Caught this morning in 47 ft. of water on a creek channel swing with a 1-ounce white Bink's Jigging Spoon. Get out there early.
Caught this morning in 47 ft. of water on a creek channel swing with a 1-ounce white Bink's Jigging Spoon. Get out there early.
We received 0.7 inches of rain last afternoon and evening in a short period of time. It was badly needed. The lake has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24 hours and they will not let any water out. The creeks were clearing rapidly but there was some runoff. The surface termperature is in the mid 80's and rising. We have a full house here at Blackburns with several boats rented. People are taking advantage of our low prices on both cabins and boats. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. Come on over to Blackburns and check us out on the way home. You will like what you see. Harvey is on the crappie, Binks is on the striper and Scuba Steve is on the walleye and bass. There is still some top water action for bass early back in the creeks. It is to get very warm later this week. Call 1-800-635-0526 for reservations next week. Be glad to have you.
The lake level is 556.68 and rising about an inch a day. It has not rained in over a week and it is getting dry and they will still not let out as much water as is flowing in from the river. There are sure no crops in danger of flooding out but we all understand about government run operations. They seem to like the yoyo plan now. The lake is still clearing a bit from north to south and the surface temperature is now in the lower 80's and is just right for swimming. There is a big difference in clarity from Blackburns Creek to the dam but clear is not better when it comes to fishing. My garden is growing well but I have to irrigate it everyday. Get out at 5:Am and fish until about 8 and take the rest of the day off and fish at night with a blacklight for bass on a salt craw for best results. Some crappie are biting if you know where as are walleye.
No verbage needed.
The surface water temperature is now 81 degrees and the level is 556.52 with the lake clearing from north to south. They are still running one generator for a few hours in the afternoon and evening. It is getting dry here and the weather is approaching 90. They must need some electricity somewhere. Let some water out boys. Please do not manage the lake like you did last year. it is a beautiful morning and the fish were biting early. We did catch about as many big fish after sunrise as before but moved to the shade. The stripers are going deeper and deeper everyday and will be feeding at that depth soon. Bass were coming up some for a few minutes but that was not what we were after this morning. Bink said yesterday they would be there and he was right. Big stripers. Be out there at 5:15 AM. Fun Fun Fun. I was using a 1/2 ounce red and white spoon and he was using an Arkansas Shiner. The fish were about 40-ft. deep.
Striper and Walleye were released.
Bass went in Tom Kelly's trophy pond.
Top water bite is mostly over except for a few smaller bass. The lake temperature is about 80 and the lake is clearing a bit especially south. Bink and I went out early this morning and caught all of our fish on grubs and spoons. The lake is still rising slowly with a few hours of one generator in afternoon and evening and is at 556.41. Some good stripers are back in the creeks off steep banks and walleye and Kentucky bass are on main lake points in 20-30 feet of water near the bottom. We used the spoon and grub exclusively. Had a great time. Thermocline is at 20-feet and is getting more and more pronounced everyday.
Is that a smile? Happy Birthday.
Good one Ben.
Ben is here with his Grandparents David and Kathy Harkins. We hope he is having a good time. Nice people. He is catching a lot of big fish.
The lake is still rising and is at 556.27 with a few hours of running one generator in the afternoon and evening. The lake is not clear and has some debris floating. There is a thermocline forming at about 19-20 feet but visibility is bad and the surface temperature is just under 80. They need to let some water out while they have the chance. Fishing has not been affected and is still pretty good. Open water fish are still coming up but not very long and when they go down they are going deeper. Some white bass are hanging around main lake points at 19-25 feet. If you can find brush at that depth there will be fish on it. Mainly Kentucky bass, walleye and bluegill. Crappie are on shallower brush about 5-ft. down in the Pigeon creek area. I am going mostly for walleye with a spoon but am also catching bass on brush and chunk rock. People going out with Bink and Harvey are catching some very good fish and having good times. It is good to have Harvey back at it again. He knows where the crappie are and Bink knows where everything else is. The lake is at a good level but does not need to get any higher.
The main change is that the lake has risen a foot in the last 24-hours with the recent rains. It is now 555.27 and it is still at a good level but does not leave enough room for heavy rains. They need to let more out. Newport is a bit high now but has not been. Good news is there is to be sunny skies with little chance of rain for the next week.The spawn is mostly over and we need to be at 552. I do not know where they got the seasonal conservation pool of 556. They must have pulled it out of a hat. There are a lot of stripers being brought in, and big ones too. The surface temperature has risen to about 80 and is very comfortable for swimming. Visibility is still not good. I have been catching about everything on the spoon. Some bass are biting on lizzards and the crappie that are being caught are shallow in 14 feet of water on brush about 5-ft. down in Pigeon Creek. I am catching some smallmouth but most bass are Kentucky. This has not been a good spring for crappie and the few places I know where they are I am not going to burn them out. They say they grow three inches a year and I am not sure about that. As many small ones that we have they need to. This is a good year for big bluegill and catfish. Striper fishing is as good as I have seen it in a long time.
It looks like the rain is leaving later today and hot weather is to settle in for at least a week. We are not too wet and the lake is not too high. It just stayed cloudy with intermittant showers for a few days. The garden is growing nicely as is the grass. I went out fishing for about an hour last afternoon and caught some good smallmouth on a spoon for the trophy pond. They were in the 3-4 pound range. This hot weather and sunshine will drive the open water fish down and it is spooning time. Drop it right on their heads. Walleye are moving in to brush at 20-22 feet with the Kentucky Bass. This should be a perfect week for a vacation. Sunshine blue skies. 1-800-635-0526
It is very dark and rainy this morning. We have received 1.3 inches of rain and the level is back up past 554 and is rising slowly with one generator running. Both the creeks and main lake have poor visibility and there is no thermocline. The temperature and clarity are about the same down to 30-feet and probably further than that. There is no reason for fish to be at a particular depth except for food. Bait fish are keeping some fish on brush and the others are following the shad. I went out last evening about 6:Pm and found some nice Kentucky Bass and walleye on the same brushpile in 22-feet of water on an inside mainlake point. I was using a 1/2 ounce Bink's jigging spoon. White with a red eye. I am not much on dragging around live bait with a half a dozen rods out all over the lake. I can barely handle one rod at a time. I prefer casting or spooning artificial bait. I do use live bait for catfish and crappie on occassion. The large crappie and largemouth bass are eluding me but I like walleye, Kentucky bass and flatheads pretty good. Temperate Bass pull hard but do not dress out very well. As far as I am concerned they should be released and walleye, crappie, catfish and panfish be kept for food. High pressure is to move in on Sunday for about a week with highs to be near 90. This should create a thermocline and be great for spooning open water fish. The top water will diminish and the fish will go deeper. This is spooning season if you like big stripers. The water will finally warm up now. Tom Kelly caught some nice fish Wednesday and we put them in the Trophy pond.
Caught This Morning.
Not much is changing. Surface temperature still in the mid 70's and clarity is poor both on main lake and creeks. There is no thermocline yet and fish are scattered at all depths on shad with some on brush on main lake points in 18-25 ft. of water. Fish are coming up most all day on these cloudy days but a lot are also being caught on jigging spoons when they go down. Many small bass are schooled and chasing shad as are white bass. Some stripers are as deep as 46 feet. Some nice Kentucky Bass are on brush and can be caught on a grub. I am not seeing a lot of big Largemouth and the smallmouth bite has slowed. It has been very cloudy but not much total rain so far. Lake level is still just under 554 with one generator running for several days. It is to be sunny later this weekend.
Caught Yesterday Fishing Wirh Binks.
The lake continues to rise slowly with one generator running. The whole weekend has been beautiful and people listening to the weather report and worrying about rain have wasted a good time on a beautiful lake. I guess they are worried about getting wet. Blackburns is full and has a very nice group of people. Everyday day is a vacation for me as I have chosen where to live and do not find it necessary to roam much and join the crowd but leave it to the people that do. There are a lot of them and that is what keeps us in business. Thank you. I will be back out there when it calms down. I carry my tackle box in my shirt pocket and it takes five minutes to decide if I want to be fishing and be on the lake. The fishing is good close to Blackburns Creek and I use a tank of gas about every three weeks. Some times I do not start up the big motor.I was putting fish in the trophy pond and saw a young lad about 11 years old with a big fish basket walking up the spillway. The only thing bigger was the smile on his face and that made it all worth it. Call 1-800-635-0526 for a reservation. Our summer rates are about the same as other's spring rates. Why pay more? The lake is in excellent condition. Mickey Mcgee reports fish coming up early near point 5 in Float Creek. They caught several. Welcome baseball players.
Rum Binkley With a Giant Norfork Lake Striper Caught This Morning.
Hi Ho Hi Ho Off to the trophy pond Scuba Steve goes.
Terry Scott Looks Pretty Happy. We are glad to have he and Shelley here.
Catfish are biting very well on trotlines on bluegill. Magness also caught two stripers on them yesterday. I have never caught a striper on trot lines and have only got one spearfishing in 21 years. They are very spooky. The lake is now 553.74 and stable with one generator running. Water temperature is 74 degrees+ and the rain did not affect fishing much. Terry and Shelley Scott from Bartlett, Tennessee went fishing with Bink's and had a great time. Tom Kelly gave a seminar on how to clean stripers and it was well attended. I was surprised how many people did not know how to do this with some resulting in hack jobs. Stripers do not dress out very well anyway and if it is not done right there is not much left. Thank you Tom. Scuba Steve went out for a while and tried to find some walleye. They started biting at 5:PM and were on main lake points in 20-25 feet of water and biting on a 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon white with red eye on brush. There are a lot of small warmouth and bluegill on the brush now and that is why they are there. I kept a nice one for the trophy pond and turned the rest back. I also put several big bluegill in the pond. Fish are still coming up most mornings and evenings but do not get used to it. If you are one dimensional it can be a long day if they do not. It is very important to learn how to use a jigging spoon and grub. Bass are typically the go to fish after the open water fish get scarce on Norfork and you can beat the bank for them and it works but when it gets tough, and it will, do not count on seeing the fish come up or following the birds that migrate. When this happens I go immediately to the spoon and green stingray grub. I seldom target one specific speces unless it is their time. I go for what is biting or should be biting. If you push the issue for one kind of fish when they are tough you can be easily disappointed. Many striper fishermen do this in January and February. If you learn how to use your graph and a jigging spoon the hottest part of the summer is best for stripers. Few fishermen can catch fish all year long unless they adapt to the changes. Bink is one of them and uses only artificial baits. Learn how to fish after dark for bass with a black light if you want them when it is hot. And it will get hot.
Rick and Debbie Goins Caught Some Good ones Fishing With Jack and Debbie Garrett. Welcome.
We received two inches of rain last afternoon and evening and the creeks run hard and the lake has come up about 4-inches with one generator running continuously. We were dry again and there is a good chance for more rain in the next couple of days with the temperature in the low 80's for highs and low 60's for lows. The water surface temperature is in the low to mid 70's. About all speces of fish are biting. The top water bite is on early and when they go down people are catching them trolling umbrellas. Bass are on the banks shallow and biting with top water lures and grubs. Crappie and bluegill are on brush and biting on spoons and live minnows. Many crappie are not as large as normal but there are some very big ones. Walleye are on brush at 20-30 feet near the bottom. There was a good spawn with water levels stable and in the buck brush for some cover. Future fishing looks good. Magness caught a 80-Lb. Loggerhead turtle on their trot lines and released it quickly. They are protected and hard to come by. I have seen only two of them in 21-years. They are magnificient creatures. They were common in the 70's and early 80's but not now. Blackburns is full again starting Friday and we are trying hard to get everything ready. The lake looks to be in excellent condition for both fishing and water sports and people are swimming and skiing already. It was very busy on the lake last weekend with the beautiful weather. Check out our prices before booking your summer trip. Yesterday was an example why you need covered porches. Our guests were on their porches playing cards and rigging lines during the rain. Better than staying inside. Worst case: Staying in a duplex with no porch and paying too much. My garden, the chickens and the grass are growing rapidly and that is good. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526 we will be glad to have you.
Jack always catches fish and is always welcome.
Debbie Garrett with another good one. Welcome Jack and Debbie.
