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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.

Scuba Steve got some pretty good ones yesterday evening on Blackburns new brush piles. Image title

The lake level is 555.26 and has dropped about 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with 1-1/2 generators running about 5-hours. We did receive 0.3 inches of rain here at Blackburns last night. The White River at Newport is now at 5.76 ft. and is almost a foot lower than at this time yesterday and again is about to dry up. The wade fishermen can fish the river as long as they do not go in the afternoon. The spigot has almost been turned off since the Southwest Power Company has taken over the generation schedule and they are doing a great job of holding the area lakes up as high as they can for as long as they can. They must not need any power in the distribution area. We have little or no surge capacity.  The lake remains in good condition with a thermocline at about 30-feet and the water pretty clear down to there and beyond. The mud line is mostly gone away and scuba conditions are about as good as it gets for this time of year. It has not been this good fo a long time. The crappie have moved to Blackburns Brush piles and are on about every main lake point in 27-35 ft brush. They are liking 27-ft. for some reason, just above the cold water. Small spoons and jigs are working the best but live minnows on a slip float are not far behind. Walleye are in the same place about 4-ft. off the bottom but some bigger ones are a little deeper in the cold water. Over 1/2 of the ones being caught now are undersized. Kentucky Bass are all over the place and are with the crappie. I have not seen much top-water action lately but it can happen any time so have a pole ready for them. If not just cast the spoon right at them and hop it back keeping it from sinking too fast. Fall fishing has started early this year and should do nothing but get better until the lake turnover sometime in October. It will not stop the bite but will just scatter the fish and make it a little harder to find them. That is why brush piles are so important. The bait fish want cover and the predator fish want food so there you go. I do not have to go very far to get all the fish I want, but all I want are crappie, walleye, Kentucky Bass, bluegill and catfish.  You can keep the temperate bass but they are fun to catch. Especially when the water cools and they come up shallow and you do not fish for them deep and kill everyone you catch because of stress.  You have to be a meat hunter to catch them now. If you want to take advantage of the $59/day 1-bedroom cabins better call soon.at 870-492-5115. Some weeks are filled already and it looks to be a busy fall. We do not want you to have to pay too much elsewhere if you do not have too. Especially our repeat customers. They are why we keep our rates so low. We are sure getting a lot of welcome Veterans and Police and we like that. Crappie fishing is very good for this time of year and big ones too. 

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 555.30 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with 1-1/2 generators running about 5-hours. The White River at Newport is at 6.64 feet and is about ready to dry up. If they keep the level up high as possible for as long as possible it will be much easier for them to flood us out next spring. We should be at below 552 this time of year. The surface water temperature is 85-degrees, The lake is clear and it looks like good conditions for the up-coming holiday weekend. We received two rains yesterday afternoon. The first time it rained hard for about 15-minutes and we go about 1/2 inch. The second time it did the same thing again and the water was running down the road. We received exactly 1-inch total here at Blackburns. It was spotty and some places south of here got nothing. It sure greened up everything and is making the grass grow but I had to grade the ruts out of the road to the dock but it is in good condition now.  The best fishing now is for crappie, Kentucky Bass and walleye. Many of the walleye are short especially in the shallower water. Spoons are the best for about everything except for catfish and bluegill but the crappie have started biting live minnows over brush on a slip float about 20-ft. down. Crickets are really catching a lot of big bluegill off docks and night crawlers are working for catfish. Start fishing on main lake points in 27-ft. of water for many species of fish. Drop the spoon and tap bottom, snap it up about 4-5 feet and allow it to drop on slack line. In am using 1/4 or 3/8th ounce Bink's spoons with mostly white on them and a little red or a red eye. Use light clear line with no hardware. If you want the $59/day 1-bedroom cabins, the $77/day 2-bedrooms or the 2-bedroom mobil home for $62/day now is the time to call. They are nearly full for most weeks now. The prices start the day after Labor day. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115. You get a free boat stall with your cabin at our big dock. The pool is open. We also have the best prices on Boat Rentals in the Ozarks. You have to stay two nights in a cabin to rent a boat.  They are catching a lot of fish off the dock. 

