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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.

Caught onj the Bink's Spoon. Image title

The lake level is 560 93 and is rising slowly with no generation since yesterday afternoon. They always quit generating when it rains. The White River at Newport is almost 14-ft. and they cannot have that. It floods at 26-feet. we received a little more rain yesterday but not much and are to get more today and then get hot again. Things have started to green up again somewhat. The surface water temperature is 87-86 degrees and falling slowly with the cooler weather. It will not drop starting tuesday or wednesday. Striper and waleye fishermen are doing the best in the early morning on shad and on brush in from 30-50 ft. of water either on the bottom or suspended. Some white bass are in the same places but a little shallower. Spoons are still the best but trollers are catching a few stripers but they are small in the 5-8 pouind range. A few catfish are being caught but not like they should be in these conditions. I just am not seeing the channel catfish like usual this year. Flatheads have been the best. The night bass fishermen are still doing well on saltcraws and everything else it about the same. Drop a spoon on main lake points in 35-ft. of water near brush for walleye touching bottom and snapping ths spoon up 6-7 feet and allow it to drop on slack line. The heavy rain has been all around us but not so much here. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 for the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the Ozarks. 

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 560 94 and has dropped a little less than 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating last evening and started one generator this morning. I dumped another 1.3 inches of rain out of my gauge a few minutes ago and it is raining pretty good now. It is slow and sinking in so far. The lake surface water temperature is dropping and is now 87-degrees. The lake clarity has not changed but is not very good from 20-30 feet where several of the fish are located. The fishing report has not changed but the catfishing is getting better with the nearly stable lake level and the cloudy, rainy weather with a very small moon. This is ideal for channel catfish. It would have been nice if there was no 12-ft. rule for the White River Newport during the hot dry summer with almost no rain for seven weeks so we could be back to a normal level by now. They quit generating everytime it rains and are determined to keep the level up as high as possible for as long as possible. Their prediction of being at 555.75 by August 16th seems unrealistic to me but I must believe everything the government says and it would be nice if it would happen. The boat traffic on the lake is low even on the weekends and almost non-existant during the week. I do not know if it is the heat, high gas prices or people are running out of money. I know I am. I bought a 40-lb. bag of black oil sunflower seeds to feed the birds and it was $27.99/bag plus tax making it over $30. Now they are making it impossible to feed the birds. The prices are only not fair for people they are not fair to the birds. Deer corn is now $13.99/bag.  Our way of life is really changing. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 for the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the Ozarks before school starts. 

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 yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 561.24 and has dropped one inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. We received 1.4 inches of badly needed rain last night and a little more so far today with more on the way with cooler temperatures. We had some wind but not too bad but we really needed the rain. I do not usually complain about warm weather but this streak was starting to wear on me. It is to get hot again later next week. The surface water temperature is 88 degrees this morning and the lake remains clear from the surface down to about 19-20 feet with a mud line from there to a little less than 30-feet. It is clear and cold at 32 ft. and several fish are from 25-32 feet.  30-ft. brush piles are holding mostly bass and bluegill. I am still not seeing very many crappie. Spoon main lake points with brush at 27-35 ft. and you will catch fish. Move on around the inside of the points a little shallower and White Bass are there suspended a few feet. Catfish started to bite last night and should bite again tonight with the new moon and very slowly dropping lake level and cloudy skies. Try live bluegill about 3-4 inches long drop-shotted near brush. Flatheads will not bite on dead, cut or prepared bait and are the best eating. Maybe as good as anything in the lake. Blackburns has some openings starting tomorrow so call Debbie at 870-492-5115 to get the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the Ozarks. You will like our big pool with slide. 

