is hard to predict what they will do. It needs to get to 560 for day-use areas to start opening up but the Corps is very slow cleaning up after areas are flooded. They could get to 560 in 18 days if they continue the generation and there is no heavy rain. Fishing was pretty good yesterday with several big spawned out crappie being caught. They were roughed up and bloody indicating it has not been very long since the spawn. Some smaller ones still have eggs. Several fish are in the 19-25 ft. range ourside the brush indication a thermocline. I will check it out as soon as i can get away from work. There should be one with this high of water temperature. It is not going down anytime soon with this hot weather. Walleye are schooled as are the bass and crappie and are in 19-25 feet and roaming. The very small shad are everywhere. Some stripers have already moved to deeper water (50 ft.) and are being caught on a spoon. Grubs and swim baits worked outside the brush are working well. Some nice fish were caught this morning. Check rates before you book. Some have raised their prices again. We will not charge you too much.

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Nice limit caught this morning.Image title

The lake level is 564.51 and has risen 6-inches in the last 24-hours. We received about 1-1/2 inch of rain last night at Blackburns with varying amounts around the area and a little under 2-inches in town. We needed it badly and it really greened things up nicely. At least they did not stop generating when the rain started like they usually do. We received a little less than the average rainfall for May and the springs rains were not excessive but the policy of hold and hope resulted in the lake being up 12-feet from normal. What ever that is. We should be at 552 no matter how they manipulate the numbers. The lake is in excellent condition for boating and swimming but some day-use facilities and camping areas are not open. Most resorts have no diminished services. Fishing is still pretty good with walleye and bass being the best and red meat fish next. A lot of fish are still in the brush on the old shoreline or just outside of it. I will check for the thermocline conditions soon and let you know. Surface temperature is now at 85-degrees and the main lake is clear and the creeks are stained a bit . Spooning is the best lure and there is still some early top-water action. Blackburns still has the best prices on both cabins and boats and the biggest pool. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. All of our cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have covered porches. You can sit out on the porch in the evening with no mosquitoes. That is nice. 

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Tom Stanton caught this monster yesterday on a chug bug. Image title

The lake level is 564.92 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours. As long as it is dry they should let some water out but who knows. They like to hold and hope. Newport is at 12+ feet. This was a very busy weekend with all of the cabins full for the entire weekend and several boats rented. Our big pool was full most of the time with people taking advantage of our low cabin rates and boat rentals. You can save $hundreds by staying here and compensate for the high gas prices. We will not charge you too much. If you just have too much money and like to pay,  stay here and donate the rest to disabled veterans.  Fishing remains pretty good with some big fish being caught of all speces. Water temperature is in the low 80's and perfect for boating and swimming. Everything is very green here with lots of flowers and wildlife. Most boat stalls are still free as are trolling motors on pontoons. All cabins are individual and all have covered porches. No duplexes.  

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Lake level is 565.29 and has dropped less than 1-inch in the last 24-hrs. The surface temperature is 82 degrees and the lake is in excellent condition. The lake is very busy and is good for swimming and boating. 

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They did not generate all night and the level at Newport is 10+ feet. We are still at 565.37 and it is dry here.  This is ridiculous. I guess they are holding and hoping that a tropical storm does not come up from the gulf in Louisiana, turn right in Oklahoma and sweep across Arkansas. That has never happened before. Oh, maybe it has? If it does, they can then open the gates and flood everything downstream. They like that. At least it appears they do. They were able to keep the level up for the holiday. They kept it up all summer last year. Is that how they measure success?  Call your representative. 

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Blade Street and Zach Leonard.  Welcome to Blackburns.Image titleImage title

Big fish at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. We know where they are.

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The lake level is 565.39 and rising with no generation since about dark last evening. The level is back where it was and has risen 3-inches since yesterday. They did start generating again just now. They are running Table Rock and keeping it at normal while letting the others rise. The level at Newport is now below 12-feet for no reason at all  and it looks like the Corps of Engineers are punishing us for some reason. You cannot let the government run anything. Someone has to be accountable. The main lake is clearing faster than the creeks in my area and the lake is in good condition for boating and swimming with the surface temperature approaching 80 degrees. The temperate bass fishing is good (red meat fish) as well as other bass. Catfishing is good and crappie are fair. A lot of people are catching some good fish. You have to get out there early to get the top water bite but when they go down trolling unbrellas and spooning is working well. Go part way back into the bays and start looking in 30-ft. I was hoping more of the beaches and day use areas woul be available for this weekend but it does not look good. They have had ample time to drop the lake.  Almost all of the resorts have full service. Some campers will be disappointed. It will be best to swim at the resort pools or dock or off a boat. There is some debris out there so boating after dark is not recommended by me. Let us have an accident-free weekend for a change. You can bet there will be a lot of law enforcement out there. Do not come on vacation and leave on probation. It is best to buy your fishing licenses on line at Arkansas Game and Fish. I sold licenses here for over 20-years but am no longer smart enough to do so. Sorry. More government.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 565.10 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours. There was rain in the area last night and it was very spotty. I received almost none and the area around Flippin received 1-1/2 inches. The level at Newport is below 12-ft. and they must be waiting for a big rain to get the lake levels right up there. They should have dropped 4 or 5 ft. by now. The main lake in this area is clearing again but is still stained a little green.  Not nearly what it was. Catfish are biting very well on trotlines with live bait. Flatheads are slowing down but channel cat are biting the best and big ones too. Up to 10-lbs. Smaller hybrids (in the 3-6 lb. range) and white bass are together schooled and can be caught on a jigging spoon after they go down in the morning.  There is a top-water bite most mornings early. Bass are still in the brush 14-18 ft. of water and so are the walleye. The lake surface temperature is in the high 70's and is excellent for swimming and boating. Call 870-492-5115 for a cabin. We will not charge you too much. I only have pictures of smaller fish, not worth posting. Nearly everyone is catching them. The overall numbers are high.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 565.17 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with generation about 3/4 of the time. They are still running Table Rock enough to keep the level normal. They have also cut the discharge down at Newport and seem to be trying to keep the level at 12-feet for some reason unbeknownst to anyone. It is a good thing we did not get the rain that passed through the Sprinfield, lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis areas. You can add luck to the strategy of hold and hope. Fishing remains pretty good with several red meat fish being caught but a lot of smaller ones. Not worth a picture. Crappie fishing has slowed but some are still being caught. The fish are all together in the brush on the old shore before the lake was allowed to rise in 14-18 feet of water.  Bass fishing is fair with a lot of smaller fish being caugh but some good ones too. Walleye fishing is also fair with more keeper fish taken than earlier.  Spoons, grubs, creature baits and swim bates are all working. It is very busy here with people taking advantage of our low prices and I have not had much time to fish. When I do I can usually go out for about an hour and catch a couple of 19-22 inch walleye. They are very healthy. The new thing is that the water from Red Bank to the 101 bridge has become stained green again for some reason. Looks like algae. The creeks too even though we have not had any runoff for a long time and are dry. It does not hurt fishing any though. The water has warmed to the high 70's and is good for swimming and boating. The thermocline will be forming soon. Blackburns still has a couple of openings for the upcoming holiday. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.  The big pool is filling. No need to stay at a plce with no pool or a small one. 

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Caught with Bink's Guide Service yesterday. Throw those 5-8 lb. ones back for the future. Image title

The lake level is 565.34 and has risen just a bit in the last 24-hours with alternating one and two generators running. The level at Newport has dropped to 11+ feet with decreased discharge and there is absolutely no reason not to drop the area lakes. They are running Table Rock just enough to keep it at normal level. Maybe if Newport runs dry they will let some out of the lakes. Hold and hope and keep Table Rock normal is the obvious plan. Everything is fine here at Blackburns with no diminished services one big rain would not be good. We continue to be dry but the last rain did green things up a bit. We have been irrigating the garden. The weather continues to be beautiful. Blackburns still has a couple of openings for the up-coming holiday and also has the best prices. You can launch your boat here, put it in a free stall (unless you bring a pontoon), park your trailer here and be done with it until you leave. Cannot get much better than that. Fishing is still pretty good with the water warming. I had a 76 degree temperature yesterday. The lake in general is in excellent condition but a few day use areas and camping spots are affected. Most resorts are not. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 565.35 and has risen from 565.23 after the 0.6 inches of badly needed rain. It all sunk in. They quit generating when the rain started even though the level at Newport dropped to below 12 feet but they have started again this morning. Whoever decided to keep the level at Newport to 12-ft and hold all of the lakes except Table Rock? I wish they were running for relection. We have been very lucky it has been very dry. The lake is in very good condition and scuba diving season is almost upon us. The best overall fishing tip is to fish behind, in and in front of the old shoreline in 14-18 ft. of water at all depths. Fish are from the bottom to near the top. Walleye bottom and bass near the top. Crappie are getting harder to catch and they are schooled and roaming. Both main lake and creeks are holding fish. Fish are surfacing most days but sometimes not very long in duration so do not bank your whole day on it. Get out early, take the middle of the day off, and fish until almost dark. You will catch fish.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The new news is that they have been generating heavily for the last 24-hours and the lake has dropped 3-inches and is at 565.38. Newport has dropped to 12-feet and we are very fortunate that we have not received a large spring rain. We are very dry but have a chance for some rain the next souple of days. None yet. Most of my brush piles are too deep now and there is not much reason for the fish to get on them with so much submerged brush and no thermocline yet. When the thermocline forms the fish will be right in it or just above. As the water warms and the thermocline gets deeper the fish will be right below it. It will form soon and I will let you know.  The shad and fry are in and just outside of the exposed brush where the shoreline was before the water rise in 14-18 feet and the big fish are with them. I am catching some nice walleye bottom bouncing a Lindy rig and nightcrawler. Set your trolling motor on low and using a long rod, go as fast as to keep spinner is working and keep dipping your rod up and down. I am fishing main lake cuts where there is exposed brush. White bass are on the flats on Mallard point. Crappie fishing is not as good as it was but some are with all of the other fish. They are catching several off the dock but I prefer to keep them for the children and handicapped people. They get fed well everyday with both catfish food (floating) and chicken feed (sinking). Soft plastic bass assassins (5-in.) either with a weighted nose hook or carolina rigged cast behind the brush and keeping the nose dropping as much as possible is working as are top water poppers. Spoons and anything small with a spinner are working for white bass. Please quit killing these 5-8 lb. small stripers and release them immediately. They are not big and do not dress out very well anyway. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental still has 1-bedroom cabins for $53/day and all are single units with no duplexes and all have covered porches. Ist boat stall free for normal sized boats. Come on down we will not charge you too much.

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Caught today with Bink.Image title

The lake level is 565.64 and they are generating just enough to match what is coming in from the river despite Newport being at 12+ feet. At least it is not rising now.  They continue to slow the discharge at Newport but continue to run Table Rock which is at a normal level. It thundered most of the night but my rain gauge is dry this morning but it is cloudy with a chance of rain for the next couple of days. We are very dry.  You would think that with the temperature near 90 for the last week that someone would need electricity but it does not seem to matter with the generation schedule as long as Table Rock is normal and Newport is nearly dry. The lake is pretty clear and is better than it has been for a few years and the overall fishing continues to be good. It looks good for scuba diving so far. White bass, hybrids, small stripers in the 5-8 lb. range, walleye and bass are all biting but are not jumping in the boat or are not on fire. Spooning for white bass is working very well right now and smallmouth bass are biting pretty well on creature baits. The water temperature is in the mid 70's and will be a good temperature for swimming for the holiday. Blackburns resort and Boat rental has no diminished services and still has a couple of openings for Memorial Day. Compare our prices before you book and watch for add-ons. Wide open spaces and big green playground. Nearly flat and good for kids and bikes. Big pool.

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Scott Mathewson from St. Louis with a nice one. good going Scott. One fine family. Happy they are here. Image title

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 565.69 and still rising slowly and they are not letting enough water out to match the river inflow despite it being very dry here and Newport has dropped to almost 14-feet. They have dropped the discharge down a bunch at Newport after they finally dropped Table rock back to normal to protect Branson. The flood level at Newport is 26-feet and we are not near that and they could be letting out a lot more. Rain is on the way next week. Hold and hope is not working. Someone needs to be fired. Blackburns resort and Boat Rental was nearly full last night and the dock was very busy with people cleaning fish. They were biting well yesterday. It is a good thing we have two fish cleaning stations. it seems the people that normally use campgrounds and day use facilities are now staying at resorts. The water is pretty clear and clean and is good for swimming with the surface temperature in the mid-70's. Debbie, Abby and Amy finished painting the 30x60 pool with slide and we will start filling it soon. It is the largest in the area and looks really nice. You will be able to swim in the pool, off the dock or from a pontoon boat. Not many other options. If you are obsessed with sand, the children can play in our large sand pile. You can still get a cabin for $53/day for two people. It is amusing to see people paying $30/day more for a cabin with no covered porch, paying for boat stalls and hauling gas to their boat to save money. Fishing is pretty good now with bass and crappie the best with walleye not far behind. I do not count white bass. Please release those small 5-8 lb. stripers. Top water bite for bass lasted all day yesterday part way back in the creeks. Many fish are just outside of the buckbrush at the old shoreline before they allowed the water to rise. 

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Lake level is 565.65 and still rising slowly with little generation.  Newport is now at 15-ft. and flood stage is 26 feet. They could be generating more but seem to be keeping things high for a big rain. It is a good thing it is very dry. Hold and hope, let the lakes rise (except for Table rock) to absolutely no one's benefit and then when the big rain comes open the gates and flood everyone below the dams out. What a plan.  Spring rains did not cause this, holding did. I found some 75 degree water on the main lake yesterday and we are no longer behind in heat units and the weather is very warm. The lake is as clear as it has been for a few years and shouild be good for scuba diving. The Martin boys, Alan Lenieus, Bart Vandervelde and Jim and Marlene Liesneski  are all catching fish. This is Jim's 70th year here at Blackburns.  I went out for about an hour fishing and caught walleye and bass for the pond. Fishing overall is pretty good but they are not in a frenzy, jumping in the boat or hot. I wish people would quit killing these 5-8 lb. stripers. They are not big and represent our future. This is the least amount of big fish that I have seen in years. A big fish is 30-lbs and a good one is 20-lbs. Let them grow and keep the white bass if you must. Fish are coming up in the mornings early but not every day and a lot of fish are on the old shoreline before the lake came up in 14-ft. of water in front of the buckbrush. Looks to be a good spawn this year. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 565.51 and rising with very little generation. It came up one inch in the last 24-hours and we are getting very dry again.  Newport is now at 16-ft. and they could be letting out a lot more.They are also reporting Norfork is only 37% full and we do not qualify for the 50% rule. Springs rains are not the cause of this, the policy of hold and hope is. Table Rock is still dropping with flood gates and heavy generation and is at normal height. There needs to be a water management shakeup and have the rules reviewed. They let Newport get down to 8-feet earlier and could have lowered the lake much earlier. The lake is clearer than it has been for several years but is not nearly as clear as the past. I remember scuba diving by Robinson Island in 30-feet of water and heard a boat come up by mine. I could look up and see his face. Those days have been gone for a while but it is much better than the last few years. It was so clear that is was bad for both spearfishing and pole fishing. Crappie are on the beds and so are some bass. Bass spawn up through June on Norfork. At least the lake has not risen or dropped radically so far during the spawn and it should be a good one with the water in the buckbrush providing cover for the fry. The lake surface temperature is in the early 70's and is about where it should be for this time of year. We are no longer behind on heat units. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is now 565.42 and still rising with very little generation. It came up 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They have cut Newport way down in discharge and also in level and is now at 17-feet. Could be much higher with no problem. They are still dropping Table Rock with heavy generation and open spillway gates and it's level is normal. Something wrong here. Really wrong. Are they saying we are not at 50% capacity? I know they changed that calculation to keep the lakes higher to keep Newport lower. Hold and hope. People caught a lot of crappie yesterday and they are on the spawning beds. Walleye are outside of buckbrush in 16-20 feet of water. Top water fish could come up at any time so be ready. Mostly in early morning at sunrise or evening. There is debris in the Pigeon Creek area and from Cranfield north. Fish in the backs of  creeks for crappie, around Cranfield Island for white bass and part way back in the major creeks for top water. It is getting dry here again andd we missed a good chance to get some rain this morning. It is sunny now and we received just a light misting. No rain predicted with very warm temperatures for the next week. We normally get about 4-inches of rain in May and have received 1.81 so far. We were a little below average for April. 

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Bart Vandervelde with one of several caught yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 565.30 and rising with very little generation. It is a good thing it is dry with no rain. They surely could not manage if it rained hard. They continue to run Table Rock heavily along with open spillway gates and it's level is dropping. Living on a lake below Table Rock is worse than living on a lake that is not hooked to the White River like Norfork. They continue their policy of hold and hope and it is not working.  I am really happy about the clarity of the water. It does not affect fishing much but will really be good for scuba diving which was almost non-existant last year when they held the water high until the fall and it never cleared all winter and spring. Bart Vandervelde and his wife Caroline are back and we are very happy to see them. Bart fishes top-water and releases all of his fish. They are our second longest repeat customers and we have a lot of them. Water temperature is now in the low 70's , fishing is fair and getting better and the weather is great with highs near 90. Crappie are spawning, bass are moving on the beds and White bass are near Cranfield Island. There is a top-water bite some mornings at sunrise in the backs of major creeks but not every day yet. Things are starting to rev up. Flowers, birds and wildlife are everywhere. Blackburns is a bird sanctuary and we have a lot of birds of all kinds. Purple martins are back and I saw a road runner yesterday and some big tom turkeys. I have never seen so many grossbeaks, orioles  and finches. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 565.13 and rising with no current generation and has risen about 3-inches in the last 24-hours.  Newport has dropped to 19-feet and they have cut the discharge down there. Flood stage at Newport is 26-feet.  Hold and hope and then open the gates and flood everything downstream seems to be the master plan along with protecting Branson. It clouded up yesterday and wanted to rain but we received just a few big drops. It is beautiful today with a good chance of rain later this week and very warm with highs near 90. Tom stanton brought in some nice stripers and hybrids he caught on Top water. The surface water temperature is rising and is near 70 in the shallow backs of creeks. That is the place to be now for crappie. Around any exposed wood. Blackburns has several long time repeat customers in now and it is friends week. Welcome all. The weather is cooperating so far. We like it here when things are busy. We will not charge you too much. Get out there at 6:AM in the backs of the major creeks and throw a creature bait to the bank until you see fish coming up and throw a  spook or spitin image just past them and walk the dog. You will catch fish. If they are too far away cast a spoon and hop it back, keeping it from sinking as much as you can. This is the fun time of year. Blackburns Resort and Boat rental has no diminished services and the lake is very clear. Getting ready for a good scuba season. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 564.58 and has risen 5-inches in the last 24-hours with very little generation. They are running Table Rock very heavily and also opened some spillway gates to keep it stable to protect Branson and the Landing. They have also increased the discharge at Newport and the level there is approaching 19-feet. If they had done this a few months ago when it was 8-ft. would have shown a little bit of foresight. The average rainfall for this area in April is 4.84 inches and we received just under that this year. Hold and hope and then open the gates, like they did last year and in 2008 just does not work for anybody. Draw down in the winter and generate when it rains might help. This is a management problem. This warm weather and warming water conditions are creating an increase in action for fishing. Catfish are biting on jugs and trotlines, crappie are in the backs of the creeks and the males are preparing for a spawn, bass are moving to the banks to make a nest, walleye are on the bottom in 20-ft. in their normal places, the water level is in the buckbrush making for good cover for spawning fish and the top-water bite is beginning. Things will just get better from here. Everything is fine here at Blackburns with the creeks stained a bit from the rain and the main lake is pretty clear. The overall conditions are good and people are catchiung fish every day. You can launch here, park your trailers here, move your boat to a free boat stall and go fish. Can't beat that. And all for the best prices.  

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A lot of fish were caught today at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. We are nearly full and people are taking advantage of the low cabin rates, boat costs and free boat stall. It is amusing to see people paying $30-50/ day too much on an inferior cabin with no covered porch and hauling gas to their boat to save money. You can almost cover all of your travel costs just by staying here regardless of gas prices. Blackburns is in the middle of the best walleye and crappie fishing, let alone bass. That is why we are full and others are nearly empty. Some are loyal to their resort owners even if their money is going is going to Jamaica vacations, new cars, new trucks, new personal boats. All of our profits go to improvements. Just check us out. Lake level is 564.18 and still rising but they are generating now. Thank you. Please quit hold and hope and let as much water out as possible.  Fishing is getting better every day. Lake looks good. Stop the rise.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 563.83 and rising and has risen 13 inches in the last 24-hours after a total of about 2.7 inches of rain. There is no generation and the level at Newport remains at 14-feet. It seems the only ones surprised about it raining in the spring here are the Corps Of Engineers. Their policy of hold and hope is not working again. The creeks run hard for several hours but have settled down now. The entrances of the creeks to the lake are muddy but the rest of the lake is in good condition. I am really glad to see the water finally clearing up, and it is doing so nicely. A lot of fish are in the backs of the creeks including crappie and bass but the season is about a month behind. The best fishing is ahead. The surface temperature remains in the mid 60's depending on where you look. The weather forecast does not look for much rain in the next week and should be good for this weekend. The crop of walleye look very good for this year with several showing up on the main lake in 20-ft. of water near the bottom and coming shallow in the late evening. Spoons during the day and soft plastics late.  Bass fishing is fair but the talk about fish on the bed are exaggerated. Those rumors have persisted since the Bass Cat tournament. The spawn has not begun in earnest for many sports fish. Walleye, yes.   It is very clear near the shore and I am seeing few beds but several big ones are staging in deeper water off the bank especially under docks. Talk about a good top water bite is also exaggerated. Some red meat fish are schooled and can be caught near the surface on shad early and late for a short period of time.  Mostly whites and smaller hybrids. When the threadfin shad spawn the top water fishing will dwarf any that is happening now. 


Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Bink with a couple of yesterday's catch in his new boat.Image title

Lake level is 562.75 and rising with last night's rain. We receiced about 0.6 inches and we were very dry.  They quit generating just before the rain started. The surface temperature is in the mid 60's back in the creeks where the fish are. A very few crappie are making nests but many more are in 15-ft. of water. A lot of people are fishing too shallow for them. One group caught 25 nice ones yesterday and have been catching them all week. Some walleye are coming in also and are in 20-ft. of water on the bottom.  Blackburns has two cabins open so come on down and join the fun. It is very busy here and people are appreciating the covered porches in the rain today.  No need to stay inside. Good morning to rig your poles. Looks to be good weather starting tomorrow.  Flowers are blooming, birds and wildlife are everywhere and the grass is green. You can get a cabin for $53/day for two people. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. The water is clearing nicely and it could be a good year for Scuba Diving. I sure hope so. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 562.62 and is stable for the last 24-hrs with one generator running. I am not saying we are too high but we are too high for this time of year and they will not allow for a cushion for a big rain. Let more water out boys.  The lake is actually in good condition and the creeks and main lake are both clearing. The surface temperature in Blackburns Creek is 64 drgrees as of 6:pm this evening. I am not much for predictions, because most of the people making them have not been here long enough to do so, but with the weather forecast and what is happening now, the top- water bite is ready to start in earnest. Get in your position before sunrise and be ready with your spook or spitin image. Use a soft plastic before then. A good top-water fisherman can lure them up from several feet down before they break the surface. It looks like there will be no spring and go directly to summer. I do not try to lure you here to make money and do not often do this but this is the time to get here. Good things are about to happen. If you do not want to pay too much better reserve at Blackburns resort and Boat rental Now. Fun times are here. You can park here, launch here and have a free boat stall. 870-492-5115

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 562.60 and still rising with no generation for 24-hours. It is getting dry here and I am irrigating the garden. It has not rained for a week and they will not even let enough water out to keep up with the normal river inflow. They are still running Table Rock though to protect Branson and the landing which is below normal now. The rules of dam management need to be reviewed. They have had ample time to drop these lakes. The level at Newport was down to 8-feet this winter. Hold and hope. The rules of how to calculate the percentage of how full the lakes are has changed for some reason to keep it below 50%. The government should not be allowed to manage anything. Somebody surely needs some slectricity somewhere. The lake itself is in excellent condition and warming. It is creeping into the 60's and the gizzard shad should start spawning soon and then the threadfin and then the topwater bite will begin in the mornings just when the sun comes up. Time to get those spooks and spittin image lures tuned up.  Walleye are in their spring places about 20-ft. deep and several were caught yesterday. White bass, crappie, smaller bass, walleye and catfish are all being caught everyday. Fishing is overall fair but getting better. Blackburns still has cabins for $53/day and a free stall for your boat. All cabins have covered porches and no duplexes. No extra charge for trolling motors on pontoons and you do not have to go elsewhere to launch your boat. Best place, best price. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer, you are paying too much. Call 870-492-5115.

