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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 with a walleye at 20-ft.Image title

The lake level is 553.82 and has dropped about 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with less generation. The White River at Newport is 4.81 feet and still very low. The surface water temperature was 78 degrees yesterday when I went out and the visibility was not as good as the day before but still ok. The thermocline starts at 37-feet with cool water and is cold at 40-feet. There are a lot of fish of different varieties right at these depths including shad. Not as many fish are on the brush piles now as a few days earlier but there are some good ones including walleye, Kentucky Bass, Crappie and Bluegill. I am not seeing as many White Bass as usual for this time of year and certainly not nearly as many as several years ago. Small walleye are on the brush in 27-30 ft. but some larger ones have moved shallower to 20-ft. Most of the fish are now either at 20-ft. or at 40-ft. For open water fish it does not matter how deep the water is but they are suspended at 37-40 ft. just at or just above the start of the thermocline. The stripers are roaming and hard to stay on after catching one.  I am not seeing very many big black bass either but they are there just not where I am fishing. Kentucky Bass and crappie remain the best bite and spoons the best lure. Blackburns is the home of the $59/day 1-bedroom cabin and it comes with a stall for your boat for free. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115. We will not charge you too much and the weather is great. 

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

Caught on the spoon yesterday. Image title

The lake level is 553.87 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with a little more generation. Not more generators just a few more hours and starting earlier. The surface water temperature was 79-degrees yesterday afternoon when I came in about 6:30 PM. It started out windy but it layed about 5:pM which has been a pattern for the last several days. The weather remains sunny with highs in the 70's and very dry. I am not seeing as many crappie as I had been and they are not in big schools and the ones that are left are are right in the brush. More and more fish are in open water on shad with the absence of the high numbers of large stripers. Having them gone has really changed the way the fish behave. More and more bass and crappie and even catfish are on shad in open water. The big change that I have noticed in the last  couple of days is that the temperate bass are schooled and on shad with a lot of them suspended at the mouths of creeks at or just under the thermocline at 37-feet.  Several stripers in the 5-8 pound range, hybrids, white bass and black bass are all on the same shad. You will start to see trollers now catching fish dragging anything from live bait, crank baits with weights clipped in front of them and umbrella rigs over and over through shad. Many of the schools of shad are not holding predator fish but some are. There is not much skill involved but it can be effective some times of year but has it's very slow times like the last couple of months and in the cold of winter. It does not appeal to me but it is the only way some can catch fish. They miss the bite and the hook set. I can barely handle one rod at a time and if I tried hanging a half dozen off the side of the boat I would miss a lot of fish and have everything all tangled up. People ask me over and over why the thermcline is important. The thermocline is the transition layer between the warmer mixed water at the surface and the cooler deep water below. The water stratifies with the effects of the sun shining down and warming the surface and goes deeper and deeper with the longer days and the hot weather. The water starts out in the spring with no stratification in lakes and the water temperature is basically the same down to the very cold water. In Norfork the thermocline rarely gets to 40-feet. As the ambient temperature increases the first thermocline forms usually in May and it is warm down to about 18-20 feet. At this time there are a lot of fish at this depth. As the water warms the thermocline is driven deeper until it stabilizes in August. The thermocline does not go deeper as the water cools like some report. They are only looking at their fish finder and seeing a darker color of water. I know where it is because I am out there in it Scuba Diving and it is obvious.  As the water cools in October the surface temperature drops to a level lower than the former cold water and the water flips or turns over and the thermocline is gone resulting in homogenous conditions where the temperature, water clarity and ozygen content are the same down to the former thermocline which is basically 0- to about 40-feet. At this time the water becomes cloudy with the mix up and takes a few days to clear up. In deeper lakes like Norfork, the turn can be gradual or quick depending on how fast the water cools. In shallow northern lakes it can be violent and bring up huge amounts of debris almost stopping the fishing. On Norfork, it just makes it a little harder to find the fish. They need a certain water temperatue at certain times, good dissolved oxygen content, food and cover. The bait fish like cover, the oxygen is the same everywhere except in the very deep water so that is why predator fish hang out in the brush piles. Shad are the exception as they feed on plankton and it moves with the wind. There comes the difference between open water fishing and brush pile fishing. I prefer brush pile fishing because I know where the brush is located because I put it there  and get tired of roaming around looking for shad with fish under them, catching one and looking for them again. Also I am cheap and do not like burning gas. Both kinds of fishing work but I am hooked on spooning brush for walleye, crappie, bass and catfish. I do beat the banks for bass at certain times of the year. As we approach October a lot of changes in fishing will happen and you have to be out there to stay on top of it. It is challenging but more fun. It is not how many fish you can kill on given day but being the first to know where they are and catch a few, keep a few an release a few.  

