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

Caught yesterday on both top-water and 3/8th ounce Bink's Spoons in 60-80 ft. of water 40-ft. down on shad. White with a black back was working the best. Image title

The lake level is 553.67 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with less generation. The White River at Newport is 4.74 feet and has been very stable and low for a couple of weeks. They are not letting out much anywhere. We are approaching a month with no rain and none is in the immediate forecast. Maybe later this week. I went crappie fishing yesteray morning and found some in both 35-ft. brush and 18-ft. brush. I tried a slip float with minnow on the shallower brush as I do not usually spoon in water less than 18-20 feet. I caught a couple but it was slow so I switched to the 1/4 ounce Bink's Spoon and caught several right in the brush about 20-ft. down. I saw a little top-water bass but they were small today. I released all but five crappie and give them to a guest at the resort who likes fish but is not fishing. Everybody likes Norfork Lake Crappie. Bink reports catching a lot of different species of fish yesterday. It started out with bass coming up and hitting the top-water lure and then finished with stripers in 60-80-feet of water and all 40-ft. down suspended. He was dropping the 3/8th ounce white with black back right on their heads. Spoons are the best lure right now. I am just not having much luck on live minnows or Bobby Garland jigs at this time for some reason. I did get into a school of small walleye in the 35-ft. brush and caught several but they were all the same size and about 12-inches long with no keepers. I saw them down there but did not know what they were until they started biting. The surface water temperature is 76-77 degrees and the lake overall is in excellent condition. Blackburns has several guests in but still have a couple of openings. GIve Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay more elsewhere. We are the home of the $59/day 1-bedroom cabins and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. All cabins are individual with no duplexes and have big covered porches out of the sun to relax. 

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

Mike with some nice ones yesterday afternoon Scuba Diving in 37-ft. of water on a main-lake point.Image title

The lake level is 553.72 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with 12-hours of running 3/4 of a generator. The White River at Newport is 4.76 feet an they are keeping it almost stable at that very low level. The surface water is 76+ degrees in the early morning an 77-degrees in the afternoon sunshine. I have been pole fishing in the morning cool weather and Scuba Diving in the afternoons after it warms up. The weather has been perfect but we have had no rain since Sept.6th and it is very dry causing some of the fall foliage leaves to turn brown an blow off in the wind prematurely. I hope the color is better than last year but it is hard to tell yet. We received just over 2.5 inches of rain in September but none now for almost a month.  I do not make very many predictions and just report what I see. This morning there was a top-water bite for Largemouth Bass and some good ones too. I just happened to see them while heading for a deeper brush pile and caught and released several. I keep some Kentucky Bass not not Black Bass.  After that I found fish schooled in 80-ft. of water 40-ft. down and they were hitting the spoon at the mouth of Hensley's creek on shad outside the brush on the deep drop-off where it gets deep quick.  Different species of fish were all together.  There are a lot of fish right at or just under 40-ft. after the top-wate bite is over. If you can find brush in 37-40 ft. of water there will be fish on it. Other than that there are still a lot of fish in the shallower brush at 16-18 feet. The weather and lake conditions are perfect for a fishing trip to Blackburns which is the home of the $59/day 1-bedroom cabins and they come with a free stall for your boat. No we are not closed, on vacation or for sale here. I do not know where those rumors are coming from but they must be getting us mixed up with someone else. I have no intensions of selling this place and will pass it off to my family and have no reason to vacation elsewhere. I like it best here and seldom leave town. No reason for it.

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

Scuba Steve with a walleye at 20-ft.Image title

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

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

Caught on the spoon yesterday. Image title

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scuba Steve with the fish of the day.Image title

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

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

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

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

Scuba Steve with some nice ones yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 554.45 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with 3/4 of a generator running about 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is at 5.66 feet so they are not letting out much anywhere. The surface water temperature, which had risen on Tuesday and Wednesday with the ambient temperatures in the high 90's, dropped again with the cold front and highs in the 60's and a cold north wind. The water was 81 when I came in last evening. The water had also cleared a bit and there was decent visibility for scuba dining. The schools of crappie that had moved off the brush and back into the main lake on shad were back on the 30-ft. brush and should stay there for a while now. Bluegill and Kentucky Bass are with them and a few walleye. The jig was not working very well but the small spoon was. We have some striper fishermen out trolling and are not doing very well. I could not help them much and do not troll and do not fish for stripers unless I go with Bink's. We are getting to be a 5-8 pound striper lake but the crappie an walleye are making up for it. There are also some very nice sized Kantucky Bass being caught and are fun and good to eat when the black bass fishing gets tough.  They are very fat and healthy and like those 1/4 ounce Bink's Spoons. Crappie are also biting live minnows on a slip float, 4-lb. test clear line, #4 red true turn hook and a split shot that matches the size of the minnow fishing and just enough to keep the balsa pencil float straight up and down about 5-feet further down than you can see your bait, on top of the brush. We have some striper trollers in that are disappointed in the striper fishing and I am unable to help them. I do not troll and mostly just fish for stripers when I go with Bink. If they must troll and do not spoon they are on their own. We do put in the most and best brush piles though. Some people do not and just use others. Our customers like them.  Blackburns is the home of the $59/day 1-bedroom cabins that come with a free stall for your boat. You do not have to go somewhere else to launch and can park and step right on the dock. We have it all here at Blackburns and at the best prices. We will not charge you too much. We will aslo keep you up to date on the fall foliage. There is some color change on the hillsides but it is mostly brown and caused by drought. It still looks to peak at the end of October and the fishing should be good then also. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scuba Steve with a couple of good ones. Image title

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mike got some nice ones yesterday.Image title

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

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

Scuba Steve with some pretty good ones.Image title

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

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

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

The lake level is 555.81 and has risen a little less than one foot after the 3-inch rain and 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours.  They have been alternating between 1 and 1-1/2 generators since yesterday afternoon. and we are approaching the power pool again. The White River at Newport is at 7.75 feet so they are still not letting much water out anywhere near here.  There has been little effect of the rain in Blackburns Area. I will check out the water clarity after the horde leaves tomorrow but it appears more stained than before from the surface. The creeks are definitely stained with the runoff but not brown. Several people caught fish yesterday but I was not one of them. We are full here at Blackburns and I have every pontoon boat that I can muster rented. Maximum effort/  Last count I had 11. We have a nice quiet group in now and everyone is showing respect for others. It took  several years to get it that way but we have mostly repeat customers but had to eliminate a few.  Peace and quiet and no drama. The fish that were caught were still on main lake brush in 27-30 feet at different levels of suspension. Tap bottom with the spoon and work your way up or cast a grub or jig past the brush and let it sink. Stay away from the northern most areas of the lake and everything is fine. I do not go there anyway. Come on down to Blackburns which is the home of the $59/day one bedroom cabins starting Tuesday. Why pay more? We have the best place at the best price. 

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

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The lake level is 555.60 and has risen about 8-inches in the last 24-hours with just a couple of hours of generstion. They always quit generating when it rains in order to have the lake rise as much as possible. We are almost back up past the power pool again. We received 3-inches of rain yesterday and last night here at Blackburns with 2.69 in town. We always seem to get more in this valley near the lake. The creeks run fairly hard last evening but have quit now. It came down fast with a lot of runoff. It is gone now but there are good chances of showers this afternoon. There were some power outages with trees in the lines but everything is back on now. It did not affect the resort. The White River at Newport is 7.23 feet and they are not letting much water out anywhere. Keep spooning main lake points in 27-ft. of water. I do not know what the rain did for fishing. 

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

Caught on the Bink's Spoon yesterday. Image title

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

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

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

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

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

Scuba Steve got some pretty good ones yesterday evening on Blackburns new brush piles. Image title

The lake level is 555.26 and has dropped about 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with 1-1/2 generators running about 5-hours. We did receive 0.3 inches of rain here at Blackburns last night. The White River at Newport is now at 5.76 ft. and is almost a foot lower than at this time yesterday and again is about to dry up. The wade fishermen can fish the river as long as they do not go in the afternoon. The spigot has almost been turned off since the Southwest Power Company has taken over the generation schedule and they are doing a great job of holding the area lakes up as high as they can for as long as they can. They must not need any power in the distribution area. We have little or no surge capacity.  The lake remains in good condition with a thermocline at about 30-feet and the water pretty clear down to there and beyond. The mud line is mostly gone away and scuba conditions are about as good as it gets for this time of year. It has not been this good fo a long time. The crappie have moved to Blackburns Brush piles and are on about every main lake point in 27-35 ft brush. They are liking 27-ft. for some reason, just above the cold water. Small spoons and jigs are working the best but live minnows on a slip float are not far behind. Walleye are in the same place about 4-ft. off the bottom but some bigger ones are a little deeper in the cold water. Over 1/2 of the ones being caught now are undersized. Kentucky Bass are all over the place and are with the crappie. I have not seen much top-water action lately but it can happen any time so have a pole ready for them. If not just cast the spoon right at them and hop it back keeping it from sinking too fast. Fall fishing has started early this year and should do nothing but get better until the lake turnover sometime in October. It will not stop the bite but will just scatter the fish and make it a little harder to find them. That is why brush piles are so important. The bait fish want cover and the predator fish want food so there you go. I do not have to go very far to get all the fish I want, but all I want are crappie, walleye, Kentucky Bass, bluegill and catfish.  You can keep the temperate bass but they are fun to catch. Especially when the water cools and they come up shallow and you do not fish for them deep and kill everyone you catch because of stress.  You have to be a meat hunter to catch them now. If you want to take advantage of the $59/day 1-bedroom cabins better call soon.at 870-492-5115. Some weeks are filled already and it looks to be a busy fall. We do not want you to have to pay too much elsewhere if you do not have too. Especially our repeat customers. They are why we keep our rates so low. We are sure getting a lot of welcome Veterans and Police and we like that. Crappie fishing is very good for this time of year and big ones too. 

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

Caught on the Bink's Spoon.Image title

The lake level is 555.30 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with 1-1/2 generators running about 5-hours. The White River at Newport is at 6.64 feet and is about ready to dry up. If they keep the level up high as possible for as long as possible it will be much easier for them to flood us out next spring. We should be at below 552 this time of year. The surface water temperature is 85-degrees, The lake is clear and it looks like good conditions for the up-coming holiday weekend. We received two rains yesterday afternoon. The first time it rained hard for about 15-minutes and we go about 1/2 inch. The second time it did the same thing again and the water was running down the road. We received exactly 1-inch total here at Blackburns. It was spotty and some places south of here got nothing. It sure greened up everything and is making the grass grow but I had to grade the ruts out of the road to the dock but it is in good condition now.  The best fishing now is for crappie, Kentucky Bass and walleye. Many of the walleye are short especially in the shallower water. Spoons are the best for about everything except for catfish and bluegill but the crappie have started biting live minnows over brush on a slip float about 20-ft. down. Crickets are really catching a lot of big bluegill off docks and night crawlers are working for catfish. Start fishing on main lake points in 27-ft. of water for many species of fish. Drop the spoon and tap bottom, snap it up about 4-5 feet and allow it to drop on slack line. In am using 1/4 or 3/8th ounce Bink's spoons with mostly white on them and a little red or a red eye. Use light clear line with no hardware. If you want the $59/day 1-bedroom cabins, the $77/day 2-bedrooms or the 2-bedroom mobil home for $62/day now is the time to call. They are nearly full for most weeks now. The prices start the day after Labor day. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115. You get a free boat stall with your cabin at our big dock. The pool is open. We also have the best prices on Boat Rentals in the Ozarks. You have to stay two nights in a cabin to rent a boat.  They are catching a lot of fish off the dock. 

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

Scuba Steve got a few of these spearfishing yesterday. Conditions are good. Image title

Flowers are blooming and the Grass is green here at Blackburns.Image title

The lake level is 555.55 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with 1-1/2 generators running for about 8-hours. The White River at Newport is 9.14 feet and they have drastically cut discharge from the area lakes since reaching the power pool. We are still about 4-feet higher than normal for this time of year but the lake is in good shape for swimming, boating, fishing and scuba diving with a surface water temperature of 85-degrees. The water is clear down to 27-ft. with a small mud line from 27-30 with the thermocline at 30 and cold water. I went diving yesterday afternoon and found several things different. First, the big schools of crappie have moved  to the brush at 27-feet. They are not in the brush but just above it and roaming from brush pile to brush pile. Nice big schools. Lots of Kentucky Bass, black bass and walleye are in the same place but near the bottom or in the brush. The best diving is on main lake brush piles from 27-30 feet where the water is clear. The visibility diminishes as you go back into the creeks. Many of Blackburns Brush piles are at a perfect depth now after being too deep for most of the year with the high water and lack of resolve to get it down despite the hot dry summer. The high boat traffic for the upcoming holiday will stir up the water but it will clear quickly after they go away and turn the lake back over to the fishermen. Pole fishermen need to hit the points and use light, clear line with no hardware and something to get down to the fish. Spoons and jigs are the best. You can troll and drag weighted crankbaits around but will get snagged in the brush and burn up a lot of gas. You will also miss the thump and hook set. It does work for people that do not know how to fish any other way. I would suggest learning how to use a spoon or jig and also how to fish in brush with out losing lures. I can sometimes go a couple of weeks without out losing anything but have been doing it a long time and know how to get things hung up loose. I mostly lose stuff when I snag other people's heavy lines that have been broken off.  Be careful when setting the hook as a small branch feels almost like a fish. This is a good time to book a diving or fishing trip right after the holiday is over when the fishing conditions, weather and prices are the best. Blackburns is the home of the $59/day one bedroom cabins after Labor Day and they are nice too and they come with a boat stall. You cannot best that anywhere. We have many boats for rent and also at the best prices. Come on down and we will not charge you too much. 

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

Darrel from Bink's Guide Service with a nice one caught yesterday. Several more too. Image title

The lake level is 555.70 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with 1-1/2 generators running about 1/2 the time. We have finally reached the power pool where the Southwest Power takes over more of the generation schedule for the area dams. Bull Shoals and Norfork both hit their levels yesterday and they immmediately slowed generation way down and the White River at Newport is now 9.95 feet. I do not know how the power pool got to be 555.75 as it was 552 several years ago and that is where it should be. They took away 1.75 feet of flood capacity for the worthless minimum flow for the put and take trout in the rivers and then just added on 2-more feet for good measure. We are still about 4-ft higher than we should be for this time of year. I would like to see the bottom of the power pool changed from 510 which is unacceptable. It should be at about 545. This allows the power company, which is also goverment owned, to do what they want with the lake. People talk about the lake getting too low but it does not ever have to do so. The flow from the spring fed Norfork River is enough to keep up with the city water usage from Mountain Home and the only way the lake can get too low is if they let too much water out and I do not trust them not to do that. It sure has not been a problem in recent years but could be. If they need power in the Southwest Power Administration distribution area they will let it out no matter how dry the lake gets down to the water inlet for Mountain Home City Water and they are going to change that soon in preparation. I do not trust the government to run anything. I worked two and three jobs to pay for my student loans and did not order pizzas live in luxury to have mine forgiven but did have G.I. BIll to help. Maybe some of these students should have served some time in the military to help them pay.  The lake surface water temperature is 85-degrees and the main lake remains clear down to the thermocline of 30-ft. where the water is cold. The fish that were at 27-35 feet have moved a little deeper and are near 40 ft. Several Kentucky Bass are still at 27-feet.  There is a top-water bite early morning and later in the evening with a lot of shad out there. All kinds of temperate bass and black bass are all together and can be caught on a jigging spoon. The 1/2 ounce white one is working well. Walleye are in 35-40 ft. of water near the bottom. Some big crappie are showing up but not the big schools yet. I will get a report on this when I get my work done later today. No, we are not on vacation and closed. I do not know why people are asking this as we are mostly full. If you are coming to Norfork this week and your normal place is closed give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 and we will find a place for you. I do not have any reason to go elsewhere for a vacation as I have all I need here at Blackburns. On September 6th we go on our off-season rates and our 1-bedroom cabins drop to $59/day with 2,3,4 bedrooms priced accordingly. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Blackburns is the home of the $59 cabins and they are nice too. 

