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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.

James Soltysiak with some nice ones. Image title

The lake level is 572.78 and has risen less than 1-inch in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running one generator or less than one generator. We are still sceduled to crest at 573.3 on June 7th. The White River at Newport is 16.70 and is dropping rapidly and heading toward 12- feet so do not expect the lakes to drop anytime soon and all of them are rising now even though there have been several days of no rain. There is a good chance tomorrow for about 1/2 inch. Bull Shoals is the fullest and is schedulded to crest tomorrow but I do not see how that can happen with more coming in from Table Rock than they are letting out. It may be an indication of their future plans but will have to change predictions of timing. They are not very accurate and you cannot go by them but they provide a little insight. It was a beautiful weekend weather-wise but a little windy. I have been here a long time and have never seen so many boats on both sides and between the bridges. That is the busiest place on the lake but I do not know what it was like other places as I do not go out on holidays unless I have to. Trucks and trailers were parked everywhere. I know of no accidents resulting in injuries in the area but a Missouri man drowned on the Ekl River and a cigarette boat crashed on Lake of the Ozarks with some injuries. Every cigarette boat needs to stay on Lake of the Ozarks. They like them there. There are enough Queen Marys finding their way to Norfork as it is and we do not need or want them here either. We are just a tiny little fishing lake with room for a few pontoons and people swimming around them. They like the wake boats over at Table Rock where there is more excitement and is close to Branson. We are just a retirement village here and us old folks do not want to go fast any more. Party Cove for us is to go back into a creek with no other boats where there is peace an quiet and drink a bottle of Ensure and watch a bird.  The surface water temperature is going up again after dropping from about 77. It is now near mid 70's and fishermen are out there again today with the much reduced boat traffic. It is spooning season again and it will continue for several months with the top-water bite diminishing with the increase water temperature. The thermocline is dropping and will continue to do so and fish will be around that level. The water is clearing already after the holiday churn and the lake is overall in good condition albeit high. Slowly rising water and dark of the moon is makeing for some good catfishing on live bluegills.  Cast a grub and minnow into the brush and let is sink slowly keeping it moving and you will be surprised what you will catch. Crappie are scattered as are walleye but there are a lot of them. Some nice black bass are being caught. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas nesr Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental

The lake level is 572.70 and has risen 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with about 12-hours of running one or less than one generator. The White River at Newport is at 17.77 feet and dropping quickly. That means they are releasing much less water and the area lakes will not go down any time soon. All lakes are still rising at this time even with no rain. They have changed the crest and date for Norfork to 573.30 and it is to be on 7 June with the lake at 68% full. We will see how that changes when they get back from the holiday. The surface water temperature is between 71 and 72 degrees and rising slowly. The water clarity has gone down with the high boat traffic churning things up but should clear up again soon. We have had a few fishermen out very early before the crowd but most are waiting for things to calm down. We are full here at Blackburns with several boats rented and I certainly do not have time to fish at this time but will try to get out again soon. I have not heard of any serious injuries or bad accidents on the lake so far and there are a lot of law enforcement out there and both of those things are good. Things will calm down at about 5:PM today. We have a nice quiet group here at Blackburns with almost all being repeat customers with families and appreciate the big pool with slide and all of the playground activities and fishing at the dock. I received my pre-buy propane price in the mail. Wow. It is double what it was last year. I saw a frozen pizza at a marina yesterday was $20 plus tax and gas was $5.31 and  wonder how long people can afford these prices. I know I cannot. 

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.

B.J. and Bryan with some pretty good ones.Image title

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The lake level is 572.41 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 10-hours. They have changed the crest prediction again and it is now at 572.70 and it is to be on 30 May. The White River at Newport is 19.77 and rising and the four lake system is 67% full with all area lakes rising. We have received another 1/2 inch of rain in the last 24-hours and the surface water temperature is 71+ degrees and the main lake is very clear and the  creeks are clearing also and are clear near the shore. The weekend boat traffic will stir things up a bit especially near dirt banks. Fish were coming up all over the place in Blackburns Creek last evening about 6:45 PM and most of them were bass. They were fun to catch and release though. There is some floating debris coming loose from the shore with the steadily rising water so check things out before dragging children around and stay off the lake after dark. I will only run my catfish lines now early and late and check out lake conditions until the holiday is over and leave it to the locals and day users. We have the resort ready for the crowd and everything looks pretty good. We have been mostly full since early March so it will not be much of a change. Have patience at the boat launches and be prepared to walk a long way to the boat trailer parking. Swim off a boat in 25-ft. of water or more or in a pool. Do not worry about gas prices or paying too much for a place to stay. Easy come, easy go. 

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 caught and released some nice ones yesterday with a plastic worm. He is one good fisherman. Image title

The lake level is 572.23 and has risen 1.2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running one generator. All area lakes are now rising with the White River at Newport at 19.03 feet. They changed the crest dates for both Norfork and Bull Shoals to 29May. The 4-lake sustem is 65% full or so they say. After today there is not much chance of rain for several days and it is to warm back up to the high 80's later this weekend and the weather looks to be perfect for the holiday. It is raining now but not much. The surface water temperature was 72-degrees yesterday afternoon when I went out and the water remains clear on the main lake and stained in the creeks. Fishing has slowed some overall but some nice fish of most species are being caught everyday. The north wind has moved the plankton and shad around from the south facing creeks and has made the morning top-water bite a little harder. It is back to the south now and a couple of days of southerly winds will put them back to where they were. The bite usually slows going into june anyway as the thermocline deepens and the water warms. This will get spooning season going full speed but the cold fronts just keep coming and the water has been slow to warm and stay there. Catfishing and bluegill fishing are the best now followed by largemouth bass and crappie. Crappie numbers have gone down a bit as they are scattered with all of the cover and the water in the trees and man-made brush piles mostly too deep. The level is perfect for limb lines and the catfish are biting and big bluegill are also. I am catching a few walleye but not a lot. The first day of the holiday they will be dragging everyting they can hook up to and the second day they will fill up with gas and you will see boats tied together with music blaring back in the creeks and around BIg E. I have never seen gas prices this high. I cannot afford to run my weedeater let alone my lawnmower. It is a good thing Blackburns Creek has a lot of fish and I do not have to go far. 

