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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 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.