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Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Region fishing report and lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

Mike Eakle with some good ones caught yesterday on Blackburns brush piles on the spoon right on the bottom. Image title

The lake level is 552.51 and is the same as this time yesterday with about 4-hours of generation. The White River at Newport is at 9-feet and there is no sign of any effort to drop the area lakes for the winter. The surface water temperature is just under 46 degrees in this area and you can see your lure down about 4-5 feet. It was a nice day yesterday with ambient temperatures in the early 50's with light wind. Everybody that I talked to caught fish. Bink is still catching all kinds of temperate bass in Big creek and we are catching ours near Blackburns on Brush using the spoon and green grub near the bank. Today looks to be even a better day before the weather comes in bringing a cold front and mixed precipitation. Rain, then ice and then snow. Thursday looks to be the worst day and then a cold weekend. The track is not for sure but we will get something just keep away the ice. The cold front is bringing the coldest temperatures of the season. We have avoided most bad weather this winter with just a couple of light snows but much better than last year with the shad kill and the ice on the creeks. Hopefully that will not happen again. I will keep you posted. My friend Dave Gentry (AKA Diver Dave) died yesterday. He introduced me to lake diving and trained me in open water, advanced diving and rescue. He will be missed. Much fun was had at his dive shop in Henderson. He was just here a few days ago.  It has been a tough winter for my long time friends with several now gone in the last few months.   

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region fishing report and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

Tom Kelly with some nice ones yesterday on Blackburn's new brush piles. He is one good fisherman and releases almost all of his fish.  Image title

The lake level is 552.47 and has risen just a bit with no generation for 24-hours but they just started again last hour. The White River at Newport is 10.94 feet and there continues to be no effort to drop the area lakes for the winter and we are in february on tuesday. The water surface temperature is between 45 and 46 where I have been fishing and the clarity is pretty good but not nearly as clear as a few years ago. I remember when you could see the bottom in the winter at 25-ft. but those days are over. There is a pretty important workshop coming up on tuesday February 1st here in Mountain Home at the Sheid auditorium at the college from 5-8 PM. It is concerning how the Beaver Lake Dam is managed. It addresses increasing minimum flow, the 12-ft. rule and giving that lake priority in keeping the level lower during periods of high rainfall at the expense of the other lakes. Even though Norfork is not on the White River chain of lakes it is being managed as it is because the Norfork River discharges in to the White River at the town of Norfork .  Safety is being brought up as the reason and the threat to the increasing population below the dam. Beaver was built in 1966 and is twenty years younger than Norfork. I suspect economics and politics might be involved with many affluent people building below the dam and on the lake in that area. They would like a more steady flow into the river, less periods of high flows and a lower level maintained. I understand that. We all would. Since Norfork is the oldest dam in the area I propose that any changes to the Beaver Lake management be also implemented at Norfork with no lake getting more priority than the other. We need to be safe here also.Table Rock already has priority with it's proximity to Branson and it only leaves Bull Shoals and Norfork to hold the bag. After Table Rock was built Taneycomo is now a tail water of it from the dam spillway so it will not be affected.  I do not know all of the details but encourage interested people to attend the workshop. Maybe all of the area lakes need to be managed differently.  I am a proponent of that. The weather was much better yesterday and it looks like it will continue for a couple more days. It is beautiful today but that is to end wednesday night with a cold weekend ahead. Fishing just gets better and then another cold front comes through. This could be the coldest of the season. I do not like snow but would much rather have it than ice. Typically the ice goes just north of us into the interstate 44 or highway 60 area but not always. We had one bad one in 2009 which I will never forget. We are to be on the border of rain, ice and snow and it concerns me. It will hit somewhere and I do not wish it on anybody. Tom, Mike, Bink and myself all caught fish yesterday. Bink is still on the temperate bass in the Big Creek area and the rest of us are fishing from Float Creek to Cranfield Island. Some nice ones were caught and most were released. Spoons, jigs and grubs continue to be the best lures and the bank out to the brush continue to be the best for crappie and bass. Mike caught a nice walleye right at dark on the spoon. I did not. Late afternoon and evening bite is the best. Enjoy the nice weather for now.  It gets busy here at Blackburns about the middle of March. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115. Best place, best price, closest to Mountain Home, dining and shopping. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region fishing report and lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

The lake level is 552.44 and has dropped 1.2 inches in the last 24-hours with just a little generation. The White River at Newport is now at 11+ feet and they are doing nothing to drop the area lakes for the winter. It is a good thing we have been dry. I did not go fish yesterday but we went out and put in a couple of trees for fish cover. It was sunny but was windy and cold with white caps and ambient temperatures struggling to reach 30-degrees. The north wind was just miserable. We put in two trees and came in. They are in good places though where I knew fish hung out while scuba diving. We only put them in fishy places and do not try to lure them to a new location. That seldom works. Some people install PVC pipe instead of trees for fish attractors and I tried that several years ago. It just did not work. I would see them when I was diving and seldom ever saw a fish on or around them. I might have saw a couple of catfish in all of the times I went by them. This is for sure, fresh cedar trees hold the most fish especially right on drop-offs.  When the Corps of Engineers used to put in cover many years ago they would sometimes put in large hardwoods and  sycamores with green leaves. They worked for a few weeks and then the fish left them for some reason. I always suspected it had someting to do with the the decaying leaves after they fell off the branches but I am a chemical engineer not a veterinarian. The surface water temperature was just under 46 degrees and the water looked the same as the day before. I saw no other boats out there and we were out for a minimal time. Today looks to be better but I do not like the looks of the weather coming in about Wednesday night next week. The last ice storn is still clearly in my mind and I do not want to go through anymore of them even though I am better prepared for one now. February starts tuesday and we are headed in the right direction. Looks to be a pretty good weekend and early next week for fishing. Bass are finally moving to their winter banks. Try the green 3-inch stingray grub on a 3/16th ounce jug head on the bottom. Put your boat in deep water just past a sharp drop-off and cast to the shore. Let it sink as fast as it can take line but do not drag it on the bottom.  Use your rod and watch for twitches in the line and set the hook. It is harder on windy days and best with light or still wind so try and get out of it the best you can. It is a good change from spooning but I use both. At Blackburns there are no price increases this year, all cabins are individual with no duplexes, all have big covered porches and your first boat stall is free. Come on dwon. We will not charge you too much and will help put you on fish and have good brush piles for our customers.    

