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Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 553.41 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running less than capacity most of the time. We have received about 3-1/2 inches of rain total in the last couple of days and it is still raining. The creeks are running but not heavily but will if this keeps up as the ground is now saturated. That is good for trees and plants going into the winter. The White River at Newport has now dropped to below 6-ft. and they are already starting their philosophy of hold and hope and it is still October. The White River is a plastic river and has no water if they do not let any out of Bull Shoals or into it from Norfork and they are letting out very little. At least it is good news for the waders for the put and take trout on the river. They can barely float a boat though. I had a water temperature of 66 degrees when I went out yesterday and the lake is clearing nicely. You can see your lure down further every day and it is now about 4-ft. I stayed out until the rain got steady just after noon but caught several crappie. I did not stray very far from the shed and was casting a jig over brush piles. Eight keepers over 11-inches were caught in about two hours. It was cool and wet but the wind was not bad. The weather looks to be good again later this week and for the weekend but more rain until then. I will go out between showers and let you know. The lake in general is in good condition. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Caught on the Bink's Spoon this morning.Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 553.28 and is about the same as it was yesterday with little generation. The surface temperature was 66 when I went out yesterday and the water is still clearing and is a good color for fishing. The ambient temperature was 50 and the wind was light and it was cloudy. I went to a good brush pile and caught nothing and then worked a river channel steep bank with a jig and caught fish immediately  and consistently. Bluegill were right on the bank with smaller bass and the larger bass and crappie were on the first shelf after the drop off in about 10-12 feet of water. I caught several keeper fish and then came to the channel swing and they quit. There was another brush pile approaching on the point so I checked it out and switched to the 1/4 ounce spoon. The big bass were schooled in 27-ft. of water and when I would catch one others would follow it up. It was fun and then they were gone. All fished were released. They must have been roaming. It is to rain for the next few days but it looks good for the weekend. The moon is getting bigger and if the stripers are going to bite it will be the full moon or a little after and that is the end of the month and the first part of November. We have some good striper fishermen in and they are trying hard and catching a few fish. The biggest one they have caught is 15-lbs. I sure hope the fish show up this fall and winter. We used to catch 40-lbs, then 30-lbs then 20-lbs and now 15 is a big one and not many of them. I sure wish people would stop killing the small ones but if they fish for them in deep water they die anyway. I will stick to walleye, bass, crappie and catfish and allow the temperate bass to grow. The White Bass should make a rebound by themselves as there is lot of bait fish with small shad about 1-inch long completely filling my dock stalls. There are  several big schools in Blackburns Creek but nothing but bass under them. Usually there are hybrids and white bass all over the place. They may be just scattered but I am just not seeing them and I am out there every day. The bass fishing is about as good as I have seen it in years and the crappie is pretty good too as are the walleye. Big smallmouth are being caught. Fall foliage is not the best as the wind has blown a lot of leaves off the trees. The lake in general is in excellent condition for fishing and the cold fronts that are coming through about twice a week are not affecting fishing much. There are quite a few fishermen out there even during the week but especially on the weekends. I hope this covid thing gets over and the fish stockings get back to normal. Bink also had a good day yesterday catching several big fish. You can get his fishing report "Live in the Boat" on KTLO radio 97.9 FM at 8:45 AM or listen to it on cable TV radio Channel 5 on Thursdays with Bob Knight.  It is a good source of information. Mark it down. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

All caught yesterday fishing out of Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountain Region. Image title

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The lake level is 553.32 and dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with little generation. The White River at Newport is now at 6.5 feet and is nearly dried up but they are still holding.  The surface water temperature was 68 degrees and there were cloudy skies and cool conditions when I went out yesterday. The cold front had little effect on fishing for a change and a lot of fish were caught. I fished four different locations and caught fish on all four. We have a lot of people in and almost all of them had good luck despite the cool start. I fished from noon to about 4:30 PM and caught over a dozen fish and all were keepers. Catch included bass, crappie and walleye. Several bluegill were also caught. It was a fun day and I appreciated the light wind for a change. Today looks to be about the same with rain scheduled for the next few days after that. Go out and stay until it rains you in. This is a good time of year for fishing. I still am seeing very few temperate bass coming in but I see the black ducks are back the seagulls should be following. Then maybe the people with $2,000 fish locators can find schooling fish by following the birds and start catching some.  I hope so. I saw several eagles and osprey out there fishing. They were doing quite well with several fish being shallow. Fun to watch. I am not sure they were watching the legal size limit though. There were three eagles in one place. Come on down to Blackburns. we will not charge you too much. One bedroom cabins are still $59/day for two people.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 553.43 and is dropping very slowly with just a little generation. The White River at Newport is 6+ feet and dropping and is getting dry. They are holding the lakes up as high as possible for as long as possible for some unknown reason. They are at a good level now for fishing, launching and parking and day use and it is only the last of October. Good going guys. If they keep this up it looks to be another hold and hope next year. Take it down to 548 and then quit letting out water or hold it as stable as possible until the spring rains come. It has nothing to do with downstream flooding, just management. There is no flooding anywhere now arund here. The water is clearing nicely now and is about where I like it for fishing but needs to be a little better for diving. It was very warm and a little windy when I went out yesterday and the bass were biting in the Middle Pigeon area on main lake points. I caught a flathead on my throw line. I then moved back to the Blackburns Creek area and started catching crappie. Big ones too.  The moon is getting bigger and a cold front is coming through now and we will see what it does to fishing. The highs are to drop from the mid 80's yesterday to the high 50's later this weekend. It is about 65 how and heading south. This is the high for the day. This has been the windiest fall that I have seen in a while here but has stayed warm until now and a lot of fish have been caught so far except for temperate bass. People are wondering if they are still here. I hope so but most of the ones being caught now are small. I know the late summer kill got a lot of them but dock floors full of small dead stripers have not helped things either and the low stocking level this year will not help the future. Many people just come here to catch them. I suppose the pressure will now go to the walleye since they are doing nicely. Not having my friend Harvey Hall out there has increased the crappie population. Big bluegill continue to bite and hundreds of them have been caught off my dock.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 553.66 and has dropped a little more than one inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is 9-1/2 feet and they will let it dry up rather than drop the lakes. We need to get it down to at least 548 to make room for the spring rains. I hope the spring rains do not surprise them again this year. They are the only ones that seem to not know they happen. Hold and hope is their motto. The surface water temperature was 69+ when I went out yesterday and it was misting rain with very light wind. Perfect for me. I fished Blackburn's brush piles in about 25-ft. of water casting a jig past them and allowing it to sink into the brush. Again, crappie, bass and bluegill were caught. It was nice to have the wind gone. This is the time of year that I like to fish the best and am happy to be able to go. There was peace and quiet and very few boats. Some guests caught several walleye and reported they were shallow in 14-ft. of water in front of brush piles part way back in the creek.  I was fishing main lake brush only. There is a lot of bait fish at the mouth of Blackburns Creek but I did not stop to check them out since it was getting dark. Good day.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Some of yesterday's catch.Image titleImage title