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region Fishing Report, Lake Condition and Fall foliage Report from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

Mike with his first flathead Scuba Diving and it was a good one. Image title

The lake level is 554.10 and has dropped a little less than 1-inch in the last 24-hours with 3/4 of a generator runing for 12-hours starting at noon. The White River at Newport is 4.08 feet and very low. They are not letting out much water anywhere and are holding the area lakes up as high as they can for as long as they can hoping for a big rain so they can flood us out again. We should be at about 550 this time of year and then try as best they can to hold it through the spring and not shutting down generation everytime it rains. Not much chance of that. The surface water temperature was just over 79 degrees this morning and the visibility is good on the main lake and clearing a bit in the creeks. We have a couple of trollers in this week and they reported catching more fish today than in the previous days including a few small stripers and white bass. I am finding walleye, crappie and Kentucky Bass all on the same brush piles at depths ranging from 15-30 feet. The fish that were on top of the brush are now right in it. Most of the Black Bass are in open water on shad and you will see some of them come in caught by people trolling through the shad. Some are also catching crappie on slip floats and live minnows right on top of the brush. Adjust your slip float about 5-6 feet further down than you can see your minnow otherwise use the 3/8th ounce spoon and drop it right in and just around the brush letting it touch bottom and snapping it up about 5-6 feet and then have it fall on slack line. Kentucky Bass, Walleye and Crappie will also hit it and some larger bluegill. The weather is perfect and the lake is in excellent condition. Blackburns is the home of the $59/day cabin for two people and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 to make your reservation. We will not charge you too much. We offer peace and quiet and no drama. The fall foliage does not seem to changing any color except brown and several leaves are blowing off in the wind. It is too early to make a prediction but a rain would not hurt anything. I will keep you posted. 

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

Scuba Steve with some nice ones . We like those big crappie but only keep a few. Image title

The lake level is 554.09 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with 3/4 of a generator running for 12-hours starting at noon.The surface water temperature was 79 degrees when I went out yesterday afternoon in the bright warm sunshine with moderate wind from the north east. It layed about 5:PM. We are to have sunny skies with highs in the 70's for the next week with no chances of rain. We are very dry. The night time lows have been in the high 40's. You need a jacket in the mornings. The big crappie that had been schooled and roaming on top of 25-ft. brush were in 14-ft. brush and right in the brush yesterday. We got flathead catfish, walleye, and crappie all in the same places. There were a lot of Kentucky Bass all around the main lake points in 30 ft. of water and others shallow on the first drop-offs. I am not seeing very many black bass at this time as they are mostly in open water on shad, at least the larger ones. I went to 35-ft. and found no thermoclime . Last week it was at 37-ft. The visibility diminishes quickly as you go inside of the main lake points. The creeks are stained green. There are quite a few shad suspended in about 40-ft. of water on the main lake. Continue to drop that spoon in brush on the main lake points and just around changing spoons with the water depth with smaller ones shallower and larger ones deeper. Use light clear line with no hardware. Go against the wind with your trolling motor and keep your spoon straight up and down. No dragging.  There are a lot of fish out there. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 to reserve a $59/day one bedroom cabin that comes with a free stall for your boat. The weather looks great. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and it is nice here. 

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

Scuba Steve with the fish of the day.Image title

The lake level is 554.19 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with 3/4 of a generator running about 1/2 the time starting at noon. The White River at Newport is 4.65 feet and is very low indicating not much water is being released anywhere. The surface water tmeperature is 79 degrees and dropping slowly but steadily with the cooler overnight lows. The visibility is getting a little better on the main lake and stained in the creeks but more clear near the shore. The weather is to stay nice for the rest of this week and going into the weekend. A perfect time for an early fall visit. We sure could use some rain but not what they are going to get in Florida. Scuba conditions are about as good as they get here on Norfork and the crappie and bluegill are everywhere but the larger walleye have mostly gone into a little deeper water than I want to go. They are in the cold water for some reason under the thermocline and are not usually there. I can catch them on the spoon but not a lot. Most are short. If you want Kentucky Bass and crappie use a small spoon on the main lake brush. They shoul stay put there now that the water has cooled a bit and is going to cool more steadily. The nightime lows are to get near 50 later this week. The creeks cool faster and they will stay in the warmer water with the bait fish. We have some trollers dragging everything they can tie to and are still having trouble catching stripers. I am not fishing for them and do not know where they are. At least I have seen no signs of a striper kill this year and am out there everyday. They could make a comeback if people would stop killing so many of the small ones but that is all some can catch so they keep doing what they know how to do.   We are now just an average striper lake where we used to have a lot of big ones. It will not be long before the larger black bass start showing up. It has been a long hot summer but I am not looking forward to winter but catch a lot of fish when it gets cold. Thanksgiving time is excellent for catching big Norfork Lake crappie. Blackburns is the home of the $59/day 1-bedroom cabins that come with a free boat stall. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115. We will not charge you too much.