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 572.12 and has risen 1.2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running for about 10-hours. The White River at Newport is 19.08 and dropping. They are now predicting the crest for Norfork will be on friday at 572.2 at 63% full. The 4-lake system is 63% full according to them. Bull Shoals is expected to crest today but is still rising as of yesterday. We received about 3/4 of an inch of rain yesterday and last night and more is to come tonight and tomorrow with nice weather for the holiday weekend. I do not understand how we can be 7+ feet from going over the spillway and 15-feet over power pool and still be only 63% full. It will take a long time to get rid of this water. They usually get it done by about September. The surface water temperature is dropping with the cool weather and is now in the early 70's and the main lake is very clear with the creeks being stained but clear near the shore. Bass are bitng on plastice worms in the creeks near the old shoreline which is 18-feet as is the thermocline. Fish of most speicies are there now. The top-water bite for bass remains good early and all day on cloudy days. Catfishing is very good on limb lines and throw lines on live bluegill. Bluegill are under docks and around shallow willows in the creeks. Fishing remains pretty good for most species but you have to work on it a bit. The waning moon and slowly rising water is really helping the catfishing. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. All of our cabins are individual and have big covered porches so you do not need a tent or unbrella for cover. 

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

Dan is here from Munster, Indiana with his brothers and brother-in-law and catching some nice fish. Good to see them again. Always welcome. Nice fellows. Image title

The lake level has just past 572 and is 572.01 and has risen 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with about one generator running 10-hours. As predicted, they have shut Table Rock way down and Bull Shoals is rising much slower now. They shut off the spilway gates finally and are running just a couple of generators. Table Rock is 4-feet above power pool, Bull Shoals is 25-feet above and Norfork is 15-1/2 ft. above. Sounds fair to me. The 4-lake system is now 63% full according to the government. The White River at Newport is 19.45 and fairly stable.  It was very cloudy all day yesterday and we received a brief shower in the afternoon but not much. It stayed very cool with highs near 60 and the lake surface water is now in the low 70's and the main lake is very clear. Catfishing is as good as I have seen it in years with channels and blues picking up nicely and flatheads holding in there. The top-water bite for black bass and temperate bass is still happening everyday with largemouth and white bass being the best. Black bass are also near the old shoreline and hitting big floating plastic worms.  They can come up anytime on cloudy days. Crappie fishermen are catching several but not a lot. Some stripers are in deeper water now and that trend will continue as the water heats up and they will go deeper and deeper looking for oxygen. There is good oxygen everywhere now as is cover and there is not much reason for fish to be anywhere particular except for thermocline, cover and food. Crawdads, fry and creek minnows are everywhere as are shad so not much is going hungry. The fish that I am catching are all very healthy. Walleye are on and just around main lake points in front of brush at 18-ft. near the bottom. It is to be very nice, sunny and warm for the holiday weekend and I expect the lake to be very crowded by my standards but not Lake of the Ozarks Standards. They love big boats that make big wakes there and I encourage people with them to go there. No matter where you go it will not be a good time for small flat bottom boats until  monday evening. 

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. Image title

The lake level is 571.97 and has risen 3/4 of an inch in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running one generator. The White River at Newport is 19.27. The main lake water is very clear and the creeks are stained. Bull Shoals is forcasted to crest on Wednesday but I do not see how that can happen with Table Rock still running all generators and spillway gates open filling it up more. They must have plans to stop this but have not had time to change the forecast. Surface water temperature is 74 degrees and dropping with the cool weather. We are to get more rain later this week and then it looks good for the weekend with much warmer temperatures. Every Resort that I have talked to is full and it looks to be a very busy holiday. Catfishing has been the best bite with all species of them being caught everyday. The flathead bite has been excellent and channels and blues are both picking up every day. I am using some shiners but mostly bluegills on short throw lines and limb lines. Top-water fishing has also been good with fishing coming up near the old shoreline and thermocline which are both at about 18-feet. Most are bass but some White Bass are with them. When you see small threadfin shad flitting around on the surface get that top-water lure out and walk the dog and call them up. Crappie are also biting but are not in big schools and I am catching ones and twos and then moving on. Cast a Bobby Garland Baby Shad on a 1/16th ounce jig head past the shallowest brush and let it sink into it. Blue Ice is my favorite color. Walleye are back on main lake points at or just under the thermocline near the bottom in front of brush piles. Bluegill fishing is also good and everywhere you find schools of bluegill you can be sure catfish are near somwhere. I caught a gar yesterday again and that is not a good sign. When gar show up flatheads usually go away. I am surprised thay have hung around as long as they have already. They are my favorite. Channels are starting to hit live bait on limb lines. Trot lines across the backs of creeks will be next. Channels do not need live bait but it works the best. We have some giant bluecat in Norfork Lake. In most rivers Flatheads are the biggest catfish but in Norfork Lake Blues are. They like to lay on trunks of brush piles in the summer time. It looks to be a good Scuba Season so far and it is only three weeks away from opening day of spearfishing. 

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.