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

Scuba Steve got a few of these spearfishing yesterday. Conditions are good. Image title

Flowers are blooming and the Grass is green here at Blackburns.Image title

The lake level is 555.55 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with 1-1/2 generators running for about 8-hours. The White River at Newport is 9.14 feet and they have drastically cut discharge from the area lakes since reaching the power pool. We are still about 4-feet higher than normal for this time of year but the lake is in good shape for swimming, boating, fishing and scuba diving with a surface water temperature of 85-degrees. The water is clear down to 27-ft. with a small mud line from 27-30 with the thermocline at 30 and cold water. I went diving yesterday afternoon and found several things different. First, the big schools of crappie have moved  to the brush at 27-feet. They are not in the brush but just above it and roaming from brush pile to brush pile. Nice big schools. Lots of Kentucky Bass, black bass and walleye are in the same place but near the bottom or in the brush. The best diving is on main lake brush piles from 27-30 feet where the water is clear. The visibility diminishes as you go back into the creeks. Many of Blackburns Brush piles are at a perfect depth now after being too deep for most of the year with the high water and lack of resolve to get it down despite the hot dry summer. The high boat traffic for the upcoming holiday will stir up the water but it will clear quickly after they go away and turn the lake back over to the fishermen. Pole fishermen need to hit the points and use light, clear line with no hardware and something to get down to the fish. Spoons and jigs are the best. You can troll and drag weighted crankbaits around but will get snagged in the brush and burn up a lot of gas. You will also miss the thump and hook set. It does work for people that do not know how to fish any other way. I would suggest learning how to use a spoon or jig and also how to fish in brush with out losing lures. I can sometimes go a couple of weeks without out losing anything but have been doing it a long time and know how to get things hung up loose. I mostly lose stuff when I snag other people's heavy lines that have been broken off.  Be careful when setting the hook as a small branch feels almost like a fish. This is a good time to book a diving or fishing trip right after the holiday is over when the fishing conditions, weather and prices are the best. Blackburns is the home of the $59/day one bedroom cabins after Labor Day and they are nice too and they come with a boat stall. You cannot best that anywhere. We have many boats for rent and also at the best prices. Come on down and 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.

Darrel from Bink's Guide Service with a nice one caught yesterday. Several more too. Image title

The lake level is 555.70 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with 1-1/2 generators running about 1/2 the time. We have finally reached the power pool where the Southwest Power takes over more of the generation schedule for the area dams. Bull Shoals and Norfork both hit their levels yesterday and they immmediately slowed generation way down and the White River at Newport is now 9.95 feet. I do not know how the power pool got to be 555.75 as it was 552 several years ago and that is where it should be. They took away 1.75 feet of flood capacity for the worthless minimum flow for the put and take trout in the rivers and then just added on 2-more feet for good measure. We are still about 4-ft higher than we should be for this time of year. I would like to see the bottom of the power pool changed from 510 which is unacceptable. It should be at about 545. This allows the power company, which is also goverment owned, to do what they want with the lake. People talk about the lake getting too low but it does not ever have to do so. The flow from the spring fed Norfork River is enough to keep up with the city water usage from Mountain Home and the only way the lake can get too low is if they let too much water out and I do not trust them not to do that. It sure has not been a problem in recent years but could be. If they need power in the Southwest Power Administration distribution area they will let it out no matter how dry the lake gets down to the water inlet for Mountain Home City Water and they are going to change that soon in preparation. I do not trust the government to run anything. I worked two and three jobs to pay for my student loans and did not order pizzas live in luxury to have mine forgiven but did have G.I. BIll to help. Maybe some of these students should have served some time in the military to help them pay.  The lake surface water temperature is 85-degrees and the main lake remains clear down to the thermocline of 30-ft. where the water is cold. The fish that were at 27-35 feet have moved a little deeper and are near 40 ft. Several Kentucky Bass are still at 27-feet.  There is a top-water bite early morning and later in the evening with a lot of shad out there. All kinds of temperate bass and black bass are all together and can be caught on a jigging spoon. The 1/2 ounce white one is working well. Walleye are in 35-40 ft. of water near the bottom. Some big crappie are showing up but not the big schools yet. I will get a report on this when I get my work done later today. No, we are not on vacation and closed. I do not know why people are asking this as we are mostly full. If you are coming to Norfork this week and your normal place is closed give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 and we will find a place for you. I do not have any reason to go elsewhere for a vacation as I have all I need here at Blackburns. On September 6th we go on our off-season rates and our 1-bedroom cabins drop to $59/day with 2,3,4 bedrooms priced accordingly. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Blackburns is the home of the $59 cabins and they are nice too. 

