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Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Blog. (Click Here For Comments)

It quit snowing about 4:PM when I went out. We got enough to cover the ground but not the roads. They were slushy but not slick. It was our first of the season. The first thing I noticed was that the surface temperature was 51.4 and the lake level was dropping. It is now at 545.66 and they are generating several hours a day heavily. The lake level was 8.61 feet higher on this date last year and the surface temperature was three degrees warmer. It is to get to close to 50 today and the sunshine is melting things rapidly and there should not be much left except the northsides of hillsides by tonight. It got down to 27 last night. This should bring my new grass seed up nicely but that is all the good I can say about it. The wind was very light after the snow and it did not feel too cold. I caught my usual bass and crappie and the overall fishing did not change. The warmup looks to come slowly and It might be a few days until the most of the bass move back in the creeks. There are some there now but not many. We will see what this sunshine does in a few minutes. It is not an early spring as far as fishing goes so use your early to Mid March tactics and if it does not get cloudy this evening there will be stripers on the bank north of Cranfield Island and on the flats near Quarry marina tonight with that big moon shing on them on the stick bait.  Some people say cast parallel to the bank but I prefer to stay as far from the bank as I can cast, crank down three or four turns and with the rod tip down reel slowly and steadily back to the boat. Try using the 5-inch or 5-1/2 inch with a light bottom and a blue or black back.  Rogue or Thunder Stick. Thunder sticks have better hooks. I am still using the small grub during the day tipped with a crappie minnow and a 1/16th ounce jig head. Works for me and has for years. Spring should be here as far as temperaturres are concerned by next weekend but come earlier in the week for the best fishing. I do not pay any attention to weekends but do not have to. Avoid the cold fronts and go a couple of days after the sun has shined for several hours/day and fish until it starts to rain or at least until the wind picks up and the clouds move in. Know the difference between a cold front and low pressure. You can E-mail me at stevenstreet23@gmail.com or comment on this blog and I will try and help you. We want everyone to have a good time and not charge them too much.

Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Blog. (Click Here For Comments)

Caught some of these and put them in the pond. Not very many though.Image title

They are generating heavily and the lake has dropped to 545.76  they can quit anytime. The lake is stained both creeks and main lake and the surface temperature was 54 when I came in last evening. Our bass fishermen fished all day and caught two or three keeper fish each. They are good fishermen and it was slow for them. I caught a few crappie and bass. A couple of the crappie were nice but the biggest bass was three pounds. Not too good. I had been catching at least one big one a day.  The last three days have been abnormally slow for me for March. I go out almost everyday and do not try to dodge the cold fronts. If you want to maximize your catch it is wise to do so. The weather is to be a little below average for the next several days with it being cold and dreary today. It is 1:39 Pm and it has just started to snow and we are expecting a freeze tonight with temperatures to rebound to 50 tomorrow. The average high is 58. I have no customers fishing after dark but have some coming in. I am not a crankbait fishermen but they are working a little as are stick baits. I have been working main lake cuts and points but have had a little luck part way back in the creeks but not much. I have several fruit trees and this frost will not do them any good as they have been blooming for several days. We will see what this does to the water temperature. The heat units for the vegetation has been above average but the water surface temperature does not indicate the spring fishing to be ahead of normal. Surface temperature does not usually cool in  March but goes up steadily. Not the case this year. When it clears tomorrow there should be some stripers on the banks at dark with the full moon. I am not seening as many large schools of shad as I was.  Many of the fish on brush have moved back out to open water. When they come back the crappie and bass fishing should pick up again. I do not try to make predictions but just look at the conditions and try to figure out what is happening. It usually works if you go out often enough. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. Come on down. We will not over- charge you. 1-800-635-0526  free boat stalls with your cabin and you can launch right here. All cabins have covered porches and we have a garage for you bikes all starting at $53/day for two people.  Also we do not raise our prices in April when the fishing gets good. 

Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Blog. (Click Here For Comments)

It was a beautiful warm sunny day with light wind when I went out mid morning yesterday. The surface temperature was 57 degrees and the lake level was 545.95 They are generating heavily now and have been for three hours. It is sunny and in the mid 50's today with cold weather coming tomorrow. Our normal high is 58. We will see if the cold weather puts any ice cubes in the water. We have had no snow yet this year. This is not the first time temperatures in the 20's has happened here in March. That is why I have been slow starting things up no matter how many flowers are blooming. In 1996 it got down to 8 degrees on the 9th of March and caused me a lot of trouble. It is to stay a bit cooler than normal for the next several days but not much. I like fishing in the 50's. The wind is to move to the north today and then to the east. Fishing was slow until about 3-Pm when the wind picked up and they started to bite. I caught bass and crappie on main lake points and main lake cuts on the grub. It was nice to be out and alive. I caught no big fish but several keepers. I do not keep fish this time of year due to the spawn except to put in the trophy pond. It is about time to put in a trot line. Saturday looks to be a bad weather day but I will give it a try anyway. I am on my way out now. They can stop dropping the lake anytime now. They have my permission. Fishing is by no means fast but you can catch some if you keep trying. I just refuse to go out there and troll atound for hours looking for open water fish and burn up gas. The fish I am catching are a bit shallower and in 16-18 feet on brush. Spooning has slowed way down. 

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Giant. Image title

It was windy but you just have to drift past Blackburs Resot and Boat rental Brush Piles Faster. These are big boys.I do not know where you can catch bigger ones than here.

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The wind was blowing but I was just drifting over Blackburns Brush Piles Faster. We work hard puting them in and they produce. These are not easy to get but you have to know where and how. These are big boys.

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When I went out yesterday afternoon the surface water temperature was 54 and the wind was swirling. It has been doing this for about three days. It changes directions abruptly and then lays down and then gusts. It is very hard to fish. With the lake still dropping we had to move the dock yesterday. It is now 546.1 but they have not generated yet today. Do not try to drive your boat on the right hand side to get past Cranfield Island from the east. There is one little channel that you can use with your trim up but it is not worth the chance. I am seeing several boats stranded there with either their props torn up or their lower units out.Go around on the left side. Watch around Robinson Island also. Everything is ok but you just have to be careful. There are some smaller stripers being caught early in open water at about 50-ft. Bass have moved off the deeper brush and so have the big crappie. I found a few in brush at 18-20 feet but they were in the 10-11 inch range. They are about like white bass. Not interested. We will see what happens today. Some rain may be on the way. We need it. The lake has stained a bit all over. It looks to stay warm. I hope so. A lot of damage will occur with a hard frost. Fishing is not the best for me right now but I am catching some, just no big ones. 

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The wind finally blew itself out. We got lightening and thunder but very little rain. There was wind all around us but it is ok here. When I was out Sunday it hailed.  The lake is still dropping and is at 546.4 which is 7-feet lower than last year. Last year the water temperature rose early to just under 50 degrees and stayed there for a long time. On this date last year it was 50. It is 52 now. Not much difference. Our overall heat units have been higher and resulted in the earliest dogwood bloom that I can remember but the fishing is about the same. We had no shad kill this season and there are plenty of them and no jerk bait bite either. The crappie that were loaded up on main lake brush moved and went out deeper. We will see if this sunshine brings them back in. We are to have temperatures near and above 60 for several days with some rain moving in next week. Should be a good next several days for fishing. We opened up eight more cabins and the girls are working hard to get them ready. We have had high demand this year and do not like to turn people away. They do not like to go elsewhere because we have no room and pay too much. Many places close for the winter. Blackburns stay open all year.  Things look good for a striper bite after dark on the full moon which is the 12th. A few smaller ones are there now. One day it is 80 and the next it is 50. I do not know what to do either. When that south east wind blows into those points on the flats north of Cranfield, there will be fish on them. Stick baits are working a bit for bass and walleye but I like the soft plastics better for them now just before dark on the shadowy banks part way back in the creeks. I will try the spoon just outside of brush today. I am catching no bluegill but some have moved under my dock. Cold fronts definitely have an effect. 

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Dennis Byrd with some good ones caught yesterday. All were released.Image title

The surface temperature has dropped back down to below 52 again and the level has dropped to 546.60 with heavy generation for several hours a day. It is to get into the 70's tomorrow with a good chance of rain. The crappie are on brush on the main lake in 20-30 feet of water. Lots of them and big ones too. If it is windy drift a jig or grub over the brush and use your trolling motor to go past them again from the other way. If it is not windy use a slip float and minnow or a 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon right over them. Set the float about 9-feet deep. Use the spoon as near the top of the brush as you can get without getting hung up. I am catching big ones every day but they are finicky and either move or stop biting after catching a big one. I rig my slip float with a bobber stopper, glass bead, balsa pencil float, split shot and a #4 red true turn hook. All work just switch back and forth after they have seen one for a while. Put the bigger minnows on the red hook and the smaller ones on the grub. Change minnows when they get tired.  

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The walleye are biting on stick baits part way back in major creeks. Stay as far from the bank as you can cast. Crank down three times with your suspending bait and with rod tip down reel slowly. Make sure lure is tracking properly and is barely working. Bass too. 

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Fred Schneider from Kelso. Missouri Shows off Some Norfork Lake CrappieImage title

Tom Kelly caught some good ones.Image title

They quit generating yesterday afternoon and the level is creeping up towards 547. I went out in the Cranfield area for Crappie but could not catch any great big ones. They are there though. Mostly all I could catch was white bass and I do not have much use for them. The water temperature was 55 degrees but should not rise with the much cooler temperatures for the next two days. These fronts sure turn the fish on and off but you can catch big fish almost everyday if you work on it. When I catch large numbers they are usuall smaller and when I catch just a few they are usually big. I like big. The brush piles are producing but not everyday and the fish are moving with the shad which tend to move shallower in the evening.  Big schools are on brush at 20-30 feet in the evening. The big males will move off the brush soon and to the creeks with the smaller ones to follow as the water warms. I have not killed any fish to tell the condition of the eggs in the females. Things start to happen around here at about 60 degrees water temperature. Last year we had a warm winter but was slow warming up in the spring and i caught a lot of fish off the brush until late April and paused a bit and then again in mid May. Walleye fishing gets real good in May but some are caught in March too.  I used to say the top water bite peaked in Mid April but I will have to wait and see. 

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Cannot tell you how much I like catching these. You do not lift them over the side of the boat. What do you think Rodger? Released under dock.Image title


Caught Yesterday On The Binks SpoonImage title

It is very warm today with a cold front coming in later this week. We are to get a frost this weekend. I hope it does not burn everything. After that it is to warm back up again. I opened up more cabins yesterday. Debbie was turning away customers and we were full. People are taking advantage of our low prices, free boat stalls and good brush piles. They are generating about three hours heavily in the mornings and evenings each. The lake is staying stable at just under 547. The lake is in good shape for fishing. Crappie have moved to the main lake brush in 20-ft of water and Tom Kelly says he found some in 35 feet. There are lots of them and some very big ones too. They are not biting fast but the size makes up for it. A few smaller open water fish are moving into their normal places to simulate a spawn. It still looks like the best time for after dark fishing will be the full moon in March which is the 12th. It does not vary much from that no matter what the water temperature is which is 54. It is to be a bit windy today with the heat and should make for good drift fishing for crappie in the sunshine. I have been having my best luck about 4:pm. The shad really start to get shallow the later in the day it gets and you can get some good bass just at dark. I am not getting any walleye but some people are. I am not finding anything in a frenzy but you can get some very nice fish if you stay at it. We will see what this cold front does. I think I know.

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The big bass are pre-spawn feedingImage title

I asked several people who have lived here for more than my 22-years and they said they have never seen dogwoods and Bradford pears blooming in February. A heavy frost would really hurt things here with it to be in the mid to high 70's for the next two days. Water temperature was 53.4 last evening when I came in. We received a little over 1/2 inch of rain but the lake remained stable at just below 547. They seem to start generating heavily every time it rains. They have stopped again now. Bluegill have moved in under my dock and they usually do that at the end of March. Fishing was a little slow for me but caught some good fish including a giant crappie. It is in the basket. I will get a picture and let it go. Bink caught bass and stripers. Bink tried the stick bait at dark and caught a few but it rained him out. There are some stripers out from the bluff wall south of Cranfield Island. The crappie and bass I am catching are on mainlake brush in 20-ft. of water near the bottom. Many have moved in now. It will not be long until the males move to the creeks to make nests. I do not keep male crappie in the spring on beds as they protect the eggs and fry from getting gobbled up by predator fish. You catch and keep them and you will see a bluegill or goggle eye devour the young in about 5-minutes. I also do not sight fish for bass and do not like fishing tournaments during the spawn. Things are really a changin and you need to be out there everyday to keep up. Tune in the Live in the Boat  radio show tomorrow at 8:45 AM on KTLO 97.9 Fm. I will try to be there if the fog has lifted.  It was bad this morning. 