The warm weather is finally here and the post spawn fishing is starting for several speces. I am still catching a few flatheads on my trot line but mostly channels now. Flatheads are the last fish to spawn in Norfork. For your information, they only bite on live bait. Channels and blues will bite on anything but I have not caught any blues yet. I hope they do not stop stocking them as unlike in the rivers, they get larger than Flatheads in Norfork. Flatheads are not stocked. I am using three inch live bluegill. Jack and Debbie Garrett are back and catching stripers. After the top water bite is over, they troll umbrellas and are very good at it. I am using 1/4 ounce spoons for walleye and bluegill on brush with a few crappie mixed in. The Magness family is back and are welcome. They are nice people. Randy Schofield is also here and it is good to see him again. We are very busy here and I have not had time to fish enough but try and go when the work is finished. People are taking advantage of our low prices on both cabins and boat rentals and keeping us nearly full all the time. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. We will not let that happen. The lake level is 553.71 and dropping slowly with one generator running continuously. We received 1/3 of an inch of rain Thursday and it all sunk in. The creeks vary from day to day in color but the main lake is pretty clear. In general the lake is in excellent condition and will warm rapidly now. Good time for a visit.
Nice Norfork Lake Bass.
It has been cool but is warming up big time in a couple of days. The level is 553.86 and is dropping slowly with one generator running continuously. We have received a rain about everytime we needed it but it is not too wet. The lake is in excellent condition. Some bass are right on the bank and some on in open water. Fish are coming up every morning close to Blackburns Creek on the flats on the main lake and can be caught on any top water bait. This is common for mid May. Many are white bass with bass, hybrids and stripers mixed in. This will decrease as the water temperature increases. With the warm weather coming there will be a thermocline forming and the walleye will be on main lake points right at or just above it. I am catching some there now. Bink is catching some good ones. Crappie are back in Pigeon Creek before the bridge and white bass are coming up there too. You can fish for top water for about an hour in the morning but if you want to catch other fish the rest of the day you have to adapt. It is like following the birds in the winter. When they migrate some people are lost. When it gets slow I move to brush with a jigging spoon. I caught a nice flathead and channel yesterday on my trot line but you have seen enough of them and I know you do not want to see pictures of white bass everyday even though I put all of them back. I like those walleye, crappie and catfish. Blackburns has a few openings for this coming week. Call 1-800-635-0526. We will not charge you too much and nothing for most boat stalls. Give the money you save by staying here to the Disabled Veterans.
Lake is dropping slowly and is at 553.99 and the surface water temperature is dropping slowly also and is back at 69. It was a beautiful day yesterday with highs in the low 70's with light and variable winds. The lake is clearing and more rain is on the way along with cooler than average temperatures. Our normal high is 77. The top water bite at sunrise is still the best bite but other fish are starting to bite also. I caught some pretty good ones yesterday in the middle of the day on a jigging spoon. $53/day for a one bedroom with a free boat stall. Cannot beat that. 1-800-635-0526. Why pay more?
Scuba Steve caught this one yesterday. Guess where it is now Tom.
This young man looks plenty happy. Biggest fish ever. Mathew Dierker and his father Charles are here from St. Louis. Nice people.
The lake is still rising slowly with one generator running and we got 0.8 inches of rain last night. It is now 554.3 and has come up about 14 inches since the last rain. The lake is still in excellent condition and everything is really growing with the moisture. The top water bite in the early AM is still the best bite and is lasting a lot longer now. A lot of fish are coming up in the Cranfield area with many large white bass. Most people are catching fish. Bink took out Charles and Mathew Dierker from St. Louis yesterday and they had a great time. Bink has about 100 trips out of Blackburns a year and almost everyone is very happy with the results. If you are new to the lake, going out with him is a good way to learn the lay of the land and how to catch Norfork lake fish. Technique is much more important than where. The Davis boys are back and we are glad to see them. They are catching fish as usual. Kent and Sheila Myers just left and we are sorry to see them go. Nice people. Bart Vandervelde is also back. He has moved to Florida and his drive is longer. He catches and releases a lot of fish on top water. We miss Carolyn. Blackburns is the fun place and we do not charge you too much. 1-800-635-0526
Swimming In Tom Kelly's Trophy Pond.
The surface water temperature is 72 degrees and rising. The lake level is 554.26 and has risen a foot since the rain. They have been running one generator continously and the level is rising slowly. The full moon is on the 21st. We are to get more rain next and then cooler temperatures for the weekend. It was hot yesterday afternoon and continues today with highs near 90. Tom Kelly caught some nice fish yesterday, Bink took out some of our guests yesterday and caught 30 of assorted speces. Fish are coming up everyday now just before sunrise and it is increasing in duration. I caught a good flathead yesterday. This has been a windy spring but nothing severe. I am surprised how quickly the creeks are clearing after the rain. If you get out early the winds are usually low and they pick up with the heat of the day and then generally diminish about 5 or 6 PM. We have received rain about everytime we needed it but it has come in large amounts of 2-3.5 inches at a time. The lake is in excellent condition. It is a typical May with little extremes. We like that. The pool is filling and will be on line soon. We have made many improvements on it this year. We still have one cabin open for Memorial day. 1-800-635-0526 Why pay more unless you just have too much money? If you do, stay here and give the rest to disabled Veterans.
We received 3.3 inches of rain last evening and night and the creeks run hard for a while muddying up the backs of the creeks. We were dry so a lot of it sunk in. We had no severe weather but it did rain hard. We are about normal for annual rainfall. The surface temperature is still 69 degrees and the best bite is top water in the early AM just before sunrise. White bass are very easily caught. Bluegill fishing is good on brush with some big ones being brought in. Bink is fishing with two of our guests now and we will see how they do. If they are biting at all Bink will catch them. I am catching some good walleye on spoons in Blackburn's brush piles. Catfish are slowing on trotlines. We have one cabin open for Memorial day weekend. Call 1-800-635-0526
Scuba Steve Can Catch crappie
Scuba Steve Can Catch Catfish
Scuba Steve Can catch walleye.
Beautiful day wish you were here. All of these and more are swimming in Tom Kelly's Trophy Pond.
Bink is Catching Walleye
Allan Lenius and The Martin Boys are Catching Crappie
Debbie and Jack Garrett are Catching Striper
Water temperature is rising, wind has diminished, Sun is shining and fish are biting. Can't ask for anything better then that. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526. We will not charge you too much. Lake level is 553.6 and dropping with one generator running continuously. Lake conditions are perfect.
Brad and Robert Grevengoed. Nice Family, Good Fishermen.
Lookin Good Tricia.
Brad Grevengoed With Some Of This Week's Catch
Warm weather finally here with highs in the 80's and the north wind has quit. The creeks are stained up again and this seems to change daily. Water temperature is still in the low 70's but that will change soon. A lot of fish are being brought in and the best bite is in the early AM on topwater. Many crappie are being caught but most of them throw backs and are about 1/2 inch short. Catfishing is excellent and walleye fishing is picking up. Blackburns is nearly full and most people are catching fish. People are helping other people and that is the way we like it. Blackburns is the fun place and we will not charge you too much. Check prices before you book. 1-800-635-0526
Debbie Garrett with a good one. Welcome back Debbie.
The wind has been coming from the northwest and is keeping the temperatures down to the low to mid 70's. When it shifts to the south it will start to get very warm and the water will warm fast. The top water bite for stripers, bass, hybrids and white bass starts before sunrise and does not last very long. It should be getting longer by now. The surface temperature is in the low 70's and the water clarity is perfect for fishing. There is not as much pollen but there is still some moss for some reason. The moss sure is not caused by elevated water temperatures. I am not seeing nearly as many shad next to the bank so their spawn must be nearing the end but there are several near Blackburns Dock. Martins and Linius are back and crappie fishing. Jack and Debbie Garrett are trolling umbrellas and catching stripers and hybrids. Blackburns still has three cabins empty so come on down. Jim, Marlene and Michael are also back and are working on those pan fish. Kent and Sheila Myers just checked in. Scuba Steve caught a giant flathead and a 5-lb. channelcat on his trot line and released them in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. Bink is on the walleye and Harvey is on the crappie. Life is good and the weather is better and the garden and my chicks are growing. Who could ask for more?1-800-635-0526
Caught 40 of these fishing with Bink yesterday.
Sunny and nice for the next several days. Fishing is improving everyday. Lake rising very slowly and is at 553.87 with a few hours of generation in the afternoon. Surface temperature is 68 this morning. Creeks are pretty clear. Good to be alive. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526. Pool will be open soon.Prices are low. Saw two Bald Eagles, One Golden eagle, three turkeys and four deer on the way to the dock yesterday. Gold Finches, Bluebirds, hummingbirds and Purple Martins are everywhere.
Water temperature 70. Lake level 553.8 and rising slowly with a few hours of generation in the late afternoon. Bluegill biting very well on brush piles. Morning top-water bite just at sunrise. Does not last long. Crappie picking up. Flatheads biting as well as I have seen them in 21-years on trot lines on small bluegill. Weather is great. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526. We help each other catch fish and we do not charge you too much and not for boat stalls. Great time of year. If you are nearly the only customer where you are staying you are paying too much. I would never stay anywhere with no covered porches or in a duplex.
We received another 1.3 inches of rain and the level has risen to 553.77 or about 7-inches in the last few days. They are still running one generator just a few hours in the evenings. Surface temperature was 71 degrees in Blackburns Creek last evening and the water is clearer than before the rain. We are not dry anymore but are not too wet. There was a lot of lightening and thunder but no wind. There was hail south of us but none here. There were a lot of good fish caught yesterday with hybrids, bass and stripers caught early on top water and crappie caught througout the day. Some very large crappie but many small ones. Some bass are still on the beds. I am catching flathead catfish everyday now on the trot line on small bluegill. You can catch channels and blues on about anything but you need live bait for flatheads. They are the last of the fish in the lake to spawn. The brush piles have a lot of small crappie on them. Come on down and we will not charge you too much. 1-800-635-0526
We received another 1.5 inches of rain for a two day total of 2-1/2. The lake is rising slowly and is at 553.17 with a few hours running one generator in the afternoon and evening. The creeks run a little this morning. It is cloudy today and the fish were biting well this morning. I had a 66 degree water temperature in the back of Blackburns Creek this morning. Not much has changed as far as fishing goes except more fish are moving off the beds to the brush and the creeks are stained again. Top water is the best bite.
When someone gets a hold of this big boy they will know they have something.
There was a guy fishing in Tom's Pond when I put these in and he said wow. I hope i can catch one of those.
We receirved about an inch of rain so far with more to come. It is badly needed. The lake level is back up to just over 553 and is in good condition. I had 71 degree water in the back of Blackburns Creek last evening. Some crappie are moving to the brush with some still on the bank You can catch fish in both places. Open water fish were coming up all over the lake this morning but most were shallow on spawning shad. Remember the limit is a total of three of a combination of Hybrids and stripers. The rest must be immediately released. And there is a posession limit of twice the daily limit. We are right in the middle of the top water season and this is when the open water fish are the easiest to catch. I caught a big flathead on my trot line yesterday and some giant crappie this morning on minnows.They are now swimming in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. Some large bass are also being caught. Things are coming around nicely and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is ready for your visit. We will not charge you too much or for most boat stalls. 1-800-635-0526. One bedroom cabins are $53/day for two people with cabins up to 4-bedrooms priced accordingly. Come on down.
Anybody know how to make this work? Has new coin mechanism and worked one time and then quit. Unplugged, worked one more time and quit. Trade out or pay.
The lake level is 552.95 and rising just a bit with about 7-hours of one generator running in the evenings. We received 1/2 inch of rain last night and it all sunk in as we are still dry. It thundered but there was nothing severe. It is partly cloudy and warm here today with highs near 80. It is to turn cooler at the end of next week. We are in good shape here with the water temperature rising what would be called rapidly compared to the slow rise this spring. Top water bite early is now the best bet. Look for shad spawning in the eveining and night shallow near any structure on hard bottoms. They spawn the first time at temperatures from 65-70 and again in the fall when the temperatures cool. People mistake this for the night bite for stripers in the spring where the stripers simulate a spawn on long flats earlier. The bass on the beds near Blackburns have gone and some crappie are still on the banks and some have moved to the brush. Post spawn bass fishing can be difficult for several days with the females stressed and the males guarding the nest. Some walleye are showing up and this will get better and better. Get out there early and look for stripers coming up in their normal places. Panther Creek is a good place to start as is float creek. Call 1-800-635-0526 For reservations. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer, you are paying too much.