Fish of the day yesterday By Mike Eakle Image title

The lake level is 571.90 and has risen 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running one generator. We received about 1/2 inch of rain yesterday afternoon at about 5:PM but no wind. It rained hard and some places had to get more. There was severe weather elsewhere but we were fortunate to miss it again. The White River at Newport is 18.97 and dropping and headed for 12-feet if they go by the rules. They are still running Table Rock hard with spillway gates open and filling Bull Shoals. Table Rock is 4-1/2 feet above power pool and Bull Shoals is 25-ft. Norfork is 16-ft. but they keep changing the power pool. It used to be 552 before the Minimum Flow fiasco and now is 556.75 for some reason that nobody knows but that is the number used to figure % full which is important. I anticipate the 4-lake %-full and predicted crests will change tomorrow when the government people get back from their long weekend and update things. Everything stands still until they get back to work and runs on automatic. The surface water temperature was about 75-degrees yesterday afternoon when I went out for a short time and it was very cloudy. Bass were coming up sporatically all over the place near the old shoreline and thermocline in about 18-feet of water along with a few white bass. I could see my grub down about 15-ft. on the main lake and it was too clear for me so I moved back into a creek where it was much less. The wind moved from the south to the north and the cold front came in and it is very cool this morning and highs are to be in the 60's today with more rain for the middle of the week. I saw several boats out there dragging overweight children around on chaise lounges cutting and swerving with their engines coming out of the water  and several jet skis already so the peace and quiet for fishermen is over for another season, especially on weekends. I found out that they now make boats that intensionally make wakes. They look for places that are calm and then see how much wake they can make. I wonder who thought of that? I do not know how much they cost but wonder if they still have to make payments when they are not in use. It must be fun to make payments when something is in the gargage in the winter, spring and fall. That must be like alimony.  Sounds like a good investment. They must think everyone likes their brand of music also. Several fish were caught yesterday and we will see what the cold front has brought today when I get my work done.  Keep a top-water lure ready at all times and especially on cloudy days. The rest of the time I am using a small grub tipped with a live minnow for about everything. Look for walleye right at the thermocline. You can catch some catfish on cut bait but many more on live bluegill. Flatheads will not bite anything that is not alive and I like them best. Bluegill fishing is very good under docks and around shallow willows in the creeks. Most brush piles that I have put in are too deep now even after I put in some shallower ones in anticipation of high water but not this high. I guess it was just wishful thinking that they would manage the area lakes better. A lot of fish of different species are at the thermcline and old shoreline which are both at about 18-feet. Work that in stained water back in the creeks. 

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 yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 571.77 and has risen 1.3 inches in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running one generator. The White River is 19.10 ft. and dropping at Newport. They are still running Table Rock as hard as they can with spillway gates open and filling Bull Shoals rapidly. It is 25-feet over seasonal conservation pool and is listed at 74% full but seems much fuller than that. It is predicted to crest on 25-May but they have to slow Table Rock if this is to happen. Norfork is still expected to crest at 572.3 and is now on June 1st. These will all change with the heavy rain expected today. The 4-lake system is listed as 62% full.  The rain is to continue through tonight and tomorrow morning with Monday to be the best day. A cold front is on the way with winds shifting to the north and much cooler temperatures are to follow. Our normal high is 78. More rain is scheduled for next week after Monday. It was hot and windy yesterday but it finally layed about 5:30 PM and everybody got in a good evening of fishing. It was from the south and swirling and hard to get out of. Bass fishing is good, crappie fishing is fair, top-water bite for bass black bass and temperate bass is good, catfishing with live bluegill is excellent and big bluegill is also good on crickets. I am not finding big schools of crappie but there are some around almost all docks and shallow wood. Some are still full of eggs. The main lake is clear and the creeks are still stained a bit but not bad. The surface water temperature varies from 75-77 depending on location. If you are swimming off a boat make sure you are in at least 25-ft. of water or you will jump into brush and rose bushes. Do not tie off from the shore but use an anchor or two. The water overall is very clean and clear despite it's level. Everybody in the area is in the same condition but some are able to handle it better than others. It is better to have access to a swimming pool than it is to try and get to the lake and find a place to swim everytime you want to go unless you have a boat and launching and parking will be at a premium. It will be busy out there starting Friday. I am not looking forward to it. 

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.

Fish of the day By Scuba Steve.Image title

The lake level is 571.66 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running for about 10-hours. They have changed the Norfork crest to be 572.0 on 27 May but we are to have good chances of rain for later this weekend and into next week with wind today and tomorrow and cooler temperatures on Monday. There was severe weather north east of us yesterday in Missouri but again we were fortunate to miss it and had a warm, windy, sunny day. They are still running Table Rock hard with spillway gates open filling Bull Shoals quickly but that may change with Bull Shoals predicted to crest also on 27 May so they must be planning to stop this after Table Rock gets to a normal level soon. We must protect Branson Landing at all costs. Beaver has shut off spillway gates and their level is now steady and not rising or dropping. The White River at Newport is 19.64 and dropping steadily. The four lake system is 62% full at this time so they are heading for 12-feet. It has to be 70% full for them to regulate to 14-ft. but there is not much difference. Bull Shoals and Norfork cannot expect to see much relief very soon. The lake surface water was over 77-degrees yesterday afternoon when I went out for a bit to check things out. The main lake was clear and the creeks were stained just a bit but both were a good color for fishing. I got a report from my friend Patton at Scuba Doo Dive Shop today that the thermocline has formed at 18-feet and there are a lot of fish there and the visibility was very good and he predicts excellent diving this year on Norfork. The spearfishing season starts on June 15th and it is time to start getting ready and making plans. It is nice to have good visibility for a change and I hope it stays that way. I am getting excited already. There are a lot of walleye, crappie and catfish out there. I will start my scuba diving report on this page soon. Scuba Doo is a full service dive shop and is less than 1-mile from Blackburns who has several dive pontoons for rent. It was sunny, hot and windy when I went out for a few minutes yesterday. I do not have as much fishing time as I want with Blackburns being nearly full since early March but that is ok. It is better than being almost empty and plenty of time to fish. I caught my first blue cat of the season while crappie fishing. I had on a 1/16th ounce jig with four pound line when he took off. I got him in but it was a struggle and fun. A few other crappie were caught and that is not bad for the middle of the afternoon on a sunny day. Crappie do not like the sunshine that much. I found a green tree that had just fallen in the water on a steep river channel bank and they were right on the drop-off in about 12-18 feet of water. Other guests are catching top-water fish including bass and temperate bass on early top-water and others are bluegill fishing and catching some nice big ones. I like to catch them too. Norfork has a lot of different species of fish and there is something for everyone. I also caught a big channel on a limb line baited with a bluegill. I grew up catfishing and cannot get it out of my system but do not try very hard. I am just a walleye, crappie, bass, catfish guy and that will probably not change any time soon. I like to go out at the worst time and the worst conditions and see if I can catch fish when it is tough. That is the measure of a fisherman. It is like hitting a baseball. When you hit a home run and you win 1-0 it is better than when everybody hits and you win 10-1. 