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Bink does too. They caught some white bass but they do not count.Image title

People ask : Do you catch fish everyday? I say pretty much. That is what I do. Caught more too.Image title

It was a beautiful day, warm with the wind just right. I really caught some nice fish on brush piles in 20-22 feet of water near the bottom on the main lake. A few on the spoon but mostly on the grub. Bass and crappie. They started to bite around 4:pm. I parked right over the brush and casted to shore, letting the grub and minnow sink to the bottom and slowly retrieved to the boat. Caught big crappie and bass. Came back in about 6PM. All fish released in the trophy pond. They are still not generating, except for the put and take trout, and the level is stable. It is to rain tonight. Lake is clearing and the surface temperature is in the low 50's.  I am going to have to open up the rest of the cabins because of all of the calls and reservations. I hope it is not too early. I have been burned by so called early spring before. March can be very volitile. Fish until it rains you out take the next day off and fish until it rains again. Many people miss out on good fishing listening to the weather forecast. 

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Some good fish were caught fishing with Bink yesterday.Image title

It was a good day for fishing yesterday. Warm with light winds. Very foggy this morning. Lake level is stable and they have not generated for two days except for the put and take trout in the river. I was just about to have to move my dock. I will try to catch some crappie today. The springlike weather continues. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526  Your first boat stall is free, All of our cabins have covered porches and we will not charge you too much. We have covered parking for motorcycles. 

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Put several in the trophy pond yesterday. It is ready.Image title

Tom Kelly released these under Blackburns dock.Image title

Everybody caught good fish yesterday. Tom Kelly, Roger, the Gibbs clan (they filled the basket), Binks and Scuba Steve. The shad are small so downsize your spoon. Right now the 1/4 ounce one is the best. I determine spoon size by two things: how deep you are fishing and how hard the wind is blowing. I only use the one ounce in the summer when the fish are deep. Meaning over 70-feet. 3/4 ounce from 60-70 ft. and 1/2 ounce from 40-60 and 1/4 ounce less than 40. You can get by with a 1/2 ounce most of the time but switch to the 1/4 if the shad are small as they are now. Change your line accordingly. The spoon works better when it is not dragging heavy line. This is true for all baits. If it is windy and you are having trouble keeping your line straight down go to a heavier spoon and go against the wind with your trolling motor. I use 10-lb. test for the one ounce spoon and a bait caster. Baitcasters work better for very big fish but I like spinning reels best. White bass are with the hybrids part way back in the creeks and some bass and crappie are on brush together. I caught some large bass and medium sized crappie. Roger caught some very large crappie and Tom Kelly white bass and hybrids.  It was a beautiful day and the third day after the low pressure. That almost always makes for good fishing.  It is cloudy today and I will be out as soon as I get my work done. Some walleye are moving north to spawn but not all do. Many do not spawn up in the river for some reason but just move to the backs of the major creeks. I am catching just a few and they are just barely keepers if that. I fish walleye on the shadowy banks with a soft plastic before dark in March and switch to a stick bait for stripers after dark. The water temperature is in the low 50's so it will not be long. The full moon is the 12th of March and that will be a good time to give the after dark bite a go. This is a fun time of year. You just have to dodge the cold fronts and fish right until it starts raining.  

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It was in the mid 60's when I went out yesterday and to be 70 for the next few days. The lake level has dropped to 546.97 and is the first time it has been that low in a long time. How do you want your steak? Raw or burned. The surface temperature is at 50 and has been there for a while. The lake water color is just right for fishing. I caught only three keeper fish, two bass and a crappie. I never do very well on the first sunny day afer a rain. We got more than I expected, about an inch, and it all sank in. It was badly needed and really greened things up and brought up the flowers. We seem to get one right when we need it. The resort is full of fishermen taking advantage of our low rates and free boat stalls. We like it that way. That is why we have to do most of our improvements in the late fall and winter. We get so busy in the spring with people wanting to get away from the winter that it is hard to keep up. Fortunately I have the best employees. You will be welcome here. The Game and Fish report the lake is full of fish so come on down.There were 12 deer at our feeder last evening. My deer and bird feed is higher than my grocery bill. You will like to watch both. I do.

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This is what I consider to be my best fish yesterday.Image title

We are receiving a light rain today and should get about 1/2 inch total. If it stops I will go out then. I like evening fishing best anyway. The lake is still dropping and is just over 547. This is one reason why I do not like the minimum flow rule for the rivers. They are mandated to let water out of the lake for the put and take trout no matter how low the lake gets and what the effect on the business on the lake. We have been told that the dam is only for flood control and power generation for years but that is not true now. They cannot say that anymore. It is all about the money. Last evening was good for fishing as the wind completely died down and the low pressure moved in the fish started to bite. When that happens I set right on top of brush piles and use a jigging spoon or a live minnow on a slip float. Weather looks to be good all week after today so come on down. 1-800-635-0526  Bass are the best bite now but some of everything are being caught.  

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It hit 70 yesterday. I caught several fish but only one big one. Fish are slowly moving to the brush. They started generating hard this morning and the level is dropping again and is at 547.33. Some days i catch most fish on the grub and the next on the 1/4 ounce Bink's Spoon. Just switch from one to the other. Remember the size limit on a striper is 20-inches and the smaller ones are to be immediately released and the number limit is three including hybrids and the posession limit is six. It is to rain tonight and we need it to get all of the grass seed and the flowers and bulbs Steve, Debbie and Susan are planting to get going. We want it to look beautiful for you when you get here. It looks like a good time for a trip is starting the middle of this week and continuing through the weekend. I like it just before a cold front moves in and after the high pressure has been around for a while. I am not a fan of the full moon fishing except for stripers and some people say bluegill. Dropping water and a full moon practually stops some fish from biting. Catfish are the worst. A dark night and rising water makes them bite like crazy. For some reason a full moon makes the stripers move to the bank in the spring and fall. Maybe it is because they are ocean fish. I do not know. I do know I like to be out there. A free boat stall comes with your cabin here at Blackburns. 

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Caught Fishing With Bink's Guide AerviceImage title

This young man looks pretty happy.Image title

It was a beautiful day yesterday and the fish were biting. Bink caught a lot in the morning and I caught a lot in the afternoon. It was 80 degrees with south winds when I left to go out at 3:pm. I caught bass and crappie. No giant ones but pretty good. Six keeper crappie and five keeper bass in two hours. I caught most on a grub but a few on the spoon. I am catching more and more smaller crappie and fewer giant ones. There are some giant bass under Blackburns dock right now and thet is a good sign. The surface temperature is 50+ and you can put away your jerk baits as there will be no shad kill this year. 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon on the bottom for Stripers on the bottom at 50-feet is the answer now. Bump the bottom and barely move it. The shad are small now and big baits are not working. All of the people I know had a good day Saturday. We will see what the afternoon brings today. It is to be in the 50's for the next several days and them warm up again. We need some more rain but the lake is in excellent condition.Flowers are coming up.

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They are generating heavily and we are at 547.49 and lower than before the rain. All of the chain of lakes and Norfork are low with a high power demand. Most of the electricity goes south and they have had a mild winter. Go figure. We have a good surge capacity if we have a wet spring. it was a beautiful day until the afternoon when the wind came up and a cold front moved in. It got cold and the fishing turned off and I came in. It is only to be in the mid 40's today with very nice warm weather coming in tomorrow and through the weekend. Good time to get out there on the lake. Debbie and Steve stained the dock and Brian worked on the walkway from the road to the dock and from the bank to the dock. They also stained and sanded picnik tables. Things are really shaping up here at Blackburns and we will be ready for your visit. Bookings are coming in fast. Be glad to have you and we will not charge you too much. 

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Caught Fishing With Bink's Guide service Yesterday.Image title

These are nice but Tom Kelly caught some bigger ones.Image title

The water temperature hit 50 yesterday. There is no normal temperature. A few years ago it never dropped below 50 all year and the year after that the shoreline froze back in the creeks. You just cannot tell. Last year it stayed warm until spring and then was very slow warming up. The year before it was in the 70's by early May. The rain did stain the lake a bit but it is a good color for fishing. I am finding very few fish in the shallower water in the creeks. It warms up more quickly there and I will keep watching. I did notice some bluegill moved back in under my dock. The stripers will move to the bank at dark in March to simulate a spawn in the Cranfield area and across from Quarry marina. They always do. They sometimes do it again to feed in November but not necessarily. They just follow the shad then. I was catching big bass near the bank on steep bank river channels but they are gone. I am now catching them on brush in 40-ft. I have lost the big crappie for now but am catching 11-12 inchers instead of 16-17 inchers.  They must have moved out to open water on shad. They disappear for a while this time of year for some reason. They will move to Blackburn's brush piles and I have some good ones. Some males will go to the bank in the creeks next month in the pigeon creek area.  Bass fishing is the best right now but it is not easy. You cannot go fishing one time and give a report. Things are changing too quickly. I caught 10 big fish of all different varieties in one area last week and they are gone now. Shad is everywhere in the mouths of major creeks in 70-feet of water 60-feet down. Some are holding bass and a few stripers. Once I catch one fish out of the school and look around I have lost them and have to look hard to find them again. I would rather fish brush piles. Deep ones are harder to find with the lower water. The warm weather is nice and the lake is in excellent condition. Do not cut points with your boat.

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The news around here is that we received almost 2-inches of rain last night when a storm came through. The lake is rising just a bit with almost all the water running off and them starting generation again this morning. We are now not too dry and with the temperatures in the mid 70's things are starting to green up. I hope the groundhog is wrong and it looks like it so far. It was a beautiful day to be out yesterday and I caught some nice bass on the spoon. Fishing was not great but you can catch some if you know where and how. Open water fish are still at the mouths of the major creeks in 70 feet of water 60 feet down. When people say when you find the shad you find the fish. That is not necessarily true. There are many more schools of shad than they are schools with stripers under them. Look for broken schools with dots on your locator rather than black blobs and lines through them indicating fish are feeding. I am finding more schools of bass on shad than stripers and these are typically shallower than feeding stripers. I am not seeing any top water fish and am out until dark every night. I still like spooning deep brush right now near the bottom. The shad are mostly small, about an inch long, with just a few larger and there are lots of them but i have seen more in past years. We are putting in some nice brush piles. 1-800-635-0526 Why pay more?

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Caught several of these. Image title

It was 65 degrees with light winds when i went out last evening. I was surprised the water temperature was rising and is now about 49 degrees. I am fishing main lake brush . The deeper the better (40-ft if possible) Bump the bottom with your spoon. There was a lot of shad on main lake at 70- feet of water 60-ft. down in the middle of the river channel near Blackburns with fish above them. I was after bass and caught some good ones for the pond along with a few crappie. Both are together. The fish started to bite just before sunset. The lake level is 547.61 and they just started generating heavily.  it is about 6-feet low but is normal for the way they used to manage it by taking it down for the winter to make room for spring rains. We are very dry here now. it usually rains in february and the lake starts to rise. We will see. It does not need to drop much more. Lake is getting very clear.

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I am waiting for it to warm up today.It is to be 45+ but is struggling to get to 40. About ready to go anyway. The lake is dropping again and now is at 547.64 with a water temperature of near 47. It is clearing both on the main lake and creeks. I am fishing mostly main lake and the mouth of creeks in about 40-ft. of water for all kinds of fish. They have moved deeper and near the bottom. I am getting a lot of inquiries about Blackburn's 2017 pricing. I noticed several places have increased their rates again. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental have not increase rates on anything but have made a lot of improvements and are working continuously to keep doing so. We do not see how much we can get away with charging you but have many repeat customers and want to take care of them and not charge them too much. It is more important to compare prices now more than ever unless you just have too much money and do not have to work for it. If so stay here anyway and give the big difference to disabled Veterans. We will be the first to fill up and like it that way.  

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No dragging around a bunch of live bait here. Image title

I was not able to go out today but Tom Kelly was. Look at the size of this striper caught on a jigging spoon. Nice going Tom. Looks to be a warm weekend. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526 Winter fishing good. 

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Nice evening on Norfork lake. Caught more too. Image title

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I went out last afternoon and found the fish again. They had just moved out deeper. I caught all of the fish on a 1/4 ounce Bink's Jigging spoon. Off-white with a red eye and black circle behind the eye. They were from 35-38 feet deep on the bottom. Caught walleye, smallmouth, catfish, crappie and black bass all at the same general area. Had to bump bottom to get them. Caught some good ones. it is cool today and tomorrow with a warmup to follow. Putting in some nice brush piles. I like winter fishing. When you stay at Blackburns, you can launch your boat right here, park your trailer and get right into your free boat stall. No need to go off-site and drive the boat to the dock. Good for single fishermen. No rate increases this year.