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 yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 556.22 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in 24-hours with a little more generation. The surface water temperature is 84.5 degrees and the water ramains clear on the main lake. I was out there in 102 ft. of water and the fish are coming up all over and it started about 8:AM. We were spooning in a little less than 40-ft. of water and catching walleye when the surfacing began. You could cast a spoon or spook and catch fish after fish. Big White Bass, Largemouth and stripers were all together on shad. It surprised me a bit as the fish had been coming up in the evening until yesterday when a few come up early. Normally there is not much of a top-water bite in August except sporatic. This sure has been a different year. Fishing now should get better and better until the lake turns over in October and get good again after the thermocline has gone and the water clears back up. It is now at 30-ft. The last dissolved oxygen report showed little oxygen at 40-ft. but there are fish there now for some reason.  The walleye caught were in 37-ft. on the bottom. Blackburns goes to it's winter rates on September 6th and the best prices in the Ozarks goes even lower. $59 One bedroom, $62Two bedroom Mobil Home, and $77 regular two bedroom. Two bedroom Deluxe, three bedroom 2-bath and four bedroom 2-bath cabins are priced accordingly. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay much more elsewhere unless you just like to pay too much. I do not. We do not want to charge our regular customers to much and we have a lot of them. Blackburns has the best mattresses and bedding in the area thanks to Furniture Depot. What nice people. The big pool with slide is open. It is to be close to 90 for the next several days. Summer is not over. 

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

Rum Binkley with a nice one on the spoon. Image title

The lake level is 556.46 and has dropped a little less than 2-inches in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running both generators. The White River at Newport is 11.95 feet so they are still managing the level to the 12-ft. rule. We will see what happens when we get down to the power pool of 555.75 and Southwest Power takes on more control of the generation. It will be based on electricity needs in the distribution area than flood control then. They are predicting that will happen on the 25th of August and it looks to be about right this time after several changes.  The lake conditions are the same with a surface water temperature of 85-86 degrees with the main lake being clear and the creeks stained. Blackburns Brush piles are getting into very good levels now and there are fish all over them with a mixture of bluegill shallow, crappie on top of the brush and walleye and Kentucky Bass near the bottom. You have to get down about 25-30 feet so a spoon or jig is the best way. I have not tried a slip float and minnow yet. Hooking a weight in front of a crank bait and dragging it around the lake also works. They get hung up in brush but cover a lot of ground. It is kind of like carpet bombing. Some are doing the same thing with live bait and there is no shortage of that with schools of shad everywhere. Some of the threadfins are getting to about 3-inches long. Sometimes they fill up a whole boat stall under my dock. It looks like fall fishing is starting sooner than normal for some reason. It has nothing to do with water temperature. The dissolved oxygen has remained better than in previous years with good oxygen down past 30-feet with not much at 40. I am fishing 25-32 feet. There is a lot of activity a dusk near the surface part way back in the creeks on shad. The night bite for largemouth bass is about over. One more holiday to get over and then the peace and quiet can begin. That also brings the lowest prices in the Ozarks in effect for boats and cabins here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental which is the home of the $59/day 1-bedroom cabins. Two, Three and Four Bedroom are priced accordingly. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and we need more Police and Veterans to visit. They are very welcome here. I am a Veteran but do not need nearly as much policing as I used to. 

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.

Danny Kidwell from Kansas with some nice ones caught yesterday. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 556.67 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with a little less generation and 0.4 inches of rain. The White River at Newport is 11.85-ft. and the surface water is 85-degrees. It is cloudy today but is to clear off later with little chances of rain for the next week. It is to be in the high 80's with sunny skies and is a perfect time for fishing, boating and swimming after a hot summer. The County Fair is starting tomorrow and is a big event in this area. It used to be in September. People are catching stripers trolling umbrellas, others are spooning crappie, bass and walleye on and near brush in 30-ft of water on main lake points. Try a Bobby Garland Baby Shad blue ice in color on a 1/16th ounce white jig head and cast it past the brush and let it sink into it. Use a 1/4 or 3/8th ounce Bink's Spoon vertcally jigged directly in the brush touching bottom and you will catch about anything. There are a lot of Kentucky Bass out there. Try to stay in 25-30 ft. of water. The shad can be in deeper water but suspended shallower. There is a lot of action in the evening with surfacing fish. Boating and swimming conditions are perfect and visibility for diving is as good as it gets for this time of year. It will get better as the water cools. Early October is an exceptionally good time for fishing. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much. Blackburns is the home of the $59/day one bedroom cabins and the price starts on September 6th right after Labor day. These are not studios but full sized cabins that are all individual with big covered porches and no duplexes. No better price around. A free boat stall comes with your cabin with two days stay or more. We have free 300-meg internet and the largest swimming pool around that stays open until it gets cold. Good dock fishing. 