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

Caught on the Bink's Spoon yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 556.22 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in 24-hours with a little more generation. The surface water temperature is 84.5 degrees and the water ramains clear on the main lake. I was out there in 102 ft. of water and the fish are coming up all over and it started about 8:AM. We were spooning in a little less than 40-ft. of water and catching walleye when the surfacing began. You could cast a spoon or spook and catch fish after fish. Big White Bass, Largemouth and stripers were all together on shad. It surprised me a bit as the fish had been coming up in the evening until yesterday when a few come up early. Normally there is not much of a top-water bite in August except sporatic. This sure has been a different year. Fishing now should get better and better until the lake turns over in October and get good again after the thermocline has gone and the water clears back up. It is now at 30-ft. The last dissolved oxygen report showed little oxygen at 40-ft. but there are fish there now for some reason.  The walleye caught were in 37-ft. on the bottom. Blackburns goes to it's winter rates on September 6th and the best prices in the Ozarks goes even lower. $59 One bedroom, $62Two bedroom Mobil Home, and $77 regular two bedroom. Two bedroom Deluxe, three bedroom 2-bath and four bedroom 2-bath cabins are priced accordingly. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay much more elsewhere unless you just like to pay too much. I do not. We do not want to charge our regular customers to much and we have a lot of them. Blackburns has the best mattresses and bedding in the area thanks to Furniture Depot. What nice people. The big pool with slide is open. It is to be close to 90 for the next several days. Summer is not over. 

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

Rum Binkley with a nice one on the spoon. Image title

The lake level is 556.46 and has dropped a little less than 2-inches in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running both generators. The White River at Newport is 11.95 feet so they are still managing the level to the 12-ft. rule. We will see what happens when we get down to the power pool of 555.75 and Southwest Power takes on more control of the generation. It will be based on electricity needs in the distribution area than flood control then. They are predicting that will happen on the 25th of August and it looks to be about right this time after several changes.  The lake conditions are the same with a surface water temperature of 85-86 degrees with the main lake being clear and the creeks stained. Blackburns Brush piles are getting into very good levels now and there are fish all over them with a mixture of bluegill shallow, crappie on top of the brush and walleye and Kentucky Bass near the bottom. You have to get down about 25-30 feet so a spoon or jig is the best way. I have not tried a slip float and minnow yet. Hooking a weight in front of a crank bait and dragging it around the lake also works. They get hung up in brush but cover a lot of ground. It is kind of like carpet bombing. Some are doing the same thing with live bait and there is no shortage of that with schools of shad everywhere. Some of the threadfins are getting to about 3-inches long. Sometimes they fill up a whole boat stall under my dock. It looks like fall fishing is starting sooner than normal for some reason. It has nothing to do with water temperature. The dissolved oxygen has remained better than in previous years with good oxygen down past 30-feet with not much at 40. I am fishing 25-32 feet. There is a lot of activity a dusk near the surface part way back in the creeks on shad. The night bite for largemouth bass is about over. One more holiday to get over and then the peace and quiet can begin. That also brings the lowest prices in the Ozarks in effect for boats and cabins here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental which is the home of the $59/day 1-bedroom cabins. Two, Three and Four Bedroom are priced accordingly. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and we need more Police and Veterans to visit. They are very welcome here. I am a Veteran but do not need nearly as much policing as I used to. 

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

Danny Kidwell from Kansas with some nice ones caught yesterday. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 556.67 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with a little less generation and 0.4 inches of rain. The White River at Newport is 11.85-ft. and the surface water is 85-degrees. It is cloudy today but is to clear off later with little chances of rain for the next week. It is to be in the high 80's with sunny skies and is a perfect time for fishing, boating and swimming after a hot summer. The County Fair is starting tomorrow and is a big event in this area. It used to be in September. People are catching stripers trolling umbrellas, others are spooning crappie, bass and walleye on and near brush in 30-ft of water on main lake points. Try a Bobby Garland Baby Shad blue ice in color on a 1/16th ounce white jig head and cast it past the brush and let it sink into it. Use a 1/4 or 3/8th ounce Bink's Spoon vertcally jigged directly in the brush touching bottom and you will catch about anything. There are a lot of Kentucky Bass out there. Try to stay in 25-30 ft. of water. The shad can be in deeper water but suspended shallower. There is a lot of action in the evening with surfacing fish. Boating and swimming conditions are perfect and visibility for diving is as good as it gets for this time of year. It will get better as the water cools. Early October is an exceptionally good time for fishing. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much. Blackburns is the home of the $59/day one bedroom cabins and the price starts on September 6th right after Labor day. These are not studios but full sized cabins that are all individual with big covered porches and no duplexes. No better price around. A free boat stall comes with your cabin with two days stay or more. We have free 300-meg internet and the largest swimming pool around that stays open until it gets cold. Good dock fishing. 

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

Mike Eakle with some nice Norfork Lake Crappie. Image title

The lake level is 556.82 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time.The surface water temperature is 85-degrees and the water is clear on the main lake with the thermocline at 30-ft and good visibility down to 27-feet and then clear again below 30. There are a lot of fish in the 27-30 ft. range and especially on main lake points with brush. The water is stained in the creeks and it starts just around the corner of the inside mainlake points. Keep on the main lake.  Kentucky bass are very thick in these areas with a few smallmouth, largemouth, crappie and walleye with them. The diving conditions are about as good as it gets for this time of year and spoons and jigs are catching about everything.  Trollers are dragging stuff around at 30-feet across points and catching fish. It does not take much skill but it catches fish and they cover a lot of ground and burn up a lot of gas. The lake could not be in much better condition for fishing, boating and swimming and the level has dropped over 16-feet from it's high on June 6th but is still about 5-ft. higher than it should be for this time of year. Come on down to Blackburns where we have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your cabin comes with a free boat stall. We will not charge you too much. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 for a reservation. 

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

Scuba Steve with a couple of pretty good ones. We do not see how many we can kill here. My limit is 5.Image title

The lake level is 557.24 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running from about noon to midnight. No wade fishing on the rivers during the afternoon. The White River at Newport is 12.13 feet and steady. They are now predicting the lake will reach the power pool of 555.75 on August 25th. It is a good level but does not leave much room for rain. We received 1-inch of rain on Tuesday night with no wind. It was needed and the grass is really green again. Maybe the farmers can get a second cutting of hay. It was not looking good a few weeks ago. The lake is in excellent condition for boating, swimming, diving and fishing. The thermocline is at 30-feet and the water is pretty clear down to there with visibility good for spear fishing. Most of the mudline has gone away. Surface water temperature is 83-84 degrees. The walleye and crappie have moved into blackburns brush piles and are at 30-ft. Largemouth bass, crappie, Kentucky Bass, Smallmouth Bass and walleye are all together at the 30-ft. level with bluegill a little shallower. There is no sense fishing deeper than 35-ft as there is very little oxygen there except for the oxygen bubble down by the dam at 90-120 feet. I do not fish for those fish because all of them die when brought up and you do not know how big they are when they bite. Come on down to Blackburns and join the fun. They are catching a lot of big bluegill and a few catfish off the dock. Blackburns has trhe best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the Ozarks and all cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches. A free boat stall comes with your cabin. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. Drop by and check us out before you leave. We especially welcome Police and Veterans.. 

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

Caught on the Bink's Spoon. I am glad to see these making a comeback. They are not for me but a lot of people like to catch them.Image title

The lake level is 557.57 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running abour 1/2 the time starting about midnight. They White River at Newport is 11.62 feet and they are regulating to about 12-feet to keep the area lakes up as high as possible for as long as possible. The lake surface water temperature is 87-degrees but should dropp with the upcoming rain and lower ambient temperature. Yesterday was the last hot day for a while. We could get up to two inches of rain the next two days and it is needed. It has been a long, hot, dry summer until some recent rain. The lake is in good condition for boating, swimming, fishing and diving. The water is clear down to 27-feet and then cloudy to 32-feet and then clears up again in the cold water past that. The creeks are still stained but have cleared a bit the last couple of days. Blackburns brush piles are coming into play now and there are Kentucky Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Bluegill all over them feeding on the bait fish that have just moved in. Drop a spoon or a Bobby Garland jig down in the brush and catch some nice fat Kentucky Bass. They are one of the best eating fish. Channel Cats have moved back into the creeks in brush and off docks and will bite about anything. Nightcrawlers and bluegill on the bottom are best. Bink is still catching Walleye and White Bass on main lake points in 35-ft. of water. Lots of fish are under docks in the shade. I am not seeing very many crappie on brush yet but it will be soon. Fishing has changed with different species in open water on shad with the absence of the large stripers. Schools of small shad are back in the creeks and are being chased by about everything in the evenings. There are too many gar. The oxygen level is good down to 30-ft. and is very low at 40-ft. No sense fishing any deeper than 35-ft. unless you are fishing the oxygen bubble near the dam in 90-120 ft. of water. Every fish you catch there dies. Stripers are comfortable in 60-70 degree water with an Oxygen level of 5-6 parts per million. That is hard to find now. I sure hope we do not have a big striper kill this year and the conditions do not look favorable for one and most of the big ones are gone anyway and people are killing way too many small ones and bragging about it. 

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

Caught on the Bink's Spoon.Image title

The lake level is 557.97 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is 11.82 feet.The surface water temperature is 87-degrees and the lake is clear on the main lake and stained in the creeks. Fishing is best in the early morning before sunrise and then again at dusk and then bass fishing with a black light after dark.  During the day is not very good unless you are fishing for bluegill off a dock with crickets. After dark for catfish is fair but the moon is still big. This may be the last really hot day for a while with a little cooler tomorrow and then a good chance of rain tuesday and wednesday.  We are starting to get dry again and could use some rain. They have predicted the lake will drop to the power pool on 24-August which is 555.75 feet. It looks like they may be correct this time unless we get a big rain. Walleye are still being caught in 35-ft. of water off main lake points but they are getting smaller and trollers are catching some smaller stripers in the 5-7 pound range early. They caught over 300 bluegill of my dock last week and there were kids everywhere catching fish, feeding the turtles, ducks and fish and having a good time.Blackburns was full last week but has some openings starting today. You can get a 1-bedroom cabin for $90/day. If you live in the Saint Clair, Missouri area and own a small business beware of Shaylee Roussin. She is getting in the habit of going to restaurants and staying at places and complaining loudly around other patrons to get her money back. She pulled the same thing here and at Applebee's in a week's time.. After she gets her money back she then writes a bad review on the business  and threatens to contact agencies to try and hurt business for no gain to herself. Be carefull if she comes in. Just a word of warning. Giving her a refund does no good.

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

Caught yesterday on the Bink's Spoon. What a nice picture. Image title

The lake level is 558.65 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time. Norfork Lake is 3-ft. above power pool, Bull Shoals is 5-ft. above power pool and Table Rock is 3-1/2 feet below power pool. They are doing an excellent job of holding Bull Shoals and Norfork as high as they can for as long as they can and have now changed the date that they predict the lake will drop to the power pool to August 24th. They seem to be the only ones that did not think it would take that long. It is a good thing we have been well below average rainfall ot we would not be even close yet. Baxter County is still in a severe drought but has received some recent rain that had the Judge take off the Burn Ban and things have really greened up around Blackburns.  The yard and playground are beautiful. Despite the drought and earlier high water everything is in good condition and it looks to be good for the upcoming holiday weekend. The lake is in almost perfect condition for boating, swimming and fishing. The surface water temperature is 86-degrees.  A couple of things have changed in the last few days. First, the water is clearing. I had not been diving for a couple of days and the visibility was not very good from 20-27 feet. The thermocline is 27-feet. It was much better yesterday and I could see from the surface all the way down to 35-feet. That is a big change. This is on the main lake on high, steep, rocky main lake points not on gradual clay banks. The backs of the creeks are also stained and do not clear up until almost out the the main lake. Usually near mid-August there is an algae bloom and the visibility is terrible. I suspect this is happening in the creeks and has not moved out into the deeper water. I hope it does not but will let you know. Another thing is the fish have moved deeper. The White Bass that were in about 25-feet are now in 35-ft and near the bottom. They were susended. I do not know where the larger stripers are located but they are not in open water on shad. The walleye have gone deeper and are now at 35-ft. on the bottom with the White Bass but the larger ones are getting harder to find. Anything shallow is small. Trollers dragging stuff through shad are catching some Largemouth Bass, White Bass and some smaller stripers but not much else. Many fish have moved out of the creeks. Jigging spoons are the lure of choice for about everything except bluegill. The smaller ones work for bluegill but crickets are the best.  They are catching a lot of fish off my dock everyday and now the channel cats have moved in. Boat traffic will be light until Labor Day so it is an excellent time to get in a few days on the lake before school starts. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 to get the best prices in the Ozarks for cabins and boat rentals in the Ozarks. We will not charger you too much and we especially welcome Police and Veterans. 

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

The lake level is 559.23 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time. They start late morning and quit in the evening. The White River at Newport is 12.19 feet and they are regulating it around the 12-ft. level. People ask why the Level at Newport is important. The reason is that it is the gauge where the total discharge from Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes is measured and the rules about the White River level  are all enforced. It changes seasonally. From 15 May to 30-November it is 12-feet and there is no reason for this. The flood stage is 26-feet and anything below 23-feet has no effect on the farmers or anyone else downstream. It is an antiquated rule and needs to be changed. It makes it so the area lake levels are held as high as possible for as long as possible. 12-feet allows for very littke discharge and that is why we have been high all summer despite the drought conditions and continue to be 6-feet above power pool in the middle of August. It usually gets down in September after the summer season is over. The level looks to be fine for the Labor Day holiday if we do not get much rain. Anything under 560 allows for most things to be open but does not allow for any flexibility. We should be at 552 at this time of year and the whole year if possible. The surface water temperature is still in the high 80's and has been steady for most of the summer but did get up to 90 in July. The visibility is not the best for scuba diving at least at the level where most of the fish are located but is better than the last few years. It is ok down to about 20-feet and then again at about 32-feet. About all that has changed is that a few crappie have returned to the brushpiles. Other than that things are the same. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 to get the best prices in the Ozarks for cabins and boat rentals. The lake overall is in very good condition for boating, swimming and fishing. There was a little more boat traffic last week than the week before but still not bad. 

