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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.

The lake level is 568 35 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours after being shut down all evening and then starting up one generator early morning. The surface water temperature is 85-degree and has dropped a couple with the recent cooler weather. It is to warm back up into the 90's later this week. The water looks clear fromthe surface and is down to about 12-feet and then there is a mud line down to the thermoicline at 20-feet and them clearer again in the cold water at 25-ft. The walleye are in the mud line and are hard to see but not hard to catch on a spoon touching bottom. More walleye are with the stripers and are also biting spoons from 50-80 ft. of water also on the bottom. It seems too early for them to be looking for the oxygen bubble but they are cruising and moving through certain areas early morning and then disappearing again but some nice ones are being caught. I am still getting keeper walleye on main lake points in 18-25 ft. of water just off the bottom. Some Kentucky bass are just shallower. Crappie are still on the same brush back in the creeks and under docks in the shade. The lake in general is in good condition for boating, swimming and fishing. There are boats all over the Hwy 101 bridge piers trolling for stripers. They have more gas money than I have. 

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 Rum Binkley in 70-ft. of water on the bottom on the spoon. Image title

The lake level is 568.61 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time and one 1/2. The bowl is getting smaller and the level is dropping faster with the same amount of generation. The weather has cooled to the 80's for a high and is very pleasant but also very dry. It was hot for June but never reached 100. The surface water temperature was 86 degrees yesterday evening and the water still looks to be clear from the surface but when you get down there it is only clear to about 12-feet and then gets cloudy to 24-feet and then clears again in the cold water. It is very cloudy on clay banks and better on steep rocky ones but is better than in previous years. It was much better earlier in the year but it got hot too soon for it to stay that way. Bass fishing is still pretty good in the evenings on plastic worms and creature baits in about 12-16 ft. of water part way back in the creeks. Bost of them are Kentuckies but are good sized. The morning top-water bite for bass has slowed and they are not coming up very much now but it can happen anytime so chuck a spoon at them when they do. The best bite now is for stripers in open water on the bottom in 50-80 feet. They are going deeper everyday and looking for the oxygen bubble. Some walleye are with them. This happens every year but is earlier than normal. Catfishing is slow and they do not like quickly dropping water levels but the moon is small and some are being caught on mostly live baits. Limb line fishing is about over but some trot lines across the backs of creeks will work if you can keep the turtles and gar off them. The gar are coming up under lights off the dock at night chasing the other fish off. There are many more boaters and swimmers out there than fishermen. Stuff that had been submerged is showing up near the surface now so check areas out before dragging anything including children around. There is no floating debris as it has stuck to the bank in the receding water. The ramps are opening up with more parking but we are still high but manageable. We just need to get this holiday over and things will be fine. It has been a very good year so far. Blackburns one bedroom cabins are $90/day or $425/week with two, three and four bedrooms priced accordingly. All are individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches. A stall for your boat comes free with your cabin or you can rent one of our pontoons or bass boats at the best prices on the lake. 

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 on the Bink's Spoon. Image title

The lake level is 568.93 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with no generation all night and just one running so far this morning. The White River at Newport is 14.20 and rising. The weather has cooled down and it is very comfortable and the wind shifted to from the north yesterday. We have not had any rain for three weeks. The surface water is 87-degrees and has not changed very much in several days but the water clarity has diminished but looks clear from the surface. Diving conditions have deterioated like they normally do this time of year with the mud line forming just before the thermocline and that is where most of the fish are except for the stripers and some walleye which always go deep as the water warms. I do not know what the dissolved oxygen situation is now but it is not normally an issure this early in the year. There are still several walleye in 24-26 ft. of water near the bottom on main lake points. I do not have very many fishermen in now as most are family vacations with some fishing and catching off the dock. It is just at the right depth for crappie, bluegill and catfish. Boating and swimming conditions are just right and people are having a good time on the lake and in the pool. It has been a good summer so far with a lot more to come. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much. You can save about what the gas price increases are with the low prices on both cabins and boat rentals. If you are already here stop by on your way home and check out Blackburns. We are proud of 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.

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The lake level is 569.15 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators runnimg continuously. The White River at Newport is 13.90 and dropping.  The surface water temperature is 87 degrees and stable. The weather is to cool down to about normal starting today after over a week of very hot temperatures. We could get some rain this morning but it looks like most of it is going north of us. It has not rained since June 6th and we are very dry. Not much has changed concerning fishing as stripers and hybrids are going deeper with the thermocline and are on shad in around 60-ft. of water at various depths with some walleye with them. Some White Bass are on the inside of main lake points in 20-22 feet of water and more walleye are on main lake points in 20-26 feet of water. They are catching limits of crappie off my dock everyday on live minnows and small spoons. Overall spoons are the lure of choice but there are still some dragging umbrellas and live bait around. There is still some top-water bass early but most of them are small. The best bite for them is in the evening part way back in the creeks around any wood with a plastice worm or creature bait. Most of my brushpiles are still too deep but they should be just right as the thermocline drops with the water. It the current rate of generation continues they should meet at about 30-ft some time in mid to late July with a lot of fish on them. Blackburns will have a couple of cabins come open later this week so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay too much elsewhere. We are the best place with the best price and are closest to Mountain Home dining and shopping with a big dock in a sheltered cove good for swimming and kayaking.  