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It has been very warm for the last few days but it is to cool for a couple and then warm again. I am happy we are in february and spring is coming. The lake level is about the same as is the surface temperature. The fish are moving almost daily with the wind. You have to be adaptable. The lake is clearing a bit and you can see your lure down to about 7-8 feet. One day I am catching fish on brush and the next not and have to move to the open water. Several people caught good fish yesterday including Tom Kelly but I had a camera malfunction. Several big fish were put in the trophy pond. We got our brush permits from the corps of engineers yesterday and are busy putting in brush piles. We have some good ones and will show you where when you get here. Some good fish are being caught but you have to work for them. I was catching a lot but not lately. If you see me with white bass you know it is not easy catching the good fish.

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Caught fishing with Bink yesterday.Image title

It has been cool with highs in the 40's for a few days but the fish are still biting. The surface temperature is dropping slowly as is the water level. Everything is fine. 

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Tom Kelly caught this nice hybrid striper and released it under Blackburns dock. Image title

One of Scuba Steve's Bass. Now in the trophy pond.Image title

It was a nice warm day and the surface temperature was 48 degrees and the lake is still just under 548. I got some nice big bass on the grub after not being able to catch any crappie. I talked to Tom Kelly who was fishing next to Blackburns creek and he caught some bass and a nice hybrid striper. We both did notice that the shad moved from 45 feet down to more and more shallow after the sun went down and it cooled down. Not sure why. Open water fish are still in the mouth of major creeks and the bass are still on the steep river channel banks and at 16-18 feet depending on which way the wind has been prevailing. They were on the north bank with the south wind and moved across the lake with the wind shifting to the north for a while. Bass fishing is very good. It is hard to stay on the open water fish after you catch one as they are moving a lot. I am fishing mostly brush piles. They do not move much. Blackburns has some good ones. Bink's spoons and grubs.

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The smallmouth was 16-inches and the crappie was bigger. Caught plenty more also. Good day.Image title

it was nearly 70 degrees and the wind was light from the east. i caught fish all evening until dark. Mostly big smallmouth and giant crappie but a few black bass. The lake was pretty busy with the nice weather and it was pleasant to be out. It is very busy here and people help others to catch fish. 

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It was a beautiful day here on Norfork lake Arkansas and the fish were biting. The wind was from the east and the crappie fishing was slower than normal so I wanted to post a picture of something other than 2&3 pound crappie and walleye. I did catch a big walleye on a 1/2 ounce Arkansas shiner Bink's spoon but did a quick release on it when it would not fit into my new rubber net given to me for Christmas by a very good friend after bringing it to the side of the boat for the third time. Need bigger net John (hint). I have the most unorganized boat in history but still seem to catch a few fish. I like smallmouth. They fight good. Caught my limit and they are in my friend Tom Kelly's trophy pond. Life is good. Any day in the 60's in January is a good day. It should be a sin to kill a smallmouth and Norfork Lake has a lot of them. Many 4-lbers. Blackburns not only has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals but we feel the best place. Check us out. 1-800-635-0526 you will like it here. Open all year. Your dog can run on 28 acres.  

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I went out yesterday afternoon and this is what I found: Water temperature was 48 degrees and both main lake and creeks were stained. The level is 548.16 and dropping with two generators running starting this morning. For you open water fishermen the shad were 50-feet down no matter how deep the water is. If it is 50 feet deep they are on the bottom and if it is 100 feet deep they are 50-feet down. Lots of them too. I spooned just a bit and caught a white bass and a small hybrid but am not interested in them. People catching stripers everyday remember the posession limit is twice the daily limit which is 3 of combined hybrids and stripers. It is a shame to kill these fish as they only dress out about 40 % after the red meat is cut out or less. Put them back and catch them again.  They are semi put and take but pull hard. I caught some very large crappie and a couple of nice bass. They were not biting very fast but there were some very nice ones. There was no wind and I was fishing brush with both crappie minnows and 1/4 ounce Bink's spoons. Nine feet down for crappie minnows and on the bottom for bass and walleye with the spoon. It was good to just be out. It is to be near 60 and cloudy this next week with some rain but no rain outs.  Good time to go fishing. Maybe I will see you out there. I did catch a couple of walleye just before dark but they were a little short. 

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Norfork Lake Winter Crappie Fishing.Image title

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You cannot lift these over the side of the boat with 4-lb. Test. Image title

The lake level is 548.19 and dropping steadily with several hours of running both generators daily. The surface temperature is 50. The Corps of Engineers are issuing brush permits on January 31st at their office at 9-AM. They have not allowed this on  Norfork for several years and this is a good chance for you to enhance fish habitat and help your own fishing success with out camping on other people's brush piles who work very hard putting them in even though they are all public. You can bet Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental will put in their share for our customers and show you where they are when you get here. They are the only place I fish and dive and I have fairly good success and do not have to travel far. Sometimes a tank of gas lasts me over a month and I am out nearly every day. I went fishing with Bink yesterday and had a great time. He is a good friend and an excellent fisherman. We have stuck together for 20-years and have gone to hundreds of sports shows together.  I use his jigging spoon over 50% of the time all year and it sure beats going out before daylight and throwning shad nets, trying to keep them alive, baiting up a half a dozen lines and trolling all over the lake and getting tangled up when you get a bite. My favorite lure is the 1/4 ounce white with red. I have been catching big fish almost everyday. Mostly bass, crappie and walleye. That is all I fish for most of the time. The game and fish have stocked 155,505 Stripers, 49,908 Hybrids, 57,750 walleye and 22,080 Blue cat this year. That should keep me busy for a while. They report the numbers and size are excellent for all speces on Norfork. I like that. The trophy pond is fully stocked with big fish and I have been putting in minnows for them every week to get them through the winter until the spawn. I see people fishing there almost every day when I put in fish and it makes me feel good. Deposits are due January 15th to hold your reservations for cabins and boat rental of your choice. We are heavily booked for this year already but will try and make room for you,.We have many repeat customers but like to get new friends. It looks to be a good year. The kids will like the new pool and we have made many improvements to continue our policy of continued improvement.  

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Winter Bassin With Bink. A few giant crappie too.Image title

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John Can Catch those big crappie.Image title

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Surface temperature 52 and dropping. Level 548.64 and dropping. 

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Elizabeth and Gregory Fitch, Brian Deardoff, Tom Kelly, James Soltysiac, John Bornhop, Mike Eakle, Gus Carlson are all here. Fun, Fun Fun. The fish basket is full for the pond and the weather is nice. Blackburns is open all year. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526. Days are better with friends. 

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Winter Bass fishing with Bink's Guide Service.Image title

Winter Bass Fishing is Getting Good here on Norfork Lake Arkansas Out of Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Near Mountain Home.

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They have been running one or both generators continuously for several days dropping the lake level fairly quickly and it is now 550.81. They just stopped this hour for the first time in several days. I went out for about two hours last evening and caught two walleye and a nice bass spooning main lake brush in 25-30 feet of water near the bottom. There was no wind and the water was like glass with ambient temperature in the 50's. Warmer for today. I saw no other boats out. All of the fish went into the trophy pond. I am glad the days are getting longer. We are heading towards spring now. Weather looks pretty good for the next several days. 1-800-635-0526 We are open all year here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental with two bedroom cabins at 65/day for four people and a free boat stall/cabin. No need to stay on the sofa. I saw about 30 turkey fly over the dock yesterday and seven nice deer at our feeder and on the road to the dock and a bald eagle next to the dock. We have birds everywhere. 

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Caught some very nice fish last evening. Wind was low and water was nearly still. Surface temperature was 50.5 degrees and the level is still dropping at 551.57 with several hours of one generator running everyday. Temperature was in the early 50's with more of the same today.  Caught some smaller keeper bass and one large one 4-5 pounds and several crappie. That makes over 100 crappie caught this winter over 15 inches and a few near 17. Norfork lake grows big ones and I like to catch them and winter bass. The days start to get longer tomorrow and we are headed in the right direction. I am just happy to be able to get out. I am going out with Bink later this week. He is one of the best winter bass fishermen I have ever seen. 

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The surface temperature was 50 last evening and the creeks are stained and you can see down about 6-7 feet on the main lake. At least people are not reporting the lake is turning over. Only a diver or someone with a temperature probe can tell that. Some locators can indicate a thermocline when it is dramatic but not all of the time.  It has been cold for two days but that should be over tomorrow for several days with temperatures near 50. Just right for winter fishing. Spooning for bass on brush in the 20-25 ft. range is working well and I am waiting for them to move to my favorite winter bank inside brush piles with the crappie on small grubs. Some years I fish the same bank all winter just before dark and sing the Marine Corps Hymn all the way home. Big winter bass fishing is excellent on Norfork Lake. Bink's favorite is that dreaded green grub on the bottom. The crappie should move up on top of cover soon but not many have. I am catching some big ones over brush about 8-feet down. I set my bait about three feet deeper than you can see it or cast my small grub over the brush and let it sink into it. Either one works but spooning right in the brush is best for both bass and crappie. I have not fished for open water fish much but the white bass, hybrids and smaller stripers are still on the flats outside of Blackburns Creek. People are reporting big stripers between the bridges but I have not seen any. Shad are everywhere and several schools do not have any fish under them and there is plenty of food and it is sometimes difficult catching them when they finally feed. When they do move to the deeper water on the main lake just off the river channel they can also be difficult to catch, get lethargic and you pretty much have to drop a spoon right on top of their heads and rely on a reaction strike. They do not move much in the cold water.  Normal high is 46 degrees. 

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I went out about noon and the fish were biting immediately. Caught two crappie right away and missed a big one getting it over the side of the boat. I must get a net but the fish are all going into the trophy pond anyway. I caught bass and crappie with the smallmouth being the largest. I was usuing a 1/2 ounce Bink's spoon and working the brush piles near blackburns Creek in 25-ft. of water. Some of the big bass are shallower. The surface temperature is about 55 with the creeks being a little colder. The visibility is just right for fishing in both the creeks and mainlake and the level is dropping just a bit and is at a good level at just over 552. I caught a couple of white bass just outside a brush pile on the main lake in 32-feet of water but am not interested in them. I want walleye, crappie and bass but to each their own. It was cloudy but temperatures were in the high 40's with the same for today. There was no wind making it easy to stay on the fish. It is to warm for the weekend and then cool off again. Blackburns has one cabin open with the rest full.  Call 1-800-635-0526. We will not charge you too much and the first boat stall is free and we are open all year. The normal high for this date is 48. 

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I went out this afternoon and stayed until dark. The water temperature is 56 degrees and you can see down about 5-6 feet on the main lake. It was sunny and calm with flat water. I spooned up two crappie and two bass. That was all. Very slow for me. Low pressure is moving in and it is to get near 50 for a couple of days. Maybe they will start better. It was nice having the sun shining on me even if it was cool. We are installing a new security system on the dock as we speak. We have not had any thieving problems but do not want any. Meth heads stay up all night. This one is infra red with four cameras that run continuously and has enough memory for one year of continuous use and is in color. It will be rough to pull much stuff here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. The gutters on the dock are working well and when it rains water does not fall off the roof into your boats. We are trying to improve everything we can without raising prices. Everything has new roofs, the pool is new as is all of the bedding in the cabins, TV's and much new furniture. We like it here and want you to feel the same way. The cooler water termperature has not improved fishing for me as predicted by many experts. The same people that are complaining about it being cold are the same ones that were complaining about it being too hot just a few weeks ago. just adapt and count your blessings. If it was easy everyone could do it and they can't. That is why they have trout fishing. 

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Caught on a Binks Spoon. White and Red. Yesterday.Image title

It has been pretty cold the last few days with highs in the low 40's and lows in the high 20's. We winterized a few cabins but still have several open all year. The Moodys just left and it was good to see them again. They caught some nice bass. I cannot take the cold very well and only go out in the warmest time of the day. If there is ice in the rod eyelets I do not go. It seems December has replaced January as the worst weather here the last few years. Crappie are moving shallower in the brush and can be caught on minnows, small spoons and grubs with minnows. Walleye are on brush on both main lake and secondary points. Bass are shallower on creeks points and creek brush in 18-22 feet of water. I caught some nice ones on a 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon in Blackburns creek. I am catching bass just inside mainlake points on grubs with some crappie just at dark. Some walleye are with them, both largemouth and Kentucky. Rodger Moody caught mostly smallmouth. Some pretty good stripers have moved into Bennettts Bayou on top of the old bridge and roadway in the Walker Hollow area and some hybrids are with them. Mostly white bass are on the Cranfield flats with some smaller stripers and hybrids north of the Island. I have not been out as much as I would like but maybe better days are coming. I like 50. At Blackburns you can get a two bedroom cabin for $65/day for four people. A one bedroom for $53/day for two people. We do not charge for boat stalls and you do not have to stay in a duplex with no porch with the bathrooms backing up to each other.  if you are staying a a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. 