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

The lake level is 559.44 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running a little less than 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is 13.52 feet and dropping.   The surface water temperature is 87 degrees. The level has dropped 13.5 feet since it's high of 573 on June 6th but is still about 7-8 feet higher than it should be for this time of year. The water clarity is still pretty good down to about 19-feet and then gets cloudy with little visibility on down to about 30-feet where the water is cold. Bluegill and Kentucky Bass are in the cloudy water and walleye and smaller stripers are in the deeper water. Several largemouth bass are out in open water on shad as are some crappie and other temperate bass. A good place to start looking is about 35-feet near the bottom on or just around main lake points.  Catfishing is fair on trotlines and jugs using live bluegill after dark in 20-ft. of water. Bass are coming to the bank to feed on crawdads at dark. Some nice bluegill are being caught during the day on crickets off docks in the shade especially if they have brush under them. Other than that fishing during the day is not very good. from about 9:AM until dusk. The walleye that are being caught on spoons seem to be getting smaller and the larger ones are going deep with the larger stripers. I am not seeing as many schools of white bass as I was earlier but the visibility may have something to do with that. At least the water level is down enough so that many campgrounds and day use areas are open with launching and trailer parking much better. There is more boat traffic than last week with people getting in a few more days before school starts. Labor day looks to be very busy. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 for a last minute reservation so you can take advantage of the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the Ozarks. We will not charge you too much. Compare. Veterans and Police are especially welcome. Check things out carefully. A pool and boat dock are very important. 

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

The lake level is 559.82 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating in the middle of the night and just started this morning. The White River at Newport is at 13.52 feet and they want it to get back to 12-feet so are reducing generation. We received about 0.2 inches of rain yesterday. The surface water temperature is 86-degrees and the water is fairly clear down to 20-feet and then very cloudy from 23- to over 30-feet. The water starts to get cool at 23-feet and is cold at 27. The thermocline is not pronounced but gradual. There are quite a few large bluegill and smaller Kentucky Bass in the 20-23-ft. range in chunk rocks. The best bite continues to be in the early morning on shad in about 35-40 ft. of water. The fish may be near the bottom or suspended just a few feet. Drop your spoon and let it tap bottom and snap it up about 5-7 feet and let it drop on slack line. 1/2 ounce Bink's Arkansas Shiners are working the best. You will catch some smaller stripers and walleye with maybe a catfish. I just am not seeing very many crappie yet but am not targeting them. After dark bass fishermen are catching some nice ones but I am not even seeing any big ones during the day. Usually they are all over the place right at the start of the thermocline.The Kentucky Bass that I am catching are full of crawdads and the big bluegill are full of shells. Early morning live bait trollers are catching several smaller stripers and a few hybrids. A few largemouth are with them. All of the stripers caught in this hot weather die when caught and that is why I do not fish deep water. They are getting smaller and smaller. There may not be a striper kill next month because the big ones die off first and most of them are gone. I have not seen a dissolved oxygen report recently but the larger stripers have gone to the deeper water near the river channels but not as deep as usual in this hot weather when they typically go as deep as 100-ft looking for the oxygen bubble and get lock jaw and do not want to expend any energy. We have finally got to a lake level below 560 and Blackburns Brush piles are coming into play and almost all day use and camping areas are normal but the lake still about 10-feet high for this time of year.  When the water cools a bit the crappie will move back on them from open water. People ask me why the crappie fishing is getting better the last few years and I know why. The two best crappie fishermen are gone. Jay Smith from Crappies Only has retired and Harvey Hall from Hard Times Crappie Fishing has died. They put in a lot of brush piles but also caught a lot of fish. Also the Game and Fish refurbishing the old Corps Of Engineers brush piles a few years ago also helped. We need more people helping to put in structure and not just fishing it. It is hard work and most people are just not up to it or are just lazy. I only fish my own brush piles and like to catch fish on the ones that I put in. I looked at getting a $2,300 live scope for my boat but bought new air conditioners for the cabins instead. I could not justify paying almost as much for a piece of electronics as I paid for my boat. I catch a few fish anyway with my Hummingbird 4-ID that I got for Christmas in 1990. Maybe even a little more than that. For the best prices on both cabins and rental boats in the Ozarks call Debbie at 870-492-5115. A stall for your boat comes with the cabin and all cabins have big covered porches and are individual with no duplexes.  Yes we are pet friendly. 

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

Caught on the spoon. Image title

The lake level is 560.28 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with alternating one and both generators. The White River at Newport is 12.87 feet and heading back to 12. The surface water temperature is 85 degrees and the lake is in good condition for boating, swimming and fishing. The water is pretty clear down to about 20-feet and starts getting cool at 23-feet and is cold at 27-feet. The visibility is not good in the 20-27 ft. range but not terrible. Several fish are from 27-35 feet with quite a few Kentucky Bass in 25-ft. Spoon main lake points from 27-35 feet and touch bottom, snap your lure up 5-7 feet and let it fall on slack line. White Bass are schooled and are in the 25-ft. range suspended. Walleye and smaller stripers are together and are at 35-ft. near the bottom. Catfishing is fair on live bluegill on trot lines in main lake cuts or along creek banks on jugs in 20ft. of water drop-shotted. Bait up just before dark. A few crappie are moving into brush piles on the main lake but not very many yet. It will not be long. Bluegill fishing is good back in the main lake cuts and that is why the catfish are there. Kentucky Bass are on crawdads near the bank in the evening. Early morning bite and after dark for bass with a black light are the best. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 for a cabin and boat rental. Blackburns has the best prices in the Oaraks and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. We especially welcome Police and Veterans. Tune in to KTLO 97.9 FM at 8:45 AM tomorrow and every Thursday for "Live in the Boat" with Darrel from Bink's Guide Service and find out what is happening on the lake in real time. 

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

Rum Binkley with some nice ones on the spoon. Image title

The lake level is 560 68 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating all night and then started back up both generators this morning. The White River at Newport is 13.26 and dropping quickly and heading back to 12-ft. in order to keep the area lakes up as high as possible for as long as possible. They changed the forecast for when Norfork will reach top of power pool of 555.75 to 22-August. Surprise Surprise. Even this change is going to be hard to meet. It is 5-feet away and at 2-inches/day that will take 30-days. They must be planning to increase generation or not get any rain this month. As long as they get below 560 and keep it there things will be ok. The forecast does not have to be accurate anyway. There is nobody accountable. The lake surface water temperature has dropped to 85-degrees but it is hot again and is to stay that way for several days. The normal high is 91. The boat traffic is low and it is an excellent time to visit Norfork Lake. Bluegill and Ozark Bass fishing is picking up back in the main lake cuts in about 20-ft. of water and white bass are around main lake points in 25-ft. schooled and suspended. Catfishing is fair on live bluegill on trout lines across the backs of creeks and drop-shotting jugs in 20-ft. of water. Bink is still catching some nice temperate bass and walleye in 35-ft. of water near the bottom on main lake points on his jigging spoon and live bait trollers are catching some smaller stripers in open water on shad. Black light fishermen are still catching some nice largemouth from about 9-11 PM on their usual banks on salt craws. Several Kentucky bass are still in less than 20-ft. of water in the evening feeding on crawdads and creek minnows near the bank.  Large schools of shad about 2-inches long are camped under my dock in 25-ft. of water in the shade with a large amount of big bluegill. It is a typical early August so far. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 to get the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the Ozarks. We will not charge you too much. 

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

Caught onj the Bink's Spoon. Image title

The lake level is 560 93 and is rising slowly with no generation since yesterday afternoon. They always quit generating when it rains. The White River at Newport is almost 14-ft. and they cannot have that. It floods at 26-feet. we received a little more rain yesterday but not much and are to get more today and then get hot again. Things have started to green up again somewhat. The surface water temperature is 87-86 degrees and falling slowly with the cooler weather. It will not drop starting tuesday or wednesday. Striper and waleye fishermen are doing the best in the early morning on shad and on brush in from 30-50 ft. of water either on the bottom or suspended. Some white bass are in the same places but a little shallower. Spoons are still the best but trollers are catching a few stripers but they are small in the 5-8 pouind range. A few catfish are being caught but not like they should be in these conditions. I just am not seeing the channel catfish like usual this year. Flatheads have been the best. The night bass fishermen are still doing well on saltcraws and everything else it about the same. Drop a spoon on main lake points in 35-ft. of water near brush for walleye touching bottom and snapping ths spoon up 6-7 feet and allow it to drop on slack line. The heavy rain has been all around us but not so much here. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 for the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the Ozarks. 

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

Caught on the Bink's Spoon yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 560 94 and has dropped a little less than 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating last evening and started one generator this morning. I dumped another 1.3 inches of rain out of my gauge a few minutes ago and it is raining pretty good now. It is slow and sinking in so far. The lake surface water temperature is dropping and is now 87-degrees. The lake clarity has not changed but is not very good from 20-30 feet where several of the fish are located. The fishing report has not changed but the catfishing is getting better with the nearly stable lake level and the cloudy, rainy weather with a very small moon. This is ideal for channel catfish. It would have been nice if there was no 12-ft. rule for the White River Newport during the hot dry summer with almost no rain for seven weeks so we could be back to a normal level by now. They quit generating everytime it rains and are determined to keep the level up as high as possible for as long as possible. Their prediction of being at 555.75 by August 16th seems unrealistic to me but I must believe everything the government says and it would be nice if it would happen. The boat traffic on the lake is low even on the weekends and almost non-existant during the week. I do not know if it is the heat, high gas prices or people are running out of money. I know I am. I bought a 40-lb. bag of black oil sunflower seeds to feed the birds and it was $27.99/bag plus tax making it over $30. Now they are making it impossible to feed the birds. The prices are only not fair for people they are not fair to the birds. Deer corn is now $13.99/bag.  Our way of life is really changing. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 for the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the Ozarks before school starts. 

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

Caught yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 561.24 and has dropped one inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. We received 1.4 inches of badly needed rain last night and a little more so far today with more on the way with cooler temperatures. We had some wind but not too bad but we really needed the rain. I do not usually complain about warm weather but this streak was starting to wear on me. It is to get hot again later next week. The surface water temperature is 88 degrees this morning and the lake remains clear from the surface down to about 19-20 feet with a mud line from there to a little less than 30-feet. It is clear and cold at 32 ft. and several fish are from 25-32 feet.  30-ft. brush piles are holding mostly bass and bluegill. I am still not seeing very many crappie. Spoon main lake points with brush at 27-35 ft. and you will catch fish. Move on around the inside of the points a little shallower and White Bass are there suspended a few feet. Catfish started to bite last night and should bite again tonight with the new moon and very slowly dropping lake level and cloudy skies. Try live bluegill about 3-4 inches long drop-shotted near brush. Flatheads will not bite on dead, cut or prepared bait and are the best eating. Maybe as good as anything in the lake. Blackburns has some openings starting tomorrow so call Debbie at 870-492-5115 to get the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the Ozarks. You will like our big pool with slide. 

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

Caught on the Bink's Many Shad Spoon. Image title

The lake level is 561.31 and continues to drop a little over 2-inches in a 24-hour period with one generator running continuously. It is dropping very slow despite the dry hot weather but they continue to drop Table Rock even though it is three feet below power pool. Norfork is still 6-feet above. We should be at about 552 at this time. The surface water tmeperature is still 90-degrees but the ambient temperature is to drop starting tomorrow with chances of rain. Anything would be a relief but we do not need what the St. Louis area received. That was devastatiing and we are so sorry. We have had 0.7 inches of rain since June 6th. and we have a burn ban on and are as dry as can be. There is not much tent camping out there in the 104 degree temperatures. The last one that I have been in was a 1/2 tent. Some will know what that is. The lake is clear from the surface down to about 19-feet where the cloudy water begins and ends at about 30-ft.or a little less. The water is cold at 32-feet. Some bass, white bass and bluegill are at these depths but the walleye are a little deeper near the bottom. The White Bass are in the same area but schooled and suspended a few feet and a little more to the inside of the points. Largemouth bass move into the bank to feed on crawdads at dark and are near deep water on the drop-off. The larger stripers are in the river channel in deep water and are not biting. A lot of fish are from 27-35 feet so snap your spoon up about 6-7 feet and allow it to drop on slack line and touch bottom. Bink is catching a lot of fish on his Many Shad spoon in the 3/4 or 1-ounce size or the Arkansas Shiner. There are several striper fishing out there trolling but not catching much. Boat traffic is very low for July. I do not know if it is the heat, economy or the gas prices. Most of the boats that I see out there are Blackburns rentals. 

Ashamed Norfork Lake Visitor.

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This guy just left Norfork Lake and paid at least $30/day too much. He stayed in a duplex cabin with no covered porch to get out of the sun and shared with a very close neighbor with a gastric problem. He also paid for the boat stall for his fishing boat. May not be the brightest light on the tree. 

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

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service on the spoon. Image title

The lake level is 561.55 and has dropped just a bit over 2-inches with one generator running continuously. We did receive a little shower but it did not amount to much but was appreciated. The White River at Newport is 11.90 feet and has been mostly steady for a few weeks with not much effort to drop Norfork. We need rain but do not want it all at once like they just got in St. Louis. Flooding is bad there. The weather remains very hot with highs in the 100's but that is predicted to change later this week. The surface water temperature remains at 89-90 degrees and the thermocline is dropping and the creeks are clearing. There are several fish at the 30-35-ft. range no matter how deep the water. Some good news is that white bass are showing up in larger numbers than in the last few years and are just a little shallower than the stripers and hybrids and schooled just arond main lake points on the inside. Spooners and trollers are both catching them and some are good sized.  A lot of small stripers are being caught in deep water and all of them die after bringing them up. Venting them does not help. I do not fish in deep water in the summer for that reason. I hope we do not get another big striper kill this early fall. Bink remains on the stripers, walleye, white bass and Kentucky bass which are all in the same area. Night fishermen are still doing well on saltcraws and black lights. Not much has changed and Blackburns Still has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your cabin comes with a free boat stall unless you bring the Queen Mary or a tower boat. We have stalls for them but have to move one of our rental boats out and we are in the rental boat business. 

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountais Region Fishing Report and Lake Condition BY Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental.

Lots of fun stuff to do around here. Case Sims at the Fred Berry 3-D Archery Range and Lance Sims Smallmouth Bass fishing on Crooked Creek.
  Image titleThe Game and Fish have done a good job controlling costs. Image title

The lake level is 561.88 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is at 11.75 feet and dropping and they are holding Norfork up as high as they can for as long as they can while still dropping Table Rock which is over 2-1/2 feet below power pool. It would be nice to get down to at least 560. Knowing these idiots they will probably wait until fall and then pump the lake dry. The bottom of the power pool also needs to be raised to keep them from doing this. The surface water temperature is still almost 90-degrees and it sure did not drop any today. The main lake is about the same but the creeks are clearing nicely with the lower generation. The heat is taking it's toll and the boat traffic is way down for the last of July. I got my new tax assessment in the mail and wow. It has gone up 50%. We now have over 10% sales tax, state income tax, personal property tax and now skyrocketing property tax. They started taxing my dock a couple of years ago and it is not on county property, is floating and I already pay a healthy dock permit fee to the Corps of Engineers. They do not even maintain the road to the dock. I have to buy to gravel and provide the equipment to grade and maintain the road.   All of this is happening with a 100% Republican county government. At least we have a fancy new jail for the meth heads. They cannot continue to gouge the tourists until they just quit coming while taxing the locals to death.  They brag every month about the tax revenue coming in at record rates and then do this to our property taxes. It is not cheap to live here anymore and we are becoming socialist. It is worse in the city limits. We allowed the county government to run the landfill and now the rates for trash hauling have gone up over 400% and they are hauling our trash to Harrison.  The incompetence just goes on and on and we let it happen including myself. I will continue to hold prices here at Blackburns for as long as I can or until the business is not profitable. We have loyal repeat customers and do not want to charge them too much and want them to be able to have an affordable vacation. I wish the new Ice Company would do the same but they are owned out of state. Man, those guys know how to charge. It is a beautiful area and I do not want it ruined like Lake of the Ozarks.  