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

Mike Eakle with some nice Norfork Lake Crappie. Image title

The lake level is 556.82 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time.The surface water temperature is 85-degrees and the water is clear on the main lake with the thermocline at 30-ft and good visibility down to 27-feet and then clear again below 30. There are a lot of fish in the 27-30 ft. range and especially on main lake points with brush. The water is stained in the creeks and it starts just around the corner of the inside mainlake points. Keep on the main lake.  Kentucky bass are very thick in these areas with a few smallmouth, largemouth, crappie and walleye with them. The diving conditions are about as good as it gets for this time of year and spoons and jigs are catching about everything.  Trollers are dragging stuff around at 30-feet across points and catching fish. It does not take much skill but it catches fish and they cover a lot of ground and burn up a lot of gas. The lake could not be in much better condition for fishing, boating and swimming and the level has dropped over 16-feet from it's high on June 6th but is still about 5-ft. higher than it should be for this time of year. Come on down to Blackburns where we have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your cabin comes with a free boat stall. We will not charge you too much. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 for a reservation. 

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

Scuba Steve with a couple of pretty good ones. We do not see how many we can kill here. My limit is 5.Image title

The lake level is 557.24 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running from about noon to midnight. No wade fishing on the rivers during the afternoon. The White River at Newport is 12.13 feet and steady. They are now predicting the lake will reach the power pool of 555.75 on August 25th. It is a good level but does not leave much room for rain. We received 1-inch of rain on Tuesday night with no wind. It was needed and the grass is really green again. Maybe the farmers can get a second cutting of hay. It was not looking good a few weeks ago. The lake is in excellent condition for boating, swimming, diving and fishing. The thermocline is at 30-feet and the water is pretty clear down to there with visibility good for spear fishing. Most of the mudline has gone away. Surface water temperature is 83-84 degrees. The walleye and crappie have moved into blackburns brush piles and are at 30-ft. Largemouth bass, crappie, Kentucky Bass, Smallmouth Bass and walleye are all together at the 30-ft. level with bluegill a little shallower. There is no sense fishing deeper than 35-ft as there is very little oxygen there except for the oxygen bubble down by the dam at 90-120 feet. I do not fish for those fish because all of them die when brought up and you do not know how big they are when they bite. Come on down to Blackburns and join the fun. They are catching a lot of big bluegill and a few catfish off the dock. Blackburns has trhe best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the Ozarks and all cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches. A free boat stall comes with your cabin. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. Drop by and check us out before you leave. We especially welcome Police and Veterans.. 

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. I am glad to see these making a comeback. They are not for me but a lot of people like to catch them.Image title

The lake level is 557.57 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running abour 1/2 the time starting about midnight. They White River at Newport is 11.62 feet and they are regulating to about 12-feet to keep the area lakes up as high as possible for as long as possible. The lake surface water temperature is 87-degrees but should dropp with the upcoming rain and lower ambient temperature. Yesterday was the last hot day for a while. We could get up to two inches of rain the next two days and it is needed. It has been a long, hot, dry summer until some recent rain. The lake is in good condition for boating, swimming, fishing and diving. The water is clear down to 27-feet and then cloudy to 32-feet and then clears up again in the cold water past that. The creeks are still stained but have cleared a bit the last couple of days. Blackburns brush piles are coming into play now and there are Kentucky Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Bluegill all over them feeding on the bait fish that have just moved in. Drop a spoon or a Bobby Garland jig down in the brush and catch some nice fat Kentucky Bass. They are one of the best eating fish. Channel Cats have moved back into the creeks in brush and off docks and will bite about anything. Nightcrawlers and bluegill on the bottom are best. Bink is still catching Walleye and White Bass on main lake points in 35-ft. of water. Lots of fish are under docks in the shade. I am not seeing very many crappie on brush yet but it will be soon. Fishing has changed with different species in open water on shad with the absence of the large stripers. Schools of small shad are back in the creeks and are being chased by about everything in the evenings. There are too many gar. The oxygen level is good down to 30-ft. and is very low at 40-ft. No sense fishing any deeper than 35-ft. unless you are fishing the oxygen bubble near the dam in 90-120 ft. of water. Every fish you catch there dies. Stripers are comfortable in 60-70 degree water with an Oxygen level of 5-6 parts per million. That is hard to find now. I sure hope we do not have a big striper kill this year and the conditions do not look favorable for one and most of the big ones are gone anyway and people are killing way too many small ones and bragging about 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.