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The new pool is finished and we will paint it in the spring. Do not wait for that to visit. We are open all year and have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals. If you are in the area for the holidays come on down. We are close to everything and have lots of wildlife for viewing. 1-800-635-0526. Winter fishing is just beginning and the lake does not freeze and no closed seasons. Nice big pool. You can stretch out and swim laps. 30x60Image title  

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James with some more good ones.Image title

The lake level is at 552.7 and is very stable even with the 2-inches of rain we got last week. They are generating just enough to equal the river inflow. The creeks go from green to clearing just about when they want to. You can see about 5-feet down on the main lake and the water next to the shore is clear. Surface temperature is 63 degrees and dropping very slowly. The people predicting colder water will make the fish explode are not right yet. I was doing better with the water in the higher 60's.  There are some open water fish just around the point from Blackburns Resort Creek toward Cranfield on the flats in front of the third dock by Mallard point.  They are mostly white bass with a few smaller Hybrids. More are just west of the 101 Bridge on the north side. They seem to be liking 50-feet of water 40-feet down but that varies with the time of day and the amount of sunshine. As far as i can tell the night bite with stickbaits has not happened. Sometimes it does not and I do not know how to predict that. There are a lot of shad and many of them do not have any fish under them. Crappie are on brush at 25-feet about 7-feet down and roaming. Pick out about 5-places and keep moving from one to another. They bite for just a few minutes and quit for two hours. They are very nice sized. A few walleye are with them. I try spoons first, minnows on a slip float next and then casting a grub and minnow over the brush and let it sink. They are right in the brush so use your marker buoy and go against the wind with your trolling motor. If this does not work I move. I am getting about 10 or 11 in a 2-3 hour period but they are 11-13 inches. The giant ones are alluding me again. I was catching them a month ago. I usually get bass on steep banks on drop offs this time of year but not yet. You umbrella trollers should do pretty well right now on open water fish. There are more shad than fish. I try not to predict but just tell you what is happening. I go out when the low pressure is just moving in and it rains me out and then after the high pressure has been around for a while. I have no confidence just after the rain or when the sun is first shining. I must have learned that somewhere or thought I did. I still try it during those times but seldom catch very many. I just like to be out. Blackburns Resort and Boat rental still has 1-bedroom cabins for $53/two people and 2-bedrooms for $65/four people and free boat stalls. Why pay more and we are open all year? 

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The fishing season does not close here on Norfork Lake Arkansas. The lake does not freeze over and fishing is good throughout the winter. You cannot walk on our water or drill holes in it.  Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is open all year and has a boat ready for you to rent if you have already put yours in storage. If you are looking for a new place to stay or if your normal place is closed for the winter call 1-800-635-0526 and we will fix you up. Fishing is getting good here now. Water temperature is 64 degrees. 

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Bink reports catching some big stripers this morning on a spoon. It had been slow for a few days after the rain moved through. It rained hard and the wind blew. We received 1/2 inch of needed rain. It is sunny and cool now with highs near 60. We did get a frost but not before I picked my green tomatoes and peppers. This was the best garden I have had for years. The lake is in excellent condition and the surface temperature is 65+ degrees and the lake level is 552.65 and very stable and Newport is at 3.5 feet which has some slack if we get heavy rains. The lake is clearing and is good for fishing. I went fishing just when the rain started and caught fish as fast as I could bring them in. I came in and after the rain I could not get a bite. Cold fronts do shut them off. Kahlenbecks report catching stripers with nothing in them. I do not recall that happening before especially this time of year. We do not always get a night bite or a topwater bite for stripers in the fall but bass come up about anytime. There are a lot of shad and many schools do not have any fish under them. I am fishing for crappie and walleye and doing pretty good catching fish everyday using spoons and grubs and minnows. The trophy pond is full of big fish.   

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I went fishing yesterday and it was tough for me. I caught a few but had to work hard for them. i went to three places where the crappie are thick and could not get many to bite. Tried minnows, grub with minnow and spoon. Will try again today. It was beautiful out and no wind. Lake is in excellent condition. Stripers are moving south down the river as the lake cools. The cool nights are cooling it nicely. It is nice to have fall begin 1/3 way into November with highs to be near 70 and lows in the 40's for several days. We are getting dry again. The fall foliage is turning brown and falling with little or no color. My maple tree is not even turning red or the sumac. The lake level is stable with just a little generation to keep up with the river inflow. It will be getting dark at 4:30 by the 21st of December but that does not bother me much. I have not worn a watch for 21 years and go by the sun. If it helps the kids to not get on ther bus in the dark mornings that is fine with me. I hope that is the only reason. If they were worried about energy they would not start school so early after summer vacation and take spring breaks. I like fall fishing but am always sad to have diving season end. We are lucky to not have the lake freeze over and have no closed fishing season.  

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Scuba can clean fish faster than you can kiss a duck. They used to call him Clifton Clowers.Image title

Blackburns Has two fish cleaning stations so you do not have to wait in line.Image title

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Scuba Steve went diving yesterday and saw lot of walleye. Close to Blackburns too. Diving and spearfishing could not be better. They are on insides of mainlake points on brush in 20-feet of water near the bottom.

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Found the walleye again yesterday and got some good ones. I was fishing too deep. They were all in brush and around brush in 18-22 feet of water with none deeper. The lake is clearing again and is at 71 degrees and dropping slowly as is the lake level. Crappie are also on shallower brush at the same depth. I got some good ones. The trophy pond is fully stocked with big fish.  If you can find brush in 20-ft. of water on the insides of main lake points there will be walleye on them. Walleye and crappie are now in their normal October places. Reports that the lake is turning over are wrong. This happened weeks ago. There have been no thermocline for a long time.  The visibility is good and getting better. Just right for diving. Spearfishing for walleye and crappie could not be better. I have not seen it better in years. Fish in the 24-inch range are not uncommon but there are also several short ones. All crappie I have been getting are from 11-15 inches with very few short ones. Some bass are also in 18-25 feet of water right in the brush.. A few black bass but many nice smallmouth. A lot of bass are still suspended and schooled and can come up anywhere there are shad. Big schools of shad are near Blackburns Creek but not a lot of fish under them. We have several good fishermen coming in next week and they will find the open water fish. If you are here they will help you. I like the walleye and crappie and prefer to stay near home. If you can learn to spoon right in brush it sure helps. I am using the 1/4 ounce White Bink's spoon with red on the bottom and nose and grub and minnow exclusively and am doing very well. Bink likes to cast and hop his 1/2 ounce spoon and is very effective with it. Cabins are still $53/day for two people and boat stalls are free. 1-800-635-0526 Weather is to be near 70 for the next week. 

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All of these went in the trophy pond. Better get fishing Tom.Image title

Lake level is 552.57 and stable with a few hours of running one partial generator in the afternoons. The lake is clearing with visibility a lot better than it was and a surface temperature of 71.5 degrees. Bink's Guide Service took me and my Uncle Walter Trembly from Indianola, Iowa fishing yesterday and we had a great time. The weather was beautiful and we caught some fish. That was just a bonus. Blackburns had a good turnout for Halloween. They get a lot of loot here. The new swimming pool is almost finished and looks great. It took a lot of cement and they are pouring the floor tomorrow. I may have to get a part time job to pay for it. Anybody need a Chemical Engineer that needs time off for fishing and diving?It is to be in the 80's today and cooling to the 70's for the next week. Best fishing is for crappie and walleye and then bass. The big ones are right in the brush.Image titleImage title

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Fishing was pretty tough yesterday but I caught a few. It was not easy. It usually gets better as the high pressure hangs around a bit. Weather was wonderfull and it was just good to be out. It is hard to believe the surface temperture is stable or rising just a bit at the end of October. If I was a fish I would not know what to do either. Fish bit a little early morning and just before dark. I will see if I can find them diving again. I like a challenge.

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The lake water temperature is in the low 70's and has been stable for several days with the warm days and mild nights. The level is at a very nice 552.5 and the water is clearing a bit. I went diving yesterday and got two walleye and a couple of crappie but the numbers were not there. I thought I had found them again but they are gone. I got the only two I saw but they were nice ones. A few days ago there were big schools. Most of the bass were gone too. I was fishing in the evening. The bass fishermen report catching good ones on plastic worms early but they quit when the fog burns off. They are finding them off steep banks on the ledge before the drop off. White bass are on the flats in 30-35 feet of water on shad. White bass are for people that cannot catch walleye. Trout are for people that cannot catch white bass. Many bass are still in open water on shad. They move in when the water cools and back out when it warms. It does not usually warm again this time of year. This is the first time I have seen it in 22 years. I usually have my dive gear put away by now. There are not many of us out there. There are quite a few fishermen out. Especially during the weekend. Boaters are also enjoying the 80+ degree weather. It can stay like this until Spring for all I am concerned. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526 If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer, you are paying too much. Come join the fun. 1-Bedrooms here are $53/day with free boat stalls. We help each other catch fish.

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When I went diving yesterday it was cloudy and warm and started to rain right when I got to my destination. I anticipated that but wanted to go since the days for this year are numbered. The visibility was bad but I did get a couple of nice walleye and a crappie. The lake usually clears after turnover but is showing no signs of doing it so far. Reports of the main lake being clear are extremely exaggerated. The ambient temperature is to be near 80 for the next several days extending the diving season. The clear skies and sunshine greatly enhances the visibility down to about 20-feet and that is where the fish are. The creeks go from clearing to green and back again in a short period. Some sediment is settling to the bottom as normal but not as much as usual. The water will clear after this happens but we do not want it too clear. Stained water is best for fishing.  Crappie and bass are your best bite unless you want to travel north. I do not wish to do so since the open water fish are moving to me and a lot of shad are already showing up close to Blackburns. I hate to waste gas. Resort owners cannot afford to do that unless they are charging too much. We are a poor bunch. If you are coming to the Mountain Home area for the brilliant fall foliage only might as well stay home. It does not look good.The lake is in excellent condition and the weather is beautiful. Surface temperature is still in the low 70's and steady. The nights have warmed a bit and the lows are now in the mid 50's. Usual high is 66 and low is 43. Great time for a fishing trip. Still looks good for the full moon in November (14th) but I cannot guarentee anything. You will be the first to know. People cleaning bass are finding them full of crawdads and walleye are empty. We have not been near a frost yet and I am still picking peppers and tomatoes out of the garden. 

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Went diving yesterday and found the big walleye. Got some good ones. They are closer to the bank and in chunk rock in 18-20 feet and schooled. No crappie were with the ones I found, just some smallmouth and black bass. The lake is a little clearer as you go south. Fall foliage may be a dud.

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Went diving yesterday and found this: The lake level is 552.6 and dropping slowly. The water is green and visibility is bad from near the surface to 50-foot. That is as deep as I went. The surface termperature is 73 and a bit high for the last of October. Crappie, walleye and kentucky bass have moved shallower and are now near the brush but towards the bank in 18-23 feet of water. This was in the evening. Saw lots of crappie and big ones too. Shad have moved in to the mouth of Blackburns Creek and some were near the surface. Some were also east of Cranfield Island with white bass on them.  It does not look good for a spectacular fall foliage but we will see. Saw eagles and a roadrunner. Good to be out. Beautiful day. We are redoing our whole swimming pool and it is a big project and I hope it is worth it.  Every building on the property now has a new roof and the price is still $53/day for two people. 1-800-635-0526 If you are not staying at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental you are paying too much. Free boat stalls. 

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The lake is cooling slowly with the cool nights but the high is to be in the 70's for the next week with 78 scheduled for today. The fall foliage is changing but not very quickly. It may peak just after the end of the month. I will go diving tomorrow to check things out and have been pole fishing for several days with good results. There are some open water fish north of Cranfirld Island but they are not the big ones. Mostly some white bass with a few 10-lb. Stripers thrown in. They are moving south and should be in the normal places for the night bite by the full moon. There is always a night bite for stripers in the early spring when they go to the bank to simulate a spawn but not always in the fall when they just go there to feed. Just depends on the bait fish. There is always a good top water bite in the spring but not always in the fall. It is always good to keep a top water lure ready when fishing Norfork. Bass can come up anytime. The walleye are mostly gone from the main lake points and some have moved part way back in the creeks and soft plastics just at sunset on shadowy banks can catch some. I have been mostly fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass for several days with excellent results. The crappie are very nice sized. The trophy pond and some elderly friends enjoy them That makes me feel good. The weather can stay like this all year as far as I am concerned. The lake is at a good level and is in excellent condition. 1-800-635-0526. We will not charge you too much here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. $53/day for two people with free boat stalls. All cabins have covered porches and none are duplexes. 