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

Terry Sims from Monroe, Louisiana  is one good fisherman and releases all of his fish. Image title

The lake level is 562.13 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is now under 12-feet and sits at 11.80 and they are holding the lake up as high as possible for as long as possible despite the hot dry weather. I am pretty sure no farmers are getting flooded out from the White River at this time. There must not be a need for any electricity in the Southwest Power Administration distributuion area. We have a burn ban on for Baxter County and things are really dry with 0.7 inches of rain for this month. The surface water temperature is 90-degrees and the lake remains in good condition for swimming, boating and fishing. The best bites now are for walleye and small stripers in the early morning. The walleye are on main lake points at 35-ft. near the bottom and stripers are on shad at various depths stating at 35-ft. They could be in anwhere from 30-ft to 100 feet of water but are liking that 35-ft. depth. The larger walleye are in the creek channels in deep water.  The next best bite is the after dark for largemouth bass with the black light and saltcraw near the shore on the drop-off. It looks like the weather may break late next week with a chance of rain. The first of August is typically our hottest time of year. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. Veterans and Police are especially welcome. 

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

Darrel Binkley with the fish of the day. That is one nice walleye. Image title

The lake level is 562.52 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The surface water temperature is 90-degrees and the weather is hot. The hottest day is yet to come. They have changed the prediction of when Norfork will reach the top of the power pool which is 555.75 and the new date is 18-August. I do not know how this can happen if they keep just one generator running and also keep the White River at Newport at 12-feet. The 6.77 ft. drop would require 4.51 inches/day to reach that level and the drop has only been 2-inches.day for a couple of weeks. If the government says so it must be true. It would be nice to see it get down to below 560 though. There are still some fish early morning on shad at various water depths but suspended at about 30-feet down and hitting spoons. Others are on main lake points on brush in 35-ft. of water suspended a few feet in the mud line before the cold water. Snap your spoon up about 5-7 feet and allow it to tap bottom when it falls with slack line. Black light bass fishermen are doing well after dark and are catching some nice largemouth. Kentucky bass are moving in shallow in the evenings feeding on crawdads and can be caught on creature baits or plastic worms. Some kids caught 35-bluegill off the dock on worms and crickets and a few catfish were also caught on prepared bait. Best fishing 6-8 AM and 9-11 PM.

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

Caught on the Bink's Spoon this morning. Image title

The lake level is 562.90 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is 12.35 feet and steady. The surface water temperature was just over 90-degrees last evening and is not going to drop anytime soon with the hot weather. We need the lake to drop about 3-feet to get day use areas back to normal. A normal level for this time of year would be about 552 or less. The lake is in good condition for boating, swimming and fishing. The water clarity is not the best but is much better than in previous years. Not much has changed since yesterday concerning fishing. Get out at 6:AM and check for fish on shad in water from 30-50 ft. deep suspended. They are mostly smaller stripers and bass. Also work main lake points for walleye and smaller stripers in 35-feet near the bottom. Drop a spoon on their head. It is nearly over by 8:AM. The larger stripers have moved out into the deeper river channels and are lethargic and a lot of them have benn caught. Walleye fishing is the best right now. The next best is nighttime bass fishing with  fluorescent line, black light and saltcraws. A good place is just northeast  of Cranfield Island on the east bank. Throw the saltcraw to the shore and let it sink down onto the first ledge and then down to the second one. Look for a twitch in the line and set the hook. Do not do what they do on TV but keep steady tension and set the hook again before he jumps and try not let him jump using your rod but not reeling too fast. The old bass fishermen are experts at this and they do well. The crappie will move to the tops of the brushpiles soon with the bottom of the brush in 35-feet in the cold water and the tops in 20-ft. but I have not seen this happen yet. They will move from brush pile to brush pile as they are spooked but not go far. Some crappie are still in the backs of the creeks on 25-ft. brush near the bottom. Bluegill are bitng well off docks on crickets and some white bass are also on main lake points or just around in 20-25 ft. of water suspended. Come on down to Blackburns. All cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches. A free boat stall comes with your cabin and a one bedroom cabin starts at $90/day with two, three and four bedrooms priced accordingly. We will not charge you too much.  Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 to check for availability. 

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

Bink is still on the walleye.Image title

The lake level is 563.10 and has dropped 1-1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is 12.34 and the area lakes are dropping much slower now that they have gone to the 12-ft. rule at Newport. They are trying to drop Bull Shoals faster than Norfork since it has been held up so high for so long draining Table Rock and it looks like they will reach top of power pool at the same time. We did get a little thunder shower last night and it totaled 1/2 inch. That brings us up to 0.7 inches so far in July. It has been a little cooler the last couple of days but should make up for it starting tomorrow. Bink reports that the walleye are on main lake points in 35-ft. of water on the bottom and are hitting the Many Shad Spoon. The larger stripers have moved out into the river channels deep but some smaller ones are are still on shad in open water early. White Bass are schooled and are just around main lake points on the inside at or just above the thermocline. Catfish are biting live shiners and bluegill on drop-shotted jugs in 25-ft. of water or off docks after dark. Some bass are with the smaller stripers early and then move in shallow in the late evening feeding on crawdads. It is typical summer fishing but the thermocline has not pushed down as far as it usually has in the hot weather but it will. It should get down to about 30-feet by early August and we should get an algae bloom if things hold true to the past. One bedroom cabins are $90/day and two bedrooms are $113/day and come with a free boat stall for stays longer than 1-day. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay too much elsewhere. 

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

Caught this morning on the Bink's Many Shad Spoon. Image title

The lake level is 563.26 and has dropped just over two inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The surface water temperature is 89-90 degrees and the lake continues to clear a little. The White River at Newport is 12.24 feet and was below 12-ft yesterday which means the quick level drops are over.  The thermocline starts at about 23-feet and the water is cold at 29-feet. Not much has changed as far as fishing goes except the fish are going deeper with some larger bass in the 30-ft. depth. Stripers are still on shad and have not gone deep looking for the oxygen bubble yet but it will not be long with the hot weather which is going to get worse later this week after tomorrow. Some walleye are with the stripers.  We have had 0.2 inches of rain since June 6th. This is as dry as it has been in several years. Get out early at about 6:AM and fish until 8:AM and then come in for the rest of the day and then go out at dusk and bass fish with the black light and salt craw. Catfishing is getting a little better with the waning moon and the slower lake level drop on drop shotted jugs with live bait. A live shiner or bluegill about 3-inches long is the best bait. Some white bass are inside of main lake poiunts suspended about 20ft. down. Come on down to Blackburns, we will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. We have several rental pontoons but do not allow dragging anything behind them and they have to be in everyday before dark. If you want to drag stuff you can stay here and rent a boat from a marina. No problem.  

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

The lake level is 563.62 and has dropped two inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is 12.68 and they have cut the discharge from the area lakes in order to Regulate Newport to 12-feet despite the need for electricity and the drought in the area. There is now a burn ban on for Baxter County. We have had 0.20 inches of rain since June 6th. They have revised the date for Norfork to get down to the top of the power pool, which is 555.75, to August 16th. That is 8-feet in 31 days which is 3.1 inches per day. They cannot get there at this rate even if it does not rain. The surface water temperature was 88-degrees when I went out yesterday evening and things had changed a little since the day before. The lake is clearing slowly, the thermocline is dropping and the fish are going deeper. I found some bass in the cold water over 30-feet and some White Bass in about 23-feet of water suspended and schooled about 5-feet from the bottom. I only saw small walleye and a few bluegill shallower. Some smaller Kentucky Bass are shallow feeding on crawdads. The early morning open water fishermen are still catching temperate bass on the spoon from about 5:45 AM to 8:AM and then it is over. Trollers are catching a few but I do not troll. Not much skill in draging stuff around through shad until something catches itself but if you are a meat hunter and do not know anything else it gets results. Most fish are benig caught on spoons, salecraws and plastice worms now except for bluegill and they are biting crickets under docks. A few catfish are being caught but not nearly as ,amy as usual. The crappie have not moved into the tops of deeper brush piles yet but will when it cools a bit, the lake drops a bit and the thermocline drops a bit. The boat traffic is really light for the middle of July. We had some guests have an emergency and left early so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 to get a last minute reservation. Two bedroom cabins are $113/day and come with a free boat stall for stays over one day. 

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

Caught this morning on a jigging spoon. Image title

The lake level is 563.82 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with a little less than one generator running continuously. The surface water temperature is 88-89. The White River at Newport is 12.91 and is dropping steadily heading for 12-feet. They have changed the date predicted to reach the top of the power pool, which is 555.75, to August 18th. That is about 3-inches/day drop until then and it is difficult to get there regulating the White River at Newport to 12-feet. The bowl is getting smaller though and the level will drop faster with the same amount of water being released. I just want it to get below 560 for fishing, scuba diving and lake and parking access. Letting it get too high in the spring and dragging out the lowering process even though we are in a drought does not look like good management to me but if you do not expect much you do not get much.You would think they need electrical power somewhere in the Southwest Power Administration distribution area.  I went to a cafe that had a Build Back Better Burger on the menu and it was 1/2 the burger for twice the price. I need to lose a little weight anyway.  Baxter County is raising the property taxes dramatically due to higher prices on houses. I guess they need more money even though they are receiving higher amounts of revenue do to the increases in sales tax. I am trying to keep from raising my prices and just do not want to increase prices on my loyal repeat customers who have supported me for years  but it is hard when government is leading the way. Electric and Insurance Bills are going up exponentially. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much. Compare. 

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

The lake level is 564.01 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running since yesterday afternoon. The White River at Newport is dropping and is at 13.29 and it looks like they are going to start regulating it to 12-ft.which means it will take a lot longer to get the area lakes down to their normal level They have slowed generation at all lakes in the last couple of days. The 12-ft. rule is not only stupid but ridiculous. The minor flood level at Newport is 26-feet and they can regulate to 23-feet without hurting anybody downstream. It has not rained for a month and 1/2 and they still cannot control things. There is no reason to wait until August 20th to get back to the power pool which is also too high. They keep changing and raising that. It cooled down a bit yesterday and was perfect for boating and swimming. The surface water temperature was 88-89 and the water appears clear from the surface but gets very cloudy at about 19-feet until about 28-feet where it gets cold and more clear. The fish are mostly in the mud line from 23-27 feet. Anything shallower is mostly Kentucky Bass. The vast majority of the fish are on shad in open water at various depths with them being more shallow early before sunrise and then going deeper until about 9:PM when they disappear again. Fishing is best from about 5:45 AM to about 7:30 AM. There are a few fish coming up but are mostly small bass. Many of the crappie and bluegill just left my dock yesterday but a few catfish are still biting after dark on live bluegill and will get better as the moon wanes. 

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

Caught this morning on the spoon.Image title

The lake level is 564.24 and has dropped 2-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with much less generation. They quit for several hours, run one for several hours and both for about 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is 13.60 and dropping rapidly. I hope they are not going to regulate to Newport to 12-feet. I would like the lake to drop another 5-feet for not only brushpile fishing but parking and lake accessibility. Anything over 560 is still too high. The surface water temperature remains at 89-90 degrees and the water is clearing a bit from the holiday but not a lot. There is not a lot of boat traffic out there. I would like the level to get down about another 5-feet for brushpile fishing and lake accessibility. They are still predicting the lake will be at power pool, which is 555.75, by August 20th. The thermocline should be at about 30-feet by then. I am expecting an algae bloom earlier than normal this year with the heat. Catfishing is slowing with the water level drop and the full moon tomorrow and has been a little disappointing lately after one of the best flathead bites ever earlier this spring and early summer. Striper and hybrid fishing is still good early morning as they are on shad and have not moved deep yet searching for the oxygen bubble. They go dormanrt when this happen and do not feed much. The shad are in anywhere from 30-50 ft. deep early morning and then go deeper after sunrise. They can be in about any depth of water but are staying at about that far down. Spoons are the best lures at this time. Some crappie and big bluegill are still on shallower brush in 25-35 ft. of water with many more under docks in the shade. The bigger walleye are with the stripers and some others are still at the thermocline at 23-feet near the bottom in the mud line. Ambient highs are to be at 95 for the next week with not much chance of rain and boaters and swimmers are having a good time. It is dry and dusty but you can swim in the lake or in our big pool to beat the heat. The lake is in excellent condition. If you are in the area come on down to Blackburns and check us out before you leave. We have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and have been voted the most improved resort in the area and the best value in the Ozarks. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin except for one night stays. 

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

The lake level is 564.53 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating for a few hours last night but are running both generators for about 20-hours a day. The White River at Newport is at exactly 14-feet and we still have not had any rain and there is none in sight. The surface water temperature is 90-degrees. It cooled down for a couple of days with a weak cold front and a north wind but is back to being hot again with the wind from the south. Striper fishing continues to be the best with fish on shad at various depths but tend to be shallower early morning and then go deeper after sunrise. Bass fishing after dark with a black light is second with some crappie and bluegill still biting on brush and under docks. A few catfish are on drop shotted jugs in 20-30 feet of water baited with live bluegill or shiners. Other than that nothing has changed. I will check out water clarity and thermocline later today and see if it is settling after the holiday.  Blackburns still has one cabin open for this week so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 for details. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin except for one night stays.  

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

The lake level is 565.11 and has dropped over 4-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. The surface water temperature is just under 90-degrees and the water is clearing a bit since the holiday churning but the visibility is still not very good. The White River at Newport is at 13.93 and is easily regulated to about 14-feet with no rain except for one shower since June 6th. The wind has shifted to from the north and it is much more comfortable today with highs near 90. Some nice bass are being caught after dark with the black light and saltcraw and some crappie are still in the same places. Blackburns Brush Piles should be coming into play soon after being too deep for most of the year. The ones that are in 30-ft. of water now have fish on them. Cast that Bobby Garland Blue Ice Baby Shad jig past the brush and let it sink into it. The water is dropping too fast for limb or trot lines but if you drop shot a jug in about 25-35 ft. of water some catfish are biting on live bluegill. Other than that jigging spoons are still the best in early morning with temperate bass on shad  35-60 ft. down and it does not reaslly matter how deep the water is. Blackburns has a one bedroom cabin open now so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 before you end up paying too much elsewhere. A free boat stall comes with your cabin and they are $90/day and $425/week. The savings goes a long way towards paying for the gas.  We will not charge you too much.