Caught on the Bink's Spoon.Image title

The lake level is 557.97 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is 11.82 feet.The surface water temperature is 87-degrees and the lake is clear on the main lake and stained in the creeks. Fishing is best in the early morning before sunrise and then again at dusk and then bass fishing with a black light after dark.  During the day is not very good unless you are fishing for bluegill off a dock with crickets. After dark for catfish is fair but the moon is still big. This may be the last really hot day for a while with a little cooler tomorrow and then a good chance of rain tuesday and wednesday.  We are starting to get dry again and could use some rain. They have predicted the lake will drop to the power pool on 24-August which is 555.75 feet. It looks like they may be correct this time unless we get a big rain. Walleye are still being caught in 35-ft. of water off main lake points but they are getting smaller and trollers are catching some smaller stripers in the 5-7 pound range early. They caught over 300 bluegill of my dock last week and there were kids everywhere catching fish, feeding the turtles, ducks and fish and having a good time.Blackburns was full last week but has some openings starting today. You can get a 1-bedroom cabin for $90/day. If you live in the Saint Clair, Missouri area and own a small business beware of Shaylee Roussin. She is getting in the habit of going to restaurants and staying at places and complaining loudly around other patrons to get her money back. She pulled the same thing here and at Applebee's in a week's time.. After she gets her money back she then writes a bad review on the business  and threatens to contact agencies to try and hurt business for no gain to herself. Be carefull if she comes in. Just a word of warning. Giving her a refund does no good.

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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 yesterday on the Bink's Spoon. What a nice picture. Image title

The lake level is 558.65 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time. Norfork Lake is 3-ft. above power pool, Bull Shoals is 5-ft. above power pool and Table Rock is 3-1/2 feet below power pool. They are doing an excellent job of holding Bull Shoals and Norfork as high as they can for as long as they can and have now changed the date that they predict the lake will drop to the power pool to August 24th. They seem to be the only ones that did not think it would take that long. It is a good thing we have been well below average rainfall ot we would not be even close yet. Baxter County is still in a severe drought but has received some recent rain that had the Judge take off the Burn Ban and things have really greened up around Blackburns.  The yard and playground are beautiful. Despite the drought and earlier high water everything is in good condition and it looks to be good for the upcoming holiday weekend. The lake is in almost perfect condition for boating, swimming and fishing. The surface water temperature is 86-degrees.  A couple of things have changed in the last few days. First, the water is clearing. I had not been diving for a couple of days and the visibility was not very good from 20-27 feet. The thermocline is 27-feet. It was much better yesterday and I could see from the surface all the way down to 35-feet. That is a big change. This is on the main lake on high, steep, rocky main lake points not on gradual clay banks. The backs of the creeks are also stained and do not clear up until almost out the the main lake. Usually near mid-August there is an algae bloom and the visibility is terrible. I suspect this is happening in the creeks and has not moved out into the deeper water. I hope it does not but will let you know. Another thing is the fish have moved deeper. The White Bass that were in about 25-feet are now in 35-ft and near the bottom. They were susended. I do not know where the larger stripers are located but they are not in open water on shad. The walleye have gone deeper and are now at 35-ft. on the bottom with the White Bass but the larger ones are getting harder to find. Anything shallow is small. Trollers dragging stuff through shad are catching some Largemouth Bass, White Bass and some smaller stripers but not much else. Many fish have moved out of the creeks. Jigging spoons are the lure of choice for about everything except bluegill. The smaller ones work for bluegill but crickets are the best.  They are catching a lot of fish off my dock everyday and now the channel cats have moved in. Boat traffic will be light until Labor Day so it is an excellent time to get in a few days on the lake before school starts. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 to get the best prices in the Ozarks for cabins and boat rentals in the Ozarks. We will not charger you too much and we especially welcome Police and Veterans. 

