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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.

Rum Binkley with some nice ones yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 561.17 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 8-hours of less than one generator running. All of the area lakes are rising except Table Rock which is falling and is at below power pool. Go figure. It rained a little yesterday and thundered last night but we only received about 1/10th of an inch of rain. It is very cloudy with showers in the area now and for the next couple of days. The surface water temperature was 64 in Blackburns Creek yesterday but I did not check it on the main lake. The creeks will rise faster this time of year. The cold fronts just keep coming but are not nearly as cold and are followed by sunny warm days and clear cool nights. The wind continues but slows way down in the mornings and evenings if no front is coming through. The heat of the day brings wind and threats of showers and that will continue through the summer. The lake is clearing with the light generation but a few pieces of wood are floating loose from the shoreline from the rising water. The wind is predominately from the south and is blowing this back into the north facing creeks. Striper fishermen trolling planer boards with balloons (I guess they do not use real balloons anymore but have something similar. There used to be balloons left all over the lake from trollers but not so much anymore) are catching fish on the days that they do not feed on the surface in the mornings. Crappie and bass are with them. They are mostly free-swimming shiners and the fish are not very deep. I do not do this anymore but it can be effective. I like the thump and prefer casting. The absence of the big stripers have really changed the fishery here on Norfork. There is much less competition for the shad and other varieties of fish are now in open water on them with the temperate bass and not on the bank on creek minnows, crawdads and lizards.  The lower numbers of White Bass are having an effect also. They are out there but not nearly the numbers of the past where you could see acres of stripers, hybrids and White Bass surfacing on shad this time of year. A big striper now is 10-11 pounds and it used to be 30-40 lbs. There are high numbers of 5-6 pounds and they are being hunted hard and killed. More and more walleye are being caught and the percentage of ones over 18-inches is growing.  They reproduce in Norfork but I do not know to what extent. I would like to see more of them stocked. Brush in the backs of creeks with about 20-ft. of water are holding some nice crappie and some bass are with them. The lake is clear near the shore and there are bass in some stage of spawn all over. Blackburns Still has cabins at $59/day but stay nearly full all of the time so call in advance. We are having to turn away several people and do not want you to have to pay too much elsewhere. They come and go this time of year so we will try to fit you in. Your first boat stall is free here at Blackburns and all cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches. 

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.

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The lake level is 561.17 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 8-hours of running one generator. The White River is 23.74 feet and dropping. All of the area lakes are rising except Table Rock which is falling and is at power pool. It would be nice if all lakes were treated equal but it is all about the $. Norfok is holding in there at about 62-63 degrees but should rise with the higher ambient temperatures but we have a good chance of rain on and off until late this week. Do not expect the lake to drop any time soon but the rise has slowed a bit. I am finding crappie on main lake brush, back in the creeks on brush, on the bank back in creeks spawning and in open water on shad. Some are spawned out, some are in the process and some are still full of eggs. Catfish are full of eggs with blood lines except flatheads which are a month behind but there are a lot of them part way back in the creeks pre-spawn feeding. Stripers do not spawn but go through the motions and ingest their own eggs. This happened last month. Because you see green eggs inside of a striper when you kill it does not mean it has not spawned unless it is a small immature one and you should not be killing it anyway. Bass are about 1/2 way finished with several on beds back in creeks with a few finished and back on shad. These are the ones coming up in the mornings but there are not nearly as many as there were a couple of weeks ago. It will be more and more as the year progresses after the spawn. Bass spawn well into the summer here on Norfork, especially Kentucky Bass. Flatheads are the last sportsfish to spawn and go into ealy July. Bluegill and carp will be the next ones when the water gets to about 70 and that should not be too long. I have been diving Norfork for 27-years and the water temperature often reaches 70 by the first of May but it probably will take just a bit longer this year especially on the deep main lake. After that the thermocline will go down to about 16-feet and the walleye fishing really gets good then. It is pretty good now. They spawned in early March this year instead of late february. Everything is fine here. The lake is a little high but is not hurting fishing any in this area with nice ones being caught everyday. Blackburns has no diminished services and we can always get to the dock.  Come on down. The lake is in excellent condition and we will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. 

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 leve is 560.99 and has risen 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with a few hours of running one generator. The White River at Newport is 24.62 feet and there is more rain on the way for the next few days. The surface water temperature was 62.5 degrees yesterday afternoon and has dropped just a bit with the cooler weather. The spawn continues for the bass and is drip, drip, drip for the crappie. They can be caught about anywhere now. Main lake brush is holding more fish everyday with after spawn fish but there are still many more back in wind-blown creeks on shad and the top-water bite is the best now on most mornings. Several White Bass are coming up but not nearly as many as the past. Most of the stripers that are being caught are in the 5-7 pound range and getting smaller and people just keep killing them. I guess they want them eradicated. I do not. Pictures of dock floors full of dead small stripers are nothing to brag about. 

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 fishing with Bink's guide service. Nice cat. Image title

The lake level is 560.70 and has risen 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 5-hours of variable generation. The White River at Newport is 24.72 so they are letting out a lot of water with a lot of run-off still going through the system. Norfork and Bull Shoals are both about 7-8 feet above power pool and Table Rock is one foot above. Table Rock is generating very heavily and filling Bull Shoals and Norfork is mostly holding. They are letting out more water than they normally do this time of year and it colud be a lot worse. The lake overall is in good condition with a surface water temperature of about 63 degrees and fishing is getting better and better with the top-water bite being the best befroe sunrise and continuing for about an hour. Longer on cloudy days and better after warm nights. Go Back into wind-blown creeks and start in Panther Creek where the plankton and shad go in there with the predominate southerly winds. There are a lot of fish in there of different varieties. More bass continue to make nests and are near the banks and the water is clear enouth for sight fishing . Use polarized glasses throw a gitzet into the nests. Release the fish immediately before the Bluegill eat all of the eggs. It just takes a minute or two. People ask why the big bluegill move into the creeks before their spawn which is later and the answer is food. They gang up on the poor male bass trying to guard the nests and fry until they swim away. It wears them out and they are very hungry after the spawn is over and the fry are gone. They then skarf on every bluegill that will fit into their mouths. My dock is now full of bluegill, crappie, catfish and bass with a few walleye. Bluegill (which we call perch, Bream is more accurate) are the best live bait for about everything now except for temperate bass wihich I do not fish for much. I will wait for the stripers to grow and the White Bass to come back in numbers. Bluegill are in the Sunfish Family and Walleye are in the perch Family. Bass and catfish cannot resist a live bluegill about 3-inches long and I cannot resist one about as big as your hand on bread and butter with pepper and a slice of onion. Come on down to Blackburns. We will have cabins for $59/day until Memorial Day and stay nearly full. Our summer prices are about the same as other's winter prices. We will not charge you too much. Best place, best price. Closest to Mountain Home, dining and shopping. We will start to fill our big pool with slide when it warms 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.