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

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The lake level is 565.60 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They continue to run both generators about 1/2 the time and cut back to one for the other half. The weather remains very hot but it is to drop into the low to mid 90's for this weekend and then back up again next week. It is cloudy this morning and some rain is expected but not much. We will take any we can get. The lake has dropped 7-1/2 feet from it's high on June 6th. Norfork is 34% full as is the four lake system. They are predicting it get back to normal (what ever that is) by August 20th. Surface water temperature remains at 90 degrees and has been at that level for several days now. The White River at Newport is being controlled to 14-feet and is at 13.83 feet. We went diving yesterday and the visibility was not good past 14-feet until below the thermocline in the cold water. That is typical for this time of year. Bink is still catching Stripers and Hybrids in the same places on his spoon early, bass fishermen are doing well after dark on saltcraws, others are catching crappie on wood in 25-30 ft. of water back in the creeks and dock fishermen are still catching crappie, bluegill and catfish off the dock. A few Kentucky bass are feeding near the bank in buckbrush in the evening in about 12- feet of water and that is all I know of. I usually see a lot of White Bass this time of year diving but not so much this year. The water got hot earlier than normal this year but is in good condition for swimming and boating.  Yes, Blackburns does have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the area. 

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

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The lake level is 565.87 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one and both generators alternating about 1/2 the time. The surface water temperature is 90-degrees and the water is still fairly clear down to about 12-feet and very cloudy after that. The White River at Newport is being maintained to 14-ft. and is at 13.84 and has not changed for several weeks. Not much has changed with ambient temperatures around 100 degrees with sunshine. This is  Schuler boating weather and they are coming this week. We are always glad to have them. I was looking for a $2,000 live scope for my boat but bought several new air conditioners instead for the cabins. I guess I will have to try and catch fish without it. I filled my car up with gas and paid my electric bill and now have to decide whether to buy food or beer. It is a tough choice but I do not eat much. I have had enough of this inflation and am doing everything to hold prices. Batteries and tires have doubled. At least I do not have to drive to work. Diving conditions have deteriorated and I will see if the visibility has improved since the holiday this afternoon. Bink is still catching some nice fish on his spoon early at first light in 35-50 feet of water and then after sunrise in 60-80-ft. after they go deep. They are with about 4-inch shad. Late evenig bite for Kentucky bass in 12-16 feet of water in the buckbrush is also still producing and crappie, bluegill and catfish are biting off the dock under the light. The lake is in good shape for boating, swimming and fishing. You can go to Blanchard Caverns during the middle of the day to cool off. It is only about 1-hour away and also our pool is very nice.  

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

Caught on the Bink's Spoon this morning. Image title

The lake level is 566.23 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time and one the other half. The surface water temperature is 90-degrees with the hot weather and it does not usually get there until early August. The water is cloudy with the boat traffic churning it up on the holiday and is not clearing very fast. You could not see much past 12-feet deep last evening when I went out after work. There were still quite a few boats out there dragging stuff around. Bink reports catching a lot of fish early morning about 5-5:30 AM in 35-50 feet of water on the 1/2 ounce spoon. The fish, which are mostly stripers, hybrids and walleye are near the bottom and are feeding on big shad in the 4-inch range. About 8:AM they move deeper and he switches to the 1-ounce Many Shad Spoon. The bite is over by 9:AM. I have another report of a good after dark bite for bass using the black light, fluorescent line and the saltcraw. Some Kentucky Bass are shallow in the evening near the buckbrush on creature baits and plastic worms. Some walleye are on main lake points from 18-25-ft. of water just off the bottom. There are still a lot of fish under the dock. Crappie, bluegill and catfish. It is hot. Blackburns still has one bedroom cabins for $90/day and $425/week with 2,3,4 bedrooms priced accordingly. Why pay more? A free boat stall comes with your cabin and all cabins have covered porches and are individual with no duplexes or shared porches. If you are in the area and paid too much elsewhere stop by and check us out when you get a chance. We especially welcome Police and Veterans. The big pool is nice.

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

The lake level is 566.55 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with a mixture of both generators and one generator running. The White River at Newport is 13.66 feet and stable. The surface water temperature is 88-degrees and rising and should hit 90 soon with the extremely hot weather for the rest of the week. This does not usually happen until early August.  We did get a nice shower yesterday afternoon about 4:PM of 1/4 inch. It was our first rain since June 6th and was scattered with some areas getting nothing and was welcome. Well, it is all over folks until the next fiasco on Labor Day and the normal amount of people are on the lake and the craziness has subsided resulting in a much more peacefull environment. Pets and small children no longer are scared of the fireworks and it is illegal to set them off until December.  I know of nobody that comes to norfork lake on vacation for the fireworks but they are popular with locals, weekenders and day users. We do not allow them at the resort as they terrify pets and some small children and are a fire hazard with everything being so dry.  I have not been fishing for several days as it has been so busy here with a full house for the week and boat rentals plus I do not go out on the holidays. I suspect other resort owneres do not have time also. I would have been greatly criticised if I was fishing with all of the work that needs to be done and the needs of customers not being met.  My fishing places are usually where the water is calm and that is where the wake boarders go making it impossible to fish but many of them are out of gas money now. High gas prices are really changing things but the boat companies report making boats as fast as they can and cannot get caught up. That is good. Somebody must have some money for them but I am not included. The lake is in excellent condition for boating, swimming and fishing and the dropping water is making launching and parking much easier. The lake is down 6-1/2 feet from it's high of 573 in early June. 

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

The lake level is 566.85 and has dropped 3-1/3 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running 1/2 the time and one the rest. Surface water temperature is 89 degrees and the lake is all sirred up with the boat traffic. There are a lot more floating mats out there than drag toys with the high gas prices. They drag everytning they can hook up to for the first day, fill their boats up with gas the next and then play on their floating mat the next. Things sure change a lot with the gas prices. They were about $1.71/gallon two years ago. Then everyone was putting big motors on small pontoon boats and seeing how fast they could go. Not so much anymore. Wake boats cost from $70,000 and up and if you buy one and have a mortgage you have to use them no matter how high the price of fuel and there are more and more of them out there. The traffic will slow down this afternoon and things will get better tomorrow. It has been busy. One more summer holiday is almost in the books and one more to go. Debbie's dog Paco died last night and it is very sad around here. 

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

The lake level is 567.14 and has dropped 3-1/3rd inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time and one the other half. Surface water temperature is 88-degrees and the lake is cloudy with all of the boats churning up the water. It is very busy out there. The White River at Newport is 13.71 feet as they continue to regulate to about 14-ft. The lake is in good condition for swimming, boating and fishing. The best bite is still temperate bass in the early mornings on shad in the mouths of the creeks and around the Hwy 101 bridge piers from 50-80 feet of water near the bottom. A few bass and white bass are coming up sporatically.  Some very nice Kentucky bass are part way back in the creeks in front of and around brush with some crappie. Other crappie are under docks in 25-30 ft. of water just off the bottom and can be caught on minnows and small spoons and big bluegill are in the same area and biting crickets. The lake should start to clear on monday evening and be better by the middle of the week but it is to be very hot. You will definitely need a pool and dock for swimming. A free boat stall comes with your cabin  here at Blackburns except for one night stays. 

Cabin and Boat Rental Opening starting now.

We had a cancellation for a two bedroom cabin starting right now and a pontoon rental for this week. The cabin is #10 and the pontoon boat is #11. Cabin is $113/day and the Boat is $130/day plus fuel and deposit. This was sprung on us this morning. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115.

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

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The lake level is 567.72 and has dropped 3-1/3rd inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time and one the rest of the time. We are about 14-feet higher than we should be at this time of year but more launching and parking is opening up. The water has dropped about 5-1/2 feet from it's high on June 6th which was our last rain. We received less than 1/2 inch of rain for the month of June and it is very dry. The lake remains in good condition for boating, swimming and fishing with a surface water temperature of 85-degrees. The water is clear down to about 12-feet, gets cloudy from there down to about 26-feet and then clears again below the thermocline in the cold water. The visibility is not good at 20-feet where a lot of fish are located especially Kentucky Bass, walleye and Bluegill. A lot of fry of different species in big schools are showing up in the warm water providing for a lot of food for bass. There was a school of White Bass coming up near the second pier from the south on the 101 bridge yesterday afternoon and some stripers also in the area. It is getting fished heavily with trollers and spooners. Bink is catching stripers and big hybrids from 50-80 feet of water near the bottom on his 1-ounce many shad spoon in the deeper water and the 1/2 ounce in the 50-ft. Find the fish and drop it on their heads. If you happen to see fish coming up throw the spoon just past them and hop it to keep it from sinking too fast. Some walleye are still on main lake points in 20-26 feet of water just off the bottom. Striper and hybrid fishing is the best right now but always is this time of year. They are easily caught at this time. 

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

The lake level is 568 35 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours after being shut down all evening and then starting up one generator early morning. The surface water temperature is 85-degree and has dropped a couple with the recent cooler weather. It is to warm back up into the 90's later this week. The water looks clear fromthe surface and is down to about 12-feet and then there is a mud line down to the thermoicline at 20-feet and them clearer again in the cold water at 25-ft. The walleye are in the mud line and are hard to see but not hard to catch on a spoon touching bottom. More walleye are with the stripers and are also biting spoons from 50-80 ft. of water also on the bottom. It seems too early for them to be looking for the oxygen bubble but they are cruising and moving through certain areas early morning and then disappearing again but some nice ones are being caught. I am still getting keeper walleye on main lake points in 18-25 ft. of water just off the bottom. Some Kentucky bass are just shallower. Crappie are still on the same brush back in the creeks and under docks in the shade. The lake in general is in good condition for boating, swimming and fishing. There are boats all over the Hwy 101 bridge piers trolling for stripers. They have more gas money than I have. 

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

Fish of the day by Rum Binkley in 70-ft. of water on the bottom on the spoon. Image title

The lake level is 568.61 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time and one 1/2. The bowl is getting smaller and the level is dropping faster with the same amount of generation. The weather has cooled to the 80's for a high and is very pleasant but also very dry. It was hot for June but never reached 100. The surface water temperature was 86 degrees yesterday evening and the water still looks to be clear from the surface but when you get down there it is only clear to about 12-feet and then gets cloudy to 24-feet and then clears again in the cold water. It is very cloudy on clay banks and better on steep rocky ones but is better than in previous years. It was much better earlier in the year but it got hot too soon for it to stay that way. Bass fishing is still pretty good in the evenings on plastic worms and creature baits in about 12-16 ft. of water part way back in the creeks. Bost of them are Kentuckies but are good sized. The morning top-water bite for bass has slowed and they are not coming up very much now but it can happen anytime so chuck a spoon at them when they do. The best bite now is for stripers in open water on the bottom in 50-80 feet. They are going deeper everyday and looking for the oxygen bubble. Some walleye are with them. This happens every year but is earlier than normal. Catfishing is slow and they do not like quickly dropping water levels but the moon is small and some are being caught on mostly live baits. Limb line fishing is about over but some trot lines across the backs of creeks will work if you can keep the turtles and gar off them. The gar are coming up under lights off the dock at night chasing the other fish off. There are many more boaters and swimmers out there than fishermen. Stuff that had been submerged is showing up near the surface now so check areas out before dragging anything including children around. There is no floating debris as it has stuck to the bank in the receding water. The ramps are opening up with more parking but we are still high but manageable. We just need to get this holiday over and things will be fine. It has been a very good year so far. Blackburns one bedroom cabins are $90/day or $425/week with two, three and four bedrooms priced accordingly. All are individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches. A stall for your boat comes free with your cabin or you can rent one of our pontoons or bass boats at the best prices on the lake. 

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

Caught on the Bink's Spoon. Image title

The lake level is 568.93 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with no generation all night and just one running so far this morning. The White River at Newport is 14.20 and rising. The weather has cooled down and it is very comfortable and the wind shifted to from the north yesterday. We have not had any rain for three weeks. The surface water is 87-degrees and has not changed very much in several days but the water clarity has diminished but looks clear from the surface. Diving conditions have deterioated like they normally do this time of year with the mud line forming just before the thermocline and that is where most of the fish are except for the stripers and some walleye which always go deep as the water warms. I do not know what the dissolved oxygen situation is now but it is not normally an issure this early in the year. There are still several walleye in 24-26 ft. of water near the bottom on main lake points. I do not have very many fishermen in now as most are family vacations with some fishing and catching off the dock. It is just at the right depth for crappie, bluegill and catfish. Boating and swimming conditions are just right and people are having a good time on the lake and in the pool. It has been a good summer so far with a lot more to come. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much. You can save about what the gas price increases are with the low prices on both cabins and boat rentals. If you are already here stop by on your way home and check out Blackburns. We are proud of it.  

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

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The lake level is 569.15 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators runnimg continuously. The White River at Newport is 13.90 and dropping.  The surface water temperature is 87 degrees and stable. The weather is to cool down to about normal starting today after over a week of very hot temperatures. We could get some rain this morning but it looks like most of it is going north of us. It has not rained since June 6th and we are very dry. Not much has changed concerning fishing as stripers and hybrids are going deeper with the thermocline and are on shad in around 60-ft. of water at various depths with some walleye with them. Some White Bass are on the inside of main lake points in 20-22 feet of water and more walleye are on main lake points in 20-26 feet of water. They are catching limits of crappie off my dock everyday on live minnows and small spoons. Overall spoons are the lure of choice but there are still some dragging umbrellas and live bait around. There is still some top-water bass early but most of them are small. The best bite for them is in the evening part way back in the creeks around any wood with a plastice worm or creature bait. Most of my brushpiles are still too deep but they should be just right as the thermocline drops with the water. It the current rate of generation continues they should meet at about 30-ft some time in mid to late July with a lot of fish on them. Blackburns will have a couple of cabins come open later this week so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay too much elsewhere. We are the best place with the best price and are closest to Mountain Home dining and shopping with a big dock in a sheltered cove good for swimming and kayaking.  

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

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The lake level is 569.47 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with about 18-hours of running both generators. The White River at Newport is 14-ft and steady. Norfork is 48% full and the 4-lake system is 49%. Table Rock is below power pool and Bull Shoals is 23-ft. above power pool. Norfork is about 13-ft. above. The surface water temperature is still 87-degrees and has been steady. Water clarity is not as good as it was a month ago and there is the usual mud line just before the thermocline which is about 22-ft. The water is cold at 27-feet and clears up again. The best bite now is spooning for stripers and some bigger walleye  on shad in deep water followed by walleye on main lake points in 26-ft. of water. Crappie are under docks in the shade in 30-ft. of water and biting on small spoons and live minnows along with some big bluegill. Some White Bass are on or just around main lake points in 20-ft. of warwe suspended. The lake in general is in excellent condition for boating and swimming. You can swim off our dock in a sheltered cove, off a rental pontoon boat or in our big pool with slide. It is to get very hot this weekend and then cool off a bit next week. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. A one bedroom cabin is $90/day or $425/week. Why pay more? Two, three and four bedrooms are priced accordingly and all cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches. 

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

Mickey and Nate McGee are some good fishermen. Take care of your mom Nate. She is one fine lady. Image title

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The lake level is 569.63 and has dropped 3-1/3 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running for about 20-hours. The White River at Newport is at 13.90 and is steady. Surface water temperature is 87 degrees and also steady. The water looks clear from the surface but is cloudy when you get down there in it past about 12-feet. I found some White Bass just inside a main lake point in about 22-ft. of water but there were no big ones. Walleye are on main lake points in 26-feet of water near the bottom. Bass are in the same place but a little shallower but mostly Kentuckies. Find shad in about 60-ft. of water and drop a spoon in them for early morning stripers and hybrids. They are catching a lot of crappie off Blackburns dock everyday. There is a top-water bite for bass some mornings early.It is summer for sure and the thermocline is pushing down and there is a mud line just before it and a lot of fish are at or just below that in about 25-ft. Blackburns just had one cabin come available for next week so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay too much elsewhere. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. No need to bring a tent as we have big covered porches. 