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region Fishing Report and Lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

Caught off Blackburns new brush piles yesterday. Image title

The lake level is 552.55 and has dropped 1-1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with generation about 1/2 the time. The surface water temperature was 46 degrees and the ambient temperature was just over 40 in the afternoon when I went out yesterday. The wind was light and the fishing conditions were pretty good but it could have been a little warmer. That should happen later this weekend and then there is a good chance of rain for several days next week. The water color was just about right and I could see my spoon down about 4-feet. All I wanted to do was check out the new brush piles that we put out the day before. They both held fish already and the bass were biting, especially the Kentuckies. I brought my limit back and released them under the dock. They were right in the brush. That was all I wanted to know so I came in just before dark. We have had a few very warm days in January but mostly it has been cold. There were several striper boats with several rods out trolling between the bridges. They must have been catching something but I do not know. Several bass fishermen are having a hard time and are turning into striper fishermen as they are easier to catch now. There must have been a good class of about three years ago because there are a lot of fish in the 5-8 pound range being caught recently. The game and fish are starting a tagging study to determine the numbers and size of stripers being harvested in several of the area lakes to determine if there needs to be a change in the size limitation. Norfork Lake, Beaver and Ouachita are included. I personally would like the size limit to be increased and the number limit to be decreased but it will not do any good if people keep fishing for them in deep water and releasing dying fish. I am sure they will do what is best. I am not going to fish for them for a few years until they make a comeback, if they do. Way too many of the smaller ones are being killed now. There are a few of us that were around and remember what Norfork Lake Striper fishing used to be like and it is a shame what has happened. Maybe it will get better but not at this rate. I did not catch one crappie yesterday but it might have been that they had not moved into the new brush yet or it could be that they were just not biting. I did not see any down there but they might have been right in the brush with lockjaw. That happens too. I like winter bass fishing just a much. I bought a new belt for my Kawasaki Mule and it was $90. It was $48 a year ago. I do not like that. The money you save by staying at Blackburns will about pay for your fuel to get here and that will help slow inflation. Gas prices are going up almost everyday and you will not see many motor homes dragging cars behind them this summer. It was nice when gas was $1.70/gallon a year ago.  You do not have to go far from Blackburns to catch fish as we are about in the middle of the lake and this area has some of the best fishing. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.  

Noefork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Region Fishing Report and Lake Condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

The lake level is 552.68 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 10 hours generation. The White River at Newport is 12+ feet. It looks like we are back in the 12- ft.mode again for managing the lake but as long as it stays dry it may still drop. I would like it to be 547at the end of April to give us a better chance of not getting high again. A normal year would be great for everybody. I did not go fishing yesterday but we went out and installed a couple of brush piles near Blackburns for our customers. It went pretty good and there are now more places for you to fish. Two of us have permits so we can put in several more trees. The water surface temperature was 47 degrees, the wind was very light, the water clarity was good and the ambient temperature was cold. I would not allow any Fireball or Blackberry Brandy to be consumed in my presence but I suspect a little sneaking was going on with the ambient temperature struggling to get past 30. We will show you where they are when you get here. Warmer today, cooler tomorrow and tomorrow night and then warmer for later in the weekend and early next week. We have a waning last quarter moon and I expect some good fish to be caught the next few days. I will let you know. Several of us will be out. I do not like to wish time away but I am glad January is about over. Bink is still on the temperate bass in Big creek on his spoon and others are still catching small stripers in the river channel near the bridges and in front of Panther Bay Marina. Striper fishing is about to slow down so they better fill their freezers now and get as many as they can until the water cools a little more. Full moon in March is the 18th and just before that they will be on their spawning banks at night on the stick bait and start biting again. Crappie fishing and bass fishing is still the best for me but that is all that I am fishing for except for walleye and I cannot catch any of those. Come on down to Blackburns, we will help you find fish and will not charge you too much and are open all year.  Your first boat stall is free. We especially welcome Police and Veterans. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains region fishing report and lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

This is a sample of what Scuba Steve is mostly catching nearly everyday.Image titleImage title

The lake level is 552.85 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours with continuous generation since 7:PM last evening. The White River at Newport is 11.65 and dropping. The surface water temperature is just under 48-degrees and dropping and the lake is clearing more every day. You can see your lure down 5-6 feet. Everything in general is in pretty good condition but the fishing is just fair. The cold fronts continue to come through and slow fishing and then it gets better until the next one. The trend lately has been for it to get cold during the week and then warm up late in the weekend. It can vary from early 60's for a high to late 30's just overnight. Our normal average high is rising and is now 45-degrees. The bass have started biting in the evening on the grub near the bank and some very large crappie that are on the brush in the daytime are with them. I am fishing brush until sundown and then beating the bank until dark. Most of the bass are Kentuckies but a few largemouth are with them. Many larger bass are hanging with the shad in open water now that the big stripers are mostly gone. I have not caught a walleye this week. The crappie are finicky and will go for a few hours of not biting and then bite quickly for a few minutes. When I think I have it figured out they change. You just have to wait them out. There are still some 15-16 inchers but not nearly as many as last winter with 11-12 inchers taking their place. They are fat and healthy though as are the bass. Overall fish numbers are high on norfork except for white bass and big stripers and the white bass are making a comeback with many in the 10-inch range. A few nice ones are being caught but not a lot. Big bluegill are in high numbers and are excellent eating and fun to catch. We are fortunate to have so many species of game fish in Norfork and sometheing is almost always biting if you are willing to be versatile. Catch a few, keep a few and release a few and do not fish in deep water. There are some big fish there but also many smaller ones and they all die when brought up. Venting does not work. They may be able to go down but they die anyway. Big stringers of dead fish are not impressive to most people except for meat hunters. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region fishing report and lake condition by Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

Tom Kelly with some nice ones yesterday. Some were very large. Image title

The lake level is 553.20 and is the same as it was at this time yesterday with a few hours of generation. The White River at Newport is 12+ feet and dropping very quickly with the reduced generation. There is no effort to drop the area lakes this winter and they are all holding just under the power pool. The surface water temperature was 48.5 yesterday afternoon when I went out and the wind was light from the west. It came up about 5:PM when the cold front started to come through after an ambient high of 64-degrees. The water visibility had cleared in both the main lake and the creeks and is a good color for fishing.  It is 30-degrees this morning and is not going to warm up much for the next couple of days and the lows are to get into the teens. At least January is about over. Bink reports catching several white bass and crappie in Big creek on his 3/8th ounce spoon, Tom Kelly caight big crappie, Mike caught bass and crappie and I caught fish from the time I went out until I came in at dark. It is nice that the days are getting longer. I fish crappie until about sunset with the jig and then beat the bank for bass with the grub until dark. I have not got into the big smallmouth yet and the walleye have slowed down but the rest of the fishing is pretty good. The weather looks to get better by this weekend  with good fishing days by sunday and monday. Fishing overall is just fair but some good ones are being caught everyday. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region lake condition and fishing report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