Tyler Peterson, Nathaniel Lee and Marty Peterson with some nice ones. Image title

The lake level is 560.41 and has risen 4-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of variable generation. Not much. The White River at Newport is at 24.47 and there is not much that can be done about the rise at this time and more rain is on the way. We do not have to be in this situation. The surface water temperature was over 63 degrees in Blackburns Creek yesterday afternoon and just a bit lower on the main lake. A lot of things are happening at this time. The lake is rising steadily and shows no sign of slowing, the water is clearing with little generation, the surface water temperature is rising but slower now with the cool below average temperatures and cold nights, the turtles have moved in under the dock as have the big crappie and bluegill, the carp have moved back in the creeks before spawn, the top-water bite is good early morning just before and at sunrise for temperate bass, many bass are in various stages of spawn, walley have spawned and have moved either on main lake brush shallow or in open water on shad, catfish have moved about 1/2 way back in the creeks and are feeding at night and especially in the dark of the moon on live shiners, crappie are all over the place but especially back in the creeks shallow on wood.  They are and will spawn in a piecemeal fashion for a couple more weeks or more. Several big ones are under Blackburns Dock at this time. The steadily rising water have them all mixed up and they do not want to spawn in deep water but will when they have no choice and that is not good. People killing large numbers of crappie everyday say there is no way they will deplete them in Norfork Lake. I say just look at Kentucky lake and see what could happen. It is much bigger than Norfork. They thought the same thing there. They had no limits and then put in a size limit, then a numbers limit and now it is too late and the lake is ruined and the best fishing is Asian carp and businesses are closing down.  We do not need any meat hunters on Norfork Lake. Catch a few, release a few and keep a few. The days of bragging about huge stringers of dead fish are over unless you just do not care. The fishing pressure is just too high and is much more than it was just a few years ago. The Game and fish have done an excellent job in managing the fishery but I believe the limits are too high for most species. Since Norfork and Bull Shoals are both in Arkansas and Missouri they tend to have the same game and fish rules and they are hard to change and are very different fisheries.  It will be interesting to see what Game and Fish come up with on the proposed bass regulations and stripers stockings. The larger stripers tend to die off in prolonged high water on Norfork in the summer but do not in Bull Shoals. Many people want stripers in Norfork but many do not in Bull Shoals but stripers have been stocked in Bull Shoals by both Arkansas and Missouri (most by Missouri) and will start to show up soon. Walleye have increased in desirability in both lakes after black bass which are by far the most desired. Crappie are right up there after bass but walleye are gaining on them. If they quit stocking stripers in Norfork I hope they increase hybrids. I do not fish open water much anymore but they are fun to catch.

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 catfish are bitng. We like those here. Image title

The lake level is 560.07 and has risen 4-inches in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of generation. We received about an inch of rain last night and all of the area lakes are rising. The White River at Newport is at 24.17 so there is not much they can do about it now. The lake is rising about 1/2 inch/hour with no generation. The lake surface water is rising and I had 61 degrees both on the main lake and in Blackburns Creek yesterday afternoon. The water is clearing especially near the bank. The weather is trying to clear up and it is good to have the wind slow a bit. The cooler temperature will not hurt anything and keep away any severe stuff. We are to get more rain later this week but nothing serious. The cold fronts are not nearly as cold as in March but it is to get down into the 30's for nightime lows so bring a coat. The top-water bite is best now in the early mornings just before and at sunrise especially after warm nights. The south wind has been predominate so look into the south facing creeks. The wind blows the plankton, the bait fish follow the plankton and the game fish follow the bait unless they are feeding on crawdads, lizards and creek minnows in the creeks near the shore. Both are happening. I saw several big largemouth on beds yesterday and less are coming up with the white bass and small stripers in the morning. Creature baits on jig heads are working for black bass outside the buckbrush and poppers are starting to work in the creeks on the bank. Small soft plastics on jig heads are always good.  Catfish of all kinds are biting on live shiners at night and on cloudy days on throw lines and off docks with rods and reels. It is still best to get back in the creeks near the shore by any wood for crappie but some are back on main lake brush post-spawn feeding. Some are full of eggs and some are spawned out. Most males are still guarding nests but will move to main lake brush and open water on shad soon after the fry leave the nest. Even people that normally do not catch very many fish can catch some White Bass if they get out there before sunrise and know how to drive a top-water bait. If they do not use a whopper plopper. They do not require any skill and also catch fish. You do not need a $2,000 fish finder to catch top-water fish. Go into windblown creeks and look with your own eyes. It has been effective for quite a few years but I do admit some need more help than others. I was going to buy a new live scope for my boat but they cost too much so I bought three new heater/air conditioners for the cabins instead.  I did not pay that much for my boat but it still catches a few fish. Quite a few.  It is a heavy drinker but I do not need to go very far. If I had a new $70,000 boat I would just ding it up anyway. It is not so bad being poor.   

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 released under Blackburns Dock. Tom is a very good fisherman and also a true sportsman. Image title

The lake level is 559.74 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours with five hours of light generation. All of the area lakes are rising except for Table Rock which is dropping. Branson Landing must be taken care of at all costs no matter what happens elsewhere. The surface water temperature is in the low 60's and rising with the crappie and bass spawn in full swing. The lake is clearing with the low generation and there is some sight fishing back in the creeks for bass on beds. It would have been more clear without the incessant wind but it did blow the plankton and bait fish into the south facing creeks yesterday and there was a good top-water bite this morning after the warm night. It was mostly White Bass but a few bass were in there with them and some very small stripers. It has been slow coming and sporatic but is here now. People that cannot usually get very many fish will catch some now if they get out just before sunrise. Be there by 6:AM and have on a spitin image for bass and zara spook for others. I like baby spooks the best but the fish always seem to be just a little farther than I can cast them, so a larger one can be used. The clear ones sparkle in sunlight and a bone colored will also work on cloudy days. You can also wing a spoon at them and hop it back to the boat especially if they go down a bit. If you lose them cast the spoon as far as you can and hop it to keep it from sinking too fast. Turn a few degrees in one direction and keep chucking until you have made a full circle. You will have a better chance of finding them again when they are out of sight. The big spook can also call them up from a few feet down even if you cannot see them so do not give up too quickly. I have seen acres of fish surface in Panther Creek on Mornings like this in the past but they are just not there anymore in nearly the same numbers. White bass and Large Stripers especially. This is a good time to catch and release as they are not coming from deep water and are not stressed nearly as much when caught unlike fishing deep for them in the summer. Rain in coming now and tonight and early tomorrow so the lake will keep rising. Catfish like rising water and small moons. It is not small now but is getting smaller and the fishing will get better and better. I like catching those flatheads. The winners of the Bassmast College series caught a total of 30-Lbs 3-ounces for a two day total. They caught 19-lbs the first day and 11-lbs the second. I anticipated a little less the second day with the warm sunshine and heavy wind but they did quite well and did Drury proud. It was really busy with a lot of people fishing this area yesterday. There is one more today and then it is over and the lake can settle down. It would be nice if it would stop rising but that is too much to hope for. We could get some serious rain out of this one. Some crappie are back on the main lake brush but more are back in the creeks spawning at various stages. Some spawned out bass are back in open water on shad but most have not finished spawning yet. Bass spawn into the summer on Norfork especially the Kentuckies. This is a good time to be at Blackburns and we will not charge you too much. Rainy days are a good time to set out on the coverd porch, play cards and watch the rain or rig up fishing poles. No need for umbrellas here. One bedroom cabins are still $59/day and your first boat stall is free. Veterans and Police load on up and come on down. We have a lot of boats to rent and at the best prices.  