I went out yesterday just to see if I could catch fish in the middle of a sunshiny day. I went back in Hensley's on the crappie spot and caught a few on shallow brush and turned them loose as they were all males. There were fish coming up all over by the first dock but they were all either small bass or white bass. Not interested in either one. Caught some looking for bigger fish and left. I only fish for white bass if I cannot catch anything else. I tried spooning for walleye but just caught one small one. My trot lines are not producing well and I do not know whether to move them or wait. They work every other year and I have good perch for bait. Fishing in the mouth of the creek is producing some big crappie and catfish on the shallow flats on points. Go to the opposite side of the river channel in the shallow water near any structure or back on the creeks like east Pigeon and Briar. Many are in pigeon but there are too many fishermen there. We had a full house here again yesterday and I had to return to work. This great weather sure brings them in but we do need some rain. Maybe on Wednesday. The big pool is almost ready and the new paint job looks great. i will allow it to cure as much as possible before starting to fill. We try to have it open by early May. Walleye fishing will be good by then. That is what I am after. When the big fish are through spawning and the fry leave the nest I will feel a lot better about all of these fishing tournaments. A thermocline will form when the surface water temperature gets in the early 70's, and a lot of post spawn fish will be just above it on brush. Cabins are still $53/day for a one bedroom for two people. All are individual cabins with no duplexes and all have covered porches. 27-Rental boats to choose from at the best prices. Boat stalls are still free.
Tom Kelly with one of several caught last evening in float Creek.
It was nice to have the lake back. I saw so many boats Thursday flying into the creek, slamming down their trolling motors, flipping the beds for bass for a few minutes and slamming their trolling motors back up and flying away. Bed fish are not going to win this thing. Bink caught 30 bass yesterday on a critter bait in the back of creeks working slow and easy. He knows where the fish are and works the same bank for a long time until they bite. The hurrying around will catch active fish but few big ones. You will see a lot of the Elite experts catching their limit but with little weight. I thought many of these guys would be bunched up at 35-40 pounds by now with the smallmouth biting so well during the day. Tom Kelly caught several yesterday in float creek. I went crappie fishing and caught some good ones. The weather is beautiful. Lake conditions are the same with water temperature rising slowly and the level stable. It is amazing how the visibility in the creeks can change daily with little weather change. Joe Cebula just left and we miss him already. Nice fellow. Blackburns was full last night and that is how we like it. People are taking advantage of our low prices on cabins and boat rentals. There is no reason to pay more unless you just have too much money. 1-800-635-0526
The lake is quiet again this morning with sunny skies and temperatures to be in the 80's for several days with lows in the 60's. Lows in the 60's is key. There is a distinction between night bite is on and catching fish after dark. When I say night bite for stripers it means two things; In the fall the fish go to the bank at night to feed. In the spring they go to the bank to simulate a spawn. You can fish after dark in the heat of the summer and catch bass near the bank with a black light and flourescent line and saltcraw. After the stickbait quits working in the spring and fall I quit fishing late because when they go deeper I switch to a spoon and I do not have good luck with spoons after dark. You can still catch them with a swim bait. There are lots of fish on beds now and with the sunshine and light winds the water is clearing and more and more sight fishing will occur. Throw a gitzit to the bed and catch the fish if you must but please let it go right away. An unprotected nest falls prey to sunfish and warmouth very quickly. Bink reports he is catching smallmouth in the backs of coves using a small plastic craw all day long. This is the only time of year you will be able to do this. I guess they delayed the takeoff yesterday because of fog and that is good but it took a long time to get the boats loaded to drive to town for weighin. That is why the weighin is done on the lake at all other tournaments. it is all about the money. 17-lbs leader is pretty good when the takeoff did not occur until well after sunrise when the best bite starts. I was surprised that so many of the elite did not catch many. They should have prefished with Bink. The West Plaines bass club could have given them a few pointers too.
This is better than Golfing Michael.
Joe Cebula Caught Some Nice Fish This Week and Released all Of Them. Nice fish Joe. Olathe, Kansas' Best fisherman.
It is another beautiful day here in the Ozarks. Boats are buzzing in and out of Blackburns Creek about every 10 minutes. It will be over at 3:pm. When they come back Sunday there will be only a dozen boats. It was very foggy early this morning and boats were flying around on GPS. Remember for your safety the GPS will keep you from hitting fixed objects on the lake shore and keep you from running aground it will not keep another boat from running into you. If you cannot see well, stay in visual contact of the bank and go slow and listen otherwise just wait until the fog rises. We have drownings on Norfork every year. There are a lot of fish on the beds and this is the worst time of year to have tournaments but it is all about the money. It takes about 2-1/2 to 5 days for bass eggs to hatch and about 10 more days before they are able to swim and feed on their own, and three weeks from the time the male makes the bed until the fish swim away. If you catch the male off the nest predators eat the eggs or little fish immediately. It is to be in the 80's with lows in the 60's this weekend and is a perfect time to visit and be outside. It is nice here at Blackburns and the Price is right.
We have received a little rain so far but not much. Just a few showers. It looks to be a perfect weekend with a high pressure moving in with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80's. These cloudy days have made for some good fishing. The full moon on friday and the high pressure may slow that a bit but if you get out before sunrise the topwater bite will still be good for both bass and stripers. There is a lot of pollen on the water and it is bad on the banks where the wind is blowing into and the backs of the creeks. The lake is clearing and there will be some sight fishing for bass. I was out all afternoon and did not see one wrapped boat. They must not be doing much pre-fishing on Norfork or stopping when the tournament usually stops. I was in a prime bass area and catching several large ones. Thursday will be the only day we will have to fish around the crowd but there are only 109 entries but several other spectator and filming boats. They quit about the time the fishing gets good in the afternoon. The weigh in is at the college and they will have to haul the fish there and back. Maybe they will put the fish in Norfork rather than the long trip back on friday and saturday. I hope they do not bring any Zebra Mussels to Norfork . They can keep them where they are. I do not know where the algae is coming from this spring. We do not usually have any let alone this early. You cannot rely on what usually happens anymore but get out there everyday and see for yourself. Some big fish are coming in everyday. It took it a long time to warm up yesterday but it finally did about 4:pm. I will fish around the showers today.
Nobody asked me how to catch these. But you cannot do it from the motel. I like it when I win.
All of these and more are swimming in Tom Kelly's Trophy Pond.
25 lbs. of bass today and 12-lbs of crappie. Nobody asked Scuba Steve. All fish are swimming in Tom Kelly's Trophy Pond.
Cloudy with light rain today. We need it as it was getting very dry. I had to irrigate my garden already. It is to get to 70 today but is only 60 at noon. If you like birds, Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is the place. The purple martins and hummingbirds are back and the bluebirds are nesting everywhere. We are an Arkansas State Bird Sanctuary and have dozens of year around speces. The goldfinches are beautiful. I have three pileated woodpeckers on my feeder everyday and they are big. I guess the fish are tired of waiting for the water temperature to warm and are spawning everywhere. Some days the temperature is 63 and others it is 60. The ambient temperature is to get to the 80's this weekend and that will really get them going. Some smallmouth are finished and are biting aggressively. The creeks are stained a bit but clearing as the lake has been very stable for several weeks. The morning topwater bite has begun and will last longer each day. They are shallow early before sunrise and you can bring them up with a spook and then watch for them to surface at sunrise. Bass too. There is a fishing tournament this week starting Thursday, moving to another lake on Friday and Saturday and Returning Sunday. There will be 109 fishermen. It should not interfere with fishing much after Thursday with only a few boats left for Sunday so come on down. I am not much on fishing tournaments right in the middle of the spawn but maybe the creeks will be too stained for sight fishing. I am catching some big bass but releasing all of them immediately.
Blade Street with a Nice Smallmouth Fishing With Bink. They caught 20-fish Yesterday morning.
It is partly cloudy and warm today with rain heading our way. It is getting dry again. It is to be in the 80's this weekend. The lake level is 552.89 and dropping very slowly with intermittant generation. The surface temperature was 63 last evening. The lake is clearing in both the main lake and creeks but is still a good color. Some bass are pre-spawn feeding, some staging and some are on the bank. Several are being brought in everyday. John Schreeves is catching some big crappie back in the creeks but not too many. Dave, Lance and Blade Street caught a big stringer of mixed bass with the largest being a smallmouth. Bass are best in the morning and stripers in the late afternoon and evening.The moon is big and the morning top water bite for stripers will be very soon. This is a good time to visit Norfork Lake. 1-800-635-0526
Andy Copeland, Brian Renner and Mike Carver From Archie and Freeman, Missouri Had A Good day. Good Going.
It is a wonderfull day here on Beautiful Norfork Lake. Temperatures are to get to the mid to high 70's and it is sunny. The level is stable at 552.94 and they are running one generator intermittantly. It is starting to get dry here again. The surface temperatures are in the early 60's and many fish are staging for spawn with male crappie on the banks in the creeks. The night bite for stripers is still on for some reason. Fish are coming up a little more everyday in the morning at sunrise. There are a lot of smaller crappie this year. They are usually in the Bennetts area but are near here for some reason. I did not catch the giant crappie in numbers this winter as I usually do. I am also not catching the big walleye yet but several undersized ones. The walleye that were in big numbers in the 16-17 inch range last year have grown and must be somewhere. They will be on mainlake points in 20-ft. of water soon just as the thermocline forms they will be right above it. The creeks are stained just enough to keep most of the sight fishermen from seeing the fish on beds. The level is part way up in the buckbrush and has been so for quite a while and has been relatively stable and is for a good spawn of most varieties. Some nice fish are coming in every day.
The lake level is 552.96 and they quit generating for several hours but just started one again. It is a little cloudy today but temps are near 70. Things are starting to happen with some smallmouth spawning and others moving to the bank. Many are still scattered in open water. We planted the garden yesterday with no signs of frost in sight. Paul Ahrens is catching crappie but reports they are not right in the brush but several feet away from it. 17+ pounds won the Cystic tournament and were caught on a crank bait. Bink is still on the fish both morning and night. Bass are coming up early. This is a good time of year to visit Norfork Lake And the price is right here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. 1-800-635-0526
Caught Last Night Fishing With Bink's Guide Service. That is one nice catch.
The lake level has dropped to 552.99 and is under 553 for the first time in a long time. It is to be in the 70's for the next several days with lows in the 50's and the crappie and bass will move to the bank in big numbers. Some of them are there now but not too many. Mostly smallmouth and male crappie. The best bite is now is for bass in the morning on a grub and swim bait in the evening and stick bait after dark for stripers. Bink is catching a lot of big fish. Surface temperature is creeping up and varies quite a bit in the backs of the creeks by the time of day, amount of sushine and wind direction but is mostly above 60. Get out early and take the middle of the day off and stay out late and use light clear line with no hardware. That heavy line is not only visible but adds to the drag of your lure and slows action and makes your lure not run true.
It is nice to have light winds for a change and comfortable temperature. it took it a while to warm up yesterday but it finally did. Our normal high is 69 degrees. The creeks stained up a bit for some reason. Bass are staging in the creeks and some are moving to the beds with the 60 degree water temperature. The lake is still dropping slowly with one generator running continuously and is at 553.15 and there are a lot of shad far back in the creeks. Just a very few male crappie are moving to the banks and there are a few big ones on brush. I am surprised there is still some night striper fishing now. It is usually over by now. I suspect they are feeding rather than simulating a spawn. Everything is slowly coming around and the water temperature is resisting a quick rise. Keep trying a swim bait and spoon during the day. Best bite is still early AM as the sun rises and the fish do too. They go down quick. Overall fishing is fair with some good fish being caught if you work at it. Good topwater striper fishing and crappie on the bank are coming soon and so is topwater bass. The nights just have to warm up.
Tom Kelly With One of Several Caught Yesterday
Lake level is 553.25 and dropping slowly with one generator running continuously. The lake is clearing rapidly. I hope it does not clear enough for the tournament coming up to catch fish off the beds. As you know I am not in favor of fishing tournaments during the middle of spring spawn whether the fish are released or not. I fished hard to see if I could find any male crappie on the bank near cover in the backs of the creeks but could not find any. There are some good ones on the brush now but not a lot. Tom Kelly and Paul Ahrens did catch some and so did I. Bass are staging in the creeks and several are shallow under docks. This is not a good time to kill big bass. Let them go at least until after the spawn. They will be post spawn feeding on top water and easily caught then. Norfork Lake has a good natural bass population and we want to keep it that way. They are our staples when the stripers and walleye get scarce. Weather has been cooler than average but the wind is down and it is pleasant. It is a good time of year. 1-800-635-0526 come on down. We will not charge you too much and boat stalls are mostly free. If you do not want to drag your boat we have several to choose from and at low prices. Fully equipped fiberglass bass boats and fishing pontoons.
