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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.

B.J. and Bryan with some pretty good ones.Image title

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The lake level is 572.41 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 10-hours. They have changed the crest prediction again and it is now at 572.70 and it is to be on 30 May. The White River at Newport is 19.77 and rising and the four lake system is 67% full with all area lakes rising. We have received another 1/2 inch of rain in the last 24-hours and the surface water temperature is 71+ degrees and the main lake is very clear and the  creeks are clearing also and are clear near the shore. The weekend boat traffic will stir things up a bit especially near dirt banks. Fish were coming up all over the place in Blackburns Creek last evening about 6:45 PM and most of them were bass. They were fun to catch and release though. There is some floating debris coming loose from the shore with the steadily rising water so check things out before dragging children around and stay off the lake after dark. I will only run my catfish lines now early and late and check out lake conditions until the holiday is over and leave it to the locals and day users. We have the resort ready for the crowd and everything looks pretty good. We have been mostly full since early March so it will not be much of a change. Have patience at the boat launches and be prepared to walk a long way to the boat trailer parking. Swim off a boat in 25-ft. of water or more or in a pool. Do not worry about gas prices or paying too much for a place to stay. Easy come, easy go. 

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

Tom Kelly caught and released some nice ones yesterday with a plastic worm. He is one good fisherman. Image title

The lake level is 572.23 and has risen 1.2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running one generator. All area lakes are now rising with the White River at Newport at 19.03 feet. They changed the crest dates for both Norfork and Bull Shoals to 29May. The 4-lake sustem is 65% full or so they say. After today there is not much chance of rain for several days and it is to warm back up to the high 80's later this weekend and the weather looks to be perfect for the holiday. It is raining now but not much. The surface water temperature was 72-degrees yesterday afternoon when I went out and the water remains clear on the main lake and stained in the creeks. Fishing has slowed some overall but some nice fish of most species are being caught everyday. The north wind has moved the plankton and shad around from the south facing creeks and has made the morning top-water bite a little harder. It is back to the south now and a couple of days of southerly winds will put them back to where they were. The bite usually slows going into june anyway as the thermocline deepens and the water warms. This will get spooning season going full speed but the cold fronts just keep coming and the water has been slow to warm and stay there. Catfishing and bluegill fishing are the best now followed by largemouth bass and crappie. Crappie numbers have gone down a bit as they are scattered with all of the cover and the water in the trees and man-made brush piles mostly too deep. The level is perfect for limb lines and the catfish are biting and big bluegill are also. I am catching a few walleye but not a lot. The first day of the holiday they will be dragging everyting they can hook up to and the second day they will fill up with gas and you will see boats tied together with music blaring back in the creeks and around BIg E. I have never seen gas prices this high. I cannot afford to run my weedeater let alone my lawnmower. It is a good thing Blackburns Creek has a lot of fish and I do not have to go far. 

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

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The lake level is 572.12 and has risen 1.2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running for about 10-hours. The White River at Newport is 19.08 and dropping. They are now predicting the crest for Norfork will be on friday at 572.2 at 63% full. The 4-lake system is 63% full according to them. Bull Shoals is expected to crest today but is still rising as of yesterday. We received about 3/4 of an inch of rain yesterday and last night and more is to come tonight and tomorrow with nice weather for the holiday weekend. I do not understand how we can be 7+ feet from going over the spillway and 15-feet over power pool and still be only 63% full. It will take a long time to get rid of this water. They usually get it done by about September. The surface water temperature is dropping with the cool weather and is now in the early 70's and the main lake is very clear with the creeks being stained but clear near the shore. Bass are bitng on plastice worms in the creeks near the old shoreline which is 18-feet as is the thermocline. Fish of most speicies are there now. The top-water bite for bass remains good early and all day on cloudy days. Catfishing is very good on limb lines and throw lines on live bluegill. Bluegill are under docks and around shallow willows in the creeks. Fishing remains pretty good for most species but you have to work on it a bit. The waning moon and slowly rising water is really helping the catfishing. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. All of our cabins are individual and have big covered porches so you do not need a tent or unbrella for cover. 