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 559.23 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time. They start late morning and quit in the evening. The White River at Newport is 12.19 feet and they are regulating it around the 12-ft. level. People ask why the Level at Newport is important. The reason is that it is the gauge where the total discharge from Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes is measured and the rules about the White River level  are all enforced. It changes seasonally. From 15 May to 30-November it is 12-feet and there is no reason for this. The flood stage is 26-feet and anything below 23-feet has no effect on the farmers or anyone else downstream. It is an antiquated rule and needs to be changed. It makes it so the area lake levels are held as high as possible for as long as possible. 12-feet allows for very littke discharge and that is why we have been high all summer despite the drought conditions and continue to be 6-feet above power pool in the middle of August. It usually gets down in September after the summer season is over. The level looks to be fine for the Labor Day holiday if we do not get much rain. Anything under 560 allows for most things to be open but does not allow for any flexibility. We should be at 552 at this time of year and the whole year if possible. The surface water temperature is still in the high 80's and has been steady for most of the summer but did get up to 90 in July. The visibility is not the best for scuba diving at least at the level where most of the fish are located but is better than the last few years. It is ok down to about 20-feet and then again at about 32-feet. About all that has changed is that a few crappie have returned to the brushpiles. Other than that things are the same. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 to get the best prices in the Ozarks for cabins and boat rentals. The lake overall is in very good condition for boating, swimming and fishing. There was a little more boat traffic last week than the week before but still not bad. 

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 559.44 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running a little less than 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is 13.52 feet and dropping.   The surface water temperature is 87 degrees. The level has dropped 13.5 feet since it's high of 573 on June 6th but is still about 7-8 feet higher than it should be for this time of year. The water clarity is still pretty good down to about 19-feet and then gets cloudy with little visibility on down to about 30-feet where the water is cold. Bluegill and Kentucky Bass are in the cloudy water and walleye and smaller stripers are in the deeper water. Several largemouth bass are out in open water on shad as are some crappie and other temperate bass. A good place to start looking is about 35-feet near the bottom on or just around main lake points.  Catfishing is fair on trotlines and jugs using live bluegill after dark in 20-ft. of water. Bass are coming to the bank to feed on crawdads at dark. Some nice bluegill are being caught during the day on crickets off docks in the shade especially if they have brush under them. Other than that fishing during the day is not very good. from about 9:AM until dusk. The walleye that are being caught on spoons seem to be getting smaller and the larger ones are going deep with the larger stripers. I am not seeing as many schools of white bass as I was earlier but the visibility may have something to do with that. At least the water level is down enough so that many campgrounds and day use areas are open with launching and trailer parking much better. There is more boat traffic than last week with people getting in a few more days before school starts. Labor day looks to be very busy. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 for a last minute reservation so you can take advantage of the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the Ozarks. We will not charge you too much. Compare. Veterans and Police are especially welcome. Check things out carefully. A pool and boat dock are very important. 

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 559.82 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating in the middle of the night and just started this morning. The White River at Newport is at 13.52 feet and they want it to get back to 12-feet so are reducing generation. We received about 0.2 inches of rain yesterday. The surface water temperature is 86-degrees and the water is fairly clear down to 20-feet and then very cloudy from 23- to over 30-feet. The water starts to get cool at 23-feet and is cold at 27. The thermocline is not pronounced but gradual. There are quite a few large bluegill and smaller Kentucky Bass in the 20-23-ft. range in chunk rocks. The best bite continues to be in the early morning on shad in about 35-40 ft. of water. The fish may be near the bottom or suspended just a few feet. Drop your spoon and let it tap bottom and snap it up about 5-7 feet and let it drop on slack line. 1/2 ounce Bink's Arkansas Shiners are working the best. You will catch some smaller stripers and walleye with maybe a catfish. I just am not seeing very many crappie yet but am not targeting them. After dark bass fishermen are catching some nice ones but I am not even seeing any big ones during the day. Usually they are all over the place right at the start of the thermocline.The Kentucky Bass that I am catching are full of crawdads and the big bluegill are full of shells. Early morning live bait trollers are catching several smaller stripers and a few hybrids. A few largemouth are with them. All of the stripers caught in this hot weather die when caught and that is why I do not fish deep water. They are getting smaller and smaller. There may not be a striper kill next month because the big ones die off first and most of them are gone. I have not seen a dissolved oxygen report recently but the larger stripers have gone to the deeper water near the river channels but not as deep as usual in this hot weather when they typically go as deep as 100-ft looking for the oxygen bubble and get lock jaw and do not want to expend any energy. We have finally got to a lake level below 560 and Blackburns Brush piles are coming into play and almost all day use and camping areas are normal but the lake still about 10-feet high for this time of year.  When the water cools a bit the crappie will move back on them from open water. People ask me why the crappie fishing is getting better the last few years and I know why. The two best crappie fishermen are gone. Jay Smith from Crappies Only has retired and Harvey Hall from Hard Times Crappie Fishing has died. They put in a lot of brush piles but also caught a lot of fish. Also the Game and Fish refurbishing the old Corps Of Engineers brush piles a few years ago also helped. We need more people helping to put in structure and not just fishing it. It is hard work and most people are just not up to it or are just lazy. I only fish my own brush piles and like to catch fish on the ones that I put in. I looked at getting a $2,300 live scope for my boat but bought new air conditioners for the cabins instead. I could not justify paying almost as much for a piece of electronics as I paid for my boat. I catch a few fish anyway with my Hummingbird 4-ID that I got for Christmas in 1990. Maybe even a little more than that. For the best prices on both cabins and rental boats in the Ozarks call Debbie at 870-492-5115. A stall for your boat comes with the cabin and all cabins have big covered porches and are individual with no duplexes.  Yes we are pet friendly. 