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The Fortino group is back and caught fish as soon as they arrived. Nice fish.Image title

The lake surface temperature has now reached the low 60's. The water is clearing and the level is pretty stable with no rain for several days and we are getting dry here again. They missed a good chance to drop the lake. The big flathead catfish have moved part way back into the creeks and can be caught on live bait. Pole and line, jugs and trotlines are all working. This bite will just last a short time so this is time. Flatheads are the last to spawn and feed heavily this time of year. The blue and channel will move in soon but will go further back in the creeks especially after the bluegill spawn. Things are changing fast now.  Stay tuned.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 562.40 and still rising with little generation. I hope we do not get a big rain because it will not be a surprise to anyone except the people who manage the dams. They seem to get tricked about 3 out of five years. They miss out on a lot of opportunities to lower the lake when they can. Hold and hope. The water temperature is approaching 60 degrees on the main lake and a little more in the backs of the creeks in shallow water. If the sun is shining the shad are in the backs of the creeks and get shallow looking for warmer water in the late afternoon. The white bass and smaller bass are there too and push them to the top. This does not mean the top water bite is starting. It starts in earnest  when the shad spawn and that is about 65 degrees or higher. The threadfin spawn several times a year. It is a good place to be though to catch some fish. I am not much into white bass fishing but they are better than nothing. A lot of nice crappie are being caught on the bank back in the creeks on grubs, jigs and minnows near any exposed wood. The shoreline in the creeks is pretty clear and several bass are staging under my dock both big and little. We have a few days to go before spawn even if it does warm up. The north wind has been very persistent. The back of Blackburns creek is full of spawning carp and they are causing a big rukus.  It is very tough to predict when things will happen. You just have to be out there when it does. It will.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 562.09 and still rising with very little generation. They are still running Table Rock even though it is below normal. Newport level is 15 ft. and they could be generating a lot more if they wanted to and are missing a good chance to at least hold levels. The lake surface temperature is still in the high 50's and is very stubborn about raising. The main lake is clearing but the creeks are not. The new things that have just happened are the crappie have moved to the banks in the back of the creeks and are biting well on grubs, jigs and minnows,big ones too. The spawn is just starting. The carp have moved to the back of Blackburns creek and are everywhere and they too have begun spawning. Good time for bow hunters. Flatheads have moved to part way back in the creeks and feeding on shiners and perch. Smaller white bass are everywhere and schooled. Go to point 6-B and look around in 40-45 ft of water 25-ft. down.  Hundreds were also caught yesterday on the spoon and rooster tails. Soft plastics are working for walleye and they are on the main lake near points but not on them in 20-ft.  Bass fishing is just fair and the night bite for stripers is over and was not very good anywhere. When the shad spawn the top water bite will start.  This usually happens April 15th and is late as is everything else. A lot of fish were caught yesterday.

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Debbie caught some good ones yesterday. It is raining now but is to be nice after this. Lake still rising with no generation but they are still running Table Rock which is below normal level. Hold and hope. Hold and hope. Water temperature is now 59 again in the creek. Let out some water boys. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Lake level is 561.6 and rising. Let some water out boys. The lake is not too high but we need some surge capacity. Yes you can launch at Blackburns.  Hold and hope does not work. We need some different people to manage the lake levels.  Draw down in winter and generate when it rains.  Duh. Some nice walleye were brought in today and thank Mike Eakle and his friends for donating a bucket full of walleye, crappie, bass and blue gill for the Tom Kelly Trophy pond. It is full of big fish. Male crappie have moved in to Briar, East Pigeon and Pigeon to prepare for spawn. I think spring might be here. Beautiful day today. It is busy here at Blackburns and we like it that way. Why pay more?

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The lake level is 561.13 with just a bit of generation and it is creeping up. We received 1.7 inches of rainfall.  They have cut overall generation way down and the level at Newport has dropped to 15-feet on their way to the mythical magic level of 14-ft. They continue to run Table Rock though. Hold and hope is not working. It did not work last year and is not working this year. They seem to be betting on an instant replay. Bink caught a lot of fish yesterday and is out with another of Blackburns Guests again today.  He takes out about 100 trips with our customers a year and it has been a very good long-term relationship. The vast majority of them come back happy. The surface temperature is still in the 57 degree range and is very stubborn about moving up. The water is still stained. Crappie, bluegill and catfish have moved in under the dock and I will put in a trot line when I get time. Some male crappie have moved to the bank in the creeks and walleye are coming in regularly from the main lake in about 20-ft. of water on the spoon. The normal high is 72 and we should get there in a couple of days and the weather outlook for the weekend looks good. Mushrooms are out and the rain brought up more. it is very busy here and we appreciate our loyal customers and do not try and see how much we can get away with charging them but have a policy of continued improvement. All of our profits go right back into the business.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake Norfork lake chamber bass tournament was successful yesterday with 50 boats entered but only 25 boats weighed in and only 11.26 lbs won. I thought it would be more as several guests at the resort caught a lot of fish. There were a lot of boats in the back of Blackburns creek all day. The lake level is still rising and is at 560.62 and it is raining and the creeks are starting to run. Still no generation here but they are running Table Rock. The level at Newport has dropped to 16-ft. and they could be generating if they wanted to. Looks like they are heading to that magic number of 14-feet that nobody knows where it came from. I wish the person managing the dam was an elected office. The same water that approached 60 yesterday had dropped to 57+ today. Blackburns is packed with people taking advantage of the low Cabin and boat rental prices along with the free boat stall with your cabins. They really like the big covered porches on these rainy days. We do not allow smoking in the cabins but we do on the porches. 

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The lake level is 560.56 and rising with rain on the way. They have dropped the level at Newport to 16-feet and it continues to drop. They could generate a lot more but continue their strategy of hold and hope. Table Rock continues to generate and Norfork has been shut down for almost 24-hours. Go figure. The water color in my area creeks has turned a little greenish brown for some reason. White bass continues to be the best bite with Bink's catching a bunch yesterday. Bass fishing is fair with many small ones. Crappie are slow. I had a 60-degree surface water temperature in Blackburns Creek yesterday and that means things are about to happen. When the shad spawn, the top water bite will begin. The nights are still too cold to allow for any rapid warming. 

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Rick Saari from Lansing, Michigan Caught some good ones with Bink yesterday.Image titleImage title

Fishing is still a little slow except for some white bass, smaller bass and short walleye. I informed them that walleye must be 18-inches and they released it. Do not take pictures of short fish just release them. Bink did catch several yesterday including hybrids and the guys had a good time. The lake level is 560.46 and still rising a bit despite the dry conditions. Newport has dropped to 17-ft. and they could run more if they wanted to.  They continue to drop Table Rock even though it is below normal. Step Child Norfork needs some respect too. They did start generating about an hour ago after being shut down for all day and night. The lake will just not clear up.  It starts to and then turns green again.  This is not bad for fishing but I am concerned about Scuba Diving conditions later. Things have not been the same since they kept the lake high all last year. These cold nights will not allow the surface temperature to rise much. It warms a bit during the day in the shallow water and then cools again at night. The top water bite will start when the shad spawn but that has not happened yet. We are still in a transition but the fish want to spawn bad. I hate sending people after white bass but if that is all you can catch you got to do what is necessary. At least there are a few hybrids and stripers with them. The walleye have spawned and are moving back down stream into their normal spots and will move onto the flats and main lake points in May. I am just not getting any big ones yet. Crappie are scattered all over the place but mostly still on shad but a few are on brush in warmest water shallow. The males will move into Briar, east pigeon and pigeon soon on the bank. Should have happened by now.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Tom Stanton  and crew with the Mendralla brothers from Cedar Ridge, Colorado with some nice fish caught yesterday. Image title

The lake level is 560.37 and rising with no generation for the last 24-hours. More rain is coming Saturday night.  They are still running Table Rock although it is below normal. Go figure. Newport has dropped to 18-ft. and they can run more if they want to. Hold and hope is the plan as long as Branson is not affected. $. Bass fishing is pretty tough and just a few crappie are coming in as well as a few walleye. You can catch some white bass and a few hybrids but those are for people that cannot catch anything else. I am glad they are there though.  Fish want to spawn bad and this warm weather will bring some to the bank in the creeks especially with some warm nights in the 60's. The main lake surface temperature is having a hard time getting out of the 50's but the backs of the creeks warmed the last day and 1/2. The lake is still stained green but the creeks are clearing next to the bank.  Tom Stanton and his crew caught some very nice stripers yesterday trolling umbrellas in the Float Creek area. Tom knows how to do this and catches a lot of fish. It requires a lot more technique than just hooking up a rig and dragging it in order to be successful. Blackburns has several customers that do this successfully. Mushrooms are out. Captured some yesterday. They go well with fried taters, onions and crappie. Blackburns still has one bedroom cabins for $53 and one regular sized boat stall free with your cabin. We do not charge for trolling motors on pontoons and all cabins have covered porches with no duplexes and plenty of boat and trailer parking.Why pay more?

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught fishing with Bink yesterday. I do not know what kind of fish it is but am glad to see some coming in.Image title

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake is still rising with no generation. Still running Table Rock. Has come up 1-1/2 inches in the last 4-hours. Cold today and tonight with some relief tommorrow. Bink caught some good ones today.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

One of several caught fishing with Bink.  Too cold for me. Still no generation. Lake is still rising

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

They quit generating this morning and the lake has risen 5-inches in 24-hours and is 559.85 and right back where it was.  Still Running Table Rock though even though it is below normal. Got to take care of Branson. It is cold and gusty today and should be better tomorrow. Found some suspended fish yesterday in 40-ft. of water but they were only white bass. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake is still rising but they started both genertators about two hours ago. Yea. Please leave them on for a while. 26.23 pounds won the Bass Cat tournament. Not too bad. Bink took out another of our guests today and caught some good fish. He almost always does. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

We received about 2-inches of rain last night and they shut off all generation about the time the rain started and the lake has risen about 5-inches. The level is now at 559.33. It does rain in the spring here boys. They continue to drop Table Rock. There needs to be a review of the dam management policies. They have had a month to drop the lakes. Holding and hoping is not a strategy. The Bass Catters were able to get in a full day yesterday and have good weather for today. We wish them well. I watched part of the weigh-in yesterday and  14.6-lbs. was brought in but the last flight had not arrived yet. There were 392 two man teams. That was a good turnout.  It was a windy afternoon. We will get the lake back later on today but there is another tournament next Saturday. The cold weather for tonight and tomorrow will not warm the lake any. We are still stuck in the 50's for lake temperature. The weather rollercoaster continues with cold fronts continually coming in and adversely affecting fishing. This is early March weather. Our normal high is 70.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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It was windy yesterday afternoon and people seemed to catch more bass. Surface water temperature is still 55-56 degrees on the main lake and it is not moving much, even with the warm weather the last couple of days. It is to get cold again Sunday and the rollercoaster continues. The lake level is at 558.82 and has dropped about 4-inches in the last 24-hours. The new news is that they have closed the spillway gates and one generator cutting the discharge way down. This comes on the eve of the threat of storms and heavy local rain this evening and night. Go figure. Saturday looks good though. It is not windy now but it is to hit this afternoon. Not uncommon for April. The lake level needs to be at 552 this time of year to create some surge capacity for the spring rains. We are fortunate that it has been dry for several days. They have dropped the lake about 1.2 feet from it's high of about 560. I got some good fishing reports from Bass Catters yesterday saying fishing was improving. I went out for a while in the afternoon when the wind layed just a bit and caught some good crappie and bass. Took a bucket full to the trophy pond. All female fish were full of eggs and they want to spawn bad. The main lake is clearing just a bit but is still stained. I hope the Bass catters get in a good day before the weather moves in. They deserve it. It is about noon now and everything is good. Swim baits and grubs overall with crank baits on wind blown banks on shallow flats. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Tom Kelly with a nice striper caught and released yesterday afternoon.Image title

The lake level is 559.18 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hrs with the equivilent of both generators running. The rivers wanted minimum flow and now they are getting it. The wind is susposed to come up friday afternoon and maybe heavy local rain continuing until Saturday morning.  We will see. It is getting dry again and we can take some without raising the lake. The sunshine and warmth raised the temperature in the creeks a bit yesterday but the main lake is still in the mid 50's. Bait fish are wanting to spawn. Gizzard shad spawn at 64-69, threadfin at 67-70 and spawn several times a year, Bluegill at 68-75 and carp at 65-70. When these fish spawn and the bait moves to the brush for cover is when the fishing gets good and the top-water bite also gets good.  We are not near that and the cold front coming in the first of the week will not help. There is a lot more action in the creeks in the evening now and some Kentuckys were coming up last night. Not very big though. Tom Kelly caught a nice striper at the mouth of the creek between the brush pile and the bank on a spoon and released it under the dock. It was by itself. Most bass fishermen are not doing that well but pre-tournament people do not talk very much about success. Some crappie have moved into middle pigeon and the creek to the south before you turn to go to the 201 bridge. Things are wanting to happen and could happen quickly. That is why a week old fishing report is no good. Especially in the spring. Blackburns is full now with people taking advantage of the low price ($53/day) for a one bedroom and ample trailer parking and free boat stall. We have a few open for next week. Bass Catters watch out for the wind and storm Friday afternoon. Nothing is worth an accident. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is dropping more quickly with one generator running continuously and 5 spillway gates open 1-ft. to release water without going through the other generator. I am glad the lake is dropping but question why they are wasting the water and the money. I think it might be to test the gates. They did it at Table Rock a few days ago.  The lake level is 559.50 and has dropped over 4-inches in the last 24-hours. We will see what they do when the 15th gets here and they are susposed to regulate the level at Newport to 14 feet.It is over 21 feet now. We need to be at 552. Fishing was difficult yesterday unless you were fishing for white bass and cannot catch anything else.  They are quite easily caught now on spoons and rooster tails and a few smaller hybrids are mixed with them as usual. Big stripers are still scarce. Carp are moving to the back of creeks to get ready for spawn. The water will just not warm up. The weather is to be warm for a few days and then get cold again with a low pressure moving in Friday and a cold front Sunday. You know the fish are looking for warmer water and the shallow parts of the creeks warm more quicly and they cool more quickly in the fall. I am seeing no bass on beds yet but the water is very stained green. The very edges of the creeks are clearing a bit, but I am not into sight fishing on beds.  The male crappie want to move to the creeks bad but I am not finding any there yet. The ones I am catching are still on the places that they have been all winter. The calendar is causing the fish to get more active rather than the water temperature. I wish the Bass Catters well and good weather but Friday does not look good. Maybe the forecasters are wrong. I do not think spinner baits and crank baits will win this tournament. Grubs for smallmouth are working pretty well. Norfork has a lot of 4-lb. smallmouth. I saw some white bass coming up in the back of Blackburns creek last evening. It is not warm enough for the shad to spawn though.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 559.86 and they have been reporting it wrong by about 1/2 foot until the last couple of days. They are also reporting opening one of the spillway gates equivalent to about another generator but I cannot confirm this. The lake is dropping very slowly and it just does not look like it is happening. They slowed Table Rock down a bit now that it is back to normal. The step child Norfork gets the left overs. We are lucky it has been dry for a while but more rain is coming Friday. The lake is in pretty good condition but is stained green. You can catch some smallmouth on the bank with a grub and the rest of the time I am still spooning. There are several small stripers being caught and just a very few big ones(over 20-lbs). I am not sure they are there. People are killing these 3-5 lb. stripers and think they are big. They are not. Please release them. After you cut out the red meat there is not much left of them anyway. I have never seen so many pictures of small fish. Blackburns is filling up for Bass Cat and I wish them good fishing. The weather does not look good for Friday. We are still on the weather rollercoaster with warm for tomorrow and cold again Sunday. The water temperature just will not warm up and the fish are wanting to spawn bad. Some years we just do not have any spring and we go straight to summer. This may be one. These cold fronts and cold nights kill the fishing and it takes a few days to get better and then it happens again. This has been the case for several weeks. Drop the lake a bit and warm up and things will be fine. I pick my day for fishing but the tournaments are fixed and have to take what they get. I am fortunate to live here and be able to just go down and get into my boat and be gone in 5-minutes during the best conditions and do not have to push the issue. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

It was nice yesterday afternoon and the high hit 50. It is cloudy today and about the same temperature. The lake surface temperature is actually dropping with the cold nights and is in the lower 50's. The lake has dropped just a bit to 559.52 with one generator running continuously. Table rock is still running everything and also have the flood gates open. They are wasting water already but that does not matter if they can keep the Branson Landing from getting high. They get a lot of flack for that and only have a few days before the planting season starts and the regulation is to keep Newport at 14 feet. It was cold yesterday morning for the Cystic Fibrosis tournament but the small amount of snow we received in the morning was gone by noon. The tournament was very successful with 225 boats entered and the winners caught 14.5 lbs. It now rivals the bass cat for entries and would have been more with nicer weather. It is a good cause. I did not go out yesterday as boats were continuously coming in and out of my favorite spots. Blackburns still has one cabin available for Bass cat and have the best prices. You can get a one bedroom cabin for $53/day for two people. It looks to warm up very soon.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is stable with one generator running at 559.57. They are busy dropping Table Rock. Fishing was good yesterday until about 5:PM when the wind shifted to the north and blew hard. The tempertature dropped steadily after that. The weather continues to be a rollercoaster with 70 one day and high 40's the next. The water just will not warm up and the fish are all ready to spawn. It looks like things will finally shape up later this week. We mowed the yard yesterday. It is good to have the catfish biting. About time for the trotline. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 559.58 and stable with one generator running continuously. More rain is on the way tomorrow night and they are missing out on a good chance to drop the lake. They are going to want to plant rice and soybeans in the delta soon and generation will slow way down. With spring rains not even started yet there needs to be some foresight in dam management and a review of rules. The minimum flow took away 1.75 feet of lake capacity for the put and take trout and this did not help. Again all about the money. Fishing was good yesterday with a lot of people catching a lot of fish. The Evetts family from Raymondville, Mo. are here and went north near Udall.  Jackson and Stetson found a clear creek and caught a lot of nice bass. All were full of eggs and were released. They were using swim baits. Welcome Evetts. Bink took out guests from Vancouver and they caught over 100 fish and had a great time. Scuba steve caught a bucket full of big crappie and relocated them to the trophy pond. They also were full of eggs. It is busy here at Blackburns with people taking advantage of our low prices on cabins, boat rentals and free stall for their boat. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. We have no duplexes and all cabins have covered porches. This and spawn time are good times to practice catch and release. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 559.42 and is rising much slower with one generator running for the last 24-hrs. They must have located the on and off switch. We need both on.The lake is clearing, mostly near the shore and the surface temperature is still in the mid 50's as it has been for several weeks. It just will not warm up. There is to be some very cold nights coming up and it is not likely to rise anytime soon. This is for you Bass Catters whose tournament is the 13th and 14th of this month: Bass fishing is really picking up. I and several others are catching both largemouth and Kentuckys in creeks just off the main lake inside points near the bank. Some good ones too. Smallmouth have slowed way down from where it was.  I am convinced you will catch a lot of fish. I am using a small grub as usual but many are using texas rigged plastic worms. There are always the crankbait fishermen. The fish are full of eggs but I do not expect many of them will be on beds by the 13th or not nearly as many as usual. A lot can change before then though but the ambient temperature is to be below normal for several days with cold nights, very cold. Our normal high is 67 and low is 44. Water clarity is very stained but there is no brown water. The weather is still rollercoasting with a lot of cloudy days. Good luck. Blackburns still has two cabins available and has the best prices unless you just want to pay too much elsewhere. 870-492-5115. The night bite for stripers is on. Get out early in the evening to get the good places. A lot of people know where they are. Make sure your stick bait is running true. 5-inch suspending. Walleye are biting on shadowy banks before dark on soft plastics. The Cystic Fibrosis bass tournament is this Saturday. These boys know to catch pre-spawn bass and put on a good tournament. Very good cause. I bet they do well. 16-lb. Prediction.  

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James Soltysiac caught some good ones this morning. More too. Good going James. He likes that grub. So do I.Image title

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Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Tom Stanton Can catch those stripers.Image title

Mike Eakle with some pretty good ones.Image title

Dennis Byrd with a handfull. More too.Image title

The lake level is 558.82 and has risen 8-inches in the last 24-hours with absolutely no generation for 2-1/2 days. Do not forget Norfork is here boys. They are still running Tablerock hard to protect Branson and the money. The White River at Newport is now 20-ft. and could be at 24. Fishing was good yesterday with many big fish being brought in. It was very busy here at Blackburns and the Easter egg Hunt was a big success. We like children here and have lots for them to do.  The lake surface temperature is still about 55 and does not have much chance of rising in the next few days. It is cool here today with highs in the 40's. Spring is very slow coming. Blackburns is nearly full and others are nearly empty is not only because of our high rate of return customers but the price. You can save $27/day or more on a 1-bedroom cabin and a minimum of over $130/week. For a two bedroom it is $40/day or $200/week. If you add on extras for your boat stall and trolling motors for pontoons you are looking at some seroius $. We are not here to see how much we can get by charging you. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 558.11 and has come up 9-inches in the last 24-hours with no generation. They are Running Table Rock hard to protect Branson. It is all about the money. They caught a lot of flack for the landing flooding last year and are doing all they can to not let it happen again. Norfork lake is muddy again in the Red Bank area with some debris. It is ok in this area with lake visibility down about 3-feet and just some small stuff and leaves in the water on the main lake. The sunshine helped slow the water rise but more rain is predicted. The creeks have stopped running but some is still coming down the hillsides. The fishing was pretty good with several big crappie, some keeper bass and some good stripers and hybrids being caught. Tom Stanton caught some good ones trolling an umbrella this morning.   The weather rollercoaster continues with warm weather one day and cool the next. The rain did not raise the water temperature this time and it is still at 56 and very slow rising. The calendar is bringing the fishing around more than the water temperature. The crappie were full of eggs with blood lines and are ready to spawn any time. A few walleye were caught yesterday near the bank. Things are coming around but slowly. Blackburns has some good fishermen in now and are bringing in fish everyday but it is not easy. Pictures to follow. Big Easter egg hunt here this afternoon. Wish you were here. We do not raise our prices in April. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 557.31 and has risen 2-ft. in the last 24-hours with one generator running most of the time. I am really surprised it rained in the spring. We received a total of about 5-inches in two days and the creeks run hard for most of the day with them being brown to where they meet the main lake. It is beautiful today with more rain coming later. The level at Newport has risen to 17 feet and they are running the white river chain hard. My creek is very brown. Paul Ahren is here with some friends and they did well catching some very large crappie in the Red Bank area. Always nice to see them again. Blackburns 13th annual Easter Egg hunt is tomorrow and I hope it does not rain it out. It gets bigger every year despite the children growing up. Some of them that used to hunt are now hiding eggs.  We now have all of the cabins open for the spring and are not turning any more guests away so come on down. Our price is still $53/day for a 1-bedroom and we do not raise our prices until Memorial Day. Some raise theirs April 1st. so be very carefull. You can wind up paying way too much. We have many flowers and will have to mow the grass soon. April is filling up fast with people taking advantage of our low prices on both cabins and rental boats. I am seeing a few fish coming up. It will not be too long. The crappie were in 25-ft. of water 10-feet down. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 557.31 and has risen 2-ft. in the last 24-hours and the creeks run hard most of the day. They run one generator most of the time. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 554.68 and has risen about 10-inches in the last 24-hrs. It would have stabilized but they shut off the one generator. The level at White River at Newport is 9-feet and I cannot understand why they are determined to raise Norfork. We are like the bastard child and have no respect. I suggest impeachment of the decision makers at the Corps of Engineers. Everything is about politics and the money. Change the rules. Everytime the lake rises there is more debris that has been stuck by the last flood that is broken loose. Be carefull and especially after dark. Blackburns has several good fishermen in now and they are moving to the Pigeon Creek area and Red Bank area to catch big crappie. I sent some to a good area and they did well. Blackburns price is still $53/day for a 1-bedroom cabin. We take care of our regular customers and welcome new friends and will not charge you too much. You must really check prices. Some are actually raising their prices this weekend and are empty. They also charge for boat stalls and trolling motors on pontoons. We do not. Check us out. We are not huddled up on a hillside and have 28 acres. 30-boats to rent at best prices. Green flat payground and 150 Meg internet. 


Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake has risen about 7-inches in the last 24-hours. The level is now 554.27 and they started one generator last afternoon at 4:PM and it is still on. Finally. The creeks are running, but not very fast and we received just over 2-inches of rain. It was dry so a lot of it sunk in. It really greened up the grass and lots of trees and flowers are blooming. It is to be rainy for most days except Friday but not a lot is expected and you should not get rained out fishing for very long. It is also to be cool  during the day and cold again at night with lows in the 30's on clear nights. Our normal high is 63 but we will be hard pressed to reach that this week and early next week. Spring is slow coming and so is the water temperature. Fishing is the same and not the best. You can catch some but have to work for them. A lot of people are pounding the bank for bass and not getting very many. A few are there though but the water is still too cold. I am still spooning brush at 25-ft and catching bass and crappie and not much else. Bink is catching some walleye.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is now over 553.60 and still rising with no generation. The White River level at Newport is now at 7-feet (nearly dry) and heavy rain is coming. There is absolutely no reason for this except for bad management. Let some water out boys and show some anticipation. It rains in the spring. Get us down to 550 and get some surge capacity into the system. The weather is still cool, especially at night and the lake surface temperature is staying stubbornly low. It is not over 50 in the Big Creek area and has been 55 in the Red Bank area for several weeks. Bink tried the night bite for stripers and had no luck. The 31st is the blue moon and I still say the stripers will move to the bank to simulate a spawn at night by then. They will do it sometime for sure. The walleye and crappie being caught are still full of eggs as are the bass. April 15th is when the top-water bite usually happens on a regular basis. The big bluegill and catfish have moved in under Blackburns Dock and that is a good sign. When the big schools of smaller ones move in shallow is what I look for to indicate the male crappie are on the bank in the Pigeon Creek and Briar Creek area, which has some of the best crappie fishing on the lake. Fishing is not the best now but a few brush piles are still holding fish that have not been caught off. Some places hold some bigger fish all year, and when they are caught they are gone. Others serve as temporary places for roaming fish and can be full of them or empty.  That is where the night fishing with a light becomes very effective and draws in the shad and fish chasing them. Things are getting better and the lake is in excellent condition. We just do not need a gully washer and no generation and we do need some nights with lows in the 60's. The lake is not brown anymore but is still green and you cannot see your lure down very far. I try to match up my bait color with the water. Stained water use green and clear water use a white or very light coor. The dark blue spoon is working the best for me now and has for two months.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 553.51 and rising very slowly with no generation for two days. We are very dry and can take a 1 or two inch rain with no problem.The level of the White River at Newport is 10-feet and they can generate all they want. The spring rains are coming. If that is a surprise again this year the light on the tree is not shining too brightly. It seems the new strategy is hold the water until it gets high and then open the gates and waste the water and money. Government.The lake just will not clear up in this area. The brown water is gone but it is now just an off-tea colored green. It is much clearer north towards Red Bank and Freom Robinson Point South. The surface temperature is still about 55 and has not changed in a long time with the cool nights. The fishing is fair one day and poor the next. A lot of small bass were caught yesterday with only a few keepers. It could be better today. Some very nice bluegill and a catfish were caught off Blackburns dock and that is a good sign. The fish are getting more active and moving back into the creeks. Try the first points coming into the creeks from the main lake, especially if there is brush on them. Some crappie are shallow over 25-ft. brush and smaller white bass are moving into the mouths of the creeks. The larger ones were biting a bit but have slowed. There is just a lot of shad with no fish on them and some stripers and hybrids are loners and not schooled. A few are schooled but are not biting very well. We are just in a transition and things could change rapidly. Stay turned. Blackburns has some good fishermen in and everyone is just anxious for winter to be over. I know I am. I like top water action and crappie on the bank and it is coming. Nobody knows when but we will tell you when it happens. Listen to Live in The Boat with Bink's Guide service on Thursdays at 8:45 AM on KTLO FM 97.9. and get a first hand report. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 553.46 and rising very slowly with no generation for 24-hours. The lake is clearing just a bit. At least the brown water is going away. I am concerned about water clarity for the diving season.  Bass are biting on river channel banks on the main lake on the first drop-off on grubs and shiners. Crappie are biting on spoons, grubs, and jigs in 25-ft. on brush. For some reason a lot of smaller ones are showing up. Those are usually reserved for Bennetts. I am not catching any big ones but some are 11-inches. Small White bass are in the creeks and some larger ones are on the main lake lake on shad. Nobody comes here to fish for white bass. The big stripers are scarce and the ones being caught are in the 8-lb. range. Some good smallmouth are being caught near the bank on various lures. Fishing in general is just fair for me but I am catching some everyday but am too busy to stay out very long. This is when our busy season starts and I have a lot of cabins and rental boats to get ready. People are taking advantage of our low cabin and boat rental prices and we have several in. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer, you are paying too much. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 553.40 and is stable with very little generation. I guess they will not generate Norfork until the White river goes dry. We need to be at 550 now in order to compensate for spring rains if they come. It is very dry now and it comes in bunches. The lake is at an excellent level now for fishing and the color is getting better and better. Blackburns has a lot of customers in now and they are catching fish but not too many. Live bait and grubs are catching smallmouth and kentuckys on the main lake near Blackburns. Several fish are being caught in Blackburns Creek in the evening. I am sorry I cannot give a lot of individual attention to each customer due to the numbers but it is better to stay at a place that is busy than alone. You pay a lot of extra mony for the attention. Fishing reports are old and do you think most guides send you to their hot spots if you are not paying? I have no interests except for Blackburns Resort customers catch fish. That is why I put in so many brush piles and work so hard at it. Very few do this. I am impressed by the people that copy me. They will never catch up but nobody does that copies. I know where the fish are. I am ready for diving season. Walleye are showing up today but just a few. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 553.42 and has actually dropped a bit with 3 or 4 hours of generation in the morning and a couple of more in the afternoon. The brown water is clearing a bit but it has taken a long time. Fishing is spotty. One day you catch them and the other you have trouble. That is not uncommon for March. The water temperature is slow rising and the nights are still cool. It has been in the mid 50's for three weeks in the creeks and lower on the main lake. The warm rain is the only thing that raised the water temperature, not the weather.  The wind changes from the south to the north almost daily and then back again. The fish are getting a little more active though. One day I catch 6 or 7 crappie and a couple of bass and the next no bass and 4-crappie. Nothing is biting great. The red meat fish I am catching are mostly loners and I am not seeing big schools. The old idea of find the bait find the fish is not working very well. There are just too many schools of shad with no fish on them. I would rather fish brush and not chase shad around all day. I am not much on trolling, but if you troll and umbrella or live bait long enough through shad you will catch some fish. I prefer vertical jigging a spoon or casting a grub over the brush and let it sink. Both are working. A few bass are being caught on the bank on spinner baits and wiggle warts. Many are Kentuckys and are barely 12-inches. The large bass are mostly still in open water. The stripers are mostly small and the hybrids are easier to catch. I am glad they are still stocking hybrids. They almost quit. They are mostly with the white bass when the stripers get scarce. I have not caught a keeper walleye in two weeks. You can still get a 1-bedroom cabin for $53/day with no duplexes and all have covered porches. We do not charge for the first normal sized boat stall and have stalls of all different sizes. We do not charge for trolling motors on pontoons and have 11pontoons to choose from. You can get a 24-ft. with a trolling motor for $105/day. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying way too much. Some are raising their prices again the end of this month for spring but Blackburns does not. You can save a bunch here with out downgrading.  Why pay more?

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Lake level is stable at 553.5 and they just started generating this morning. White River at Newport is 12 feet so there is no excuse for not running more. Surface temperature is 55 in the creeks and cooler on the main lake. It is cloudy and dreary today will light rain. Several fish were caught yesterday and some good ones too. Lake in this area is turning from brown to green. Crappie are shallow over 25 ft. brush and some bass are on the bank. Bink picked up a nice flathead on the spoon. Spring is slow coming but is susposed to warm way up late this week. We are still on the rollercoaster but it is from 80-55 instead of 70-30 degrees. Dogwoods are blooming so the crappie will go to the bank soon and so will some of the larger bass. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 553.51 and they just started generating at 8:AM this morning the first in several days. Lake is at a good level.  The water temperature is 56 in Blackburns Creek. I caught several crappie but no big ones. They were all anout 11-inches. All went in the pond including one kentucky Bass. Lake is still brown in this area and just does not want to clear up but you can find good color not far away. Fishing is good one day and slow the next.  It is raining lightly now and we need it badly.Dogwoods and Bradford pears are blooming and the grass is greening up. Spring is late but looks to be on the way but a few cool days are just ahead.  Normal high is 61 but it seems to be either 80 or 50. The fish are getting more active.   

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Not much has changed. The lake level is still rising slowly and is at 553.49 with no generation. The level at Newport is now 14 feet and they still will not run generators at Norfork. The areas around Bennetts and from Red Bank to near the 101 bridge is still tea colored. Other areas are stained green. I do not know why it will not settle out. Fishing turns on and then back off again in a day but that is not unusual for March. Caught a few yesterday but nothing to brag about on the spoon. Blackburns has several good fishermen in now and we will see.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Blackburns has a 30-ft. pontoon with a sun and diving tower and a 115 HP Yamaha 4-stroke engine. It is not how fast you get there but how much fun. It goes pretty good though and is only $195/day and will hold the whole group. We have smaller pontoons that go faster but cost much less than others. Why pay more? Call 870-492-5115 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 553.41 and still rising with no generation. We are dry here but come on boys let some more out before the spring rains. It is easy just flip the switch. You can do it. Government, gotta love em. We had many brush fires this week so be carefull with burning. It is like some kind of disease here. They just have to do it. Fishing was very good yesterday. All temperate bass were biting on the spoon in the backs of the creeks in 15-25 ft. of water with shad. Check out this largemouth Bink caught. It is one of the biggest I have seen come out of Norfork Lake. Call 870-499-7384 to join the fun.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 553.36 and rising with no generation. The White River at Newport has dropped to 17 feet and they could be generating here like they are on the White River chain of lakes. I like it lower to have surge capacity for the spring rains. The lake in general is in excellent condition.  It was almost 80 degrees yesterday and the normal high is 61. Surface water temperature is 51 on the main lake and warmer back in the creeks.  People ask me when is the best time to come to Norfork in the spring and I say after March 15th. It is right on schedule this year. The temperate bass are biting far back in the major creeks in 15-30 foot of water on shad. Stripers, Hybrids and very large White bass are now biting on the Bink's spoon vertical jigging and some very large Largemouth are mixed in. Some are also using live bait and umbrellas. Top water at sunrise and striper fishing after dark on a stick bait are right around the corner. This is an exciting time of year and it has begun. Finally. I never do well early March for some reason. I have some pictures and will post later. You can still get a 1-bedroom cabin for $53/day for two people with a free boat stall. We have no duplexes and all cabins have covered porches. We do not charge for trolling motors on pontoons.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 553.21 and there is just enough generation to keep it stable. They could drop it if they wanted to. Many things are different this year than in the past. It is impossible to predict when things are going to happen. The surface temperature is still about 50 degrees and has been for many days. These cold nights have been keeping it from rising. I will not write a report on what I think will happen but what is happening. First the river ran brown for several days this fall and I have never seen that before except after a big rain and only for a couple of days. They kept the lake level up very high all year and did not drop it until late summer. In the winter when the lake gets very clear usually, did not happen. It would start to clear one day and turn very green the next. There is moss in the water and that happens very rarely on Norfork. Also there is foam on the bank, which is a sign of pollution, and that also very rarely happens. The receding water left a lot of BOD and debris on or near the bank and it sucked the oxygen out of the water resulting in a fish kill for several big stripers. Now, with the lake level back to normal, we have our choices of green water, yellow water, or brown water depending on where you are located on the lake. Brown water is a result of the big rains we had in February that took two weeks to reach the Red Bank and Cranfield area to past the 101 bridge. This has stayed here for at least two weeks with no generation to move it on downstream. This happens many times but usually clears out in three or four days. Not this year. The crappie were biting great until the brown water got here and then they moved off the brush and got scarce. The bass were with them and they left too. There is some good water color in several creeks but no clear water. What is happening now is some smaller bass are on the bank, mostly Kentucky, with largemouth also scarce, and some white bass are biting in the brown water, but not many. Big smallmouth were biting well but also have slowed. Some small stripers are biting near the bank on a Bink's spoon cast to them and hopped back to the boat. Some are also caught trolling a live shiner but you have to troll a bunch to catch a couple A big one is 10-lbs. Hybrids are biting better but they are usually with the white bass this time of year. It will be interesting to see when the stripers move to the bank to simulate a spawn this year. Full moon is again this month on the 31st. It was also on the 1st. I am not predicting this either but it will happen. People talk about the big walleye run up the river but I see only a very few caught and they are mostly undersized. I usually catch several in the winter but have only caught a few and they were undersized.  Not worth the trip up there. Crappie have eggs but I am not seeing blood in them yet indicating a near spawn. I do not know if they will move to the brush before spawn or just go into the creeks and spawn and move to the brush to feed on other bait fish after. Now many of them are in open water on shad and there are a lot of shad. The big ones will spawn first and move to the brush after. That is when you can catch several very large crappie. After the smaller ones spawn they will also move to the brush and dilute the number of big ones. You will catch more, but not very many giant ones. Fishing is not great now but the lake in general is in good condition and Blackburns has some very good fishermen in and are working hard to catch some. Things will change fast when they start. You can still get a one bedroom for two for $53/day and a free boat stall. You only have to pay more somewhere else if you want to or have extra money. Stay here and give the extra to the disabled Veterans or donate it to cure cancer.   

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

They were all released but this was one of them. Caught bass too. Tom Kelly.
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They generated heavily for about 3-hours this morning and then shut down again. The level at Newport is dropping fast so there is not any reason to not drop the lake. It is to get warm tomorrow and be dry for several days. Fishing is picking up a bit and it needed to. Water temperature is still about 50 and warm nights will warm it. It has been getting cold after sunset and slow warming during the day and water temperature has been stable for over two weeks. A few fish are on brush but not too many. They are still in open water on shad but some smaller bass are on the bank. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 553.22 and is creeping up and they just started one generator for the first time in several days. If they would create some current it would help get this brown water out of here. The north wind blew a bunch of it in Blackburns creek. It just does not want to clear up. The water temperature was 51 yesterday and I did see a few fish coming up on shad in the Robinson point area. They were white bass and I am not interested in them. Some stripers are coming in and I am concerned about the size. Maybe more died in the fish kill last year than was thought. We somehow went from 30-pounds being a big fish to 10, with many 20-22 inchers which are barely legal. I hope the big ones are still in there but people are killing the small ones and they are only a couple of years old. They are semi-put and take and do not reproduce.  Let them grow. Keep the white bass, they reproduce. Crappie fishing is still slow, bass fishing is fair and red meat fish is getting better. The lake from Red Bank to the 101 bridge needs to clear badly. I do not like fishing brown water unless it is in the spring in the backs of the creeks for catfish where the water warms more quickly. There are lots of places on Norfork with good water color and the lake in general is in good condition. We are just in a transition. They are not jumping in the boat or in a feeding frenzy but you can catch some if you work at it. I opened four more cabins Friday to keep from turning more people away. I will open the rest in a few days after it looks like the cold weather is gone. You can get a one bedroom cabin here for $53/day for two people and a free boat stall. Cannot beat that anywhere. I just spent $30,000 on cabin improvements and have not raised the prices. Come on down.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 553.06 and rising a bit with no generation for two days. The Corps of Engineers does not like Norfork lake. Fishing is not the best right now with crappie scarce and red meat fish as well. A few small stripers are being caught and some white bass but not very many. Bass fishing is better but also not the best. You have to fish hard and long to catch 3 or 4 keepers a day. I would not drive a long way for a fishing trip right now. The main lake is not clearing very much and is still a tea colored brown. Blackburns creek is clearing a bit and some fish have moved in there. The river from red Bank is very brown with some debris and is moving this way slowly. I did not go further north than that. There is no generation forming any current and it is just hanging from there to the 101 bridge. It should have dropped out by now after two weeks since the heavy rain. Fishing is best in Fall Creek, Panther creek, Float Creek, Diamond Bay and Shoal Creek. A few crappie are being caught shallow over brush in 25-ft. but not very many. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. Check out Blackburn's Prices. The stripers usually go to the bank later this month to simulate a spawn at night but I cannot guarantee anything this year. The full moon is the 31st and that will be your best chance.  The lake is at a very good level and shad are everywhere.   

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 552.89 and stable with just a bit of generation in both the morning and evening. The brown water is settling slowly and is about tea color or the color of Northwestern Ontario lakes. There are fish in it but are biting slowly. Crank baits are catching small bass pretty well near the bank but not very many big ones. Do not take pictures of undersized fish but release them right away. I tried fishing the transition water from brown to milky just to see what happens and caught a few crappie. Went to the green stained water and caught several more. The grub was working for me and I caught nothing on the spoon. Some are shallow at 4-5 feet in 25-ft. of water. It takes about an hour between the time when they stop biting and then start again. Do not give up. You get three or four in about 5-minutes and then they quit again. Things are getting better. A few stripers are showing up now but are very small. Most in the 20-inch range or barely legal. The water is not warming much with the cold nights and is slow coming around and hanging in there at about 50. Several bluegill are moving into the shallow warmer water. It looks to be a good spring if we can keep away from big rains and wind. I am not going to speculate when stuff is going to change. I have lived here for 23 years and know better than to do that. Just roll with the flow and catch what is biting now. The rest will come around but you have to be out there to find out. I only saw three other boats out there and they were all Blackburns customers. They did not pay too much. We have been full for three weeks and it is time to open more cabins. Learned my lesson back in 1996 when it got down to single digits in March.  Will not do that again. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 552.88 and has risen about an inch in the last 24-hours. They did generate for a couple of hours this morning. That is good news since they have been running generators on that other lake in the ghost town hard. Norfok gets the left overs. Kind of like the veterans.  The lake is clearing a bit but it is taking a long time. It was very windy all day and evening yesterday. I had to tighten the cables on my dock 3-times and I have 4- 4,200# dead men and two shore cables holding it down. I am in a protected cove and the wind was swirling and gusty. It almost blew me off the dock. It was as bad as I have seen it continuous for long periods at a time. If you have not checked your dock you better get on down there. It has blown itself out now finally. It is not very warm now but I will go out and check conditions and try and catch a few fish. It is almost noon now and is just over 40. That ground hog was right.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 552.82 and has risen about 2-inches in the last 24-hours with no generation. The corps of engineers do not like Norfork much since we are not connected to the White River Chain and are on our own. It is all about protecting Branson and is all about the money. The rules for dam management need to be reviewed. I would like the level to drop below 550 again before spring but this will not happen until the level at Newport drops significantly and this big slug gets through Louisiana on the Mississippi. It may happen but we do not need another big rain. The level is fine now for fishing and the water seems to be clearing a bit . It is just stuck here from Red Bank to the 101 bridge with no generation creating any current. There are a lot of other good fishing areas though. I am just used to catching my fish very close to Blackburns do not need to go very far. The brown water usually settles out in about 3-4 days but has been much longer this time. Bob Kaufer and Doug Hoemberg from Duluth, Minnesota moved to the Robinson Point area and found the crappie there and caught several good ones. They are learning the lake well. Some bass are still on the bank.  The surface temperature is about 50 and several small white bass are still being caught in the brown water. Not much interested in them anyway. It was very windy yesterday and worse today. I will take the day off and hit it again tomorrow. I cannot go much more than a day without needing a fix. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 552.68 and has risen over 2-inches in the last 24 hours with no generation. The fishing is not the best. The brown water extends from Red Bank to past the 101 bridge and in Brushy and Big creeks in the south. The area from Robinson Point to the dam is stained green with visibility down 5-6 feet. It  looks like darker brown water is following this first slug and I do not anticipate it getting clear anytime soon. Some very small white bass are biting in the brown water but nothing else. Bennetts is also brown but most of it is staying in the main river channel There is not any current with no generation so it is not moving very much. It usually starts to settle a bit in three days but not this time. I have only been catching bluegill and bass with the crappie getting scarce. There are some bass right on the bank in green stained water. Bink reports finding some stripers in his area near the bank on the main lake also. He is casting the 1/8th ounce spoon to the bank and hopping it to the boat. He is the only one catching stripers that I know of. The brown water is spreading to part way back in the creeks from the main lake. Good places to fish are float creek, panther creek, shoal creek and diamond bay. Everything is fine there. The top of the power pool has been changed to 553.75 from 552 because of the worthless minimum flow. I would like the level to drop a bit to below 550 to have enough capacity for another big spring rain. The level a Newport is dropping so this may happen in a week or so if we do not get much rain.  There is no such thing as normal pool. It is impossible to predict anything with any accuracy now but I would not drive very far for a fishing trip now unless I was going with Bink. Give it several days. The rain warmed up the water quickly but it is still too cold and the nights are too. Surface temperature is mostly 49-50 now.  The ambient is to get down to the 20's both Wednesday and Thursday. I will be out there everyday and will keep you informed. I do not see any pattern to anything. If you find shad, spoon. If not work the bank. I did see some large schools near Robinson yesterday at 45-feet but nothing on them. I am getting nothing on brush piles.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 552.24 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24 hours. They did generate a little last evening. The lake surface temperature varies from 49 to over 50. The main thing that has changed is the main lake from above Cranfield to past the 62 bridge is brown and heading south. And I mean brown. It must have just taken it this long to get here from Missouri with no generation to move it. I do not fish brown water except much later and only for catfish.  It changed from brown to dark green about Robinson island. It was much better in float creek and the smaller creeks coming into float creek were fine and a good stained color. It was much better south of Robinson where you turn to Panther creek. It is headed that way and how fast it moves depends on the generation. Blackburns creek is not brown but has cleared since the rain runoff but is still very stained green. I did not go to Bennetts. This is why you cannot go fishing once a week and write a fishing report that is worth anything. I will have to figure this out tomorrow since I have been fishing close to Blackburns and getting all the fish I want on the main lake.

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Lake level is 551.84 and rising very slowly with no generation. It was cloudy all day with light rain and was raining very slowly when I went out. I tried spooning on the botton in 25-ft. brush with no luch when I looked over the side of the boat and saw a giant school of crappie swimming right under the boat. I picked up my slip float and minnow and set it at 4-ft. down. In less than and hour I caught my limit of very large crappie any where from 14 to 16 inches. I was fishing too deep before. Fun Fun Fun. That is the fastest that I have caught my limit in 23 years. Give some to my friends from Duluth and the rest went in the pond. 

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Tom Kelly caught some big crappie for Gus. That was very nice of him.Image title

Bob Kaufer and Doug Hoemberg are here from Duluth, Minnesota and are catching fish everyday. They sure learned how to fish this lake quickly. Nice people.Image title

Lake level is at 551.35 and has come up 6-inches in the last 24-hours and they quit generating yesterday morning. It has come up a total of 6 feet. We are to get more rain the next two days. The lake is still in good condition thanks to the winter draw-down and is not too high at all. I did venture a little into the Bennetts Bayou area yesterday and there was more debris there than in this area. I spooned brush piles and caught some good fish but not as many as the day before. I am still catching bass, crappie and bluegill every day. The weather was beatiful and warm with light winds and the moon was bright and big. Nice to be out there. Saw several boats.  More than usual. Water temperature was in the low 50's and you could see your lure down about 4-feet and the brown water was about gone. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 550.92 and has risen one foot in the last 24-hours. They started generating this morning for the first time in several days and I am surprised. I got a 51 degree water temperature in the back of the creek and over 49 on the main lake. There was some debris floating on the main lake but I saw nothing big. Mostly small twigs. The lake is brown back in the creeks and stained on the main lake and you can see your lure down about 4-feet. Blackburns had many fishermen out yesterday and they all did well. Lots of bass and crappie and some nice bluegill are showing up. I caught smallmouth, kentucky, crappie (one being very large) and bluegill. Tom Kelly did the same. The rain did not hurt the fishing any. It was good to have sunshine and warm weather again and more to come. There were many fish cleaned on the dock but mine went to the trophy pond. No waiting on Blackburns dock as we have two fish cleaning stations along with the best prices on everything. (pictures to follow later)

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level has hit 550 and is still rising. The sun is shining and the creeks have quit running. The surface water temperature has hit 47 degrees. We come out of this better than most and the lake is still in excellent condition. We received no wind and the only time the rain was heavy was the afternoon just before it all went away. Blackburns has several customers out fishing now and I am going out in a few minutes. Last evening the rain quit, the sun came out and the guys headed for the lake and caught some fish. We never got completey rained out an got in several hours of fishing every day. I am glad they had the lake level as low as they did and we were able to take this rise without being higher than normal. We were very dry and a lot of the rain sunk in and did not run off. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

You can forget about what I said about the rain a few hours ago. It rained from about 2:PM to 3:30 PM hard. It was well over an inch. We got no wind or storm and it came straight down.The creeks are now running fast and the lake has come up 1-inch in the last hour and will come up more. It is 547.51 and the backs of the creeks are brown. No generation as expected. No more extreme drought here. We fished all morning until about 1:PM and did well. Sunny with light winds and warm for the next several days. I will try and keep up with news for you. It will be good to see the sunshine tomorrow.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 547.33 and has come up about 4-inches in the last 24-hours. They have slowed generation way down. The White River at Newport is 23.49 so I do not expect much generation until it recedes. This raise of 1.5 feet+ in the last several days has not hurt anything. It is 10:AM and it has not started raining yet.  We have been able to get in several hours of fishing everyday and the rain  has come slow with most of it sinking in. The creek behind my house has not run yet but others coming into the lake are just a bit. It depends on where on the lake you are.  Some guests trolling live bait and unbrellas caught a few white bass and some small hybrids but it was hit or miss. Mostly miss. They go out for two days and catch nothing and then finally go across a school of shad where the fish are feeding and catch a few. They trolled a long ways to find those. There is no change in pattern and the stripers are still scarce. They are not lost but are next to the main river channel in deep water and are not feeding. The only way you can catch them is to drop a spoon right on their head and get a reaction strike.  Reports of a top water bite are very permature. You cannot go out one day and write a report worth anything.  This will start happening on a regular basis April 15th but will happen sporatically next month with Panther Creek being one of the first places this will happen. March can be good or bad fishing depending on the cold fronts and high pressure. It does not matter to me as I kill very few fish and just like to be out there. Spoon those brush piles as deep as you can find on the main lake for bass and shallower ones for crappie until the spawn. You can go to the large creeks like Diamond Bay and Big creek and find some fish in 45-50 feet of water. Spoon or grub on the bottom with a few bass hitting on the drop.  It is different in my area than further south, but both places are producing fish but require different techniques. Get out there and get off the sofa.   