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Got some good crappie, bass and bluegill yesterday. The wind seems to come up about 2:Pm with the heat of the day and the fish start biting. Bink's spoons and grubs with minnows are working best for me. The weather is great with cool nights and temperature in the low 70's during the day. The surface temperature is in the low 70's. 

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Scuba Steve Likes These Crappie. Give some to my friend Leonard Darr and the rest go in the trophy pond.Image title

Crappie Fishing Out of Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountain Region. These are big boys. 1-800-635-0526

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I went diving yesterday and the surface temperature was near 75 degrees. The visibility on main lake points was bad and the walleye, white bass, most black bass and nearly all of the bait fish were gone. I had to try it again as they have been loaded in there for a few weeks.  I did see several crappie in 30-ft. on top of brush. Got some nice ones. It is cloudy and cooler today and I will try pole fishing again. Fishing has gone from bad to good to just fair now. Crappie fishing is the best with bass next but bass are not biting as well as they were a few days ago. Many have moved out to open water again. Predictions of water temperatures in the mid 60's have not materialized and it has actually gone up a few degrees. Also reports of the main lake being clear is also not true, especially from Cranfield to Robinson Point where I fish. It is very cloudy from just below the surface down to 50+ feet. Tom Kelly reports catching a 22-inch Plus Walleye in the trophy pond and releasing it. That makes me happy. There are bigger ones in there than that. We are to get some weather in the 60's for a couple of days and then back to the mid 70's. Fall foliage is coming around slowly and still looks to be near peak the very last of this month. It is beautiful here. Come visit and we will not charge you too much and give you a free boat stall. 1-800-635-0526 The lake is in excellent condition. We received a little rain last night about 0.8 inches.. We are still dry but not as bad as we were. 

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I just lost the walleye. They have moved off the main lake points and so have the bait fish. The visibility has also diminished a bunch. Crappie are still on brush and are the best bite now. Open water fish are moving south and will be near Cranfield soon. They like it there now that stripers and hybrids are now stocked there. White bass have also moved off the main lake points. Joe Cebula caught a 15-lb. flathead yesterday and another one today and donated them for the trophy pond. Thanks Joe. I put a bucket of minnows in there yesterday and I bet they move fast and keep moving with the number of giant fish in there. Tip for crappie. When you find them (most main lake points) on brush give it a try and then move. Rotate about three places and then come back in two hours. They will bite and in the middle of the day too but not continually. Catch two or three and when they quit move and come back. The fish are very nice sized. I will know more when I get in tonight. When this happens in October they move to the flats near Cranfield and are scattered. The night bite for stripers and walleye should be on schedule for the full moon in November which is the 14th. The surface temperature is still 73 degrees and it is too early to pronunce any seasonal bite has started but when they do move when the water cools they will stay put for a while. What is happening now is typical during and just after lake turnover but the warm weather has them still undecided on what to do. The lake is in excellent condition and at a good level. 

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The visibility just went south in Blackburns Creek area. Looks good from the surface but not when you get down there. Big fish are moving south too and will be here by full moon in November for the night bite. Everything thing is looking good and the lake is in excellent condition. Surface temperature 73 degrees.

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Scuba Steve yesterday. Off to the tropy pond.Image title

Fred Gunn from Kansas City with some very nice fish.Image title

The lake level is 553 and we receirved a two day total of 2-inches of badly needed rain. It is to be very warm for the next several days.I have been pole fishing during the cloudy and rainy days and diving on the sunny ones with good results. John Bornhop is here and catching all kinds of fish. Stripers, hybrids, white bass, bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill and is now after a big walleye. John and Debbie Shreeves are back and welcome. John is also catching some good fish. Fred Gunn is here for the first time from Kansas City and is doing very well, especially on big walleye. The Davis boys are back and it is good to see them. They always catch fish as does Joe cebula. Joe helps a lot of people here and we really appreciate it. He also donates fish for the trophy pond. It has been very busy here and we like it like that. Fishing is getting better and better and is in it's normal pattern for a full moon in October. The full moon in November should bring out the stick bait fish on the bank near Blackburns before and after dark. All fish are biting now and Harvey reports getting a lot of very nice Crappie. You can call him for a crappie trip at 870-481-5630 and Bink's at 870-499- 7384 for anything else. This is a good time to visit. Call Debbie at 1-800-635-0526. The fall foliage is on schedule for a late October peak. Blackburns is also your fall foliage headquarters for the Mountain Home area. Good time of year for everything. Low cost cabins and Boat rentals available.

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Caught Yesterday. We love it here on Norfork Lake, Arkansas.Image title

All of the fish I care about are on brush piles. Walleye, crappie bass and catfish. And there are lots of them. Have to catch them when they are biting. Move from brush to brush and come back again. They are roaming but not too far from cover. Scuba Steve knows where they are.  If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer and in a duplex with no covered porch, paying for boat stalls and  paying $25/ day more.for a cabin. Check out www.blackburnsresort.com. Send the extra money to Red Cross hurricane relief and come fish. 

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Thermocline gone. Fish schooled and scattered. Crappie 30-feet on brush. Walleye with them but the big ones have moved out deeper on points in big rocks. Good fishing. Some open water fish have moved to 60-feet. Fishing will get better and better.

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Joe Cebula and his God Son Gavin are back and catching fish already. Good going Gavin and welcome. I got some big walleye diving yesterday and saw many on main lake points yesterday at 30-feet. It does not get any better than this. Wish you were here. Debbie and John Schreeves and Lucy are here and welcome. They came at a good time the fish are finally biting.

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It is warm again today but is to cool a bit tomorrow. I went diving and found a bunch of fish (walleye, crappie, bass and bluegill) on main lake points on brush from 25-30 feet deep. This is the most fish I have seen all year and big ones too. We received 1-1/2 inches of badly needed rain with little wind. Sure glad I do not live in Florida. Did not leave anything there. You either get a virus from mosquitoes or get blown away. One of the reasons I settled here is no mosquitoes. I have not seen one at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental in 21-years and none too soon. I am not a big fan of mosquitoes or black flies and have no desire to live where they have them. Our pool is still open and our prices are still low. Come on down. 1-800-635-0526 Why pay more? 

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The lake is dropping a bit with a partial generator running most of the time and is at 553.25 which is a very good level. The lake is clearing and is good for scuba diving. Surface temperature is 78.5 and pretty stable with the continued warm weather. There is a chance of rain tonight and we need it badly. There are crappie and walleye and a few bass on most main lake points on brush at 30-feet. I am getting them every day. Not much else happening except a few banks have some white bass. Some fish are coming up early but mostly small bass.  Open water fish are scarce and oxygen is low below 30-feet and the water is warm above 38 feet and they do not like it. A good rain will help along with cooler temperatures. I can spoon up crappie and walleye quite easily and get them spearfishing and that is all I want anyway but the boys like those stripers.

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I went fishing yesterday from 5-6 PM. Caught several crappie and a nice walleye all on Blackburns brush piles in 30-feet of water on a 1/4 ounce Bink's jigging spoon white with a green back. All went in the trophy pond. When I threw the first crappie in there was a big splash and it was gone. It takes a pretty big fish to eat a 13-inch crappie and there are some big ones in there.  A gentleman stopped me on the road and thanked me for stocking the pond and said he likes those crappie. Payment enough. There is now a picnic table on the dam with an umbrella. Blackburns new motorcycle garage is working out well and the people like having their bikes under protection. We have a lot of bikers as guests and they are welcome. We also offer farm fresh eggs at your arrival for free when you check in. I like chickens and we have some good ones. Red, yellow, black and black and white. Jackson is the big rooster and he takes care of all 21 of the hens. They are so tame they jump up in my hands to be petted. I told them they have a place to live for life and that reassures them. They are seven months old and I am getting from 15-18 eggs a day. I can only eat about a dozen. We are approaching fall foliage time and we usually peak the last of this month. It is dry here and I do not know how that will affect the leaves. Come on down to find out. 1-800-635-0526 Blackburns has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals. If you are not staying at Blackburns you are paying too much. 

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I talked to Bink and he is catching crappie and Kentucky bass on brush. The lake is still dropping slowly and is at 553.42 and the surface temperature is 79 degrees. The lake is clearing a bit and the thermocline is still at 38 feet. I went diving again and the fish are all on brush at 28-31 feet. I am not seeing any fish that are not on or near brush and none below 32-feet. The walleye I am getting have nothing in them when I clean them indicating they may be hard to catch with a pole. People cleaning bass are finding them full of crawdads. Crappie are nearly empty too. One place I go to has white bass, walleye and bass and the other has walleye, crappie and bass but I am not finding crappie and white bass in the same place. I am hunting main lake points with brush just a little to the inside of the points and am having very good success. Open water fish are scarce. Spooning is the best. This is why you have to be more than one dimensional and not just troll a half a dozen poles with live bait. I do not know what October will bring but it is to be in the 80's for several days starting next week. There is no such thing as a typical year anymore and you have to get out there when things change and not spectulate from the sofa. We are dry here but have had 43 inches of rain so far this year. Not bad. The pool is open and the prices are low.

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I went diving yesterday and everything was about the same. Creeks are stained and the water looks stained on the main lake but is pretty clear after you get down there a ways. I swam pretty far and saw fish only on or near brush. I got my second striper ever in 21 years of diving and a white bass and two nice walleye but was down about two hours. All of the fish were at or near 30-feet. None were deeper than 32. The cold water is still at 38 feet. Pole fishermen are still having trouble catching fish. Bink is out with some of our guests now and we will see how they do. If anybody can catch them he can. Fishing is like baseball. Anybody can hit when the score is 10-0 but the guy that hits when it is 1-0 is the best. Anybody can catch fish when they are biting but few can do it when they are not. This is one of those times. October is nearly here and we are approaching fall foliage time. The color usually peaks the very last of October and seldom varies too much from that. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is your fall foliage headquarters for Northern Arkansas, Ozark Mountains and the Mountain Home area. We have just finished a new garage for our guests with motorcycles and they will like it. We have a lot of bikers stay here due to our proximity to town and good rural roads for riding not to mention the lowest rates in the area. You can get a one bedroom for two people for only $53/day. The lake level is at 553.6 and is dropping slowly and is at a very good level. The surface temperature is near 80. Catfish and bass are the best bite now with a few white bass being caught. Call 1-800-635-0526 to get reservations. We stay pretty full all fall. A lot of people are predicting what is needed to start the bite but the fish are there and when it starts you need to be there not on the couch. It was windy yesterday with the front coming in and we will see what that does. The weather is beautiful with cool mornings and warm sunny afternoons. It is good to just be out there especially if you are a diver then it is really good.  

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The lake level is 553.81 and is now dropping just a bit with some generation in the afternoon and evenings. The creeks have turned green for some reason and the main lake is now stained. The surface temperature is 82 and dropping. It is to be sunny with highs near 80 and lows near 50 for the next several days. We got very little rain with the last front moving through and are very dry.  I went diving on the insides of main lake points and found quite a few fish. I saw two schools of crappie and three schools of white bass and several walleye all on brush at 30-feet and got some nice ones. The visibility was not as it looked from the surface and was not bad at all.  Just right for spearfishing. I like to see just enough as my gun can shoot effectively. It could have been a little better but I cannot argue with results. The water was just the right temperature and it was nice with the heat turned off. The thermocline is very distinct at 38 feet but there are no fish there due to the low oxygen. All fish were at 27-31 feet. People are having trouble catching fish now but that could change any day, and quickly. There is a top water bite early but they are mostly small bass. You can catch some smallmouth bass spooning brush or working a plastic worm off rocky banks on the inside points part way back in the creeks. We could get some good fishing before the lake turns. I will let you know. The fish are there. 

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Some schools of white bass, crappie and several walleye have finally moved to main lake brush at 26-30 feet despite the hot weather. Got some good ones today. Just finished the new roof on #11. It now has new appliances, heat and cool in all rooms, new wiring and more plug-ins, and is heavily insulated. Nice cabin. Three bedrooms and two full baths. Big screened in porch. All for $103/day. Some places charge that for a one bedroom. You get the best deals here. 