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

The lake level is 554.29 and has dropped 3/4 inch in the lst 24-hours with 3/4 of a generator running about 3/4 of the time. How is that for 3/4.  The surface water temperature is 80-degrees and dropping slowly. The visibility has increased in the last couple of days under water and both the main lake and creeks are clearing and in good condition for fishing, swimming, boating and Scuba Diving. The White River at Newport is at 4.37 feet and about ready to dry up which is an indicator that they are not letting much water out anywhere. The weather has been beautiful and people are taking avantage of the nice days and Blackburn's low off-season prices to have a peaceful and quiet early fall vacation. We are nearly full but have some openings starting today. I get asked "why is Blackburns nearly full and other places are nearly empty?" The answer is that Blackburns has the best place and at the best price and more and more people are finding that out. They also like meeting friends that they met here and enjoy seeing them again. It just keeps growing. They also like having a free boat stall with their cabin of stays of two days or more. People just do not like paying for their first boat stall and I do not blame them.  We cut a few trees down from my 26-acres of woods and drug them down to the dock to replentish under and around the dock and there are a lot of fish on them already. Blackburns has put in a lot of good brush piles over the years and we will show you where they are when you get here and which ones are the best and where the fish are located. You have to catch them yourself on the lake or under the dock. Right now the best bite on Norfork is crappie, Kentucky Bass, bluegill and catfish. John Bornhop caught a few White Bass on point 5- yestarday along with bass, bluegill and crappie. Dave Titus also caught some nice crappie and Mike Eakle caught bass and crappie. Fishing is not the best but is getting better as the water cools and it is nice to be out there. It is getting very dry and we could use some nice slow rain with no wind not what they are going to get in Florida in a couple of days. I wish them well. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and all cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches for shade and getting out of the rain while still being outside. Drop a spoon on main lake brush in about 25-30 ft. of water.

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

Scuba Steve with some nice ones yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 554.45 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with 3/4 of a generator running about 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is at 5.66 feet so they are not letting out much anywhere. The surface water temperature, which had risen on Tuesday and Wednesday with the ambient temperatures in the high 90's, dropped again with the cold front and highs in the 60's and a cold north wind. The water was 81 when I came in last evening. The water had also cleared a bit and there was decent visibility for scuba dining. The schools of crappie that had moved off the brush and back into the main lake on shad were back on the 30-ft. brush and should stay there for a while now. Bluegill and Kentucky Bass are with them and a few walleye. The jig was not working very well but the small spoon was. We have some striper fishermen out trolling and are not doing very well. I could not help them much and do not troll and do not fish for stripers unless I go with Bink's. We are getting to be a 5-8 pound striper lake but the crappie an walleye are making up for it. There are also some very nice sized Kantucky Bass being caught and are fun and good to eat when the black bass fishing gets tough.  They are very fat and healthy and like those 1/4 ounce Bink's Spoons. Crappie are also biting live minnows on a slip float, 4-lb. test clear line, #4 red true turn hook and a split shot that matches the size of the minnow fishing and just enough to keep the balsa pencil float straight up and down about 5-feet further down than you can see your bait, on top of the brush. We have some striper trollers in that are disappointed in the striper fishing and I am unable to help them. I do not troll and mostly just fish for stripers when I go with Bink. If they must troll and do not spoon they are on their own. We do put in the most and best brush piles though. Some people do not and just use others. Our customers like them.  Blackburns is the home of the $59/day 1-bedroom cabins that come with a free stall for your boat. You do not have to go somewhere else to launch and can park and step right on the dock. We have it all here at Blackburns and at the best prices. We will not charge you too much. We will aslo keep you up to date on the fall foliage. There is some color change on the hillsides but it is mostly brown and caused by drought. It still looks to peak at the end of October and the fishing should be good then also. Call Debbie 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.

Mike with the fish of the day. He has been voted unanimously as rookie scuba diver of the year and does quite well. He knows where all of the brush piles are. Image title

The lake level is 554.67 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with a little more generation but not much. They run 3/4 generator for about 7-hours. The White River at Newport is 4.18 feet and they must not need any electricity in the Southwest Power Region anywhere. It is getting very dry here again and the heat is not helping things out any. It is to cool a bit and only get into the 70's for a high later this week. We could use a couple of inches of slow rain with no wind. The visibility is diminishing a bit for Scuba Diving but is still ok. We are after crappie and they are over the top of brush down about 20-ft. and roaming and spooky. They are on almost all of Blackburns Brush piles which are really paying off now. They were too deep most of the summer with the high water lasting until the end of August. They are now trying to keep the level just under the power pool of 555.75 so the electric company has the control. When it gets above that, the Corps Of Engineers take over the generation schedule and drop it right back down when they can. We should be at about 550 right now and at 547 at the end of April but they quit generating everytime it rains and just hold and hope in the spring and then open the flood gates when it get high.  What a plan! Fishermen are getting fish off the dock everyday and also on the brush piles and spoons, jigs and live minnows are working the best. The crappie, Kentucky Bass and Bluegill are on the same brush piles and at different depths. Drop a spoon and you can catch about anything. Walleye has slowed for me but Bink is still catching them at 40-feet just a little off the bottom. The water starts to cool at 30-feet and is cold at 37. The creeks are stained and you can see down just a few feet but is more clear near the shore. The surface water temperature is 82-degrees. There are still several boats out there in the afternoons and evening with the hot weather and some are still dragging overweight children around on chaise lounges and some of the mosquitoes, AKA jet skis, are still burning up a bunch of gas, but they will be gone soon.  Blackburns is nearly full but still has about three cabins open at this time. We are the home of the $59/day one bedroom cabins and they are quite popular and stay full. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay more elsewhere and also pay for your first boat stall. Why pay more? A free stall comes with your cabin on stays of two days or more. We do not try to gouge our many repeat customers. We have big shady covered porches on all of our cabins and lots of birds and wildlife. No, I am not a part of the wildlife anymore for some reason.      

Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region Fishing Report and Lake Conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat RentalS

The lake level is 554.69 and is the same as this time yesterday with 3-hours of running 3/4 of a generator. The White River at Newport is 5.15 feet and very low.  Surface water temperature is 81-degrees and is staying the same even though the days are shorter but the high ambient temperatures are making up for it. Our normal high is 80 and we are in the mid 90's. Fishing is the same with crappie and bass being the best bite on main lake brush piles.with the best being on points.. You have to get down to them so spoons and jigs remain the best lures. Crappie are on top of the brush and roaming for food. They caught four nice catfish off my dock yesterday and many bluegill. They are well fed.The numbers of fish diminish as you move into the creeks as does the visibility. The fall foliage is turning a bit on the hillsides but is due to stress from lack of water and not fall and cooler temperatures.  The walnut trees are shedding leaves and are the first to do so.  It looks like we are still on schedule for a late October peak.  The lake is in excellent condition for boating, swimming, fishing and scuba diving. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and especially welcome Veterans and Police.  Bury the Queen already.                                     

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

Scuba Steve with a couple of good ones. Image title

The lake level is 554.69 and has risen a little less than 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with absolutely no generation. The White River at Newport is 5.34 feet and is very low. I sure wish the people managing the area lake levels were elected officials and had to answer to the voters instead of just lifer government officials.with no accountability. The surface water temperature is just over 80 degrees and holding steady with the very warm days. The days are shorter and the night time lows are down in the 60's with highs in the high 80's and 90's with no chance of rain in the forecast. We are getting dry again. It is a perfect time to get out and enjoy the summer-like weather past the middle of September. I am seeing more boats out there already this morning. It sure is busy here at Blackburns with people taking advantage of the great weather and the best cabin and boat rental prices in the Ozarks. We remain nearly full but do have a couple of openings starting tomorrow. Some people are fishing, some are scuba diving, some are looking for real estate, some waiting for houses to close, some are visiting relatives and others are just hanging out enjoying the resort, wildlife and amenities. Blackburns is a bird sanctuary and have them everywhere. My bird feed bill is higher than my grocery bill. They have priced sunflower seeds so high that people cannot afford to buy them. It is a shame birds have to suffer because of inept government officials and inflation. Bink reports he is still catching walleye in 40-ft. of water on the main lake on the bottom on the spoon. I found a thermocline starting at about 35-ft. yesterday with cold water at 37-feet. That is about as deep as it gets as to what scuba divers call the thermocline. We say it is where the cold water starts and most of the fish are typically at, just above or above this. Game fish are typically located where there is ozygen, cover and bait fish and bait fish do not like deep cold water. Stripers are an exception to this in the heat of the summer where they go very deep and look for the so-called oxygen bubble and get lethargic and do not feed. People catch them by dropping a spoon right on their heads and get a reaction strike. All of the fish die when fishing for them in this manner no matter their size. I do not fish in deep water but you can catch them if you need meat and want to get rid of the stripers. They do not dress out very well anyway. A 10-pounder gets only about 3-lbs of meat after you cut out the nasty red stuff. The crappie and Kentucky bass are the best bite now with them being in brush that has a bottom in 35-ft and a top in 20-ft. on main lake points. As I have reported earlier the crappie are on top of the brush, schooled and roaming looking for bait fish which are in the cover of brush. They chase the bait from brush pile to brush pile so you have to move a little but they are not gone for long and come back. The bass are a little deeper but in the same place. The Kentucky Bass are plentiful and almost as good to eat as the crappie. Work main lake points and just around them on steep river channel; banks with brush. I am finding less and less fish and diminished visibility as I move to the inside of points and head back into the creeks. Almost all main lake points with brush are holding fish, at least in this area. I am not having to go very far from Blackburns to get all the fish that I want.  All the work putting in brush piles for you is paying off now as they are at perfect depth. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 to get a cabin and boat at the best resort with the best prices before you have to pay more elsewhere. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are either paying too much or in the wrong place. If you are already here stop and check us out before you leave. A free boat stall comes with your cabin. Sorry, we have no mosquities here. The fall foliage typically is peak at the end of October but the walnut  trees are losing their leaves and there is some stress with the heat and dry weather. Blackburns is your fall foliage headquarters and we will keep you up to date.We will also help you with driving tours and good places to visit or set you up with a rental boat to tour the 550 miles of shoreline. It looks to be a good fall so far. We especially welcome Veterans and Police. We are the home of the $59/day 1-bedroom 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.