Mike Eakle with some pretty good ones yesterday. We will show you where when you get here. Brush piles are going in as we speak. Image title

The lake level is 553.21 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with generation for just a few hours. The White River at Newport is at 14+ feet and dropping. The surface water temperature was 47 degrees, the ambient tempoerature was in the high 40's  and the lake clarity was stained on the main lake and a little less so in the creeks especially near the bank yesterday afternoon when I went out. It was a little breezy from the west but not bad. The first three Blackburns brush piles that I went all had fishermen camped on them but the fourth one was open. I will put this year's trees in new places so our customers have more places to fish, That is why they are put in. I wish more resorts would do so. We will show you where ours are when you get here and we have some good ones. It is very warm and breezy today already with ambient temperatures to reach 60 with a cold front coming in later with highs to get back into the high 30's for a few days. One more week left in January and the moon is getting smaller with the last quarter to be tomorrow. Crappie, bass, catfish and walleye like the dark of the moon. I do also but it is nice coming in after dark during the full moon.  The fish were biting steadily but not fast and I caught my 5-crappie limit, and a nice Kentucky Bass and a very large bluegill and came in just before dark. The fishing was pretty good but they were not as large as the day before and the bite was not as fast. Tom, Mike, Bink all caught fish also. Our striper fishermen report catching several in the 5-8 pound range but no picture fish. Bink is really on all kinds of temperate bass back in Big Creek. The fishing pressure is increasing on Norfork, especially on nice warm days. Everyone is tired of winter already. The lake is in good condition now and at a good level but I am still concerned about going into the spring at this elevated level again. It just does not have a habit of working out and there seems to be nobody concerned or willing to do anything about it. We will get a big rain before May, you can count on it. Yes Blackburns Resort is open all year, no we are not on vacation and are also not for sale and are not raising our prices this year. We just keep getting these questions for some reason. Come on dwon. We will not charge you too much and your first normal sized boat stall is free. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region Fishing Report and Lake Conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

Cabin #12 is finished and ready for your visit. I has a king in the master bedroom and now has a queen and other two beds in bedroom 2. $83/day $498/week 0ff-season. Image title
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The lake level is 553.27 and has dropped 3/4 of an inch in the last 24-hours with little generation. The White River at Newport is 15.77 and dropping and the surface water temperature was 48 degrees on the main lake yesterday afternoon and the water clarity was about the same and you could see your lure down about 3-4 feet and it might be more clear in the creeks than the main lake. The ambient temperature was just shy of 40-degrees and it was sunny with light winds. Our normal high is 44-degrees and has started to rise again meaning we could be past the middle of winter. It is to warm up nicely today, get to 60-degrees tomorrow and then another cold front is coming through but not as bad with highs near 40. They just keep coming. It is predicted that february will be warmer than normal but we shall see. Last february was not so good. We are about 6-7 feet too high going into the spring and there has been no effort to drop the lakes so far this winter when they had the chance. The may rains come along with storms and the only ones that do not seem to know this are the ones managing the lake level. 560 is too high and we are just one big rain from being there. 546-47 would give us a little buffer and not hurt anybody. My aerator pump and bilge pump were frozen up, my steering was stiff and the line going to the water gauge had frozen and was leaking water on my shoe. I took it loose and tied a knot in it and went fishing and the fish were biting, especially the crappie and some nice ones too. I caught my limit of five and threw several back along with a few bluegill and came in. I just wanted a few more to go into Tom Kelly's trophy pond before spring spawn. I will get a couple of pounds of tuffies from Nabatak to get them through the winter and it will be ready. It could use a couple more walleye but I have not caught any lately. The striper bite is still pretty good in deep water and they are still killing them and they are getting smaller and smaller. I guess if you cannot get bass you can kill stripers. Get that meat at all costs. At least the White Bass are making a comeback but are not nearly what they were three years ago. Hybrid fishing is just fine but not nearly as many of them are stocked. The bass, crappie, walleye, bluegill and catfish should be excellent this year. The high water does not affect fishing much ulnless it comes all at once like in 2017. That was not good. Keep all of the trash and logs up in Missouri. People are already calling and are getting disappointed about not getting the cabin and rental boat of their choice because of all of the early reservations. Customers are taking advantage of Blackburns low prices and are not happy with other places raising their prices on them. Friends do not raise prices on friends especially if they use the money to go on vacation.  I like it here and have no place that I would rather be. The improvements continue.

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains region fishing report and lake conditions by Scuba Ateve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

The lake level is 553.81 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with rotation between one and two generators most of the time. The White River at Newport is 15+ feet and dropping.  The surface water temperature was 48 degrees yesterday afternoon and is dropping with the cold weather. The water seemed to clear a little and I could see my lure down a little more than 4-ft. It started out in the mid 40's in the morning and dropped during the day. It started to snow big flakes about 4:PM for a little bit almost covering the ground and then it quit before 5:PM and the wind started from the north and it got cold fast. It continued to get colder until a low of about 12-degrees this morning. It is not to get above freezing today and a little colder tonight. Saturday looks to be warmer with temperatures in the 50's for sunday and monday and then another cold front just as bad as this one in the middle of next week. We are in a pattern but are avoiding the ice and storms so far. I went out a little earlier in anticipation of the snow and wind and it was not bad but I did not push the issue and came in about 3:30PM. I do not hate them that bad. I  spooned a couple of brush piles and caught a few crappie and a couple of Kentucky Bass to check out the conditions. Fishing is almost always the best right before the cold front gets here. It looks like sunday afternoon and monday will be good days for fishing. We will see. I do not like taking days off but have some indoor projects to work on anyway. I will continue to go and check out the conditions even if for a short time as long as my old boat will start. It froze up the line to my water pressure gauge and squirts water in my shoe but it is not a very big line and we do not sweat the small stuff. It looks like this snow will stick longer than the last one. Most places are having significant price increases for 2022 but Blackburns is not raising anything except boat gas. We do not want to charge our friends too much and want you to continue to have an affordable vacation with all of the inflation in other areas. Come on down and check out all of our improvements.  You will like what you see. We are open all winter and are not for sale. I do not know where that is coming from. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountain Region Fishing Report and Lake Condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