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

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The lake level is 570.04 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 16-hours. The White River at Newport is 13.93 and they are holding it steady. Both Bull Shoals and Norfork could start dropping more now that Table Rock is all the way down back to normal and there is no reason to show them any preference at this time. Norfork is 52% full, Bull Shoals is 65% full and the 4-lake system is 51%. It is a good thing that we are in a drought and have not had any rain for 2-1/2 weeks or the level for the other lakes would have really been slow dropping. The surface water temperature is 87 degrees and has been steady for several days. It has been in the mid 90's and is to get near the century mark for Saturday and then cool into the 80's next week. The most popular place in the area is Blackburns big pool with slide. No pool no resort. They are catching a lot of crappie off the dock and a few nice catfish. Striper fishermen are still catching some good ones early around the Cranfield area in about 60-ft of water on spoons ar various depths. Some are also having success dragging umbrellas and live bait through schools of shad in the same place. Walleye are on most main lake points in 25-ft. of water near the bottom and around Robinson Island. In general the thermocline will push down and the fish will follow it except for the stripers and some walleye which will go deep as the ozygen depletes looking for the bubble. Blackburns 1-bedroom cabins are $90/day and $425/week and two, three and four bedrooms are priced accordingly. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. We especially welcome Veterans and Police. 

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

Mickey and Nate McGee with some nice ones. Good friends and one of the best families ever. They can also catch fish. Image title

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The lake level is 570.51 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. The surface water temperature is 87 degrees and the water remains clear. Fishing is the best in the morning with stripers and hybrids being the best bite early in 50-60 ft.of water on the spoon at various depths. Some walleye are with them and some are still on main lake points in 20-ft. of water. Crappie are biting off docks on minnows in th shade as are bluegill. Some catfish are also hitting live bluegills in front of the buckbrush. Smallmouth bass are biting creature baits in the evening around any wood on flats. Not much has changed since yesterday. Blackburns has a cabin opening up today so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 and get it before it fills and not pay too much. It comes with a free stall for your boat and you can swim in our big pool with slide to beat the heat. All cabins are individual with no duplexes and have shady covered porches. 

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

Run Binkley with some nice ones caught on the spoon yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 570.89 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with reduced generation and nothing all night. The White River at Newport is 14.33 feet and steady. The surface water remains about 86-87 degrees and the water is clear near the surface , a little cloudy down to about 18-feet and clear under 23-feet again. The creeks are also clear and the lake is in excellent condition for swimming and boating. It is to get very hot later this week. Stripers and some walleye are going deeper with the warm water and are being caught in 60-65-ft. of water at various depths on the jigging spoon in the Cranfield area. People dragging umbrellas and live bait through shad are catching some stripers and hybrids.  Some fish are still coming up early but mostly small bass. Crappie are being caught off the dock at various times during the day and evening on minnows. One group caught about 15 keepers yesterday. They would quit biting for about two hours and then bite fast for a few minutes. Some larger walleye are with the striers and caught dropping a jigging spoon on their heads. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 for  last minute reservations as there are are a few cancellations due to high gas prices. We will not charge you too much.

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

Caught on the Bink's Spoon yesterday. Biggest one of the year. Image title

The lake level is 571.05 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. That is a first time that has happened for a long time. It is hot and dry and has not rained since the first week of June and not much then. The level has dropped 2-feet since it's high on June 6th of 573. Surface water temperature is 86 on the main lake and as high as 90 in the creeks. Temperate bass have moved out in deeper water after sunrise and are being caught in about 55-ft on the spoon. Some walleye are with them but some are also on main lake points near the bottom at 20-25 ft.  There is a top-water bite for mostly bass some days but it is not everyday and it does not last long. The water is still clear and should stay that way until the algae bloom. The thermocline is not as deep as it usually is with the higher than normal surface water temperature but it will drop as the heat permeates into the water. I saw the banks and government offices are closed tomorrow. It said for Independence Day on the sign. I thought that was the 4th of July. Maybe I should get out more but I am not in favor of anymore summer holidays. Just another excuse to give government employees another day off. Get out early, take the middle of the day off and go out again about 6:PM for fishing. Come on down to Blackburns and we will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. No need to bring a tent as all of our cabins have big covered porches and shade. 

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

Mike Eakle with some good ones this morning. Image title

The lake level is 571.41 and has dropped 2-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with about 19-hours of running both generators. The surface water is in the mid 80's and rising in the hot dry weather. It is to cool a bit this weekend and then hot again in the middle of next week with highs in the high 90's. The lake looks clear from the surface but gets a little cloudy as you get to about 18-feet and then clear again at about 23-feet under the thermocline. The White River at Newport is 14-feet and dropping and Norfork is 58% full and the 4-lake system is 57%. There was a top-water bite this morning early for bass, hybrids and stripers with several being caught. After they go down drop a spoon on their heads. Bass abd bluegill can be caught in the evening using creature baits on a jig head and whacky worms near the bottom in 20-ft. of water near any wood part way back in the creeks. Catfishing is a little better but not much. The moon is getting smaller and that is good but they do not like dropping water either. You have to move limb-lines every day to keep them just under water.so drop-shotting jugs with live bluegill and shiners just outside the brush in about 20-ft of water and throw lines are better straight out from the shore. Some crappie are still on wood back in the creeks in about 26-ft. of water on jigs cast past the wood and dropping into it. They hit on the drop near the bottom. Come in when it warms up and get into Blackburns big pool with slide and baby pool or go scuba diving in one of our rental pontoons. We have it all here and at the best price. You can rent all of the scuba gear you need right down the road 1/2 mile at Scuba Doo full-service dive shop. Diving conditions are the best they have been in years. It looks to be a good summer. 

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

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service by Rich Arellano from Morris, Illinois. Nice fellow and welcome here at Blackburns. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 571.63 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 18-hours of running both generators. The White River at Newport is 14.19 ft. and steady. Norfork is 59% full and the four lake system is 58%. Bull Shoals is still 71% full and Table Rock is nearly normal and all are dropping with the hot dry weather and no rain. There was a top-water bite for stripers and bass for a few minutes yesterday early and some nice ones were caught. This does not happen everyday. There are a lot of bass and bluegill at about 20-ft. in the buckbrush. The thermocline is just short of 20-ft where the water starts to get cold. The surface water temperature is in the low 80's and is perfect for boating and swimming. Scuba Diving conditions are very good. Fish in the early morning, scuba dive all day and fish again in the evening. Sounds like a pretty good plan for me. The money you save by staying and renting a boat at Blackburns should pay for the extra gas prices unless you just want to drag overweight children around all day on a chaise lounge. That just costs a lot of money. A whole lot of money. If you want to do that you can stay here and rent a boat from a marina.  It is just too bad things have to be that way. Two years ago when people went out and bought every boat they could get their hands on and gas prices were $1.71/gal can not afford to go very far now and those payments just keep coming in let alone paying for dock space to keep them. They are a lot of fun though but not when you have to make a choice between fill you car up with fuel, buy groceries or pay the electric bill. Hopefully you do not have to do that. We will keep our prices as low as possible for our many repeat customers for as long as we can and continue to be the best value in the Ozarks but rapidly increasing prices on everything is getting old. Very old. The lake has dropped about 1-1/2 foot since it's high and most of the floating wood has stuck to the bank and is much better than it was a week ago and the lake is in general excellent condition. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin for more than one night stays.   

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

Mike with a nice one. Image title

The lake level is 571.89 and has dropped 2-1/3 inches in the last 24-hours with about 18-hours of running both generators. The surface water temperature is 84-degrees and rising in the hot weather which is to continue for at least another week and get hotter. The thermocline is at 20-feet and dropping and the visibility is clear in shallower water and less clear near the thermocline and then clear again under that. The clarity is not obvious form the surface and you need to get under water to actually see what is happening. A depth finder cannot show the thermocline most of the time but clarity it is much better than in previous years and is excellent for spearfishing. Trollers dragging umbrellas and live bait through shad  are catching stripers now as are spooners. Worm fishermen are catching bass and cricket fishermen are catching big bluegill. Crappie are still back in the creeks in brush or around wood in 27-28 feet of water. Another high pressure moving in and hanging over the area. A lot of fish are in the 20-ft. area in the buckbrush. What you need for a resort at this time is good pricing, good air conditioning, good bedding, covered porches to get out of the sun, free boat stalls, a big swimming pool and a good dock in a sheltered area. Blackburns has all of these. Spearfishing season is open. Check out the new report. 

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

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service Yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 572.06 and has dropped about 2-1/3 inches in the last 24-hours and a total of one foot since it's high of 572.98 on June 6th. They are running both generators for about 16-hours and holding the White River at Newport to 14.22 feet steady. The 4-lake sustem is 59% full and dropping with the hot dry weather. The surface water temperature is in the low 80's and we could use some rain. The water clarity is good and the best it has been on opening day of spearfishing for divers in several years which is today. I am ready and all I need is time. We are very busy here. Business comes before fishing. This is a good time to catch a larger striper early dragging live bait or an umbrella through schools of shad early or dropping a spoon on their heads. It is easier staying on them using a spoon instead of trolling through them and then going back around and trying to find the moving school. They go deeper in the morning as the sun rises. Catfishing has slowed with the dropping water and the moon getting bigger but a few are still being caught on live bluegill. Larger bluegill are still biting crickets and small spoons under docks and structure in 30-ft, of water about 20-ft. down.  Some bass are with the shad but more are on the old shoreline before the water rise in about 20-25 ft. of water near the bottom. Crappie are still in the backs of the creeks on wood in about 26-28 ft. of water near the bottom and hitting the jig or grub on the drop near the bottom but others are showing up about everywhere. Cast a plastic worm to the bank near the buckbrush and work the bottom back to the boat in 25-30 ft. of water on the bottom part way back in the creeks and you will be surprised what you catch especially in the evening. Blackburns has a cabin open on Saturday so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115. We will not charge you too much and a boat stall comes with your cabin it you stay more than one day. We especially welcome Veterans and Police. I am a veteran but not a policeman and do not need nearly as much policing as I used to for some reason. We have several dive pontoons for rent at the best price but do not allow any boats out after dark and no towing of anything behind them. If you want to do that you can stay here and rent a tow boat from a marina. They like that.

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

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The lake level is 572.26 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with about 14-hours of running both generators. The White River is 14.27 feet at Newport and is holding steady. It is hot and dry with no chances of rain for several days and the surface water temperature is 81-degrees on the main lake and 84 in Blackburns Creek and rising quickly in the sunshine. The clarity remains good and I am getting ready for opening day of spearfishing tomorrow and have my diving gear loaded up. My next stop is Scuba Doo Dive Shop for a few items and tank visuals . They are full service and only 1/2 mile away. I will give it a try if I get my work at the resort finished on time. This could be the best diving season in several years with the good clarity and walleye and crappie numbers being high. I will miss my friend Gus driving the boat. Trollers are catching stripers at this time dragging live bait and umbrellas through shad. Others are spooning. I am fishing bass, crappie and catfish and catching some of each in the limited time I have to go out. It is very busy here with people taking advantage of the best prices in the area on borh cabins and boat rentals. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. 

Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Beat the heat.

It is called a heat beater. Image titleImage title

You need an air conditioned cabin with covered porch, swimming pool with slide and a big covered dock to beat the heat here in Arkansas. We have it all here at Blackburns Resort and Boat rental and at the best price. Come on down. Sorry we do not have any mosquities. 

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

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 572.44 and has dropped 1-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 14-hours. The White River at Newport is 14.26 feet and very stable. The surface water temperature is rising and is now 80 on the main lake and warmer in the creeks and excellent for swimming. The water is clear. All area lakes are dropping with the hot dry weather. We could use some rain. Fish are moving deeper with the thermocline and the best bites are crappie back in the creeks on wood in 27-28 feet of water on jigs, stripers early morning on spoons, bass in the evening on plastic worms, bluegill under docks and by willow bunches on crickets and very small spoons and catfish on live bluegill on jugs and throw lines. Some White Bass are in front of brush in 23-25 ft. of water on the drop-off just at the thermocline but are mostly small. Get out early, take the middle of the day off and go out again around 5:30 PM and fish until dusk. You can catch about anything on a spoon now. Blackburns has one bedroom cabins for $425/week so call Debbie at 870-492-5115 when one comes open. No sense paying too much. 2,3,4 bedrooms are price accordingly. 

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

Tom Kelly with some nice ones. He is one good fisherman. Image title

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The lake level is 572.59 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 12-hours of running both generators. The White River at Newport is holding at 14.17 feet. Norfork is 65% full and the 4-lake system is 63% full. The lake has dropped 4.2 inches total since the crest a few days ago. It is not much but is heading in the right direction. I had a surface water temperature of 83 degrees in Blackburns Creek yesterday afternoon in the sunshine. The lake remains clear and there is less wood floating in the lake with the drop. Some is sticking to the shore and more should if levels drop and the wind picks up and blows it to the bank. Crappie continue to bite back in the creeks on brush in 26-28 feet of water casting a grub or jig past the wood and letting it sink into it. The stripers are more easily caught now with the thermocline dropping and shad dropping with it. The umbrella and live bait draggers are starting to catch some now and it should get better. The spoon will be the best lure as the thermocile drops and the stripers move deeper. I am catching some White Bass accidently fishing for bass but they are small. Beat the banks for bass early and late as there are many fry and creek minnows in the buckbrush that is submerged. About everything has spawned except for the flathead catfish and they are ready. Some Kentucky Bass spawn all summer. Bluegill fishing is good under docks on crickets. Summer is here. Blackburns still has the best place with the best price and you can off-set the high gas prices with our low cabin and boat rental prices. How much gas you use is up to you. You can make your vacation cost low here and still have a good time. The big pool with slide is very busy and you can swim off our dock and fish in the shade. We have it all and at the best price.

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

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 572.73 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running both generators. It was 572.6 on this date last year so this has to be planned.  The White River at Newport is 14.07 feet and steady and the 4-lake system is 63% full. The surface water temperature was 80 degrees yesterday afternoon when I went out fishing and will get warmer with the hot weather starting today. The lake is just right for boating and swimming and there is less wood floating but still some. The lake has dropped just 2-1/2 inches from it's high a few days ago so do not expect much improvement yet but it is better than rising. The water is clearer than it has been at this time in the season in years. I found crappie back in a creek on wood at 27-feet near the bottom and caught several with all of them over 10-inches and one big one. I then moved to a brush pile near Blackburns Dock and found more crappie there and a school of White Bass just at the drop-off at 23-24 feet and also near the bottom. It is good to see White Bass making a comeback after a few years of being relatively scarce compared to previous years where they were everywhere. They are good fighters and easily caught and good for people who have difficulty catching other species. Catfishing is getting better and the flathead that I caught was full of eggs with bloodlines and ready to spawn. They are the last ones to spawn on Norfork. Some channel cats are showing up on jugs, throw lines and limb lines on live bait. If you use cut bait back in the creeks the turtles will beat the catfish to the line unless you bait up at dusk. Some very large bluegill are being caught on the old shorelune before the lake rise as are black bass. Try a plastic worm for the bass in the same place. Blackburns has two bedroom cabins for $113/day or $588/week so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 and defray some of your high gas prices by staying here. We will not charge you too much. Compare before you buy.  Some charge more and do not have a dock or pool. A pool is very important with this hot weather and the dock is a good place to hang out in the shade and fish at night.  