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 on Top-waterImage title

The lake level is 571.57 and has risen 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with less than one generator running about 10-hours. The level stays the same when they generate and rises slowly when they quit. The White River at Newport is at 20.30 ft. and steadily dropping. They are still dropping Table Rock by running all of the generators and several spillway gates open filling Bull Shoals Rapidly. The four lake system is now at 63% full according to the Corps Of Engineers but looks a lot fuller to me. The predicted crest for Norfork lake is 572.12 on 29 May but there are good chances of rain most of the rest of this week and windy. The surface water temperature was 75 degrees yesterday afternoon and the water remains clear on the main lake and still stained in the creeks. The overall color is good for fishing. The top-water bite remains the best one and starts at about 5:45 AM and runs for about an hour but longer on cloudy days with temperate bass and black bass together.  After they go down you can call them back up with good presentation of your top-water lure even when they are not visible. Work the old shoreline which is about 18-ft. deep and the fish are in about 12-feet. Some nice White Bass are being caught but not nearly as many as in the past. Meat hunters are keeping them thinned down with the same people out there day after day.  Channel cats are biting on live bait on limb lines and short throw lines along with a few flatheads part way back in the creeks. I have not caught any blues yet. Big bluegill are biting crickets and small spoons under docks and shallow structure. Blackburns still has two cabins open so come on down. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin and all are individual with no duplexes and have big covered porches. Gas just went up to $4.35 for unleaded non-alcohol in town. I do not know what it is at marinas. Inflation may be at 8% according to the government but try to buy tires, batteries, lumber and boat parts let alone propane, electricity and insurance. Blackburns has held prices for you but it is getting difficult. Come visit and take advantage of us with our ridiculous low prices. We have it all and with the best price anywhere. 

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 and Mike Soltysiak from St. Louis with some nice ones caught on Top-water near Blackburns Resort and Boat rental.Image title

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The lake level is 571.43 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 10-hours. The White River at Newport is 20.90 and dropping. The surface water temperature is in the mid 70's and rising. The main lake is clear and the creeks are stained. They keep dropping Table Rock quickly and generating as hard as they can wilh all generators running and spillway gates open and filling Bull Shoals fast. They cannot keep doing this for much longer with Bull Shoals being over 23-ft. above power pool already. It thundered early this morning but we just received just a little rain. It is to stay hot for a couple more days and then another cold front is coming with cooler temperatures and good chances of rain later this week with wind. Our normal high is 77 and we are to struggle to get to 70. I caught a nice big flathead yesterday but the bite has slowed with the big moon. The channel cats are picking up and will get better and better as the moon wanes. The water level is perfect now for limb lines. The top-water bite is the best at this time with fish coming up most mornings, especially cloudy ones. Look in wind blown creeks near the old shoreline 1n 18-20 ft. of water for surfacing shad early and then they move out to deeper water as the sun rises. Bass fishermen in Float Creek are catching  all kinds of bass on plastic worms early and late behind the buckbrush. Bluegill are around willows and under docks and biting on small spoons, worms and crickets. Walleye are around Robinson Island and Cranfield Island and hitting bottom bouncers and small crank baits on the bottom in 18020-ft. of water. This is a good time for a fishing trip before the holiday which starts on the 27th. There is still peace and quiet but that will all change then with day users crowding the launches and very limited trailer and vehicle parking. The children are having a great time in our big pool with slide and Blackburns has been very busy and we like that. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your room or you can rent a boat from us. We have a lot of them. Sorry we do not have boat stalls for one night stays. 

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 yesterday on top-water. Image title

The lake level is 571.32 and has risen 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 9-hours and a partial one for a couple. The White River at Newport is 21.27 and dropping. They are running Table Rock as fast as they can with all generators running full blast and spillway gates open filling Bull Shoals quickly. It will be a long time before it gets back to normal even if we have a drought. They have changed the crest prediction for Norfork to 572.10 on 29 May and that the lake is 61% full. It sure looks high to be 61% full but they change the way that is calculated regularly. You would think full was full and empty was empty but not with the government running things. Inflation is only 8%.  It is important because that % is how they regulate the level of The White River at Newport and the generation schedule for the area lakes. It is difficult to figure the average % full for the 4-Lakes. All of these regulations need to be reviewed and changed as they are not working and are antiquated. They can predict water levels and lake rises much better now than when the rules were implemented. The surface water temperature is in the mid 70's and the main lake is clear and the creeks stained just a bit. The top-water bite in the mornings remains good for temperate bass and black bass. They are all together on shallow shad. Some nice hybrid stripers are being caught. Other bass are near the old shoreline before the water rise and are feeding on crawdads, lizards and creek minnows early and late on sunny days and all day on cloudy rainy days. Some big bluegill are pre-spawn feeding and some have spawned. Some very large ones are being caught on brush piles. This is the time for you brim fishermen. Catfishing has slowed dramatically with the full moon but should come back strong with the rising water and waning moon. Channel cats will be showing up in the backs of the creeks and caught on trot-lines and limb lines. You do not need to have live bait for them like you do flatheads. Go back in the creeks around docks for crappie. Unless the main lake brush piles are big and close to the surface the water is too deep on most of them but some crappie are still on them. I am still catching big crappie full of eggs.  