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 Many Shad Spoon. Image title

The lake level is 561.31 and continues to drop a little over 2-inches in a 24-hour period with one generator running continuously. It is dropping very slow despite the dry hot weather but they continue to drop Table Rock even though it is three feet below power pool. Norfork is still 6-feet above. We should be at about 552 at this time. The surface water tmeperature is still 90-degrees but the ambient temperature is to drop starting tomorrow with chances of rain. Anything would be a relief but we do not need what the St. Louis area received. That was devastatiing and we are so sorry. We have had 0.7 inches of rain since June 6th. and we have a burn ban on and are as dry as can be. There is not much tent camping out there in the 104 degree temperatures. The last one that I have been in was a 1/2 tent. Some will know what that is. The lake is clear from the surface down to about 19-feet where the cloudy water begins and ends at about 30-ft.or a little less. The water is cold at 32-feet. Some bass, white bass and bluegill are at these depths but the walleye are a little deeper near the bottom. The White Bass are in the same area but schooled and suspended a few feet and a little more to the inside of the points. Largemouth bass move into the bank to feed on crawdads at dark and are near deep water on the drop-off. The larger stripers are in the river channel in deep water and are not biting. A lot of fish are from 27-35 feet so snap your spoon up about 6-7 feet and allow it to drop on slack line and touch bottom. Bink is catching a lot of fish on his Many Shad spoon in the 3/4 or 1-ounce size or the Arkansas Shiner. There are several striper fishing out there trolling but not catching much. Boat traffic is very low for July. I do not know if it is the heat, economy or the gas prices. Most of the boats that I see out there are Blackburns rentals. 

Ashamed Norfork Lake Visitor.

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This guy just left Norfork Lake and paid at least $30/day too much. He stayed in a duplex cabin with no covered porch to get out of the sun and shared with a very close neighbor with a gastric problem. He also paid for the boat stall for his fishing boat. May not be the brightest light on the tree. 

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 on the spoon. Image title

The lake level is 561.55 and has dropped just a bit over 2-inches with one generator running continuously. We did receive a little shower but it did not amount to much but was appreciated. The White River at Newport is 11.90 feet and has been mostly steady for a few weeks with not much effort to drop Norfork. We need rain but do not want it all at once like they just got in St. Louis. Flooding is bad there. The weather remains very hot with highs in the 100's but that is predicted to change later this week. The surface water temperature remains at 89-90 degrees and the thermocline is dropping and the creeks are clearing. There are several fish at the 30-35-ft. range no matter how deep the water. Some good news is that white bass are showing up in larger numbers than in the last few years and are just a little shallower than the stripers and hybrids and schooled just arond main lake points on the inside. Spooners and trollers are both catching them and some are good sized.  A lot of small stripers are being caught in deep water and all of them die after bringing them up. Venting them does not help. I do not fish in deep water in the summer for that reason. I hope we do not get another big striper kill this early fall. Bink remains on the stripers, walleye, white bass and Kentucky bass which are all in the same area. Night fishermen are still doing well on saltcraws and black lights. Not much has changed and Blackburns Still has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your cabin comes with a free boat stall unless you bring the Queen Mary or a tower boat. We have stalls for them but have to move one of our rental boats out and we are in the rental boat business. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountais Region Fishing Report and Lake Condition BY Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental.

Lots of fun stuff to do around here. Case Sims at the Fred Berry 3-D Archery Range and Lance Sims Smallmouth Bass fishing on Crooked Creek.
  Image titleThe Game and Fish have done a good job controlling costs. Image title

The lake level is 561.88 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is at 11.75 feet and dropping and they are holding Norfork up as high as they can for as long as they can while still dropping Table Rock which is over 2-1/2 feet below power pool. It would be nice to get down to at least 560. Knowing these idiots they will probably wait until fall and then pump the lake dry. The bottom of the power pool also needs to be raised to keep them from doing this. The surface water temperature is still almost 90-degrees and it sure did not drop any today. The main lake is about the same but the creeks are clearing nicely with the lower generation. The heat is taking it's toll and the boat traffic is way down for the last of July. I got my new tax assessment in the mail and wow. It has gone up 50%. We now have over 10% sales tax, state income tax, personal property tax and now skyrocketing property tax. They started taxing my dock a couple of years ago and it is not on county property, is floating and I already pay a healthy dock permit fee to the Corps of Engineers. They do not even maintain the road to the dock. I have to buy to gravel and provide the equipment to grade and maintain the road.   All of this is happening with a 100% Republican county government. At least we have a fancy new jail for the meth heads. They cannot continue to gouge the tourists until they just quit coming while taxing the locals to death.  They brag every month about the tax revenue coming in at record rates and then do this to our property taxes. It is not cheap to live here anymore and we are becoming socialist. It is worse in the city limits. We allowed the county government to run the landfill and now the rates for trash hauling have gone up over 400% and they are hauling our trash to Harrison.  The incompetence just goes on and on and we let it happen including myself. I will continue to hold prices here at Blackburns for as long as I can or until the business is not profitable. We have loyal repeat customers and do not want to charge them too much and want them to be able to have an affordable vacation. I wish the new Ice Company would do the same but they are owned out of state. Man, those guys know how to charge. It is a beautiful area and I do not want it ruined like Lake of the Ozarks.  