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 on the Bink's Spoon yesterday. Image title

The lake level is 569.47 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with about 18-hours of running both generators. The White River at Newport is 14-ft and steady. Norfork is 48% full and the 4-lake system is 49%. Table Rock is below power pool and Bull Shoals is 23-ft. above power pool. Norfork is about 13-ft. above. The surface water temperature is still 87-degrees and has been steady. Water clarity is not as good as it was a month ago and there is the usual mud line just before the thermocline which is about 22-ft. The water is cold at 27-feet and clears up again. The best bite now is spooning for stripers and some bigger walleye  on shad in deep water followed by walleye on main lake points in 26-ft. of water. Crappie are under docks in the shade in 30-ft. of water and biting on small spoons and live minnows along with some big bluegill. Some White Bass are on or just around main lake points in 20-ft. of warwe suspended. The lake in general is in excellent condition for boating and swimming. You can swim off our dock in a sheltered cove, off a rental pontoon boat or in our big pool with slide. It is to get very hot this weekend and then cool off a bit next week. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. A one bedroom cabin is $90/day or $425/week. Why pay more? Two, three and four bedrooms are priced accordingly 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.

Mickey and Nate McGee are some good fishermen. Take care of your mom Nate. She is one fine lady. Image title

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The lake level is 569.63 and has dropped 3-1/3 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running for about 20-hours. The White River at Newport is at 13.90 and is steady. Surface water temperature is 87 degrees and also steady. The water looks clear from the surface but is cloudy when you get down there in it past about 12-feet. I found some White Bass just inside a main lake point in about 22-ft. of water but there were no big ones. Walleye are on main lake points in 26-feet of water near the bottom. Bass are in the same place but a little shallower but mostly Kentuckies. Find shad in about 60-ft. of water and drop a spoon in them for early morning stripers and hybrids. They are catching a lot of crappie off Blackburns dock everyday. There is a top-water bite for bass some mornings early.It is summer for sure and the thermocline is pushing down and there is a mud line just before it and a lot of fish are at or just below that in about 25-ft. Blackburns just had one cabin come available for next week so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay too much elsewhere. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. No need to bring a tent as we have big covered porches. 

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

Scuba Steve with a couple yesterday. Image title

The lake level is 570.04 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 16-hours. The White River at Newport is 13.93 and they are holding it steady. Both Bull Shoals and Norfork could start dropping more now that Table Rock is all the way down back to normal and there is no reason to show them any preference at this time. Norfork is 52% full, Bull Shoals is 65% full and the 4-lake system is 51%. It is a good thing that we are in a drought and have not had any rain for 2-1/2 weeks or the level for the other lakes would have really been slow dropping. The surface water temperature is 87 degrees and has been steady for several days. It has been in the mid 90's and is to get near the century mark for Saturday and then cool into the 80's next week. The most popular place in the area is Blackburns big pool with slide. No pool no resort. They are catching a lot of crappie off the dock and a few nice catfish. Striper fishermen are still catching some good ones early around the Cranfield area in about 60-ft of water on spoons ar various depths. Some are also having success dragging umbrellas and live bait through schools of shad in the same place. Walleye are on most main lake points in 25-ft. of water near the bottom and around Robinson Island. In general the thermocline will push down and the fish will follow it except for the stripers and some walleye which will go deep as the ozygen depletes looking for the bubble. Blackburns 1-bedroom cabins are $90/day and $425/week and two, three and four bedrooms are priced accordingly. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. 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.

Mickey and Nate McGee with some nice ones. Good friends and one of the best families ever. They can also catch fish. Image title

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The lake level is 570.51 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. The surface water temperature is 87 degrees and the water remains clear. Fishing is the best in the morning with stripers and hybrids being the best bite early in 50-60 ft.of water on the spoon at various depths. Some walleye are with them and some are still on main lake points in 20-ft. of water. Crappie are biting off docks on minnows in th shade as are bluegill. Some catfish are also hitting live bluegills in front of the buckbrush. Smallmouth bass are biting creature baits in the evening around any wood on flats. Not much has changed since yesterday. Blackburns has a cabin opening up today so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 and get it before it fills and not pay too much. It comes with a free stall for your boat and you can swim in our big pool with slide to beat the heat. All cabins are individual with no duplexes and have shady 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.