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.

Scuba Steve and Carl Scott with some pretty good ones. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 571.19 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 10-hours. The White River at Newport is at 21.69 and dropping. We received 1.4 inches of rain yesterday and the level is already over the forecasted crest  so more is to come. It rained hard in the afternoon and there was some severe weather around us but not here. We have been very fortunate. The surface water temperature is still in the mid 70's and the water is clear on the main lake with some small debris floating as the water rise floats it away from the shore. Fishing has remained good with the top-water bite in the early morning being the best and after that spooning open water shad and working the bank with soft plastices for bass. Crappie are still scattered and on most wood at various depths. Catfishing has slowed with the full moon but should get better as the month progresses. The lake is now at a good level for limb lines with live bait. They are still running Table Rock hard with spillway gates open and filling Bull Shoals fast so do not expect Norfork to drop any time soon. It will take them a long time to get this straightened out even if it does not rain. 

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

Bink with a nice one yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 570.93 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with several hours of running one generator last night. The White River at Newport is 22.14 and has leveled off. We are to get some storms later today and have been fortunate to miss them so far. Hope the luck holds. They are still running Table Rock as hard as they can with spillway gates open and filling Bull Shoals fast. Norfork is just steadily rising with generation not keeping up with river inflow. The surface water temperature is still in the mid 70's and a little higher in the backs of creeks. The main lake is clear and the creeks vary from clear to stained almost daily. The top-water bite is still the best one early in the morning with small stripers, Hybrid Stripers, white bass and black bass all coming up together. Some Kentucky bass are also with them. More and more bass are joining in after they spawn. The same meat hunters are still taking pictures of dock floors full of dead temperate bass and bragging about it over and over. Maybe after they are all gone they will just go to another lake and do the same thing there. A little catch and release would not hurt anything. Maybe they do not have any grandchildren and do not care if they are all gone. I do. They must be selling them commercially. This is the easiest time of the year to catch fish. Just get out there before sunrise and sling a top-water lure at them when they come up. If you do not know how to drive one of those just get a whopper plopper and cast it past the fish and reel it in. Could not be much easier. It is best to use a clear spook on clear mornings for temperate bass or a spitin image for black bass and using a rod with a little backbone walk the dog agressively across the surfacing fish. I like the smaller spooks but you can throw the bigger one much further. The fish always seem to be just a little further away than you can cast for some reason. I am getting a lot of crappie in under the dock along with big bluegill and catfish. Carp have finished spawning and bluegill are starting. The flatheads that I am catching are not ready to spawn yet. They are the last ones. After taking a few weeks off from using the spoon I am using it again on main lake points in 16-20 ft. of water near the old shore line. Bink is using the spoon also after the top-water bite is over and finding nice fish in deep water at various depths on shad. Casting a crappie jig around brush back in creeks and near docks is catching some fish but the larger ones are on main lake brush in 30-35 ft. of water. Blackburns still has one cabin open for Memorial Day so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115. We will not charge you too much. The children are all over the pool already. A pool is very important this year with the high water as is a dock. The old shoreline is about 20-ft. deep now and the best lake swimming is from a dock or from a boat. 

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.

Blackburns Resort Sand Beach by the pool. Image title

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Georgia Welch with some of her catch a few days ago. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 570.72 and has risen 3-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running for about 8-hours. The White River at Newport is at 22.24 and still dropping steadily. We reveived 1/2 inch of rain last night with a lot of thunder but nothing else. Hail was reports in the Jordan area but most of the rain and storms went north of us. More is coming tomorrow but it looks to be mostly south of here. It was dry and the rain did not hurt anything and greened the grass up which was turning brown. The creeks did not run but the creeks going into the lake are a little more stained this morning. The surface water temperature is in the mid 70's and people were swimming in the lake yesterday. Our big pool with slide is now open and children are in it already. We have our own personal sand beach next to the pool. The morning top-water bite for black bass and temperate bass is the best bite at this time but crappie fishing on brushpiles is not far behind. The full moon is monday and is not helping catfishing any but some are still being caught. The weather has cooled some and is not nearly as warm as it was and is very comfortable with highs in the 80's and lows in the 60's. Our normal high is 76. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free.  