Mike with some nice ones Scuba Diving Yesterday. We know where the fish are because we are right down there with them Image title

The lake level is 554.70 and is exactly what it was at this time yesterday with no generation after yesterday evening. The White River at Newport is 4.77 ft. and is very low. They are doing a great job of holding the area lake levels up as high as they can for as long as they can in case we get a big rain they can flood us out again. This cannot be just bad management, it must be intensional. At least it is at a good level at this time but it took a long times to get here. The visibility has diminshed the last couple of days but it is still pretty good for fishing and scuba diving. If you are diving stay on river channel steep rocky banks for the best visibility. I went from Cranfield to past Robinson Point and did not see any difference. It gets much worse very quickly as you start back into the creeks. The walleye, crappie, kentucky bass and bluegill have all moved in a little shallower the last couple of days. What was in 27-30 ft. of water is now at 20-25 ft. but still on the same brush. The crappie moved from open water on shad to brush with other bait fish about one month ago and the fishing has gotten better everyday since. Some walleye and crappie are on shoreline brush but almost every main lake point brush pile that has a bottom at 35-ft and a top of 20-ft. are holding a lot of fish. Bink reports catching some nice walleye yesterday on the main lake in 40-ft. of water right on the bottom. He says he is only getting small fish back in the creeks and is sticking with main lake points. He says the stripers are schooled and roaming all over the lake. He finds a school and catches one and they are gone. He reports some trollers are dragging live bait and lures around the dam but are not catching much. The walleye are biting on his 3/8 th ounce and 1/2 ounce spoons Arkansas Shiners. He fishes about 25-miles away from where I do and there can be a lot of difference.  Blackburns has one cabin open now so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay more elsewhere. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are either paying too much or in the wrong place. 1-bedroom cabins are $59/day and are 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.

This person did not stay at Blackburns and paid $30/day too much and stayed in a duplex with no covered porch and paid for his boat stall. Image title

The lake level is 554.70 and has dropped 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with 1/2 generator running about 1/2 the time. They have cut way back and the White River at Newport is 5.44 feet and about ready to dry up. Southwestern Power must not need any electricity anywhere. The water temperature was 81+ degrees yesterday afternoon when I went out and it was a beautiful day. I saw three boats. One was skiing, one was dragging an overweight child around on a chaise lounge and one other fisherman. The water clarity had diminished just a bit but was just right for spearfishing. I went to a different place and did not see as many crappie and walleye as I had last week but big Kentucky Bass were everywhere along with some largemouth and big schools of large bluegill. I tried part way back in a creek but will go back to main lake points today. The fish numbers seemed to diminish as I went back around the point to the inside as did the visibility. The clarity was about the same from the surface to 30-ft. I did not go down further than 30-ft. I saw two walleye and two crappie and one walleye was short. I know where there are more fish but like to check out different places and do not see how many fish I can kill. It is nice to just be out there. The water is perfect. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is full again right now but has one opening starting tomorrow so come on down. We will not charge you too much and a free stall comes with your cabin. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are either paying too much or in the wrong place. Stop by and check us out. You will be welcome and we especially welcome Veterans and Police. Why pay more? Main lake brush piles continue to hold the most fish especially right on points at 25-30 feet. 

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.

Bob and Ronda Lee from Farmington, Missouri caught and released a lot of fish this week. Nice people and are always welcome here. Image title

The lake level is 554.78 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with 1-1/2 generators running 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is at 6.14 feet and very low. Newport is the gauge in which they control the generation of the area lakes. If it is low they can generate more and if it is high they do not. It is low now and they refuse to let out much. The lake surface water temperature is 82-degrees and the weather is absolutely beautiful. It is to be about 80 today and then in the high 80's for another week with lows in the 60's and sunny with light winds. The normal high is 80 and the normal low is 60. What a perfect time for a trip to Norfork Lake. The boat traffic is low, the prices are low and the lake is just right for fishing, boating, scuba diving and swimming. You can get a 1-bedroom cabin here at Blackburns for $59/day and a two bedroom for $77/day, a two bedroom mobil home for for $62/day and three and four bedrooms are priced accordingly and they all come with a free stall for your boat. All cabins have big covered porches.  We also have the best prices on boat rentals in the Ozarks. We have 300 Meg internet and almost all new beds, mattresses and bedding in all cabins. I have spent $30,000 on mattresses in the last three years and get lots of compliments on how well they sleep. We buy all of our furniture and bedding from Furniture Depot because they have the most inventory, highest quality and best prices in the area. Fishing has not changed but the crappie fishing is getting better as the big schools have moved from the open water on shad to the main lake point brush piles in 27-30 feet of water on other baitfish which are very plentiful. Walleye, bass  and big bluegill are with them. The full moon was Saturday and the catfishing is starting to pick up again as the moon wanes. Nightcrawlers on the bottom off docks and jugs with live bluegill are both working both at night. A few stripers and white bass are being caught in open water on shad and some have some size to them.  Larger white bass are making a welcome comeback. I do not fish for them but they are easily caught and people really like to catch them. They bite when other fishing gets tough. Kentucky bass are plentiful and are mixed in the with crappie but some large black bass are also moving into the brush. I know bass fishermen do not like to spoon but right now they can catch more in the brush than beating the bank. Norfork Lake has a lot of fish.