The Ellner family from Elcho, Wisconsin had a good time here and are very nice people. Image title

The lake level is 553.98 and has risen 1.2 inches in the last 24-hours with just a little generation. The surface water temperature was 49-degrees yesterday afternoon and it was a nice day with temperatures in the 50's and light wind. The water is still stained in both the creeks and the main lake but a good color for fishing. We have reached our high for today and the temperatures are dropping and  weather of some kind or other is to hit  this afternoon followed by a cold front and very cold temperatures for the next three days. I called our customers that were scheduled to come in told them to wait. Single diget wind chill will just not work. It costs more to heat and clean the cabins than we charge plus it is not fun fishing with ice in the rod eyelets and your drag frozen. This should go away by sunday but another one is coming. Fishing was pretty good yesterday for bass and crappie but that is all that I am fishing for. Others are fishing temperate bass in deep water. There are more guides out there chasing a very few customers than I have ever seen in the past. They are hunting down and killing off-season stripers and not even getting paid for it. It will take a big marketing effort to convince people that a lake that used to produce 30-40 lb. stripers are now producing 7-8 pound ones that these are big fish. You would think  quitting killing them and not fishing for therm in deep water when they are out with no customers would be wise and they would let them grow  but it is like one is trying to out advertise the next one. We get a few new ones and lose a few every year but have more fishing experts than ever and they are attaining this level in record time. Leave the fish for the paying customers who pay out of state licenses. The cold weather will drop the surface water temperature some but not drastically when we reach this time of year and this temperature. We had ice in the creeks out to the main lake with a shad kill last year and this is much better. It is dangerous to go into the spring at this water level but maybe it will work out but I am not counting on it. Many people that come here camping are getting tired of the high water all summer and going elsewhere and that is a shame since they really like it here and do not want to go. We have several very nice campsites and swim beaches but they are no good 10-ft. under water. I am still catching some nice crappie, bass and bluegill everydaty and the evening bite is the best. Striper fishermen are catching several fish now but that usually slows with the cold weather and they move to between the bridges next to the old river channel and get lethargic. This mostly happens in January but has not yet and they are feeding getting ready for it. There are more bass in open water on shad than normal and fewer on their winter banks which are south facing with the predominate north wind. There are some there though and they move shallow in the evening from cover in 20-25 ft. during the day. Some crappie are in open water but some are on brush at about 25-ft. of water. Some big ones are mixed in eith the 11-inchers. White Bass fishing is getting better and Hybrid stripers are about normal. The high water does not affect them much. I am not looking forward to this cold weather. 

Norfork lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region Fishing Report and Lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

The lake level is 553.88 and has risen 3/4 of an inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is 16.5 feet and dropping rapidly. The surface water temperature was 49-degrees yesterday afternoon and the wind was light fron the southeast on the main lake and calm in Blackburns Creek. The lake was about the same as far as clarity was concerned and I could see my lure down about 3-feet in the sunshine and less when it was cloudy. The ambient temperature was 43 degrees and pleasant with the light wind. It is to be in the 50's today and then the wind is to pick up and another cold front is coming through with the coldest three nights of the season. Windy with temperatures in the low teens will make it hard to keep things from freezing up. The highs are to not be above freezing until  next weekend. Just keep the ice and storms away and we will be fine. The fishing was pretty good and I caught my self-imposed limit of five crappie off a brush pile with a 1/4 ounce Bink's Spoon and then moved to the bank with the green grub and caught two keeper bass and came in. Nothing spectacular but it was a pleasant afternoon. The rates posted on this web site are for this year with no changes. No surprises coming here. The money you save by staying at Blackburns will help pay for the increased fuel prices and they just keep going up along with everything else. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region Fishing Report and Lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

Mike Eakle with some of yesterday's catch. The snow is gone,.Image title

The lake level is 553.84 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with no generation since noon yesterday but they have started now. The White River at Newport is at 17.4 feet and we are back in the power pool.The little snow lowered the surface water temperature but it is still in the high 40's. I had between 49 and 50 yesterday afternoon but it varies a bit from main lake to creeks. The shallower the water the cooler the temperature. The water is still stained green and you can see your lure down about 3-feet. It is sunny today with highs in the 40's, a little warmer tomorrow , and then cool back down again. Typical January. The full moon is today. I am still catching crappie on brush in 25-ft. of water near the bottom and a few bass are with them and also at sunset on the grub for both bass and crappie near the shore in chunk rock. Bink is still on temperate bass deep in 60-80 feet of water near the bottom on his spoon. I am using the grub, spoon and Bobby Garland jig exclusively now and am catching bass, crappie and bluegill. Others are catching stripers and hybrids about the same size and several white bass but most of them are small but not all. Nothing is showing any signs of moving much except for fish on the shad which are following them They may be moving in and out depending on the time of day but not different general locations. The water temperature has ranged only from about 52-49 in several weeks, the level has been nearly the same, the visibility has varied a bit but comes right back and nothing is changing much except the calendar. Temperate bass, crappie, bass and bluegill are the best bite with none being exceptional but all having their days if you happen to hit it right. Cold fronts affect it the most. The clear cold days right after one gets here are not usually the best but you can still catch some fish especially if you stick to the jigging spoon but I do not use it in the wind. It is just good to be out and I try to go out every day unless I cannot get out of the wind. It is not my friend. We are past the middle of January and are headed in the right direction. We have missed almost all of the bad weather this last year and have been very fortunate. No storms and no ice and no price increases. These are all good. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Region Fishing Report and Lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