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

Mike Eakle with some nice ones yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 572.78 and has dropped 1-1/3 inches in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running both generators. The White River at Newport is 14.01 feet and they seem to be regulating it to 14-ft.  The main lake is clear and the creeks are stained a bit but a good color for fishing. The surface water temperature is 78 degrees and rising. Fishing has picked up this week with crappie getting good back in the creeks on wood in 25-28 ft.of water. Top-water bite has slowed but there are some good ones at sunrise or just before on a few mornings but does not last long. Bass, small stripers, hybrids and white bass are all together on shad. I went out at about noon and fished for two hours and caught fish in all three places that I fished. It was a nice sunny day with light wind. The water is clean but there is some floating wood that came loose from the bank with the rising water and is blowing with the wind. You have to be alert but is nothing that cannot be handled with a little caution and not gong out after dark. The people that go out regularly after dark have either torn up or off lower units or the same with props and damaged boats. One child getting dragged on a tube in pigeon creek broke their leg so be careful and check the area out before dragging anything and stay on the main lake.  This problem will diminish greatly as the lake finally drops and this stuff sticks to the shore. Gas is up past $5/gal for unleaded non-alcolol and much higher for premium non-alcohol which I used to use in all my boats but cannot afford it now. You can save on total vacation costs by staying at Blackburns with lower prices on Cabins and Boat Rentals rather than staying somwhere else and paying much more.  This will help balance out higher gas prices and keep your toatal vacation costs about the same. Why pay more unless you just have too much money?  We just had a one bedroom and a two bedroom mobil home cancel for the 2nd through the 9th of july due to high gas prices. Give Debbie a call at 492-5115. We had been full for weeks before this.  

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

Caleb Fitzanko from Wynonna, Missouri with a couple of nice ones yesterday. Image title

The lake level is 572.91 and has dropped 1/3 inch in the last 24-hours with 4-hours of both generators running and about 6-hours of one. The White River at Newport is at 14.38 feet and staying about the same. Bull Shoals is 26 feet above power pool, Norfork is 19-ft. above power pool , Beaver lake is 7-ft. above power pool and Table Rick is 4-1/2 feet above and they are dropping Table Rock the quickest trying to get it back to normal as quickly as possible at the expense of Bull Shoals and Norfork. The 4-lake system is 65% full. The surface water temperature is 77 degrees and warming. It will really warm next week with ambient temperatures to get into the mid 90's with a high pressure front moving in. We could get storms tomorrow night but have missed everything so far and it is still dry. There was a top-water bite this morning about 5:30 AM for a few minutes and some stripers were caught in the 5-6 pound range  They were in about 35-ft. of water when they surfaced on shad. This does not happen everyday now but is fun when it does. Some Black Bass are with them. More catfish are being caught on the spoon than on live bait in the creeks and crappie are on shallow brush back in the creeks in 25-ft. of water. 

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

Mike Dean from Dekalb, Illinois with some very nice crappie caught yesterday. Good fisherman and friend. Image title

The lake level is at 572.95 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running for about 8-hours. This is the first drop in months and is good news. The White River at Newport is 14.11 ft. and rising slowly and that is also good news. We have been missing the rain forecasted for this week but our best chance is just coming up. Most of it is going south of us and we are still very dry. High pressure is coming in early next week and temperatures are to get into the 90's. Our normal high is 83. Crappie and White Bass fishing is picking up and catfishing is not. Bluegill fishing is still good on crickets and small spoons. Crappie are liking the grub and minnow and Bobby Garland Jig cast past the shallow brush back in the creeks and sinking into it hitting on the drop. A few small stripers are being caught on shad dragging live bait and umbrellas but not many. Black Bass are both on the old shoreline before the water rise on buckbrush in the evenings and also on shad in open water. Blackburns has a full house and almost all of the fishermen caught some yesterday. I know you want to see my smiling face day after day but I prefer my customers showing off and we have many that are good fishermen. The lake surface water is rising and is now about 76-77 degrees and rising. It should hit 80 next week. The water remains clear and if they keep dropping the level more and more of the floating logs should stick to the shore with the wind that always comes before the high pressure. Looks to be some good boating and swimming weather coming up. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. 

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

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service yesterday. Image title

The level is 573 even and has risen less than 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with about three hours of running both generators and three hours of running less than one in the afternoon and evening. It is still creeping up even though they say the crest is today. It needs to stop as all of the other area lakes are dropping. The White River at Newport is at 13.57 feet and also dropping indicating not much is being let out of the lakes. They say the 4-lake sustem is 66% full so the stupid 12-ft. rule at Newport applies severely limiting the lakes drop. People need to write their congressman if they are tired of the needless high water and get the regulations reviewed and changed. The surface water temperature is in the mid to medium high 70's and rising slowly. It is to be cloudy and rainy for the next couple of days and then get hot for next week with summer here. We did receive about 0.2 inches of badly needed rain yesterday. The lake water remains clear and clean but the rising water is floating some big stuff away from the shore and into the creeks. A drop of just a few feet would make this stuff stick back to the bank. It is water logged and partially submerged and hard to see if you are going fast. Check out areas before dragging anything through them especially children. The evening bite for black bass is getting better on the old shoreline and thermocline which are both about 20-22 feet deep. Fish at less than 25-ft near the bottom with a 4-inch plastic worm. Top-water bite has slowed dramatically and the live bait and umbrella fishermen are back to dragging stuff through shad at different depths depending on the time of day. Crappie are in the backs of the creeks in about 20-ft. of water and caught casting a jig past the brush and letting it drop into it.  Catfishing has also slowed but some are being caught. Overall fishing is just fair. I was catching several walleye but not for the last day or two. I am catching about everything on the 1/4 or 3/8th spoon is 20-25 ft. of water tapping bottom. Blackburns now has two cabins just open up today so come on down. We have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your first boat stall is free. We do not have boat stalls for one night cabin rentals. A two bedroom cabin is $108/day for four people and all are individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches. We especially welcome Police and Veterans. 

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

The lake level is 572.98 and is still creeping up with both generators running for about 4-hours and less than one for 2-hours. It is just not quite enough to hold level let alone drop. We are already past the forecasted crest. The White River at Newport is 13.74 and dropping so they can hold the area lakes up as high as they can for as long as they can. Lake is high, gas prices are high and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental prices are still low. You can off-set high gas prices by staying at Blackburns where a free boat stall comes with your cabin. Compare prices before you make a reservation. We have almost all repeat customers and do not want to charge our friends too much. The water temperature is still in the mid 70's with some water near 77 and the clarity is good. Scuba fishing season starts on the 15th and I expect very good diving conditions. They have not been the best for the last few years but there are a lot of walleye,crappie and catfish and the visibility is good especially where the fish are located. The top-water bite is about gone for me. I see a few fish coming up but they will not hit anything and are mostly bass. I am spooning mostly now but drag a nightcrawler occassionally for a walleye very slowly with my trolling motor on the bottom or drift with the wind. We are getting rain this morning and are to get more for the next couple of days with highs about normal which is 82. No severe weather is expected. We are dry and need the rain.The moon is in the first quarter and sunrise is 5:51 and sunset is 8:25. I do not recomment being out on the lake after dark and for sure not with my rental,boats. What other people do is up to them. I see props lost and damaged, lower untis gone and holes in boats nearly every day with the night riders hitting partially submerged wood  especially in the creeks. Scout out areas before you drag things and people around and stay on the main lake. There are 15-hours of daylight. That is enough. 

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

The lake level is 572.96 and is the same as it was at this time yesterday. The lake has crested for now as of today and is 66% full. The other area lakes are dropping and the 4-lake system is 68% full. The White River at Newport is at 13.91 and is fairly stable. We are to get 2-3 inches of rain this week and there are good chances most days but nothing severe is forecasted. It depends on where the heaviest rain is located whether the lake rises or not. We are dry and can take some. We are at a level where we do not need any more rises. The main lake remains very clear and the creeks change from day to day and are stained a bit but a good color for fishing. Walleye are around Cranfield and Robinson Islands near the thermocline in about 20-ft. of water near the bottom and can be caught spooning or dragging a nightcrawler on a Lindy Rig. Bass are both in open water on shad and on the old shoreline before the lake rise in about 20-ft of water early and late feeding on fry and creek minnows. The top-water bite has slowed way down but there is some on cloudy rainy mornings.  I just noticed huge schools of fry of some kind under my dock for the first time yesterday. They were so small that I could not tell what they were but maybe bass. Big predator fish were trying hard to get them. Several fish were caught off the dock with most of them crappie and big bluegill. About 1/2 of the crappie were keepers. A lady had the huge bass that has been hanging around the dock for several months on her line but lost it. It is at least 6-lbs and maybe more and is very smart. It loves bluegill. Catfishing has slowed a bit with the gar moving in but the channels should start to move back into the very backs of the creeks and feed in shallow water soon. Turtles and Herons like the same bait and there are lots of both. I thought the channels and blues would be biting limb lines now but very few have. The surface water temperature was 77 yesterday afternoon and rising. The normal high is 83 and we are to be near that most of the week. It looks like summer is here but we could get another cold front.  Scout out the water before you start dragging children around and do not go out after dark. People that brag about going out at night and like high water are hitting logs, hurting themselves and tearing up boats and motors.. All you have to do is be carefull and all can be avoided. Blackburns is full now but have a couple of openings starting tomorrow. Come on down and we will not charge you too much and a free stall at our dock comes with your cabin. You will like our big pool with slide. Why pay more?

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

The lake level is 572.93 and has risen just a bit in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 4-hours and less than one for two hours. All of the area lakes are dropping now except Norfork which is scheduled to to crest tomorrow. The 4-lake system is 68% full. The White River at Newport is 14.11 ft. has leveled off. Surface water temperature was 76 degrees yesterday afternoon and the lake is clear both on the main lake and in the creeks. Fishing has slowed overall including catfishing which had been good. Bluegill fishing is still pretty good and several bass are being caught near the old shoreline before the water rise at 20-22 feet both early and late. Middle of the day fishing is not the best. Try vertical jigging a spoon on main lake and just around main lake points at 20-25 feet and tapping bottom just outside dead buckbrush. If you catch bluegill keep spooning as there are bigger fish around. Live bait trollers are catching some stripers early morning in the 5-8 pound range but it does not last long. Top-water bite has diminished but you can find some bass surfacing sporatically. The weather has been perfect but some rain may be coming on tuesday and wednesday but nothing serious. The north wind has kept things cooler than normal and the pattern of cold fronts coming through every week since January continues. If it breaks hot weather will be here with chances of late June and early July storms. I am always happy when the 4th of July is over. It is on monday this year. We continue to stay busy here at Blackburns with the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the area. Why pay more? Do not go out after dark. 

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

The lake level is 572.94 and has risen 3/10ths of an inch in the last 24-hours with 4-hours of both generators and 2-hours of less than one. The White River at Newport is still dropping quickly and is at 14.35 ft. indicating not much is being released from Bull Shoals or Norfork. It is a good thing we have been dry. I have to irrigate the garden today. The weather has been beautiful with below average temperatures, sunny skies and low winds from the north. Our normal high is 82 and we have been in the low 70's. The surface water temperature is 76 this morning and the water is clear and getting clearer. We are still scheduled to crest on sunday at 573.10 on June 5th at 67% full but the 12-ft. rule at Newport will prevent them lowering the lakes much. If they would raise the limit to 23-ft. which is below minor flood we could get rid of a lot of water much sooner and not cause anybody any harm. The same people that like high water like high inflation, high food prices, high gas and diesel prices so nothing will change as long as we are willing to accept them. Try buying a new battery or tires. Wow.  Fishing has slowed a bit but some nice fish are still being caught. I caught one nice flathead last evening on a live bluegill and a few bass on a spoon in 20-ft. of water. The morning bite is the best at sunrise which is 5:52 but again the top-water bite has slowed but some fish are biting on the spoon in 30-40 ft. of water suspended 20-25 ft. down part way back in the creeks.Yes, Blackburns is the best place, has the best price and is closest to Mountain Home, dining and shopping and especially welcome Veterans and Law enforcement. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin.  

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

Norfork Lake Fun out of Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 572.89 and has risen 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with about 3-hours of running less than one generator and five hours of running one. They are missing a good chance to let out some water. The White River at Newport is 15-ft. and dropping rapidly and heading for 12-feet for no reason that anybody can figure out. It is just one of the rules that need to be reviewed and changed.  Bull Shoals is scheduled to crest tomorrow but is still rising. They are letting more water out of Table Rock than Bull Shoals and I think this forecast will need to be revised. Norfork is still to crest on June 6th at 573. Bull Shoals is very high and it will take a long time to get it down and they are showing no signs of any desire to do so. There was one accident on Norfork on Sunday. A person was thrown from a tube and broke their leg. That is the only one that I know of. Check out an area before dragging stuff through it. There can be partially submerged wood and stay away from the shore and out of creeks and go in before dark.  It was nice out yesterday afternoon when I went out for a short period. I checked out my short throw line and caught a nice flathead. I am surprised they are still biting. The surface water temperature was 77 degrees and the lake has cleared up to pre-holiday levels. The creeks are also very clear. I tried a grub and minnow near the shore for a while and caught nothing and switched to the 3/8th ounce spoon and fished a couple of main lake points. I caught several fish tapping bottom in 20-ft. of water right on the point in the buckbrush, released them and came in. Not much fishing time for me now with the resort being nearly full and several boats rented. I hope I can get in more diving with the diving conditions being much better than the last few years with more walleye, crappie, catfish and much better visibility. Debbie's Father Gus passed yesterday and was my very good friend was the captain of my dive boat and helped put in many brush piles over the years. He is missed already. Badly.

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

Tom Kelly is one good fisherman and continues to catch and release some nice ones. He likes that plastic worm. Image title

The lake level is 572.83 and has risen 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with three hours of running both generators and 2-hours of running less than one.  The lake is expected to crest on 5 June at 572.90 at 66% full. The White River at Newport is 15.87 and dropping rapidly so do not expect any area lakes to drop much anytime soon. What you see is what you get for several months unless we get a drought. The surface water temperature is just over 76-degrees and the thermocline is dropping to between 19-20 feet. The lake is clearing nicely again after the holiday churn.  I repeat this as long as it is true. When the thermocline is the same as the old shoreline before the lake rise a lot of fish are there of all species. Right now there are a lot of fish at 20-feet both on main lake points and in the creeks. The top-water bite is diminishing as it always does after the thermocline forms and the fish go deeper as the water warms and the thermocline pushes down. There are different ways of defining the thermocline but as a scuba diver for many years I call it where the water starts to get cold and the fish are seldom below it except for temperate bass and some walleye that are searching for oxygen when the water gets hot in the summer and the oxygen depletes and they go deep looking for the oxygen bubble. We are not near that yet. Bass fishing with floating worms and creature baits back in the creeks is catching some nice ones. Others are in open water on shad. Live bait trollers are catching a few along with some smaller stripers. The stripers are getting smaller and smaller so start to look for the guides to start promoting ultra light equipment on long limber poles to convince Pilgrims that they have a big fish. They just keep killing those 5-8 pound stripers and do not give them a chance to grow but they do not know any other way to catch fish except trolling umbrellas. They both work. I sure hope this high water does not cause another big striper kill late this summer. In the mean time I will be fishing walleye, crappie, bass and catfish and leaving the temperate bass alone. Rain today and tonight with nice weather for later this week. 3/8th ounce jigging spoons and Bobby Garland jigs are my baits of choice at this time. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and a free stall at our big dock comes with your cabin. All cabins are individual with big covered porches and no duplexes. One bedroom cabins start at $85/day with 2,3,4 bedrooms priced accordingly. We especially welcome Veterans and Police. 