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

The lake level is 555.01 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with 1-1/2 generators running about 1/2 the time. The white River at Newport is 6.19 feet and very low. The level at this time in 2019 was 562.68, 2020 was 563.62 and 2021 was 556.19 and they flooded us out all four years. 2017 was worse. You would think they could come up with a better plan than the current one which is hold and hope and then open up the flood gates. 2017 was worse but there was not much anybody could have done about that. You cannot let the government run anything. Fishing and diving conditions are good now that we are in September and Summer is over. The boat traffic is low on weekends and lower during the week.  The lake surface water temperature is 82-83 and dropping slowly with ambient temperatures in the low 80's for highs and low 60's for lows. It is to cool way down with highs in the mid 70's and lows in the 50's early this week and then warm again. It is a perfect time for a fishing or diving trip. The water is clear on the main lake and you have good visibility all the way down to the cold water which is just below 30-ft. Many fish continue to be in the 27-30 foot range on main lake point brush piles. Crappie are on almost all brush in these places along with bass, walleye and bluegill. The stripers being caught are mostly small but they just keep killing  them and they keep getting smaller. A 30-pound striper used to be a good one and now they are bragging about a 10-pounder. There are several new guides on the lake and they were not here when the fishing for stripers was good. They come and go and only a few last more than a few years but the one thing they moslty have in common is taking pictures of large numbers of dock floors full of dead fish. It is not impressive and makes them look like meat hunters. Catch a few, keep a few and release a few and leave some for the next generation.  

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.

Best place. Best price. Closest to Mountain Home, dining, shopping and fishing. Image title

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The lake level is 555.16 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with about 12-hours of running 1-1/2 generators. The White River at Newport is at 6.33 feet and dropping. The surface water temperature is 83-degrees and the lake is clearing after the holiday churning and is in good condition again for Suba Diving and fishing. As I have reported for several weeks many fish are on and around main lake points in 27-32 feet of water on brush. Blackburn's brush piles are now at perfect depths and there is not much sense going very far or fishing anyplace else. I wish more people would put in their own brush and help the fishing. If you do not stay here ask the place you stay if they put in brush or just use other people's. Walleye, crappie, bass and bluegill are all in the same places but at different depths. The 1/4 and 3/8th ounce Bink's Spoon is working the best vertical jigging right on and directly over the brush. White with a red eye and Arkansas shiners are working very well. The smaller spoon with anything red on it will catch some nice bluegill. You can catch all of the bluegill you want off docks with crickets on 2-4 pound test clear line on a #8 hook and very small split shot about 1-1/2 foot above the hook and casting it out an letting it sink into the brush also. Most docks with fishermen have brush under them.  Also casting a Bobby Garland Blue Ice Baby Shad on a 1/16th ounce white with red eye jig head past the brush and letting it sink into it and a slip float with live minnows set about 5-feet deeper than you can see are all catching crappie. If you cannot do any of these things dragging a crankbait with a weight attached to the line to get it down 25-30 feet will catch fish but does not require much skill and gets hung up in the brush where the fish are. Trolling and brush do not get along very well. This is an excellent time for fishing with the best combination of weather and fishing since April. Come on down to Blackburns and take advantage of the off-season rates and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. Compare prices and then give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 to get the cabin of your choice. We will not charge you too much. We fill up first and then you have to pay much more 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.

Scuba Steve with some nice Norfork Lake Crappie spearfishing yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 555.34 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with five hours of running 1-1/2 generators. The White River at Newport is 6.97 feet and very low indicating not much generation anywhere. I guess they are holding the lake levels up hoping for a big rain so we can get flooded again. Good plan. The lake surface water tmeperature is 83-degrees and dropping very slowly. The average ambient high is 83-degrees also but the days are much shorter and the night time lows are now in the low 60's. The weather has been absolutely perfect for several days and people are really enjoying it. Blackburns has only 10-cabins full now so we could use a few more customers. We do most of our improvements in the fall bacause the spring comes quickly and we fill up early with no time to do remodeling. People are always anxious to get out of the city as early in the spring as they can and I do not blame them. We went diving yesterday and there are changes almost daily. There is an algae bloom with flocculant suspended reducing visibility in some areas but not all. Stay on main lake river channels with high rocky banks with brush in 27-30 feet for best visibility and the most fish. All brush piles at these depths are holding fish including walleye, crappie bass and bluegill. I pole fish on cloudy days and the jigging spoon is working best for about everything but live minnows on slip floats and jigs are also working for crappie. Bait fish are looking for cover and are on brush drawing predator fish. Norfork has a good population of fish and is being managed well by the Game and Fish despite an increased fishing pressure in the last few years with more and more people moving here. The population is exploding and the county is experiencing growing pains making affordable housing harder and harder to find with prices increasing rapidldly. I am trying to hold prices as low as I can so our many repeat customers can have an affordable vacation without paying too much. They can get a 1-bedroom cabin for $59/day or $348/week and these are nice. You do not have to sacrifice quality for a lower price here. Come check us out.  A free stall at our big dock comes with your cabin on stays of two days or more.  No duplexes. 