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

Carl Scott from Texas caught and released some nice ones yesterday. Good fisherman. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 570.38 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running one generator. It creeps up very slowly with one generator running. The White River at Newport is 23.13 feet and dropping quickly. It is projected that Norfork will crest on 24 May at 571.50 and that would be good news. Beaver Lake is dropping with spillway gates open bypassing the generators for some reason and Table Rock is generating at full speed and also has spillway gates open filling Bull Shoals fast. It is getting the worse end of the deal but at crest Norfork will be only 8-1/2 feet from breaching the spillway. It is very fortunate that we have had several days of hot dry weather with wind which has resulted in a lot of drying. We actually can use the rain that we are to get tonight. The lake surface water temperature is in the mid 70's and the water is clear. Fishing has been very good and you do not hear me say that much. I seldom go past good but the top-water bite is happening every morning just before sunrise and a little after with more and more bass joining the temperate bass in coming up. Go back into the first creek west of the 101 bridge on the North side of the lake just a little bit back for the morning action. More and more trollers are finding this place and you might have to put up with some boats chugging around with a lot of lines out to tangle up and dragging crankbaits The stripers are not very big but some nice hybrids and a few white bass are with the black bass. Use a Zara Spook or Spitin Image or cast a spoon and hop it back to the boat keeping it from sinking too fast. The clear spook works best as it sparkles in the sun. The wind has been predominately from the south so check out the wind blown creeks as the plankton goes with the wind and the shad feeds on the plankton. Flathead fishing has slowed but I am not sure if they are gone or it they just are not biting with the big moon. It is full on monday and catfish do not like the moon or dropping lake levels. We have not had to worry about that lately. Crappie are everywhere on brush at various depths and you can use live minnows on a slip float, small spoon and crappie jigs. All work. Some bass are still back in the creeks morning and evening near any cover shallow feeding on crawdads and creek minnows on or near the old shoreline whch is about 20-ft. deep now. Blackburns has one cabin available for Memorial day so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay too much or pay for your first boat stall. The big pool with slide will be open if you do not want to swim in the lake. We have that too. You definetly need a pool, dock and covered porch.  Make sure your cabin has a big covered porch so you can get in the shade. They have come in handy lately.   

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. Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 570.21 and has risen about 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 8-hours. The level stays stable with the generator running and rises with no generation. The rise has slowed way down with the dry hot weather. The White River at Newport is 23.95 and dropping quickly and it looks like this big slug with the last rain has gone through the system but holding water has raised all of the area lakes significantly and it looks like we will crest at just over 571.  It is to rain friday night but it will not hurt anything as we are getting dry. The surface water temperature is 73-74 degrees and rising with the bright sunshine and hot weather and the water is clear. You can see your lure down several feet. The top-water bite is happening most days with more bass coming up with the stripers after their spawn and several males are still on their nests waiting for the fry to get ready to leave or eggs to hatch. Get out there at about 6:AM for the bite. I am still catching some big crappie still full of eggs but more are spawned out. They are on most brush piles both in the main lake and back in the creeks anywhere from 20-35 ft. of water near the bottom. The flathead bite has slowed and the channel and blues will be moving in to take their place. The Game and Fish have double tagged 200 Stripers an released them in various areas and are offering a $100 reward for information about them when they are caught. If you catch one please call in the information. It is important as to the future stocking of stripers in Norfork Lake. I do not want them to quit stocking them but many people do. A lot depends if there is a big fish kill late this summer. There is no sense stocking them if they just die off in the high, hot, ozygen depleted water after they get big. This only happens in Norfork and it is the oldest lake but a lot of the green growth has died along the lake shore with the repeated high water years and there is less ozygen demand with green wood being under water and decaying as in previous years. Another striper kill this summer would not be good for their continued future here. Blackburns just had two cabins open up for Memorial Day due to cancellation after being booked full for several months. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 there is a three day minimum.

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.

Bryan Deardoff with some nice ones yesterday.Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 569.64 and has risen 4-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running for about 8-hours which is more than I expected. The White River at Newport is at 25.81 and has dropped just below flood stage. The rising water has not affected fishing any but has closed campgrounds, swim beaches are all under water, and there is much less parking at the launch ramps. This is all just in time for the Memorial Day rush where a lot of people put their boats in at the same time and for the first time of the year. It will create quite a fiasco at the ramps with many boats not running and people not preparing them for their first launch and also very limited parking. High water really puts the hurt on day users especially on weekends and more especially during holiday weekends. I have seen trucks parked all the way out to Highway 101 at Panther Bay launch before. Cranfield is not much better. Buzzard Roost launch has the most parking. I do not look forward to holidays and am glad when they are over. The fish are coming up everyday now on top-water at sunrise but not nearly as many as in years past and they are scattered with few big schools. The big stripers are not just depleted but are almost extinct with 5-9 pounders being the normal size now. Many hybrids are bigger than the stripers and not nearly as many of them have been stocked. They keep killing the stripers and bragging about it and they just keep getting smaller but a meat hunter is a meat hunter. There are some nice sized white bass but not nearly as many as a few years ago but the walleye are picking up the slack as are the crappie and flathead catfish. Get out early, take the middle of the day off and go out again about 5-PM and stay until after sunset and come in before dark. The lake is very clear for the water level and is clearing more everyday. Ovarall fishing is good. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your cabin comes with a free boat stall. Surface water temperature was 67 last evening in Blackburns Creek.  

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.

Chad Elliott from Harrison, Arkansas with a Nice Hybrid Striper released on site yesterday. Nice fish.Image title

The lake level is 569.26 and has risen 5-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with jus a few hours of generation. I guess we are fortunate to have any generation with the White River just over flood stage at Newport at 26.39 feet. Beaver and Table Rock still have flood gates open and filling Bull Shoals quickly. We are not going to drop levels on Norfork any time soon but it is not rising as fast as it was with the creeks stopping running and the sunny warm weather with wind.That sure will help but all of the area lakes are in for high water all summer unless we get a complete drought. The low generation is letting the water stay clear but some debris is washing loose from the shore with the rising water. Fishing has not been affected negatively and is good at this time for most species.The top-water bite is getting better with some bass showing up with the temperate bass and more of them will join in as the spawn progresses. I am still catching big crappie that are full of eggs and more black ones are showing up. Some say they spawn later than white ones but I do not know why. Flathead catfishing continues to be excellent on throw likes with live bait part way backs in the creeks in the deeper water. Some bass are on the bank, some are on brush and some are in open water on shad. The Kentucky Bass are full of crawdads and lizards. You can catch crappie on most secondary points just inside the main lake on brush. I do not usually spoon until the thermocline sets up but they are biting on them now. Trollers are catching some nice Hybrid Stripers dragging Shad Raps. About everyone is catching fish of some kind or other. It is a good time and the warm sunshine feels good. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Compare prices unless you just have too much money. I do not. We especially welcome Veterans and Police even though I do not require as much policing as I used to for some reason. 