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

The lake level is 553.63 and has risen 4-inches in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of generation. The White River at Newport is 17+ft.  We are headed in the wrong direction and are about out of the power pool of 553.75 which used to be 552 before the wothless mimimum flow to help the put and take trout in the plastic rivers and taking away flood capacity. Let out water from dam, river. Shut off water, dry.  If they cannot drop it in the middle of January they must not be going to do so. At least the water is at a good level in the winter when nobody is here. The surface water temperature is about 50-degrees and lower in the backs of the creeks. My rain gauge is frozen up but KTLO reports about 1-inch of total moisture with most of it being rain and a little less than 2-inches of snow. It did not quite cover the ground and should be gone by tomorrow. The snow flakes were huge and just floated down with no wind. The wind is to pick up tomorrow and then get cold again later this week. Our normal high is 43-degrees. Bink is doing the best now and is catching all kinds of temperate bass in the same spot with a lot of white bass. They have been in the same area for a month and are showing no signs of leaving. He is fishing the Big Creek area. The threat of snow run off several of our guests but they caught fish right up until they left and good ones too. Several white bass are from out front of the docks on Mallard Point to Southwest of Cranfield Island with some Hybrids mixed in. Some of them will move upstream to spawn in Late February and March but have shown no signs of doing so. The water temperature needs to be above 54-degrees. The ones being cleaned at my dock have eggs but nowhere near ready with no bloodlines. Like the walleye the so called run is not nearly what it used to be but the numbers are starting to come back. I do not know what percentage of walleye spawn in Norfork but the total numbers are higher than I have ever seen them and they are getting bigger. In May when the thermocline forms is the best time to catch walleye on main lake points in 16-20-ft. of water. Bink catches them deep in the summer but I do not fish deep anymore. I received my Norfork Lake fish cover permit yesterday and am getting ready to put in brush and know just the places where I want them. You will have some good places to fish when you get here. We do it for our customers and it would be nice if more people would do it. They really help. I am getting really tired of this inflation and high gas prices but the money you save by staying at Blackburns covers most of it if not all.  

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Region Fishing Report and Lake Condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

Dave Titus with some nice ones. Image title

The lake level is 553.25 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of generation. The surface water temperature was 50.5 last eveing and the water did not clear any from the day before and maybe got a little more cloudy. I cauld see my lure down about 3-feet. The White River at Newport is 17.85 and dropping fast. The ambient temperature was in the low 60's and the wind had shifted to the northwest at about 5-10 but it was easy to get out of it. I fished brush on a south facing bank and caught my limit of five crappie and the wind stopped about 4:PM and then I moved to my winter bass bank and caught two nice bass, one a Kentucky and the other a largemouth, lost my grub on a rock and came in just at dark. I do not like to fish when I cannot see my line but just do not want to give up on the day. It was a very nice winter day and I was happy to be out. Other people fishing out of the resort got several stripers, bass and crappie. Striper fishing is pretty good at this time as is crappie. Several crappie are about 11-inches but a few are about 13-inches. The people catching stripers are spooning for them in 45-50 ft. of water near Blackburns but Bink is catching all kinds of temperate bass deep with his 3/4 ounce spoon. He has found them and they have not moved for about three weeks. The ones in this area are moving around but not too far. They are just roaming after shad. The largest ones are just under 10-pouinds. Some nice hybrids and white bass are with them. The bite has held on with the warm water temperatures later than normal. Usually January can be tough. The crappie were biting in or close to brush in 25-ft. of water. The moon is getting big again and bluegill and stripers like it just before it gets full and the bluegill started biting again yesterday where I had not been catching many until then. Catch two big ones, fry up the four fillets, add black pepper and slice of onion on some buttered bread and nothing else. It does not get any better than that. Two sandwitches are just right. You can substitute crappie, walleye or Kentucky Bass and get almost the same results. All fish are good out of Norfork Lake. Today may be the best fishing day for a few so I must get my work done and get out. Best bite, 3:30-5:30 PM. Looks like some weather moving in tomorrow and then warm back up next week. January is a long month but it has not been bad so far and it is 1/2 over tomorrow. I wish the lake was about 6-feet lower going into the spring. No price increases here at Blackburns this year and your first boat stall is free unless you bring the Queen Mary. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region Fishing Report and Lake Condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

The Hayleys from Wisconsin are catching some good fish of different species. Image title

The lake level is 553.28 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of generation. The White River at Newport is now at 18.5 feet and dropping. The water there is certainly not coming from Norfork. We are approaching the middle of January and there are no signs of any effort to drop the lake for the winter. 560 is the level where there starts to be problems and we are not far away from that. The water temperature was 52 degrees yesterday afternoon when I went out and the lake is clearing everyday and is a good color for fishing and the fishing was good. We had fishermen out from Illinois, Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin and they all caught fish. Striper, crappie and bass were the species most caught with walleye, bluegill and catfish slowing. The ambient temperature was in the early 60's and the sun was shining with light winds and the conditions were perfect. When the sun goes down it cools off fast. You may think you do not need a coat when you go out but you will if you fish until dark. The best bite was starting at about 4:PM until sunset and then slowed way down at dark. You can just say it quit. Most crappie were in the 11-inch range but a couple of pretty big ones were also caught along with a few throwbacks. A few bass were with the crappie and most were next to the brush on the bottom in about 25-ft. None were caught in over 30-feet. It was a good day. Bink is on the temperate bass in deep water in Big Creek using his spoon. I am not fishing for them but some are near Cranfield Island on the south side. It was a good day but changes are coming Saturday and another cold front by monday. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much. Please get your deposits in for cabins and boats reserved for later this year to hold them. We are getting many more calls than normal and we do not want you to have to pay more somewhere else. It looks to be a good year so far and we have been getting ready all winter for spring. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115.

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region fishing report and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

Tom Kelly with some pretty good ones.Image title

The lake level is 553.34 and is the same as it was yesterday at this time with just a couple of hours of generation. They just started again. The White River at Newport is still 19-ft. and the water surface temperature is 51 degrees and has been the same for over a week. The lake is still stained green but is getting a little more clear everyday and needed to. The weather has been beautiful with sunny skies and light winds and temperatures in the high 50's. That is to change on Saturday when another cold front is coming through with a good chance of snow. Just keep away the ice and wind and we will be fine. It is going to have to get a lot colder if there is going to be a shad kill like last year and the days are now getting longer. We have a good population of shad but I suspect there were more that died than originally thought. Several were floating but many more sunk to the bottom. Last December and January were very cold and there was ice in the creeks. That has only happened a few times since I have lived here for 28-seasons. I moved here when I was a very young and  small child and fell off the turnip wagon and was abandoned by my parents. Blackburns has several good fishermen here from all over the country and all are catching fish but not in high numbers. Some are striper fishing, some are bass fishing, some are crappie fishing and some are fishing for anything they can catch but they all are liking the weather. I am making as many improvements on the resort as I can and then going out fishing in the afternoon. It is hard to believe how fast prices are increasing on everything but I will hold prices here at Blackburns for as long as I can.    