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 got some nice ones yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 555.46 and has dropped less than 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with minimal generation. The White River is 6.81 feet and dropping. They are not letting out much water anywhere for some reason. Generation has been shut down since yesterday evening. It is a good thing we have avoided all of the big rains that have been coming down all around us. The water continues to clear after the holiday boat traffic but is not back to where it was yet. The creeks are stained. The surface water temperature is 83-degrees and the thermocline is at 30-feet and so are a lot of fish. Bass, crappie, walleye and bluegill are all on brush from between 27-30 ft. Some Temperate Bass are on main lake channel swings in 35-ft. of water on steep banks chasing shad. There is a top-water bite early for a few minutes but are mostly bass. The best bite now is for crappie. They are schooled and roaming from brush pile to brush pile looking for baitfish which are also moving to get away grom them. Most main lake brush is holding fish if the bottoms are at least 30-ft. deep. Kentucky Bass fishing is also good and walleye have slowed a bit with several undersized fish showing up where the bigger ones were. Small Bink's Spoons, Bobby Garland Baby Shad Blue Ice and slip floats with live minnows are all working. You have to get down to them. I have seen crappie fishing as good in early September before but not better. This is the time and barring a big rain it should keep it up until the lake turns in October. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 and book a trip. We will show you where they are when you get here and not charge you too much. A free boat stall comes with your cabin and we are on our off-season rates which are the lowest in the Ozarks.  Spear fishermen this is the time.

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

Scuba Steve with some pretty good ones.Image title

The lake level is 555.49 and has dropped 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with no generation since yesterday afternoon. We are now back in the power pool of 555.75 after the 3-inch rain last week and Southwest Power is now back in charge of the generation and cut it way back again after they returned from their long holiday weekend. One thing about working for the government is they get plenty of days off and need them after the stress of their jobs of telling working people what they have to do. The White River at Newport is at 7.35 feet and they continue to hold the area lakes up as high as they can for as long as they can. We should be at below 552 at this time of year. What a difference a day makes. The lake went from a madhouse to quiet in just one day. The lake is churned up from the boats and the clarity is gone but I hope it will get better soon. I will let you know.  Crappie fishing is still pretty good on the main lake in brush at 27-30 feet with small spoons, jigs, grubs and live minnows on a slip float. The full moon is the 10th and it is getting big and the catfishing has slowed a bit but not stopped. They like the slowly dropping water level better than fast dropping but really like slowly rising levels and cloudy, moonless nights and live bluegill. If you drop-shot the jugs and put the weight on the bottom and put short lines about 3-feet apart starting about 3-4 feet from the weight up about 12-15 feet you will catch more fish than just tying the hook on the bottom with the weight above. You are also fishing at different depths. Drop-shotting allows the jug to be blown towards the bank and then get hung up on either the bottom or something else and you are still fishing. Otherwise you are just snagged. If the wind is blowing into the creek go to the mouth of the creek to set your jugs. If it is blowing out go in the backs of the creeks at depths deeper than your weight and let then blow out into deeper water to maximixe the time they are at the right water depth. Bait up just before dark. If you get back from setting the lines when it is getting dark you are just right. The same goes for trot lines and throw lines. Trot lines go across the backs of creeks with a weight in the middle to keep them down and throw lines go straight out from the bank. Throw lines are good because bass fishermen usually do not get hung up on them and you are also fishing at different depths.   If a jug is gone in the morning do not assume somebody took it but head out to the main lake in deep water and look for it. They usually go downstream. Gar are the curse of the jug fisherman. Shiners and brooders with work in the absence of bluegills. It is legal to use bluegill under 4-inches for bait caught by a net or over 4-inches if caught by a hook and pole. It used to be larger but it changed a few years ago. Not sure why but I like 3-inch bluegill the best and a 2-0 hook. I am not a fan of sickle hooks. If you do this before the water gets cold you will catch fish. Pull your jugs daily before sunrise. It is fun. Some resorts slow way down after Labor day but not Blackburns. We were full for the holiday but had almost as many come in as left. We only have a few cabins open now. People are taking advantage of the $59/day one bedroom cabins and $77 two bedroom cabins that come with a boat stall at our dock for free. Some people charge for the first stall. We are not trying to grub as much money out of our customers as we can get but want them to be able to have a nice economical vacation.  Deluxe, three bedrooms and four bedrooms are prices accordingly. All have big covered porches and are individual with no duplexes that have bathrooms backing up to each other and shared non-covered porches. I do not like to get that cozy with my neighbor. Blackburns has many brush piles put in for your fishing pleasure and will show you where they are when you get here and help you catch fish. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and Veterans and Police are expecially welcome. It is nice here.

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

Mike Eakle with a nice Norfork Lake walleye here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. Image title

The lake level is 555.81 and has risen a little less than one foot after the 3-inch rain and 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours.  They have been alternating between 1 and 1-1/2 generators since yesterday afternoon. and we are approaching the power pool again. The White River at Newport is at 7.75 feet so they are still not letting much water out anywhere near here.  There has been little effect of the rain in Blackburns Area. I will check out the water clarity after the horde leaves tomorrow but it appears more stained than before from the surface. The creeks are definitely stained with the runoff but not brown. Several people caught fish yesterday but I was not one of them. We are full here at Blackburns and I have every pontoon boat that I can muster rented. Maximum effort/  Last count I had 11. We have a nice quiet group in now and everyone is showing respect for others. It took  several years to get it that way but we have mostly repeat customers but had to eliminate a few.  Peace and quiet and no drama. The fish that were caught were still on main lake brush in 27-30 feet at different levels of suspension. Tap bottom with the spoon and work your way up or cast a grub or jig past the brush and let it sink. Stay away from the northern most areas of the lake and everything is fine. I do not go there anyway. Come on down to Blackburns which is the home of the $59/day one bedroom cabins starting Tuesday. Why pay more? We have the best place 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 555.60 and has risen about 8-inches in the last 24-hours with just a couple of hours of generstion. They always quit generating when it rains in order to have the lake rise as much as possible. We are almost back up past the power pool again. We received 3-inches of rain yesterday and last night here at Blackburns with 2.69 in town. We always seem to get more in this valley near the lake. The creeks run fairly hard last evening but have quit now. It came down fast with a lot of runoff. It is gone now but there are good chances of showers this afternoon. There were some power outages with trees in the lines but everything is back on now. It did not affect the resort. The White River at Newport is 7.23 feet and they are not letting much water out anywhere. Keep spooning main lake points in 27-ft. of water. I do not know what the rain did for fishing. 