The surface temperature was 60 last evening. We received about 1/2 inch of rain yesterday and it all sunk in and the lake dropped to 553.38 with one generator running continuously. The creeks are still stained a good color. Main lake is not as clear as usual. Joe Cebula is back and reports he and John Schreeves caught 16 fish after the rain ended at 11:Am all on the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon and of several different varieties. Paul Ahrens is back but I did not get a chance to talk to him. Nice fellow. We all help each other catch fish here at Blackburns. Weather is a little cooler than normal with some rain scheduled for later in the week. Nice time to visit. Weather good and prices low. 1-800-635-0526. I will check some crappie banks to see if the males have moved in yet but will release them. The lake has been at a very stable level for several weeks making for a fairly good spawn. Good thing we have not had any big rains. Wind has finally diminished.
Lake level is dropping a bit and is at 553.57 with one generator running continuously again. We are starting to get dry again but are susposed to get rain tonight. It sprinkled a little last night but not much. It is sunny now and getting windy again. This has been a windy spring but nothing damaging so far. It usually is calm early mornings with the cool nights but increases as it heats up or if a front is moving through. It does not always slow in the evening but does most of the time. John Schreeves caught several crappie yesterday and said they were not very big, only about 11-inches and were schooled in 30-ft. of water part way back in the creeks. The surface temperature was 60 last evening and is slowly moving up. Harvey reports catching some crappie but it is not easily done. He fished six brush piles for five hours and caught 11 and he is the best at it. Some good fish of several speces are moving to the bank to feed after dark and it is the best bite. Walleye, stripers and an occasional large male crappie can be caught. Otherwise get out there before sunrise and look for the topwater bite. I have switched to the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon during the day. That is what John caught his crappie on too. Trotline fishing is still slow. The water clarity is still too stained for sight fishing but they are not on the banks in big numbers yet anyway. When we get some nights with lows in the 60's things will break loose. I am still afraid to plant my tomatoes yet. Some years it does this and then turns off hot. Lots of fronts moving through.
Jim Kahlenbeck with a nice striper caught last night. Sorry to see these boys go.
The lake level is now 553.73 and has dropped just a bit with one generator running most of the time. Last night the surface temperature hit 60 again but dropped a bit with the cool night. The water color is stained just right. I caught two walleye yesterday afternoon and put them in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. Tommy Smith is back turkey hunting mostly but caught some nice channel catfish on his trot line. Kahlenbecks and Bart Smith got some nice stripers last night and are leaving today. Sorry to see them go. They have been visiting here for several years both spring and fall and are good fishermen. Always glad to see them. We have a good group in now but usually do. The weather should be 68 degrees for a normal high and we have been struggling to get there most days and the water temperature has been slow rising all spring. Fishing has been steady but not the best. Some days they bite and some they do not but the night bite for stripers has been pretty consistent. It is usually over by now. The top water bite is slowly coming around but they quit biting shortly after sunrise. A good place to look for topwater early is Panther Creek. It is usually one of the first places to have them come up a lot. Call 1-800-635-0526 for reservations here at Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and you will be welcome. Things are in good shape here.
Crappie fishing on Norfork Lake Arkansas. This is how it works. In April when you see Warmouth and Pumpkinseed bluegill on the bank they are waiting for the crappie spawn to eat them. The male crappie go to the spawning area before the female and the female will not lay eggs if one is not present. If you catch the male crappie the first time they go to the bank it is not good. Turn them loose. Today I caught several Warmouth and several Bluegill in 26-30 feet of water over brush. Also three walleye. People saying this is an early spring are wrong. If it was they would be on the bank. These fish are now swimming in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. The crappie are not on the bank yet. If you find one leave him alone. Scuba Steve.
This young man looks plenty Happy.
Two Big Stripers Caught With Bink
The lake level is 553.88 and dropping slowly with one generator running continuously and the water color is stained and has dropped to 58 degrees again. The best bite continues to be in the early morning with fish coming up at sunrise and in the evening at sunset and after dark. If it is windy the bass continue to bite on long pea gravel banks with a small dropoff or cut on a crawdad colored crankbait. I do not get revenue from tackle companies but the color is important as the fish that are not on shad are feeding on crawdads. The walleye and larger white bass have spawned but smaller white bass will continue to spawn into the summer as do the smaller bass. The big bass have not moved to the spawning banks in big numbers but will do so soon. We usually get a big warmup by the 15th of April when the topwater bite picks up and continues to increase until Mid to late may and then diminishes gradually until summer. During the period of Late April and May you can bring the topwater fish that have not come up yet or have moved back down a bit with a mid sized clear spook. It sparkles in the sunlight and you can use a colored one if it is not sunup yet or on cloudy days. You can cast them far as the fish always seem to be just out of reach of a smaller lure. Use a medium heavy rod so you can get good action on the lure. When the fish are deeper Bink likes to cast the spoon and hop it back to the boat keeping it at the depth the fish are showing on the locator. This can be fairly consistent with the time of day and helps to find a lost school and also works well for walleye. For you bow fishermen, the carp will come to the back of Blackburns creek soon by the hundreds to spawn. This lasts about four days and then they are gone. If you are interested I can keep in touch with you by E-mail since it is nearly impossible to predict. We have several people that like this. You need a flat bottomed boat. I am catching nothing but bass on my trotline and there are still few crappie on brush with most in open water on shad with some in the back of Pigeon Creek but I have not found any spawning yet. After they do I have some very good brush piles and the big ones will move to them first. Call 1-800-635-0526 for Reservations. I know you are tired of seeing me in pictures so I try to use customers so you know we have some and we have a lot. if you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much.
Nice Fish Joe.
John and Jim Kahlenbeck and Bart Smith are Back and catching fish as usual. Welcome
Truman and Doc Zinn from Verona and Monette, Missouri catch a lot of Big fish and are welcome Here.
It was near 80 yesterday and beautiful. The lake level is at 554 with one generator running for three days. It is starting to get dry again. The surface temperature has finally broke 60. The lake is clearing with good water color. The best bite is still stripers after dark and bass early morning. Top water is increasing so get out there on the right bank before sunrise. Some bluegill are showing up on brush and under docks and a few crappie. The crappie might go directly to the bank to spawn back in the creeks in most areas but some are in the back of Pigeon near the bridge now. There are not many on my brush and probably will not be until after the spawn which will be soon. Many big fish have been brought in the last two days. Everything is good here and we will not charge you too much at blackburns.
The weather has been beautiful with sunny skies and temperatures in 70's. The wind has been variable from the south. Early morning it is calm, when it heats up it begins to blow and then when it starts to cool again it slows starting about 5:pm. That is a normal pattern when a persistent high pressure hangs in. Every weekend for about six weeks has been very nice. They are running one generator continually and the lake is dropping ever so slowly and is at 554.17 which is a good overall level. The lake is clearing from last weeks rain and is at a good color. The water temperature is creeping up with cool nights and warm days. It should be 60 soon but that has been the case for several days. We had a nice group in from Kansas and they were sad about the Basketball game but were welcome here. We have several good striper fishermen in now and we will see how they do. I have been catching mostly bass. I am not much for spring fishing tournaments during the spawn and both Cystic Fibrosis Buddy Bass and Bass Cat have moved to the other lake which does not hurt my feelings at all. I wonder if Cystice Fibrosis will go to Texas with Bass Cat next year. They have a good cause and most of their entries are from Missouri and Arkansas with a lot of good fishermen. They both have 200+ entries. We will not have to have our regular customers schedule around these tournaments this year here at Blackburns and not have to pull out our rental boats from the dock and have fish pulled off their beds. All of these are good. Sorry to see Tom and Marlene Stanton leave. Weather is good, trees and flowers are blooming, grass is green and the valley is beautiful. Come on down the price is right. 1-800-635-0526
The lake level is 554.25 and is stable with one generator running continously for the last 24-hours. It is about 6-inches higher than before the rain. The backs of the creeks are clearing already and are not too muddy to fish. I fished the middle of the day (which I know is the worst time) but wanted to see if I could catch any fish. I went to a main lake brush pile and caught a good bass on the first drop of the spoon and then nothing. Tried two other big brush piles and caught one more bass and a couple of bluegill. The sun was shining and it was 80 degrees and just nice to be alive and out. The fish are just not on the brush in this area. The surface temperature was 58 degrees. There was a mud line at the edge of the main lake on dirt banks but not bad. The rest of the main lake was pretty clear. The rain did not hurt anything and we were very dry. The creeks are a greenish brown but I caught some fish in this colored water. I had to come in for a 3:30 PM doctor's appointment and did not want to. The wind was from the west and there were very small whitecaps but you could get out of it easily in the creeks. It had died down when I got back home about 5:PM. There is a top water bite on most days just as the sun comes up for bass and stripers. The night bite is still on. There are some crappie in pigeon creek by the bridge but I do not want to go that far to get them. I will wait until they get here but will go to middle pigeon and east pigeon when they go to the bank. I go to Briar creek and point 8 area but that is as far as I go. I like to fish twin coves.The walleye will be on main lake points in 20 ft. or less in May. That is what I wait for. Big crappie will be with them. Fish will start coming up every morning in the creeks soon and stay up longer and longer. Panther creek is a good first indicator. April is a good month and that is no foolin.
We received just under three inches of rain from 1:pm to 5:Pm yesterday and were susposed to get one. The lake level has risen 6-inches in the last 24-hours and now is above 554. The just started one generator after running nothing all day yesterday. It is time to let some water out boys. The creeks run hard and are muddy in the back of the lake.The surface temperature is just above 55 and is having trouble rising. The ambient temperature is to get to the high 70's today and then cool off to the 60's again. 65 is our average temperature. We have been in a cycle of very nice weather for the weekends which does not matter to me personally. If I did not have to write out checks I would not know what day it is. I would know if there was a low pressure moving in or if a sunny high pressure had been here for a few days and what direction the wind was blowing and if the lake was rising or falling and what the fish are biting on.That is what is important along with baseball starting Sunday. I will go out in a few minutes to find out what effects the rain has had. The lake is in excellent condition but needs to warm a bit. There are a lot of crappie and bluegill under the dock but I am having trouble catching many fish on my brush piles yet but I will keep trying. It will happen overnight. Many fish are on shad in open water and are moving quickly and hard to stay on.
Another beautiful day here on good old Norfork lake. 70 degrees with sunny skies and wind from 10-15. We are to get an inch of rain tonight and we need it badly. We missed the last two. If you are having trouble catching fish follow these instructions. Put on clear light line and take off all hardware. Get out of bed in the morning and get to your prescribed destination before sunrise. That is before 7:30 Am. I will help you with the location when you get here. Next learn how to rig a 5-inch fluke or bass assassin with a weighted nose hook. I will help you with that too. Next learn how to work the swim bait. Keep the lure dropping as much as possible with your rod. Use this until the sun comes up and look for top water fish and keep your zara spook or spitin image handy when they start to come up. After they are down switch to a spoon or crank bait for bass. You can also use a creature bait like a crawdad with a jig head on the bottom during the day for walleye. Take the middle of the day off. Go out about 5:pm and use the swim bait again until dark. Move to the striper spawning banks and fish with a stick bait until about 10:pm. Another way is to troll umbrellas over the schools of shad until you catch one. This takes experience and practice and is not good on your big motor but it works. Everyone that I know who trolls a lot has motor problems. If you want to not fish at night and sleep late please do not blame the fish. I cannot get them to bite on my schedule. They are there. Otherwise get up late and fish during the middle of the day and drink beer all night. That works for me but not for serious fishermen. When they say we went out about 9:am and threw everything in the tacklebox at them I can predict your results. We need the rain to stir things up a little. The creeks are getting clear again. I am not on the panfish good yet but am working on it. A young lad caught a few crappie off the dock but not too many. Some of the big bluegill are there too but not many of those yet too. They will be. We feed them several times a day.