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

Terry Sims from Monroe, Louisiana  is one good fisherman and releases all of his fish. Image title

The lake level is 562.13 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is now under 12-feet and sits at 11.80 and they are holding the lake up as high as possible for as long as possible despite the hot dry weather. I am pretty sure no farmers are getting flooded out from the White River at this time. There must not be a need for any electricity in the Southwest Power Administration distributuion area. We have a burn ban on for Baxter County and things are really dry with 0.7 inches of rain for this month. The surface water temperature is 90-degrees and the lake remains in good condition for swimming, boating and fishing. The best bites now are for walleye and small stripers in the early morning. The walleye are on main lake points at 35-ft. near the bottom and stripers are on shad at various depths stating at 35-ft. They could be in anwhere from 30-ft to 100 feet of water but are liking that 35-ft. depth. The larger walleye are in the creek channels in deep water.  The next best bite is the after dark for largemouth bass with the black light and saltcraw near the shore on the drop-off. It looks like the weather may break late next week with a chance of rain. The first of August is typically our hottest time of year. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. Veterans and Police are especially welcome. 

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.

Darrel Binkley with the fish of the day. That is one nice walleye. Image title

The lake level is 562.52 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The surface water temperature is 90-degrees and the weather is hot. The hottest day is yet to come. They have changed the prediction of when Norfork will reach the top of the power pool which is 555.75 and the new date is 18-August. I do not know how this can happen if they keep just one generator running and also keep the White River at Newport at 12-feet. The 6.77 ft. drop would require 4.51 inches/day to reach that level and the drop has only been 2-inches.day for a couple of weeks. If the government says so it must be true. It would be nice to see it get down to below 560 though. There are still some fish early morning on shad at various water depths but suspended at about 30-feet down and hitting spoons. Others are on main lake points on brush in 35-ft. of water suspended a few feet in the mud line before the cold water. Snap your spoon up about 5-7 feet and allow it to tap bottom when it falls with slack line. Black light bass fishermen are doing well after dark and are catching some nice largemouth. Kentucky bass are moving in shallow in the evenings feeding on crawdads and can be caught on creature baits or plastic worms. Some kids caught 35-bluegill off the dock on worms and crickets and a few catfish were also caught on prepared bait. Best fishing 6-8 AM and 9-11 PM.

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.