The lake level is 553.78 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They stopped generating  early this morning for several hours to hold the level up above 553.75 for as long as they could to keep from turning some of the generation authority to the electric company even if they have to nearly dry up the White River at Newport.  We received an inch of badly needed rain last night and it is raining now. It is not good to go into the winter dry. We seem to get some about when we need it. The lake surface temperature is in the high 60's and the lake is clearing again after the turnover. It is cool today but to get back into the 80's later this week. Bass fishing is the best followed by bluegill and crappie with a few walleye being thrown in. Bink is catching some giant smallmouth, Tom Kelly is catching some big largemouth and Mike Eakle is catching mostly crappie and Kentucky bass. Main lake brush piles are producing the most in 25-feet of water with the jigging spoon being the best lure overall (1/4 ounce) with crappie biting on live minnows and jigs also. This is a good time to fish as it always is this time of year and will stay good for several weeks. A few stripers are being caught trolling but they are small and should be left alone. The numbers of big ones are as low as I have ever seen them and will stay that way if 5-9 lb ones are killed. Only a very few were stocked this year and they do not reproduce in fresh water. They are too small to keep anyway. I am seeing almost no White Bass and the ones that I do see are small also. Every once in a while a school of decent ones show up but not often. I sure hope they come back. They are fun to catch. White Bass are for people that cannot catch anything else and trout are for people that cannot catch White Bass.  Ha Ha. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with each cabin. We allow smoking on the covered porches and you do not need an umbrella to smoke out side or get out of the sun. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

More family fun at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. Nice people.Image title

The lake level is 553.91 and has dropped two inches in the last 24-hours. They have cut back on generation as they approach the seasonal conservation pool of 553.75. They always do. The wind finally quit after blowing like a hurricane all day. People were trying hard to have fun out there but it was difficult. Much fall foliage blew off the trees. It is cloudy with a chance of rain tonight with highs in the high 60's for a few days. We need rain badly. The normal high is 71 and low is 49. The surface water temperature dropped just below 70 yesterday and it was clearing but it got stirred up a bit on the dirt and clay banks. We will see what today brings. The bass are biting pretty well. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Tom Kelly and Roger Moody continue to catch big bass everyday. They are both excellent fishermen. All released under Blackburns Dock.Image titleImage title

Kevin Reque, Nate List and Ryan McMallister are having some Norfork lake Fun here at Blackburns. Nice people.Image title

The lake level is 554.32 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. 553.75 is the new seasonal conservation pool and we will see what happens when they get close to that. That is when they turn over some of the control to the electric company and they do not like to do that. We were to get a frost last night but it did not materialize. It got down to 39 but was still very cool for october. It is clear and sunny now but another front is to move through with wind tomorrow. Fishing conditions were very good yesterday especially early until the wind picked up and several good fish were caught. It usually dies about 4:30 Pm but held on until after 5 last evening. The lake is not clearing very much except for near the shore and the surface temperature was 71.5 when I went out in the morning. I caught my usual with several crappie, bass, bluegill and a short walleye in the mix. Fish were caught on every brush pile I fished and 25 feet of water suspended near the bottom was the most popular depth. All fish were hitting the lure aggressively but not many in one place. I would catch a couple and then they would quit and I would move on. It was a nice day and was good to be out. Wish you were here. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Some very large bass are being caught but no stripers. Fall foliage is not the best yet and may not be this year.  There are mostly browns but a little yellow and red is showing up. It is still very nice. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Tom Kelly is one good fisherman and always catches fish. Caught in Float Creek.Image title

Mike Eakle and John Bornhop with nice crappie.Image title

Chad Moody with a good one.Image title

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The lake level is 554.59 and has dropped a little less than 3-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running at a littles less than capacity. The White River at Newport is at 10+ feet now and they are trying to dry it up while keeping the lake up as high as possible for as long as possible. The seasonal conservation pool is now at 553.75 and they are reluctant to get below that for some reason. Drawing the level down in the winter to make room for spring rains does not make any sense to them. It is very dry here and the rain fall for the fall months is way below average. We did get a little rain last night, about 1/2 inch and it is to get very cool tomorrow night with a chance of our first frost.  It does not usually come until November. A lot of fish were caught yesterday despite the wind. Binks caught bass, John Bornhop and Mike Eakle caught crappie and bass, Chad Moody caught bass, Tom Kelly caught bass and Scuba Steve caught crappie and bass. Other guests caught bluegill and walleye. The lake surface temperature is still in the early 70's but should drop a little with this next cold front. The last one did not hurt fishing much. The water is still stained and is slow clearing. It started to clear but stopped for some reason. The wind blew a lot of leaves from the fall foliage and it does not look to be the best year for that. There are a lot of just browns. The lake is in good conditions for fishing but we will see what this next cold front will bring. I am seeing no temperate bass being caught and I am not sure of forecasts that cold weather will start them up are accurate. Maybe the migrating birds will help them find more fish when they get here. Some are lost without them. Blackburns still has one bedroom cabins for $59/day and your first boat stall is free. No duplexes and all cabins have covered porches. You can social distance here. You can drive or walk to the dock and step right on and launch right by the dock. We have a good setup. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 554.76 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours. They have shut off the spillway release and are running less than one full generator. The lake did not clear anymore the last day and the creeks are stained again. The surface temperature is now 73.5 and it is windy. I caught several crappie this morning and released all under 11-inches but still kept about a dozen with a couple of nice Kentucky Bass. One short walleye was released. Bink reports catching three good walleye and a very large smallmouth today. He is spooning exclusively. I hear reports about people catching stripers and hybrids but have not actually seen any. Striper fishermen that cannot catch anything are now going crappie and bass fishing. One of our guest reports catching two walleye over 20-inches last night at dark on live bait on a main last point close to Blackburns. Bluegill fishing is good and some nice ones are being caught. John Bornhop is back and catching crappie and Bass and was very sorry to hear about Harvey. He went with him several times.  Mike Eakle is bringing in Bass and crappie and Roger Moody and his son continue to catch bass but report several are under sized. Kentuck bass fishing is about as good as I have seen it in years. They are fat and healthy and good eating. I am glad they are in the lake. Bink is the only one that I know that is catching smallmouth. I am not. Catfishing is fair to poor on throw lines but some are pretty big. The weather is great if the wind would die down a little in the middle of the day.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service on the spoon.Image title

The lake level is 555.09 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They have cut way back on generation and and the total including just a little spillway release is equal to about one generator. The level of the White River at Newport has now been dropped to just over 11 feet. The lake is clearing especially in the creeks where the turnover is over. I can now see several feet down off my dock. It was very windy from the north yesterday and you had to get out early and go out again late to get out of it. It is mostly gone now. It is beautiful out today. A lot of fall foliage was blown off but much still remains and it is changing more everyday. I thought it was going to be a dud because of the dry conditions but has turned out ok so far. Some good fish were caught but the wind kept the fishing time down to a minimum. It was a good day to work on resort improvements.  We will see what today brings. We have several good fishermen out there. The surface temperature is still in the low 70's. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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Rodger Moody is back and catching fish. He is one good bass fisherman.Image title