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 554.93 and has dropped one inch in the last 24-hours with 1-1/2 generators running for about seven hours in the afternoon and evening. The White River at Newport is at 7.69 feet and they are not letting out much water in any of the area lakes. The surface water temperature is 84-degrees and the creeks are stained and the main lake was a little more cloudy than  the day before but the visibility was still pretty good for this time of year. It usually gets better as the water cools but the heavy boat traffic this holiday weekend will not help anything.  We received 0.4 inches of rain last night and this morning and it is raining now. The grass is growing about as fast as it can after the hot dry summer. Everything that was brown is as green as it can get. September is here and the walnut trees are losing their leaves. It looks to be a good fall if we can avoid all of the heavy rain that has been all around us. At almost 555  lake level their is not much surge capacity and we could easily get high water again. They just refuse to let it out. We should be at below 552 this time of year. Scuba diving conditions are the best they have been in years. If you want some nice fish just go to main lake points with brush piles in 27-30 ft. of water and drop a spoon. Walleye, Black and Kentucky Bass, crappie and bluegill are all there at various depths. Some are suspended and some are near the bottom. The 3/8th ounce white with a chartreuse back is working the best. The crappie are also biting on a 1/16th ounce jig cast past the brush and sinking into it and live minnows on a slip float set just above the top of the brush is also working. You can catch about as many Kentucky Bass as you want. Once this holiday is over Blackburn's prices drop to their off-season rates where you can get a one bedroom cabin for $59/day. All cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have covered porches to get out of the rain or sun. The cabin comes with a free boat stall for your boat or you can rent a boat here at the best prices in the Ozarks. Some others charge for your first boat stall. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and we especially welcome Veterans and Police. We are a no drama resort with the largest swimming pool in the area and it is ready for your visit. If you are in the area, stop by before you leave and check us out. You will like what you see. Why pay more?

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

Mike Eakle with some nice ones spear fishing yesterday. Conditions are very good. Image title

The lake level is 555.02 and is dropping 1-1/2 inches in a 24-hour period with one generator running for about 3-hours and 1-1/2 generators running about 4-hours starting at about 1:PM. The White River is at 7.96 feet so they are not letting out much anywhere in an attempt to hold the area lakes up as high as possible for as long as possible so they can be sure to flood next spring. Good plan. The surface water temperature is 85-degrees and the main lake is clear with the creeks being stained a little green. Some temperate bass are showing up in 40-ft. of water suspended a bit and are being caught on the 1/2 ounce Bink's Spoon, white with a red eye or a little chartreuse or green on the back. Drop it down and tap bottom and snap it up about 4-5 feet and allow it to drop on slack line. Do the same thing with a 3/8th ounce spoon in brush at 27-30 feet for Kentucky Bass and Crappie. Also for crappie and bluegill use the 1/4 ounce spoon and do the same thing or cast a Bobby Garland Blue Ice Baby Shad on a 1/16th ounce white with red eye jig head past the brush pile and let it sink into it.  Also a slip float straight over the brush about 20-ft. down with a live minnow is also working. Walleye are also on main lake points in brush near the bottom at 27-feet. You have to get down to them so the above technique is the best way. Hooking a weight in front of a crank bait and dragging it around the lake is also working if you do not know any other way. Not much skill invovled but it catches fish and you can cover a lot of ground. I do not move around much but from brush pile to brush pile and seldom go more than 1/2 mile from Blackburns Dock. I cannot afford the fuel to troll but do not need to. You miss the thump and the hook set and just reel them in. It is mostly for meat hunters. Spearfishing while scuba diving is also for meat hunters but you are allowed only 1/2 the limit of the pole fishermen and if the limit is an odd number it reverts to the lower number. For example the limit on walleye is 4 and a diver can get only two. The limit on crappie is 15 and a diver can get only 7. That is fine but it is much harder to get fish diving than it is with a pole. I know of very few divers that have even harvested one striper. If you pole fish deep for stripers every one you bring up dies and you do not know the size before catching it. I do not fish in deep water and keep very few fish but scuba diving is sure fun. You cannot spearfish bass on Norfork Lake but you can on some other lakes. Blackburns goes on winter rates next Tuesday and has the best prices in the Ozarks on both cabins and boat rentals and is the home of the $59/day nice one bedroom cabins. They are going fast and some of them are already full for some weeks. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay more elsewhere. Two bedroom cabins are $77 and are less than others one bedroom. We like to keep full in the so-called off-season so we can keep our employees all year. We have good ones.