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.

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The lake level is 559.45 and has risen 4-inches in the last 24-hours with 4-hours of running both generators, 4-hours of running less than one generator and nothing for the rest of the time. There has been no generation since yesterday midnight and none now. The White River at Newport is 23.85 and that is as much as they can let out at this time. They should have done this in the winter and we would not be where we are. If they would have dropped it to 547 we would be at 554 now not bumping 560. We need to let the government run more things. We are to get some serious rain early next week. The water temperature was just over 60 degrees in Blackburns Creek yesterday afternoon and 62 on the main lake. They should even up today. The water had cleared up in this area near the shore to see bass on beds. Some have spawned, most have not but several are in the process. Same with crappie but they are ahead of the bass. I expected over 18-lbs. total for the leaders of the Bassmaster College Series Tournament and they got 19.1 lbs. yesterday. That is pretty good. It is sunny and windy today and could be just a bit tougher but they started early and there should have been a top-water bite after the warm night. Most of the fish will be caught early. Bass fishing is the best, followed by crappie and walleye and catfish. trollers are getting a few temperate Bass but they are small. They just keep killing them. Striper Guides are killing themselves out of business and do not seem to care. Live for today, fish with lighter tackle and longer rods and convince Pilgrims they are catching big fish. They sure do fight hard. Blackburns is full but only have one cabin of Bassmaster College Fishermen and the rest are regular customers. Some wished they would have known there was a big tournament and would have postponed there visit until it was over. I would have told them but was not aware of it. It will be over tomorrow afternoon. I guess it is good for the economy of the town as I sure see a lot of boats at local motels. Most people are catching fish and it is getting better everyday. Most of the big tournaments are over for a while and the lake should go back to peaceful until the summer traffic picks up at Memorial Day. This is a good time to come to fish and relax and Blackburns still has cabins for $59/day with a free boat stall. We are fighting inflation as hard as we can.   

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.

Shelby and Ellie May Soltysiak with some nice ones. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 559.15 and has risen 6-inches in the last 24-hours with no generation since 5PM yesterday. The White River at Newport is at 23.58 so do not expect any lake level decreases in the near future and with rain the the forecast not in the distant future. The water is trying to clear and is pretty clear near the shore with the rest of the water  stained an off-color green. We received 1.2 inches of rain earlier and there is some reports of ugly water north of us but not here. I do not go there anyway but it affects the water level. Local rains do not make nearly as much difference as rains in the Norfork River watershed area in Missouri. The surface water temperature was 58 in Blackburns Creek and 61 on the main lake where I was fishing yesterday afternoon. There are a lot of boats out there and it will not break my heart to have them gone. The parking lots at the local motels are full of bass boats and I am sure they appreciate the business but I would prefer the tournaments were in the fall after the spawn. They come charging into the cove, slam down their trolling motor and beat the bank for a few minutes and then pick up their trolling motors and charge out again. Fishing in a hurry does not appeal to me but I am not doing it for a living. I guess they get more active fish that way but I find the larger fish require a little more patience but I like peace and quiet and do not care if I see another boat. I like the idea of measuring the fish and taking a picture and releasing them at the site that they are caught instead of hauling them in bags for a weigh-in and releasing them all in the same place even though length does not always indicate weight. It is all about the $ anyway. I caught several bass and one was very large in about an hour. We are now almost in the middle of the spawn. I expect it will take at least 18-lbs to win this weekend. Some very large bass are pre-spawn feeding on creature baits,  gitzits and football jigs and smallmouth are coming on strong with several in the 4-lb.range being caught. Things will calm down by Sunday evening but the lake will be churned up. Do not go out between the bridges with a small jon boat until then.  

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

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The lake level is 558.62 and has risen 6-inches in the last 24-hours. They run one generator for several hours, two for a couple and then shut them both off all night. It started to come up quickly when they quit. The White River at Newport is 21.54 feet. All of the area Lakes are rising except Table Rock which is running full blast with several spillway gates open hogging all of the water discharge and filling Bull Shoals. That leaves step-child Norfork to hold water. The surface water temperature was 61 degrees yesterday on the main lake and just under that in the creeks. It will come up past the 62-degree number, which is the one we watch for, to get the bass spawn in full swing. I saw several bass on beds yesterday so I expect the top-water bite to improve at the same time for temperate bass with the warm overnight lows. Smallmouth Bass are making nests and the males are on the bank and can be caught with a creature bait on a jig head or a gitzet. Some nice ones are being caught. I do not keep any bass but especially smallmouth and release any caught quickly before the bluegill can eat the eggs. Many fish are in the wind blown creeks on the bank now. Some largemouth have spawned but not a lot. The crappie are all mixed up and some have spawned, some are spawning and some are staging. I am still finding very large crappie full of eggs and some spawned out. It would be nice to have some stable water levels at this time at least until the bass and crappie spawn were over. Walleye are all over the place but I am catching them on main lake points in about 14-16 feet of water in front of the brush. I do not fish for stripers much anymore until they make a comeback but I am not seeing many brought in. Samllmouth bass and crappie are the best bite now. The creeks are too stained for much sight fishing for largemouth and that does not bother me at all. I am getting less and less in favor of large fishing tournaments especially in the middle of spawn. They release all of the fish but it is too late for them to get back on the nests and most of them are too far away anyway. Catfishing is picking up on throw lines baited with live shiners and bluegill. Blackburns still has cabins for $59/day and your first boat stall is free. Come on down we will not charge you too much. We especially welcome Veterans and Police.  Check out our boat rentals. 