The lake level is 555.32 and has dropped three inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running and just a little of spillway action. The lake continues to clear, especially in the creeks and near the shore where the water cools more rapidly. A small cold front is moving through now with the wind picking up and blowing a lot of fall foliage off the trees. There is no moisture with it but a bigger one is coming later in the week. Chances of rain are not good for the next week and we need it bad.  A lot of fish were caught yesterday with bass, crappie, bluegill and a few walleye and catfish. Temperate bass fishing is slow and the trollers are putting on many miles for just a few fish. I am seeing few schooling fish in this part of the lake. Bass fishing is the msot consistent and the crappie are hit and miss. They get lockjaw for several hours and then bite for about 30-minutes. You just have to ride them out or go bass fishing and try later. I caught one walleye but it was just an accident spooning for bass in brush. I am using a grub tipped with a minnow, jig, slip float and live minnow, 1/4 ounce spoon, and 3-inch plastic worm on a jig head and switching back and forth. One day the spoon is the best and the next the Bobby Garland Baby Shad. The worm is usually best for Kentucky Bass. I am not catching very many fish back in the creeks with most of them being out on or on the sides of main lake points near deep water. Main lake cuts are also holding fish. The weather has been great but I do not need this wind. It should go down later this evening. It usually does. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Rodney Thornton from Coulterville, Illinois caught some good ones. That bluegill was huge. Good going Rodney.Image title

The lake level is 555.58 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours. They stopped generation and cut way down on spillway releases this morning for several hours to keep the White River at Newport at 12-feet for no reason. Our seasonal conservation pool is now at 553.75. It used to be 552 but they took away 1.75 feet of flood capacity for the minimum flow to the rivers for the put and take trout and this increased the way they calculated % full to govern lake levels. The lake surface temperature is still about 73 degrees and the shallower creeks are starting to clear at bit after their turn. A lot of fish were caught yesterday and so far today. Bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish and a few walleye are coming in. Fish are starting to hit the spoon again after a few days off. We were forced to worms, creature baits , jigs and grubs during the major part of the turn. It is not over yet but will be in a few days with two cold fronts moving through this next week. The last week in October and all of November look to be excellent fishing as usual. Blackburns is very busy with people taking advantage of the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the area. Your first boat stall is also free. People staying here are looking for real estate, having motorcycle tours, working in the area and fishing. There is a lot of interest in the fall foliage this year and I cannot predict how it will be. It is better than I expected already and looks to be a bit early this season. The road sides are changing more quickly than the hillsides. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is your fall foliage headquarters for Mountain Home, Norfork Lake, North Central Arkansas and the Ozark Mountain region. Fall is wonderful here. Stay tuned for updates. The lake level is about perfect for cruising, parking, launching and fishing with Blackburns brush piles being at good depth and holding fish. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Caught yesterday at 4-PM. on a jig over brush in 20-ft. of water.Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 555.92 and has dropped about 5-inches in the last 24-hours with a little more than one generator running and some flood gates augumenting. The lake is at a very good level now for fishing but the lake is turning. The fall foliage is changing rapidly and more reds and yellows are showing up. It is more color than I first thought would happen this year and more is still to come. The surface water temperature was a little over 73 degrees and you could see your lure down less than 2-feet when I went out a little after 2-Pm. I know that is the worst time to go fish but I like to see if I can catch them when it is tough. I spooned three different places with fish under me and caught nothing. I then moved again with more fish down near brush and they started biting about 4-Pm on the jig casted and allowing to sink into brush at about 20-feet. Four nice crappie and two bass were caught in about 1/2 hour and they stopped. A channel cat was also caught on the throw line. Fishing is not the best now but you can catch some good ones if you know how. I saw no top water fish.Trollers are having a hard time. Bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish are the best right now and are not at any particular depth. I did not see any fish surfacing. People following birds have a hard time when they are not here yet and have to find fish on their own. They will be back when it gets colder and will make it easier for them to find fish. The weather is nice and is to remain so for the next week and Blackburns still has cabins for $59day for two people in a one bedroom with larger cabins priced accordingly. Your first boat stall is free. Come on dow. We will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

The lake level is 556.34 and has dropped almost 5-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously and some spillway gates open part way. This shows what they can do if they want to. The main lake surface temperature is in the early 70's and the lake is turning everywhere. (It alway does in October). It will take a few days to start clearing. It does not look like we will have much effect from the hurricane but we sure could use some rain. The last two months have been very dry but we seem to get some when we need it.  The best way to catch fish now is to use a small three inch worm on a jig head, twister tail tipped with a minnow or a Bobby Garland Blue Ice Baby shad and work the bank around wood. Do not use a heavy jig head or you will get hung up a lot. Spooning has slowed way down for me now but will pick back up again. The last of October and all of November look to be excellent for fishing with the lake at a good level and the turn over finished for a while. The full moon is the 31st and it will be interesting to see if the stripers (what is left of the big ones) go to the bank to feed near dark. A good place to look for them is in the late afternoon on the steep bank just south of the first dock at Cranfield marina in deeper water and then they move up stream to the area around the walleye rearing pond on the points at dusk. It just depends if the shad are there for them to feed on. The next full moon is not until the last day of November and that will be too late for them but not for other species. I catch a lot of fish in November and the time around Thanksgiving is always good. We caught bass, crappie and bluegill yesterday but not a lot with several smaller fish mixed in. You could see your lure down less than two feet in the area that I was fishing. Fish are really scattered and roaming now but some are feeding early and late shallow. There is plenty of feed out there. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Scuba Steve and Mike Eakle caught some good ones yesterday. Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 556.75 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They did add a little spillway release to the one generator but have since slowed that down a bit. It is now equal to about one and one third generator. They are keeping the White River at 12-feet religiously. Three and 1/2 inches per day is fine but they need to keep doing it until it gets into the 540's and have been very reluctant to do this. It was very nice and warm with light wind when I went out yesterday and the fishing was slow but steady and I caught several bass, crappie and bluegill. I saw some fish surfacing just before I came in but after catching a couple of them found out that they were just small White Bass. No picture fish. It was good to see them as they have been almost as scarce as the big stripers. I am not interested in small White bass so I came in.  The waning moon is helping the catfishing some but it is not great yet. The surface water temperature was 73 and the creeks are turning over and the main lake is starting. It will take a couple of weeks to finish and then the lake will start to clear. As I reported earlier November is a good month for overall fishing. There is a another full moon on the 31st and we will see if there is a night bite for stripers on the stick bait. This does not happen every year in the fall. They sometimes go to the bank at dusk to feed but not always and it has been less and less the last few years. It used to be much better. Fish the shadowy banks with a soft plastice for walleye before dusk though as they always bit during November whether the stripers do or not. You will see several come in. They have been biting pretty well all year with many throw backs being caught and some big ones. Right now bass, bluegill and crappie are the best bite with a few catfish and walleye. Blackburns has cabins for $59/day and fishing pontoons for $110/day plus gas and oil or a free stall for your boat.Fullly equipped bass boats start at $90/day. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 557.08 and has dropped about 3-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running a little below capacity continuously. The surface temperature was 74 degrees and it was sunny and warm with light wind when I went out yesterday. I caught a good channel cat on my throw line right off and then caught a flathead on the spoon near brush and then went crappie and bass fishing using the spoon and then the jig. Both worked. Some real nice fish were caught and Blackburns brush piles are really paying off now. They are a lot of work but are worth it. I wish more people would put their own in instead of just using others. The game and fish have done a good job in restoring the old ones that had been neglected taking the pressure off mine which I have been putting in every year for many years. The weather is to be great for the next several day and it does not look like the hurricane will affect us much. As the moon wanes the catfishing should get better. A nice smallmouth was caught and immediately released. I do not kill smallmouth. Striper fishermen cannot catch much and trollers are having a hard time. It is hard to troll through brush and open water fish are hard to get now. The lake level is perfect for launching and fishing now. The water is stained and you can see your lure down just a couple of feet with creeks being even less. Crappie, kentucky bass, bluegill, walleye and flathead are the best eating and all are biting now but you have to know where and how. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much. You can save a minimum of $25/day here with the low cabin rates and your first boat stall being free. If you must pay more, just stay here and give the rest to disabled veterans. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Caught fishing out of Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Yesterday. More too.Image title