Caught on the Bink's Spoon this morning. Image title

The lake level is 562.90 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is 12.35 feet and steady. The surface water temperature was just over 90-degrees last evening and is not going to drop anytime soon with the hot weather. We need the lake to drop about 3-feet to get day use areas back to normal. A normal level for this time of year would be about 552 or less. The lake is in good condition for boating, swimming and fishing. The water clarity is not the best but is much better than in previous years. Not much has changed since yesterday concerning fishing. Get out at 6:AM and check for fish on shad in water from 30-50 ft. deep suspended. They are mostly smaller stripers and bass. Also work main lake points for walleye and smaller stripers in 35-feet near the bottom. Drop a spoon on their head. It is nearly over by 8:AM. The larger stripers have moved out into the deeper river channels and are lethargic and a lot of them have benn caught. Walleye fishing is the best right now. The next best is nighttime bass fishing with  fluorescent line, black light and saltcraws. A good place is just northeast  of Cranfield Island on the east bank. Throw the saltcraw to the shore and let it sink down onto the first ledge and then down to the second one. Look for a twitch in the line and set the hook. Do not do what they do on TV but keep steady tension and set the hook again before he jumps and try not let him jump using your rod but not reeling too fast. The old bass fishermen are experts at this and they do well. The crappie will move to the tops of the brushpiles soon with the bottom of the brush in 35-feet in the cold water and the tops in 20-ft. but I have not seen this happen yet. They will move from brush pile to brush pile as they are spooked but not go far. Some crappie are still in the backs of the creeks on 25-ft. brush near the bottom. Bluegill are bitng well off docks on crickets and some white bass are also on main lake points or just around in 20-25 ft. of water suspended. Come on down to Blackburns. All cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches. A free boat stall comes with your cabin and a one bedroom cabin starts at $90/day with two, three and four bedrooms priced accordingly. We will not charge you too much.  Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 to check for availability. 

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 is still on the walleye.Image title

The lake level is 563.10 and has dropped 1-1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is 12.34 and the area lakes are dropping much slower now that they have gone to the 12-ft. rule at Newport. They are trying to drop Bull Shoals faster than Norfork since it has been held up so high for so long draining Table Rock and it looks like they will reach top of power pool at the same time. We did get a little thunder shower last night and it totaled 1/2 inch. That brings us up to 0.7 inches so far in July. It has been a little cooler the last couple of days but should make up for it starting tomorrow. Bink reports that the walleye are on main lake points in 35-ft. of water on the bottom and are hitting the Many Shad Spoon. The larger stripers have moved out into the river channels deep but some smaller ones are are still on shad in open water early. White Bass are schooled and are just around main lake points on the inside at or just above the thermocline. Catfish are biting live shiners and bluegill on drop-shotted jugs in 25-ft. of water or off docks after dark. Some bass are with the smaller stripers early and then move in shallow in the late evening feeding on crawdads. It is typical summer fishing but the thermocline has not pushed down as far as it usually has in the hot weather but it will. It should get down to about 30-feet by early August and we should get an algae bloom if things hold true to the past. One bedroom cabins are $90/day and two bedrooms are $113/day and come with a free boat stall for stays longer than 1-day. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay too much elsewhere. 

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 this morning on the Bink's Many Shad Spoon. Image title

The lake level is 563.26 and has dropped just over two inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The surface water temperature is 89-90 degrees and the lake continues to clear a little. The White River at Newport is 12.24 feet and was below 12-ft yesterday which means the quick level drops are over.  The thermocline starts at about 23-feet and the water is cold at 29-feet. Not much has changed as far as fishing goes except the fish are going deeper with some larger bass in the 30-ft. depth. Stripers are still on shad and have not gone deep looking for the oxygen bubble yet but it will not be long with the hot weather which is going to get worse later this week after tomorrow. Some walleye are with the stripers.  We have had 0.2 inches of rain since June 6th. This is as dry as it has been in several years. Get out early at about 6:AM and fish until 8:AM and then come in for the rest of the day and then go out at dusk and bass fish with the black light and salt craw. Catfishing is getting a little better with the waning moon and the slower lake level drop on drop shotted jugs with live bait. A live shiner or bluegill about 3-inches long is the best bait. Some white bass are inside of main lake poiunts suspended about 20ft. down. Come on down to Blackburns, we will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. We have several rental pontoons but do not allow dragging anything behind them and they have to be in everyday before dark. If you want to drag stuff you can stay here and rent a boat from a marina. No problem.  