Run Binkley with some nice ones caught on the spoon yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 570.89 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with reduced generation and nothing all night. The White River at Newport is 14.33 feet and steady. The surface water remains about 86-87 degrees and the water is clear near the surface , a little cloudy down to about 18-feet and clear under 23-feet again. The creeks are also clear and the lake is in excellent condition for swimming and boating. It is to get very hot later this week. Stripers and some walleye are going deeper with the warm water and are being caught in 60-65-ft. of water at various depths on the jigging spoon in the Cranfield area. People dragging umbrellas and live bait through shad are catching some stripers and hybrids.  Some fish are still coming up early but mostly small bass. Crappie are being caught off the dock at various times during the day and evening on minnows. One group caught about 15 keepers yesterday. They would quit biting for about two hours and then bite fast for a few minutes. Some larger walleye are with the striers and caught dropping a jigging spoon on their heads. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 for  last minute reservations as there are are a few cancellations due to high gas prices. 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.

Caught on the Bink's Spoon yesterday. Biggest one of the year. Image title

The lake level is 571.05 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. That is a first time that has happened for a long time. It is hot and dry and has not rained since the first week of June and not much then. The level has dropped 2-feet since it's high on June 6th of 573. Surface water temperature is 86 on the main lake and as high as 90 in the creeks. Temperate bass have moved out in deeper water after sunrise and are being caught in about 55-ft on the spoon. Some walleye are with them but some are also on main lake points near the bottom at 20-25 ft.  There is a top-water bite for mostly bass some days but it is not everyday and it does not last long. The water is still clear and should stay that way until the algae bloom. The thermocline is not as deep as it usually is with the higher than normal surface water temperature but it will drop as the heat permeates into the water. I saw the banks and government offices are closed tomorrow. It said for Independence Day on the sign. I thought that was the 4th of July. Maybe I should get out more but I am not in favor of anymore summer holidays. Just another excuse to give government employees another day off. Get out early, take the middle of the day off and go out again about 6:PM for fishing. Come on down to Blackburns and we will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. No need to bring a tent as all of our cabins have big covered porches and shade. 

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 good ones this morning. Image title

The lake level is 571.41 and has dropped 2-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with about 19-hours of running both generators. The surface water is in the mid 80's and rising in the hot dry weather. It is to cool a bit this weekend and then hot again in the middle of next week with highs in the high 90's. The lake looks clear from the surface but gets a little cloudy as you get to about 18-feet and then clear again at about 23-feet under the thermocline. The White River at Newport is 14-feet and dropping and Norfork is 58% full and the 4-lake system is 57%. There was a top-water bite this morning early for bass, hybrids and stripers with several being caught. After they go down drop a spoon on their heads. Bass abd bluegill can be caught in the evening using creature baits on a jig head and whacky worms near the bottom in 20-ft. of water near any wood part way back in the creeks. Catfishing is a little better but not much. The moon is getting smaller and that is good but they do not like dropping water either. You have to move limb-lines every day to keep them just under water.so drop-shotting jugs with live bluegill and shiners just outside the brush in about 20-ft of water and throw lines are better straight out from the shore. Some crappie are still on wood back in the creeks in about 26-ft. of water on jigs cast past the wood and dropping into it. They hit on the drop near the bottom. Come in when it warms up and get into Blackburns big pool with slide and baby pool or go scuba diving in one of our rental pontoons. We have it all here and at the best price. You can rent all of the scuba gear you need right down the road 1/2 mile at Scuba Doo full-service dive shop. Diving conditions are the best they have been in years. It looks to be a good summer. 

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 by Rich Arellano from Morris, Illinois. Nice fellow and welcome here at Blackburns. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 571.63 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 18-hours of running both generators. The White River at Newport is 14.19 ft. and steady. Norfork is 59% full and the four lake system is 58%. Bull Shoals is still 71% full and Table Rock is nearly normal and all are dropping with the hot dry weather and no rain. There was a top-water bite for stripers and bass for a few minutes yesterday early and some nice ones were caught. This does not happen everyday. There are a lot of bass and bluegill at about 20-ft. in the buckbrush. The thermocline is just short of 20-ft where the water starts to get cold. The surface water temperature is in the low 80's and is perfect for boating and swimming. Scuba Diving conditions are very good. Fish in the early morning, scuba dive all day and fish again in the evening. Sounds like a pretty good plan for me. The money you save by staying and renting a boat at Blackburns should pay for the extra gas prices unless you just want to drag overweight children around all day on a chaise lounge. That just costs a lot of money. A whole lot of money. If you want to do that you can stay here and rent a boat from a marina.  It is just too bad things have to be that way. Two years ago when people went out and bought every boat they could get their hands on and gas prices were $1.71/gal can not afford to go very far now and those payments just keep coming in let alone paying for dock space to keep them. They are a lot of fun though but not when you have to make a choice between fill you car up with fuel, buy groceries or pay the electric bill. Hopefully you do not have to do that. We will keep our prices as low as possible for our many repeat customers for as long as we can and continue to be the best value in the Ozarks but rapidly increasing prices on everything is getting old. Very old. The lake has dropped about 1-1/2 foot since it's high and most of the floating wood has stuck to the bank and is much better than it was a week ago and the lake is in general excellent condition. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin for more than one night stays.   