The lake level is 557.30 and has dropped about 3-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The lake surface temperature was 73 degrees when I went out yesterday afternoon.  The water was stained and you could only see your lure down a couple of feet and the fish were biting. The weather was beautifull with sunny skies and light wind with an ambient temperature of about 70-degrees.  I started out casting a Bobby Garland jig over brush and letting it slowly sink into brush and caught a couple of nice crappie and a few bluegill in 17-ft. brush. They quit so I moved to another main lake brush pile and did the same thing and caught three more crappie. Next was a main lake point in 27-ft. of water and caught two nice bass on the 1/4 ounce spoon near the bottom. I came in after about two hours.  There were very few boats out there and things were very calm. It is to be in the 80's for the next week with sunny skies.  The moon is getting smaller and the fishing is getting better for me except for temperate bass of which I am not seeing any. Striper fishermen are having a hard time but that is not unusual for early October. Crappie, bass and bluegill fishing is good right now if you know where and how. Walleye have slowed a bit but some are still being caught. Catfishing is also slow. I never catch very many with a dropping lake and big moon. I was getting several very nice flatheads and a few channels but not now. They will bite again and then quit when it gets cold and the water clears. The bass and crappie will not. November and December is when I catch the largest crappie. Both them and bass will bite best right at sunset. This is a good time of year. Come on down we will not charge you too much. You can get a one bedroom cabin for two for $59/day and a free stall for your boat. The lake is at an excellent level for fishing, launching and parking right near the dock. Fishing pontoons with trolling motors start at $110/day plus gas and oil.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 557.58 and dropping 3+ inches in a 24-hour period with one generator running continuously. We had a 67 degree water temperature in Blackburns Creek yesterday and a main lake temperature in the low 70's. The very backs of the creeks in shallow water appear to be turning as is the fall foliage on the roadways with the sumac getting some red and some brown.  The hillsides are starting to get brown with a little yellow on the hard woods. The walnut leaves continue to fall heavily and the maple trees are turning red. This is about two weeks early. The weather is to be beautiful for the next week with highs in the 80's and sunshine. The steady wind has been relentless and hard to get out of and does not go down until late in the afternoon. This does not hurt fishing, especially bass fishing, but I just do not like to fish in it. It is hard to keep the spoon vertical in swirling wind. Several crappie and bass are still shallow (17-feet) on river channel banks on the main lake just at the drop off. Those 1/8th ounce Bink's spoons really work well at that depth especially when there is light wind. You get the best action on 4-lb. test but 6 is ok.  I do not use any heavier than that unless the 3/4 or 1-ounce spoon is used and that is only for deep water in the summer. From now on I will use the 1/8th or 1/4 unless it is windy then I go to the 1/2 and go against the wind with the trolling motor to keep the lure as straight up and down as possible. Do not drag the spoon or it will not have much of a life expectancy. Bass and crappie are together. I am not finding very many open water fish but the prevailing winds are blowing the plankton to the bank and the shad are feeding on it and the bass are with the shad. They can be caught on crank baits. I do not use them much but mostly stick to jigs, grubs, spoons and creature baits.  I will be using slip floats with live minnows over brush in light wind soon for crappie and bluegill and switch back and forth with spoons. My throw line for catfish is not producing very well. The lake should clear as the temperature drops and the turn finishes but I am not much concerned about that unless it gets too clear but that has not happened for several years with the policy of keeping the lake level high. It sure is at a good level now and I wish it would stay just like this for fishing. It has not been good for Scuba Diving this season with bad visibility all year.. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. We will not put you in a duplex or condo where you cannot social distance. All cabins are sanitized after every use and we are open all year. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 558.15 and is dropping 3+ inches in a 24-hour period with one generator running continuously. It does not need to drop any faster but they need to keep doing it instead of stopping at 553.75 which is the new 552 when the worthless minimum flow for the put and take trout took away 1.75 feet of flood capacity. The dams are now for flood control and trout protection. Just draw the lakes down to the mid 540's in the winter before the spring rains and get rid of the stupid 12-ft. rule for the White River at Newport. Nobody knows where it came from anyway. Minor flood stage there is 26-feet just keep it below that.  The lake is at a good level now and you can drive or walk down a gentle sloping 400-yards to Blackburns Dock and Launch and step onto the dock with no steps and park and launch right there and pull right into your free boat stall. No going elsewhere to launch requiring two people. The water surface temperature is dropping with the level and the cool days and cold nights are well below normal. It is to be back near 80 next weekend. The surface temperature is now in the early 70's before the sun comes up. More fish are being caught now versus last week with bass, crappie and bluegill being the best. The lake was clearing but has not improved the last few days and it looks to be an early and gradual turnover. The cold weather does not drive the thermocline down as some report but the hot weather does. I have seen shallow northern lakes do a violent turnover and the water flips from the bottom to the top bringing much debris and trash with it. That is not what happens here because the lake is so deep and that insulates surface water temperature from changing very much in a short period. I have seen one year where the surface water temperature on the main lake did not go below 50 degrees. I have also seen it where the water froze from the back of Blackburns cove out to the main lake and I could not get my boats out of the stall. There was a massive shad kill that year when the main lake dropped to the mid to high 30's and the striper fishing was great on jerk baits. But that was when we had more big stripers than we do now. It got down to 40 degrees last nigh and is to warm only to the high 60's today. Normal high is 77 and low is 50. I finally found the crappie again yesterday after talking to Binks. He is always on top of things. He told me what to look for and there they were. Bass were with them. Several of both were caught. Some on a spoon and some on a jig. Normally I do not use a spoon in less than 20-feet of water but it worked yesterday. You can never quit learning and must keep an open mind and try new things. Some big fish were caught. This is a good time of year but I like all seasons. It is nice to see so many walleye. Several are undersized indicating a good crop next year. I would like to see more stocked to supplement the natural spawn. Come on down to Blackburns and we will not charge you too much. The fall foliage is definitely changing now and it looks to be an early peak but I am not sure how spectacular it will be. There are lots of just brown already. It will be beautiful anyway. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 558.71 and has dropped 3+ inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. I had a surface temperature of 77 degrees yesterday afternoon but the ambient temperature was 90-degrees. The backs of the creeks are getting very stained like the beginning of turnover is starting and working it's way out.  The walnut leaves are falling fast now but they are the first ones to go. The sumac leaves are turning red and it looks to be an early fall. The hardwood on the hillsides are also turning a little yellow but more brown than yellow. Fall foliage usually peaks here the very last of October but things seem to be happening early this year. I caught some good fish yesterday and spent time experimenting. The brush was not producing so I went to some known crappie places on steep banks and caught a few shallow. Nothing big. People are asking me why other people are reporting striper fishing is great and I am not catching any. I have only caught one small one in over a week and it was luck. A few calls were made and I could not find anybody catching very many if any. If there is no report for several days it does not mean that people are not going fishing it is just that they are not catching any fish. You can not go out for several days catching nothing and then find some fish and write a report. I have several good fishermen reporting to me that are out there almost everyday and striper fishing is tough. I roll with the flow and catch what is biting. I do like to check things out, put in good brush piles and let my customers have an upper hand and insight on what is happening. It is good for repeat customers of which Blackburns has many. If fishing is good I say so and if it is not I also say so. Bink caught several good ones yesterday including big crappie and walleye but almost always does. I caught no picture fish. One thing for sure Blackburns will not charge you too much and has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals. If you are not staying at Blackburns you are paying too much.