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is at 547.01 and has risen 4-inches in the last 24-hours. They have been generating heavily for about 4 or 5 hours in the mornings for the last two days. The lake entrances of the creeks are turning brown and running a bit indicating the ground is saturated. Pigeon creek was brown yesterday. I am not fishing creeks but all main lake. We got in several hours of fishing yesterday between showers and no rain so far this morning. We have not been completely rained out yet. We will see what tomorrow brings. Sunday looks to be sunny with more rain coming later in the week. This is normal and I am pretty much pleased about the way the corps of engineers have managed the lake so far this winter and that does not come lightly from me. The lake is in excellent condition. Crappie and bess are still the best bite and I am pretty much catching both every day. Some bass are still deep at 50 ft. on the bottom and some still in 25-30 feet with the crappie. Blackburns only keeps 5 cabins open for the winter but people are taking advantage of our low rates on both cabins and boat rentals and free boat stall and we are full now. Our guests and rental boats are all over the lake and we thank you for your repeat business. We will not charge you too much. All of the money goes to improvements and we have made a lot of them.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

We have received a little less than 3-inches of rain the past few days and the lake has risen to 546.68 and about 0.7 feet in the last 24-hours with about 6 hours of generation during that time. More rain is on the way. It was cold out there yesterday but the crappie were biting. I caught mine on the 1/8th ounce Blue Bink's spoon on Blackburns's brush piles in 30-ft. of water. I saw no other boats. It only got up to 38 degrees but is to be in the 50's today with warmer weather on the way. The lake is staining up a bit but the creeks are not running. We were very dry but are in good shape now. The rain has come slow and steady with little runoff. There are roads closed in the Gainsville area so they must have received locally heavy rain meaning the lake will rise more since they are part of the Norfork watershed area. I have been able to get in several hours fishing a day despite the rain without a complete washout. Our normal high is 53 for this date. If it is windy, drift or cast a jig or grub over the brush and let it sink. If no wind, vertical jig the spoon right in the brush. Crappie fishing is best with bass second. Trolling for them does not work very well unless they are in open water on shad and that will change with the spawn when the small fish move to cover and the crappie stay with them in the brush. The bass are very healthy and fat. I have not seen any red meat fish brought in but there are very few fishermen out there. The walleye migration up the river is not what it once was and not worth the trip up there with most of them small fish. They will be back down here around Cranfield Island anyway in May. The lake is in excellent condition.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

We received almost 2-inches of rain last evening and night and the creeks did not run and most of it sunk in. We needed it very badly. The lake has risen 7-inches in the last 24-hours and is now at 546.06 and they just started generating last hour. It was 72 yesterday and in the 30's today as the rollercoaster contunues. More rain is coming and it is to warm to the 50's tomorrow. Our normal high is 53. Our guests from Minnesota caught several nice crappie yesterday drifting over brush with a grub and a few bass. They are really getting the hang of fishing deep southern lakes with little structure. We have another big group coming in tomorrow. The lake surface temperature is around 46 depending on where and when you check. This is about normal. I have seen no lethargic shad in the last several days. I am still catching bass and crappie everyday and for me they are the best bite. It seems the morning bite is better now than the afternoon. I cut down some trees on my property and put them in the lake and they are producing already. We just finished putting new laminate floors in the cabins and they really look nice and are much cleaner than carpet. No more carpet for me in anything. The girls are painting everything and the place really looks nice. We finished putting new steel roofs on every building on the place last year and all of this comes with no price increases on anything. Call 870-492-5115 for a reservation and boat rental. The lake is in excellent condition and we will be ready for you. Join our large group of repeat customers. We will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Lake level is 545.44 and stable with no generation for 36 hours. We are to get some pretty good rain in the next few days. The level usually goes up in February. The surface temperature is still 45. The lake starts to clear one day and greens up the next. It has done that all year. I caught bass on the lake side of brush piles in 30-ft. and crappie also today. It was not fast and furious but I caught several.  I was drifting across the brush with a jig and picking up a few 11 inch crappie. They all seemed to be the same size.  I caught some Kentucky bass about 13-14 inches long and two very nice smallmouth. Smallmouth and Kentuckys are the best bite now followed by crappie. The big largemouth are scarce but a few are being caught. They usually disappear with the stripers but show up sooner. The stripers will move to their spring banks to simulate a spawn sometime in March and will bite on stick baits after dark. There was not a fall after dark striper bite last year but there is always a spring one. One is for spawning and the other is to feed. The weather is still a rollercoaster with cold following very warm. March is also very unstable but we always get some warm days. We are headed in the right direction. Fishing changes daily and there is no specific pattern. Some days they are down 9-feet and hit on the drop and others on the bottom. You cannot go out 1 or 2 days and write a report worth anything. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The surface temperature dropped just a bit and is about 45. Clarity is about the same and the lake is stable at 545.4 and we received about 0.3 inches of rain. They must have got more other places because the lake come up just a bit. We have a little surface moisture but the overall ground moisture is low. We are very dry. I had to get three rental boats ready for tomorrow and later this week and when I was done decided to go fishing. The wind came up and it was very cool. A few minutes later it cleared, the wind died and the sun came out. Fishing was slow for me and I just caught a few with nothing to brag about. It was just nice to be out there. Blackburns has several people in with mostly fishermen. Only one cabin open tonight. Wish fishing could be better for them. The full moon is the first of March and may be too early for the spring night bite for stripers. Everything is iffy now and you need to be out there everyday to get a feel for what is happening. I have the best fishermen on the lake reporting to me and you will be the first to know and we will not charge you too much when you get here. I just spent my last $15,000 on cabin improvements so come on down so we can do some more. We have no price increases here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental on Anything again this year. Why pay more? Free boat stall. No duplexes and all cabins have covered porches.  Several pontoons have trolling motors at no increased prices. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Went fishing with Bink this morning and the surface tempersture was 46.5 and rising. It got up to 82 degrees today. It is to be short lived and the high is to be in the 40's tomorrow.  We continue the rollercoaster but have not had any bad weather. The lake level is 545.38 and stable with only one hour of generation this morning. The water is clearing nicely. We are very dry but may get some rain tonight. Bink and I started out slowly while spooning in 25-30 feet of water. He moved us to a deeper bank and we were setting in 55 feet of water and still fishing in 30-ft. We were just too shallow. The fish were right on the botton in 50-55 ft. and started biting. We caught some very large fish and several of them. Bink is one of the best Bass fishermen I know and for sure on this lake. We caught 8 keeper fish of all kinds of bass with the most being Kentuckys and the largest being a smallmouth. My largest was about a 3-1/2 lb. largemouth. We would have been hard to beat in any tournament but we won the big one out of Quarry Marina today. It was a fun morning. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 545.37 and dropping with heavy generation starting this morning. It does not need to drop any more for now.  Water is clearing. It is to get very warm with a chance of rain for the next few days as we continue to keep on this rollercoaster called weather. We need rain bad. I think when I grow up I will be a weatherman. You can be wrong all the time and still get paid. Everything is about the same as far as fishing is concerned with bass fishing being the best. There are not many boats out there but a lot of fishing reports for some reason. We are working everyday to make improvements at Blackbuirns and you will be pleasantly surprised when you get here and also with no price increases. We still have a free boat stall with your cabin rental. Call 870-492-5115 and compare prices before you waste your money elsewhere. Got a new merry-go-round for the children. 11 pontoons to choose from and enough bass boats for a big group. Have to take a boat to Independence Marine for service and then hit the lake.Yes we do have live bait on site. We are nearly full for the Bass cat tournament April 13 and 14 so call before you get disappointed and have to pay too much elsewhere. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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They quit generating and the lake is stable at 545.67. Please do not drop it anymore. Surface temperature is about 45 degrees. It is to be cool for two days and then warm back up. It was 64 when I went out yesterday and sunny with a south wind at 5-10. The weather has been a rollercoaster for several weeks and so has the fishing. You cannot take off for a couple of weeks and go fishing once or twice and write a meaningful report. It is changing so much. What works one day does not work the other.  I went to three different places yesterday and the crappie were gone from there too. I did catch four keeper bass and one crappie but it was slow. Bass fishing is still the best right now. It always hangs in there when everything else gets tough. I worked the grub a bit yesterday and got no results and switched back to the Bink's spoon and caught all of the fish on it. Still 25-ft. of water in brush. I have not lost a spoon since I clipped off two of the treble hooks. I get snagged just as many times but am able to get all of them out and have not lost any fish on account of it and it is much easier getting the hook out. You might want to try it. There were a few more very small lethargic shad yesterday than the day before but it is not due to the water temperature. It is not dropping but will not go up any the next two days with this lousey weather. Monday will be better and then a big warm up. We need some rain but no ice please. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 545.64 and still dropping with heavy generation for 4 or 5 hours in the mornings. The surface temperature is still 45 and the lake is clearing. You can see your lure down about 5-feet. I did see a very few lethargic shad a little over an inch long yesterday but that is normal. There is no shad kill and the water temperature is not dropping. I went to my best three crappie spots yesterday and caught nothing. They were gone. The brush piles were empty. I switched to bass fishing and caught three keepers. All on the grub. For such a beautiful day with winds from the south at 5-10 and temperatures in the 50's I did not catch many fish. Wii try again tomorrow. I like a challenge. Bink is catching big bass back in big creek but the lake is different there than here. Big creek is more like another lake where further north, they are smaller and shallower. The fish will move back into them when the water warms more consistently and is warmer than the main lake. Warm today. Cool for a couple of days and then warming again. We are heading in the right direction. I only saw three other boats yesterday and two of them were staying at Blackburns. Many other places are closed.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Lake level is 545.78 and still dropping with heavy generation in the mornings. This is as low as we need to go. If they keep going I will have to move my dock again soon.  It is to be in the high 50's today and in the 60's tomorrow with light south winds. Perfect days for fishing. I will be out there fishing for bass and crappie after my work is done. Spooning Blackburns brush piles close to the resort. I do not have to go far. Blackburns creek has been like glass in the evenings I see no fish activity and am not finding many fish in any of them.  All of mine are on main lake. The days are getting longer and you can fish to nearly 6:pm. I am catching most of my fish between 4 and 5:30 PM. There is a long list of people wanting me to bring them crappie. The trophy pond is stocked up for now. The weather wants to warm up but just will not stay there. The lake is in good condition but we are in a pretty bad drought with several inches of below normal moisture.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

They started generating heavily a few hours ago and the level has dropped to 546. That is as low as we need to go to be prepared for the spring rains. The lake was trying to clear and we will see what the generation does to that. It is cold today with highs in the 30's with a chance of wintery mix and then warming to the 50's by thursday. Crappie and bass fishing has been pretty good but others have been slow. Very few boats are out there and I see no striper fishermen. It always gets slow this time of year. Many fish are still in open water on the main lake on shad, including walleye and big bass. Few fish are in the creeks. Mike Eakle and Dennis Byrd caught a nice big basket full of crappie and bass yesterday and give them to one of our other guests. That was nice of them. They enjoyed them. They caught them by casting a Bink's spoon out about 10 feet over brush and allowing it to sink. They were at about 9-ft and hit it on the drop. Blackburns is open all year and has a cabin ready for you. Come on down. Many others are closed or are on vacation.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Lake level is 546.21 and stable with no generation. It was a nice day yesterday with winds from the southwest at about 5-10 mph. Ambient temperature was about 48 degrees and the surface temperature was 45. I tried fishing a creek with no luck and moved back to the main lake where the water is just a bit warmer. The couple of degrees make a big difference. There are definitely more fish on the main lake. Saw no shad in the creeks. Caught several crappie and a few bass spooning. Mike Eakle reports catching the same also on a spoon. I will give it another try today while others are watching some game.  We usually get some pretty warm days in february. It just has been slow to warm so far but not bad. Our normal high is 48. The lake is trying to clear when it stays at a stable level. Bass and crappie fishing are best. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Lake level is 546.20 and dropping very slowly with very little generation. Not much has changed since the last report.  I lost my web site for a couple of days. Bass and crappie fishing remains the best.  Several fish are in open water on shad of all varieties and it is pretty much pot luck on what you catch and if they are biting. Open water fishermen are reporting going out for a couple of days and catching nothing and then finally finding active fish and catching some. Stripers are scarce as they always are this time of year. As the water starts to warm it will warm faster near the shore in shallow water and shad will move in and there will be a lot of fish near the bank. I will be using a grub but many will be using a stick bait. This could happen later this month if it finally warms up. I am still spooning brush on the main lake in 25-ft. of water near the bottom and catching fish every day. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Water and lake conditions are all the same. Warm again today and then cooling off again. Caught some good fish the last few days mostly being bass and crappie and all off the Bink's spoon on brush in 25-ft. of water and most on the bottom. The weather cannot decide what to do. The super moon was beautiful and it stayed like daytime all evening. Blackburns has 30 rental boats available of all different kinds and prices. No sense paying over $200/day for a boat unless you just have too much money. Several of our pontoons have trolling motors for fishing. We are making improvements on cabins daily.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

It is cold today with a high near 40. The lake level is 546.41 and is stable. They generated heavily from 8-11 this morning and then quit. The surface temperature is still hanging around 45 in the deep water and cooler in the creeks.  It was 60+ when I went out yesterday afternoon and the wind was calm and the lake was too. I fished for two hours and never left the same spot. I was spooning a main lake brushpile near Blackburns in 25-ft. of water on a main lake point. A 3 or 4 pound bass immediately hit the spoon on the first drop and he fell off at the boat but I was able to net him. My net was not tangled in anything like it usually is. I then went about 30 minutes with no bites and then the crappie started biting. They were showing up on the graph by the dozens and good ones too. They bit for about 10 minutes and I got 6 good ones. Unlike the day before, I caught everything on the 1/8th ounce Bink's spoon and nothing on the slip float. All of the fish were caught at or near the bottom with none biting above the brush. They were there though. I talked to some live bait fishermen and they said the red meat fish were scarce. I bet Tom Stanton and Tom Kelly could catch some. I will stick to the crappie and bass for now and add catfish and walleye shortly. For such a beautiful day I never saw very many boats. No problem there. I have a couple of pictures but have not downloaded them yet. Nothing giant but some good ones. Tom Kelly's trophy pond is teeming with big fish. I put a mixture of nine bass and crappie in there yesterday.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Beautiful day. Caught some good fish. Details to follow. Crappie over brush at 12 feet. Bass on the bottom at 25-ft. What a nice day. Wish you were here. I will tell you exactly where to go. Do you want to pay more? Not here.  call 870-492-5115. Got pictures but I do not do selfies. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

It was a great day for fishing yesterday. it was near 60 and sunny with light winds. Same for today. I fished from 3 to 5 Pm and caught my limit of keeper bass and several nice crappie. I would go 30-minutes without a bite and then they would suddenly turn on for about 5-minutes and stop again. All fish went in the pond. The surface temperature is still 45 and the level is hanging in there at 546.45 with no generation except for the worthless minimum flow. The bass were at the bottom at 25-feet and caught on the spoon and the crappie were about 8-feet down over brush on slip float. It was very pleasant but cooled down rapidly at 5-PM.  No big fish but not so many small ones as earlier. There are some nice crappie out there. I was fishing close to Blackburns cove and saw several boats go by but none near me fishing.  I like that. We will see what today brings. It is to cool down again Monday.You can see your lure down about 4-feet on the main lake on rocky banks and less on dirt ones. No shad kill.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 546.44 and rising just a bit with no generation for the last 24-hours. Surface temperature is still 45 degrees. No there is not a measurable shad kill. There are a very few small ones floating but that is normal. The surface temperature needs to get below 40 for any amount that makes for a jerk bait bite. That has not happened. A bite will happen in February anyway near the bank for bass, walleye and crappie no matter what the temperature is. I keep trying the grub but am still not getting much luck. I am sticking with the spoon for the near future. The bass bite on brush is good now and the crappie are fair. The live bait fishermen are having a hard time now but that is normal for late January. The lake is clearing a bit but is not anywhere near normal. As the water cools the shallower water cools more quickly and the shad prefer the warm water. The opposite is true for when it warms. Most of the shad have moved out of the backs of the creeks and there are not a lot of fish there. Fish on or around main lake brush with a creek coming in  at about 25 feet with a spoon. It is very important to stay near cover now.  I wish more people would put in brush rather than just taking advantage of the ones that work hard doing it. The game and fish are working hard to improve the lake habitat and I appreciate them. It has been neglected for several years and until the last couple of years, nothing has been done with the old Corps brush piles with the blue signs. The old idea that if you find shad you will find fish is not true this year. There are many schools of shad with nothing on them. Look for broken schools with dots and lines going through them. Black balls of them are seldom holding fish. I caught some nice bass and a few crappie yesterday evening and Bink caiught many more early in the morning, we were both using spoons. Blackburns has several customers in taking advantage of the low cabin prices and free boat stalls. I see several people hauling gas to their boats and not going to the marina to save money while paying $25-35 and day more for a cabin and also paying for boat stalls. Does not make much sense. We will not have any price increases on anything again this year despite increases in prices on almost everything we have to buy to keep the place running. We just want to make it affordable for our repeat customers, which we have many, and not have them pay too much. I do not like paying too much for anything.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Tom Kelly caught some very nice crappie. Gus thanks you. See you on the lake.Image title

The lake level is dropping again and is at 546.36 with heavy generation starting this morning. I was hoping they would not drop it anymore as I will have to move the dock again soon. The level was about 548 at this time last year. It has been a bit windy the last few days and good for bass fishing. It is beautiful today and I will be out as soon as i get my work done. We are making a lot of improvements here at the resort every day. There will be no price increases again this year and we still do not charge for your 1st boat stall unless you bring your own pontoon and the top will not go down. We have 11 of them to rent. I caught bass yesterday on the spoon and Tom Kelly caught some very nice crappie. All of the fish were on Blackburns Brush piles. Open water fishermen are not doing the best but that is normal for this times of year. The lake is clearing a bit but is still not where it should be. Last year's flood and holding the level up for so long really made for long lasting changes on the lake. There are a lot more big logs on the bank or partially in the water creating more obstacles. Do not cut points or you will be getting a new prop or lower unit. Listen to live in the Boat tomorrow on KTLO at 97.9 at 8:45 AM. Bink will update his fishing tips. I am proud to sponsor the show. Good stuff.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is stable at 546.30 with no generation. The minimum flow was installed so it cannot siphon below 548 so they are using one gate to compensate. They could have done that in the beginning and saved millions of dollars. We need more government. The lake is trying to clear and the surface temperature is above 44. I did see a few shad dying yesterday but not many. They were very small and those are the ones that are affected first. The water temperature does not look to drop for the next several days. I am glad they continued to stock hybrid stripers. They wanted to quit two years ago. They grow fast and are easily caught and are a good substitute when the stripers get scarce and they do this time of year. Very few large ones are being caught now. I caught a 3 or 4 pound hybrid and a couple of white bass spooning yesterday but nothing worth keeping. I switched to brush piles and caught several bass of all kinds and put them in the pond. Bink's caught some good stripers yesterday but it was not easy. Tom kelly caught a basket of nice crappie for Gus. People are fishing hard and not catching very many. I fished for four hours and only caught 6 keeper fish. it was nice to be out and there were several boats. We had people at the resort fishing some bass tournament but I do not have any details. I talked to fishermen that went out with a guide and complained they only caught two fish but they were using live bait. This time of year while spooning do not snap your line hard. Let it hit the bottom of the line and then give it a slight jerk about three inches and try to keep your line straight up and down and hit the fish on the head. I had a single hook break off a treble hook and kept using it. I then had another break and kept using it. I have not lost a spoon since and have not lost any fish on account of it. I now use the side cutters and remove at least one. Go against the wind and keep your line straight up and down and do not let it go sideways. You cannot troll or drift with a spoon. Life expectance is about two minutes if you do. The grub is still not working for me and I try it everyday. I am not finding very many fish close to the bank. Windy with rain tonight and then cooling to the 50's. I will take that. We are working on improvements at the Resort everyday and there will be no price increases for this year and we still do not charge for a normal sized boat stall. You can save about $25/day by staying here and do not have to sacrifice any quality and are closest to Mountain Home, dining and shopping. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Nice fish. Caught on A Bink's spoon. More too. Image title

It warmed up and they quit generating. Just in time. It was about to cause me trouble. Level is at 546.30. Leave it right here. I wanted to go fishing but was busy making improvements on the resort. We installed a new countertop , built-in dishwasher and cubbards in cabin #11. You will like it and with no price increases. We have no price increase on anything.  We charge less in order for our repeat customers to be able to afford a vacation. We do not see how much money we can extort from you. No reason for it. I have everything I want and am not using your money to go to Jamaica, just to improve the resort. I am proud of this place. Tom Kelly caught some very nice crappie and Bink's did too. I think I can make a crappie fisherman out of him but he is still the best at catching stripers and walleye. We tie at bass. We have several in for a fishing tournament and I do not know anything about it. All I know is there are people fishing all over Blackburns brush piles. I sure wish others would put in their own for their customers like we do. There are always moochers everywhere. Maybe traitor Joe from will move away. No friends here. The snow is almost gone and also the ice from the shores of the creek. I love this place. Best resort, best price and a free boat stall for you. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Just got in. Much of the ice that was around the backs of the creeks was gone. Should be finished by tomorrow. The lake level has dropped dramatically with heavy generation. It is like going to a restaurant and asking how do you like your steak: raw or burnt. Flooded or dry docked. It is now 546.30 and they cannot perform stupid minimum flow. The siphon is too low. If any body thinks it is not about the money go figure. We are where we need to be with plenty of surge for the spring. I think we need new lake management. This is a good level going into the spring. Spooning continues to be the best way to catch fish with trolling umbrellas next for temperate bass. Blackburns brush piles are just at a right level and are holding fish. Got some nice crappie and bass today and a few white bass but they do not count. Anybody can catch them. Some people doing fishing reports have not been here long enough to do so. I remember when Binks started the method of spooning and has continued to develope this spoon for all kinds of fishing. While all others were using live bait. Both work but do you want to go out at 4:Am and net shad, have 6-8 downriggers, troll around for hours until you finally go though a school of red meat fish and have all of your lines tangled and have a pole handed to you?. It is up to you. It does not matter to me. It was nice out today and fish were biting on the brush. Many people were slow coming around to spooning but are acting like they invented it. Weather looks good. Fish will be biting Saturday and Sunday. Stay out until it rains you out. You have to adapt. Good to be out there. Please do not tell me to go between the bridges like they always do when they cannot catch any fish in January. I catch good fish every day.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 546.98 and dropping quickly with heavy generation. They just quit for the day. I had 41.7 degree surface temperature at my dock today but it is only in 11 feet of water. I did not check the main lake. It is usually at least two degrees higher in the main lake deeper water.  The snow brought it down faster than just the cold weather. We received about 5-6 inches total and it is very cold. It is to warm to near 60 for the weekend with some rain. Bink lives just below the dam and says there are no birds there indicating no dead shad coming through and like I said they have been generating heavily.  Some smaller shad should be getting lethargic though. I will be out there just as soon as the high temperature is above 32 and let you know. Should be soon.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Do not much care for the white stuff but the bass do not mind. Caught on a Bink's spoon. Cannot write a fishing report from the sofa.Image title

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 547.49 and dropping quickly with several hours of running both generators. It was sunny and cold yesterday but not too bad if you could find brush out of the wind. Fortunately Blackburns works hard putting in brush when allowed and it pays off unless someone is camping on them. I was the only boat I saw yesterday but I caught several good fish on the Bink's spoon right in the brush. You catch about 4 or 5 bass before getting a keeper but I am getting some good ones.  It does not matter as they are all released anyway. The crappie are ranging from 11-12 inches with very few small ones and even fewer giant ones. I have caught 30 of them over 16 inches this season but none lately. If you catch small bluegills while spooning you can rest assured there are big fish in there with them. Be persistent and do not move around too much until you catch a few fish.  They are there. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

A couple of what I caught yesterday. Image title

They are running two generators now and the lake is dropping quickly and is at 547.71 with a surface temperature of 46 and is clearing a bit. It was 60 degrees when I went out yesterday with no wind. I caught a few fish but it was slow. About 4Pm a black cloud came over and the wind picked up.  So did the fishing. I had been exclusively using a Bink's spoon all day and switched from the brush to the bank and to a grub. It had been working a few weeks ago but quit. They moved in last night before dark. The fish are just not where they usually are for winter and are roaming. They sometimes stay on the same bank for weeks but not now. The temperate bass are also roaming and are not in any pattern except for being on shad and there are a lot of those. One day they are in front of the docks at Mallard point and the next by Cow point. I caught a couple in front of the third dock at Mallard but they were only white bass so I moved to the brush.  Many very large schools of shad have no fish with them and if this cold weather brings the surface temperature down below 40 some of them will die or get very lethargic and easy prey. It is a long way to get there though as the water cools slowly as it drops below 50. It is to be cold for the next week and have 30's for highs. I will be out there if the wind is not blowing and there is not ice in the eyelets. It was nice to have the warm weather in January. We have had no snow or ice this year yet and the ground is clear from frost and the ponds are not iced over. That will change this week. Normal high is 43 but the days are getting longer. The lake is in excellent condition for fishing and is stained just right but not nearly as clear as it usually is. I have seen a deterioration in water clarity in recent years while diving and wonder if it will ever return.   