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Region Fishing Report and Lake Condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

Mike Eakle with some nice ones. Image title

The lake level is 553.34 and has dropped less than one inch in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of generation. The White River at Newport is at just over 19-ft and dropping. Some of the brown had dropped out of the water near Blackburns where I was fishing yesterday and it was still stained but a little more green. I could see my lure down a couple of feet. It was very nice out after it warmed up and the wind was light except between the bridges and I was able to get completely out of it so I fished brush for crappie with the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon. Between the bridges is usually the windiest place on the lake. It is better to fish over brush when you do not have to use your trolling motor very much and I use it a sparingly as possible and keep the spoon straight up and down bumping the brush for crappie and bluegill or bottom right next to it for bass and walleye.  I caught my self-imposed limit of five in the range of 11-13 inches and then moverd to the bank in chunk rock at sunset with the grub. Fishing was slow but steady and four bass, two Kentucky and two Largemouth were caught and released on site. There are two places where the fish have been biting consistently for me and they are just off the first dropoff on the ledge in 10-12-feet of water. There are a few big crappie with them. The bass are keeper sized but not as big as usually caught this time of year. The surface water temperature was exactly 51 everywhere I went. The weather is to be very nice for the next several days with high pressure holding in until the next cold front and wind. The warm weather brought out more fishermen yesterday and several of them are staying at Blackburns. I go out in the warmest part of the day and come in when it gets cold but those Michigan and Wisconsin people start early and come in late and do not complain about anything.   

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Region Fishing Report and Lake Conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service yesterday. Image title

The lake level is 553.41 and has dropped over 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours beginning in the evening and then again this morning. The White River at Newport is 19.75 feet and shows what they can do if they want to. Electricity must be needed somewhere. The wind was brutal from the north yesterday with almost white caps in Blackburns Creek which is unusual. It was worse on the main lake so I did not stay out very long. The ambient temperature was in the low 40's but the wind chill was very cold.  When I tried to get out of the wind it was swirling and following the river channel. I caught one smallmouth bass and that was it. Several of our customers were out there all day and caught some fish including hybrid stripers and bass and said it was better than where they come from. One group was from Remus, Michigan, another from Sandwich, Illinois and another just got here from Northern Wisconsin. I promised them better weather today and will show them some good crappie places. They were not complaining and said it was better here than where they came from. The cold front has come on through now and it is sunny. It got down to 19 last night but the lows are to get above freezing again starting tomorrow. The sunshine and light winds are making conditions much better already. The cold fronts just keep coming through but it is winter. Bink is still fishing deep water on temperate bass and catching some good ones on his spoon. The wind blew the brown water into the creek and the color is just like after a big rain and we have had just a very little since the 3-inch one on January 2nd.  In the winter if the color changes it is usually just a different shade of green. Open water fishermen are finding temperate bass and black bass on shad using the spoon but it is hard to stay on them in the wind. Should be much better today. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Region fishing report and lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

The lake level is 553.56 and has risen one inch in the last 24-hours with no generation since early afternoon yesterday. The White River at Newport is over 19-feet and is still rising so do not expect much generation for a while. We just got a little rain but there was more south of us. The water on the main lake was still over 50 degrees where I was fishing yesterday and it was even more murky than the day before. It was a brownish color indicating it was runoff. The visibility was almost zero in the main lake and a couple of feet in Blackburns Creek. My blue light is about 8-ft. deep and you could barely see any from the surface. It has been very bright. Visibility is usually much better in January. It must have been from the rain we received on January 2nd when they had flash floods north of us. We have had two major rains in several months accounting for most of the total. December 19th when it raised the lake to 554.82 and the one a week ago. The lake level was 554.82 on December 19th and we have just dropped 1.3 feet since then. The cold front is moving through with wind and then better conditions are expected for most of next week. It was about 39-degrees and the water was choppy and just short of whitecaps at about 3:30 PM on the main lake. I fished for bass and then got tired of fighting the wind and moved back into the creek to crappie fish and caught four keepers but no big ones. No picture fish. It looks to be good fishing conditions starting tomorrow with ambient temperatures get well into the 50. I like that if the wind goes down. Bass are biting well on windblown banks on grubs and jigs and crappie are just fair in brush early and then near the bank part way back in the creek in the evening. Trollers are dragging umbrellas through shad and catching some temperate bass. Bass fishing is the best. Bink is spooning deep water for white bass and hybrids and a few stripers just around a main lake point and catching several. I am fishing an area between Robinson Island and Cranfield Island. Cranfield island is preferred but I just move south as the water color suits me which is stained a little green. Fish will bite in brown water but it is not my favorite and I get out of it when I can. Where brown and green water meet is a good place also part way back in a creek after a rain. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Region fishing Report and Lake Condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

Winter Bassin on Norfork Lake out of Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.Image title

The lake level is 553.49 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with on and off generation, mostly off. The White River at Newport is still over 18-ft. so we cannot expect much drop anytime soon and rain is predicted starting this afternoon. It looks like the nasty stuff and heavy rain will go south of us. The forecast calls for much warmer daytime highs above average for the next week and temperatures to be in the 50's next week. That sounds good but usually it comes with wind. It did not get up to freezing yesterday but the wind was light and not too bad of fishing conditions. The warmer weather and rain will take out the snow that is left by tomorrow. It was not enought to cause much trouble. I had a a surface water temperature of between 50 and 51 on the main lake where I was fishing yesterday and the water was stained. It is worse in the creeks. I have mostly been bass fishing for the last few days but cannot resist dropping a spoon into a brush pile with fish in it when I go by. The threadfin shad are schooled and most of the schools are not scattered and show no predator fish on them but some do. Several black bass are in chunk rock on their usual winter banks but some are on the shad. I have not caught any large smallmouth yet but bet I will. Several Kentucky bass are with the crappie on brush but both are moving near the bank in the evening just before dark. You can get a few very large crappie shallow now from 4:PM until dark. I have switched from the Bobby Garland blue ice jig to the white 2-inch twister tail tipped with a live minnow at sunset and the rest of the time I am using the 3-inch green stingray grub from the bank to about 30-ft. of water on the bottom. On brush I am using the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon white with a green back. All three of these are working but the big largemouth like that green grub. I use a 3/16th ounce jig head and Bink uses a 1/4 and he fishes deeper water than I do and sets his boat in 35-50 ft. of water and keeps the grub sinking and not dragging the bottom and uses his rod as the lure comes nearer the boat and is straight up and down and then vertical jigs it a bit before repeating. He can do this better than anybody I have ever seen. Now he is spooning in deep water on a certain point for temperate bass and catching several. I do not fish in deep water anymore but do not guide for a living. Ambient temperatures of over 40 with light winds are just right for me. I hope they draw my name for brush piles. Several of us work together to put them in and it really helps fishing. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region fishing report and lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