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 559.04 and is dropping a little over three inches in a 24-hour period with the equivalent of one generator running continuous. The surface temperature was dropping  and is now in the early 70's but should not today with the high in the high 80's.  That is all to change tomorrow with the high to be low 70's with lows to be near 40. With the number of hours of sunshine being less and less per day now and overnight lows dropping so will the surface temperature. It is about where it should be for this time of year. I did catch a flathead on my throw line yesterday and a couple of nice bass on the spoon jigging brush piles in 28-ft. if water. I released them in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. It is fully stocked now but is getting fished more heavily. Fishing is not the best now and you have to work for what you get but some good fish are being caught. The lake is getting less stained and is a good color for fishing. Big moon, dropping lake level and cold fronts moving in and out are not helping things. There is some color, mostly yellow, showing up on the hillsides for fall foliage but not a lot. The sumac on the roadsides is not changing much yet but some ornamental bushes are. It is nearly a month for the nornal peak to happen. Blackburns is your fall foliage headquarters for Norfork Lake, Mountain Home, North Central Arkansas and the Ozark Mountain region. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and are open all year. Some are not.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 559.33 and has dropped over 3 inches in the last 24-hours with the equivalent of one generator running continuously. The surface water temperature is also dropping with the cool nights and is now in the low 70's depending on when you check and how much sunshine there is. The lake overall is in good condition but fishing is just fair. Bass fishing and bluegill fishing is pretty good with crappie next and everything else not so good. Some walleye are coming in though but not as many as a few days ago. Barring any heavy rains the best fishing will be the entire month of November after lake turnover which is always sometimes in October. It has been happening gradually the last few years with no drastic changes except the thermocline goes away and the water is homogenous from the surface to several feet down with the fish having no special reason to be anywhere except for food and cover. That is where brush piles come in. Baitfish head for cover and big fish follow. The stripers will school and stay on the shad in open water as always but there are just fewer of them. At least fewer big ones with people killing so many small fish below 10-lbs. and very few being stocked this year will hurt the future. Fishing pressure is also increasing and more are learning how to catch them and where they are located. Norfork is still a very good fishing lake and has a great group of Biologists trying hard to make it better. Do not quit stocking those hybrids as they are the go to fish when the stripers get scarce. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 559.65 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with the equivalent of one generator running continuously. We did receive about 1/2 inch of badly needed rain last night and the wind got a little gusty for a bit. The weather is to cool for a couple of days, warm back up and then cool again. The lake is clearing slowly and the surface termperature is about 75 degrees depending on where and when you check it. The big moon, dropping lake level and cold fronts are almost stopping throw lines with live bluegill and are not helping overall fishing but some good ones are being caught everyday. Technique and persistence is very important now. Spooning brush is the best way to catch fish now except for the ones feeding on the bank both early and late are hitting plastic worms. I am also using a jig casted past the brush and allowing it to sink right into the brush is also working somewhat. Slip floats sitting right over the brush with live minnows is also working for crappie and bluegill especially in light or no wind but you have to set the depth barely over the top of the brush. I am using slip floats, spoons and jigs exclusively and catching fish everyday. I would use live minnows more but the ones that I am getting are too small and the wind is blowing almost everytime I go out. Blackburns still had cabins for $59/day with a free boat stall and pontoons with trolling motors and bass boats for fishing. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is now 559.86 and has broken the 560 barrier and it is only the last of September. At least you can drive 1/3 mile to the dock and step on without going down steps and Blackburns brush piles that we put in last winter are all now in play and fish are being caught off them. I caught all of my fish yesterday in 28-ft. of water near the bottom on brush with a 1/4 ounce Bink's jigging spoon. You have to get down too them and that is the best way. Bink is responsibile for the proliferation of spooning in this area. Almost nobody did it 25-years ago and now even the hard core live bait fishermen and devout trollers are at least using this technique some of the time. It just works. Not to say other ways do not. Trolling umbrellas through shad works also but it is like reeling in an anchor. I am just not into netting shad in the dark, trying to keep them alive, trolling a half dozen rods with live bait at different depths for miles until schools of shad with fish under then are located. When they are you are handed a rod to reel them in and when multiple fish bite at the same the lines get all tangled. I have a hard enough time with one rod. I do not use planer boards or balloons either.  To each their own. I caught crappie, walleye and bass yesterday in the middle of the day in just a few minutes as I had to get back in. It was a beautiful day and it was nice to be out in the sunshine. The water temperature was 78+ degrees and is still stained but clearing. The lake was pretty busy. It is too late for me to get into another business venture but the idea of equipping Bertha and Mable chaise lounge tubes with charging outlets and video game ports seems like a good one. They can then drag the children around and they can text and play video at the same time. Should be a good money maker. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 560.17 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The water is still stained green but is clearing just a bit with the old shoreline buckbrush starting to show. The fish that were at 25-ft near the bottom have moved out deeper and are at 35-40 feet at different depths and are in or around main lake brush, especially on points or around points. Vertically jigging a spoon is the best way to get down to them. Some bass and bluegill are near the bank early and late and can be caught on plastic worms. Crappie fishing is fair. They bite for a few minutes and then turn off for hours. I caught seven yesterday in about 1-1/2 hours  casting a jig past the brush and letting it sink slowly into it. The surface water temperature is 79 in the afternoons after the sun has shined on it for a few hours. We are dry and have not had much rain for three weeks but the morning dew is keeping things green. An inch or two of rain would not hurt anything. The weather has been beautiful but a cold front is to come through Sunday night dropping the temperatures. The moon getting bigger, the lake dropping rapidly and a cold front will not help fishing any but some fish can still be caught spooning brush. Stripers are scattered and the schools are not big. Trollers are going a long ways to find mostly small fish. Look in big bays in 45-ft. of water to find some.  Walleye are still holding in there and are with the deeper bass. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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A tribute to my good friend Harvey Hall of Hard Times Crappie Guide Service and the best crappie fisherman that I have ever seen. He taught me a lot and I was fortunate to have known him and have him for a friend.  