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

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The lake level is 571.89 and has dropped 2-1/3 inches in the last 24-hours with about 18-hours of running both generators. The surface water temperature is 84-degrees and rising in the hot weather which is to continue for at least another week and get hotter. The thermocline is at 20-feet and dropping and the visibility is clear in shallower water and less clear near the thermocline and then clear again under that. The clarity is not obvious form the surface and you need to get under water to actually see what is happening. A depth finder cannot show the thermocline most of the time but clarity it is much better than in previous years and is excellent for spearfishing. Trollers dragging umbrellas and live bait through shad  are catching stripers now as are spooners. Worm fishermen are catching bass and cricket fishermen are catching big bluegill. Crappie are still back in the creeks in brush or around wood in 27-28 feet of water. Another high pressure moving in and hanging over the area. A lot of fish are in the 20-ft. area in the buckbrush. What you need for a resort at this time is good pricing, good air conditioning, good bedding, covered porches to get out of the sun, free boat stalls, a big swimming pool and a good dock in a sheltered area. Blackburns has all of these. Spearfishing season is open. Check out the new report. 

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 572.06 and has dropped about 2-1/3 inches in the last 24-hours and a total of one foot since it's high of 572.98 on June 6th. They are running both generators for about 16-hours and holding the White River at Newport to 14.22 feet steady. The 4-lake sustem is 59% full and dropping with the hot dry weather. The surface water temperature is in the low 80's and we could use some rain. The water clarity is good and the best it has been on opening day of spearfishing for divers in several years which is today. I am ready and all I need is time. We are very busy here. Business comes before fishing. This is a good time to catch a larger striper early dragging live bait or an umbrella through schools of shad early or dropping a spoon on their heads. It is easier staying on them using a spoon instead of trolling through them and then going back around and trying to find the moving school. They go deeper in the morning as the sun rises. Catfishing has slowed with the dropping water and the moon getting bigger but a few are still being caught on live bluegill. Larger bluegill are still biting crickets and small spoons under docks and structure in 30-ft, of water about 20-ft. down.  Some bass are with the shad but more are on the old shoreline before the water rise in about 20-25 ft. of water near the bottom. Crappie are still in the backs of the creeks on wood in about 26-28 ft. of water near the bottom and hitting the jig or grub on the drop near the bottom but others are showing up about everywhere. Cast a plastic worm to the bank near the buckbrush and work the bottom back to the boat in 25-30 ft. of water on the bottom part way back in the creeks and you will be surprised what you catch especially in the evening. Blackburns has a cabin open on Saturday so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115. We will not charge you too much and a boat stall comes with your cabin it you stay more than one day. We especially welcome Veterans and Police. I am a veteran but not a policeman and do not need nearly as much policing as I used to for some reason. We have several dive pontoons for rent at the best price but do not allow any boats out after dark and no towing of anything behind them. If you want to do that you can stay here and rent a tow boat from a marina. They like that.

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 572.26 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with about 14-hours of running both generators. The White River is 14.27 feet at Newport and is holding steady. It is hot and dry with no chances of rain for several days and the surface water temperature is 81-degrees on the main lake and 84 in Blackburns Creek and rising quickly in the sunshine. The clarity remains good and I am getting ready for opening day of spearfishing tomorrow and have my diving gear loaded up. My next stop is Scuba Doo Dive Shop for a few items and tank visuals . They are full service and only 1/2 mile away. I will give it a try if I get my work at the resort finished on time. This could be the best diving season in several years with the good clarity and walleye and crappie numbers being high. I will miss my friend Gus driving the boat. Trollers are catching stripers at this time dragging live bait and umbrellas through shad. Others are spooning. I am fishing bass, crappie and catfish and catching some of each in the limited time I have to go out. It is very busy here with people taking advantage of the best prices in the area on borh cabins and boat rentals. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. 

Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Beat the heat.

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You need an air conditioned cabin with covered porch, swimming pool with slide and a big covered dock to beat the heat here in Arkansas. We have it all here at Blackburns Resort and Boat rental and at the best price. Come on down. Sorry we do not have any mosquities. 

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 572.44 and has dropped 1-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 14-hours. The White River at Newport is 14.26 feet and very stable. The surface water temperature is rising and is now 80 on the main lake and warmer in the creeks and excellent for swimming. The water is clear. All area lakes are dropping with the hot dry weather. We could use some rain. Fish are moving deeper with the thermocline and the best bites are crappie back in the creeks on wood in 27-28 feet of water on jigs, stripers early morning on spoons, bass in the evening on plastic worms, bluegill under docks and by willow bunches on crickets and very small spoons and catfish on live bluegill on jugs and throw lines. Some White Bass are in front of brush in 23-25 ft. of water on the drop-off just at the thermocline but are mostly small. Get out early, take the middle of the day off and go out again around 5:30 PM and fish until dusk. You can catch about anything on a spoon now. Blackburns has one bedroom cabins for $425/week so call Debbie at 870-492-5115 when one comes open. No sense paying too much. 2,3,4 bedrooms are price accordingly. 