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.

Scuba Steve with his best two fish yesterday. Sorry we do not take pictures of big stringers full of dead fish. Catch a few, keep a few and release a few. Image title

The lake level is 558.16 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-hours. We have received 1.2 inches of rain with more coming. The creeks are not running but they are running just one generator so the lake will continue to rise. The White River at Newport is 20.48 feet. People ask me why I report the White River level and it is because that is where the gauge is located that sets the parameters for the chain of lake generation schedule. They are supposed to follow rules prescribed by congress to govern the discharge from the area lakes based on how high the level is and draw down all of them equally. If the river is above the prescribed level do not expect much generation until there is danger of a lake going over the spillway and then they panic and open spillway gates. Basically they hold water until it is an emergency and then flood everything out downstream. Dam management 101 says do not let the water go over the dam and that sometimes is the only thing that keeps them from holding more. 580 is the limit for Norfork and I have seen it there. I found some 61-degree water on the main lake yesterday afternoon and 57 in Blackburns Creek. Some crappie are full of eggs, some are on nests, some are staging and some are spawned out. Bass are just starting. Stripers, Walleye and White Bass are finished. Flatheads are the last to spawn and will not finish until July. Bluegill spawn several times a year and usually start when the water reaches mid to high 60's and spawn is shallow water. It is cold and rainy today with storms for tonight and early tomorrow. It then gets very warm but it comes with a price. High winds. We get about one day a week without being windy. Ovarall fishing is just fair but some nice fish are coming in every day. It will get better and the top-water bite will also get better. It needs to and should have already.  Come on down to Blackburns. A free stall at our protected dock comes with your cabin and all cabins are individual with no duplexes and have covered porches. If you are in town come on by and check us out. 

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.

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The children went fishing off the dock after the Easter Egg hunt. Image title

The lake level is 558.07 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 7-hours. The White River at Newport is 20.44 feet and is still dropping. We are to get more rain tomorrow night and thursday. The surface water temperature is 57 degrees in Blackburns Creek and the color has not changed much. It is clearing near the shore. People catching crappie report that Pigeon Creek is clearing and is about the same color as the water around here which is not bad. Catfish are in Blackburns Creek and that means crappie are spawning somewhere. This weekend the ambient temperature is to get near 80 for a few days and that should get the top-water bite in high gear finally. They just do not want to come up on these cold mornings. There was frost this morning and the cold fronts just keep coming every week. This might do it but do not count on it. I never plant my garden until after May1st  and check things out before I do it then. It gets colder here in this valley near the lake than in higher areas. We have a long growing season anyway. It will warm up and then people will be complaining about the heat. Fishing overall is just fair but I expect it to get better in a few warm days. Trollers are catching crappie in the creeks just outside of the buckbrush but there is not much skill to it. Just drag a few small crankbaits that go down a few feet around the creek shores until you catch one. Some are doing the same thing with Alabama Rigs but they snag if you get too shallow or go too slow. Others are dragging umbrella rigs or multi live bait rigs through schools of shad in open water and catching some small stripers. Bass fishermen are beating the banks with several different things. Worms, gitzits, grubs, stick biats, jigs and crankbaits are all catching some fish and Spitin Image and Zara Spooks when they see surfacing fish. At least the wind went down a bit today and the sun is shining. That will change tomorrow. Catfishing is getting better. Blackburns Prices are the best.

Norfork Lake Easter Fun Here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental With our biggest Egg hunt ever.

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Norfork Lake Fun here at Blackburns. We like Easter. It quit raining just in time. Image title

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The lake level is 557.97 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours with about 5-hours of generation. They have cut way down and the White River at Newport is 20.79 with the lake rising when they quit and dropping very slowly when they generate. It looks like the big slug is through the system from the last big rain but more rain is predicted for wednesday. We have about 12-days of these rules of generation and then it drops down again on May 1st and then again May 8th and then our chances of lowering the level any time soon go away with the 12-ft. rule which needs to be reviewed and changed. There is absolutely no reason for it. They are running Table Rock very heavily with spillway gates open and filling Bull Shoals. That leaves the stepchild Norfork Lake too keep rising. It is most important to protect Branson and the landing than anything else and at all costs. The last time they let that flood they heard about it and will not let that happen again. It is all about the $. We are still at a good level now but do not need any more. It did not warm up yesterday and stayed in the 40's all day. It has cleared off now and is to get near freezing again tonight. The cold fronts just keep coming with wind. It is to get into the low 60's this afternoon for a couple of hours and the same tomorrow with rain again on wednesday. It has been slow warming up this spring and the water temperature has remained in the 50's for several weeks. Several of the children went to the dock to fish after the egg hunt and had a lot of fun. We were full here at Blackburns and we like that. The new sand mountain got a workout as did all of the playground equipment. and everybody had fun. The big pool is ready to paint and then getting it open will be the next challenge. That will depend on the weather but it will be open when it finally gets warm. The fishing was a little slow yesterday but some nice fish were caught. The water is clearing near the shore and the brown water is gone in this area but is still stained an off-colored green. We should be in full top-water action now but are not. There is some but later this week when it warms way up it will happen every day. Blackburns still has cabins for $59/day with a free boat stall. Why pay more unless you just have too much money? If so stay here and give the difference to disabled Veterans. 

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.

Robert and Stephanoe Race from Kenosha, Wisconsin caught some nice fish and saw some eagles this week. Nice people. Come back soon. Image title

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The lake level is 557.70 and has risen 5-inches in the last 24-hours with 4-hours of both generators and two hours of one running. The White River at Newport is dropping and headed for 21-ft. It is 21.5 feet now and they have reduced discharge dramatically. The first of May it goes down much more and there is little chance of the lake dropping any time soon. They had their chance and muffed it. We will be lucky to see the power pool again unless we have a drought and there are no signs of that with rain in the forecast. The surface water temperature has dropped to 54 on the main lake and 58 in Blackburns Creek. The fish do not know what to do but the crappie are spawning anyway and the bass want to very badly. The top-water fish are not coming up everyday but are on most mornings after a warm night. I hear find the bait and you will find the fish over and over until it gets very old like people do not know that. Follow the loons is just about as bad. It is not necessarily true for spawning fish. They do not have food on their mind but will have when they are finished. There is a lot of bait in the warmer creeks now in shallow water ( crawdads, lizards and creek minnows) and that is where a lot of pre-spawn and post-spawn  fish are. Some temperate bass are in open water on shad but are hard to find. After the spawn the fry will move to any cover and especially brush piles and will attract fish in the warmest water. I have seen spawned out crappie but no fry yet and have not seen any bass on beds but the water is still too cloudy. It is clearing though with the low generation. We need some 60-degree water and the fish will come up every morning for a month and that is fun fishing. I am tired of cold fronts and it is very cool now and rainy. Sometimes when this pattern happens we go from cold directly into summer. I like spring but sometimes it is very short. People are catching some nice fish everyday but not a lot.   