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Lake level is 547.85 and stable with just a few hours of running one generator. Surface temperature is still 46. It has been warm and cloudy but all of that is to change tonight. Cold front is coming back in and is to stay for several days. I went out fishing with Bink yesterday and we had fun and caught several fish. Mostly bass, crappie and walleye. We were using his 1/8th ounce spoon exclusively and it was producing. Tom Stanton brought in some nice stripers caught trolling an umbrella. Dave Titus is here and catching several nice crappie. It has been busy. Scuba Steve has really been catching some nice bass and crappie. We will need to get out the cold weather gear again after having several days of very warm weather. Normal high is 43. I can deal with that. Tom Kelly get back out there. Good friends and good fun here at Blackburns. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Scuba Steve with a pretty good one.Image title

The lake level is 541.9 and is stable.  They seem to be in a pattern of running one generator for three or four hours in the mornings. Surface water temperature is still about 46 degrees on the main lake and a few degrees lower in the shallow part of the creeks. It was cloudy with light winds yesterday with highs in the 40's and fishing was pretty good. The big fish I caught was on brush near the bottom in about 10-feet of water. Caught a bucket full of bass and crappie for the trophy pond. 1/8th ounce Bink's spoon, blue in color and grub worked the best. It was confortable out there compared to the day before. Fish started biting about 3:30 PM. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

We received about an inch of rain yesterday and the lake came up a bit but they started generating again this morning and it is 547.91 and the rain took the frost out of the ground. I tried to stay out but it just kept coming with no breaks. There was a little wind but not too bad.  The fish were not biting very well anyway. I caught a few on the spoon but no big ones. Only saw two other boats and one of them came in. He was smarter than me. It is cloudy now and warmer and conditions should be good for a few days. On my way out. Glad to not have ice in the eyelets. No ice on the creek banks. I will keep you posted. No reports from the sofa here. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

They quit generating and the level is the same at 547.87 for the last 24 hours. The lake seems to be trying to clear just a bit. The bite was a little better yesterday with Mike Hemsath from Wentzville, Missouri reporting catching some good stripers and hybrids on Mallard point on a spoon. Good to see you Mike. It seems there are quite a few fish just outside the brush in about 40 feet in open water on shad. I caught a few more bass and crappie. It is to warm for a few days after this rain and there should be more fair weather fishermen out there. There have not been many lately. The fishing has just been fair and I do not know if it will get better soon or not. Open water temperate bass fishing has been hit or miss and the big stripers have been scarce with only a few in the 15-lb. range. One day you get into them and the next two you do not. Crappie and bass fishing has been steady but not fast. Again they turn off and then finally bite after several hours. I am not getting the giant winter crappie like I usually do but they are about 12-13 inches. I have got several over 16 inches but it was earlier than normal. You can not pay any attention to reports from people who go out and hit open water fish after not fishing for several days or not reporting when catching nothing. If you do you will be disappointed. Go out as often as possible, change with the conditions and you will catch fish but not a lot every day. It is nice to just be out there. Surface temperature is hanging in there at about 47 degrees. Spooning and trolling unbrellas are the best.  I am going out now and will stay until it rains me out. it is just under 40 degrees. We need the rain badly.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 547.86 and droppimg quickly now with one generator running most of the time. They can quit any time now. We are at a good winter level. Surface temperature is at 47 degrees on the main lake and the Ice near the shore in the back of the creeks is almost gone with the near 50 degree temperatures yesterday. It was 48 degrees ambient when I went out yesterday and the lake was calm with no wind. Fishing was a little slow but I caught a few. Tom Kelly was out as were several of Fishermen from the resort.  Tom caught some good bass and I did not get a report from the others. Some were already in when I got back and some were still out. I only saw Blackburns people on the lake except for one other boat. Many resort owners are on vacation and are closed. Blackburns is open all year and uses the money for improvements.  I caught my crappie and bluegill on both Bink's spoons and live minnows on a slip float. Both being about equal. It is to rain tomorrow and then warm up for a few days. Tomorrow morning will be a good time to get out before the low pressure comes in. I go out in the warm part of the day and come in at dark. Works for me. Just as long as I can be out there. The surface temperature usually drops very slowly when it drops below 50. The shad I saw were very small but there were a lot of them. When I see big schools all balled up I just move. No fish on them.  Look for broken schools with a lots of small dots and lines on your locator. Brush was not holding a lot of fish yesterday but a few were there. Work main lake points at about 22-25 feet. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

It is sunny with light wind today with high near freezing. About the same tomorrow and then in the 40's for the weekend with some rain Sunday. That should thaw out trolling motors and steering cables. Normal high is 44. The surface temperature was 46.7 in Blackburns cove last evening and a couple of degrees higher on the main lake. A shad kill starts at just below 40 and gets serious at 37. If this happens get that jerk bait out and work deep water where the wind is blowing into and look for lethargic shad. I usually start in the Bluffs area.  All kinds of fish will be there. If a kill happens it will make for much easier open water fishing later as the shad are very plentiful and many schools do not have fish with them. Not all of the fish are on shad now with some being on the bank and more on brush. Spooning is the best method now along with grubs and crank baits on the wind blown banks. As the water cools more of the shad go with the wind instead of following plankton. Bass are a little late moving to their winter places but should stay there for a while now. I do not follow the walleye spawn migration up river in February like I used to. It has slowed way down over the years. You used to just have to drive to the 160 bridge and look for all of the trucks parked there to know when it is at its peak but not nearly as many now.  Blackburns is open all year and is not on vacation. All of our time and money goes into improvements. Call 870-492-5115 for reservations.  The spring and summer are filling up nicely with people taking advantage of our low rates. I will be spooning brush mostly from now on. Not much competition out there now. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 548.60 and dropping quickly with one generator running most of the time. The surface temperature has dropped to below 50 with some ice on the shore in the very backs of the creeks. The cold advisory has just expired and it is warming nicely with the sunshine and is to get in the 40's with some rain predicted for Sunday. The super moon was so big and bright in the clear sky the last two nights that you did not need headlights to go to the dock. There is another one coming the end of this month. John Bornhop just left and caught some nice fish spooning including bass and crappie with a very large smallmouth. Good to see him again. This is a good lake level for January but it does not need to drop much more. Keep it stable now and let it clear a bit. Blackburns was very busy this last week but it just got a bit too cold sometimes for fishing with ice in the rod eyelets. We had fun though. We were better off than most of the country.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Lake level is 549.07 and dropping just a bit with a few hours of running one generator. Ths surface temperature has now hit 50 and the lake clarity is as bad as i ever have seen it in well over 20 years for this time of year. It just will not clear. It was just a bit better as we went south to float creek. John Bornhop caught some nice crappie and bass and Mike Eakle and James Soltysiac did well also. The ambient temperature was in the early 40's and there were a few other boats out there. It is to get much colder staring tomorrow and lasting for several days with highs to be in the 30's next week. We have received no snow and that can stay that way. The days are getting longer now. Blackburns brush piles are in excellent condition and there are fish on almost all of them. Shad are everywhere and big schools too and many do not have fish with them. I fish when there is not ice in the rod eyelets. It messes up the drag and causes me to miss some big fish. The wind has been low and that has made fishing conditions tolerable during the warmest part of the day until tomorrow. Many resorts are closed but Blackburns is open all year with the best prices and we do not charge for the first boat stall. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 549.6 and is stable with the rain and decreased generation. We have received 1.2 inches in the last day and 1/2 and things are not nearly as dry as they were especially after the one inch last week. The ground water is still not good but the danger of fires has greatly dininished. I moved the dock out yesterday as it was getting close to being grounded after several weeks of level drop. We are in good shape now. They can drop it about another foot and then stop as far as I am concerned. It will give us a good surge for the spring rains unlike last year when they kept it up. Fishing in general is not the best but you can always find white bass and a few hybrids in open water on shad. They moved further back in float creek but are still there and many are both east and west of Blackburns creek both in front of the docks on Mallard point and between 101 bridge and Cow point. Many are small but some hybrids are pretty good. I am still disappointed in the size of the stripers. I fear there were more big ones lost during the fish kill than first thought. There are a lot of them though and they grow fast. It is a good thing they did not quit stocking hybrids as they are the main staple now except for the black bass. I am not getting large numbers of crappie but the ones I am getting are pretty good sized. I have caught over 30 over 16 inches this fall but not any lately.  This is when I usually catch the giant ones. The weather is cooling now and is to stay near 40 for highs and 20's for lows for at least a week. We have had no snow and a very mild winter so far. Blackburns is open all year and has a cabin just available for you and at the best prices. We do not charge for the first boat stall. You can save a lot of money by staying here. We are working everyday to make improvements and are proud of the place. You cannot walk on our water or drill holes in it. No price increases for 2018 again.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught fishing with Bink yesterday. More too. Image title

The lake level is 549.64 and dropping slowly with a few hours of generation. There were a lot of hybrids and white bass just west of Mallard point in front of the docks yesterday and more just off Cow point. Most were white bass. I spooned up a few and then went crappie fishing. The shad were being forced to the to the top all over. Bink found them at his end of the lake too and caught a bunch of stripers. I caught a few crappie and my trolling motor battery died so I came in and replaced it. The wind was from the south and it was warm. It is to cool down starting tomorrow but should not be too bad. It is to rain today but we missed the last one. Fishing is fair and is better than it was last week. Surface temperature is still 54. There are a lot of small fish out there. Tom Stanton caught some good open water fish too trolling an umbrella. It is nice having so many varieties of fish in the lake. When one does not bite usually another will.  Bass are the old standby. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Tom Kelly with another nice one yesterday. Gus says thanks. Image title

The lake level is 549.76 and dropping over 2-inches a day with both generators running about 1/2 the time. We are still dry but it is getting better with rain coming every week.  Fishing is getting better and it needed to. I went out for about an hour to catch a few for my friend and caught three crappie, a nice channel cat, a smaller white bass and a bluegill. I lost the bluegill getting it in the basket on the dock in the dark. It was not very many but I will get him more later. I am still concerned about the water clarity. It tries to clear and turns green the next day. Yesterday you could only see down about 2-feet on the main lake. I do not know if it is because the lake was held so high for so long this summer and vegetation died and sunk but it may be. It may also account for some of the fish kill and low oxygen all year. I would have liked to know the biological oxygen demand in the summer and now but no longer have access to these instruments. I have been sending people to float creek for some time now for temperate bass. You know how striper fishermen covey up when they hear of a good place, well now it is crowded there. I like to find my own places. They will be moving between the bridges soon when the fishing gets tough, and it will, but fishing predictions are hard now with the changes in the lake this year. I was glad to catch a few crappie on brush last night. I was getting to think they were gone. The weather may not be getting as cold as previously predicted and we should be able to fish with highs reaching about 40 for Sunday but the lows may be in the mid 20's. The surface temperature is still about 54 on the main lake. It was a nice evening with no wind.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Tom Kelly is a good fisherman and can work that spoon.Image title

Lake level is dropping again and is at 550.13 with heavy generation for the last several hours. Tom Kelly caught some nice temperate bass yesterday and I did not do so well. Crappie and walleye fishing has sure slowed for me and if it was not for bass I could not catch anything at all. Maybe I need to get some shad and troll open water. (not likely) I am seeing some dead shad on the wind blown banks for some reason. The lake tries to clear and then gets green again.  It seems to change daily. Something weird is going on but I do not know what. It is not only the level drop as this happens every year. I hope it does not carry over to diving season as it did last year. The last flood really changed things with the water staying so high for so long. There are many more dead trees part way in the water. They should make for more cover in the spring. The level is where I like it for this time of year.  We received almost an inch of badly need rain and it all sunk in. Traitor and recruiter Joe from Olatha is finally gone. We are glad. Maybe he will not come back.  Are there no lakes in Kansas? If you have trouble on the lake do not call him as he will not help. It is a beautiful day and I will try and spoon up a few fish. We are doing some work on the dock and cabins now and you will like it when you get here. No price increases next season and we still have a free boat stall for you. Our new 150 MG internet is working nicely. It costs a lot but we have good coverage. We will suck it up. 

December 14th,2017 Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comments)

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Lake level is 550.31 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24 hours with some heavy generation. it could rain several inches if it was not a gully washer and the lake would not rise we are so dry. Nice weather for the next week with no cold weather. Lake is in good condition but fishing is not the best. Binks caught some good ones this morning. I better get out there. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake is still dropping and is at 550.77 and they are running two generators now. We are having rollercoaster temperatures with highs near 70 one day and in the 40's the next. It is very dry and there is a burn ban on. The lake is in good condition. I went out yesterday looking for walleye and could only catch white bass which do not count and started looking for bass again. I found them a little after 4:Pm and caught several good ones on the grub until dark. Crappie fishing, which had been good for me for several weeks, has slowed and I will have to change my tactics. They might be moving shallow in the evenings. There is a lot more cover and dead logs near the shore than before caused by the flood.  We will find out. The bass are. It sure cools down fast at sunset. Stripers are in the back of float creek and by point 1-D in Bennets with some hybrids.  I will stick to walleye, bass and crappie for now.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is still dropping a bit with several hours of running one generator. We are now at 550.90 and the surface water temperature was 55.6 when I went out yesterday and the lake is clearing. Tom Stanton and Mike Eakle went out and caught 4 nice stripers in the float creek area but it was not easy.  They were trolling umbrellas. I went crappie fishing and they were not biting at all for me so I went after bass.  They were biting. I caught my limit including largemouth, smallmouth and Kentucky. They were next to cover about 10-12 feet from the bank on steep river channels. I was using a small grub. I had on a nice walleye but someone had removed my net from my boat and forgot to put it back . I released them all anyway but the walleye was a quick release at the side of the boat. It is not a nice sound when you hear that pop. The net is back in the boat now but it is usually tangled up in other poles anyway. I need to get more organized some day but have a hard time getting that serious. I just like to be out and really enjoy the peace and quiet and not fishing under pressure. It was a beautiful evening and the wind dropped to about right at 4:pm when the fish started to bite. I have been writing a fishing report for 20-years now since I took over for my friend Gary Sperry who passed. He was a good striper fishermen.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Over 15 lbs. won the Bassmaster Qualifier on the last day. Blackburn's guest Beau Govreau from St. Louis got 2nd place after winning the team championship with his brother Brett.  Ryan Butler won. The Bassmasters play the National Anthem every day before every event and there was no setters or kneelers there. Good organization. Glad to have them. The fishing was much better Saturday after fog, late start, calm wind and cold weather hampered the day before with only 1/2 of the finalists catching fish.  I will give it a try this afternoon as boat traffic is way down. Need to catch a few crappie and bass. Having withdrawals. Guests are out striper fishing this morning. We will see how they do. White bass are everywhere but they do not count. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Blackburn's Guests Brett and Beau Govreau are fishing today and tomorrow for a chance to go to the Bass Masters Classic. There are only six total left. 26 lbs. won after 2-days. It is to be sunny and cool with highs in the low 40's and light winds both days. It is to go back to near or above 60 for Sunday and Monday.  Good luck Brett and Beau. It was nice having you and the many others staying here. There were 162 teams entered. The lake is much quieter now. Many fish were caught with a lot of small ones. Surface temperature is still in the mid 50's and the lake is clearing a bit. The level is 551.22 and dropping about an inch a day. Team fishing is over and the boys are on their own now. They won  prizes worth about $42,000 including boat, motor, trolling motor and electronics. Brett and Beau are from St. louis.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

I talked to a fisherman from Virginia. He said the leading weight is now 26 pounds. He also said he liked this lake and caught over 40 fish a day but a lot of small ones. 26 lbs. is not too bad considering there are still a lot of big bass in open water on shad, there was no after dark bite with the shad moving to the bank and the water temperature is still 57-58 degrees and bait fish are everywhere. Those small ones will not remain small for long. The big stripers are biting if you know where. It was a cold and windy day but the sun was shining.

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Ron Stanton, Tom Kelly and Bink are on the stripers. Yes we at Blackburns Know where they are and how to catch them. The lake is ours now except for 6- tournament fishermen.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 551.34 and has dropped about 1-inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running a few hours. The surface temperature was 57 last evening. I caught several crappie yesterday and a couple of nice bass on brush. I started out on 1/.4 ounce Bink's spoon and ended on minnows and slip floats.  Boats were everywhere from the tournament and just over 15-lbs is in the lead. It was cold when they left out this morning. Only six anglers from the top three teams will be left after today and there will be a mass exodus. Some are complaining about catching only small fish but the total of 15-lbs is pretty good so far. They are happy about our resort, parking availability and price. They said parking was a major problem elsewhere. They like to park their boat right by the cabin and plug in. We have lots of parking and outlets.   Blackburns was full but many are leaving tomorrow. We had an angler from Maine and a lot from Texas. We hope they like it here. It should warm back up a bit later this weekend. I am taking the day off. it was beautiful yesterday. Sunny and high in the 50's.  Those boys sure move fast. I like to stay a while and work a place where I know there are fish but am not on any time schedule. They go in when the fish are biting the best from 3:30 PM to dark. There are a lot of red meat fish part way back in float creek on the north side. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 551.56 with no generation for two days and the surface temperature is 59. The main lake and creeks are both stained. It is to rain a bit tomorrow night and a cold front is moving in after that changing wind direction and getting much colder. it is 70 today.  It will provide a challenge for the Bass Masters but they can handle it. You would never know the resort was full by looking at it. All people are pre-fishing except a few family members. There are boats running all over the lake from all parts of the country. I hope they like it here.  The real tournament starts Wednesday out of 101 Boat dock. Lots of fish were caught last night and this morning by non-bass fishermen. The super moon is like daytime and I did not even need a light to come in. Many temperate bass (red meat fish) of all kinds are around point 7 in the late evening and can be caught on stickbaits at dark and spoons before in deeper water. They are also part way back in major creeks. Tom Kelly caught a bunch this morning and said his graph was lit up.  Blackburns creek has many white bass but most are small. Some black bass are on the banks but many are also still in open water on shad. Watch for shad to be pushed up to the surface at any time. I cast my spoon to them and hop it back as it sinks. It works even as they go down. I am mostly still fishing for bass, Walleye and crappie but cannot resist top water fish of any kind. Please release them immediately and do not haul them around especially if they come out of 30+ feet deep. Some stripers released yesterday swam away but showed up floating later. It is hard to believe it is December already but it is. Crappie are getting bigger and bigger. I like that. Only 21 fishing days until Christmas. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Why pay more? Nicest cabins. Free Boat stall. Only one trailer and all have covered porches. No Duplexes. You do not have to stay in a 30-year old trailer. 

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Big day of fishing on Norfork lake by Scuba Steve and his friends. Night bite on super moon is on. We used to have trader Joe's here but now have traitor Joe. Quit recruiting. Go to another part of the lake or better still go to another lake. No family life? Tom Kelly. Scuba Steve, Binks, Roger Moody and several others all caught fish. We are full now with bass fishermen and did not charge them too much for cabins and boat stalls are free. We like Bass Masters. They release all the fish and do not come during spawn. They are all now pre-fishing but will have to adapt with the cold front coming in. They will.  It was a beautiful day. I am sure 101 Boat dock will take care of the tournament well. Nice people. I caught fish for my friend Leonard Darr, Tom caught fish for Gus and the rest went in the pond. Life is good. Tom and Binks know where the stripers are. Fishing in 70 degrees in december is good. Norfork lake fun.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 551.53 and dropping a little less than 2-inches in the last 24-hrs with several hours of generation. The river level at Newport is just a couple of feet so they can do what ever they want. This is a good level for early December and I would like it to be below 550 going into the spring to allow for surge. The surface temperature is still 59 degrees and stable with warm days. It is to stay warm for several days and then cool off drastically for the beginning of the Bass Masters later in the week on Wednesday so plan on highs a little below 50. It is to be 60's and sunny with light winds for a few days and should make for some comfortable fishing. Tom Kelly came by yesterday with his limit of good sized Hybrids and cleaned them for Gus.  Thank you Tom. I have been putting all of my fish in the pond and do not want to kill bass, walleye or crappie. I am glad the game and fish are continuing to stock Hybrids since they provide a good alternative to stripers when they get scarce and they do. Just wait until the water gets cold. Hybrids are very easily caught and pull harder pound for pound than about anything and seem to be less susceptible to dying. The game and fish are putting out a survey now about stopping the 20-inch minimum for stripers in the summer. They do not think the stripers numbers are affected much by the kills but I do. Some float and some sink. I do not know the ratio of this but think more sink. They want it to be all stripers are kept during the months of August and September. No culling. Catch three and quit. I agree but think it should be extended to July. I believe the numbers of stripers in the 20-lb. and above range are down substantially and would like to see more stocked for a few years until it catches up.  There are plenty of shad to support them. They are everywhere. I am surprised the catfish are as active as they are this late in the year. Several are being caught off the bottom spooning near brush. Mostly channels and nice ones too. It is December and no winter yet. It can stay that way for all I am concerned.  Like it 50 for fishing cloudy with light wind from the west. Leave the snow for people who like it. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

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The lake level has dropped below 552 for the first time in a long while.  It is at 551.94 and stable with a couple of hours of generation in a 24-hour period. It starts to clear and then greens up again. It is a good color for fishing. The surface temperature is between 59 and 60. Spooning is by far the best method of catching fish in general with many fish being caught on the 1/8th and 1/4 ounce Bink's jigging spoon. Crappie, largemouth, smallmouth, Kentucky Bass are all biting. White bass are biting by the dozens but we do not count them.  The Bassmasters should do well next week. Blackburns is full for that week and we thank them. Mike Eakle, Dennis Byrd and James Soltysiac all donated fish for Tom Kelly's trophy pond and we thank them. We put in 35 keepers last evening of all varieties including one walleye. I wonder why there are more and more fishermen at the pond. I like that. The weather has been great and is to continue to be so. It is hard to believe it is almost December. Scuba Steve is catching good fish everyday. I like that too. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

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Caught a bucket full of fish for the pond yesterday. Bass, crappie, white bass, goggle eye, bluegill. The 5 mile per hour wind from the south turned out to be white caps from the west. You cannot depend on the weather forecast here. We do not fit into Harrison or Little Rock with us having all of the lakes, rivers and hills and valleys. It was very warm with highs in the 60's and that is what the water temperature was, 60. The main lake is clearing again but that has happened before. It seems to change daily. It is good to have some of the larger bass on the brush and banks again. crappie are scattered and I am catching one or two at each fishing location but they are getting bigger. I am not fiding big schools anywhere like a few weeks ago but am picking up several each day. Bink is still on the stripers using his spoon and some of our guests are also using umbrella and Alabama rigs. White bass are just outside brush piles in 40-ft. of water with some being right in the brush at 30-feet. Shad are abundant with many schools having no big fish under them. The weather looks to hold for the next week with good conditions for fishing. December can be very variable and has been known to be our coldest month. I like 50 and cloudy for fishing with winds from the west at 5-10. The lake level is 552.17 and dropping with an increase in generation. Just right for now. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

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The lake level is dropping just a bit with a little  generation and is at 552.28 and surface temperature is about 60. Fishing slowed a little with the high pressure but is starting to pick up again. Crappie are moving to the bank in the evening as are some bass. Some fish are on brush and others schooled in open water. Caught white bass, bass and crappie yesterday. Some crappie are very large.  Will give it another try in a few minutes. Beautiful weather. Big group coming in for Thanksgiving and then for the Bassmasters. Has been a very busy fall with people looking for real estate, building houses, working at the hospital, prefishing for the tournament and other fishermen and all are taking advantage of our low prices and free boat stall. We try to keep our prices low for you and thank our many repeat customers. If your family is coming for the holidays and you do not have room for them, Blackburns is the place. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

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Ron and Marlene Stanton from North Branch, Michigan know how to catch those big stripers on an umbrella. These are some of the biggest that I have seen in a while. Nice folks.