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. He is one good fisherman. Image title

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The lake level is 572.59 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 12-hours of running both generators. The White River at Newport is holding at 14.17 feet. Norfork is 65% full and the 4-lake system is 63% full. The lake has dropped 4.2 inches total since the crest a few days ago. It is not much but is heading in the right direction. I had a surface water temperature of 83 degrees in Blackburns Creek yesterday afternoon in the sunshine. The lake remains clear and there is less wood floating in the lake with the drop. Some is sticking to the shore and more should if levels drop and the wind picks up and blows it to the bank. Crappie continue to bite back in the creeks on brush in 26-28 feet of water casting a grub or jig past the wood and letting it sink into it. The stripers are more easily caught now with the thermocline dropping and shad dropping with it. The umbrella and live bait draggers are starting to catch some now and it should get better. The spoon will be the best lure as the thermocile drops and the stripers move deeper. I am catching some White Bass accidently fishing for bass but they are small. Beat the banks for bass early and late as there are many fry and creek minnows in the buckbrush that is submerged. About everything has spawned except for the flathead catfish and they are ready. Some Kentucky Bass spawn all summer. Bluegill fishing is good under docks on crickets. Summer is here. Blackburns still has the best place with the best price and you can off-set the high gas prices with our low cabin and boat rental prices. How much gas you use is up to you. You can make your vacation cost low here and still have a good time. The big pool with slide is very busy and you can swim off our dock and fish in the shade. We have it all and at the best price.

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 572.73 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running both generators. It was 572.6 on this date last year so this has to be planned.  The White River at Newport is 14.07 feet and steady and the 4-lake system is 63% full. The surface water temperature was 80 degrees yesterday afternoon when I went out fishing and will get warmer with the hot weather starting today. The lake is just right for boating and swimming and there is less wood floating but still some. The lake has dropped just 2-1/2 inches from it's high a few days ago so do not expect much improvement yet but it is better than rising. The water is clearer than it has been at this time in the season in years. I found crappie back in a creek on wood at 27-feet near the bottom and caught several with all of them over 10-inches and one big one. I then moved to a brush pile near Blackburns Dock and found more crappie there and a school of White Bass just at the drop-off at 23-24 feet and also near the bottom. It is good to see White Bass making a comeback after a few years of being relatively scarce compared to previous years where they were everywhere. They are good fighters and easily caught and good for people who have difficulty catching other species. Catfishing is getting better and the flathead that I caught was full of eggs with bloodlines and ready to spawn. They are the last ones to spawn on Norfork. Some channel cats are showing up on jugs, throw lines and limb lines on live bait. If you use cut bait back in the creeks the turtles will beat the catfish to the line unless you bait up at dusk. Some very large bluegill are being caught on the old shorelune before the lake rise as are black bass. Try a plastic worm for the bass in the same place. Blackburns has two bedroom cabins for $113/day or $588/week so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 and defray some of your high gas prices by staying here. We will not charge you too much. Compare before you buy.  Some charge more and do not have a dock or pool. A pool is very important with this hot weather and the dock is a good place to hang out in the shade and fish at night.  

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 yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 572.78 and has dropped 1-1/3 inches in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running both generators. The White River at Newport is 14.01 feet and they seem to be regulating it to 14-ft.  The main lake is clear and the creeks are stained a bit but a good color for fishing. The surface water temperature is 78 degrees and rising. Fishing has picked up this week with crappie getting good back in the creeks on wood in 25-28 ft.of water. Top-water bite has slowed but there are some good ones at sunrise or just before on a few mornings but does not last long. Bass, small stripers, hybrids and white bass are all together on shad. I went out at about noon and fished for two hours and caught fish in all three places that I fished. It was a nice sunny day with light wind. The water is clean but there is some floating wood that came loose from the bank with the rising water and is blowing with the wind. You have to be alert but is nothing that cannot be handled with a little caution and not gong out after dark. The people that go out regularly after dark have either torn up or off lower units or the same with props and damaged boats. One child getting dragged on a tube in pigeon creek broke their leg so be careful and check the area out before dragging anything and stay on the main lake.  This problem will diminish greatly as the lake finally drops and this stuff sticks to the shore. Gas is up past $5/gal for unleaded non-alcolol and much higher for premium non-alcohol which I used to use in all my boats but cannot afford it now. You can save on total vacation costs by staying at Blackburns with lower prices on Cabins and Boat Rentals rather than staying somwhere else and paying much more.  This will help balance out higher gas prices and keep your toatal vacation costs about the same. Why pay more unless you just have too much money?  We just had a one bedroom and a two bedroom mobil home cancel for the 2nd through the 9th of july due to high gas prices. Give Debbie a call at 492-5115. We had been full for weeks before this.  