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.

Tyler Peterson from Shawnee Mission, Kansas and Marty Peterson from Osage Beach, Missouri with some nice ones yesterday fishing out of Blackburns Resort Image titleImage title

The lake level is 557.30 and has risen 7-inches in the last 24-hours with generation for about 5-hours. The White River is at 22.46 and is dropping and they are trying to get down to 21-feet. Do not expect very much of a drop in lake levels for some time if any. They are running Table Rock hard with spillway gates open and filling Bull Shoals. The surface water temperature was 58.4 in Blackburns Creek yesterday afternoon and the water is trying to clear. The low generation is not bringing as much debris south from Missouri with the last rain as the one before with much more generation then. There were severe storms north and east of us last evening but none here at Blackburns. There was some very large hail reported in Fulton County and some power outages. I dumped 0.2 inches of rain this morning and it is raining lightly now. River fishermen should not expect any wade fishing anytime soon. A cold front is almost here now and it is very cool with cooler tomorrow with highs in the low 50's after it clears later today. Our normal high is 70 and we get a few of them followed by cold fronts every week. It has been a pattern for several months preventing the water temperature from rishing. Some crappie that are coming in have spawned already and are post-spawn feeding. Several larger bass are back in the creeks but the water is too muddy to see if they are on nests. Crappie are being caught in the creeks now near the bank. Soft plastics like bass assassins and super flukes in the 3-inch range are working. So are paddle-tailed grubs. A 10-lb. catfish was caught off Blackburns Dock yesterday. Top-water bite is sporatic and can happen anytime in the creeks especially after a warm night. Morel Mushrooms are popping up.  Blackburns 20th annual Easter Egg hunt is today and I hope the weather cooperates. We did not have it the last two years because of covid but it will be a big one this year with hundreds of eggs and nice gifts. We like Easter Here at Blackburns and children come from all over for it. Blackburns is the fun place and at the best price.  

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.

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The lake level is 556.70 and has risen 9-inches in the last 24-hours and is up over 2-feet since the last rain. The White River at Newport is 22.77 feet so there is not much that they can do about it. It is not where we are now but why we are here and it is because there was no draw down in the winter. I had a 60-degrees water temperature in Blackburns Creek last evening and 59 this morning. I set a short throw line baited with shiners about 1/2 way out of the creek and caught a nice flathead very quickly. When flatheads move into Blackburns, the dogwood bloom move past their prime and the red buds bloom,  It means the crappie are spawning somewhere. The crappie and bass want to spawn bad but it is to get very cool later this weekend. The water is too dark to see any fish on the bank.  As I have said for several weeks now the cold fronts just keep coming through. The shallow water in the creeks warms up faster than the deep main lake but also cool down more quickly. After it gets warm the fish move back in the creeks and then it gets cold again and they move back out. April 15th is usually the magic date for crappie and a good top-water bite. The water in this area is stained brown but not bad and the mud is settling out quickly in the creeks in this area. It is almost an instant replay of the big rain several days ago but the lake is getting higher and is about three feet from being a problem. Not for fishing but for access, parking and launching.  People are catching fish everyday, mostly crappie, bass and white bass. Fish can come up on top most anytime on these cloudy days so be ready. 

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.

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The lake level is 555.91 and has risen 1-1/2 foot in the last 24-hours with generation for about 1/2 the time. We are approaching the April 15th rule change and they are trying to get the White River back to 21-feet. It is now 21.88 so you can expect more of a lake rise with less generation than the last several weeks when they tried hard to hold levels from rising very much with the rain. I received more rain than was reported in the news but usually do down in the valley between high hills. I dumped 3-1/2 niches during the heavy rain and more after and it rained hard and the creeks raged. The mud from the runoff went out past my dock but the cold front came in and the wind shifted to the north and slowed it's progress toward the main lake. Surface water temperature was 55+ this morning on the main lake and the water temperature had dropped several degrees from the day before the rain. The rise in water level and the temperature drop will not do the spawn any good. The cold fronts just keep coming and there was frost last night. The next couple of days look pretty good and then more rain comes back. People fishing the mud line where the brown meets the clearer water caught some nice fish after the rain in the evening. I was busy grading the washed out road to the dock. It is getting to be a regular event. We do not need any more rain for a month but the spring rains are not a surprise to anybody but the people managing the lake levels. All area lakes are in approximately the same situation and none are in the power pool where they all should be this time of year. The incompetence is equally distributed over the whole White River system. We need the government running more stuff. Everything is good here but we do not need any more of these. It can go from the high 70's to freezing in a matter of a few hours. Bring sunscreen and a winter coat when you visit until further notice. Fishing has held up well and I will check on the crappie when I get caught up. It is very busy here. Our friend in Montana called and said they got 3-feet of snow so things can alway be worse. At least we did not get any severe weather and that means a lot. You can still get a 1-bedroom cabin for $59/day at Blackburns and it comes with a free boat stall at our dock.  We do not have boat stalls for one day stays as we have many rental boats but you can launch right here and leave you trailer at the dock for the day or park it in our trailer park. Bass, crappie, white bass and walleye fishing is the best with a few catfish showing up. Soft plastics on a jig head are the best lures and spitin image for bass and Zara Spooks for temperate bass on top-water.    

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.

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The lake level is 554.69 and is rising 1-1/2 inches per hour after over 3.5 inchers of rain in a short period and it is still raining. They just started generating after being shut down since 1:AM this morning. They always stop generating when it rains. The creeks are raging with no signs of slowing down. The water in back of Blackburns Creek is brown already and headed out to the main lake. So much for the stable lake level for the last several weeks. The White River at Newport is already at 21.70 feet so there is not much room for increased ganeration. I would like to see some spillway gates opened but there is only so much that they can do now that they did not draw down the lake in the winter. I will wait until things settle down and get another report. It all depends on how much rain they got in the Gainsville area and other Norfork watershed. Local rains do not affect things nearly as much as ones north of here and it looks like they got plenty.  I will let you know. Fishing was good yesterday and high water does not affect fishing much but it does afftect parking, launching, swimming and day use. Over 560 starts to cause problems and we are 5-feet away. 