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

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It was in the 70's yesterday morning and dropped to the high 40's by afternoon and was very windy. It is beautiful today with highs in the low 50's and sunny. I tried to get out of most of the wind and drifted across brush piles with the grub and caught some nice crappie. Some were very large and a few bass too. The lake level is 552.38 and stable with no generation for two days except for the worthless minimum flow. We will see what this high pressure brings today. Fishing is not usually the best for me right after it first moves in but gets better until the next cold front. It is fun to catch fish when nobody else can. Persistence will be the answer today. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

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It was a beautiful day for fishing yesterday. Cloudy, warm with light wind. Mike Eakle caught 6-crappie, white bass, bass, bluegill and put 13 total keeper fish in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. Thanks Mike. It is windy today with highs in the 70's this morning with a cold front moving in this afternoon. I will be drifting a grub today. Lake level is 552.37 and stable with just enough generation to keep up with the river inflow. Bink caught some nice bass on his spoon yesterday and Scuba steve caught crappie, bass and white bass. I do not care about white bass but they were on the brush at 25-30 ft. with the crappie. The bass were on the medium steep banks at 12-ft. and caught on the grub. There were all kinds. About 1/2 were small. The larger ones are starting to move out of the open water to bank and are on their normal fall banks. I caught 5 nice ones on my favorite bank for the first time this fall. The sea gulls are back so the open water bird fishermen can now find the shad. Some fish are coming up but if you are depending on that for catching fish you will be disappointed most of the time. There are many schools of shad and most of them do not have fish under them. Unless something drastic happens the fishing on Norfork will be good for years to come. The fish kill this year has hurt the big striper population a bit and most of the fish are smaller than normal but the overall population is up. There are lots of fish in this lake.

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 552.57 and stable with just a bit of generation. The fish were biting pretty good yesterday. Several people caught some nice fish. John Bornhop caught several nice crappie with some very large. Bink caught walleye and stripers and Scuba Steve caught several very large crappie and bass. The people pre-fishing for the December bass tournament are doing well and fishing overall is picking up. My fishing was slow until about 3-Pm when they started to bite. It rained lightly for a few minutes and then they bit better. I caught 12-crappie in a little over an hour with some being very large.  i am happy to see the big ones move in. Bass fishing on jigs and grubs is better with larger fish showing up.  Some are using crank baits but some always do. The Bink's spoon is still the best overall on brush for walleye, bass and crappie. I caught a few on a slip float and minnow when the wind went down. Nice day. Good to be out. We got a little rain this morning but not enough. We are very dry. One of our guests is building a new house and the dozer is pushing nothing but dust. The lake is in good condition with decent weather for the next week. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

The lake surface temperature was 63 when I went out last evening. The lake level is 552.66 and is stable with very little generation. The clarity seems to change from day to day. One day you can see your lure down 5-6 feet and the next only a couple of feet. The larger bass are moving to the banks in 8-12 feet of water and should stay there for a while. I caught my limit of a mixed variety along with some bluegill and warmouth all on the grub.  The crappie are getting harder to catch and are moving in shallower but are in the same general locations. I have not been striper fishing but Bink is catching several back in the creeks in 35-40 ft. of water on spoons in the early morning. The weather has been comfortable but we are very dry. You can save about $200/week for a two bedroom cabin and get a free boat stall when you stay at Blackburns. Come on down. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

There are a lot of red meat fish just east of Cranfield island about 100 yards. All kinds. Look for shad and spoon right into them or troll umbrellas or the smaller versions.  I am crappie, bass and walleye fishing on main lake point brush and doing pretty well. I am putting about 10-12 keepers of all kinds in the pond. Bink is on the stripers and catching several in the 8-9 pound range everyday at the other end of the lake. A few walleye are mixed in.  He said more and more people are finding his place and moving in on him but that is the way it works. I prefer to find my own fish and fish in peace and quiet. Remember posession limit is twice the daily limit. The November weather has been good for fishing so far and should continue for a while. Several resorts close for the winter but blackburns is open all year and has the best prices.  Call 870-492-5115

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

It was a beautiful day with light winds when I went out yesterday. It was perfect for using a slip float with minnows and not having to use the trolling motor very much. It does not take much to spook those big norfork lake crappie. I ended up taking seven crappie, two bass and four bluegill to the pond. Two crappie were very large. I lost a big fish right at dark. It was just too big for the 1/8th ounce Bink's spoon but I catch a lot of big ones on it. The 1/4 ounce ones will hold very large fish. Do not try to bring the crappie in by lifting them over the boat. You will be sorry if you do. The side of the mouth is paper thin and you will hear a pop. Gone. Set you drag very light and reel fast not allowing any slack. Have a long handled net ready. Having help is best but you can do it by yourself if you get it close to the boat and keep tension on the line by holding the rod up. If you use a true turn hook you can hook most of them in the roof of the mouth. I use a #4 red hook.   Much better. The treble hook on the spoons can catch them anywhere and it may not be a good set. I also cast a 1/16th ounce jig head (white with red eye) with a 2 or 2-1/2 inch white twister tail. Nobody gives me free stuff but Bobby Garland is good. I turn the tail up and put a live minnow hooked through the top of the head to trail just a bit. It works for about everything. Larger grubs do not seem to work as well. Spoon, jig head withgrub and minnow and a slip float are all I am using right now and am catching several fish every day. The lake was clearing nicely but was more stained yesterday. When it clears you should change all of your line to clear and go as light as possible. You can catch a big fish on 6-lb. line if you know what you are doing. The lake has been stained for so long that people have been getting away with colored line but it will not last forever. Spider line is very strong but also is too visible. About like a log chain. Heavy line also messes up the action on the spoon. The lake level is 552.68 and they are running one generator a bit more lately. The surface temperature is in the mid 60's and dropping slowly. Color is good for fishing. The fish are not in a frenzy or jumping in the boat but you can still catch some good ones. It is good to have the giant crappie starting to show up. Larger bass are too. Walleye are in their normal places with some good ones mixed in with several shorts. I am catching no crappie in water deeper than 30 feet and most are 22-25. Some are even close to the bank in 10-12 feet near dark.  Bass fishing is fair, not good, with most being smallmouth and kentucky. Some red meat fish are on the flats from Mallard point to Cranfield and are just outside of brush piles in 40-ft.  Most stripers and white bass are small in this area. I know where a lot of 7-9 pound stripers are but it is farther than I am willing to go. For the night bite to happen for stripers, the lake needs to clear and cool. They like the full moon shining in their face in clear cold water. It may not happen this year. Big schools of shad are everywhere, many with no fish on them. I just like to be out there.

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

The Kansas Brush Pile Moocher is back. Hoped he would have stayed home or moved to another part of the lake. More information on him forthcoming. No conscience. 


Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

It was warm with several boats out yesterday. The lake level is at 552.96 and stable with no generation for two days except the wonderful minimum flow. I started out spooning brush piles in the 25-30 ft. range and could catch nothing but small fish. Not interested in that so I went looking. I was surprised to find good sized crappie (11-12inches) shallow and near the bank. Caught several of those for the pond casting the grub and minnow and went bass fishing. Being determined to find fish on the wind blown banks I worked them for about an hour and again caught nothing but small fish. Going back to the south facing main lake steep river channel banks produced some more crappie and good keeper smallmouth bass. I am surprised to find as many larger fish shallow now but it is a reflection of the shad location. It may be an indication of red meat fish moving in to feed shallow but I am not sure.  Small fish on brush are quite easily caught if that is what you want. Now is the challenge to get the big ones. I go for size not numbers and you have to be versatile. Catfishers can catch some good channels on trotlines with live bait part way back in the creeks. Some are also biting spoons.  I have several under the dock now but prefer to keep them, crappie and bluegill for the children. They have so much fun catching them and I feed them multi-times a day. It is near 80 degrees today with a cold front moving in late tonight or early morning with highs dropping to the high 50's. Normal high is 63. Some walleye are feeding just at dark near the bank, moving in ftom the flats and main lake points. There are a lot of fish around Cranfield Island but again many are small including stripers and white bass. I am finding some big schools of shad outside the brushpiles in 40-45 ft. of water but am unable to get anything from them. Fall foliage is pretty much a dud but some browns and yellows are showing up.  It is about a week later than normal but is not worth driving here for. The wind blew a lot off.  The lake and hillsides are still beautiful though and I really enjoy being out there. There are a lot of wild life and peace and quiet. There will be a lot of changes before the 200 boat fishing tournament the first week of December. December has been our coldest month for several of the past few years but we did not have much winter last year. The bass are there and the big boys will catch them. They always do. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

The lake level is 552.94 and dropping a bit with more generation. The lake is starting to clear after getting very green last week. The fish were not in a frenzy or jumping in the boat for me yesterday.( Seldom are except for spring top water) I caught a few but it was tough and I stayed out until dark. It was cloudy and the full moon was covered but it was still slow. I did get some bass on the south facing steep river channels on the main lake but the crappie were very slow on brush. I tried channel swings on the shallow side with no luck at all. The surface temperature is still in the mid 60's. There are lots of shad in the creeks and many of them do not have fish on them and if they do they are small. It is a south wind today and I will try brush out of the wind. Crappie fishing may be slowing but I will keep trying. It may just be me. I do not fish the same places day after day but try new places as a challenge. I consider it a good day to catch 8-10 keeper fish of all varieties for the pond and I stay out 2-4 hours everyday. You cannot go out every week and write an accurate fishing report. It is hard even if you are out there every day. If you put out a half dozen poles with live bait, have a good locator and troll long enough over shad you will catch some fish.  That is just not for me. I do use live minnows for crappie (sometimes) but never use more than one pole. I can barely handle that. The fall fishing could start any day as the shad move to the banks at dark and hit stick baits but it is not happening yet. Keep trying north of Cranfield Island and across from Quarry marina. When it starts(if it does) there will be boats on all the good places before dark to hold them until the fish feed later. The old timers know the good spots and there are not a lot of them but you have to beat them there. Go out in the evening with a soft plastic and fish for walleye on shadowy banks before dark and switch to a stick bait at dark. 5-inch suspending. Make sure they track straight. I love being out by myself with no boats in sight and catch fish. Just makes me feel good and there is no drama. I like that. No drama here and the prices are low. Very low. I like that too. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

Just put 15 nice fish in the trophy pond. Black bass, Small mouth, crappie, bluegill, Finally found the big bass. On south facing steep banks main lakes. Pound the bank. Near Blackburns. $53/day with a free boat stall.  870-492-5115 Why pay more?

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

The surface temperature is in the mid 60's and the main lake is very green like it is turning over. The moon is getting big and is full on November 4th. I went out about 3:30 PM and stayed until dark. I spooned a brush pile and caught several fish and then they quit. Moved to another one and switched to a slip float and minoow as the wind died and it was calm and I could stay on the brush with minimal use of the trolling motor. I caught some very big crappie and bluegill. I ended up catching a bucket full for the pond including bass, crappie bluegill and white bass. The walleye were short. I finally caight several crappie in the 13-14 inch range. It was very pleasant out with the temperature in the 60's and sunny. We are to get back into the 70's later this week. We did have two cold days with highs short of 50. Still not on the big bass. Many of the white bass are small and they are also near brush. The crappie are tight above it and if you move off a bit they are not there. Put you marker buoy down and go against the wind and stay right on the brush. The people with anchor on their trolling motor are spending too much time off the brush before they get back on it. Some of the bluegill are big. Lots of baitfish with small fish on them. Get a hook sharpener and use it or loose a lot of fish. Especially striper with a hard mouth. Cabins $53/day with a free boat stall. 870-492-5115. Why pay more?

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

It was cold and windy when I went out yesterday. I fished the south creeks to get away from the cold northwest wind. I did see several boats which was a surprise. I fished brush piles in the 24-30 foot range and caught four crappie on a slip float and minnow. One was big. I switched to a 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon. White with a blue back and a spash of red on the throat. ( he just delivered them to me today I was nearly out and now I have a good assortment.) I caught two bass, two white bass and a big bluegill. The fish all hit it on the way down and I realized I had been fishing too deep for the crappie. Shortened up the slip knot on the float and caught more crappie but they were not big. They were about six feet down. The lake is stained but I could see some of them near the surface. They usually do this near dark in the winter. The white bass were deeper but close to the brush. I had a good time but was not used to the cold yet. It is to warm up tomorrow with good weather next week. The lake level is 553.23 with just a few hours of running one partial generator. The lake is in good condition but the fish are not jumping in the boat. You have to work for them. Some bass are on the wind blown steep banks in 6-12 ft. of water on the main lake. Many minnows and shad are shallow and a few fish are coming up back in the creeks late but many are small. I am not getting the big black bass with the circle on their side yet but I will. Surface temperature is dropping and is in the mid 60's. Put all fish in the pond. Stick close to brush. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

82 yesterday. 48 today. Enough said. The people wanting the water to cool are getting their way. Some resorts close all winter starting soon but Blackburns is open all year.  If you are visiting friends or family for the holidays and they have no room for you, this is the place. 870-492-5115. There is a big fishing tournament the first part of December and we are nearly full already. We have lots of warm weather left. This is the time of year I catch big fish. Last year we had no winter.  That is the way I like it. Spoon, grub and stick bait time. The pond is getting more and more fishermen. I wonder why? I am happy to see the folks catch big fish. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

Lake level is steady at 553.32 with little generation. It is to be warm for the next two days and cool off dramatically after then. Out normal high is 68 degrees and we will not get close to that. A feeeze is even predicted. The water surface temperature hit 69 last evening when I went out and it is the first time I have seen that low since this spring. People that have been wanting cold weather are getting what they want.  I prefer warm. The lake is looking green both main lake and creeks. The wind has been pretty bad but is to go away this evening. A lot of fish have blown into Blackburns creek as have the shad. The bank is full of shad and minnows. It was good to not have someone on my brush piles yesterday. Maybe they have gone home or fishing another part of the lake. Either one will work.  I put 6-crappie, four bass, two warmouth and three bluegill in the pond. Some on the grub, some on the spoon and some on the slip float with minnows. Several people are coming in so be sure to bring warm clothes. I would not recommend driving here to view fall foliage again this year.  What color there was blew off the last two days. We did get 1.2 inches of rain this weekend and needed it badly. November should bring walleye to the shadowy banks before dark on soft plastics and maybe stripers after dark on stick baits.  They move in to feed some years but not always. Depending what the shad does. Right now I am spooning brush piles. Some nice bass are finally showing up on the wind blown banks. Many fish are surfacing late but mostly small ones. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

I went out in the afternoon and the fishing was not as good as before but the wind was way down. The water was a little greener than normal and the surface temperature was 74 degrees. I caught several crappie off three different brush piles and they all were about 11-inches long. The big ones have not moved to the brush yet. I caught several bass but nothing to brag about. I put 8 decent fish in the pond. Tom kelly put several grass carp in there and it should be easier to fish if the giants in there do not eat them They were only about 6-inches log.  A guy stopped me and said how happy he was to have a good place to fish and that he caught four catfish around 10-lbs and thanked me. That is all I wanted. Now if I can get moochers off my brush piles. Maybe they will just go home. You can be sure I will not add anymore to those this winter. I will catch fish anyway. The weather is beautiful and is to stay so for the next week with highs in the 70's. Turnover is getting close. Lake level is stable with little generation. Anybody know why the river is running brown? It has been for several weeks and I have never seen it before, except after a big rain. I asked Bink who lives on the river and he says he has never seen it in 28 years. I think the dam discharges at about 100 feet deep. It should be clear down there. It could be from allowing the lake to stay so high for so long.  I hope they do not do that again. Government. White with Blue back  1/4 ounce Bink's jigging spoon is the bait of choice now in the brush. Nice flatheads are in there too along with a few walleye. 


Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

Roger and Vicky Moody from Clinton, Illinois caught some good fish.Image title

The lake level is 553.56 with almost no generation. The lake is clearing before turnover. Our good friends Roger and Vicky Moody just left and we are sorry to see them go. It is getting a little old to go fishing and find the same people on your brush piles after you worked so hard to put them in. Fish the ones that the resort you are staying at put in or the corps of engineers or game and fish. I do not fish other people's brush and like to find good places on my own. There are a few top water fish late but many fish are still in open water on shad and the rest are on brush with a few just off the steep wind blown banks. Roger Moody caught some good ones on a white spinner bait yesterday. I caught only crappie and bass with a few bluegill. There are many small fish. I hate to see all of these 10-inch crappie killed. The resort is filling up nicely this fall with people taking advantage of the $53 cabins and free boat stalls. 870-492-5115. If you want to spend more just stay here and give the rest to disabled vets. 

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The lake level is 553.60 and there is very little genaration. Crappie and bass fishing is the best now but usually is this time of year. There is still a lot of small fish being caught. I always catch a lot of crappie in October and the big ones usually start to show up in November and December. I have to go to two or three of Blackburns brushpiles in order to find one that is not camped on. People catch a few and then are on it every day. If everyone would put in their own brush it would be better. I do it so my customers have good places to fish. Some people are just lazy. A few white bass are showing up on the flats between Mallard Point and Cranfield Island in 30-ft. of water. But not very many. It is too early to tell. They are always there the full moon in November but it is the 4th this year and it might be a little early for the stripers and walleye north of Cranfield Island. Not much interested in white bass anyway. By the time you cut out the red meat there is not much left. Will take walleye, crappie and catfish anytime but a lot of people like those stripers.  

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Caught this morning by Dennis Byrd and Mike Eakle.Image title

The lake level hit 553.75 last night and they quit generating immediately. I like that level for fishing but it sets us up for more high water. If the hurricane landed further west we would be right back where we were. There needs to be different people managing the lake levels. It has not worked the last few years. It is too bad we cannot vote them out of office. The lake is sure different this fall. There are plenty of huge logs on the shoreline and main lake shallow points partially submerged. These will create cover that was not previously available but be aware things are not the same. Crappie and bass are the best bite now with a lot of small fish. The lake will start to clear now with the lake not dropping and I am seeing signs of it happeneing already until the lake turnover. The warm weather is holding that off a bit. I am not sure about the fall foliage but there are several leaves falling and the sumac is turning brown instead of red. Last year was a dud as far as color goes and we had almost no winter. I will shut off the TV when the NFL comes on and go fish. Gus needs a few crappie. The weather is beautiful and the resort has several cabins full with the people taking advantage of the low off-season rates and the warm. $53/day with a free boat stall. It is very dry here but the rain last week helped a bit. 

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home (click here for comments)

The lake level is 554.28 and dropping about 2-inches a day with two generators running about 1/2 speed most of the time.  We will see what they do when it hits 553.75 which is still too high to take a big rain. It is good for fishing though. Who come up with these new seasonal pools anyway? The surface temperature is 79 degrees and the lake is still stained.  I went out for about 1-1/2 hours yesterday and caught my limit of crappie and 5 bass.  All went into the pond. One crappie was very large and the rest were 10-12 inches. Fish are biting well right now despite the full moon. As near as I can tell only stripers and bluegill like the full moon but the crappie were biting fast last evening. Blackburns brush piles are really paying off now. I wish more resort owners and guides would put some in. I tried the pvc artificial ones and they do not seem to work well for crappie and walleye. New cedar trees are the best. Blackburns still has cabins with covered porches, boat stall and launch all for $53/day. No need to go somewhere else to launch. Why pay more unless you just have too much money?870-492-5115

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Scuba Steve put some in the pond too. Image title

John Bornhop and Tom Kelly caught some nice crappie yesterday. I know where. Welcome John and Tom.Image title

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This and several more caught on a Bink 1/8th ounce crappie spoon. Image title

The lake level is 554.90 and is dropping about 2-inches a day. Blackburns brush piles are at a perfect level and there are fish on them. The shorter days and cooler nights are finally dropping the surface temperature and it has dropped to below 80. Tom Kelly and John Bornhop caught some nice crappie yesterday. They always do. I went out for about an hour and caught four bass, one crappie and a big bluegill.  All went into the pond. Bink is catching some stripers again and several crappie. Walleye have slowed a bit but some are still coming in. It is very dry here. Fishing will get better and better until the lake turnover. It may be a slow process this year. When it happens the thermocline inverts and there is no reason for the fish to be in any special place except for cover and shad location. Clarity, temperature and oxygen level will be homogenous to several feet down. This is where brush pile location gives you an advantage. Wish more people would put them in. As the surface water cools after turnover fishing gets better again and November is a very good month. Come on down. 1-bedroom cabins are $53/day and you get a free boat stall with your cabin. All cabins have covered porches. Why pay more? 870-492-5115 It was good to see the Mowrers again. Nice family.

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Caught this morning on a 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon.Image title

The lake level is now 555.55 and they have cut down generation a lot. Guess they think the lake does not need to drop any farther. I disagree. The so called seasonal levels need to be reviewed or completely gone. Where did they come from anyway? They used to draw the lake down in the winter and prepare for the spring rains. Now they do not. How is that working out for them? Makes them look incompetent when they get tricked every year. The answer is "that is what the dams are for, to hold water". My answer is "hold the water at a lower level". I went out in the middle of the day and caught bass continuously for about two hours. I probably caught 25-30 fish on my grub and about 4-5 were keepers. I do not keep them anyway. It was fun. Many, many small fish are everywhere. Some crappie in the 10-11 inch range are being caught on brush but the schools are small. I do not know if they are roaming or just being caught out. I caught a 4-lb. channel cat on the grub and it was my largest fish. 

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Lake level is 555.71 and is dropping about 2-inches a day with limited continuous generation. Surface temperature is still near 80 and the main lake seems to be clearing a bit. I went out for about 1-1/2 hours and caught 6-crappie, two bluegill and two bass. No big fish. There are a lot of baitfish and undersized fish out there. It is to get cooler later this week. We are very dry. Newport is at 8-feet and they could be generating more. I would like to see some surge capacity. This is a good level for fishing though. Be carefull cutting points as debris is hung up on shallow main lake points where it has not been before from the high water. We are getting to have a lot of gar in this lake. You can drive or walk to the lake 1/3 mile, launch your boat, park and step on the dock with your free boat stall and still only pay $53/day. Why pay more?

 

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Crappie are not big but are keepers. Released them anyway.Image title

Mike Eakle caught most of the fish but i cannot drive his camera. Image title

The lake level is 556.45 and is back to normal. There is no surge capacity for a big rain. Lake is still stained with the constant drop but is a good color for fishing. People are catching fish in Blackburns area of the lake but not a lot of big ones. Crappie are running from 9-11 inches and stripers are small and skinny. Walleye a numerous but many are short. You have to catch 5 or 6 to get a keeper. Small stripers are around the island and white bass are in Blackburns creek. Blackburns brush piles are all holding some crappie and bluegill. Fishing is getting better. Water temperature was 82 last evening. There are lots of small bass. The total fish population is excellent. 

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It may be the first day of fall but you would never know it here. Highs to be near 90 for the next few days. The lake is still dropping and finally broke 557 and is now 556.95 with both generators running at about 1/2 speed. I will not try to lure you here with reports of great fishing. A lot of small bass are being caught and a few crappie. Walleye fishing is fair on main lake brush at less than 30-feet near the bottom on a spoon. The striper class of 7-8 pounds seems to be the worst hit by the fish kill.  It will leave a hole in the year they are susposed to be big. Many people were catching that size before the kill and now several hundred of them are gone at least. All other speces will do well with all of the cover after the flood and a low mortality rate. Scuba divers got very few with the reduced visibility and not nearly as many were caught in May and June as normal. Several small walleye were also floating in the dam area but none around here. The oxygen comes in with the river flow and the conditions get better the closer to the mouth of the river you get and it takes a long time to get to the dam. The flow caused by the generation is helping.  This is about as poor fishing as I have seen the last part of September and it will not get better when the lake starts to turn in October. I bet I will be catching a lot of fish in November especially about Thanksgiving time unless something drastic happens. There are a lot of bait fish in the creeks and the small bass are feeding on them big time. You can catch some good fish if you know what you are doing but there will be a lot of smaller ones in between. The lake is perfect for boating and swimming. Learn how to spoon brushpiles for best results or cast or drift a tipped grub over them. Tom Kelly caught some good crappie and bluegill yesterday and put them in the pond. No big ones yet and not high numbers.  13-1/2 is the biggest one I have caught this summer and not very many of them. Mostly 9-11 inches. They are there though. Blackburns has several good fishermen in this week and we will see. The pool is open and the price is $53/day for a one bedroom cabin.