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.

Caleb Fitzanko from Wynonna, Missouri with a couple of nice ones yesterday. Image title

The lake level is 572.91 and has dropped 1/3 inch in the last 24-hours with 4-hours of both generators running and about 6-hours of one. The White River at Newport is at 14.38 feet and staying about the same. Bull Shoals is 26 feet above power pool, Norfork is 19-ft. above power pool , Beaver lake is 7-ft. above power pool and Table Rick is 4-1/2 feet above and they are dropping Table Rock the quickest trying to get it back to normal as quickly as possible at the expense of Bull Shoals and Norfork. The 4-lake system is 65% full. The surface water temperature is 77 degrees and warming. It will really warm next week with ambient temperatures to get into the mid 90's with a high pressure front moving in. We could get storms tomorrow night but have missed everything so far and it is still dry. There was a top-water bite this morning about 5:30 AM for a few minutes and some stripers were caught in the 5-6 pound range  They were in about 35-ft. of water when they surfaced on shad. This does not happen everyday now but is fun when it does. Some Black Bass are with them. More catfish are being caught on the spoon than on live bait in the creeks and crappie are on shallow brush back in the creeks in 25-ft. of water. 

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 Dean from Dekalb, Illinois with some very nice crappie caught yesterday. Good fisherman and friend. Image title

The lake level is at 572.95 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running for about 8-hours. This is the first drop in months and is good news. The White River at Newport is 14.11 ft. and rising slowly and that is also good news. We have been missing the rain forecasted for this week but our best chance is just coming up. Most of it is going south of us and we are still very dry. High pressure is coming in early next week and temperatures are to get into the 90's. Our normal high is 83. Crappie and White Bass fishing is picking up and catfishing is not. Bluegill fishing is still good on crickets and small spoons. Crappie are liking the grub and minnow and Bobby Garland Jig cast past the shallow brush back in the creeks and sinking into it hitting on the drop. A few small stripers are being caught on shad dragging live bait and umbrellas but not many. Black Bass are both on the old shoreline before the water rise on buckbrush in the evenings and also on shad in open water. Blackburns has a full house and almost all of the fishermen caught some yesterday. I know you want to see my smiling face day after day but I prefer my customers showing off and we have many that are good fishermen. The lake surface water is rising and is now about 76-77 degrees and rising. It should hit 80 next week. The water remains clear and if they keep dropping the level more and more of the floating logs should stick to the shore with the wind that always comes before the high pressure. Looks to be some good boating and swimming weather coming up. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. 

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 level is 573 even and has risen less than 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with about three hours of running both generators and three hours of running less than one in the afternoon and evening. It is still creeping up even though they say the crest is today. It needs to stop as all of the other area lakes are dropping. The White River at Newport is at 13.57 feet and also dropping indicating not much is being let out of the lakes. They say the 4-lake sustem is 66% full so the stupid 12-ft. rule at Newport applies severely limiting the lakes drop. People need to write their congressman if they are tired of the needless high water and get the regulations reviewed and changed. The surface water temperature is in the mid to medium high 70's and rising slowly. It is to be cloudy and rainy for the next couple of days and then get hot for next week with summer here. We did receive about 0.2 inches of badly needed rain yesterday. The lake water remains clear and clean but the rising water is floating some big stuff away from the shore and into the creeks. A drop of just a few feet would make this stuff stick back to the bank. It is water logged and partially submerged and hard to see if you are going fast. Check out areas before dragging anything through them especially children. The evening bite for black bass is getting better on the old shoreline and thermocline which are both about 20-22 feet deep. Fish at less than 25-ft near the bottom with a 4-inch plastic worm. Top-water bite has slowed dramatically and the live bait and umbrella fishermen are back to dragging stuff through shad at different depths depending on the time of day. Crappie are in the backs of the creeks in about 20-ft. of water and caught casting a jig past the brush and letting it drop into it.  Catfishing has also slowed but some are being caught. Overall fishing is just fair. I was catching several walleye but not for the last day or two. I am catching about everything on the 1/4 or 3/8th spoon is 20-25 ft. of water tapping bottom. Blackburns now has two cabins just open up today so come on down. We have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your first boat stall is free. We do not have boat stalls for one night cabin rentals. A two bedroom cabin is $108/day for four people and all are individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches. We especially welcome Police and 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.