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 561.03 and has dropped a little less than 3-inches in the last 24-hours with a little less generation. The water temperature was 79 yesterday morning, the weather was cloudy, the wind was light and the fish were biting. We caught a couple of stripers out in front of the houses on Mallard Point in 45ft. of water but they were small, we released them and we moved to Float Creek. Walleye, crappie and bass were caught there, all on 1/2 ounce Bink's jigging spoons. A nice flathead was caught on a throw line using bluegill. If you catch bluegill on the jigging spoon hang in there, big fish are with them. Most of the fish were caught in about 30-ft. of water on or near brush and near the bottom. The bite slowed by mid morning. People caught some big bluegill off the dock. We were forecasted to get some rain last night but did not. It is dry here but Blackburns big flat play ground is green and the pool is open. Some color is starting to show up on the hillsides for fall foiliage but not much yet. Most is just caused by water being up in the trees for too long on the old shoreline stressing the trees. I watch the hillsides, the hardwoods and the road sides. Blackburns is your fall foliage headquarters for Mountain Home, Norfork Lake, North central Arkansas and the Ozark Mountain region.  Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. We have different sized stalls at our dock for different sized boats. No one size fits all. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

The lake level is 561.27 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours with more generation. The lake surface temperature was 80.5 when I went out yesterday afternoon. I checked my throw line and got a nice flathead. It was baited with live bluegill. I then went to a Blackburns brush pile and caught three nice crappie on a jig. Moved to a main lake cut and caught two Kentucky bass. I saw some fish on the graph in 45-ft.about 30-ft. down and dropped a spoon and caught about a 5-6 lb. striper. The fish was released and swam away and I hope he made it. People are killing way too many small stripers in the 6-10 lb. range and are really cutting down on the big fish numbers by not letting them grow. Very few were stocked this year. Taking pictures of dock floors full of small dead stripers is not impressive. I came in after 1-1/2 hours and there was much less boat traffic than on Sunday and I only saw fishermen and pontoons. It was a very nice day but is cloudy this morning. We need rain bad and have not had any for almost two weeks. There was some 79 degree water back in the creeks and the lake seems to be clearing just a bit. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 561.81 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with the same generation. They are keeping the White River at Newport below 12-feet to keep the lakes up as high as they can for as long as they can. They must like to do that so there is no surge capacity for when it rains. The surface temperature is about 80 degrees and the lake is still stained green and you can see your lure down just a few feet. The temperature will drop quickly in the shallow creeks as the nightime lows reach near 50. The stained water has not hurt fishing though and a lot of big fish were brought in yesterday and this morning. I went out for a couple of hours yesterday afternoon and and it was about 70-degrees with a light wind. There were still several boats out there dragging stuff around and jet skis seeing how close they could come to docks and fishermen.  I caught all of my fish on a Bobby Garland jig casting it over brush and letting it sink slowly with a little twitch. I was catching crappie when a nice walleye hit it and just about knocked the rod out of my hand. Some smaller stripers and hybrids are starting to show up but not nearly as many as there used to be. Too many in the 6-10 lbs have been killed by fishermen and the low oxygen is not helping anything either. Holding the water up so high and for so long in the vegetation depletes the oxygen. I am seeing some color on the hillsides indicating the fall foliage is beginning. It has not changed much in the last several days though. Our normal peak is the very last of October but nothing is normal around here anymore. Our normal high is 80 now. Carl Scott, Mike Eakle, Jack Bucknell, Tom Kelly, Binks and Scuba Steve all caught some good ones yesterday. I have some very good fishermen helping me with this report. Carl and Tom are worm fishermen, Binks, Mike and Jack are spoon fishermen and I use both the spoon and the jig. All are working. Bass, crappie, bluegill and walleye are the best but a few catfish and red meat fish are being caught. The people that cannot catch any stripers are turning into walleye and crappie fishermen. That is the beauty of Norfork.  It has so many varieties. People come from other states to catch crappie when they cannot get stripers. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 562 even and continues to drop 2-1/2 inches in a 24-hour period with the same generation, 1-1/2 generators for about 2/3 the time. They have now backed up the time when the lake will hit 555.75 or the top of the power pool to 18October from the middle of November.  I would like to see a prediction when it will hit 548. Not likely. They like to keep it high in the winter and not draw it down. The surface water temperature was 81.5 when I went out yesterday afternoon and the water seems to be clearing just a bit. I went to the first brush pile in 25-ft. of water and caught two nice crappie on a jig. Moved back in another creek in 19-feet of water using the same jig and caught four more. I then went to a main lake point in 25-ft. of water on Blackburns brush pile using the 1/2 ounce Bink's Spoon and caught one more and a 19-inch walleye. Tom Kelly reports catching a 22-inch walleye but no picture. I did not take a picture as Jack Bucknell from South Dakota made my fish pale in comparison. I ended up taking seven crappie and the walleye to Tom Kelly's trophy pond.  It is now stocked up and ready to go. Blackburns has several very good fishermen in now and they are all catching fish so far. Bink reports getting some nice stripers and white bass.  I have not seen very many of these for a while. Big ones anyway.  We do have a few cabin openings now for the first time since April so come on down.  The price is right and you can get a cabin for $59/day for two people with a free boat stall. Cannot beat that any where on the lake that has a dock and swimming pool. Our pool is open and they are swimming in it now.  