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This hot weather in September is not helping fishing any. The surface temperature is still in the low 80's and is showing no signs of dropping. If you get out before first light there is a bite on brush piles and then a short topwater bite and then everything is about over. It then gets very hot about 3PM and does not cool much until dark. The next several days do not show much different. I am getting a few walleye diving on brush part way back in the creeks at 30-32 feet of water near the bottom and I did get one nice white bass and a crappie in the same place but saw no schools. I am seeing many very large carp. There seem to be more than normal what ever that is. You cannot rely on what normally happens anymore but just be out there and be ready when things change. It is hard to schedule ahead. The fish are there and the people that put in the time, are willing to change, and are flexible will catch them. Some nice bass are moving near the bank in 20-25 feet of water in the evening. A plastic worm before dark and a saltcraw after are catching fish. Catfish, walleye and bass are the best right now but none are good. I have never seen so many catfish being caught on a jigging spoon and good ones too. The pool is open and the prices are low. 

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Caught This Morning on a Bink's Jigging Spoon.Image title

The lake level is 553.9 and has risen just a little the last few days. It is at a very good level and is in very good condition. The surface temperature is 82. The weather is to be basically clear with highs in the high 80's and lows in the mid 60's for several days. Many fish are near 30 feet as there is little oxygen below that. Louis Lattray is back and he always catches fish and is welcome. Joe Cebula is catching fish everyday day also and some good ones too. He caught about as big of crappie as I have seen out of Norfork and it has giant ones. He has donated many big fish to the trophy pond.  Fish are roaming and you cannot count on them being in the same place for very long. If they do not bite on one brush pile for a few minutes, move to another one and come back later. Bait fish are the key and they are moving too. Usually when the fish move to the brush in the fall they stay put for a long time. Not this year as it is still summer. The lake is great for boating, swimming and water sports and our pool is still open. Our rates are now $53/day for two people. Most other resorts start at $75. You can save a lot of money and have free boat stalls too. It is very nice here. Bink is back on the walleye.

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Joe Cebula Caught his Limit of Big Crappie Again Today. I hope we get some rain out of this. It is to get hot again next week. 





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Off to the Trophy Pond they go. Thanks Joe Cebula.Image title

The lake level continues to drop just a little and the surface temperature is steady at 84. It is to be in the mid 80's for several days here with a good chance of rain. It is very dry here. I continue to get some nice walleye and crappie diving but it is not easy. They are roaming and are in one place one day and gone the next. Fortunately I have several good places close to Blackburns creek. It all depends on the bait fish. They are mostly bluegill and bass and when they are on the brush there will be big fish on them and when not, nothing. The visibility is about 8-feet, down to about 38 feet and clear deeper than that but there are no fish and no oxygen below that.  It is impossible to tell visibility from the surface except for how deep you can see. I have seen it clear down 12-feet and you could not see your hand after that. There are two ways to get an accurate reading: one is to dive down there and the other is to put down a TV camera. Side view locators are OK but I cannot work them very well and many people that I know that heve them cannot either. They are good for looking in fairly shallow brush. With the forecasted weather I do not see the dissolved oxygen distribution changing unless we get runoff and high river inflow or the lake turns. When this happens fish have only one preference where to be and that is cover since the water temperature and oxygen are nearly the same for several feet down and the water will be cooler shallow. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has cabins for $53/day for two people where other places start at $75. If you are not staying at Blackburns you are paying too much. We do not charge for most boat stalls or trolling motors on Pontoon boats. You can save a lot of $. Pool is still open. 1-800-635-0526

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Some of Joe Cebula's catch this morning. Off too the trophy pond they go. Notice the new fish basket.Image title

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Diving Conditions and Spear Fishing are good now. The walleye finally moved to the brush at 30-feet. The lake is dropping slowly and the water temperature is 84 degrees. Joe Cebula found several good crappie.

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Nice Fish Joe. Caught on a 1/4 Ounce Bink's Spoon. Welcome.Image title





The walleye have moved back to the brush. Got some good ones diving. Joe Cebula from Olatha, Kansas is back and catching fish already. 


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The lake is cooling the weather is beautiful and the baitfish have moved back to the brush. Tom Kelly caught a nice walleye and some white bass, Bink caught some big striper early and Marvin Foster caught some big catfish. Blackburns has dropped to their off-season rates and people are taking advantage of the low prices. It is very busy here. You can get a 1-bedroom cabin for $53/day for two people. Our two bedroom cabins are cheaper than other people's 1-bedrooms. If you have put your boat away come on down. Our rental boats are low priced too and there is still a lot of boating to do. No need to haul yours. Blackburns is your fall foliage headquarters for Northern Arkansas, Mountain Home and the Ozark Mountain Region. Call 1-800-635-0526

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When I went diving yesterday afternoon I did see a few changes. I went down to about 40-feet and did not feel much of a thermocline. Bait fish have moved back to the main lake brush despite the water staying so hot. It is still 85 degrees. The level is stable at over 554 and the visibility is fair with not much difference how deep you are. I am seeing no algae suspended in the water. The schools of crappie are still not on the brush and there are fewer big bluegill but the big bass are everywhere from 28-32 feet in the brush. All different kinds of them. I got a nice walleye at 35-feet on the bottom and a big crappie but they were the only ones I saw. The white bass have not moved to the creeks yet. Bass are coming up in the late evening but there are a lot of small ones. Mixed species are all together. There is little oxygen in the water past 35-feet and it is holding the temperate bass there against their will and it has to be putting stress on them as they prefer colder water. A lake turnover will not help this. We need some rain and cooler weather to help the fishing. It is not the best right now but bass and catfish are doing pretty well and a few stripers are coming in but not many. I am used to seeing many schools of white bass this time of year but they are just not there, preferring to stay suspended in deep water where there is sufficient oxygen to live. This is not uncommon but the water is usually cooler by the 9th of September. The last of September is usually my favorite time to spearfish with the middle of June second. I am just happy to be out there. I got two nice bass and a catfish on a Bink's jigging spoon on Wednesday but it was hot. They are now in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. I saw no evidence of a fish kill there but the water has to be hot. There was quite a bit of surface activity in the late evening when I put them in there. 

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It continues to be hot and dry with a little relief coming soon. The surface water temperature continues to be in the mid 80's and many fish are still in open water suspended. It is great for boating, swimming and all water sports. The stripers are suspended in deep water less than 40-ft. down and there are concern of low oxygen levels. We need rain and cooler weather to prevent a fish kill. Stripers are being caught on Bink's Jigging spoons, catfish on trotlines and jugs on live bait and bass after dark on saltcraws and on plastic worms early morning and late evening on main lake points. It could be better. 

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The recent hot weather has moved the walleye back off the main lake points and part way back in the creeks in the stained water in 35 feet of water. The dissolved oxygen is very low and is keeping the fish above 40 feet and the stripers are in deep water above that depth. The water temperature has moved back up to the high 80's but we are in September now and it will drop soon with the cooler nights coming. The crappie were moving in but are gone again as are most of the bait fish on brush. There are still bass on the main lake points at 28-30 feet and a few small walleye with them but that is about it. Bink is catching walleye part way in the creeks in stained water and stripers suspended in 35-feet in water over 100-feet on the main lake near the dam and all on his spoons vertical jigging. It has been getting very hot in the afternoons at about 3:pm  with high humidity but that should be over for now for several days with this cold front moving in. They have been generating in the afternoons just enough to keep the level stable at 554.25  This is not the best time for fishing but will get very good when the surface temperature hits below 80 and the baitfish return to the brush bringing the walleye, crappie and white bass with them. The lake is in excellent condition and just needs some cooler weather for the fishing to improve. None of this is unusual. The diving was just starting to get good and the hot weather has set it back again for several days. 

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The walleye have moved to the main lake points on brush. And I am picking up a few giant crappie but no big schools yet. Everything is good here. Have one cabin open for Labor Day. Even though it is still hot the fish act like it is September. 

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We have had several days of perfect weather with highs in the low 80's. It is to warm up again later this week to near 90. Our normal high is 88. I went diving yesterday and the thermocline has dropped a bit to about 29 feet with a surface temperature of 84. I saw walleye, largemouth, kentucky bass, white bass, carp and bluegill at 30-feet on brush but still no crappie. The thing that has changed is that there are many more bait fish on the brush than before and that is what is bringing the fish in. This usually happens in September. The mudline has virtually disapperared and the visibility is fair with little difference down to 40-feet. I only want to see as far as my speargun can shoot anyway. Too clear of water spooks the fish but we have not had that so far this year. The lake continues to rise very slowly with just a little generation and is at 554.28 with the level at Newport at nearly 20-feet I do not expect much generation from any of the lakes in the near future. The fish on the brush are getting bigger and this has not been the case before. The creeks are stained and go from clearing to stained overnight with no rain or runoff and then back to clearing again. I got my walleye yesterday back in the creeks a bit where the stained water meets the clearer water on brush at 29-32 feet. Almost all of the fish were at that depth and I checked above and below that. I am ready for the crappie to move in. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has 2-cabins still available for Labor day so please call Debbie at 1-800-635-0526 to avoid paying too much for both cabins and boats elsewhere. You can buy gas and food with what you save staying here or donate it to the good people of Louisiana flood relief. We do not charge for most boat stalls or trolling motors on pontoon boats. It adds up in your favor.    

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It rained in the morning and hard again about 4-PM. We got over one inch of rain. The lake is rising slowly and is at 554+ with just a few hours of one generator running. The surface temperature is 84. One day the creeks are clearing and the next they are stained green. The fish are acting like it is September. I caught bass, walleye, a giant red ear bluegill that went almost 1-1/2 pounds, 4-lb. channel cat, one crappie and several other bluegill all in the same place. Into the trophy pond they went. Lou Lattray is here and catching all kinds of fish. He is a good fisherman and is always welcome. He says there are big schools of walleye suspended under the 101 bridge but many of them are short.  Bass are on main lake points on brush and big ones too. Tom Kelly is catching a big variety and is fishing flats in 27-feet of water. Bink is still on the walleye and stripers and is starting to pick up some good bass. In this cool cloudy weather you can catch fish all day. I had to duck into my friend Don's dock for a few minutes for shelter but he did not catch me. I will start diving again when the sun comes out. We are getting rain but no wind or lightening. That is good. It is not too wet and the lake is in excellent condition. 

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I went diving yesterday and the lake has cleared a lot. The thermocline is still at 27 feet and there are a lot of fish at or just below that. Tom Kelly reports catching some nice walleye on long flats on main lake points in 25 feet of water on brush. Many bass have finally moved to main lake brush on points at 25-30 feet of water suspended a bit. Big bluegill are everywhere. The surface temperature is in the mid 80's and varies a bit from creeks and main lake and the time of day. I have no report on stripers except that they are in deep water suspended at 35-40 feet down. Diving conditions have really improved as has the number of fish near the bank and not in open water on shad. There are a lot of baitfish on brush on points finally. The lake level is still rising slowly and is at 553.79 and is keeping some debris floating in some creeks and drifting with the wind. I got two giant crappie which is a change and saw one other school but that was it. They have not moved in in numbers quite yet and the white bass likewise. Bass, walleye and bluegill fishing is the best. Things they are a changin.

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Water surface temperature is now 84.7 it can drop fast. Visibility should clear if we do not get enough rain for runoff. So far the weather forecasters have been wrong but it has been cloudy. The fishermen have not been rained out and they are catching good fish. Tomorrow will tell about the rain. They had us in the bullseye. Lou Lattray is catching good fish close to Blackburns as is Scuba Steve. We have received 0.7 inches as of now. Go until it rains you out. There is no lightening. I am getting some good fish and putting them in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. 

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Cloudy with a low pressure moving in with heavy rain likely makes for a good time to go fishing. I got my work done around 2PM and just got back in. Got walleye, bass and giant bluegill. A whole bucket full and they are now in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. I will put more in after diving season is finished. The visibility is bad now but should get better as the water cools. Depends on how much rain we get and how fast. The last one was too fast. I feel real bad for the people in Louisiana. We have many friends there and hope the best for them. The lake level is still at 553 and is clearing. The high was about 80 today and a welcome relief. I do not like winter and never complain about the heat but it was pushing the issue for a while. There are a lot of fish between Cranfield Island and the 101 bridge at 27-35 feet. There are less now.  