The lake level is 572.98 and is still creeping up with both generators running for about 4-hours and less than one for 2-hours. It is just not quite enough to hold level let alone drop. We are already past the forecasted crest. The White River at Newport is 13.74 and dropping so they can hold the area lakes up as high as they can for as long as they can. Lake is high, gas prices are high and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental prices are still low. You can off-set high gas prices by staying at Blackburns where a free boat stall comes with your cabin. Compare prices before you make a reservation. We have almost all repeat customers and do not want to charge our friends too much. The water temperature is still in the mid 70's with some water near 77 and the clarity is good. Scuba fishing season starts on the 15th and I expect very good diving conditions. They have not been the best for the last few years but there are a lot of walleye,crappie and catfish and the visibility is good especially where the fish are located. The top-water bite is about gone for me. I see a few fish coming up but they will not hit anything and are mostly bass. I am spooning mostly now but drag a nightcrawler occassionally for a walleye very slowly with my trolling motor on the bottom or drift with the wind. We are getting rain this morning and are to get more for the next couple of days with highs about normal which is 82. No severe weather is expected. We are dry and need the rain.The moon is in the first quarter and sunrise is 5:51 and sunset is 8:25. I do not recomment being out on the lake after dark and for sure not with my rental,boats. What other people do is up to them. I see props lost and damaged, lower untis gone and holes in boats nearly every day with the night riders hitting partially submerged wood  especially in the creeks. Scout out areas before you drag things and people around and stay on the main lake. There are 15-hours of daylight. That is enough. 

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

The lake level is 572.96 and is the same as it was at this time yesterday. The lake has crested for now as of today and is 66% full. The other area lakes are dropping and the 4-lake system is 68% full. The White River at Newport is at 13.91 and is fairly stable. We are to get 2-3 inches of rain this week and there are good chances most days but nothing severe is forecasted. It depends on where the heaviest rain is located whether the lake rises or not. We are dry and can take some. We are at a level where we do not need any more rises. The main lake remains very clear and the creeks change from day to day and are stained a bit but a good color for fishing. Walleye are around Cranfield and Robinson Islands near the thermocline in about 20-ft. of water near the bottom and can be caught spooning or dragging a nightcrawler on a Lindy Rig. Bass are both in open water on shad and on the old shoreline before the lake rise in about 20-ft of water early and late feeding on fry and creek minnows. The top-water bite has slowed way down but there is some on cloudy rainy mornings.  I just noticed huge schools of fry of some kind under my dock for the first time yesterday. They were so small that I could not tell what they were but maybe bass. Big predator fish were trying hard to get them. Several fish were caught off the dock with most of them crappie and big bluegill. About 1/2 of the crappie were keepers. A lady had the huge bass that has been hanging around the dock for several months on her line but lost it. It is at least 6-lbs and maybe more and is very smart. It loves bluegill. Catfishing has slowed a bit with the gar moving in but the channels should start to move back into the very backs of the creeks and feed in shallow water soon. Turtles and Herons like the same bait and there are lots of both. I thought the channels and blues would be biting limb lines now but very few have. The surface water temperature was 77 yesterday afternoon and rising. The normal high is 83 and we are to be near that most of the week. It looks like summer is here but we could get another cold front.  Scout out the water before you start dragging children around and do not go out after dark. People that brag about going out at night and like high water are hitting logs, hurting themselves and tearing up boats and motors.. All you have to do is be carefull and all can be avoided. Blackburns is full now but have a couple of openings starting tomorrow. Come on down and we will not charge you too much and a free stall at our dock comes with your cabin. You will like our big pool with slide. Why pay more?

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 572.93 and has risen just a bit in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 4-hours and less than one for two hours. All of the area lakes are dropping now except Norfork which is scheduled to to crest tomorrow. The 4-lake system is 68% full. The White River at Newport is 14.11 ft. has leveled off. Surface water temperature was 76 degrees yesterday afternoon and the lake is clear both on the main lake and in the creeks. Fishing has slowed overall including catfishing which had been good. Bluegill fishing is still pretty good and several bass are being caught near the old shoreline before the water rise at 20-22 feet both early and late. Middle of the day fishing is not the best. Try vertical jigging a spoon on main lake and just around main lake points at 20-25 feet and tapping bottom just outside dead buckbrush. If you catch bluegill keep spooning as there are bigger fish around. Live bait trollers are catching some stripers early morning in the 5-8 pound range but it does not last long. Top-water bite has diminished but you can find some bass surfacing sporatically. The weather has been perfect but some rain may be coming on tuesday and wednesday but nothing serious. The north wind has kept things cooler than normal and the pattern of cold fronts coming through every week since January continues. If it breaks hot weather will be here with chances of late June and early July storms. I am always happy when the 4th of July is over. It is on monday this year. We continue to stay busy here at Blackburns with the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the area. Why pay more? Do not go out after dark. 