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.

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The lake level is 554.54 and is the same as at this time yesterday with one generator running continuously. We received 1/2 inch of rain yesterday and if they quit generating it will rise again. The White River at Newport is at 21.98 and is stable now but they are still letting out a lot of water. The surface water temperature was 56 yesterday about noon when I went out in one place and 57 in another later in the day. The water is stained a brownish green and you can see your lure down about three feet. I caught one bass on top-water chucking a spoon at the surfacing fish and then went crappie fishing. It started out slow and then I caught three about 11-inches long and the wind shifted so I moved and the water was 57 on the bank with the lower wind. I was using a Bobby Garland Blue Ice swimmer. It is 1/2 inch longer than the baby shad and has a very small paddle tail on it and works a little better for me when vertical jigging. I fished for an hour and caught no more and then caught five in about 5-minutes casting the jig and letting it sink into the brush. All of the fish that I caught were either in brush or near it and in 18-ft. of water. None were deeper than 20-ft. and most hit on the drop. I am still surprised that many crappie are still on main lake brush in the middle of april but they are. It has to be that the water has just not warmed enough and the cold fronts just keep coming through. I would like to see them spawn while the water level remains fairly stable. I caught no crappie larger than 12-inches but Don and Keith Katashuk did. They caught a couple of big ones but were fishing in different places than I was. They are very good fishermen and good friends. They caught some bass also. Bink is catching about everything on top-water now including walleye and then switching to the soft plastic. The fish come up almost everyday now and especially after a warm night. Many are small bass but not all and  some white bass are mixed in. There used to be acres of them a few years ago but not nearly as many now. We could get strong storms tomorrow and are in the bullseye but we will see. This area has a way of missing most of them. Little Rock area did not miss them last night. Blackburns remains nearly full but people come and go and we should be able to work you in. Come on down and we will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. We especially welcome Veterans and Police. 

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.

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The lake level is 554.41 and is the same as this time yesterday with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is 22.15 and is dropping. It looks like they are going to start lowering it for the regulation change on April 15th when the 14-ft. rule goes into effect if we are over 50% full. I do not know how they calculate 50% full anymore with the changes in power pool levels. It used to be 552 but is now 553.75 as they took away 1.75 feet of flood capacity for the munimum flow for the put and take trout in the rivers. So much for the lakes are for flood control and power generation only. That went out the window with the minimum flow law.  The surface water temperature was 55 yesterday afternoon and has been very slow rising this spring. Every time it rises a cold front comes through. Some male crappie are back in the creeks making nests. Pigeon, Middle Pigeon and Briar Creeks are good places to look. The ones that I am catching on the main lake are all females and they will go there to spawn soon. It is to get to about 80 degrees for a couple of days later thiseweek and that should do it  and should get the top-water bite for bass and stripers going well. People are still killing small stripers and bragging about it and they are getting smaller and smaller. I guess they will not quit until they are all gone. One more extended high water year should get rid of the larger ones that are left.  It is thundering and raining now and we are to get storms on and off until wednesday night. We could get over 2-inches of rain. The lake level was 558 at this time last year and 570 by the end of may. We do not need that again this year but they have done nothing to prevent it. They have generated heavily after big rains to mitigate the rises but did not draw the level down in the winter like they used to do several years ago. I have to take what they give me but do not have to like it. We need new management. We caught some nice bass yesterday in Blackburns Creek under the dock and on the bank across from it. People staying at Blackburns are not only happy about the quality of the cabins and price but the fact that they have big covered porches to get out of the rain. No duplexes here.  

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.

The lake level is 554.43 and is the same as it was at this time yesterday with one generator running continuously. One generator barely keeps up and we are to start getting more rain tomorrow with storms possible through wednesday. The White River at Newport is at 22.84 and is dropping slowly but they are still letting out a lot of water. The water in Blackburns Creek was brown yesterday with the high winds. It slowed down yesterday afternoon but is to come back today. It started out very cold but warmed up nicely in the afternoon. We went to the Cystic Fibrosis tournament weigh-in and talked to the father and son winners. I do not know if they want their names mentioned but they are very nice fellows. They have been fishing Norfork for many years and just decided to fish the tournament at the last minute while traveling through town. They caught several keeper fish (over 20) with a winning total of 17.35 pounds and caught almost all of them on crankbaits and saw very few top-water fish. They were fishing in a south facing creek near Blackburns Resort and caught most of their fish in the morning but continued to catch some all day mostly largemouth and Kentuckies and very few smallmouth.  They also caught the second big bass. They won $1,000 dollars and a new Bass Cat boat. The entry fee was $100 dollars. The pay-outs went to the first 20 places with the last several getting their money back. That is better than nothing. There were just over 200 boats. I did not fish the tournament but was just three big bass away from winning it if I had. The wind is picking up already. I wish it would go away. At least last evening was no wind for a change. I will try to catch a catfish soon. I like that. Blackburns still has one bedroom cabins for $59/day with a free boat stall. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. 

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 555.45 and has dropped one inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running most of the time. The White River at Newport is 23.34 and has dropped a bit lately but they are still letting out a lot of water from area lakes and all are approaching the power pool again where they typically slow down generation. It was cold last night and we had frost but it is sunny and warming up nicely today with much less wind. It is to get warmer and warmer as the week goes on and then good chances of storms in the middle of next week. It is really good to have sunshine. We have had several fishermen out there braving the wind and cold and catching some fish. Bass, crappie, bluegill are the best but a few walleye, catfish and stripers are also being caught. The hardest part was not finding fish but finding them out of the wind. The next few days should get some of the bass and crappie on the beds at various stages. It will be interesting to see if the bass come up on top-water this morning after the cold night. If they do the bite will continue most days from now on for nearly two months but will get less and less as the water warms up to near 70's. The bass continue to spawn into June on Norfork. Get a Zara Spook or a Spitin Image and learn how to walk the dog with a rod with some backbone. The Whopper Plopper also works especially for people who are not good at that. The spitin image is best for bass and the spook is best for Temperate Bass. Get out there on the normal spots for top-water before sunrise and especially after a warm night. This is a good time of year to catch fish of about all species. Catfishing will get started in earnest soon. 