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The lake is clearing after the rain last Friday night. It needed to especially from Cranfield to Robinson Point. The lake is very stable at 553 and should stay that way for two more weeks due to delays in the repair of flood gates. We are scheduled to get quite a bit of rain this weekend but they will let out as much as needed to keep the level the same. I have never seen things so green for the middle of August. It is usually brown, dry and hot. We have had the hot. When the cooler weather hits in August watch out for early morning fog and do not rely on GPS to get you around. You might avoid the shore but may not avoid other boats. We had another death on the lake this morning. Some are caused by fishermen falling out of the boat, some diving accidents, some jumping off the cliffs and others by boat collisions. Please be careful out there. The visibility for diving is bad so I will take up pole fishing for a while until it clears a bit. Walleye, stripers, hybrids, white bass and bass are the best right now. I will mostly use the Bink jigging spoon during the day and salt craw after dark. Tom Kelly reports catching all of the above yesterday evening on the spoon close to Blackburns Creek. I need to catch some more fish for the trophy pond. Spearfishing has a high mortality rate. 

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I went diving yesterday and the clarity is bad on banks with any dirt and a little better on steep rocky banks. The rain has washed a lot of debris in the creeks in this area and it is moving with the wind so watch out. There is some big stuff. Also we are approaching the time of year when there is early morning fog. These two do not make for a good combination. The visibility, which was good down to 26 feet is gone and it is a little better at 35-40 feet. I think this will settle out but am not sure. I saw a lot of fish on the steep banks on the ledge before the drop-off. Mostly bass and smallmouth but a few walleye. The brush at 25-30 feet is at a good level for fishing but impossible for diving. We are to have weather in the early 90's for the next two days and then a cold front is moving in and the temperatures are to drop drastically. Kentucky bass and walleye are the best bite now with bluegill next. A few stripers and white bass are coming up shallow on the flats very early. The stripers before sunrise and the white bass a little later.  People are fishing the bridge piers heavily.There several fish east of Cranfield island and they are biting early on the flats. The level is 553.12 and is very stable with just enough generation to keep it that way. It is a good level. The thermocline is still at 27 feet.

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We got a big rain Friday night and a flash flood. It has taken us until now to get things back to normal. It took a lot of work but Blackburn's employees rose to the occasion as usual. I am so lucky to have all of them. I have not been fishing but Bink is really on the walleye. Call 870-499-7384 The lake level is at 553.16 and came up just a few inches. The rain was spotty but was not spotty here. At least everything is green. The wind did not blow a lot.

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It looks like the intense heat is over after today. At least here at Blackburns you have air conditioned cabins, a big pool and a beautiful lake to beat it. Some still have time to get the children a few days of fun before school starts. The lake water temperature is about 90 and it is very clear down to 25 feet and the level is steady at just under 553 which is a perfect level for all water activities. We have received a rain about everytime we needed it this year but not too much and everything is very green, especially for August. Blackburns has some openings starting tomorrow 1-800-635-0526 and just a few for Labor Day. This summer has gone by very fast and it is hard to believe it is about over. The fishing will get better and better as September and October get here until the lake turns over sometime in October. When the lake turns here it is not like northern shallow lakes when debris comes to the surface but the thermocline inverts and the water clarity, oxygen level and temperature is homogenous to below 30-feet and the fish have no reason to prefer one depth over another and scatter. They still bite but it is more difficult to find and catch them until the lake stratifies again. This process can happen fast or can drag on for a month depending on the weather. The full moon is the 14th of November and that is an excellent time for walleye fishing just before dark and striper fishing with a stick bait at and after dark. They both will be feeding near the bank. The crappie will be back on the brush and unless we get some real bad weather the fishing will be excellent. I am seeing some very large Kentucky Bass on brush at 26-30 feet along with big bluegill. The big walleye are eluding me but Bink is on them and catching them everyday. I cannot see where they are now but will be able to later when the water cools a bit and they move back near the bank. It is very hard to get suspended fish when diving. 

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They are letting the lake level creep up a little with very little generation and it is now 552.89 and the visibility is very good down to 22-feet but there are no fish there except after dark. I am seeing some good walleye at 45-50 feet on main lake points but it is too deep for me to stay down there very long. People are still catching open water fish by the bridge piers in the evening by casting the Bink's Spoon. Both bass and stripers. There are a few places that hold crappie all year but not very many. If you fish them very much you will fish them out. I prefer to wait until fall when the open water fish move back to shallower brush. In the 20-30 feet range. Most of them are in open water now. I am still not seeing any white bass but they normally move just outside brush about now. After they move in, they will be followed by the schools of bluegill and then the walleye and crappie. Trolling deep diving crank baits and letting them touch the bottom is working well in the creeks for big largemouth bass. Kentucky bass are full of crawdads so they are moving to the bank some time or another. That is why the afterdark fishermen are catching so many of them on salt craws and big ones too. There are still a lot of shad at the mouths of the creeks but I do not know what is under them. September fishing will get better and better until sometime in October when the lake turns over and the process starts over again until about January when the Stripers get more scarce again. Remember the night bite for stripers at the full moon in November. It is an excellent time to book a trip. You can fish for walleye in the evening until dark and them switch to a stick bait for stripers on the bank at dark and spoon all day. Especiall cloudy ones. August is a hard month for divers to find good fish but I will keep trying. You will be the first to know.I may have to get my poles back out. It is easier.

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I just got back from diving when the rain started. We have missed all of them and it was getting very dry. It rained hard and we got two inches in a little over an hour. Everything is very green and the grass is growing. You can expect very hot weather the first part of August as this always happens here in Arkansas. If it is a surprise to you we need to have a little talk. This is the best garden I have had in 21-years. I am still surprised about the lack of fish on brush piles on the main lake points. All I saw yesterday was a few Kentucky bass and bluegill. There are a lot of shad at the mouths of the creeks on the main lake. Most walleye have left my good places with only a few smaller ones remaining. They will move back in this fall when the crappie do likewise. There are a few bass coming up on the shallow shad very early. Our guests fishing with bink are doing very well on both stripers and walleye. It is very busy here and we like that. Call 1-800-635-0526 for reservations. We will not charge you too much. No duplexes, all cabins have covered porches and we do not charge for most boat stalls or for trolling motors on pontoons. The pool is big as is the pavillion and the yard is big and green with lots of play stations. We have lots of repeat customers.  

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The lake water has reached 90 degrees on the surface and you have to go down past 30-feet to get to cold water but it is cool at 27-feet. The lake is stable at just over 552.6 and they are running run generator a few hours a day to keep it that way. Today is to be the hottest so far but we have not reached 100 yet and usually do in the first part of August. Our normal high for today is 91 and it should drop below that the earlier part of next week and be about normal for several days or a little below. It is getting dry again and we need some rain. We have received some about everytime we needed it so far this year without having excess. The lake is in excellent overall condition. People are all over the place. In the pool, swimming off the dock or on the lake. All of our cabins have covered porches and are individual with no duplexes and are not huddled up on a steep hillside but in a beautiful valley. If you are already here, check us out before you leave. We have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and do not charge for most boat stalls. We have 10 pontoons to choose from. I have not been doing the best diving lately. The walleye have moved from the main lake points, except for smaller ones, and are part way back in the creeks in 30-foot brush where the visibility is not the best. Some good stripers and bass are under the bridge piers and can be caught with spoons, especially in the evening. Night fishing with saltcraws is producing some good bass and bluegill are on brush . Crappie are scarce now but will come in in a few weeks. You will be the first to know. When you come to blackburns, We will not charge you too much.

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The weather is hot and we are starting to get dry again. Everything is still green though and the garden and grass are still growing. The lake level is still stable at 552.68 which is at a normal level. The thermocline has dropped to 27-28 feet. Our normal ambient high is 91 and the surface water temperature is in the high 80's and is nice for swimming and boating. People are still catching fish in the mornings and evenings but I am finding very few fish on brush piles. Some bluegill and bass are in the deeper ones with a very few crappie with them. Bink is on the walleye and some very nice stripers are being brought in but not a lot. Spoons are the bait of choice. I am getting some walleye and a few crappie on mainlake points where they drop off at 32-feet and if there is brush there will be a few big bluegill and crappie. I am not seeing a lot of fish.Louis and Karen Lattray are back and Louis is catching some big fish as usual and is casting the spoon. They are nice people and are always welcome. The pool is the center of attraction with this weather and the people like the fact that it is so big and has a slide for the children. Make sure your resort has a pool before you book your trip. Some are very small. We just had a group from the campground try it again. The weather gets hot and there are storms and they do not want to sleep in a tent and try the same thing over and over. They go to a resort and book a 1-bedroom cabin and load the whole group into the cabin and use the bathroom, showers and pool and do not want to pay for their stay. This just happened again to Blackburns. A woman from the campground booked a room and then left her teenagers and their friends here unattended. We saw as many as 9-people leaving the cabin at one time in the morning and there were 6 cars parked in front. We do not allow more than 4 people in the cabin at a time ever. When she was called she would not answer her phone. They tried to leave in the morning to go on the lake and leave their stuff in the cabin and come back the next evening and say they do not have to pay because they did not sleep there that night. Their credid card was at it's limit and she had to go get money from town to pay for the last day. I do not initiate hostile action and would not have mentioned it but they deemed it necessary to write terrible reviews on the internet. We have hundreds of repeat customers who know the truth about this place and these do not affect us much but I like to respond. They were Andrew Gainer, Samantha Beilman and Pamela Beilman from 1816 East 55th Street Kansas City, Missouri 64130 and 636-497-0529. Beware all business owners and do not take their credit. They need to stay in a tent.


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The weather is to get very hot this whole week. This is a good time to take up night bass fishing. Get yourself a black light, put on flourescent line and get some salt craws and go on out there. Work the banks with a shelf just off the bank and fish the drop-off. Try the east side of Cranfield Island and the bank after the Boy Scout Camp. In the early morning be out there at first light and use the spoon at the mouths of creeks and main lake points in 30-35 ft. of water with brush for the walleye. Stripers are in deeper water but are at the same depth early. They move on out very deep later. Bluegill fishermen go to brush in 25-30 feet and use a small spoon, nightcrawler or crickets. Some crappie will be  with them but not too many. Bass have moved to brush on points in 28-30 feet with smaller ones including smallmouth shallower. Catfish are in there usual places and are feeding at night shallow at 6-12 feet. The lake level is 552.79 and is very stable with one generator running just enough to keep it that way. I am seeing lots of walleye almost everywhere I dive with the smaller ones shallow and the large ones in the cold water under 30-feet. Fishing during the middle of the day is slow. 

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The lake is stable at 552.8 and they are running one generator intermittantly to keep it there for gate maintenance. There are a lot of fish of most kinds on main lake points near the drop-off at 30-32 feet. If there is brush there and chunk rocks there will be fish. Spooning and trolling deep-diving crank baits is the best. Look for stripers in 65-feet of water 35-feet down in the early mornings on the spoon. Lots of big bluegill on brush everywhere. I am getting giant crappie and some good walleye diving.

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I went diving this morning and things are changing. The walleye are mostly gone from where I was getting them and I will have to find them again if the visibility allows me. I saw no crappie again and will try another place again. For you bass fishermen the bass are schooled and are on main lake brush in 25-30 feet with the very large ones deeper in the cold water. More bluegill are on brush in 24-feet of water. They are still dropping the lake and it is now just under 553 which was their target level to do gate maintenance. I have no report on striper fishing as Bink is taking a few days off from his hectic schedule to rest up. Dave and Olivia Carnefix are catching big fish everyday. They are doing better than me.

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I went diving this morning and the visibility has improved just a bit. The lake has dropped to 553.11 and they are still generating. Now my brush piles that were too deep are now right in the mud line where the visibility is poor. It is pretty clear down to 23 feet but there are no big fish there. I saw some bass schooled at 28-ft. and a few walleye near brush at 27-30 feet. Many small fish of all kinds are in shallow water. I am still not seeing any white bass or crappie. Bluegill have moved to the brush at the thermocline and that is good news as the crappie will follow.  I will check out a crappie place tomorrow and see if they have moved in. The thermocline is still at 24-feet and it is cold at 30 with the mud line in between. Pretty good visibility at 34 feet but the brush is above that. I have been traveling south to fish but will check out the visibility closer where there are more fish if I can see them.  This has been a challenging year for diving but I have got some very nice fish just not too many of them. Dave Carnefix is doing better with a pole and line. 