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 563.62 and has dropped two inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is 12.68 and they have cut the discharge from the area lakes in order to Regulate Newport to 12-feet despite the need for electricity and the drought in the area. There is now a burn ban on for Baxter County. We have had 0.20 inches of rain since June 6th. They have revised the date for Norfork to get down to the top of the power pool, which is 555.75, to August 16th. That is 8-feet in 31 days which is 3.1 inches per day. They cannot get there at this rate even if it does not rain. The surface water temperature was 88-degrees when I went out yesterday evening and things had changed a little since the day before. The lake is clearing slowly, the thermocline is dropping and the fish are going deeper. I found some bass in the cold water over 30-feet and some White Bass in about 23-feet of water suspended and schooled about 5-feet from the bottom. I only saw small walleye and a few bluegill shallower. Some smaller Kentucky Bass are shallow feeding on crawdads. The early morning open water fishermen are still catching temperate bass on the spoon from about 5:45 AM to 8:AM and then it is over. Trollers are catching a few but I do not troll. Not much skill in draging stuff around through shad until something catches itself but if you are a meat hunter and do not know anything else it gets results. Most fish are benig caught on spoons, salecraws and plastice worms now except for bluegill and they are biting crickets under docks. A few catfish are being caught but not nearly as ,amy as usual. The crappie have not moved into the tops of deeper brush piles yet but will when it cools a bit, the lake drops a bit and the thermocline drops a bit. The boat traffic is really light for the middle of July. We had some guests have an emergency and left early so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 to get a last minute reservation. Two bedroom cabins are $113/day and come with a free boat stall for stays over one day. 

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 this morning on a jigging spoon. Image title

The lake level is 563.82 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with a little less than one generator running continuously. The surface water temperature is 88-89. The White River at Newport is 12.91 and is dropping steadily heading for 12-feet. They have changed the date predicted to reach the top of the power pool, which is 555.75, to August 18th. That is about 3-inches/day drop until then and it is difficult to get there regulating the White River at Newport to 12-feet. The bowl is getting smaller though and the level will drop faster with the same amount of water being released. I just want it to get below 560 for fishing, scuba diving and lake and parking access. Letting it get too high in the spring and dragging out the lowering process even though we are in a drought does not look like good management to me but if you do not expect much you do not get much.You would think they need electrical power somewhere in the Southwest Power Administration distribution area.  I went to a cafe that had a Build Back Better Burger on the menu and it was 1/2 the burger for twice the price. I need to lose a little weight anyway.  Baxter County is raising the property taxes dramatically due to higher prices on houses. I guess they need more money even though they are receiving higher amounts of revenue do to the increases in sales tax. I am trying to keep from raising my prices and just do not want to increase prices on my loyal repeat customers who have supported me for years  but it is hard when government is leading the way. Electric and Insurance Bills are going up exponentially. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much. Compare. 

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 564.01 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running since yesterday afternoon. The White River at Newport is dropping and is at 13.29 and it looks like they are going to start regulating it to 12-ft.which means it will take a lot longer to get the area lakes down to their normal level They have slowed generation at all lakes in the last couple of days. The 12-ft. rule is not only stupid but ridiculous. The minor flood level at Newport is 26-feet and they can regulate to 23-feet without hurting anybody downstream. It has not rained for a month and 1/2 and they still cannot control things. There is no reason to wait until August 20th to get back to the power pool which is also too high. They keep changing and raising that. It cooled down a bit yesterday and was perfect for boating and swimming. The surface water temperature was 88-89 and the water appears clear from the surface but gets very cloudy at about 19-feet until about 28-feet where it gets cold and more clear. The fish are mostly in the mud line from 23-27 feet. Anything shallower is mostly Kentucky Bass. The vast majority of the fish are on shad in open water at various depths with them being more shallow early before sunrise and then going deeper until about 9:PM when they disappear again. Fishing is best from about 5:45 AM to about 7:30 AM. There are a few fish coming up but are mostly small bass. Many of the crappie and bluegill just left my dock yesterday but a few catfish are still biting after dark on live bluegill and will get better as the moon wanes. 