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 572.94 and has risen 3/10ths of an inch in the last 24-hours with 4-hours of both generators and 2-hours of less than one. The White River at Newport is still dropping quickly and is at 14.35 ft. indicating not much is being released from Bull Shoals or Norfork. It is a good thing we have been dry. I have to irrigate the garden today. The weather has been beautiful with below average temperatures, sunny skies and low winds from the north. Our normal high is 82 and we have been in the low 70's. The surface water temperature is 76 this morning and the water is clear and getting clearer. We are still scheduled to crest on sunday at 573.10 on June 5th at 67% full but the 12-ft. rule at Newport will prevent them lowering the lakes much. If they would raise the limit to 23-ft. which is below minor flood we could get rid of a lot of water much sooner and not cause anybody any harm. The same people that like high water like high inflation, high food prices, high gas and diesel prices so nothing will change as long as we are willing to accept them. Try buying a new battery or tires. Wow.  Fishing has slowed a bit but some nice fish are still being caught. I caught one nice flathead last evening on a live bluegill and a few bass on a spoon in 20-ft. of water. The morning bite is the best at sunrise which is 5:52 but again the top-water bite has slowed but some fish are biting on the spoon in 30-40 ft. of water suspended 20-25 ft. down part way back in the creeks.Yes, Blackburns is the best place, has the best price and is closest to Mountain Home, dining and shopping and especially welcome Veterans and Law enforcement. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin.  

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.

Norfork Lake Fun out of Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 572.89 and has risen 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with about 3-hours of running less than one generator and five hours of running one. They are missing a good chance to let out some water. The White River at Newport is 15-ft. and dropping rapidly and heading for 12-feet for no reason that anybody can figure out. It is just one of the rules that need to be reviewed and changed.  Bull Shoals is scheduled to crest tomorrow but is still rising. They are letting more water out of Table Rock than Bull Shoals and I think this forecast will need to be revised. Norfork is still to crest on June 6th at 573. Bull Shoals is very high and it will take a long time to get it down and they are showing no signs of any desire to do so. There was one accident on Norfork on Sunday. A person was thrown from a tube and broke their leg. That is the only one that I know of. Check out an area before dragging stuff through it. There can be partially submerged wood and stay away from the shore and out of creeks and go in before dark.  It was nice out yesterday afternoon when I went out for a short period. I checked out my short throw line and caught a nice flathead. I am surprised they are still biting. The surface water temperature was 77 degrees and the lake has cleared up to pre-holiday levels. The creeks are also very clear. I tried a grub and minnow near the shore for a while and caught nothing and switched to the 3/8th ounce spoon and fished a couple of main lake points. I caught several fish tapping bottom in 20-ft. of water right on the point in the buckbrush, released them and came in. Not much fishing time for me now with the resort being nearly full and several boats rented. I hope I can get in more diving with the diving conditions being much better than the last few years with more walleye, crappie, catfish and much better visibility. Debbie's Father Gus passed yesterday and was my very good friend was the captain of my dive boat and helped put in many brush piles over the years. He is missed already. Badly.

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

Tom Kelly is one good fisherman and continues to catch and release some nice ones. He likes that plastic worm. Image title

The lake level is 572.83 and has risen 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with three hours of running both generators and 2-hours of running less than one.  The lake is expected to crest on 5 June at 572.90 at 66% full. The White River at Newport is 15.87 and dropping rapidly so do not expect any area lakes to drop much anytime soon. What you see is what you get for several months unless we get a drought. The surface water temperature is just over 76-degrees and the thermocline is dropping to between 19-20 feet. The lake is clearing nicely again after the holiday churn.  I repeat this as long as it is true. When the thermocline is the same as the old shoreline before the lake rise a lot of fish are there of all species. Right now there are a lot of fish at 20-feet both on main lake points and in the creeks. The top-water bite is diminishing as it always does after the thermocline forms and the fish go deeper as the water warms and the thermocline pushes down. There are different ways of defining the thermocline but as a scuba diver for many years I call it where the water starts to get cold and the fish are seldom below it except for temperate bass and some walleye that are searching for oxygen when the water gets hot in the summer and the oxygen depletes and they go deep looking for the oxygen bubble. We are not near that yet. Bass fishing with floating worms and creature baits back in the creeks is catching some nice ones. Others are in open water on shad. Live bait trollers are catching a few along with some smaller stripers. The stripers are getting smaller and smaller so start to look for the guides to start promoting ultra light equipment on long limber poles to convince Pilgrims that they have a big fish. They just keep killing those 5-8 pound stripers and do not give them a chance to grow but they do not know any other way to catch fish except trolling umbrellas. They both work. I sure hope this high water does not cause another big striper kill late this summer. In the mean time I will be fishing walleye, crappie, bass and catfish and leaving the temperate bass alone. Rain today and tonight with nice weather for later this week. 3/8th ounce jigging spoons and Bobby Garland jigs are my baits of choice at this time. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and a free stall at our big dock comes with your cabin. All cabins are individual with big covered porches and no duplexes. One bedroom cabins start at $85/day with 2,3,4 bedrooms priced accordingly. We especially welcome Veterans and Police.