Caught Fishing With Bink Last Night
Another beautiful day here in the Ozarks. We did not get the rain yesterday. The lake level is 553.54 and has been stable for several days with generation a little less than 1/2 the time. One day the creeks are stained and the next they are clear. Main lake is clear. Surface temperature does not want to rise and stays in the mid 50's. We are to have good weather with temperatures to be near 70 for two days and then rain scheduled for Wednesday. We will see. They say we have a 70% chance and they are wrong about 70% of the time. Spring is slow coming and the nights are very cold with lows in the mid 30's. When the sun goes down it cools off fast. Scuba Steve caught some nice bass yesterday on the fluke and Mike and James continued catching morning hybrids and stripers. They come up right after sunrise and stay up until about 9:30. The time they are up will increase now until mid May when it will decrease but not quit until summer. Fish are coming up in the creeks facing the wind. The wind blows the plankton, the shad follow the plankton and the fish follow the shad and the fishermen follow the fish. It is time to keep a spook handy. During the day use a swim bait in light winds and a crank bait on windy days for bass. I am going to keep trying the spoon during the day even though I have had limited success the last several days. The night bite is still on but will diminish as the water warms. Soon it will be smallmouth time on long banks with a creature bait. We are in a transition period so stay tuned. Call 1-800-635-0526 for a reservation where you can get a cabin for $53/day with a free boat stall. We have fishing pontoons too if you have more than three people and do not want to haul a boat.
I am not sure if Susan is hunting eggs or watching.
Beautiful day for an Egg hunt here at Blackburns. Kids were everywhere and the place was packed. Everyone was welcome. We do not just fish here. After the hunt people stayed to play on our very large playground with many activities. It was a fun day. Wish you were here. The hunt gets bigger every year.
If you could have a perfect day for an Easter Egg hunt, this is it. Sunny, light wind with a high near 70. There was fog until about 8:30 this morning. The water temperature is back up to just under 56 and the lake is still clearing. We are to get some rain tomorrow with cooler temperatures and then very nice normal weather to follow. Normal high is 65. Lake level has dropped a bit but has been stable for several days. Blackburns is full now but has some openings for next week. Come on down 1-800-635-0526. We will not charge you too much for boat rentals , cabins and most boat stalls are free. Cabins start at $53/day and all are individual units with no duplexes and all have covered porches. Not much has changed as far as fishing goes but will when the water temperature finally warms up. There is still a morning and night bite for stripers but the full moon in March is over now and the night bite will diminish and the top water bite will begin. Big fish are being brought in everyday. Some could be yours. It is hard to believe next Friday is April and they celebrate a holiday in my honor. We have a lot of children anxiously awaiting the 3:pm hunt. Blackburns is the family place.
Mike Soltysiac is not to be outdone by the young lads. Nice fish Mike.
James, Mike and Mike. The Picture Speaks for Itself.
It has been cool and windy and the surface water temperature has dropped to at or below 50. Reports about an early spring and spawn are exaggerated. We are actually behind. It is to be nice today and tomorrow with a cold rain moving in Sunday. Our average high is 64 and we may get back to that next week if we are lucky. The boys caught several big fish yesterday morning and more last night. The bass fishermen are doing fairly well in the wind with about one in three keepers. Crawdad colored crankbaits are still working but not as well as before. Try a creature bait simulating a crawdad on the bottom on shadowy points before dark for walleye and a few small mouth. Albino colored bass assassins or flukes with nose weighted hooks are about the best overall lure during the day. The lake level is 553.74 and they are doing what they can to keep it at the too high level of 553.75 which someone has decide that is now normal. They need to own a marina or boat dock. They used to draw the level down to the high 540's which prevented the spring yoyo. The water clears for a few days and and then stains up again but is a good color for fishing. Too clear of water can be harder to fish than muddy water. I like a pale green where you can see down to about 8-10 feet. Full house here tonight with people taking advantage of Blackburns Low Prices on Both cabins and boat rentals and free boat stalls. We like that. There is no minimum stay here if we can fit you in. Come on down.
Tom Stanton and Brad Henson Show Off Some of Yesterday's Catch. Marlene should have been in the Picture as she catches the biggest fish.
It is cloudy so far today and cooler after two days of warm with wind from the south. It has moved to the north now with a beautiful weekend scheduled with Saturday being the best day weatherwise. The yard is mowed and ready for the Easter Egg hunt on Saturday at 3:pm. We like Easter here at Blackburns. The surface water temperature was 52 last evening and does not want to rise. The level is 553.93 and they just started generating after a day of nothing. We received about 0.4 inches of badly needed rain last night. Bink is out with some of Blackburns guests now. We will see what they do. He usually books about 100 trips out of the resort a year and almost everyone is happy. He fishes artificial bait only and you catch the fish rather than trolling around and getting handed a rod when the fish bites. I could not be a guide as I do not like to fish under pressure but like to go by myself for peace and quiet. I do not have to go out on a schedule and usually go when the conditions are good. Despite the wind several fish were caught yesterday. You people from Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin should get on your snowmobile and come on down. Just kidding but come on down anyway. You will be welcome. We will not charge you too much.
Big Crappie Caught Fishing With Bink Yesterday Evening
The water temperature was just under 54 last evening and it is to get to 70 today again, ambient temperature, and still windy. It is really busy here at Blackburns and we like that. People are taking advantage of our low prices on both cabins and boat rentals and free boat stalls. No sense in paying more unless you just have too much money. We have a few new guests but most are repeat customers. The family just keeps growing and we keep putting more money improving the property. The lake level dropped to just under 553.75 which is what they are trying to keep it for some reason. It is a good level but having it there at the end of March is a mistake. They quit generating when this happened and it quickly rose to 553.8 and they started generating again. There is a good chance of rain tonight and we need it as things are getting very dry. The crappie and bluegill moved under the dock about two weeks ago but just a few have moved to the brush and they are not the big ones. The kids caught several yesterday. Do not come here for that yet. Bink caught a big one last night on a stick bait striper fishing and I am not sure what that means. It was not a spawning bank except for stripers. There are still a lot of bass and crappie in open water on shad but the strong southerly wind has blown the bass back into the shallow, gravelly, south facing main lake banks again. I am finding some fish back in the creeks but not a lot yet. If the surface temperature does not rise soon the fish will spawn by time rather than water temperature. Full moon tonight but cloudy. Should be good for striper fishing. Listen to Live in the Boat with Binks Guide Service on KTLO at 97.9FM at 8;45 AM on Thursdays to get another accurate report. If you are already here, stop by Blackburns on your way home and visit. You will be welcome.
Scuba Steve With His First Channel Cat of The Year. It is Now Swimming In Tom Kelly's Trophy Pond.
Caught Fishing with Bink.
It is to be in the 70's for a couple of days with wind and varying temperatures after that. The surface temperature is 54 and has dropped just a bit with the cool nights. When the lows are near 60 at night things will break loose. We had a mild winter but the water temperature is slow at rising. It is not an early spring. It stayed just below 50 for several weeks and then moved to 56 quickly with the warm rain we received a week ago and then has dropped again just a bit. It has not been a steady rise. The water color is just right and one day the creeks are clearing and the next they are stained. I went out yesterday with mixed results. I do not go just where the fish are biting but to check on what is changing. I prefer to fish with no boats in sight. I tried the back of the south facing creeks with the wind from the south with no luck. I guess it had been blowing from the north too long. I tried some brush with a spoon and still nothing. Made a run to the Red Bank area and could not find the spring crappie so I switched to a crank bait on long gravelly shallow main lake banks and caught some bass. I saw some top water near Blackburns Creek but the shad were moving fast, hard to stay on and they were smaller bass. i did catch a nice big channel cat on my trot line. The first of the year. Bink is catching his walleye on the bottom with a crawdad creature bait and stripers at night still on the stick bait. Otherwise he is using a swim bait during the day. People trolling umbrellas are doing well in the Cranfield area very early mornings. The fish are not jumping in the boat as some report but you can catch some good ones if you work at it. Blackburns Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday at 3:pm. It gets bigger and bigger every year and the kids love it. We do not only fish here. Call 1-800-635-0526 for reservations. Blackburns beautiful valley has trees and shrubs blooming with green grass and birds everywhere. We are the fun place and at the best price on cabins and boat rentals. No duplexes, all cabins have covered porches and we do not charge for boat stalls. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.
Jim and Marlene Stanton From Minnesota Show off Some Nice Norfork Lake Stripers Caught Yesterday. Welcome Folks.
It is to get only 52 here today with much warmer weather scheduled for tomorrow. The lake is clearing again, still at 56 degrees and level is at 554.02 and dropping a little with one generator running continously for the last 24-hours. The wind is from the north now but is to shift to the south tomorrow. Brian Deardoff went out yesterday and reports catching several big Kentucky bass on a stick bait near Blackburns creek. Bink caught several walleye and Tom and Marlene Stanton from Minnesota caught several open water fish. Billy Springer caught several nice stripers and hybrids trolling unbrellas. Overall it was a good day for fishing. There is a lot of comradery among our guests and they help each other catch fish. We like that. They come back year after year and make friends. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. Stop by Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental before you leave. We will be glad to have you check us out. It is busy here and we will not charge you too much for cabins and boat rentals and boat stalls are free. You cannot beat that. Wednesday is full moon and night fishing for stripers should be at it's peak. Fish are full of eggs.
Very Nice Walleye
Caugh Fishing With Bink
Sunny and cooler today with temperature in the 50's. It is to be back in the 70's by Wednesday. The lake dropped 1-inch in the last 24 hours and is at 554.13 with pretty steady generation. It is at a good level but still too high for March. The creeks are clearing again and there is moss growing around docks and in shallow water on the bottom. I have not seen that before on Norfork Lake in March. It did not happen when the lake temperature did not drop below 50 a few years ago. It is still 56 now. We have had milder winters before. It looks like we will have to mow the yard before the annual Easter Egg Hunt next Saturday. It is a big deal and the kids love it. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is the fun place. I can not give much advice to open water fishermen except that the fish are moving to the main lake point banks at night and are in deeper water not too far from there during the day. I look for river channel steep banks for fish during the day on spoons and trolling umbrellas. I am seeing a few fish coming up during the day and they are mostly bass. The big schools of shad are gone from the main lake in my area. Scuba Steve caught Some nice fish yesterday as did Bink. I am not having an easy time fishing the afternoons but am catching big fish and that is what I want. The water seems to get glassy in the evenings when the air cools and the fishing gets tough. The wind has shifted to the north and is cool but not too bad. I am using stick baits, wiggle warts, spoons, grubs and road runners. Call 1-800-635-0526 for reservations. Blackburns has the best prices. You do not have to go somewhere else to launch your boat and we do not charge for boat stalls.
Walleye, Largemouth and Smallmouth. Tom Kelly Catches Them all.
Cooler for the next few days and then warming up again. It was 65 degrees when I went out fishing yesterday. The lake level is dropping slowly and is at 554.23 and the surface temperature is hanging in there at about 56. I still am not getting very many fish off the brush piles. The bass are still biting on crank baits on gravelly shallow flats on the main lake but not nearly as well on calm days. If the wind is blowing hard from the south and you go to south facing banks they bite a lot better. Big ones too. The water is not warming very quickly so they might stay there for a bit. More and more walleye are showing up but I am not catching many yet. They will be on main lake point brush next month. Blackburns is getting more and more walleye fishermen as the fish population continues to increase. We have several striper fishermen in now and the day time fishing has been challenging for them. I caught some nice fish yesterday but not too many. The lake was like glass and has been almost every early evening for several days. Bink is on fish both day and night with the morning bite being better than the afternoon. The fish are numerous under my dock but I save them for the children and feed them several times a day. I have still not caught a catfish on my trot line but several big bass. Tom Kelly caught some good ones yesterday morning. The lake was clearing nicely but the creeks are stained green a bit more. Just right for fishing. You main lake fishermen it is time to reduce your line size and take off all hardware and install flourocarbon line. Norfork definitely has line shy fish. Blackburns has all of their cabins open for spring and have one vacancy for next week. 1-800-635-0526 People are taking advantage of our low prices on both cabins and boat rentals and free boat stalls. It is worth a trip here to just see all of the improvements. We are proud of this place.