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

Caught this morning on the spoon.Image title

The lake level is 564.24 and has dropped 2-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with much less generation. They quit for several hours, run one for several hours and both for about 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is 13.60 and dropping rapidly. I hope they are not going to regulate to Newport to 12-feet. I would like the lake to drop another 5-feet for not only brushpile fishing but parking and lake accessibility. Anything over 560 is still too high. The surface water temperature remains at 89-90 degrees and the water is clearing a bit from the holiday but not a lot. There is not a lot of boat traffic out there. I would like the level to get down about another 5-feet for brushpile fishing and lake accessibility. They are still predicting the lake will be at power pool, which is 555.75, by August 20th. The thermocline should be at about 30-feet by then. I am expecting an algae bloom earlier than normal this year with the heat. Catfishing is slowing with the water level drop and the full moon tomorrow and has been a little disappointing lately after one of the best flathead bites ever earlier this spring and early summer. Striper and hybrid fishing is still good early morning as they are on shad and have not moved deep yet searching for the oxygen bubble. They go dormanrt when this happen and do not feed much. The shad are in anywhere from 30-50 ft. deep early morning and then go deeper after sunrise. They can be in about any depth of water but are staying at about that far down. Spoons are the best lures at this time. Some crappie and big bluegill are still on shallower brush in 25-35 ft. of water with many more under docks in the shade. The bigger walleye are with the stripers and some others are still at the thermocline at 23-feet near the bottom in the mud line. Ambient highs are to be at 95 for the next week with not much chance of rain and boaters and swimmers are having a good time. It is dry and dusty but you can swim in the lake or in our big pool to beat the heat. The lake is in excellent condition. If you are in the area come on down to Blackburns and check us out before you leave. We have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and have been voted the most improved resort in the area and the best value in the Ozarks. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin except 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.

The lake level is 564.53 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating for a few hours last night but are running both generators for about 20-hours a day. The White River at Newport is at exactly 14-feet and we still have not had any rain and there is none in sight. The surface water temperature is 90-degrees. It cooled down for a couple of days with a weak cold front and a north wind but is back to being hot again with the wind from the south. Striper fishing continues to be the best with fish on shad at various depths but tend to be shallower early morning and then go deeper after sunrise. Bass fishing after dark with a black light is second with some crappie and bluegill still biting on brush and under docks. A few catfish are on drop shotted jugs in 20-30 feet of water baited with live bluegill or shiners. Other than that nothing has changed. I will check out water clarity and thermocline later today and see if it is settling after the holiday.  Blackburns still has one cabin open for this week so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 for details. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin except 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.

The lake level is 565.11 and has dropped over 4-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. The surface water temperature is just under 90-degrees and the water is clearing a bit since the holiday churning but the visibility is still not very good. The White River at Newport is at 13.93 and is easily regulated to about 14-feet with no rain except for one shower since June 6th. The wind has shifted to from the north and it is much more comfortable today with highs near 90. Some nice bass are being caught after dark with the black light and saltcraw and some crappie are still in the same places. Blackburns Brush Piles should be coming into play soon after being too deep for most of the year. The ones that are in 30-ft. of water now have fish on them. Cast that Bobby Garland Blue Ice Baby Shad jig past the brush and let it sink into it. The water is dropping too fast for limb or trot lines but if you drop shot a jug in about 25-35 ft. of water some catfish are biting on live bluegill. Other than that jigging spoons are still the best in early morning with temperate bass on shad  35-60 ft. down and it does not reaslly matter how deep the water is. Blackburns has a one bedroom cabin open now so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 before you end up paying too much elsewhere. A free boat stall comes with your cabin and they are $90/day and $425/week. The savings goes a long way towards paying for the gas.  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.

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The lake level is 565.60 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They continue to run both generators about 1/2 the time and cut back to one for the other half. The weather remains very hot but it is to drop into the low to mid 90's for this weekend and then back up again next week. It is cloudy this morning and some rain is expected but not much. We will take any we can get. The lake has dropped 7-1/2 feet from it's high on June 6th. Norfork is 34% full as is the four lake system. They are predicting it get back to normal (what ever that is) by August 20th. Surface water temperature remains at 90 degrees and has been at that level for several days now. The White River at Newport is being controlled to 14-feet and is at 13.83 feet. We went diving yesterday and the visibility was not good past 14-feet until below the thermocline in the cold water. That is typical for this time of year. Bink is still catching Stripers and Hybrids in the same places on his spoon early, bass fishermen are doing well after dark on saltcraws, others are catching crappie on wood in 25-30 ft. of water back in the creeks and dock fishermen are still catching crappie, bluegill and catfish off the dock. A few Kentucky bass are feeding near the bank in buckbrush in the evening in about 12- feet of water and that is all I know of. I usually see a lot of White Bass this time of year diving but not so much this year. The water got hot earlier than normal this year but is in good condition for swimming and boating.  Yes, Blackburns does have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the area. 

