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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 559.10 and is still dropping about 2-inches a day. The surface temperature was 80 degrees when I went diving yesterday and the visibility was pretty good .  It rained 1.6 inches earlier and and it cooled the water. You could really tell the difference when i jumped in. I went to a main lake point and fish were everywhere. Mostly crappie and bass but a few walleye too. A lot of good sized bass and some large crappie but hundreds of smaller ones. They were shallow in 12-18 feet of water and suspended off the bottom. I was only looking for big fish so I let the walleye go but picked up a couple of crappie for supper. Diving conditions were very good for september. The pole fishermen caught some nice bass and crappie also with the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon over 30-ft. brush. I am not seeing any schools of walleye or any white bass.  All of the surfacing fish are bass. They are coming up about 6-PM but most are small. Cast the 1/8th ounce spoon over them.  I did not check for thermocline because I did not need to go that deep. I will next time. It is going to get very warm later on this weekend and will be a good time for a boating trip. Summer is not over and our big pool is open. Blackburns is open all year and will not charge you too much.  We are the fall foliage headquarters for Norfork Lake, Mountain Home area and the Ozark Mountain region. Peak will be about the very end of October. Come on down.

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

Caught fishing with Bink yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 560.28 and dropping about 2-inches/24 hour period. The weather has cooled a bit and it is now very comfortable but cloudy. It looks like the storm that hit Texas hard will miss us and go to the Kansas City area with quite a bit of rain.  We are very dry here. The boys that went out this morning caught a lot of fish and most of them are on main lake points. If you see fish coming up throw the 1/8th ounce Bink's spoon past them and hop it back. That is about the only thing that they will bite on now. I am still seeing no White bass. Bass and crappie are the best bite now. The lake is in excellent condition for fishing, boating and swimming. 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)

Look at the size of this Norfork Lake crappie caught fishing with Bink's Guide service. Big.Image title

The lake level is 560.93 and is dropping about 2-inches a day with reduced generation. They are doing their best to hold the water up for as long as possible. The surface temperature is still 86 degrees and the creeks are stained a bit but the main lake is clear. The visibility is still good for this time of year. We have a group of divers in and they are doing well with crappie, walleye and catfish. They are good divers and come every year. I got one walleye and four crappie and all of them were on or near brush in 18-25 feet of water. The thermocline is hanging in there at about 26-feet with cold water at 30. I am seeing no fish below 30. A few bass are coming up early but they are small. There are still a lot of good Kentucky Bass inside of main lake points shallow. Fishing is picking up with crappie, bass and catfish being the best. I am using the 1/4 ounce Bink's jigging spoon while pole fishing and a 24-inch spear when diving. They are always eating steel if you can find them. Come on down to Blackburns and we will not charge you too much. It is busy here and 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 here for $59/day with no charge for your first boat stall and trolling motors on pontoons are free. All cabins have covered porches with no duplexes. Bink's caught some good ones yesterday.

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

Tyler caught and released this one near Cranfield Island. Image title

Tyler Peterson with a good one caught in Blackburns Creek. He is from Kansas.Image title

The lake level is 561.49 and it is dropping about 3-inches a day with one generator running most of the time. The bowl is getting smaller and the level is dropping faster with the same amount of generation. They are doing a good job of keeping the White River at Newport at 12-feet for no reason and holding the lake level up as high as possible for as long as possible. Good job boys. It is an example of why we cannot let the government run anything. The surface temperature is staying in the mid 80's and the lake is fairly clear. Some walleye have moved to the flats near Cranfield Island and catfish are at the mouth of Blackburns Creek. Stripers are dying near the dam and it is just a good time to leave them alone and not cause then anymore stress. Many kentucky bass are on the sides of main lake points in 14-18 feet of water. Crappie are suspended over brush about 15-17 feet down. I am seeing no fish below 30-feet. It is still summer here with ambient temperature hanging in there in the low 90's. Overall fishing is just fair but is getting better.  I will let you know when the lake starts to turn. You have to be under water to know this.  All the rest is just speculation. It will probably be in mid October. Blackburns resort and Boat rental is your fall foliage headquarters for Norfork Lake, Mountain Home, Arkansas, Northern Arkansas and the Ozark Mountain Region. We will help you with suggested routes and have covered storage for your motorcycles. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Our big pool is open.

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

The lake level is 562.32 abd has dropped three inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running most of the time. The surface temperature was 86 degrees when I went diving yesterday morning. what i did see is that the fish are not in any normal summer pattern. I am seeing hundreds of good sized Kentucky bass and a few schools of barely legal crappie with just a few large ones mixed in. That is about it. I see smaller fish shallow in 12-14 feet, larger ones 14-22 feet and not much below that. There is nothing below 30-feet. Crappie are on brush in 30-35 feet of water but suspended above the brush about 15ft. down. There is not much else out there except for a few catfish on jugs baited with perch. I have seen no White Bass for months. There are some fish coming up in the morning but are not White bass. They are all small bass. Bluegill fishing is very good on crickets. Striper fishing near the dam is dead literally.  The lake is in excellent condition and the weather remains hot. I saw three boats out on the lake total and they were all my rentals. It is busy here and we like that. People are taking advantage of our low prices. 