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It rained hard for just a few minutes and then sprinkled later. We received over 1/2 inch of badly needed rain and it really greened things up.  I went out in between and found the crappie in brush at 28-feet 8-feet down.  Caught smaller bass, big bluegill and 10-crappie from 10-12 inches. No big ones yet. All went in the pond. I like catching those crappie. Lake level is now 557.79 and continues to drop 3-inches a day. Surface temperature continues to hang around 80-degrees and is good for swimming and boating. looks to be a good fall so far. $53/day for a cabin with a free normal sized boat stall. Please get your fishing licenses on line at Arkansas Game and fish website. It is pretty easy. We no longer sell them here. We sold them for over 20-years but were unable to cut through the government red tape to continue with their new program. It compares to the new boat registration rules. Come on down. It is still summer here. Pool is open.

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Lake level is 558 and still dropping about 3-inches/day with both generators running about 1/2 speed. They need to get rid of seasonal pool levels and get politics out of dam management. I think they would keep Newport at 12 feet no matter what. They now use the flood gates as management tools even though the water is wasted and cost millions of dollars. Common sense needs to prevail. The old idea that the dams were for flood control first and recreation last went out the window with the incorporation of the worthless minimum flow law for the put and take trout. Everything is back to normal now after taking almost 5-months even though we have been in very dry conditions. You can drive or walk to the dock and step on. Glad to have parking lot and launch back. I caught 10 keeper crappie and three nice bass yesterday afternoon in about two hours. All went into the trophy pond. The lake surface temperature is 79-80 and the ambient tempereature is to be near 90 for the next several days. Our pool is open and our prices are low. Come on down. We are open all year and November fishing is some of the best. Blackburns is your fall foliage headquarters for Norfork Lake, Mountain Home and the Ozark Mountain Region.

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Good fishing today. Caught limit of crappie, giant smallmouth bass and a nice catfish. All went in the pond. Level is 558.91 and dropping about 3-inches a day and the surface temperature is just above 80. Visibility is stained and brush piles are getting good. Lake is about 6-ft. higher than I would like it but is in good shape for fishing. I like a surge capacity in case of a big rain. Normal, what ever that is, is about 552 before they started messing with the numbers. Pool is open and we are on our winter rates here. $53/day for a one bedroom. 

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Lake level is 559.45 and continues to drop. We just got a few sprinles of rain and it is very dry. I went out for a couple of hours yesterday and the fish were biting. Caught catfish on the trot line, smallmouth bass in the buckbrush and crappie and bluegill in my brush piles. I limited out on crappie with the largest about 12-inches. Put some in the pond and give the rest to a friend. I have not killed a fish this year and have none in the freezer. The stripers in this area are skinny. At least they are not dying. The crappie are very healthy. A 13-1/2 inch one was caught by a new customer yesterday. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much and maybe in a duplex with no covered porch and also paying for boat stall. Drive on in here on your way home and check us out. You will not be disappointed. Our new wireless internet system is working well. It is 150 MB and costs $200/month and the customers really like it. They are streaming, whatever that is. The pool is still open. You will need it this weekend.90+ degrees. 870-492-5115  Lake is still stained and the visibility seems to change daily with no ryme or reason. Try that 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon in brush at 25-30 feet. I caught the crappie 8-ft. down. 1-bedroom cabins are $53/day. 

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Mike Eakle with a nice flathead for the pond.Image title

Lake level is 560 and things are in good condition with beaches , launches, parking and day use areas in play. Very late though. Should have been done sooner. I think they would regulate Newport to 12 feet if the world came to an end. Dam management rules should be reviewed and changed. Brush piles are getting to be at a good level now and some fish are moving to them. Many small white bass are chasing shad in the creeks. The shad are small too.  We are getting very dry here and need rain bad. Surface temperature is about 80 degrees but may rise a bit with ambient temperatures to hit 90 this weekend. Should be a good week for boating. Flatheads are starting to show up on jugs and trotlines on live bait part way back in the creeks. Bass are moving to the banks early and late . Smaller ones are being caught during the day. There are many walleye with most being undersized. 

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Lake level is 560.94 and dropping with both generators running about 1/2 speed. The lake is still stained but good for fishing. Fishing has not been the best lately but some good ones are being brought in. If you want stripers go to the dam with a net early in the morning.  Big walleye often go downstream and deep until there is no oxygen just like the stripers and hang out with them.  I caught a 10-lb. walleye in 90-ft. of water on a Bink's spoon a few years ago during the last fish kill. I really am sorry to lose these big fish. Hard telling how many sank instead of floating. Deep walleye and stripers are easily caught on a spoon in the hottest part of the summer but the organic material in the lake ate up all of the ozygen this year from the flood and killed them. When I went out yesterday the surface temperature was 81 degrees and the thermocline is at 28-feet. You can find it with a fish and temp or camera with temperature on it. The camera also shows you the visibility. Water clarity can be deceptive from the way it looks from the surface. I have had people report clear water and found no visibility 10-15 foot down and there is always a mud line just before the thermocline. Fish are often in or close to it. You can also go scuba diving and feel when the water starts to get cold. I have been diving for many years and rarely find the thermocline below 30-feet and never below 32. This happens when the surface temperature gets 90 or above. It has not done that this year. It should not drop anymore this season. I went to the place where I have been catching walleye for several weeks and they were gone. I did catch some good bass there though. White bass and hybrids are back in the creeks but many are small. Schools of shad are plentiful. I spooned a brush pile at 26-30 ft. and only caught small fish. There are lots of stripers about 6-inches long in Blackburns Resort creek area. Must be from this spring's stockings. The weather has been beautiful and our pool is open. Several guests are taking advantage of Blackburn's low prices. We will not charge you too much. A free boat stall comes with each cabin. Call 870-492-5115

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Lake level is 562.16 and dropping. We are getting dry again here. Last summer holiday is about over and day services on the lake are coming into play along with some campgrounds. Took since last of April to get the level down to manageable. People really missed the swimming areas this year but were able to go out on pontoons and swim off them. There are a lot of fish in this area of the lake at 22-26 feet and some brush piles are getting to be at the right depth. A am very sad about the striper kill down by the dam but have not seen any here. There are a lot of small walleye dying there also. Hard to tell how many sank to the bottom rather than floating. Dissolved oxygen is best the closer you get to where the river flows into the lake. It is about time to start catching some big flatheads. Starting today Blackburns has dropped their rates to $53/day for a one bedroom cabin along with a free boat stall. Up to 4-bedrooms are priced accordingly.  Others charge from $80-to over $100 and charge for boat stalls and trolling motors on pontoon rentals and have no covered porches. You can save $ towards the rising gas prices. The weather is to get cooler for the next week and fishing will get better. Call 870-492-5115 We will not charge you too much and are open all year.

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Lake level is 563.58 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours. Got some nice walleye yesterday near Cranfield Island in 21-feet of water on the flats near the drop off. We have had beautiful weather and it should continue through the weekend. Just had one cancellation. Call 870-492-5115 The town is filling up already. Beaches are starting to come into play. 

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The lake level is 563.85 and is dropping about 2-1/2 inches in a 24 hour period with some generation most of the time. It has now been 4-months since the raise. We should be at 552 now.  The 553.75 is a new so called normal caused by the worthless minimal flow rule that took away flood capacity for the put and take trout. They have been getting good minimal flow lately and are complaining about not being able to wade the river. The lake is in good condition but mainlake points have had snags hold up on them when the lake receded and you need to be careful when cutting points. I do not recommend going out after dark unless you are very familiar with the area. It looks to be a very busy weekend and they took the rain out of the forecast today and the Texas storm looks to go northeast of us. A litte rain would not hurt. Blackburn Resort and Boat rental goes on it's winter rates Monday and you can get a cabin for $53/day with a free boat stall. 870-492-5115.  Blackburns is your fall foliage headquartes for Norfork Lake and The Ozark Mountain region. Normal peak is the last week of October but we will keep you posted. I am going walleye fishing. 

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The lake level is 564.84 and dropping a little over 2-inches in a 24 hour period. The creeks are still stained green and the visibility is about 5-feet on the main lake. Tom Kelly caught some good fish including a walleye yesterday in the Cranfield area. Mike and James caught stripers, bass, walleye and crappie in the same area a few days ago. Stripers are in deep water at 70-80 feet and are being caught near thumb point on spoons. All of the stripers die when brought up from that depth so remember if you go regularly that your posession limit is twice the daily limit of three including hybrids. Venting does not work. The water temperature was 79 yesterday morning on the main lake in some places and in the low 80's other. Fishing will get better and better as the lake dropping brings my brush piles into play and the water cools a bit. August has been cooler than normal with July being the hot month this year. Everything is still very green which is unusual. Blackburns has cabins available from $75/day until September 4th when they drop to $53/day.  Cannot beat that anywhere especially when you take into account a free boat stall. Check prices before you book unless you just have too much money. 

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The lake level is 565.63 and dropping about two inches a day with medium generation. I guess they want to hold it up as long as possible. Some brush piles are coming into play and fish are moving on them. We received about 2/3 inch rain yesterday afternoon and the creeks run it came so hard. Things are very green. 

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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

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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.  

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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. 

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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. 

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Lake level is 567.62 and they are running one generator continously. The surface temperature is 87 degrees and the visibility and water color is good for fishing. A lot of fish are at 18-20 feet. Spoons and grubs with minnows are working well. Fishing around the Islands is good and a lot of bluegill are shallow in brush. Call 870-492-5115 for reservations. $75/day with a free boat stall. Image title

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The lake level is 568 and dropping about 2-1/2 inches a day with one generator running most of the time and both a little. Surface temperature is 87 degrees. Stripers are where they always are this time of year but not quite so deep and are mostly on the bottom at 50-60 feet and can be caught on jigging spoons. Most other fish are near the thermocline or around 18 feet. Many are around the islands. Bluegill are shallow in warm water near the shore in brush and are biting well on crickets. Mike Eakle caught walleye, catfish and bass all in the same area at 18-feet on a Bink's spoon. All went in the pond. Here is what should happen: Fishing will get better and better as October approaches and then the lake will turn over. This is not like northern shallow lakes where the lake flips from bottom to top and raises debris and stops the fishing. The thermocline just inverts and the water is homogenous from the top to about 30-feet and the fish have no preference where to go and they are just scattered. Sometimes the ambient fall weather stays fairly constant and the lake turns very slowly over a longer [period. You can catch fish at this times but it is a bit more difficult.  The water will then cool from the top down and the fishing will start to get better and better until my favorite time which is around Thanksgiving. When it gets cold, the red meat fish will move around the river channels near the bridges and get very lethargic and hard to catch. This is in January. Big crappie, bass and walleye can be caught at this time. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental's prices drop on Labor Day and you can get a one bedroom cabin for $53/day. Not bad. A free boat stall comes with your cabin. You can save at least $30/day by staying here. We keep the big pool open until it is too cold to swim. 

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The lake level is 568.78 and dropping about 2-1/2 inches in a 24 hour period. There is light generation most of the day and the level at Newport is below 12 feet. Some of the beaches are just starting to show up as are guard rails to causways.  The surface temperature is 87 degrees and you can see about 3-feet down on the main lake. I like a level of 560 for fishing but it does not leave much buffer for a big rain. It is getting dry again here but much greener than a normal August. My garden is doing great and it is a good year for tomatoes and peppers. We are in for some cooler weather starting tomorrow. I caught some nice bluegill yesterday shallow in brush on crickets for the pond. Stripers are biting well on jigging spoons 50-60 feet down whether on the bottom or suspended near thumb point. Bass are biting with black light and saltcraws near Cranfield island after dark. The lake is dropping too quickly for trotlines but drop shotting jugs with multiple hooks with live bait is working for channel cats. The lake in general is in good condition. The lake was quiet yesterday afternoon with light boat traffic. Blackburns has a cabin open tomorrow for $75/day with a free boat stall 870-492-5115 and it has a covered porch like all of our cabins.  

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The lake level is 569.20 and is dropping much slower now with generation cut way down. Guess they want to keep the water high to prevent camping and swimming on the beaches. At least the resorts are mostly at full service.  Newport is 12-feet and there is no need for this. Government. Give them more money and more time off. That will fix everything. The lake in general is in very good condition. Just day use access not so good. 

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The lake level is dropping quickly. We received 0.7 inches of rain and it was needed badly. Greened everything up. The level is 569.66 and dropping about 3-inches a day with one generator running part time and both part time. Lake is in excellent condition for boating and swimming. We are busy here but still have an opening tomorrow. 870-492-5115 Bink is catching a lot of big stripers. Lots of good friends coming this week. Pontoon rentals start at $105/day. 

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The lake is dropping with both generators running part of the time and one the rest and is at 570.13 You can walk or drive the 1/3 mile to the dock and step right on. Children can ride their bikes everywhere. Blackburns is the family place. The launch is open when someone is not parking in front of it. Catfish and bluegill are biting off the dock and Bink is catching a lot of big stripers. Swimming and boating are excellent. Blackburns is full now but has an opening starting Saturday. Call 870-492-5115. One bedrooms are $75/day and all have covered porches and come with a free boat stall. We will not charge youi too much.

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The lake level is 570.5 and dropping quickly. You can now drive the regular road to the dock or walk. Launch is open. Call 870492-5115

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Lake is dropping fast now. Over 3-inches a day. Finally. Things are opening up. Lake is in excellent condition. Blackburns has cabins starting at 75/day. 870-492-5115


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The lake level is 572.85 and is dropping about 2-inches a day. It is hot and getting dry again. Good for boating and swimming both off boats and in our big pool. There were a lot of boats out there by big E and between the bridges. The most I have seen all year. The lake is in excellent condition. The level at Newport is just above 12-feet and maybe they will quit holding back the water for a while. You would think they would be needing electricity. The lows are about 70 so the best time to fish is very early  and after dark for bass with a black light. Bluegill fishing is excellent with crickets and catfishing on limb lines and jugs is fair. Bink is spooning up stripers and hybrids early with a few walleye. Evening boating feels very good.

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The lake level is 573.30 and is exactly what it was at this time yesterday despite a thunder shower this morning. It rained hard and the creeks run for awhile.  We were getting dry. I do not think I have seen things so green for this time of year. The rain varied widely but we received over 2-inches here at Blackburns. It is sunny and humid now.  We got a nice shower also last evening about 5:30 PM. We have a nice, flat, big playground here and we just keep mowing. Lake views are good for people that like to sit on the porch huddled up on a hillside and drink coffee in the morning and sip wine in the afternoon. Our beautiful valley is green and big and flat and the children can run, ride their bikes and explore our 28 acres. Blackburns is the family place. We have 2 openings starting tonight and would be glad to have you and will not charge you too much. 870-492-5115  One bedrooms are $75/day and we have 2,3,4 bedrooms also. All have covered porches and none are duplexes.  If you smoke you can go out on the porch in the rain and not carry an umbrella or rig up your fishing poles out of the sun. It has been hot and good for boating and swimming. The lake is in excellent condition.  

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The lake level is 573.31 and dropping slowly. The level at Newport is below 12-feet and there is no excuse for not letting out more water to open up some of the day use areas. It is too late to plant soybeans and they are protecting nothing down stream. The army needs to get out of dam management and protect our country. The rules need to be reviewed and favortisms like protecting Branson at other people's cost need to be changed. It is all about the money. The Lou Lattray family is here and I hope they are having fun. They are always welcome. Lou is catchiung some nice bass.  The Schuler group are boating long hours and are also welcome. They like hot weather and I am glad they are getting it. Boating conditions are excellent. Blackburns has a couple of openings and you can call debbie at 870-492-5115 for last minute reservations. We will not charge you too much. 

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A pair of 20's caught this morning with Bink's Guide Service. Over 100 trips a year come from Blackburns and everyone is happy. Good partnership. Image title


The hot weather is here and the Schuler group from Chicago like it. They are always welcome here. The lake level is rising just a bit with very light generation and is at 573.59 and has risen over a foot again. the level a Newport is back near 14-feet after the rains.  It is too late to plant soybeans in the delta so there is no reason not to let some water out. The rules of generation need to be reviewed. Just a few feet makes a big difference on the area lakes for day users. You can swim off Blackburns Dock or in the big pool but swim beaches are under in all area lakes. Norfork is in better shape than most.  The lake in general is in excellent condition and boaters are having a great time and people are catching fish. 

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Caught yesterday on a Bink's jigging spoon. Nice smile.Image title

Tom Kelly with a nice one caught yesterday morning on a spoonImage title

We received two inches of rain last week and about four inches so far this week. The lake has risen 10-inches to 573.35 with no generation. They had 10-weeks to drop the level but dropped the ball instead. We need more government and they need more time off. This level does not hurt anything but really slowed the chance of getting day use areas open. Resorts are fine and so are boating and fishing.  People learned two things so far: Do not tent camp and do not stay where you have no covered porches. Makes for tough grilling and smoking when there is continuous rain. The fireworks on Norfork Lake went off well with no weather problems and the Lake Chamber did a good job. The weather has been cool for this time of year and everything is very green. This looks to be an excellent year for gardens. Stripers and walleye are showing up around the islands, bass are biting after dark on salt craws and bluegill are biting off the dock. Spoons are the best bait along with grubs. Most fish are at or near 20-feet of water with stripers on the bottom at 50-feet. Blackburns had some leave today after the holiday and have a few openings. Call 870-492-5115 and Debbie will help you. It was a very busy holiday and people made the best of the rain. 

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James and Sonny caught these fishing with Bink today. Sonny Eakle is here from Woodward, Iowa.Image title

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The lake level is 572.56 and they have cut generation down and it is dropping about 1-inch in a 24 hour period. The level at Newport is still dropping and is just above 12-feet. The rules of dam management need to be reviewed or there need to be someone else making the decisions. There is no reason to hold this long. The rise happened over 2-months ago. The lake is clear and there is no debris but day services are being affected. People cannot find a place to camp or swim from the shore. Resorts have full service. We had a couple of thunderstorms and about an inch of rain the last few days and it has kept everything green. There have been no rain outs. Stripers are biting on spoons on the bottom at 50-feet and catfish are hitting trotlines and limb lines. Some crappie are showing up and bluegill fishing is excellent off Blackburns dock. Night fishing with a black light and saltcraw is good and surface temperature is in the mid 80's. Our big pool is very busy and the kids love the slide. If it does rain you have covered porches on all cabins to sit outside out of the weather. I would not stay anywhere with out one. People are using the big pavillion to have cookouts, play shuffleboard and ping pong. Kids are riding their bikes everywhere. We like it when people are having fun. The fish started biting yesterday about 9-AM.

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We had a thunderstorm this morning and got just a little rain. We were dry. Lake level is 572.80 and they are generating less now for some reason. Level at Newport is at 12+ feet and they could be letting out a lot more. They could do a lot of good by dropping just a few feet but are resistant to do so.  The launch at Panther Bay is in good condition with the county doing a lot of work removing trees and brush. Boating and fishing conditions are excellent and the surface water temperature is in the mid 80's. The ambient temperature is to get near 90 later this weekend. Should be a good holiday. Starting today The law enforcement are out in force to watch for boating under the influence. Have a designated driver or be ready to blow in the tube. Tom Kelly caught some nice stripers on Thumb point in 50-ft. of water on the bottom on a Bink's spoon. Bass are biting in float creek and bluegill are biting off Blackburn's Dock. Walleye are still around the islands on spoons and dragging night crawlers. A lot of fish are at 20-feet of water under submerged trees and brush. Spinner baits are working where you can cast to the bank.

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The lake is in great condition and services are opening up fast. The water is dropping a little less than 2-inches/day and is at 573.21  and there are a lot of boats between the bridges this week. More launch parking is also being available. Spooning walleye and white bass by the islands, catfishing in the creeks and bluegill fishing off the dock are good.  Several people are swimming off the dock and in our big pool.  Blackburns has a one bedroom cabin open starting friday for $75/day and a two bedroom deluxe cabin open Thursday for $115/day. A free boat stall comes with your cabin and all have covered porches. If you are paying more elsewhere give us a call at 870-492-5115

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For you bluegill fishermen: They are biting off the dock. For you walleye fishermen they are biting around the islands. 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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. 

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The lake level dropped to 575.24 or less than an inch in 24-hours. They are generating very little everywhere except Table rock Lake to protect Branson. It is very political. The level at Newport is dropping rapidly and is near 20-feet. Why I do not know. It is getting too late to plant anything. Walleye are showing up around the islands as they always do in high water.  Guests caught some good ones yesterday. It is a good place to drag nightcrawlers on a lindy rig because there is not much to get snagged on. About 2 in 3 are keepers. Also work the submerged picknik tables on the south side of Robinson Point campgtound in the grass. Big fish are there. Blackburns Creek is clearing from the bank out and is in good condition for fishing. People are swimming off the dock.Pan fish are back under the dock and are also around main lake submerged willows near the boy scout camp and west of 101 bridge. Use crickets, worms and minnows. We are very busy here with people taking advantage of our low cabin and boat rental rates, free boat stalls and easy access to the dock. It looks like day use people will be inconvenienced for a while but not here at Blackburns resort and Boat Rental.    

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The lake level is 575.30 and they are generating about 1/2 the time.  When they quit it raises just a bit from the river inflow. It dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours and they are intent on getting the level down at Newport no matter how long they hold us. It has droped dramatically there for whatever reason. If they would get us down about 5-more feet it would really help access launching, swimming, parking and camping but that is out of the question. The lake is in good condition but just too high it clears rapidly as you go north of Cranfield Island. Parking at launch ramps is very congested and it is a long walk from your trailer parking to your boat. And of course there are rude people clogging up the launch ramp while rigging their boats with few courtesy docks.  The surface temperature is about 80 degrees. The game and fish were working the area near Blackburns clearing debris. Thank you. Stuff was getting clogged on the long shallow points. The thermocline is forming and the fish will mostly be above or just at it at around 20-feet where ever there are shad and this will be in the submerged trees and buck brush and is not very far from the bank. There are many minnows swimming in the brush too. They have a lot of cover and have a lower mortality rate. We are starting to get into spooning season but it will not be as normal. You have to change your normal way of fishing and adapt to the high water.  It will be around for a while as we are last on the priority list. The fish are there and will move deeper as the thermocline drops. Spooning stripers will be good in the heat of the summer as will be the night bass bite.

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They have cut way back on generation and the lake just went down 1-inch in the last 24-hours.  I was afraid that would happen. The lake is clearing nicely and the clarity is not a factor in fishing. The fish are biting but it is hard to get them out of the trees.  The creeks in this part of the lake are slow clearing and are the color of lakes in Northwest Ontario.  Fish points part way into creeks with a spinner bait for bass and walleye and live bait for everything else.  Look for shad flipping around in the brush and submerged trees. They have plenty of cover. I am using a long pole baited with a shiner and poking it back in the trees where the shad are coming up. The thermocline is forming and a lot of fish will be in the 20-ft. depth level and shallower. Boating and swimming are good.off docks and off boats in deeper water. Swimming and fishing off the bank not so good. Weather is wonderfull. 

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We are having more than a week coming up of beautiful weather. Highs 80's lows 60. People are boating, fishing, swimming in the lake and pool and in general having a good time. The grass and the gardens are growing at an unbelieveable rate. We have been getting rain just about everytime we need it. The lake level has dropped to 575.60 and is dropping about two inches a day. They did stop generating for a few hours yesterday and I was not glad to see that but did expect it. All spillway gates are now closed on all dams in the area and the lakes are about 5-feet from top of flood pool. Every one except Beaver Lake is out of danger for a while but they are bent on getting the level down at Newport no matter what while protecting Branson. Most resorts are least effected with campgrounds and day use areas being the most. Things are fine here at Blackburns except you have to go to Cranfield or Panther bay to launch and drive your boat to our dock. Many resorts do not have launches at their place anyway. We have plenty of parking for your trailer. The kids will love our big pool with slide and baby pool and the parents will love our prices on both cabins and boat rentals. Big, geen, flat payground with lots of room for your pets and very close to all services.  

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It is to be sunny and in the low 80's for the next week. The lake has dropped to 575.82 with both generators running continuously and is dropping about a foot and a half a week. I caught a couple of nice channel cats yesterday and put them in the pond. Dropping water and full moon usually slows catfishing. I am pulling my limb lines and putting a trot line on the bottom. Bass, walleye and catfish are biting fair. Swimming is good but there are not very many beaches available. Just bring your boat or rent one of ours and go out on the lake. You can also swim in our 30x60 pool. We were full but have a few openings for starting today. $75/day for a one bedroom. Launch your boat, drive it to our dock and park your trailer in out trailer park and be done with it until you leave. A free boat stall comes with your cabin. You can drive to our dock and walk just a few steps to get on. Campers and day use people are the most inconvenienced but it is getting better every day. People are having a lot of fun. The weather is great. 