It is cloudy today with light winds and high in the mid 60's. To get cooler with highs in the low 50's for the weekend. The lake level is stable at 554.36 and they just started generating again after several hours of nothing. Surface temperature is still at 56. The Buell brothers report catching bass and white bass almost at will all day yesterday back in the creeks. Bink is catching some big stripers now after dark and it should get better as the moon gets bigger. Caught nine last night on the stickbait. You can catch the white bass on anything with a spinner. Rooster tail or road runner are best. Call 1-800-635-0526 for reservations and join the fun. We will not charge you too much.
Buell Brothers. Mike from Wisconsin, Wendell from Michigan. Caught Fishing with Bink's Guide Service. Nice Fellows.
Another Beautiful day here on Norfork Lake. Sunny, high 60's with light wind. The fish were biting yesterday. Steve Deardoff reports catching some very large smallmouth bass, Mike and Wendell Buell caught some very large crappie on Blackburns Brush Piles and walleye, stripers and giant Hybrids fishing with Bink, and Scuba Steve caught some big black bass. I hope the Buells come back. They are very nice fellows. Wiggle warts for bass, stick baits for walleye,stripers and hybrids. Crappie on minnows, jigs and small grubs. Lake level is stable with one generator running most of the time. Surface temperature is just above 56. Those bass are still biting on windy days. Not a lot of stripers on the night bite yet but some very large hybrids. Full moon is 23rd. Best chance for big fish after dark. Those hybrids are a mainstay when the stripers get scarce. I hope they do not quit stocking them. 1-800-635-0526 for a reservation. Join the fun.
A Nice StriperToo
One Big Smallmouth Fishing With Bink
The lake level is stable at 554.40 with one generator running continuously. it is to be 83 here today with sunshine and south winds at 10-15. Good day to bass fish. The full moon is Wednesday the 23rd and that week should hit the Night bite for stripers. It had not peaked yet. I am somewhat concerned about the number of big stripers showing up and the people killing the 7-8 pound small ones. Big ones should be coming in now. We will see when the top water bite starts. That typically peaks mid to late April. The weather is to cool into the 50's for the weekend. I caught some fish last evening but no big ones. Many fish are under Blackburns dock now as are the turtles. Some should have moved to the shallower brush. I will see. Brush piles have been vacant up to now. No catfish on the trotline yet. The bass are taking all my bait but that will change. Everything is changing now with the water temperature rising. We have all of the cabins open now and nearly full for next week. Wish you were here. 1-800-635-0526 Compare prices before you reserve.
Debbie and Susan Are Making The front Of The Lodge Beautiful.
Tom Kelly was fishing in his pond when I let these big boys loose.
Sunny with highs near 80. Boy are we getting a lot of work done here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. The place has never looked better. We are all proud and keeping the price low for you too. I went out for a bit last eveining and caught some big fish. I sure like that south wind in the spring. The fish moved in under our dock last night. That is a good sign. Bass, bluegill and crappie are everywhere. I am not on the catfish yet but the bass fishing is very good. I am fishing the mainlake flats near the bank. Bink is taking out some of Blackburns guests tomorrow and tomorrow evening. I sure hope they do well. We want everyone to have fun and not pay too much. He is a very good fisherman and my friend. (870-499-7384) I will check brushpiles again soon. 5-inch suspended stick baits for walleye and stripers and crawdad colored crank baits for bass. It is nice to have the sun back. The lake level is 554.39 and stable with one generator running continuously. Surface temperature 56. Higher some places.
I am looking for the one on the left. Caught last evening.
Nice Smallmouth Darrel
The lake was like glass when I went out last afternoon. I do not like that. The level is 553.33 and still rising with one generator running continuously with a water temperature of 55. I spooned three brush piles and got nothing and moved to creek banks with cover. Fishing was slow for me and I caught some smaller bass but not the walleye I was looking for. The conditions were just not right for me to fight. I wanted to find some walleye but again was unable to do so. My best chance was to stay out until dusk but I broke my favorite rod bringing in a big fish of some kind and lost my lure so I just came in. The sun is shining now for the first time in a week and looks and feels good. They are predicting storms for later but looks like most of them will stay south of us. We are fortunate here on Norfork Lake to have avoided severe weather and flooding. Bink is fishing the south end of the lake and catching more fish than me. I guess I will have to go with him again and get some more lessons. It does look like spring is here. I am just happy to be able to be out there. Call 1-800-635-0526 for reservations. We are nearly full starting next week. Wish you were here.
The lake is still rising slowly with about a 2-inch rise in the last 24-hours with one generator running most of the time and is at 554.27 It has been cloudy for almost a week but we have not received too much rain. About three inches total. The surface temperature in Blackburns Creek sure did change quickly. It went from just under 50 to 54 this week. It must have been the rain. I saw some top water action in the back of the creek and went over there. They were Kentucky bass on shallow shad in about 4-ft. of water. I caught four and went to check my trot line for catfish. No catfish but several more bass. All Kentuckys. Big and fat too. I took my limit to Tom Kelly's pond and added some crappie minnows. I will let you know when the catfish start. There are so many bass back there now. They like those live shiners. I sure hope they continue to stock catfish in the lake. Bink caught some big Hybrids last night. I hope they continue to stock them too. The moon is getting bigger and the night fishing should get better. I am going out to check brushpiles for John now. The crappie might just move to the bank back in the creeks straight from the open water. We will see. Some sunshine would be nice. Remember you can get a 1-bedroom cabin for $53/day with free boat stall, launch right by the dock, park your trailer, get your license and be on the water in minutes. We have it all here at Blackburns and at the best price. Closest to good fishing.
I am going after catfish next.
It is time for you bass fishermen to get out your wiggle wart and get to Norfork Lake before this pre-spawn feeding stops. Give Debbie a call at 1-800-635-0526 Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and free boat stalls. Trolling motors are also free on fishing pontoons. If you are not staying here you are paying too much. The big ones are biting now and the smaller ones will start as it gets later. You can also get in a little night striper fishing too. We have on-site fishing licenses and live bait.
Scuba Steve With a Couple Of Pretty Good Ones. Wish you were here.
We have received a total of 2.5 inches of rain in the last three days. It has all come slow with very little wind. The creeks are running very slowly and much of it sunk in. We needed the rain badly. Everything is very green now and many trees and shrubs are blooming. The backs of the creeks are muddied up pretty good but that is normal for March. The level is 554.01 and they have been running one generator for several hours now with both of them running before with a lapse of anything running in between. The lake has come up a total of three inches. Not bad. We got in a full day's work yesterday with no rain. It has been raining very lightly all morning. We will see what happens after all of this stuff is gone this weekend. The bass were biting last evening and I caught some good ones. I am going for catfish today. We have them all here on Beautiful Norfork Lake. I am getting excited. 1-800-635-0526
We have recieved about 2-inches of rain so far with more to come. Most of it has run off and the creeks are not running yet. The lake level has risen about 3-inches in the last 24-Hours with a little generation and is at 554. The surface temperature is still about 50 and has not changed much in several weeks. We have had a very mild winter with no snow. We just finished installing new drains and gutters on the dock and it did not take long to test them out. They worked well and you will like them. I am reluctant to predict the beginning of spring but the dogwoods are blooming as is my giant apple tree. That usually means the walleye and white bass are moving south. I did open up four more cabins and Debbie, and Susan are busy painting, deep cleaning and washing the windows. I do not believe the dock, grounds, pool, cabins and boats have ever been in better condition for your visit. 1-800-635-0526 It is to be 80 next week and things should really break loose. They have had plenty of time to lower the lake this spring. I hope they do not go on tv and radio and say this is what the dams are for. They just need to be managed properly. We know what they are for. To take care of special interest groups. Bink is still catching stripers after dark and Scuba Steve is catching big bass but no walleye. Come on down We are ready. I have to get out and catch some big catfish for Tom Kelly's pond. It is a trophy pond and that is all it needs. When I get that done I will build a chicken coup. I have wanted one for years and also want to raise quail and turn them loose at the resort. I miss having them around here. We used to have lots of them but they are gone.
The lake is still rising a bit with very little generation and is at 553.74 and is in good condition. Surface temperature is in the low 50's and rising slowly. It is dry here and the first part of the upcoming rain will soak in. There must be some reason why they are not generating but it is too complicated for this poor old Chemical Engineer. The level at Newport is just over 10-feet and is allowed to go to 21-feet by the old prehistoric regulations. I hope it is not surprising to our so called leaders that it rains here in Arkansas in the spring. It was a very good day and night for fishing here on good old lake Norfork yesterday. That spring south wind really gets those big bass a biting. Main lake cuts with a crank bait was working yesterday and a stick bait for stripers after dark. It was cloudy, warm, windy from the south with a low pressure moving in is about as good as it can get as far as fishing is concerned. Steve and Brian Deardoff said the Ranger Boat needed checking out. I am not sure if they found anything wrong with the boat but they sure caught some big fish. Plenty of them. The five biggest ones weighed over 20-pounds. They did not mention the boat when they returned. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is the fun place when the work gets done. Wish you were here. We will not charge you too much. 1-800-635-0526
Caught Fishing With Bink's Guide Service Last Night
It looks like the rain is on the way Monday night. It is hard to get an accurate forecast on the weekends since everyone is off and the reports are not updated. Listen to KTLO on channel 19 Cable TV at 7:AM tomorrow and Monte will give an accurate one. It does not look like this one can miss. They started up both generators a couple of hours ago and the level is exactly what it was 24-hours ago at 553.65 Surface temperature is about 50. I hope they do not pull the same stuff as they did last year when they let the lake get too high and say this is what the dams are for. That is true but they had a long time to anticipate the rise and would not let any water out until it was too late. The rules governing discharge need to be reviewed especially after the failed minimum flow rule was started taking away 1.75 feet of storage capacity without increasing allowable levels at Newport. When I went out last evening about 5: Pm the lake was almost like glass again. It picked up just a bit. I fished a shadowy bank for walleye until dusk catching only bass and moved to the striper bank and switched to a stickbait and caught several but they were small. I am not interested in 6-8 lb. stripers but it is good to know they are moving in. Reports that the bite is in full swing are exaggerated. You cannot go out one time and catch a few fish and make an accurate report. If people rely on your report they will be disappointed. Fishing is not good everyday. Especially after a new high pressure moves in. Bink says the night Bite will be good in a couple of weeks and I agree. This stable water level is sure clearing the water nicely. We will see what happens. You will be the first to know. We need about 5 degrees water temperature rise.
The lake level is still rising a bit with no generation. I thought they would start up at least one in preparation for the rain expected next week. It is 553.68 and has come up an inch since yesterday. The surface temperature is still just under 50 on the main lake and a bit higher in the creeks. I went out last evening and stayed after dark to see if the stripers were on the spawning bank yet as they should have been for several days. i was really looking for walleye returning from spawning but did not find any. There were some stripers on the bank and I caught some on the stick bait but they were only in the 7-8 lb. range. My night vision is not what it used to be but the water was calm and easily fished. I do not like to go out fishing once and make a report but I have been watching for the fishing trends every day and want you to be the first to know. If I liked night fishing I would come just before and just after the full moon which is the 23rd of March. The larger fish should move in and with a good chance of catching walleye just before dark. Norfork's walleye numbers are excellent and you can go out about 5:PM and fish for them until dusk and fish stripers on a stick bait until about 10:pm and have a good time. This is the first time I have recommended good fishing for several weeks and do not want people to come here and be disappointed. It sure makes a big difference on bass fishing if there is a 10-15 mile an hour wind from the south if they are biting or not. Go to the banks that the warmer water is blowing into part way back into the creeks around any structure. When the water gets to the mid 50's everything will get very good as the fish are there. It looks to be rainy next week and I always like to be out there when the low pressure starts to move in and the winds begin. I stay until it starts to rain. Good luck. The stripers simulating a spawn like a clear night with the full moon shining with a bit of wind blowing in and are on long flats on either sides of points or just inside. Stay as far from the bank with your boat as you can cast to shore and crank your 5-inch suspending stick bait to the bank, Crank it down about 3 or 4 turns and reel it in slowly just enough for the lure to work. Make sure the lure is running true before it gets dark. The same fish will be on steeper banks in deeper water during the day but do not bite as well. Use spoons then. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has the best prices on both Cabins and Boat Rentals On Norfork Lake and do not charge for boat stalls. 1-800-635-0526
They run two generators for a couple of hours yesterday and kept the lake from rising. It is 553.60 and stable. I hear people talking about water temperature in the mid 50's but I cannot find any of it. It is 49.8 in Blackburns Creek and I checked three fish finders. i also hear of a night bite for stripers but cannot find any of that either but I do not go over a mile from Blackburns very much either. Do not need to. When I went out last evening the lake was like glass, not even a ripple. If there were any fish coming up I could have seen them for a mile. I spooned some brush and cast the spoon and a grub and caught some bluegill, bass and small crappie and come in. It seems to take some wind for the big bass to bite. The big schools of shad on the flats by Mallard Point are gone as are the open water fish. When I do catch a white bass eggs are coming out of it. More fish will be moving to the banks very soon with highs in the 60's for the foreseeable future. I am ready. I am ready for baseball season to start too. Fishing is the game. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is the place. 1-800-635-0526 where you will not pay too much.