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I went diving this morning and it was cool and overcast. It has rained a bit everyday and everything and is very green but the lake is still dropping about 2+ inches a day and is at 553.79 heading for 553 at least. This is a perfect level. It is to be in the low 90's or less with a 20% chance of rain everyday next week. It has been very humid. We have had a bit of rain every morning and afternoon for a week but not too much. It comes before the sun comes up and again in the heat of the day at 3-4 PM.  We are not too wet and it is better than dusty and brown. I am not seeing a lot of fish but am diving in 34-40 ft. to find the larger walleye. I got two nice ones in the three pound range and that was all. They are singles and I have found no schooled fish like Bink has. There is little visibility in the 24-30 ft. range where a lot of fish are. Especially smallmouth bass but most of them are small. I did not see any white bass and a couple of weeks ago they were numerous. A lot of giant carp.  The thermocline is at 24-feet and the surface temperature is in the mid 80's which is just right for swimming and water sports. I am trying to get our customers to get their kids and grand kids to take up skiing instead of dragging them around in chaise loungers and some are doing it. Skiing is getting to be a lost art.  It is more fun and requires more exercise and they can be proud when they excell. I do enjoy scuba diving and spearfishing and never get tired of it. You can rent gear for a very reasonable price to try it out and see if you want to buy your own. Everyone should at least try it. It seems there is less and less of it going on also. Arkansas is one of the few states where you can spearfish and it was one of the reasons why I moved here 21-years ago. The other was no mosquitoes. I have never seen one at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. Give us a call at 1-800-635-0526 and join the fun. We will not charge you too much.  

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The lake level is dropping about 1-1/2 inches per day depending on how much rain we get and we have been getting some every day. The level is 554.2 heading for 553. I went diving and it did not work out very well. It was cloudy, the visibility was poor and my speargun broke on my first walleye. Long trip for nothing. I have a spare but did not have it with me. I am not seeing a lot of fish but the ones I am seeing are good ones. The mud line is very murky from 23-32 feet but better above and below that. Many fish are at that depth. Now that the holiday traffic is over and the water is not getting churned up and when they get the level stabilized at 553, which is a good level, it should clear up. I know where some crappie are located but it is too far north for any visibility at this time. The visibility increases as you head south.  I am not seeing crappie on my brush but that comes a little later. All of a sudden they will just show up. The white bass on the main lake points have disappeared and all I am getting are walleye. There are reports of shallow catfish but I do not fish the hot water.  It is much harder to get fish diving than with a hook and line and I do a lot of both. Use jigging spoons or drag nightcrawlers on the main lake points at 30-35 feet for the walleye and get out very early for stripers also on the spoon. Use live bluegill for both bass and catfish and crickets for bluegill. 

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We have received another two inches of rain to bring the total up to about 5-inches here at Blackburns for the entire long weekend.  It has been mostly in the late night and morning and people have been able to get in pretty good boating days. Not as much as they wanted but several hours each day. They had the fireworks as scheduled and nothing has been a wash out. The creeks are running now but the lake is still dropping slowly and is at 554.70 and they still want it to get to 553 for gate maintenance. The level at Newport is below 9-feet so they should continue generating. The government web site for lake levels has been down for all weekend. I guess they need their time off too. Surely there is someone driving the train. Some people think the whole world stops until they finally get back to work and other people work to pay them. The lake will return to normal later today and you can get the fishing boats out again. This looks to be a good week to get out on the lake after today. 1-800-635-0526 I will get a report after I come out of hiding.

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We received about three inches of rain quickly yesterday afternoon and the creeks run heavily for a while. The wind blew down at the dock but everything is alright. People got in a pretty good day of boating before and after the rain. It is very cloudy so far today. The lake level is 554.85 and they are trying to drop it to 553 which is a good level. The creeks muddied up with the runoff and I will see what it did to the visibility on Monday. The rain was spotty but we sure got it here. Everything is very green for early July and the lake is in excellent condition. It is to get hot again later this week. The garden is really growing and the chickens are laying. Who could ask for more? A young man caught the big bass under the dock and was really happy. Bink is on the stripers and walleye and the lake will return to normal Monday afternoon. Blackburns has a couple of openings starting tomorrow so come on down. 1-800-635-0526 we will not charge you too much. The covered porches are coming in handy now. I am glad all of our cabins have them and are so are the customers. The big pool is very busy. 

Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home Blog. (Click Here For Comments)

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The lake is dropping quickly now with one generator and one flood gate open. It is 555.36 and dropping 3-4 inches per day. The thermocline is about 24 feet and the mud line goes from there to just past 30-feet. A lot of my brush is in the mud line which is good for fishing but not for diving. If it is a cloudy day the visibility is bad and on sunny days it is acceptable. It looks clear from the surface but when you get down past 22-feet it deteiorates quickly until the cold water. The walleye have moved off my favorite spot and I have to find another one. Bink is catching big fish everyday.No catch no pay. Blackburns has one opening starting tomorrow. 1-800-635-0526

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Caught this morning. Nice fish.Image title

The lake level is dropping about three inches a day with one generator running continuously and is at 555.66 and we are susposed to get rain this weekend. They also opened up a flood gate to increase release to the equivilent of two generators to drop the lake to 553 for maintenance on the other gate. This water is wasted and does not produce any electricity. I would have had it to there already.  I am still finding walleye and some bass on brush at 32 feet and there are more shallower but you cannot see them because they are in the mud line. It is very cloudy from 25-30 feet. My brush piles are no longer too deep and are coming into play. Suspended fish are in about 60-feet of water 35-feet down. Drop that spoon right on their heads. I am not seeing a lot of fish but the ones I am seeing are big. Smaller fish are in the shallow warm  water at 18-24 feet. The lake is in perfect condition for now and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has one cabin available. Call 1-800-635-0526 We have plenty of boats to rent and at the best price. 

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It has cooled off a bit with highs to be in the low 80's. My electric meter must be dizzy from running so fast. The lake is still dropping slowly with one generator running continuously. We are receiving just enough rain to keep from having to irrigate and everything is green. The lake is in excellent condition with a surface temperature near 87 which is perfect for boating and water sports. We are fortunate not to have a lot of big Queen Mary boats on Norfork and low boat traffic compared to other lakes in the Ozarks and have several swim beaches near Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.  The thermocline has dropped to about 24-feet and there is a mud line with little visibility from there down to 30-feet. Some big fish are just below that. Bink reports early morning walleye and stripers suspended in about 60-feet of water. He found schooled walleye and caught several but I have only seen singles around brush. Call 870-499-7384 he is guarenteeing fish now. Diving conditions are good with a lot of walleye coming in compared to last year. Call Debbie at 1-800-635-0526 for cabin and boat rental reservations. We have the best prices on both and all cabins have covered porches with no duplexes and we do not charge for trolling motors on pontoons so you can fish and boat with the same boat. The 30x60 pool with slide is very busy and we are child and pet friendly. Mostly free boat stalls too.  

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We received 0.6 inches of rain last night and the power was off two different times but it is sunny now. North Arkansas Power Company does a good job. I remember growing up where my father was Manager of the power company and we had a phone in his den which was for trouble calls only with a bell that rang in the yard. Employees took turns being on call and could not leave town during their time. When that phone rang we run to it. Power outages were very important to all, especially farmers whose livlihood depends on electricity.  It was just a part of the job and all employees accepted it. There were no bucket trucks then and everything was done with climer spikes of which my dad could literly run up a pole. We do not appreciate things enough here in the land of plenty until we lose it. The lake is dropping slowly with one generator running continuously and is 556.2 and is in general in excellent condition and perfect for swimming boating and water sports. Terry Sims is here from Louisiana and is a good fisherman. I will get a report from him later. Always good to see the Sims family. Striper fishermen Drop that spoon, bass fishermen get out that black light and saltcraw and walleye fishermen drop the spoon and drag those night crawlers and bluegill fishermen use live crickets and live worms and everybody try to find brush in 27-32 feet of water especially on main lake points at the dropoffs except for stripers and some walleye which are going deeper and deeper with the 86 degree water.  Call 1-800-635-0526 to beat the heat. This is no time for tent camping.  

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Rum and Darrel. Fishin Fred must have taken this Picture.Image title


The lake is dropping a bit with one generator running and very dry and warm weather. It is now 556.64 and the thermocline has set in as normal with clear water down to just above 21-ft. and clear water in 30+ feet of water with a mudline with poor visibility in between. Some fish are in the mud line and some are below it. I am getting walleye in the 3-4 lb. range in 32 ft. near the bottom on brush. Most of them are around the brush and not right in it. Large Kentucky Bass, Largemouth Bass and white bass are there too. Joe and Beverly Keily from Downers Grove, Illinlois are back and are welcome. They report catching catfish. bass and bluegill. Bink is still on the striper and walleye and Scuba Steve is going after walleye only and doing quite well. Get out early, take the middle of the day off and go out in late afternoon to catch fish and beat the heat. This is like the end of July weather and the lake is heating up and the fish are going down. No problem just get out your jigging spoon.The lake is not crowded and there are few big boats like other lakes and many swim beaches. 1-800-635-0526 Blackburns will not charge you too much.

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Jeremey Gabreleski Caught Several This Morning Fishing with Bink's Guide Service. He is from Braunfels, Texas and he and his family are welcome here. Image title

They are letting out a bit more water with one generator running most of the time now that Newport is almost dry and the lake is dropping slowly and is just under 557.  The thermocline is still about 20-ft. and the visibility is not bad to there but is bad below. Most fish are below. Surface temperature is in the mid 80's and rising as the hot weather continues. We need rain. Fish are moving deeper and there are few in the warm water of any size. 

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Water temperature is in the mid 80's, the weather is warm and sunny, the lake is in excellent condition, the fish are biting, the pool is big and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is ready for your visit. We have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and do not charge for most boat stalls or trolling motors on fishing pontoons. We have no duplexes and all cabins have covered porches. We are child and pet friendly. I usually go diving early in the mornings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and get back in time for work. The walleye are on mainlake points in 27-ft. of water and can be caught on the 1/2 ounce Bink's Spoon. Arkansas Shiner color. White bass are with them but a little shallower suspended a few feet. If you can find brush at that depth it is all the better. If you cannot look for big chunk rock just before the point drops off. I told Bink I was tired of seeing pictures of big stripers and that anybody can catch them but real fishermen catch walleye. He showed me and fast. I know where some crappie are located but not very many places. They are not everywhere as usual for some reason. We do have lots of big bluegill.  Bass fishing after dark is good with a blacklight. This is a good time of year but got too hot too soon. I wish they would let some water out just in case of a big rain. If you like boating and water sports this is the time.  1-800-635-0526 My garden is growing like crazy Marion.

Bring your Grandchildren To Norfork lake Arkansas and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental for some Norfork Lake Fun. Best prices on Both Cabins and Boat Rentals.

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Lake conditions are perfect for swimming, skiing, tubing and just cruising. Our giant pool with slide is in excellent condition to beat the heat. Call 1-800-635-0526

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We received about 1/10th of an inch of rain last night with much more just west of us. We need some more but not that much. The lake is over 557 and is still rising slowly. They need to let some water out and not wait until it is too high and then open the gates and waste it. Surely there is some place that needs electricity with this hot weather. These minimum flow requirements are a failure and a cluster bomb like most government programs. John Bornhop just left and caught catfish, smallmouth and several crappie. He said he had to catch several before getting a keeper but came in with several of them. It was good to see him again. Bink is moving further south to get stripers but is still getting them everyday. I went diving yesterday and got some very nice walleye. They were on main lake points on brush in 25-30 feet of water. There is a thermocline at 20-feet and cold water under. The visibility is just fair and is better as you move south. I will put my fishing poles away except when I go with Bink and dive. I like both. The night fishermen with black lights are getting some good bass and they are still coming up a bit in the mornings but most of them are small. White bass are moving to their summer banks in 30-ft. of water lots of them. Use spoons or rooster tails. 

Big Rain On The way.

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My New Friend Grayson McClary from Stigler, Oklahoma Shows Off a Couple Of Pretty Good FishImage title

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My internet has been down for five days. Merry Christmas Century Link. The lake level is 554.79 and they have finally started running both generators about 12 hours ago. Dam management 101 do not let the water run over the spillway. Remember 2008 boys. We should not be near this level at the end of December. You have had plenty of time. I went open water fishing with Bink Tuesday and fished hard and caught several fish but it was slow. Have been going fishing alone since then and spooning brush and catching several fish but again it is not easy. I caught 20-fish Christmas evening and about that many the day before. Crappie, bass of all kinds and Bluegill. We got 2.2 inches of rain last Thursday and it mostly run off causing the creeks to turn brown. Again we missed the wind.  We received it in a short period of time and the creeks run hard. It looks like it is going to happen again in the next few days. Except for Tuesday when I went with Bink, I have been fishing in the afternoons until dark. The fish start biting about 3:pm, quit until sunset and bite again until dark when they stop again. That gold Bink's Spoon works very well in the sunshine. Bass fishing is picking up. The silver bass that I am catching are full of big eggs with blood lines indicating an early spawn. Striper fishing is slow with not very many big ones being brought in. We lost several with the fish kill earlier this year and it may have been worse than reported.