The lake level is 553.57 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with on and off generation about 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is still about 19-feet so they are at least trying. The water temperature was just under 50-degrees in Blackburns Creek last evening when I went out and the ambient air was cold. It is colder this morning. My old 1986 Mercury 2-stroke motor did not want to start but it finally did and the boat had snow in it even though it was on the lift and the steering was a little stiff but I did not have to go far. On the way out to the mouth of Blackburns Creek, in the creek channel, I noticed a big school of shad with fish on them. I dropped a spoon and they were biting. Largemouth and Kentucky bass. I released about a dozen fish and my reel was freezing up and the drag did not work. I switched to a spinning reel and cast a crappie jig over a Blackburns brush pile and caught a couple of crappie in the 10-11 inch range and came in. It was not a day to take a long trip. The new thing besides the drop in surface water temperature was the visibility. It was almost zero in the creek and very murky near the main lake. It must be the water coming down from the north after the earlier 3-inch rain. The creeks change almost daily anyway. Usually snow and cold temperatures clear the lake this time of year but not so now. It is to rain the next couple of days and then warm up to the 40's followed by another cold front and then warm up again. Overall it does not look too bad but we could get quite a bit of rain before it goes away. I can just go jump into my boat and fish close and get out of it quickly anyway. There happen to be a lot of good brush piles close. Speaking of brush piles, this is the last day to go to the Corps of Engineers office and fill out a form to put them in Norfork lake yourself and not just use other people's. Get there before 4:30 PM.  When I see other people camping on the brush that I put in I just do not put any there anymore and move on. Replentished brush are the best places for crappie and walleye. Old brush does hold bass and catfish. The more the better for everyone. It is good for fishing and we like that.  It is good when everyone catches fish. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Region fishing report and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

This is what it looks like out my front door. Image title

The lake level is 553.68 and has dropped just over an inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time. We are now back into the power pool and our future is up to the Power Administration. Neither government agency is doing much about dropping the area lakes for the winter. We had less than average rainfall for the entire year of 2021 and still were flooded out all spring and summer. It is mismanagement not too much rain. They go into the spring too high and then quit generating when it rains. The lake surface water was 52 degrees when I went out yesterday afternoon. I waited until the wind layed and the ambient temperature was in the early 40's. I fished until after dark mostly for bass but tried one brush pile for crappie and caught just two about 11-inches. I have been off the big ones for a while but like bass fishing just as much. They are on their winter banks now and the best bite is from 4:PM until dark just around the corner on the inside points of the main lake for about 100-yards. Some big crappie are behind them and they are right on the bank. The bass are a little further out. I am using the 1/4 ounce Bink's Spoon in the brush and the 3-inch green stingray grub on a 3/16th jig head and touching bottom. It does not have much action but works anyway. You can also jig it straight up and dowm.  Be prepared to lose a few. The snow has quit and it has now covered the ground and it is to get cold tonight. Both snow and cold will drop the lake surface water to about 50.  I will go out and try to catch a bass later this afternoon and see what tomorrow brings. It is to warm back up later this weekend and it needs to. The normal high is 43. 

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Cabin #11 has 3-bedroom and 2-full bath with screened-in porch. Image titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage title

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Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountain Region fishing report and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

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The lake level is 553.80 and is just about what it was at this time yesterday with very limited generation. The White River at Newport is still at over 19-feet so do not expect much for a while. At least they are trying. The water surface temperature was 52.5 on the main lake when I went out yesterday afternoon bass fishing. I found several schools of fish in open water on the way but they were just white bass and small stripers. Some of the white bass were a couple of pounds but I do not take pictures of white bass. The wind was not bad but kept me from doing what and where I wanted to go. When I went to a brush pile just off the main lake and partially out of the wind the fish were biting but mostly small bass, 10-11 inch crappie and big bluegill so I moved. Usually the wind drops about 4:PM if it is going to so I moved to the main lake and found some nice largemouth bass. The wind finally layed just when it got dark. The fish were still in chunk rocks just off the bank in 10-ft. of water and were biting the green grub. I caught two nice Kentucky Bass and then a couple of big largemouth for Tom Kelly's trophy pond and came in at dark. I really like winter bassin but it has been a long time coming this season and better fishing is expected. The wind is calm this morning and it did not get cold last night and I expect some open water fishermen to find some more temperate bass today as they are everywhere at this time. I just wish they would quit killing those small stripers. Fishing overall is still just fair but is getting better and it needed to. Another cold front is coming and bringing more wind. Wind lovers should be happy. I did not catch a walleye but did catch a couple of white bass, smaller crappie, kentucky bass , bluegill and nice largemouth in a couple of hours of fishing. The green stingray grub and spoon are the best lures.  

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region fishing report and lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