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

Dan is here from Munster, Indiana with his brothers and brother-in-law and catching some nice fish. Good to see them again. Always welcome. Nice fellows. Image title

The lake level has just past 572 and is 572.01 and has risen 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with about one generator running 10-hours. As predicted, they have shut Table Rock way down and Bull Shoals is rising much slower now. They shut off the spilway gates finally and are running just a couple of generators. Table Rock is 4-feet above power pool, Bull Shoals is 25-feet above and Norfork is 15-1/2 ft. above. Sounds fair to me. The 4-lake system is now 63% full according to the government. The White River at Newport is 19.45 and fairly stable.  It was very cloudy all day yesterday and we received a brief shower in the afternoon but not much. It stayed very cool with highs near 60 and the lake surface water is now in the low 70's and the main lake is very clear. Catfishing is as good as I have seen it in years with channels and blues picking up nicely and flatheads holding in there. The top-water bite for black bass and temperate bass is still happening everyday with largemouth and white bass being the best. Black bass are also near the old shoreline and hitting big floating plastic worms.  They can come up anytime on cloudy days. Crappie fishermen are catching several but not a lot. Some stripers are in deeper water now and that trend will continue as the water heats up and they will go deeper and deeper looking for oxygen. There is good oxygen everywhere now as is cover and there is not much reason for fish to be anywhere particular except for thermocline, cover and food. Crawdads, fry and creek minnows are everywhere as are shad so not much is going hungry. The fish that I am catching are all very healthy. Walleye are on and just around main lake points in front of brush at 18-ft. near the bottom. It is to be very nice, sunny and warm for the holiday weekend and I expect the lake to be very crowded by my standards but not Lake of the Ozarks Standards. They love big boats that make big wakes there and I encourage people with them to go there. No matter where you go it will not be a good time for small flat bottom boats until  monday evening. 

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

Tom Kelly with some nice ones. Image title

The lake level is 571.97 and has risen 3/4 of an inch in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running one generator. The White River at Newport is 19.27. The main lake water is very clear and the creeks are stained. Bull Shoals is forcasted to crest on Wednesday but I do not see how that can happen with Table Rock still running all generators and spillway gates open filling it up more. They must have plans to stop this but have not had time to change the forecast. Surface water temperature is 74 degrees and dropping with the cool weather. We are to get more rain later this week and then it looks good for the weekend with much warmer temperatures. Every Resort that I have talked to is full and it looks to be a very busy holiday. Catfishing has been the best bite with all species of them being caught everyday. The flathead bite has been excellent and channels and blues are both picking up every day. I am using some shiners but mostly bluegills on short throw lines and limb lines. Top-water fishing has also been good with fishing coming up near the old shoreline and thermocline which are both at about 18-feet. Most are bass but some White Bass are with them. When you see small threadfin shad flitting around on the surface get that top-water lure out and walk the dog and call them up. Crappie are also biting but are not in big schools and I am catching ones and twos and then moving on. Cast a Bobby Garland Baby Shad on a 1/16th ounce jig head past the shallowest brush and let it sink into it. Blue Ice is my favorite color. Walleye are back on main lake points at or just under the thermocline near the bottom in front of brush piles. Bluegill fishing is also good and everywhere you find schools of bluegill you can be sure catfish are near somwhere. I caught a gar yesterday again and that is not a good sign. When gar show up flatheads usually go away. I am surprised thay have hung around as long as they have already. They are my favorite. Channels are starting to hit live bait on limb lines. Trot lines across the backs of creeks will be next. Channels do not need live bait but it works the best. We have some giant bluecat in Norfork Lake. In most rivers Flatheads are the biggest catfish but in Norfork Lake Blues are. They like to lay on trunks of brush piles in the summer time. It looks to be a good Scuba Season so far and it is only three weeks away from opening day of spearfishing.