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

The lake level is 562.59 and is still dropping a little over 2-inches in a 24-hour period. Surface temperature is still about 86 degrees and is perfect for swimming and boating. Ambient temperatures continue to be near 90. We received a pop-up shower yesterday in the afternoon and it rained hard. About 0.6 inches here at the resort. Other places close by got none. Fishing overall is fair with crappie, walleye and catfish being the best.  Dead stripers are showing up down by the dam and I am sorry to see this. It always happens in high water years. It is caused by low oxygen.  There is little or no oxygen below about 30-feet and that is why most fish are at or just above the thermocline which is about 26-feet. Fall is quickly approaching and it looks to be a good year for fall foliage. Blackburns Resort and Boat rental is your fall foliage headquarters. Peak usually occurs the very last of October but we will monitor this for you and post on this blog. It is a good time for fishing too. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. Our big pool is open. 

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

Image titleThe boys had fun jumping and diving off our 30-ft. pontoon with tower. #9Image title

James bornhop with some good ones.Image title

Caught and released.on the Bink's spoon.Image title

The lake level has hit 563 even and is still dropping about 2-1/2 inches in a 24-hour period. The creeks are stained a bit and the main lake is clear. Surface tempersture is 87 degrees and the weather has been hot and is to continue to be so for several days. We have been dry for several days.  The lake is in excellent condition for swimming, boating and fishing. We are still in summertime. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Blackburns has only two tiers of pricing: Summer and off-season. Others have at least three. We are on off-season before Memorial day and after Labor day. The big pool is open and sparkling. It sure was fun here last week. Full house and lots of good people. We like it here when people have fun and still be respectful of property and others. That is why we have so many repeat customers.  Fishing is pretty good and getting better every day. Still no White Bass. i do not know where they are. 

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

Jeff barber from Pocahontas with a nice flathead. Image title

Luke Bornhop with a nice channel.Image title

The lake level is 563.14 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. The lake is in excellent condition for fishing and boating and the surface temperature is 87 degrees. It is summertime here on Norfork lake. Blackburns was very busy here last week with nearly all the cabins full and several boats rented. People are taking advantage of our low prices on both cabins and boat rentals. Our big pool with slide was very busy. You can get a one bedroom cabin for only $59/day with a free boat stall. People were fishing off the dock, out of bass boats and off fishing pontoons. They were catching bass, crappie and walleye on brush piles, bluegill and catfish off the dock and catfish on trotlines and jugs. Walleye are moving to the flats by the Island. Spoons, brim and crickets are all working well. I put several nice fish in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. Jeff Barber was here from pocahontas, Arkansas and was fishing with a spoon and also live bait with jugs and trotlines. The Bornhop boys had fun and their dad helped with with several big jobs. They brought several friends and it was a pleasure to meet them. Blackburns is the family fun and fishing place and we will not charge you too much. We have many repeat customes and appreciate them. Very much.

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

Mike Eakle caught some good ones this morning.Image title

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The lake level is 563.57 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours. It is a good thing we have been dry. The weather continues to be hot with tomorrow being a little cooler and then hot again Monday. There are a few things changing. First there is a mud line forming at about 20-feet until about 27-feet with poor visibility. The visibility is still good to 20-feet and then again at 30-feet. This always happens but is a little slower this year. The thermocline starts at 25-feet and is cold at 30. Many fish are in the mud line making them difficult to get diving. I have no idea when the lake will turn but am guessing October 15th. This does not kill the fishing but makes it more difficult because the fish have no reason to be in any particulae place except for cover and food. Some times the turn is fast and other times gradual. 1/4 ounce spoons around main lake points touching the bottom in the mud line is the best bait now. Kentucky Bass, crappie and walleye are all there. Blackburns has cabins for $59/day and all have covered porches, no duplexes and your first regular sized boat stall is free as are trolling motors on pontoons. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and the big pool is open. Summer continues.

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

Got some good ones yesterday in 20-ft. of water. Image title

The lake level is 563.96 and has dropped about 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running most of the time. Newport is now at 11+ feet to Hold the lakes at a higher than normal level. The lake is in excellent condition for fishing, diving, boating and swimming with a surface temperature of about 85 degrees. The thermocline is about 27 feet and the visibility there is about 8-feet. Many fish have moved above that though including bass  and crappie. I went diving yesterday and found several large crappie at 20-feet. Diving conditions are very good with no mud line and lots of fish moving in. I still am not seeing any White Bass. People are sure killing a lot of small stripers though out of deep water. I put two channel cats, one flathead and six bluegill in the pond caught off my dock. It is to remain hot here for the next week with highs in the mid 90's. Good time for a summer vacation with little boat traffic. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Winter prices are here. 

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

Caught on the Bink's Spoon.Image title

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The lake level is 564.16 and has dropped about 2-inches in the last 24-hours. I predicted several weeks ago it would be 564 by Labor day. They have done an excellent job of holding the level up all summer and the level of the White River at Newport is holding at just below 12-feet for absolutely no reason. We certainly need someone different  running the dams.  I was hoping the new guy would be better but he is worse. We are crazy if we think the government can run anything. The rules need to be reviewed and changed. There is no danger of a flood anywhere around here and we are very dry. Hold and hope is their motto and protect Branson is their game. There was a news article on TV about how high all of the lakes are in the area except Table Rock which is normal and encouraging people to go there and bragging about their tourism. This is not fair. The swim beaches should be in operation by the end of October. Good timing.  Norfork lake is still in excellent condition despite the higher than normal fall level and fishing is getting better everyday and will continue to do so until turnover in October and then keep getting better. I catch a lot of big fish in November. Most boat launches are about normal with more and more parking everyday. This is my favorite time of year. Come on down we will not charge you too much. Blackburns has cabins for $59/day and fully equipped fiberglass bass boats and fishing pontoons for you to rent at the best prices. It was a great weekend with all of our pontoons rented, a full house and nice quiet respectful  people. We like our many repeat customers and thank them. Blackburns is your family and fishing place and we will not charge you too much.