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

Mike Eakle with some nice ones yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 568.77 and has risen 7-inches in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of generation. The White River at Newport is 26.65 feet and has leveled off but still above flood stage of 26-feet. The lake is still clear but debris is floating loose from the shore with the rising water. You just have to pay attention and stay off the lake after dark. Fishing continues to be good with crappie and catfish being the best followed by walleye, bass and early morning top-water for temperate bass. Everybody is catching fish now. The creeks have finally slowed way down and are at a trickle. It is not predicted to rain until next weekend with warm sunshine and wind with highs in the low 90's starting tomorrow. That should help dry things out and let this slug of water go through the system and slow the rise down. All of the area lakes are rising except for Beaver and it is about 5-inches from going over the spillway. There will be no level drops in the foreseeable future in the rest of the lakes. Norfork will go past 570 this week. Crappie are back on mainlake brush in 30-35 ft. of water and big ones too. Flatheads are biting live bait and have moved out a little deeper in the creek channel. The wind is going to blow all week from the south and the shad will be in the south facing creeks and there will be an early morning top-water bite most mornings for temperate bass. A goodly amount of bass have spawned and are post-spawn feeding on the banks early and late on creek minnows, crawdads and lizards. I am still not seeing any bass fry under the dock but gizzard shad are there along with many bluegill and crappie. Water temperature will be in the 70's soon in the creeks which mean the bluegill will spawn. The carp are finished.  

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.Image title

The lake level is 568.10 and has risen 1-1/2 feet in the last 24-hours with just light generation and a two day total of 4-ft. it is rising at a rate of 1/2 inch/hour now. The White River has passed flood stage of 26-ft at Newport and is 26.22 ft. They have lowered Beaver Lake to below the spillway and the danger is over for now. It was a foot over yesterday. Dam management 101: Do not let the water go over the spillway. They have all spillway gates open and are letting out water as fast as they can and by-passing the generators. This is filling Table Rock which has all generators running and also spillway gates. That leaves Bull Shoals and Norfork to hold water with the White River at Newport above flood stage. Norfork is 15-feet over power pool and Bull Shoals is 17. There is no short-term fix for this but the only salvation is that the weather is to be dry for the next week or more and should let this slug peak. The surface water temperature was 64 degrees on Norfork Last evening and the water was pretty clear, especially near the shore. The fishing has not been affected with the water rise and everything is biting. The early top-water bite is getting better and crappie are showing up in Backs of creeks on shallow brush and also on main lake brush. Bass are scattered all over and about 1/2 have spawned. Temperate Bass are coming up  but a lot fewer than in previous years with a lot fewer big stripers and white bass. Flathead fishing is excellent on live bait part way backs in creeks. Flathead will not bite dead bait or cut bait. Other catfish are slow but are on their way with the high water and warming temperatures. Everyone is catching fish now with crappie, bass and flatheads being the best bite with walleye not far behind. The meat hunters are loading up. Blackburns still has one bedroom cabins for $59/day until Memorial day so come on down. They stay full most of the time so you have to call as soon as you can. Otherwise our two bedrooms are $77/day and is less than other resort's one bedrooms plus your first boat stall is free at our large dock and all cabins have covered porches and are all individual with no duplexes. We will start filling our big pool soon. if you are normally campers and your campsite has been cancelled come on down. It will cost you less than dragging around that camper and paying $4/gallon for gas and no dock to park your boat. Sorry no camping here. 

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 Martin Brothers and Allan Lenius from Rockford, Illinois are having a lot of fun and catching a lot of fish. Always glad to see them. Missing one. Image titleImage titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 566.72 and has risen 2-3/4 feet in the last 24-hours and is rising 1-inch/hour now with no generation since late last evening. We received a couple of inches of rain and it all run off with the ground already saturated. The creeks are still running today but with clear water. They have been scoured several times and there is no mud left. This quick rise has washed more debris off the bank and the effects are not clear yet but I can only report in Blackburns area which ranges from Cranfield to Robinson Islands. I seldom go or have a need to go farther. There are always differences in the extreme ends of the lake.  What is not different is the water level. The White River at Newport is 24.75 feet and is near flood stage. Beaver Lake is over the top of the power pool and they have spillway gates open in a panic. This is causing Table Rock to rise rapidly and they also have spillway gates open. Guess what. That leaves Bull Shoals and Norfork to hold water. They have got themselves and us in a pickle again. It is a good thing dry weather is here for a few days or it would be an emergency. Maybe we will reach a high point for this round next week. There are no diminished services here at Blackburns. I do not recommend going out after dark or there will be trolling motor and big motor props mysteriously falling off and lower units damaged. People say, "my trolling motor prop just fell off". No it did not just fall off. It turns in the direction of tightening and does not loosen with out hitting something preventing the prop from turning. The prop stops but the drive shaft does not and the nut unscrews. This can also happen by accidently hitting the on button while the motor is laying in the mount. If you even suspect anything it is always better to check the nut. It is not quite the same with a big motor which has reverse. Mostly it is caused by hitting something but it can be because the prop was not properkly installed and the lock was not bent over in the slots and the operator shifts into reverse too rapidly and then revs the motor too fast spinning the nut backwards. In the cases of hitting something, it is better to have an aluminum prop instead of a stainless steel one and you have a better chance of not breaking the lower unit. A little bit of speed is not as important to me as a lower unit replacement.  Anyway not going out after dark will eliminate most of these problems.  Blackburns does not allow rental boats out after dark for this reason. Nothing good happens. Sunny warm weather is on the way and we will see what that brings. Fishing is still good and has not been affected but campgrounds, parking and launching, and day use areas has and the level is not going to get any lower anytime soon. All of the beaches are gone or will be gone and we will have to swim off a boat or in Blackburns Big Pool with slide. All area lakes are affected and we are in early May. Surface water temperature was 64 yesterday evening.   