They are still not generating anything and the lake is still rising slowly. It is 553.58 and still clearing. it is at a very good level and it would be fine if I did not think we will get a big spring rain. We need more surge capacity. They proved that last year but it did not seem to sink in. This relatively new way of running things is increasing the costs and work for Marina and Dock owners. Now that they figured out how to open and close the flood gates they are using this tool as a crutch. The water going through the flood gates does not power the generators and is a waste of money. I caught some bass yesterday and a few small crappie and that was it. I fished until after dark and could not catch anything on the stick bait. There were no boats out there on the stripers places and I saw no evidence of a night bite. It may be happening other places but not here and this is usually one of the best places. Some fish are starting to bite on the jerk bait during the day and walleye are also starting to show up. I did not catch any but Bink caught two yesterday. Some fish are on 30-ft. brush and some are on the bank. I am using both the grub and spoon but will try the jerk bait later today. Getting excited. It does not take much for me. I just love being outside. I have five more cabins to open up and will wait a bit. I have opened all of them before March 15th before and got tricked. You book them and I will open them. I am very proud to own Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental and will try to keep the prices as low as I can for you. 1-800-635-0526
Bink's Guide Service is On The Big Bass
They still have not generated anything again for another 24/hours and the level has risen to 553.47 and I am not happy about it. It is too high for the 2nd of March. It is a good level now for everything but is dangerous going into the spring rains. The water color is stained green and clearing a little every day and is a perfect color for fishing. The surface temperature just cannot seem to get up to 50 and stay there. We are to be in the 60's for the next week and it might get there. Our normal high is 56. We seem to be back in the pattern of getting a rain every week. We have been fortunate to have avoided any severe weather for a long time and have had very little winter. The bass are biting better everyday, especially just in front of a cold front when the wind starts to blow or after the high pressure has been here for a couple of days. Open water fishing is slow unless you can find some fish feeding on shad and this is not easy. There are two things that happen on the lake when walleye get ready for spawn. The ones from north of the dam move up river to the border area and the ones south go the other way to the backs of brushy and big creeks. I do not hate them enough to chase them that far but will wait for them to return. It is about time for them to return from there and move to the banks to feed. I like to fish for them in the evening on shadowy banks just before dark using soft plastics like flukes or bass assassins and then switch to stick baits at dark for stripers. The stripers will be with them and will be on the banks at or after dark simulating a spawn and this will happen in the next several days. Before the dam near the dynamite shack and communication tower and the flats on the side of Thumb point and the walleye rearing pond area by Cranfield island are good places to start. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526 will get you the best place and best boat rental at the best price.
Released under Dock. Caught on a Windy Sunday on a Crank bait.
Steve Deardoff is a good Bass Fisherman
Another perfect day on Norfork lake. Sunday was windy but the big bass were biting. The wind dropped yesterday and the bite slowerd a little but I still got some nice fish. Steve Deardoff had a very good day Sunday and said he liked fishing out of Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental's Ranger Bass Boat. He also said he caught fish on every bank he fished and was using a crank bait. i was using a grub and spoon and caught equal numbers of fish on each. Caught one very large smallmouth over 4-lbs. They sure can fight. Some fish were on brush and some off steep banks but all were on the main lake. I am still unable to catch any walleye and large crappie but keep trying. You will be the first to know. Fish will prespawn feed, spawn and then move to cover. That is when the crappie fishermen should be here. I do not bed fish. I do not go out to see how many fish I can catch but to find out what is going on and go for the big ones only. There are a lot of trollers out there but they are not catching many. Mostly white bass if they happen to go through some. Many of the large schools of shad have moved out of the Cranfield area and some white bass have moved to the backs of the creeks. They have not generated in the last 24-hours and the level has risen from 553.22 to 553.35 it needs to drop not rise. This is too high going into March. We received just a bit of rain last night and early morning and it all sunk in. We are still dry. Every time the surface water temperature hits 50 it drops back down a bit. Once it gets into the mid 50's there will be a lot of changes. Stay tuned. Arkansas spring is almost here.
Bass Fishing With Bink's Guide Service Saturday
I went out yesterday and it was perfect. 70 degrees, sunny with light winds. It was good just to be alive and be outside and not cold. Catching fish is just a bonus. Bass fishing is getting better and better and crappie fishing is too but I am still disappointed in the crappie size. They are much smaller than normal and you have to catch several to get a keeper. I am usually catching fish in the 14-16 inch range now, but not this year for some reason. My keepers are in the 11-12 inch range but I am stocking ponds with them anyway. I have not kept any for myself. All of the fish that I am catching are very fat and healthy. The bass fishing has pulled ahead of the open water fish as the best bite. i was told there were fish coming up but i have not seen one. I do not believe much of what I hear from the tackle shop. There were several boats out with a bass tournament. Blackburn's guests won both big fish and total pounds. i did not even know there was a tournament until I saw all of the bass fishermen pounding the banks. That is what you get for just working at the resort and spending time fishing. i seldom even go to town as I am content in my small world. it is not necessary for me to travel to find what i want, it is here. I am blessed and fortunate. Wish you were here. Blackburns still has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and everything is ready for your visit.
I do not fish for White Bass much. But when the are this big I do.
I had a wonderful afternoon fishing on Friday. It was in the 60's, sunny, with light winds. I headed for my first brush pile and there was a boat on it. Went to my second and there was a boat on it too. I work hard putting in the brush and would like to fish it once in a while. i understand how it works but it is irritating sometimes. While heading to another I noticed big scools of broken up shad with fish under them and dropped a Bink's spoon. They were in 48 ft. of water and from 25-35 feet down. Caught four big White Bass and two Hybrids in about 30-minutes and they were gone. Went on to brush and caught some crappie and bluegill and came in at 6:pm. I was unable to find any walleye or big crappie. That is what I am after. The surface water temperature was 48 degrees and water is stained green and just right for fishing. Everyday you can see your lure down a bit further. The level is 553.64 and they have been running one generator steadily for 2-days keeping the level fairly stable and dropping just a bit. The open water fish seem to bite best from about 11:Am until about 4:Pm. When you see your locator with schools of shad broken up, not a big blob, with dots and lines slashing through them you will catch fish if your lure is at the right depth. Spend more time looking than fishing. I lost my 1/2 ounce Arkansas Shiner Bink's spoon that I had been using for a month. i can get them out of brush but when you hook someone's broken off line it is nearly impossible to get it free. Blackburns had all of the open cabins full last night except one and I am going to have to open some more soon. Good problem to have. Things are in good condition here and things they are a changin. Come on down and be a part of it. Fishing is not great yet but will be soon. Just good to be out. One guest told me yesterday that is was just good to not be fishing through a little hole. I agree completey on that. Been there done that. Moved here with no mosquitoes and nearly never ice and fish all year. You cannot walk on our water or drill holes in it. I like that a lot. Open water fishing best with Kentucky Bass fishing second.
It has been windy but it is susposed to lay this evening and looks to be good weather by Friday. We received 1.7 inches of a rain snow mixture last night but none stuck here. It was so dry that all of it sunk in with no runoff. Grass is greening and flowers are ready to bloom. The lake level is still stable at 554.13 with one generator running continuously. I did not fish yesterday but will give it a try this evening. The good news is that Game and Fish have agreed to stock Hybrid Stripers this year as in the past. This is an example of government, organizations and concerned citizens working together. It is refreshing. We all have the same goal. Now we need the lake to drop several more feet to take into account for spring rains and then stabilize for several weeks for a good spawn. it is dangerous to go into March at 554. it is at a good level for fishing and dock and launch access now though. I do not like fishing tournaments in April and May dead in the middle of the spawn. just sayin. Good weekend for a fishing trip.
Caught Monday by the 62 Bridge. More too.
The lake level is at 554.16 and is pretty stable with one generator running most of the time. We are to get some rain tonight with maybe some snow. We have not had any snow yet this year. Do not have much use for it. The people that love winter wonderlands can have my share. The lake is clearing and is now stained a greenish color. i wish I could say fishing was good but I cannot. One day I catch some good fish and the next it is tough. The old saying that find the shad, find the fish is not true now. There are many more schools of shad than fish making locating them difficult. One day I caught all I wanted by Cranfield Island and the next they were all gone. Bink and I caught some good bass in 30-ft. of water on a grub with no shad around back in big creek. There are some big schools of shad part way back in the creeks now along with main lake. It is not easy finding feeding fish. The water temperature was approaching 50 degrees but this cool weather will slow the rise way down. The white bass are really close to spawning. Bink went to the Striper Club meeting last evening and gave me a report on what was happening with the stocking program. I was not feeling well and did not want to be around a lot of people. He said the AGFC feel that the Hybrids are feeding on other fish other than shad while stripers do not. I do know that when stripers get scarce (and they do) 10-lb. hybrids are a good substitute and make a lot of fishing trips successful when they were otherwise not. They also do not die out as easily as stripers when the water gets hot and dissolved ozygen gets low. I do not believe there are too many fish in Norfork and wish there were more of all species except gar and carp. I like it when a family can go fishing and catch a few fish easily and can have a good time no matter what they catch but at least catch something. Sometimes that is not easily done. I do know that the local biologists love the lake as much as I do and want what is best for it. I am sure of that.
They shut off all generators when the level hit 574.75 for about four hours and the level started up again and then they started one and it is dropping very slowly again and is at 554.69. it is scary when I can predict what they are going to do next. I thought there was no rhyme or reason to it for years. They insist on keeping the level too high. It is very frusterating for dock and marina owners. It is fine now but not much room for surge. Fishing is improving steadily every day. I am not going to any sports shows this year as I hit them for 20-years and seem to recognize most everyone coming down ths isle. Most people check the internet for places and pricing before booking anyway. I went fishing last afternoon and tried some open water fishing with Gus. We found them right away and caught some very good hybrids and white bass. They quit about 5:30 PM. I hope the AGFC do not quit stocking Hybrids. They really are fun to catch especially when stripers get scarce. Come to the Striper Club meeting Monday at 7:pm at the Baptist Church on 9th street to hear what game and fish have to say about this. I went with Bink again today bass fishing and had another good time. That boy can bass fish and we both like it. It was in the 70's with light wind until afternoon when the front started to come through. Maybe we will get some rain tonight. We need it badly. With the lake stable it will clear and with a little warmth we should have a good year. Last year was not the best for me.
Tom Likes Those Open Water Fish
Scuba Steve and Bink can catch those Bass
Lake level 555.17 and dropping and clearing a bit. Fish are biting better. Give this high pressure a couple of days and they will bite better yet. Tom Kelly got some very nice hybrids and white bass and Bink and I caught some bass. It was a beautiful morning until the wind came up about 11:AM and the fish quit biting. We were using the grub on the bottom and Tom was spooning. At least it was warm. The white bass are so full of eggs they may not wait for March to spawn but they are not clear back in the creeks yet. The bass are still deep also. Some fish are moving to the brush but not too many. We are approaching a big transition period with the lake warming and level stabilizing and hopefully clearing a bit. Look for a good night bite this March. Sorry no shad kill and no good jerk bait fishing this winter. John wanted pictures, I got pictures. Wish you were here.