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 555.50 and has dropped 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with generation about 2/3rds the time. They quit generating all night and then started again today and have quit again now. The White River level at Newport is 23.52 so they are letting out as much water as they can without causing any problems downstream. Cold, windy and miserable is the weather and it struggled to get to 40 today. There is still a mud line in the middle of the river channel due to the generation but it is not bad and dropping out as it goes south. That last slug of water after the 4-inch+ rain has mostly gone but if they quit generating the level still rises. There is still some run-off from saturated hillsides. The surface water temperature is not going anywhere today and tonight with a heavy freeze. The creeks have cooled down more than the main lake again and both are just past the mid 50's  These cold fronts have been coming through for a couple of months at least once a week and are still coming.  It looks like we will get some storms next week with warm weather. This north wind will push the bait fish back into the north facing creeks and I do not expect much of a top-water bite tomorrow morning. People dragging live bait are catching some stripers but they are small. They just keep killing those fish in the 5-8 pond range and cutting their own throats. It is hard to convince anybody but pilgrims that those fish are big so they just keep using longer poles with lighter tackle. People bragging about many big bass and catching 20+ pounds a day are going to have to prove themselves tomorrow for the Cystic tournament and there will be a lot of good fishermen out there but excuses abound. That is why I do not make predictions and wish everybody well. It is for a good cause. Maybe the wind will lay down for them. I will go out in the later afternoon after the boats are gone and it warms 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.

The lake level is 554.54 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours. They quit generating in the middle of the night, started up one for a few hours and now have both running. The White River at Newport is 23.27 feet so they are doing everything they can to drop the area lakes. The surface water temperature is 58 on the main lake and all over the place back in the creeks depending on the wind and amount of sunshine. There is no sushine today and it is 52 degrees, cloudy and very windy. A miserable day for fishing but I have some dedicated people out there but it is difficult to get out of the wind and find fish at the same time. I am hoping the wind lays a bit this afternoon but it looks to be with us for a couple more days. I am very tired of it. It is not my friend like some report. Bink found fish coming up this morning but I did not except for a few small bass. The big female crappie have moved in under my dock and are wanting to spawn bad. A few flathead are also showing up indicating spring is here. They are the last ones to spawn and do not finish until early to Mid June. I will set out a short throw line with live shiners and give you a report. The bluegill are pre-spawn feeding and there are some big ones being caught. Walleye are scattered and showing up all over the place. Bass will move to the banks soon and I see several bass fishermen sight fishing with gitzets so it must me near. I am not seening any making nests but some big ones have moved in under my dock with the crappie. The sun just came out so it looks like a cool couple of days. That is usually followed by warm weather until the next cold front comes in. Blackburns still has cabins for $59/day so come on down. We will not charge you too much. No sense paying for your first boat stall unless you bring the Queen Mary. Lake of the Ozarks Likes those.  Look for that first warm night for an early morning top-water bite. Be out there just before sunrise or 6:30 AM and have a spook or spitin image tied on and be ready. Clear ones sparkle in the sunlight but you can use white ones in cloudy weather. It will get better and better for the next few weeks. Shut off the wind.

Feature Cabin of the Day here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental on Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region

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The feature cabin of the day here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is Cabin #15. It is a 4-bedroom 2-bath cabin with carport. It has central air, central heat, automatic dishwasher. and two refrigerators, laminate floors, new furniture, bedding and mattresses, three tv's and a big kitchen and living room.  It is very nice and you will like what you see when you get here. $140/day or $840/week and comes with a free boat stall.  There is no better deal around. Come on down and check it out.

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 cream of the crop of the Central College, Pella, Iowa Alumni is here and are leaving today. Nice guys. They caught some nice fish. Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 554.67 and has dropped 1-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. They shut the spillway gates yesterday afternoon and it slowed the drop but the White River at Newport is still 22.86 so they are still letting a lot of water out of the area lakes trying to get back to the power pools. We are at a good level now and are fortunate to be there. Bink reports the back of Big Creek is brownish and that the top-water bite has began on warm mornings and gone on cold ones. It is smart to keep a top water lure handy now at all times because fish of several species are coming up sporatically. Many are small bass but there are some big ones too. Crappie stripers and walleye are with them. I had a 58 degree water temperature on the main lake yesterday and we are getting there. A lot of bass and some crappie are still pre-spawn feeding. There is another cold front coming and then warmer weather for the weekend. The cold fronts are not as cold and the warm weather after is warmer but it is to get back down to freezing for a low later this week. This is normal and that is why I say the top-water bite is normally in full swing by april15th and the best place to start is in Panther Creek on sunny mornings at sunrise. I see the guy who dresses like Johnny Cash from Kansas is back on Blackburns Brush piles again. He camps on them. He loves to have his picture taken and we have to go through that again day after day. Need some new material. I thought he went away but no luck. There is a possession limit. The water is still stained a little off-colored mix between light brown and green due to the heavy generation and middle of the river channel current but it is not hurting anything and is clearing as it goes south. There is some brown water in Pigeon Creek and north of Cranfield Island. That is about as far as I go. The creeks are clearing faster than the main lake and some of them are very clear. Blackburns still has two cabins open so come on down and join the fun. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. One bedroom cabins are $59/day. Why pay more unless you just have too much money. If so give the difference to the disabled Vets.   

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.

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The lake level is 554.81 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously and three spillway gates open just a bit adding about 1/3 generator. The White River at Newport is 22.36 ft. and they are doing a good job of letting out water. I hope they keep it up. There is brownish water in the middle of the river channel heading south and is now past Robinson Point but it is not a bad color but does have some small debris from up north. Most major creeks are more clear as the water from the north is going by the mouths of the creeks with the current. The local runoff has settled out fairly quickly. It could have been a lot worse. The surface water temperature was 57+ yesterday and it was cloudy with a little rain but very nice today and it should raise the water temperature in the sunshine. Blackburns has several groups of fishermen in and they all caught fish. The south wind had blown the plankton back into the south facing creek and bait fish were with them attracting predator fish of all kinds. The crappie fishing was a little slow but all of a sudden in the middle of the afternoon fish started coming up. Bass, walleye and stripers were all together and bit for about an hour. It was very exciting for the people that had not been here before. It was not the usual early morning, just at sunrise, top-water bite but the shad were just in the shallow water. The big female bass are pre-spawn feeding but I am not seeing any males on the banks yet making nests. The crappie will be first and then the bass. I hope the water level stays fairly constant for the spawn. It might if we do not get any big rains, the Corps Of Engineers keep generating and drop the level back into the power pool, and the power company stops generating like they usuall do. It is hard to tell but when April 15th comes the rules change. Do not be afraid of casting a spoon and any fish that you happen to see surfacing. When the actual top-water bite starts later, you can use your Zara Spook to draw the fish up that are not surfacing but not so much now. Bink reports he caught top-water fish for several hours yesterday on the spook in Big Creek. When the nights only get down into the 50's for a low they come up in the mornings and when the cold front comes through with lows in the 30's to low 40's they do not. This is the first time I have seen walleye come up with the bass.  Bass, crappie and walleye are the best bite now with some stripers. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. 