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 562.45 and has dropped 2+ inches in the last 24-hours with the same generation. The lake is still stained green and you can only see your lure down a few feet. We have a group of good divers in this week and they report the visibility is not very good but they got several nice crappie and that the thermocline is at about 30-feet or a little more. I wish the conditions were better for them but the weather has been perfect. The lake is usually more clear after Labor Day but the lake has just been held up too high for too long this year. We need some changes in lake management. Other fishermen did well though with some nice fish being caught. I caught several crappie yesterday but nobody wants to see the same people with nearly the same fish everyday. Bass, crappie and bluegill fishing is the best right now on spoons and plastic worms but a few walleye are still coming in. We have several good fishermen in now and are catching some big fish. The crappie that I am catching are from 11-13 inches and are on Blackburns Brush piles in 30-feet or less with most of them being right in the brush. The bass are on main lake points in or around the brush. Some are out in open water with the whites and stripers on shad.  Flathead fishing has slowed down and gar are showing up in their place.  The same thing happens in the early summer. Bink reports catching stripers, white bass and big largemouth today part way back in the creeks in 45-ft. of water suspended at 30-ft. on the 1/2 ounce spoon. He said it was a great morning for fishing but no walleye. He has moved off the main lake points and is back in the bays in deeper water but the fish are still at 30. The water temperature was 83 when I came in last afternoon. There were several boats out there in the beautiful weather.  No rain is scheduled for the next several days. Come on down to Blackburns.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Several of our pontoons have trolling motors for fishing and are also included in the price. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 562.64 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with generation equal to about 1-1/2 generators about 2/3 the time. The lake is still stained and the surface water temperature is 80-degrees and dropping. Everybody caught fish yesterday with Tom Kelly fishing Float Creek with a plastic worm, Mike Eakle fishing Hensley's Creek with a Bink's Spoon, John Bornhop fishing near point 4 with both worms and spoons, Carl Scott from Houston is catching several fish near Cow point but no pictures yet and myself fishing in Blackburns Creek with a 1/2 ounce spoon. All were on Blackburns Brush piles that we put in last winter.  They are just now coming into play as the lake drops. We work hard putting in brush for our customers. All are finding no fish below 30-feet of water. Some are in deeper water but are suspended above 30-feet. Some brush extends higher and fish are on top of it. Flathead fishing has slowed, crappie fishing is getting better, bass fishing is good and walleye fishing is just fair. Big bluegill are biting off the dock with crickets and worms. I did not talk to the Deans  but they have been catching some nice bass. It is busy here at Blackburns with people taking advantage of the low rates on both cabins and boat rentals. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer, you are paying too much. You can get a one bedroom cabin with a covered porch and no duplex where you can social distance and a free boat stall here for $59/day. Trolling motors are free on fishing pontoons. Why pay more unless you just want to or have extra money? Blackburns Resort fun. Some color is showing up on the hillsides for fall foliage.  It is getting dry again here.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 562.85 and has dropped a little over 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They are really dragging this out. Fishing is not the best but some nice ones are being caught everyday and the weather has been perfect. We have several good fishermen in now and they report having a good time. It is to cool a bit next week with a cold front moving through. Striper fishing is slow but bass, walleye, bluegill, flathead and crappie are coming in everyday but not a lot of them. The lake surface temerature is still 83 and the water is still stained and not clearing very fast. Bernie Dean caught a nice bass yesterday. Everyone seems to be having a good time. We like that. It is good to have so many repeat customers and nice people. The big pool is open and still warm.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 563 and is dropping a little over 2-inches in 24 hours with the equivalent of 1-1/2 generators running a little over 1/2 the time. Why the slow drop nobody can figure out. Some nice fish were caught yesterday by Mike Dean and John Bornhop. Bass and flatheads are the best bite now followed by crappie and bluegill. Walleye is good but most are short. The creeks are stained badly now and you can see your lure down just a very few feet on the main lake. Stick with those Bink Spoons on the main lake points in 25-29 feet of water near the bottom. Trollers are catching a few fish but putting on a lot of miles and burning a lot of gas. Fishing overall is just fair but some good fish are being caught everyday. The weather has been great with highs in the 80's and lows in the high 60's. It looks like the new hurricane will not affect us much if any so far. We need some rain again. The lake is still pretty busy and Blackburns is nearly full with people taking advantage of our low prices on both cabins and boat rentals. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. We invite you to shop prices before you book. Surface temperature is still about 83 degrees and perfect for swimming.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 563.26 and has dropped a little over 2-inches in the last 24-hours and the surface water temperature is about 83 degrees and is just right for swimming. They are discharging the equivalent of about 1-1/2 generators about 1/2 the time while keeping the White River at Newport to 11 feet to hold the lake up as high as possible for as long as possible and are getting better and better at it every year. The lake has cleared a bit since the holiday but not much but is a good color for fishing. Fishing overall is just fair but some good fish are being caught everyday. The dissolved oxygen is very low below 30-feet and most fish are above that in the 25-28 foot level and more still if there is brush nearby. I was fishing just main lake points but fish are scattered about everywhere but are at the same depth no matter how deep the water. I am picking up a few crappie working the Bobby Garland Baby Shad hard but not very many. They will be. The jigging spoon is working the best. The Gold one was working yesterday in the cloudy weather. It is now Flathead time part way back into the creeks in deeper water on throw lines baited with live bluegill. I am catching some big ones everyday and it will last until the lake cools and clears and then stop. They bite at a certain time in the spring and then again in the early fall. You must use live bait to get them as they will not bite anything else. Bluegill and shiners about 3-inches long are the best. I have no luck on gold fish. I have tried using them as other people say they work but not for me. I bait every other line with them and they are all still there the next morning so I quit using them. I have some luck with crawdads on channel and blues but not flatheads. Norfork lake flatheads are right behind walleye, bluegill and crappie as the best eating fish and are in there with Kentucky bass. Blackburns is now on their off-season rates and you can get a cabin for $59/day with a free normal sized boat stall. Cannot beat that anywhere. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and have the best prices on rental boats. The big pool is open.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

The lake level is 563.79 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with a little more generation now that the White River at Newport is below 11-feet. It looks like they will be forced to let more out as the rivers dry up so they have changed their prediction of when the level is to hit 555+ from 12November to 1November. That would indicate more generation. I thought they were trying to keep the lake up all winter so when the spring rains come the spillway gates could just be opened flooding everything downstream.  They seem to like to do that. No sense taking the level down to the 540's in the winter allowing for extra capacity and increasing the flow the rest of the year to just below minor flood stage when needed that does not harm anybody. We need to keep that 12-ft. rule at Newport at all coats but cannot figure out why. Government. The surface temperature on the main lake was 83+ when I went out yesterday with the creeks higher at over 85.  That indicates that the temperature is not dropping anytime soon. The creeks rise and lower more quickly than the main lake. The cold front that was predicted has been cut off and it is to remain above average temperatures for several days. It may get here in a week or so. The water is still stained green but is clearing a bit.  It is good for fishing but not for Scuba Diving. There were still several boats out there yesterday afternoon and the lake was by no means deserted. I tried spooning brush on the main lake and caught one crappie, two bass and a couple of short walleye. I then tried the jig over shallower brush back in the creek in 20-ft. of water and caught a couple more crappie. I caught no fish below 30-feet. It was the early afternoon and I did not expect to catch much but wanted to check things out. I fished for about 2-hours and caught 7 fish with no picture fish. It was nice just to be out in the sunshine and not get swamped. I do not want this lake to become Lake of The Ozarks but the trend is there if you look at the last few holidays. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is at 563.93 and has dropped one inch in the last 24-hours with very little generation. Now that the White River level at Newport is below the magical number of 12-feet maybe they will let out some water. They have done an excellent job of holding it up again this year. You cannot let the government run anything. The lake is clearing now after the big churn of the holiday weekend and the fishing is starting to pick up a bit. Bink reports some walleye floating down by the dam and the oxygen level reported by the Striper Club shows no oxygen below 30-feet there. This coincides with what we are finding here with no fish showing up below the 30-feet level.  They may be in deeper water but suspend above the 30-foot level.  Most fish being caught are at the 25-28 ft level on main lake points on or near brush. If you can find brush at this level on a main lake point there will be fish on it. I am using the Bink's jigging spoon exclusively. The 1/2 ounce many shad or the Arkansas shiner are working well. I use the 1/4 ounce ones when there is no wind but prefer to keep the lure straight up and down and not drag it so I use a heavier one in the wind. Go against the wind with your trolling motor to keep it vertical, snap it up three or four feet and let it fall on slack line. Most fish will hit on the drop. Jeff and Alicia Barber from Biggers, Arkansas caught some big fish yesterday on Blackburns Resort and Boat rental's brush piles.  That is why we put them in. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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Mike Eakle and James Soltysiac with some good ones caught yesterday on Norfork Lake on Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental's Brush Piles. Nice fish. All caught on the Bink's Jigging spoon. The lake can go back to the fishermen this afternoon and you can get a one bedroom cabin with a big covered porch and no duplex and a free boat stall for $59/day.  Why pay more?


Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 564.19 and is dropping about 1/2 inch per day with little generation. The lake is very busy and very rough with all of the boat traffic and is stirred up. The surface temperature is 84 degrees and the water is stained with little visibility. It will clear up again after this holiday is over and very much cooler weather is on the way. The fishing people are catching some pretty good fish despite all of this. Crappie, bass and walleye are still the best bite now. You can get a cabin for $59/day starting tomorrow with a free normal sized boat stall here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 564.36 and is about the same as it was this time yesterday. They are only generating about five hours a day and are now predicting the level will be at 555 by 12 November which means generation will remain resrticted well into the fall. We will see if they drop the lake this winter. Nothing would surprise me about how they manage the lake anymore. There is no urgency since Table Rock and Beaver are back to normal.  The lake is still stained and you can see your lure down only a very few feet and the surface temperature is in the low 80's. Fronts have been moving through several times a week turning the fish on and off frequently. I am waiting for low pressures to start in and then fish until it rains me out with good results. High pressure is moving in now and looks to stay that way through the long holiday weekend with nice weather predicted. It has rained on and off for the last four days with cloudy skies and cooler temperatures but that is to change starting today. Today will be my last day of fishing until Tuesday and I will turn the lake over to the Holiday crowd. The lake will clear then and boat traffic will go back to the fishermen. Mid September until mid October is usually an excellent time to fish Norfork. The lake will turn for several days then scattering the fish but not stopping the bite and then get better and better as November gets here. Thanksgiving is almost always a good time for fishing. Blackburns goes into their winter rates on Monday September 7th and you can get a one bedroom cabin with covered porch and no duplex for $59/day and a free normal sized boat stall.  You cannot beat that anywhere near here. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. Walleye, bass, crappie and catfish are the best bite now but Bink is also catching some white bass.  I am not but I am just fishing main lake points in 25-27 feet of water with a spoon. I am not much into trolling. 1/2 ounce Bink's jigging spoon is the best. Many shad or white with a black back are working well in or near brush. Go against the wind and keep your lure straight up and down snapping it up three or four feet and let it fall on slack line near the bottom. The fall foliage is starting to turn on the hillsides and it is not due to the high water and is much higher in the hills. Peak is usually the last part of October and I will keep you posted.   


Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 564.58 and has dropped one inch in the last 24-hours with no generation since last evening. They got lots of rain in Newport and Batesville but we got less than one inch of gentle, badly needed rain here in Mountain Home. We had received less than 1/2 inch all the month of August before that. It was cloudy and misting rain with a water surface temperature of 84 degrees and a gentle wind from the northeast when I went out yesterday afternoon. The lake is stained and you could see your lure down about three feet. The conditions were perfect for a bite so it did not matter how many light bulbs were out, playground toys broken or how many chains were pulled out of ceiling fans. I was going fishing. I went walleye fishing and caught two along river channel banks on the main lake in 26-feet of water but it was slow so I started spooning brush piles. We put in some nice brush this winter and the ones we put in the shallowest are in play now. I put on a Bink's 1/2 ounce Many Shad spoon and vertical jigged right in the brush. Catfish, crappie, bass and bluegill were caught right up until 5:pm in 26-27 feet of water. The bass, bluegill and catfish were taken to Tom Kelly's trophy pond and the rest were released immediately. Crappie and walleye are hard to keep alive in this weather even if they are iced down so they go right back in. Bass and bluegill fishing is very good right now, crappie and walleye are fair with several  walleye, but not all, are short. If you are only catching short ones try just a couple of feet deeper. Bink is the only one I know catching stripers and there are reports of several dead ones floating near the dam. Some are people trying to release fish that come out of deep water and others are from lack of oxygen.  I do not fish for them this time of year. Fishing is getting better and better especially in the area of the lake around Blackburns. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. No dragging or pulling anything behind any of our rental boats except for the ski boat. Our friends at the marinas have boats for you to do that. Ours are for cruising, swimming and fishing only. Sorry. You must be a guest to rent a boat from us. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 564.66 and is dropping an average of 2-1/2 inches per day with generation about 3/4ths the time. They are holding the White River art Newport to 12-feet religiously despite the very dry conditions. They have had all summer to drop the lake but have refused to do so but they see fit to drop Table Rock to below the power pool to protect Branson. Anytime the government is involved the corruption begins.  It is all about the money. The lake is clearing a bit but is still stained green. The surface temperature is in the mid 80's and has been pretty stable lately. We are to get a couple of inches of rain on Friday due to the hurricane but should be able to take that easily with the dry conditions.  It just depends on how fast we get it. It should be mostly gone by the weekend. Striper fishing is not the best right now but walleye, bass and bluegill fishing is pretty good. Blackburns has a couple of cabins available for this weekend but will be very busy again for the holiday. Come on dow. We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake was stained green when I went out yesterday and the surface temperature was 85 degrees with a level of 565.54 now and a drop of 3-inches from the day before. You could see your lure down a little less than three feet. The thermocline is less than 30 feet now and should not drop much further. It rarely gets below 32 feet. The fish that I am catching now are either right on the bank or near the bottom at 25-27 feet. The ones on the bank are on the inside of main lake points and the others are right on the points at that depth range near any structure. At this rate of level drop Blackburns Brush piles shoul be back in play in three weeks and fishing should be really good. I will be fishing brush piles exclusively then with the Bink's spoon. After that I will include slip float with minnows and the Bobby Garland Baby Shad blue Ice in color. I will use the little grub casting it over the brush and letting it sink slowly when it is windy and right down in the brush with the live minnows when I can stay right over the brush. I know where the walleye, crappie and bass will be as the lake approaches normal level. I had some guests catch some nice catfish on jugs and trot lines this weekend on lice perch. Tom Kelly is catching bass and crappie on Float Creek with his worm and spoon. Mike Eakle is on the walleye on main lake points on the Bink's Many Shad 1/2 ounce spoon in 23-28 feet of water. Bink is out with some Blackburns guests today and we will see how he does. He has been catching some good ones regularly including temperate Bass or what I call red meat fish. Bluegill are biting well on crickets and worms off docks and near willows on the main lake. Fishing is not the best now but is getting better and will continue to do so until the lake turns sometime in October for several days and then get good again. The turn will not stop the bite, just slow it down and scatter the fish. It will be improtant to know where the cover is at the right depth then. Come on down to Blackburns.  We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake conditions and fishing report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

The lake level is 566 33 and has dropped a little less than 3-inches in the last 24-hours. Blackburns has our complete original road to the dock open now as well as the boat launch but you still have to park on the road by the dock and walk down some stairs to get on.  Things are much better than before and getting better. At 560 we will get out main parking lot back and things will be back to normal as well as many of our brush piles for fishing. It has been very slow coming with the resistance to let out water by the COE. We are very dry here again and we should have been back to normal months ago. We need a rain bad. Walleye fishing has been the best with bass next and then a few crappie. The thermocline is at 28-feet and the lake is stained both in the creeks and the main lake. Spoon main lake points at 23-27 feet for about everything mentioned above.  Tom Kelly is catching some good bass on his worm near the bank and Mike Eakle is using the 1/2 ounce Bink's many shad  spoon exclusively. Bink is catching some stripers also on his spoon but not a lot. I have been too busy with rental boats and my fishing time has been very limited. It is very busy here at Blackburns and we like that. People are taking advantage of the best prices on the lake here on both cabins and boat rentals and the great weather despite the drought. All of our cabins are individual with no duplexes and you can social distance. All have big covered porches to get out of the weather. The big pool with slide is open. Your first boat stall is free here unless you bring a pontoon or a boat with a tower but we do not have boat stalls for one day rentals. Trolling motors on some pontoons are free and are included in the price. Sorry we no longer allow towing anything from any of our rental boats except our ski boat so if you need to do so our friends at the marinas will rent you a boat for that. Our boats are for fishing, cruising and swimming only. You can stay here and rent from them and drag anything you want. We are looking forward to the fall fishing and bookings have never been better. Come on down.  You will be welcome and we will not charge you too much.