I went out last evening and it was very comfortable with ambient temperature in the mid 50's with light wind. I only fished Blackburns brush piles and only saw one other boat. It was Tom Kelly and he said he caught several White Bass spooning north of Cranfield Island and a few crappie on my brush. The lake surface temperature was 45 degrees and the water was still a green color and not clearing very much. I fished three places and caught a few crappie and one big one. The good news is that some fish are moving to the brush. They had been very scarce for a couple of weeks. I am not saying it was good but some were there. i took them to a pond that i am stocking. There is a wind advisory out for today but it does not look too bad so far. At least it is warm and it should hit 70's by Thursday. Speaking of Thursday God willing I will be fishing with Bink's Guide service in the morning. We will be bass fishing. It has been several weeks since we have fished together and he might need a few refresher lessons. Not really. He is one of the best bass fishermen on the lake. You can hear Live in the Boat with me as the star on Thursday morning at 8:45 on KTLO 97.9 FM. I always enjoy fishing with him and we have a lot of fun. I like his new boat. It is about the only time I fish the south end of the lake. The lake level is 556.14 and is still dropping a little less than 5-inches a day. When they slow the generation (might be soon) it will clear quickly barring any big rains. It has been very dry here the last several weeks. I will spoon again today and probably use the green grub Thursday. Happy spring is coming. Hope the level stays constant for a while during the spawn. The resort is almost ready with many improvements and still has the best prices on both cabins and boats. Call 1-800-635-0526 for reservations. We are the first to fill up and for good reason.
The water color is mostly stained green now and the brown is gone. That is good. With the spillway gates closed the level is dropping just a bit over 4-inches a day and is at 557.41 and they continue to run both generators. It will take about nine days to reach 554 at this rate and then we will see what they will do. Either drop to one generator or stop all generation and run intermittantly to maintain the level. It has been dry here with some burn bans allowing the lake to drop faster than a normal spring. For some reason the new management wants to keep us one big rain from being too high. I like more cushion as do most dock owners. It is to be in the 70's for later next week with warm weather hanging around for several days after that. Good time for a fishing trip. We have some good striper fishermen in now who like to troll umbrellas and we will see how they do. They always catch fish. A lot of Greers Ferry people are booking trips to Norfork with their fishing problems. Their shad died and there is to be no more stocking of predator fish there until the numbers get back up. AGFC are raising shad to stock in the lake. Shad population is not a problem on Norfork. The fishermen's biggest problem is competing with the bait fish numbers. I tried stickbait fishing with no luck and switched back to the grub on the bottom for bass. It is working ok but not great. All of the fish being caught now are big and fat. The fish will move to the bank sooner or later and fishing will get good. Not too far away. I know you are tired of seeing pictures of small stripers and hybrids and I will try to catch some big fish later this week. I look for walleye and bass fishing to be excellent on Norfork this year. They are in there. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is ready for your visit.
It was 60 degrees with a 48 degree water temperature when I went out yesterday with no wind. The water color is changing a bit to a little more green than brown but is still dropping 6-inches per day. The level is 560 and they should slow the discharge way down as it approaches 553.75 where the power company takes over part of the control. The corps likes to keep it just above that for some reason. It should take about 12 days for this to happen barring a heavy rain. It needs to be at 550 or less and stable going into spring. There are continuous shad from Blackburns Creek to north of Cranfield and it is a little difficult to find feeding fish because there is so much bait. There is no reason for the predators to go to the bank to feed but there are more fish on shad in 25-30 feet of water than in deeper water. A lot of shad are in 60-80 feet of water about 25-35 feet down but no fish on them. Find shad on the flats in 25-30 feet and you will have a better chance of catching some using a 1/2 ounce jigging spoon. I saw several trollers yesterday but very few fish caught. There are also some bass on the bottom part way back in the creeks in 30-feet and can be caught on the grub. But they are slow too. There is not really much reason for the big fish to leave the open water. There are very few fish on my brush piles now. The surface temperature is 48 degrees and has been there for several days. I found some 46.5 degree water near the bank by twin coves. We still have a good chance of having a good night bite in March when stripers and walleye move to the bank. Some walleye move up the river to spawn in the next couple of weeks and some stay in the Cranfield area and near the dam. I fish for walleye on shadowy banks before dark with soft plastics and switch to stick baits for stripers at dark. The night bite for stripers does not always happen in the fall when they go to the bank to feed but always does in the spring when they simulate their spawn. It should take about 12 days for the lake to stabilize and start to clear and things will get better fast. Sorry I do not have better news for now. I am not much on football and commercials(they forgot to send me a check again) so I will probably be the only one out there today. I love to be outside even if I just catch a few fish. Do not keep many anyway. Do not forget the Striper Club meeting on Monday the 22nd. Read an earlier January 22nd blog for details. The AGFC need to know we are interested in the fish stockings.
The lake level is 561+ and still dropping about 6-inches in a 24-hour period. Some Brush piles are starting to come back into play again finally. Fish are starting to bite again despite the rapid level drop. Our ambient temperatures have been in the high 40's with 50's for the rest of the week with a lot of sunshine. We did have quite a bit of wind but that has diminished. The lake is clearing just a bit but is still a brownish color. I hope the level is stable for the spring spawn. I still see quite a few people trolling in deep water on shad but they are not catching many. I think their mistake is they are too deep. I am catching fish in 25-30 feet of water. The shad at that depth have more fish on them. With so many shad all schools do not have fish on them especially the deep ones. The birds may help the novice find shad but that is not the problem now. They are solid from Blackburns creek to North of Cranfield. Tom Kelly reports catching all of the white bass he wanted and some stripers in the 15-18 pound range yesterday but they were in 25-ft. of water. I am catching bass back in the creeks in 30-feet of water on the bottom on the grub. Things are getting better and will get good as the level stabilizes and the water clears and turns a stained green. Stripers are moving into the walleye rearing pond area as they normally do before the March night bite. The lake surface temperature is still 48 degrees. It had been a rough couple of weeks for fishing but is getting better now finally. People ask me what are the resort's best improvements for the year. #8 has a new roof, gutters and downspouts, the dock has been refirbished and many new LED light s have been installed in several cabins but the best is cabin #11. The attic has been insulated, several new plug-ins added, new LED lights and now all rooms have their own heaters and airconditioning. It was expensive but I hope you like it. Call Debbie at 1-800-635-0526 for reservations. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental still has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals. Be glad to have you.
I went out at about 3:PM and stayed until after sunset. The lake level is 554.4 with a surface temperature of 48 degrees and the water color is brown and is not clearing. They are dropping the level about 6-inches a day and I suspect it will not clear until they stop or slow generation which should be when the level reaches about 554 or at the current rate about three weeks barring any heavy rains. On the way out of Blackburns Creek at the mouth there were huge schools of shad in 80-feet of water about 20-feet down but only had a few white bass on them. I was unable to spoon up any stripers. I then moved to a couple of my favorite brush piles that were in 37-45 feet of water and they had some fish on them but I could not catch any big ones. I was on some large black bass but they are gone too. Most of the fish are in open water on shad. I hope the level stabilizes before the crappie spawn and rapidly raising or lowering levels is hard on them and we are not getting any more stocked. The jerk bait fishing on the bank is not happening yet but does not normally start intil mid February. If you are close and want to go fishing you can have some fun but do not make a special trip or drive a long way now. I am just not interested in trolling around with live bait in open water for several hours to catch a couple of 5-8 lb. stripers but to each their own. I am ready for the spring large crappie, bass and walleye. Walleye numbers are up now on Norfork and spring fishing should be very good for them. I just am not seeing big numbers of large stripers being caught and I am out there almost every day. I am usually catching some giant crappie this time of year but they are just not there. Maybe in open water on shad too. There are quite a few in the 9-10 inch range.
Cabin #8 Red Roof Inn.
We did not send out a newsletter this year and used the money for improvements. Cabin #8 is getting a new roof, gutters and trim as we speak. #11 has a new heater and airconditioner. #9, the mobile home, is completely repainted as have all of the cabins and much work has been done to the pool. The dock has been almost completey refirbished and the boat stalls continue to be free unless you bring your own pontoon as we have 8 of them to rent. All of our cabins have covered porches and we have no duplexes. I am not a fan of duplexes and covered porches are almost a necessity unless you want to set out in the sun or rain. All of our cabins now have flat screened TVs along with 80+ channels of HD cable and WIFi reaches all of them. The lake has gone up and down several times this year but Blackburns has had no diminished services. You can alway gets to our dock. The fishing has held up despite the water fluxuation until now. They are dropping the lake at the rate of about 6-inches a day and the water is an off-brown color and not very clear. The level is now at 565.46 and I expect them to drop it to about 554 if they can to prepare for spring rains. Toby, Paco, Max and Cassidy are fine and are ready for your visit. Steve, Debbie, Susan and Steve will be here to help you God willing. Steve has gone over all of the rental boats and checked them out and they are ready for your use. Many improvements have been made to them too. Please get your deposits in to confirm your reservations of cabins and boats of your choice as we are getting several calls and are filling up fast. We are the first resort to fill up with people taking advantage of our low prices on both cabins and boats. Call Debbie at 1-800-635-0526. See you soon. We appreciate all of our repeat customers and we have a lot of them.
Your Friends at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental
it is 60+ degrees today and very nice. The lake level has dropped about two inches in the last 24 hours and is just over 571 with continuous generation. They are to supplement the generator discharge with partial gate openings starting the 20th of January and the river trout should get plenty of continuous flow and there will be no wading the rivers for a few months. Barring any heavy rains that should start a steady lake level lowering. The lake is an off-brown all over and is not clearing very well. I caught just a few fish yesterday but nothing to brag about. It was nice out though and was very confortable. I will go out again when the wind lays about 4-PM. You are susposed to be able to make comments on the blog again now but I have not tried it out. Deposits are due January 15th to confirm reservations for cabins and boats of your choice. You can call Debbie at 1-800-635-0526 or send a check to Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental 734 County Road 989 Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653. Be glad to have you. More improvements are continuing everyday and you will like what you see when you get here.
The lake surface temperature is 48 degrees and is dropping slowly. The lake level is 571.46 and rises when they shut off the generators and drops a bit when they turn them on. They are running both of them about 3/4 of the time but that is not enough. If they drop the lake 2-inches a day(which is hard to do at this level) until March 15th which starts our prime fishing time it will be at 561 which is a good level but it rains in February and March(and April and May). Reports that high water just makes for more water to have fun is a good theory but does not work if beaches, launches, docks and parking are not acessible. it will not affect top water fishing much but fish in a bowl are easier to catch than in a swimming pool. It is not a good practice to keep the level just one big rain away from trouble. They are going to have to use the gates to supplement the generators and get the level down to the low 550's. It should be 548 going into March. It is not good for the spawn to be dropping the lake rapidly in the spring. The fishing in general is slow and the lake still has to clear more. I am catching some fish but not very many. It is just good to be out. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is open all year has no diminished services.
Not much has changed lately except they have started to generate more and the level has just risen 1-inch in 24-Hrs. and is at 571.36 and has come up 17 feet in the last several days. There are only 8 feet of capacity left. They keep saying this is what the dams are for and they are doing their job and I say remember 2008 and ask why they took away 1.75 feet of flood capacity for minimum flow for the put and take trout. More damage is caused by waiting for the last minute before letting out water and it goes over the spillway to open the gates and devastate everything below. We are one big rain away from that and our weekly rain is predicted for tomorrow night. If the level was at 548 like it should have been at the end of December we would be at 565 which is too high but manageable. The winter stripers are showing up around the bridges and are being caught on jigging spoons. You have to drop the lure right on top of their heads. I am catching some good bass in 25 ft. of water on spoons also. I will check out crappie later today but my brush is too deep but they might be on top of the larger trees. Warm for a few days and then cold for Saturday. We have avoided all severe weather and are mostly holding other people's water. We received 6.2 inches total for the three day period but there were pockets of 12 or more in Missouri and other area lakes are in worse shape than Norfork. Our watershed area is not nearly as big as the chain of lakes. Blackburns Resort and Boat rental has no diminished services.
Scuba Steve with some Nice Norfork Lake Bass
The lake level is 571 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours. One day the main lake is stained green and clearing and the next day it is brown in the same area. Must be some slugs of runoff moving through. The creeks are brown but getting lighter. There is some debris but not too bad. I would not recommend boating after dark. I caught some nice fish spooning brush, John caught some big bass and Tom caught open water fish. One hybrid was very large. Big black bass are showing up quite regularly now . The crappie did not start for me last evening. I was using a 1/4 ounce blue and white Bink's jigging spoon and caught several Bass in the 3-5 pound range. Today is just like yesterday and the sun felt very good. There is a lot of work getting done here at Blackburns with the nice weather. Deposits are due January 15th to hold cabins and boats of your choice for the upcoming season. This should be a banner year for walleye. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.