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.

Mark VanderLindon, Al Dorenkamp, Al Paris, Jim Bowie, and Mike Street are all here from Iowa. They are always welcome here. Nice Guys. Image titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 555.10 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously and three spillway gates open a little. The White River at Newport is at 22.26 and they are doing what they can to prevent the area lakes from rising and getting this big slug through the system. The water discharge is creating a current and moving the off-colored water downstream quickly on the main lake and it was between the bridges last night. I fished the small creek near Bidwell and the water was very clear but not what was going by it. Some debris is in the Cranfield area but some is also sticking to the bank with the receding water. It could have been a lot worse. The water temperature was 56 where I was fishing. It is cloudy and rainy today but not much has happened so far with just a little rain last night, but it is raining now.The crappie want to spawn bad and the bass are a little behind. I am seeing big bass under the dock but not on the bank. The big bluegill have started to bite again and are pre-spawn feeding.  Stripers, white bass and walleye have mostly finished spawning. Several nice smallmouth are being caught. Fishing overall is just fair but some good ones are being caught everyday. I am using Bink's Spoons, Bobby Garland Baby Shad, small twister tails tipped with a small minnow and a slip float with a larger minnow depending on the wind. You can also cast the spoon and hop it back to the boat. I am not catching a lot of fish back in the creeks but some male crappie are scattered off the bank and are ready to make nests near any wood. The crappie spawn may be drawn out with the changing water levels. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Everything is very green and flowers are blooming. Dogwoods are in full bloom and redbuds are also coming on. We have mowed once already. You will really appreciate our big covered porches on these rainy days. The Purple Marin Scouts have come and gone and it looks like a big crop of them this year. We really like birds here and are an Arkansas State Bird Sanctuary and have a of of them.  It will not be long before mushroom season. We especially welcome Veterans and Police here but Scuba Steve does not require as much policing as a few year earlier.  

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

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The lake level is 555.36 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously and three spillway gates opened a little for a period. All of the area lakes are in the flood pool and it will be a while before they are leveled out even if it doesn't rain. The White River at Newport is 22.27 ft. and dropping and they can only keep it at this level until April 15th which is rapidly approaching. The surface water temperature was 55 degrees on the main lake yesterday afternoon and it was a little breezy. The ambient temperature was in the 60's but warmed up about 4:PM for a couple of hours. It was a very nice day. The Pigeon Creek area had brown water with debris and so did north of Cranfield Island and what does not drop out will be here with the high generation and current. At least the lake dropped a little and some of it will stick to the bank on the way unless it rises again.  The water was still in good condition in the area around Blackburns and some fish were caught but not a lot with most being bass and crappie. Main Lake points on brush in 18-30 feet held the most fish. Our two bedroom deluxe cabins #12 &14 are now ready for your visit and are our feature cabins for today. They are both the same and are $83.day or $498/week and a lot of work has been done on them this season. The cabins and big porches have been pained inside and out and now have a king bed in the master bedroom and a queen, full and twin in the other bedroom with new bedding and mattresses. They also have new laminate flooring, roofs, counter tops and cabinets. You will like what you see when you get here. Come on down and check us out. The price is right and they are very nice and ready.  

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.

The lake level is 555.55 and is exactly what it was at this time yesterday but it took borh generators running continuously and spillway gates open a bit to keep it that way. It would have come up a lot more without that effort. The White River at Newport is 22.57 feet so a lot of water is coming from somewhere. It rained a little last night but not a lot maybe a 1/4 inch total. The people saying they are saving the water for electricity needs for the summer do not know how it works especially when spillway gates are opened bypassing the generators. It would have been better to have generated more in the winter and lowered the lake and used the water for electricity but I am glad they are finally doing it now.  The 14-ft. rule goes into effect on april 15th and the 12-ft. rule on may 8th and generation is very limited at those times. The flow level at Batesville also has limiting effects. The surface water temperature was 56+ degrees yesterday afternoon on the main lake and lower than that in the creeks. The fish looking for the warmest water will not move into the creeks unless it is warmer there and that is why there are still bass and crappie on the main lake brush. Some big male bass have moved in under Blackburns Dock but not on the bank to make nests yet. The main lake was stained an off-color of green with a little mud mixed in with it but a good color for fishing. It was the same color everywhere I went. I could see my lure down about 2-3 feet. I continued to be surprised at how quickly the brown had dropped out of the water. It is not a problem in this area but I did not go past Cranfield Island and did not need to. I am sure it is muddy up north but have not been there. I was just out for a short time and caught my self-imposed limit of five large crappie and a keeper bass and came in to check out a rental boat. One crappie was very large and full of eggs. It is surprising that the big crappie are still on the main lake brush in april but I have seen this before when the crappie spawn was spread out over several weeks with the water level variation and the water slow to warm. The bass will move in to the creeks soon and the male crappie are already there. A few days of high 50 degree water temperature will get them moving. That is why the trollers are catching a few male crappie outside the buckbrush in 12-15 ft. of water dragging a small crankbait. Not much skill to it, the rod holder feels the thump and sets the hook for you but you can arbitrarily cover a lot of water and get some meat. Trolling Alabama and umbrella rigs also work but are expensive snags. Using a good fish finder and dragging several lines with live bait on them through enough schools of shad and you will also catch fish. I do not use any of these techniques but am not trying to see how many fish that I can kill. There are enough people out there doing that and do not need me. I keep no frozen fish inventory. Blackburns still has two cabins open now so come on down and we will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Catch a few, keep a few and release a few. 

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 nice ones. Image title

The lake level is 555.56 and has risen 6-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. The water is still rising slowly with both generators running. If they shut them off it will continue to rise  steadily until this slug gets through and the water stops running off from the hillsides. We have received about 4-1/2 inches total in the three day event here at Blackburns and the lake has risen a total of 2.6 feet. The surface water temperature is 53 on the main lake and 51+ back in the creek. The brown in the water is clearing rapidly in this area and is now a good color for fishing. I am surprised how quickly it is clearing. It did not affect the main lake much but some will be coming down from Missouri but I hope it settles out by the time it gets to Blackburns and the Mallard Point area. More rain is expected this week but not a lot. It was cold last night with frost and only got up to the early 40's yesterday closing out the month of march. Good riddance and I hope it took the wind with it. It is very busy here at Blackburns with people taking advantage of the best prices on both cabins and rental boats in the area. It is very nice here, The price is right and your first boat stall is free. All cabins are individual with no duplexes and have big covered porches. One bedrooms start at $59/day and the two,three and four bedrooms are priced accordingly. Why pay more?