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 565.87 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one and both generators alternating about 1/2 the time. The surface water temperature is 90-degrees and the water is still fairly clear down to about 12-feet and very cloudy after that. The White River at Newport is being maintained to 14-ft. and is at 13.84 and has not changed for several weeks. Not much has changed with ambient temperatures around 100 degrees with sunshine. This is  Schuler boating weather and they are coming this week. We are always glad to have them. I was looking for a $2,000 live scope for my boat but bought several new air conditioners instead for the cabins. I guess I will have to try and catch fish without it. I filled my car up with gas and paid my electric bill and now have to decide whether to buy food or beer. It is a tough choice but I do not eat much. I have had enough of this inflation and am doing everything to hold prices. Batteries and tires have doubled. At least I do not have to drive to work. Diving conditions have deteriorated and I will see if the visibility has improved since the holiday this afternoon. Bink is still catching some nice fish on his spoon early at first light in 35-50 feet of water and then after sunrise in 60-80-ft. after they go deep. They are with about 4-inch shad. Late evenig bite for Kentucky bass in 12-16 feet of water in the buckbrush is also still producing and crappie, bluegill and catfish are biting off the dock under the light. The lake is in good shape for boating, swimming and fishing. You can go to Blanchard Caverns during the middle of the day to cool off. It is only about 1-hour away and also our pool is very nice.  

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 566.23 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time and one the other half. The surface water temperature is 90-degrees with the hot weather and it does not usually get there until early August. The water is cloudy with the boat traffic churning it up on the holiday and is not clearing very fast. You could not see much past 12-feet deep last evening when I went out after work. There were still quite a few boats out there dragging stuff around. Bink reports catching a lot of fish early morning about 5-5:30 AM in 35-50 feet of water on the 1/2 ounce spoon. The fish, which are mostly stripers, hybrids and walleye are near the bottom and are feeding on big shad in the 4-inch range. About 8:AM they move deeper and he switches to the 1-ounce Many Shad Spoon. The bite is over by 9:AM. I have another report of a good after dark bite for bass using the black light, fluorescent line and the saltcraw. Some Kentucky Bass are shallow in the evening near the buckbrush on creature baits and plastic worms. Some walleye are on main lake points from 18-25-ft. of water just off the bottom. There are still a lot of fish under the dock. Crappie, bluegill and catfish. It is hot. Blackburns still has one bedroom cabins for $90/day and $425/week with 2,3,4 bedrooms priced accordingly. Why pay more? A free boat stall comes with your cabin and all cabins have covered porches and are individual with no duplexes or shared porches. If you are in the area and paid too much elsewhere stop by and check us out when you get a chance. We especially welcome Police and Veterans. The big pool is nice.

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 566.55 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with a mixture of both generators and one generator running. The White River at Newport is 13.66 feet and stable. The surface water temperature is 88-degrees and rising and should hit 90 soon with the extremely hot weather for the rest of the week. This does not usually happen until early August.  We did get a nice shower yesterday afternoon about 4:PM of 1/4 inch. It was our first rain since June 6th and was scattered with some areas getting nothing and was welcome. Well, it is all over folks until the next fiasco on Labor Day and the normal amount of people are on the lake and the craziness has subsided resulting in a much more peacefull environment. Pets and small children no longer are scared of the fireworks and it is illegal to set them off until December.  I know of nobody that comes to norfork lake on vacation for the fireworks but they are popular with locals, weekenders and day users. We do not allow them at the resort as they terrify pets and some small children and are a fire hazard with everything being so dry.  I have not been fishing for several days as it has been so busy here with a full house for the week and boat rentals plus I do not go out on the holidays. I suspect other resort owneres do not have time also. I would have been greatly criticised if I was fishing with all of the work that needs to be done and the needs of customers not being met.  My fishing places are usually where the water is calm and that is where the wake boarders go making it impossible to fish but many of them are out of gas money now. High gas prices are really changing things but the boat companies report making boats as fast as they can and cannot get caught up. That is good. Somebody must have some money for them but I am not included. The lake is in excellent condition for boating, swimming and fishing and the dropping water is making launching and parking much easier. The lake is down 6-1/2 feet from it's high of 573 in early June. 