The lake level is 553.82 and has dropped 1/2 inch with alternating several hours of both generators, one generator and then nothing. The White River at Newport is at 19-feet so they are doing what they can to mitigate the rise in the area lakes. With the cold weather going all the way down to the gulf you would thing they need electricity somewhere but we are still barely in the flood pool. We will see waht happens when it gets below 553.75 again. Time is running out to drop the lake for the winter. It was sunny with light winds when I went out yesterday afternoon with an ambient temperature of near 40 and not bad at all. I was able to fish with light gloves and no ice in my reel. Much better than the day before but it cooled off fast at sunset. The surface water temperature was 55-degrees on the main lake where I was fishing and the water was not as clear as earlier. You could see your lure down a couple of feet but that changes almost daily. The lake usually clears when the water temperature drops in the winter but there is no normal anymore. You have to be out there almost everyday to write an accurate report. I am surprised that more temperate bass are not coming in as I saw big schools of shad with fish under them on my way to my fishing bank. I am not after them but several people are still trying to finish cleaning the larger ones still there out. I fished until dark and caught only two keeper Kentucky Bass and two crappie and none were big or picture fish. It was slow to say the best and there were only four bites in 2+ hours using the green stingray grub near the bank. All fish were in chunk rocks in about 10-ft. of water on  drop-offs. It is warmer today but the wind is coming up. It is 40-degrees out and it is not noon yet. The normal high is 43. It is to get cold again thursday night and then warm up to near 50 but with gusty winds moving back and forth from the north to the south. The creeks are stained but the brown has settled out at least in this area. It did not quite make it to my dock. The three inches of rain did wash out the road a little but I will fix that. It was not nearly as bad as the last big rain but was enough. It is time again for the Corps of Engineers to issure fish cover permits for Norfork Lake. They do this every other year now instead of every year. Bull Shoals is every year. That makes sense as the Norfork basin was cleared of trees when preparing to flood and Bull Shoals was not. Go figure. Norfork needs the cover more. Here are the new rules as I see them for getting a permit. Go to the Corps office before 4:30 PM by this friday and fill out a form. They will draw out 50-names for each lake to determine who gets the permits. I went yesterday.  This is a good chance for people to put in their own brush and not just go to places where others have worked hard to do so. Resort owners should do this for their customers. The Game and Fish did a good job of replentishing the old Corps brush piles that had been neglected for several years but that was over two years ago and the best ones need freshened up yearly. I sure hope I get one but if not I will help others who do. The more cover the more fish especially for us that do not just chase them around in open water following the birds and dragging stuff through them. No Fireball or Blackberry Brandy are allowed on the boats putting in trees when it is cold. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Region fishing report and lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

The lake level is 553.89 and has risen just a bit from this time yesterday with generation for several hours during the day, then they took the rest of the night off and have just started again. We are now back in the flood pool and cannot seem to get much below the power pool of 553.75 which sets us up for another high water year. We can handle high water here at Blackburns but it makes it really difficult and inconvenient for day users and campers and restricts launching and parking. It would be nice if they would try dropping the level in the winter and giving it a chance to take spring rains rather than keeping us just one big rain away from being too high. The surface water temperature had dropped to 52 degrees in the creek that I was fishing yesterday afternoon and it was cold with highs in the mid 20's with a breezy north wind. I am not a fan of walk through windshields but it would have been nice yesterday.The water was a little more stained than the day before but was still a good color for fishing. I did not check the temperature on the main lake as I was in a hurry to get out of the wind even though it was not high but very cold despite my all electric gear. I cannot fish very well with big gloves and the water was freezing as it came off the line onto my reel. It was cloudy or it would have been colder. I caught a few fish on the spoon and came in. No picture fish. My old mercury motor did not want to start very well but finally did. I will give it another try this afternoon. It should be better for the next couple of days and then the bottom drops out again on thursday then better for the weekend. Sunday looks to be the best day. I am also bass fishing with the grub on the bottom from the shore back to the boat that is setting in about 30-ft. of water and the bite is pretty good late evening but it gets very cold after sunset and fast. Some crappie are with the bass and a few walleye. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountain Region fishing report and lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

Rum Binkley with some New Year's White Bass. These are some of the biggest ones that I have seen in two years. All caught on the Bink's Spoon. Image title

The lake level is 553.84 and has risen 3-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 1/3rd the time. We received about three inches of rain in the last two days here at Blackburns and the creeks run but not nearly as hard as the last time. There is some brown water in the backs of the creeks but not bad. It rained most of the day and we finished up several projects at the resort and went out fishing about 3:30 PM and fished until dark. The surface water temperature was 57 degrees and the lake had stained a bit. The wind came up and the temperature started to drop about 4:30 PM and then the cold front came in. It is cold now and it will warm up again to normal until thursday when it gets cold again. We have missed all of the storms and bad weather so far and this is our first taste of winter. It will be lucky to reach freezing today.  Several fish were caught including bass, crappie and walleye but we had three different groups out there and not high numbers of fish. We have been fortunate to have had until the new year to work on outdoor projects and it is only two more months until we get busy at the resort again. That is why we cannot wait until spring to make improvements as people are anxious to get out and go fishing as soon as spring breaks. March can have very variable weather with warm days followed by cold fronts every week and it is hard to plan a trip for the best fishing. If you do not have to plan very far ahead just read this blog or send me an E-mail to find out what is going on. I will be here every day and will help you and will not be on vacation. You cannot drive the train if you are not on it. The cabin improvements are all done and now is the time to work on rental boats. Things are going well so far. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. My cold weather gear is all charged up and ready to go but I do not like it and my old Champion Boat does not like it either. If you have not serviced your boat motor it would be best to keep the lower unit in the water rather than on the lift or with the trim up.   

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region Fishing Report and Lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

Tom Kelly with some of yesterday's catch. He will be wearing more than a T-shirt tomorrow. Image title

The lake level is 553.51 and has risen over one inch in the last 24-hours with no generation since last evening and one generator running before then. The White River at Newport is 9.9 feet and dropping and there is no effort to lower the lake for the winter and we are in the New Year. So much for letting the government run anything. We have received over 2-inches of rain in the last 24-hours and it is still raining and the creeks are starting to run. It was in the low 70's yesterday and there was no wind until about 4:30 when it picked up. Everyone here was out fishing until dark and caught several fish including bass, crappie, white bass, bluegill, catfish and walleye. There is a cold front coming after the rain and then clearing off and turning very cold with lows in the high teens. After that the highs will be about normal, which is 44, for a couple of days and then warm up a little. Tomorrow will be the coldest day and barely get above freezing. Just keep the snow, ice and wind away and we will be fine. The lake overall is in excellent condition, at a good level, and fishing is fair with several fish being caught everyday except not high numbers. I do not care about high numbers anyway. Those are for meat hunters. Catch a few, keep a few and release a few for the future. Bass fishing is improving especially in the evening on shadowy banks just before dark on drop-offs in about 10-ft. of water on the grub on the bottom. There are also some big crappie there. The surface water temperature was over 57-degrees and the lake had cleared a bit from the day before but I do not know what to expect today after the rain but will find out. I can fish in Blackburns creek and dodge the showers. It is a good fishing creek anyway but gets fished heavily. We will see what this cold front does to the fishing tomorrow and I will get my electric gear out and be ready. After the new year we are heading in the right direction and the days are getting longer. The new moon is tomorrow and most fish except stripers and bluegill like that. I am advising my customers to wait until the middle of next week to come fish depending on how long this coming high pressure lasts. I will be out there until my eyelets freeze and ice gets in to the reel drag. Eyelets meaning on both the front of my head and on my fishing rod. And rod meaning what my reel hooks on to.