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 a couple of yesterday's catch. We like these. Image title

The lake level is 564.14 and has risen one foot in the last 24-hrs with no generation since yesterday afternoon. It is rising 2-inches/hour and the creeks are running hard. We received 1.7 inches of rain last night but it seems to have moved on through now with better weather on the way. The White River at Newport ia 23.76 so they cannot let out much from the lakes. It is to get to nearly 90 this weekend so we will have gone right into summer after this cool weather. The backs of the creeks in the lake is brown but the feeder creeks have been flushed out so many times there is not nearly as much color as there was early in the year. Jim and Marlene Lesniewski found a big school of crappie back in a creek and caught several nice ones. Several other fishermen caught bass and crappie including Alan Lenius and the Martin Brothers. They are good crappie fishermen  and come all the way from Rockford, Illinois and have been coming for as long as I can remember. The Ellners from northern Wisconsin caught some temperate bass and crappie. We are very busy here and almost everyone caught fish. The Grevengoed family just left and did very well on stripers and crappie. They alway catch fish and also been repeat customers for a long time. The Blackburn family is growing but we had to cull a few to get things like we wanted them.  Now we are almost there and are nearly full most of the time. We do not want to charge our friends too much and are in a position not to have to. I have an 8-hook throw line and am baiting it with shiners and bluegill and am catching one or two nice flatheads everytine I run them. People ask what are the best eating fish on Norfork Lake. The answer is walleye, crappie and bluegill are the best followed by Kentucky bass and flathead catfish There is no pollution in the lake so you can make any fish palatable, even gar. My friend Jeremy even likes gar and makes gar balls. I did not even know gar had balls but woulld like all of them removed from the lake.  Others cut the red meat out of temperate bass and like those. My choices you do not have to doctor them up any and they all reproduce in Norfork and are not put and take. I release most fish anyway. My favorite meal in the spring is fried mushrooms, fried potatoes and onions and fried catfish and buttermilk. What could go wrong with that? It sure tastes good though. 

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 released under the dock on Sunday.Image title

The lake level is 562.70 and has risen one foot in the last 24-hours with no generation since last evening. The White River is at 21.11 feet and dropping. We received about 2-1/2 inches of rain the last two days and the lake is rising about 3/4 inch an hour. The creeks were raging last evening and into the night but are slowing now but still flowing pretty hard. Brown water is now into the backs of the creeks and moving out towards the main lake. It rained very hard about 5:PM.  We missed the weekend rain and the water got very clear but it is not the case now. The fishing was pretty good until this happened and we will see what this does to the water temperature and fishing conditions. The continuous water rise has not helped the spawn any but at least there has not been any big rises in short periods of time and muddy main lake water. The surface water temperature remains in the mid 60's as of last night but I have not checked it so far today. Have to go down and move the dock. It is a daily event. 

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 some pretty good ones.Image title

The lake level is 561.69 and has risen two inches in the last 24-hours with about 5-hours of vatiable generation. The White River at Newport is at 21.37 feet and dropping quickly. They are reducing the overall discharge into the White River. The surface water temperature is in the mid 60's and the lake is clearing and is very clear near the shore. Flathead catfish are biting very well on live bait on both poles off the dock and on throw lines part way back in the creeks. Bass are spawning and crappie are trying to finish but are stringing it out. Some years they do this for vatious reasons but mostly rising water. There was a top-water bit yesterday for temperate bass but it did not last a long time. It has been a little disappointing so far this year. We are to get heavy rain for the next two days and it is cloudy and cool and raining now. The cold fronts just keep coming through but are not nearly as cols as a few weeks ago. It has been slow warming up. As the black bass finish spawning they will move out in the open water on shad and will come up early with the stripers. Not too many of them so far but a few. I am still catching some nice crappie and not all of them have spawned. Start out by fishing part way back in creeks that the wind is blowing into and go from there. This is one of the few times of year that I do not use jigging spoons It is about time for the walleye to move near the island in about 15-20 ft. of water on bottom bouncers. Things are looking pretty good and some nice fish are being brought in everyday. 

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.

Bart VanderVelde and Jim Lesniewski are Blackburns Resort's longest returning customers and friends. Jim has been coming for 73-years and Bart for 50. Image title

The lake level is 561.53 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours with 6-hours of variable generation. We are to get more rain this week so do not expect the lake to drop any time soon. All of the area lakes are rising except for Table Rock which is dropping and is below power pool while Bull Shoals and Norfork are about 8-ft. above. The White River at Newport is 22-ft and dropping quickly with the 14-ft. rules taking effect today and then the 12-ft. rules on the 8th of this month. These rules need to be reviewed and changed. Minor flood stages at Newport are at 23-feet and anything below that does not hurt anything. The surface water temperature is in the mid 60's and the bass spawn is in full swing. The lake is very clear near the shore and you can see the fish on beds everywhere. I am still catching crappie full of eggs but most are spawned out. The top-water bite has been disappointing so far this year for temperate bass and black bass but they are coming up some days. It should get better as the shad spawn.  I am seeing no crappie or bass fry under the dock yet and they usually are there by now. There are a lot of other fish there though. Flatheads are biting well part way back into the creeks on live bait. It is a beautiful day today and Blackburns has a lot of people in.