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Bart Vandervelde with a nice Norfork Lake Bass. Sorry to see him and Caroline go home.Image title

The lake has dropped to 576 with both generators running continuously despite getting and inch of rain. The lake dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. Walleye are biting in float creek on spinner baits and bass are doing the same in Diamond Bay on both spinner baits and spooks. The you can call the bass up despite them not surfacing on a spitin image. They will come up a few feet to get it. Catfishing in the backs creeks has slowed down and I am moving to my summer place. Good launching sites are available in Panther Bay, Cranfield and Robinson Point park but truck and trailer parking is limited. Have someone with you and be prepared to walk. Courtesy docks are unavailable.  Most places have some camping but you had better call ahead. When you stay at a resort make sure your cabin has a covered porch. You can rig your poles, play cards and smoke out of the weather. Better than staying in the cabin. Our price for a 1-bedroom cabin is $75/day for two people. The weather is to be perfect for the next week with high pressure, sunny skies and normal temperatures which are the low 80's. The lake level dropping has trapped most debris on the bank and the water coming in from the river has cleared the water north of Cranfield. Shad are mostly on the bank and under submerged brush and trees.  Find a place part way back in the creeks where you can cast to the bank with a spinner bait. Top water fish are not coming up every morning.  

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The lake level is 576.70 and is dropping about 2-inches a day with both generators running continously. We seem to be in a pattern of rain in the afternoon and fog in the morning. It cooled down quickly yesterday after the rain. We did not get much but it rained hard for a few minutes. I went  and checked out Cranfield launch yesterday and it is in good condition but with limited parking. There is still a topwater bite early but the fog makes it tough. Look for points part way back in the creeks with submerged brush and trees with a spinner bait for bass and walleye. Diamond bay and float creek are two good places to start.  We should get into the dry season in the next week or so with predominately south wind and hot temperatures. A thermocline is starting to form.

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Tom Kelly with a couple of nice ones. More too. Image title

The lake level is 576.85 and dropping a couple of inches a day with both generators running continuously. The creeks in this area are slow clearing with the changing wind directions moving debris. Some of it is sticking to the bank with the lake dropping 3-1/2 feet from it's high. It was a cool May but the temperatures are back to normal which is 81 for a high. The shad are mostly under cover of trees and brush and that is where the fish are. Tom Kelly is catching some good fish on points with covered brush and trees. Mostly walleye and bass. The catfish have slowed a bit but I am still catching some. I put two nice ones in the pond today. Surface temperature is rising with 73-76 depending on where you are. The lake is really improving they just need to lower it more to improve launching and parking. Norfork is about the best alternastive out there. 

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The lake level has dropped a little over an inch in the last 24-hours and stands at 557.41 and the water is still clearing. It sure was busy here this weekend. We got rain but it was almost all at night and did not affect anything. it is beautiful here today. Bart and Caroline Vandervelde are here and they are always welcome. Bart likes that top water fishing and always catches good fish and releases all of them. They have been coming to Blackburns for over 30-years.  We were very happy to see the Mickey McGee family again. What a nice family. The pool was very busy. It is a good thing it is a big one. I did check and found there was one launch ramp open at Robinson Point campground but no parking. It is still best to launch your boat and pull it around to Blackburns dock and park your trailer in our parking area and be done with it until you leave. 

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We have received 2.7 inches of rain total for this week end but the lake has not risen very much with both generators running most of the time and the level is 577.51. The creeks are running a bit but not heavily. Do not count on wading the rivers fishing for a long time. Camping and parking at launches is very limited. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has no diminished services except launching and it is available at Panther bay which is close by. It is good to have a dock with a lot of stalls. Especially if you get a stall free with your cabin. Solves a lot of logistical problems. There is still a top water bite early, bass fishing near the bank on spinner baits and top water poppers and good catfishing on trotlines, limb lines and jugs drop shotted with several hooks. It is sunny now and the resort and pool are busy with people having fun and renting boats.   That is what it is all about. You do not have to pay more unless you just want to.

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We received a little less than an inch of rain early this morning but it is sunny now. The lake went up about 1/2 inch and is now at 577.50 with a surface temperature of just over 72 degrees. It was not a good night to be in a tent. The shad are in the brush and under debris and it is making it harder for the game fish to get to them. Not like when they are in open water where the fish can stay right on them and feed on demand. Bass are biting well on spinner baits in float creek and diamond bay with red meat fish coming up early in both places. Catfish and bass are still biting well on trot lines and limb lines on live shiners and bluegill with smaller ones on prepared bait and chicken livers. The creeks in this area are finally clearing and the water is fairly clear south of Hwy 62 bridge. Go partway back in a creek where the debris does not extent very far from the bank and work a spinner bait in the trees and brush for bass. A lot of campgrounds are either closed or partially closed and parking at launch ramps is at a premium. You can launch at Panther Bay, drive to our dock and park your boat in our dock for free with a cabin rental and park your trailer in our trailer area. You can park you vehicle at the dock and walk just a few steps to get on it or rent one of our low cost boats. Many people are swimming in our big pool with slide. Call 870-492-5115 We have a few openings and the best prices.

Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comments)

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The lake is 557.56 and rising slowly and they just started generating. It has been minimal with the other lakes being so full. Fishing has been picking up daily. Boating is good south of the 62 bridge. Tom Kelly caught a lot of big fish in diamond bay yesterday on a spinner bait. The Magness crew are really catching some nice catfish and so is Scuba Steve. Panther Bay launch is good. Remember clear water is not the best for fishing. If the fish can see you they will notbite. Look for stained water where you can see your lure just a few feet down. A lot of fish are on the banks. Try float creek too for bass. 

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Yes we do have the biggest pool in the area.  Yes it does have a slide. Yes it does have a baby pool. Yes it is open. Yes we are catching fish. Yes we have the lowest prices on both cabins and boat rentals. Yes you can drive to our dock and take a few steps to get on it. Yes you get a free boat stall with each cabin unless you bring a pontoon (we have 11 of them to rent). Yes we have the best, biggest and flattest playground and most play stations for the children including a soccer field. Yes we have powerfull Wi-FI reaching all cabins. Yes we are closest to Mountain Home, dining and shopping.  No we will not charge you too much. 

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The lake level is 577.01 and has been the same for four days despite the 1.7 inches of rain that we received in the last two days. The creeks did not run and they increased the generation a bit. The game and fish and corps of engineers cleaned up the Panther Bay launch this morning and it is in good shape for launching. Watch out for submerged signs and guard rails. Blackburns big pool with slide is open and children are in it all day.  The Magness group is here and are welcome. We are always glad to see them. They are catching lots of channelcats on their trot lines. You can still drive and park at Blackburns Dock and step on and get a free boat stall while paying the lowest prices in the area. There are some crappie and bass being caught off the dock now. I will get some crickets and try for brim. We hope you like our new WI-FI system. It gets reception in most places and is very expensive. It is 30-times faster than our old one.

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The lake level is 577.01 and has been stable for several days with the intermittant running of generators with no effort to drop the lake. We received some rain last night and early this morning but not much. We could get more tonight. Not much has changed except the water is clearing a bit on the main lake but is slow clearing in the creeks. Fish are in and under the brush and debris and can be caught with live bait near the bank. If you are fishing artificial find where you can have access to as close to the bank as possible. Catfish and bass are still the best but some red meat fish can be caught too. A good place to start is part way back in float creek. Several fish are being caught. Lake cleanup is tomorrow so there will be better access to launch and park after that. My limb lines are still producing catfish and bass on live bluegill. There is still a top water bite early. Some people are catching smaller channelcats on jugs with chicken livers.

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The lake level is 576.98 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours. If it drops just a bit more this debris will stick on the bank and not just continually blow with the wind. If the level  comes up with the next rain it will head downstream. I caught three catfish and a 4-lb. smallmouth on my limb lines yesterday and put them in the pond. I am still using live bluegill. Bink is catching fish everyday.

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The lake level has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours and is at 577.09 with pretty heavy generation. The level creeps up when they quit generating.  Newport has also dropped to 27-ft. from the 30's and they are looking to get it to 14-feet and keep it there. How much we drop will depend on that and how long they continue to drop Table Rock. Bull Shoals cannot hold any more and is closer to full than Norfork. The White River will be high for sometime.  Catfishing is still very good.

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The lake level has been the same for three days at 577.18 and the lake is clearing with much of the lake debris gone in this area but a lot is still on the bank. You can find places where the bank is clear and that is the best and easiest to fish. The Corps of Engineers are sponsoring a lake clean up next Saturday to help remove debris from launch ramps and other areas to make things good for the upcoming holiday. The surface water temperature is past the mid 70's in the creeks and rising rapidly. Things are improving rapidly. Including the fishing. Shad are in tthe creeks next to the bank as are many fish. We cannot launch here yet but there are several good places near and you can launch your boat, drive it to our dock and park your trailers in our parking and nearly step on our dock. We are opening the big pool this week after a new renovation and paint job. Norfork is in as good if not better condition than any lake in the area and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has no dininished services except launching and several places do not have that anyway. Catfishing could not be better. 

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The lake level is 577.42 and has dropped about 8-inches in the last 24-hours. They still have spilllway gates open.  A few open-water red meat fish are being brought in but smallmouth bass and catfish continue to be the best bite. We are to get more rain on Thursday but things are beginning to dry up a bit. These several days of sunshine and warm are welcome. 

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The lake level is 578.20 and has dropped 7-inches in the last 24-hours. The sun is shining with light winds and the lake is clearing. Debbie and Abby painted the pool and it will be open in a few days when it cures. We have the largest pool in the area. The lake level is perfect for limb lines and the catfish are biting. We caught one of the biggest channel cats I have ever seen. A big one is 10- pounds and this one was near 20. There are also several bluecats but no flatheads yet. It is as good as I have seen it in 22-years. Mike Eakle and Steve Deardoff are really catching them. They are biting both day and night on live bluegill set just under the surface. This is really fun and we are sharing them with our guests. Norfork lake catfish eat well. 

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The lake level is 578.81 and has dropped 11-inches in the last 24-hours with the help of the spillway gates. The plan seems to be as follows: Hold the water in the lakes until they get to within inches of going over the spillway and then opening the gates to prevent disaster while protecting Branson at all costs and flooding everything downstream and keeping the lakes high all summer. Once the lake clears, the higher level will not hurt anything after the launches are opened again except that the parks and camping will be eliminated. The debris is now headed to the dam. Bink is catching smallmouth bass everyday and Scuba Steve is having fun catching catfish on his limb lines. Nice ones too. Barring any heavy rains, and further spillway gates opening, the level should remain stable and clear up until all of this slug passes and they then keep the level at 12-14 feet at Newport at all costs keeping everything one rain away from going over the spillway again. The top water bite should resume soon with sunshine and stable water level.  

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The lake level is 579.83 and is exactly what is was 24-hours ago. The flood gates are maintaining the level. The sun is shining and it is to do so for the next week with warm weather. The level at Newport is still at 33.2 and has been about there for a few days. This slug has to move through the Mississippi, then the Arkansas and then the White in order for Norfork to drop on it's own. It will be a while. It is not like they are planting the delta now anyway but they will lower Newport as fast as they can and hold us. Fishing will pick up after some sunny dry days. The lake will clear and launching will be the only issue. This will improve as the debri is removed from the launching areas. 

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We received 3-inches of rain total and the lake is to rise to 580.  That is the top of the spillway. Dam management 101: do not let the water run over the spillway. They failed in 2008 and it looks like their memory is not too good. Government.  It is to be dry for the next week now. I set out about a dozen limb lines this evening. I will tell you how the catfish are biting. Might as well make the best of things. Better than staying on the porch. I love catfishing. It is amazing how complicated it is for people to go for a few days fishing. You would think it was the biggest decision of their lives. We just count our blessings here and pray for the less fortunate. It is sad to see how many people are only concerned about money when we are all going to end up in the same place. A little sunshine will cheer people up. I am happy for each day. 

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The lake has risen 1-ft. in the last 24-hours with 1.8 inches of rain and is now 579.3 but they opened the spillway gates again this morning to keep the water from going over them. They had been shut. It is still raining a little now but it is to move out soon and get windy today with a week of dry weather top come. Debris has clogged the launch at Panther Bay and Cranfield is not in use. I will tell you where to launch when you get here. I went out all over yesterday and did not find anything but brown water but did not go way back in Bennetts. If there is clear water I do not know where it is. It will be tough to trot line for a bit with the level changes but when things settle for a few days it will be good. Limb lining is good now. Set your line just a few inches under water and use a live bluegill. Bass have moved into the shallow road beds They will not drop the lake very fast. With the level at Newport at 32.74 they will do everything they can to get it down but are limited only by keeping the water from breeching the area spillways. You can still drive to Blackburns Dock and step on but we need several days of stable weather to clear the water a bit and fishing to pick up again. Launching is not a problem for us as we have many rental boats already at the dock but there are very few public places. This will change as the debris goes down stream. 

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The lake level is 578.36 and has dropped about 6-inches in the last 24-hours. The water is brown and the debris is clogging up on the main lake depending on the wind direction but is heading down stream. Surface temperature is 61+ degrees. The location of the debris can change in the matter of minutes. Bink caught 14 fish yesterday taking out more of our customers. We cannot control the rain but have worked hard to maintain all services except for launching. You will have to go somewhere else to do that. Many places do not have launching at their resort anyway. We think we have the best of all options but am not encouraging anyone to do what they are concerned about. You can always reschedule rather than milling around fretting. It is amazing how worked up some people can get over a few days fishing. Me, I am going out and catch a few smallmouth bass and set out limb lines for catfish. 

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It is sunny today with high near 75 with light western winds. The lake crested at 578.93 and now is at 578.8 with a large amount of debris moving south near the 101 bridge. Another bunch is south of Robinson island. Blackburns creek is clear with water in the trees but very little debris. They are running flood gates to maintain the level.  It is perfect for limb lining catfish. We have full service except for launching and you can drive right to the dock and step on. You can launch at Panther Bay. We received no wind or hail, just rain and are counting our blessings.  

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Lake level is 561.28 and rising a bit with no rain so far this weekend. We will see what happens. Everyone is out fishing and catching fish. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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The sun is shining bright today and the temperature is rising. The lake level is 555.39 and rising. It was 552.9 on this date last year. It was windy from the north yesterday and very cool. March and April can be very variable here with low pressure and cold fronts passing theough a couple of times a week. Blackburns has a couple of cabins leaving today so we will have some openings. Later this week is very busy with many boats rented. The crappie fishing should pick up soon but is not the best now. Some are still staging, some are spawning and some others are in open water on shad and have done nothing yet. The lake came up fast at a bad time for spawn but that is not unusual. It needs to stay stable now for a couple of weeks. Flatheads are the last thing to spawn and some have moved back in the creeks to feed on the shallow shad and bluegill. Topwater bass and red meat fish are the best bite now early. Get out ther at first light partway back in creeks.The surface temperature is hanging in there at 67. When the high pressure has been around for a while fishing will pick up again.

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It rained hard yesterday afternoon for about an hour and I waited until about 3:PM before I went out. The creeks run hard.The lake level is now 553.3 and has risen 1.3 feet since yesterday and 1.74 feet since Friday morning. We received 1.8 inches Friday and 1.5 inches again this morning and late last night. It is cool now with temperatures near 50 with 70 scheduled for tomorrow. i caught a flathead on my trot line and several smallmouth on the mainlake river channel bank. All went into the trophy pond. I talked to John Gibbs while waitiing for the rain to stop and he and his friends are catching lots of fish. They were fishing main lake points with jerkbaits and crankbaits and the four of them caught about 60 fish including walleye, bass, crappie, striper and white bass. They always catch fish and come two or three times a year. Nice guys from Chicago. Blackburns is full today but give us a call Monday when we have some leave. It is a busy place here with people buying real estate, looking for real estate, building houses, working on construction, visiting relatives and fishing. it takes all kinds to stay full but the thing they all have in common is that they do not want to pay too much and they do not have to here. We will see what this cold front brings but the grass and flowers are sure growing. Lake surface temperature is 67 degrees.

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Get out there about 6:Am for the topwater bite part way back in the creeks. Use a clear spook if the weather is clear and the sun is coming up. Otherwise a bass assassin or white spook will work.  I am still catching smallmouth bass on main lake on grubs. Bink is really on the stripers. Blackburns has several good fishermen in now and we will see what happens. More rain is to come later this week. The lake level is stable with several hours of generation. Things are about where they should be for this time of year. Lots of crappie are under docks. Walleye and, bluegill and bass are with them. Shad are in the creeks. I caught no walleye on the flats but will try again May 1st. it is really busy here with people taking advantage of our low cabin and boat rental prices and free boat stalls. Why pay more?

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The lake level is 551.37 and rising slowly with about 5-hours of heavy generation yesterday and the surface temperature was 67 when I went out about 3-PM. People reported a lot of bass coming up in east pigeon creek about 6:30 this morning just at sunrise. We have received about 1.1 inches of rain since Saturday night. I like to find my own fish and there was nobody fishing the main lake so I decided to give it a try. The smallmouth bass were on the steep south facing banks near the shore and biting well on small grubs. Several warmouth were there too and they were right on the bank. I caught my limit of keeper smallmouth and took them to Tom Kelly's trophy pond along with the warmouth. The smallmouth were in the 2-4 pound range and the warmouth were in the 7-inch range. The walleye, crappie, bluegill and bass have moved in under the main lake docks and are shallow and hard to catch. The water is pretty clear except for the pollen which is heavy on the wind blown banks. It gets warm and the wind blows from the south for a few days and then a cold front moves in and the wind changes to the north and it cools down dramatically. That is spring fishing in Arkansas. Blackburns has cabins for $53/day for two people with a free boat stall with your cabin and we do not charge for trolling motors on fishing pontoons which we have several. They are all 24-volt too.

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It thundered a bit late this morning and rained hard for a few minutes. We received about 0.3 inches of rain. We are to get more the next 48 hours. The lake has risen to 551.17 with no generation for two days and the surface temperature is 65 degrees. The cold front really lived up to it's name and the ambient temperature dropped to 61 degrees. The bass were really coming up back in the creeks this morning right before the front but the stripers were small. We will see if the front slows the top water bite or not. it looks like several are moving in and out. The wind is light from the north now. Spooks and flukes are working well for top water. If you are out there back in a good creek by 6:30 in the morning you are pretty much going to catch fish and close to Blackburns too. The Easter egg hunt was a big success with dozens of children. Everyone got a couple of big baskets full. We had another smaller one this noon for the ones that were unable to attend Saturday. Cannot leave anybody out. There were over a thousand eggs and toys. Blackburns large flat playground is perfect for a hunt. Not on a cliff here. Big week coming up. Call 870-492-5115 to join in. We are the family place. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much and missing out on the fun.

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Water temperature was over 67 yesterday and the level should reach 551 today with very little generation.  The creeks stained up a bit. The best bite is definitely early morning about 6:30 AM and then just before dark. Fishing is tough in the middle of the day. That could change with the low pressure moving in tonight with a couple of days of rain. Blackburns 15th annual Easter Egg hunt is today at 2:Pm and there will be many children here with hundreds of eggs and prizes for all ages. Fun fun fun. We had a big crew of egg stuffers. Lots of fish are under the dock. 

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It was 80 and sunny yesterday and the low was 60 last night. The level is 550.88 and is rising slowly. They did not generate this morning resulting in the 1.3 inch rise. We are starting to get a little dry again. The lake is beginning to clear some, especially in the creeks. The fish are biting best both early and late and are coming up most mornings. There are some big fish being caught. The big change is the fish that are under the dock. The bass are huge. I saw one that went at lest 8-lbs. and there were several more in the 5-lb. range. I am not an expert in bass spawning but it sure seems that the Kentucky bass spawn in deeper water than the black bass. The Bass Cat tournament is in Alabama this year and is on April 20th and 21st. which will be right in the middle of the spawn here. I do not catch fish off the beds and sight fish but even though that tournament is much smaller than it was, those guys know how to do it. If they are going to have it in the last half of April it is probably better if they have it in Texas or Alabama. it is all about the money anyway. They do make pretty boats. It is a bit early but I am going to check out the flats for walleye. Most of them seem to have moved from the bank in the late evening and may have gone there. Some crappie have moved back to the brush. Shad are scattered but there were some big Gizzards under the dock. Some shad are in the creeks in 20-ft. of water. Spring is here. Tom Kelly says he is healing nicely and will be back on the lake soon. We hope so. Blackburns has a large group of regulars here and they are having fun without paying too much. 

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It is nearly 80 degrees. The grass is growing. The flowers are blooming. The lake is in great shape.  The level is rising very slowly and is at 550.76 with a few hours of heavy generation. Mostly in the morning.  Surface temperature is in the mid 60's and rising. Some fish have spawned, some are spawning and some are making or on beds. This is an exciting time. Fishing is not fast and furious but there is a good top water bite most mornings and another evening bite just before dark. The early crappie spots that were too shallow a few weeks ago are holding fish now that the lake is up near what I will call normal. Or what I would like to be normal. I would like it to get to about 555 and stay there all year but that is not going to happen. The water is still stained and is a good color for fishing. Sometimes the water gets so clear that you can see the bottom at 25 feet and that makes it rough on fishing. I firmly believe that if the fish can see you they will not bite. I caught my fish yesterday on a small grub and minnow. It changes everyday. My trot line is slow but others are working. I like to keep mine close and in sight. They will move there soon. Blackburns is very busy. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. Come on down. 

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Water temperature was 64+ when I went out yesterday. It is still stained from the pollen and rising water. The level is exactly what it was 24-hours ago at 550.71 and they are generating heavily now and have been for several hours. There is some debris floating so be careful. Nothing big. Some good fish were caught yesterday but not a lot. I caught crappie and bluegill, John caught a very nice walleye, Roger caught bass and crappie and others did the same. Some big bass are under the dock and walkway looking to make a nest. Many bluegill have spawned and moved in under the dock also. Some are big. I caught mine on 25-ft. brush piles on a small Bink's spoon. John caught his walleye and striper on a rapalla. The weather is to be great for the next week so come on down. We have a lot of good people here who come back year after year and have made friends. Join us and not pay too much. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much,.I hear people say we had the whole place to ourselves. I wonder why. 

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John Schreeves with one very nice striper. Image title

The lake level is still rising a bit with a few hours of generation and is at 550.73. It is a very good level. Tommy Smith reports carching some big walleye on his trot line and seeing several turkeys. John and Debbie Schreeves are back from Omaha, Nebraska and John is catching some nice fish. He caught a very nice striper yesterday. He catches more and more everytime they come. Marion Bass left me some nice garden plants. Thank you. Marion reports there were 287 boats in the Cystic Fibrosis bass tournament and just over 15-lbs. won. Not bad.  Fish are moving back on main lake points and cuts on brush and the water temperature should rise with the warm weather and fairly warm nights for the next week. It has been very slow warming and has struggled to get to 60 on the main lake. The top water bite is getting better every day. It is a good time for a fishing trip and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental will not charge you too much. You can still get a 1-bedroom cabin for two people for $53/day with a free boat stall with your cabin. Trolling motors are included in price for fishing pontoons. Why pay more? 1-800-635-0526

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Nice Walleye caught last evening fishing with Bink's Guide Service.Image title

Wind wind go away. The lake level has moved to 550.65 and is rising with no generation. More rain on the way.

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Bulletin: 6:PM. I just got in and there is good news. I guess the nasty white stuff mixed in with the surface water and the temperature is back up to 55 degrees. I guess the south wind did it. No matter.  With the warm weather coming later this week with no sign of cold weather after that, things should really start to happen. First bass move to the creeks, second the catfish do the same thing, third the crappie move to cover back in the creeks shallow and Scuba Steve puts in his trot line. I will wait until the crappie spawn and move to my brush piles and then they are fair game. It still looks like early April is good. Book then. Snow is gone except for north side of hills, good riddance. Two more days of cool and then in the 70's by the weekend. I have spent enough time in cold, snowy weather when living in Minnesota and Maine to last a lifetime. Whoever thinks it is beautiful and love it should move there. They would really be happy. I have a rule: do not be sure of good fishing in the spring until after March 15th and it is coming true this year. Except for the striper fishermen and the full moon in March is always good. 

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Look at the size at that Norfork Lake BassImage title

Nice crappie Steve.Image title

Fishing was good today for Steve Deardoff. Weather nice, light winds and big fish.

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Norfork Lake Winter Crappie.Image title

It was a little windy and started to cool off about 2-PM. Fishing was steady but not fast. Caught a bucket full of nice ones for my friend Leonard Darr. He likes those crappie. So do I. Lost a giant one getting it over the side of the boat. Must get a net. Nice to be out.

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Mike Eakle from O'fallon Missouri With Some good ones. Image title

The front came through today and the fish were biting. These were a few caught. Mike Eakle is Fishing With Tom Kelly. He could not be fishing with a better person or a better fisherman. All are in the trophy pond. I hope Leonard Darr liked his limit of big crappy. He is my good friend and he loves crappie. 

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Scuba Steve Likes those Walleye. Released.Image title

Caught this morning just before the rain on a Bink's Jigging spoon.

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I like these.Image title

Sunny for several days. May is here and the walleye are biting. 1/2 way back in the creeks on a Bink's 1/2 ounce Jigging Spoon. Bulletin.