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 spoon. Image title

The lake level is 560.28 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with alternating one and both generators. The White River at Newport is 12.87 feet and heading back to 12. The surface water temperature is 85 degrees and the lake is in good condition for boating, swimming and fishing. The water is pretty clear down to about 20-feet and starts getting cool at 23-feet and is cold at 27-feet. The visibility is not good in the 20-27 ft. range but not terrible. Several fish are from 27-35 feet with quite a few Kentucky Bass in 25-ft. Spoon main lake points from 27-35 feet and touch bottom, snap your lure up 5-7 feet and let it fall on slack line. White Bass are schooled and are in the 25-ft. range suspended. Walleye and smaller stripers are together and are at 35-ft. near the bottom. Catfishing is fair on live bluegill on trot lines in main lake cuts or along creek banks on jugs in 20ft. of water drop-shotted. Bait up just before dark. A few crappie are moving into brush piles on the main lake but not very many yet. It will not be long. Bluegill fishing is good back in the main lake cuts and that is why the catfish are there. Kentucky Bass are on crawdads near the bank in the evening. Early morning bite and after dark for bass with a black light are the best. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 for a cabin and boat rental. Blackburns has the best prices in the Oaraks and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. We especially welcome Police and Veterans. Tune in to KTLO 97.9 FM at 8:45 AM tomorrow and every Thursday for "Live in the Boat" with Darrel from Bink's Guide Service and find out what is happening on the lake in real time. 

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

Rum Binkley with some nice ones on the spoon. Image title

The lake level is 560 68 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating all night and then started back up both generators this morning. The White River at Newport is 13.26 and dropping quickly and heading back to 12-ft. in order to keep the area lakes up as high as possible for as long as possible. They changed the forecast for when Norfork will reach top of power pool of 555.75 to 22-August. Surprise Surprise. Even this change is going to be hard to meet. It is 5-feet away and at 2-inches/day that will take 30-days. They must be planning to increase generation or not get any rain this month. As long as they get below 560 and keep it there things will be ok. The forecast does not have to be accurate anyway. There is nobody accountable. The lake surface water temperature has dropped to 85-degrees but it is hot again and is to stay that way for several days. The normal high is 91. The boat traffic is low and it is an excellent time to visit Norfork Lake. Bluegill and Ozark Bass fishing is picking up back in the main lake cuts in about 20-ft. of water and white bass are around main lake points in 25-ft. schooled and suspended. Catfishing is fair on live bluegill on trout lines across the backs of creeks and drop-shotting jugs in 20-ft. of water. Bink is still catching some nice temperate bass and walleye in 35-ft. of water near the bottom on main lake points on his jigging spoon and live bait trollers are catching some smaller stripers in open water on shad. Black light fishermen are still catching some nice largemouth from about 9-11 PM on their usual banks on salt craws. Several Kentucky bass are still in less than 20-ft. of water in the evening feeding on crawdads and creek minnows near the bank.  Large schools of shad about 2-inches long are camped under my dock in 25-ft. of water in the shade with a large amount of big bluegill. It is a typical early August so far. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 to get the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the Ozarks. We will not charge you too much.