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 566.85 and has dropped 3-1/3 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running 1/2 the time and one the rest. Surface water temperature is 89 degrees and the lake is all sirred up with the boat traffic. There are a lot more floating mats out there than drag toys with the high gas prices. They drag everytning they can hook up to for the first day, fill their boats up with gas the next and then play on their floating mat the next. Things sure change a lot with the gas prices. They were about $1.71/gallon two years ago. Then everyone was putting big motors on small pontoon boats and seeing how fast they could go. Not so much anymore. Wake boats cost from $70,000 and up and if you buy one and have a mortgage you have to use them no matter how high the price of fuel and there are more and more of them out there. The traffic will slow down this afternoon and things will get better tomorrow. It has been busy. One more summer holiday is almost in the books and one more to go. Debbie's dog Paco died last night and it is very sad around here. 

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

The lake level is 567.14 and has dropped 3-1/3rd inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time and one the other half. Surface water temperature is 88-degrees and the lake is cloudy with all of the boats churning up the water. It is very busy out there. The White River at Newport is 13.71 feet as they continue to regulate to about 14-ft. The lake is in good condition for swimming, boating and fishing. The best bite is still temperate bass in the early mornings on shad in the mouths of the creeks and around the Hwy 101 bridge piers from 50-80 feet of water near the bottom. A few bass and white bass are coming up sporatically.  Some very nice Kentucky bass are part way back in the creeks in front of and around brush with some crappie. Other crappie are under docks in 25-30 ft. of water just off the bottom and can be caught on minnows and small spoons and big bluegill are in the same area and biting crickets. The lake should start to clear on monday evening and be better by the middle of the week but it is to be very hot. You will definitely need a pool and dock for swimming. A free boat stall comes with your cabin  here at Blackburns except for one night stays. 

Cabin and Boat Rental Opening starting now.

We had a cancellation for a two bedroom cabin starting right now and a pontoon rental for this week. The cabin is #10 and the pontoon boat is #11. Cabin is $113/day and the Boat is $130/day plus fuel and deposit. This was sprung on us this morning. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115.

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 567.72 and has dropped 3-1/3rd inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time and one the rest of the time. We are about 14-feet higher than we should be at this time of year but more launching and parking is opening up. The water has dropped about 5-1/2 feet from it's high on June 6th which was our last rain. We received less than 1/2 inch of rain for the month of June and it is very dry. The lake remains in good condition for boating, swimming and fishing with a surface water temperature of 85-degrees. The water is clear down to about 12-feet, gets cloudy from there down to about 26-feet and then clears again below the thermocline in the cold water. The visibility is not good at 20-feet where a lot of fish are located especially Kentucky Bass, walleye and Bluegill. A lot of fry of different species in big schools are showing up in the warm water providing for a lot of food for bass. There was a school of White Bass coming up near the second pier from the south on the 101 bridge yesterday afternoon and some stripers also in the area. It is getting fished heavily with trollers and spooners. Bink is catching stripers and big hybrids from 50-80 feet of water near the bottom on his 1-ounce many shad spoon in the deeper water and the 1/2 ounce in the 50-ft. Find the fish and drop it on their heads. If you happen to see fish coming up throw the spoon just past them and hop it to keep it from sinking too fast. Some walleye are still on main lake points in 20-26 feet of water just off the bottom. Striper and hybrid fishing is the best right now but always is this time of year. They are easily caught at this time.