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

James Soltysiak with some nice ones. Image title

The lake level is 572.78 and has risen less than 1-inch in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running one generator or less than one generator. We are still sceduled to crest at 573.3 on June 7th. The White River at Newport is 16.70 and is dropping rapidly and heading toward 12- feet so do not expect the lakes to drop anytime soon and all of them are rising now even though there have been several days of no rain. There is a good chance tomorrow for about 1/2 inch. Bull Shoals is the fullest and is schedulded to crest tomorrow but I do not see how that can happen with more coming in from Table Rock than they are letting out. It may be an indication of their future plans but will have to change predictions of timing. They are not very accurate and you cannot go by them but they provide a little insight. It was a beautiful weekend weather-wise but a little windy. I have been here a long time and have never seen so many boats on both sides and between the bridges. That is the busiest place on the lake but I do not know what it was like other places as I do not go out on holidays unless I have to. Trucks and trailers were parked everywhere. I know of no accidents resulting in injuries in the area but a Missouri man drowned on the Ekl River and a cigarette boat crashed on Lake of the Ozarks with some injuries. Every cigarette boat needs to stay on Lake of the Ozarks. They like them there. There are enough Queen Marys finding their way to Norfork as it is and we do not need or want them here either. We are just a tiny little fishing lake with room for a few pontoons and people swimming around them. They like the wake boats over at Table Rock where there is more excitement and is close to Branson. We are just a retirement village here and us old folks do not want to go fast any more. Party Cove for us is to go back into a creek with no other boats where there is peace an quiet and drink a bottle of Ensure and watch a bird.  The surface water temperature is going up again after dropping from about 77. It is now near mid 70's and fishermen are out there again today with the much reduced boat traffic. It is spooning season again and it will continue for several months with the top-water bite diminishing with the increase water temperature. The thermocline is dropping and will continue to do so and fish will be around that level. The water is clearing already after the holiday churn and the lake is overall in good condition albeit high. Slowly rising water and dark of the moon is makeing for some good catfishing on live bluegills.  Cast a grub and minnow into the brush and let is sink slowly keeping it moving and you will be surprised what you will catch. Crappie are scattered as are walleye but there are a lot of them. Some nice black bass are being caught. 

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

The lake level is 572.70 and has risen 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with about 12-hours of running one or less than one generator. The White River at Newport is at 17.77 feet and dropping quickly. That means they are releasing much less water and the area lakes will not go down any time soon. All lakes are still rising at this time even with no rain. They have changed the crest and date for Norfork to 573.30 and it is to be on 7 June with the lake at 68% full. We will see how that changes when they get back from the holiday. The surface water temperature is between 71 and 72 degrees and rising slowly. The water clarity has gone down with the high boat traffic churning things up but should clear up again soon. We have had a few fishermen out very early before the crowd but most are waiting for things to calm down. We are full here at Blackburns with several boats rented and I certainly do not have time to fish at this time but will try to get out again soon. I have not heard of any serious injuries or bad accidents on the lake so far and there are a lot of law enforcement out there and both of those things are good. Things will calm down at about 5:PM today. We have a nice quiet group here at Blackburns with almost all being repeat customers with families and appreciate the big pool with slide and all of the playground activities and fishing at the dock. I received my pre-buy propane price in the mail. Wow. It is double what it was last year. I saw a frozen pizza at a marina yesterday was $20 plus tax and gas was $5.31 and  wonder how long people can afford these prices. I know I cannot. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Kelly with some nice ones. Image title

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

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

Fish of the day yesterday By Mike Eakle Image title

The lake level is 571.90 and has risen 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running one generator. We received about 1/2 inch of rain yesterday afternoon at about 5:PM but no wind. It rained hard and some places had to get more. There was severe weather elsewhere but we were fortunate to miss it again. The White River at Newport is 18.97 and dropping and headed for 12-feet if they go by the rules. They are still running Table Rock hard with spillway gates open and filling Bull Shoals. Table Rock is 4-1/2 feet above power pool and Bull Shoals is 25-ft. Norfork is 16-ft. but they keep changing the power pool. It used to be 552 before the Minimum Flow fiasco and now is 556.75 for some reason that nobody knows but that is the number used to figure % full which is important. I anticipate the 4-lake %-full and predicted crests will change tomorrow when the government people get back from their long weekend and update things. Everything stands still until they get back to work and runs on automatic. The surface water temperature was about 75-degrees yesterday afternoon when I went out for a short time and it was very cloudy. Bass were coming up sporatically all over the place near the old shoreline and thermocline in about 18-feet of water along with a few white bass. I could see my grub down about 15-ft. on the main lake and it was too clear for me so I moved back into a creek where it was much less. The wind moved from the south to the north and the cold front came in and it is very cool this morning and highs are to be in the 60's today with more rain for the middle of the week. I saw several boats out there dragging overweight children around on chaise lounges cutting and swerving with their engines coming out of the water  and several jet skis already so the peace and quiet for fishermen is over for another season, especially on weekends. I found out that they now make boats that intensionally make wakes. They look for places that are calm and then see how much wake they can make. I wonder who thought of that? I do not know how much they cost but wonder if they still have to make payments when they are not in use. It must be fun to make payments when something is in the gargage in the winter, spring and fall. That must be like alimony.  Sounds like a good investment. They must think everyone likes their brand of music also. Several fish were caught yesterday and we will see what the cold front has brought today when I get my work done.  Keep a top-water lure ready at all times and especially on cloudy days. The rest of the time I am using a small grub tipped with a live minnow for about everything. Look for walleye right at the thermocline. You can catch some catfish on cut bait but many more on live bluegill. Flatheads will not bite anything that is not alive and I like them best. Bluegill fishing is very good under docks and around shallow willows in the creeks. Most brush piles that I have put in are too deep now even after I put in some shallower ones in anticipation of high water but not this high. I guess it was just wishful thinking that they would manage the area lakes better. A lot of fish of different species are at the thermcline and old shoreline which are both at about 18-feet. Work that in stained water back in the creeks. 

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

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The lake level is 571.77 and has risen 1.3 inches in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running one generator. The White River is 19.10 ft. and dropping at Newport. They are still running Table Rock as hard as they can with spillway gates open and filling Bull Shoals rapidly. It is 25-feet over seasonal conservation pool and is listed at 74% full but seems much fuller than that. It is predicted to crest on 25-May but they have to slow Table Rock if this is to happen. Norfork is still expected to crest at 572.3 and is now on June 1st. These will all change with the heavy rain expected today. The 4-lake system is listed as 62% full.  The rain is to continue through tonight and tomorrow morning with Monday to be the best day. A cold front is on the way with winds shifting to the north and much cooler temperatures are to follow. Our normal high is 78. More rain is scheduled for next week after Monday. It was hot and windy yesterday but it finally layed about 5:30 PM and everybody got in a good evening of fishing. It was from the south and swirling and hard to get out of. Bass fishing is good, crappie fishing is fair, top-water bite for bass black bass and temperate bass is good, catfishing with live bluegill is excellent and big bluegill is also good on crickets. I am not finding big schools of crappie but there are some around almost all docks and shallow wood. Some are still full of eggs. The main lake is clear and the creeks are still stained a bit but not bad. The surface water temperature varies from 75-77 depending on location. If you are swimming off a boat make sure you are in at least 25-ft. of water or you will jump into brush and rose bushes. Do not tie off from the shore but use an anchor or two. The water overall is very clean and clear despite it's level. Everybody in the area is in the same condition but some are able to handle it better than others. It is better to have access to a swimming pool than it is to try and get to the lake and find a place to swim everytime you want to go unless you have a boat and launching and parking will be at a premium. It will be busy out there starting Friday. I am not looking forward to it. 

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

Fish of the day By Scuba Steve.Image title

The lake level is 571.66 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running for about 10-hours. They have changed the Norfork crest to be 572.0 on 27 May but we are to have good chances of rain for later this weekend and into next week with wind today and tomorrow and cooler temperatures on Monday. There was severe weather north east of us yesterday in Missouri but again we were fortunate to miss it and had a warm, windy, sunny day. They are still running Table Rock hard with spillway gates open filling Bull Shoals quickly but that may change with Bull Shoals predicted to crest also on 27 May so they must be planning to stop this after Table Rock gets to a normal level soon. We must protect Branson Landing at all costs. Beaver has shut off spillway gates and their level is now steady and not rising or dropping. The White River at Newport is 19.64 and dropping steadily. The four lake system is 62% full at this time so they are heading for 12-feet. It has to be 70% full for them to regulate to 14-ft. but there is not much difference. Bull Shoals and Norfork cannot expect to see much relief very soon. The lake surface water was over 77-degrees yesterday afternoon when I went out for a bit to check things out. The main lake was clear and the creeks were stained just a bit but both were a good color for fishing. I got a report from my friend Patton at Scuba Doo Dive Shop today that the thermocline has formed at 18-feet and there are a lot of fish there and the visibility was very good and he predicts excellent diving this year on Norfork. The spearfishing season starts on June 15th and it is time to start getting ready and making plans. It is nice to have good visibility for a change and I hope it stays that way. I am getting excited already. There are a lot of walleye, crappie and catfish out there. I will start my scuba diving report on this page soon. Scuba Doo is a full service dive shop and is less than 1-mile from Blackburns who has several dive pontoons for rent. It was sunny, hot and windy when I went out for a few minutes yesterday. I do not have as much fishing time as I want with Blackburns being nearly full since early March but that is ok. It is better than being almost empty and plenty of time to fish. I caught my first blue cat of the season while crappie fishing. I had on a 1/16th ounce jig with four pound line when he took off. I got him in but it was a struggle and fun. A few other crappie were caught and that is not bad for the middle of the afternoon on a sunny day. Crappie do not like the sunshine that much. I found a green tree that had just fallen in the water on a steep river channel bank and they were right on the drop-off in about 12-18 feet of water. Other guests are catching top-water fish including bass and temperate bass on early top-water and others are bluegill fishing and catching some nice big ones. I like to catch them too. Norfork has a lot of different species of fish and there is something for everyone. I also caught a big channel on a limb line baited with a bluegill. I grew up catfishing and cannot get it out of my system but do not try very hard. I am just a walleye, crappie, bass, catfish guy and that will probably not change any time soon. I like to go out at the worst time and the worst conditions and see if I can catch fish when it is tough. That is the measure of a fisherman. It is like hitting a baseball. When you hit a home run and you win 1-0 it is better than when everybody hits and you win 10-1. 

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

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The lake level is 571.57 and has risen 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with less than one generator running about 10-hours. The level stays the same when they generate and rises slowly when they quit. The White River at Newport is at 20.30 ft. and steadily dropping. They are still dropping Table Rock by running all of the generators and several spillway gates open filling Bull Shoals Rapidly. The four lake system is now at 63% full according to the Corps Of Engineers but looks a lot fuller to me. The predicted crest for Norfork lake is 572.12 on 29 May but there are good chances of rain most of the rest of this week and windy. The surface water temperature was 75 degrees yesterday afternoon and the water remains clear on the main lake and still stained in the creeks. The overall color is good for fishing. The top-water bite remains the best one and starts at about 5:45 AM and runs for about an hour but longer on cloudy days with temperate bass and black bass together.  After they go down you can call them back up with good presentation of your top-water lure even when they are not visible. Work the old shoreline which is about 18-ft. deep and the fish are in about 12-feet. Some nice White Bass are being caught but not nearly as many as in the past. Meat hunters are keeping them thinned down with the same people out there day after day.  Channel cats are biting on live bait on limb lines and short throw lines along with a few flatheads part way back in the creeks. I have not caught any blues yet. Big bluegill are biting crickets and small spoons under docks and shallow structure. Blackburns still has two cabins open so come on down. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin and all are individual with no duplexes and have big covered porches. Gas just went up to $4.35 for unleaded non-alcohol in town. I do not know what it is at marinas. Inflation may be at 8% according to the government but try to buy tires, batteries, lumber and boat parts let alone propane, electricity and insurance. Blackburns has held prices for you but it is getting difficult. Come visit and take advantage of us with our ridiculous low prices. We have it all and with the best price anywhere. 

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

Tom and Mike Soltysiak from St. Louis with some nice ones caught on Top-water near Blackburns Resort and Boat rental.Image title

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The lake level is 571.43 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 10-hours. The White River at Newport is 20.90 and dropping. The surface water temperature is in the mid 70's and rising. The main lake is clear and the creeks are stained. They keep dropping Table Rock quickly and generating as hard as they can wilh all generators running and spillway gates open and filling Bull Shoals fast. They cannot keep doing this for much longer with Bull Shoals being over 23-ft. above power pool already. It thundered early this morning but we just received just a little rain. It is to stay hot for a couple more days and then another cold front is coming with cooler temperatures and good chances of rain later this week with wind. Our normal high is 77 and we are to struggle to get to 70. I caught a nice big flathead yesterday but the bite has slowed with the big moon. The channel cats are picking up and will get better and better as the moon wanes. The water level is perfect now for limb lines. The top-water bite is the best at this time with fish coming up most mornings, especially cloudy ones. Look in wind blown creeks near the old shoreline 1n 18-20 ft. of water for surfacing shad early and then they move out to deeper water as the sun rises. Bass fishermen in Float Creek are catching  all kinds of bass on plastic worms early and late behind the buckbrush. Bluegill are around willows and under docks and biting on small spoons, worms and crickets. Walleye are around Robinson Island and Cranfield Island and hitting bottom bouncers and small crank baits on the bottom in 18020-ft. of water. This is a good time for a fishing trip before the holiday which starts on the 27th. There is still peace and quiet but that will all change then with day users crowding the launches and very limited trailer and vehicle parking. The children are having a great time in our big pool with slide and Blackburns has been very busy and we like that. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your room or you can rent a boat from us. We have a lot of them. Sorry we do not have boat stalls for one night stays. 

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

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service yesterday on top-water. Image title

The lake level is 571.32 and has risen 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 9-hours and a partial one for a couple. The White River at Newport is 21.27 and dropping. They are running Table Rock as fast as they can with all generators running full blast and spillway gates open filling Bull Shoals quickly. It will be a long time before it gets back to normal even if we have a drought. They have changed the crest prediction for Norfork to 572.10 on 29 May and that the lake is 61% full. It sure looks high to be 61% full but they change the way that is calculated regularly. You would think full was full and empty was empty but not with the government running things. Inflation is only 8%.  It is important because that % is how they regulate the level of The White River at Newport and the generation schedule for the area lakes. It is difficult to figure the average % full for the 4-Lakes. All of these regulations need to be reviewed and changed as they are not working and are antiquated. They can predict water levels and lake rises much better now than when the rules were implemented. The surface water temperature is in the mid 70's and the main lake is clear and the creeks stained just a bit. The top-water bite in the mornings remains good for temperate bass and black bass. They are all together on shallow shad. Some nice hybrid stripers are being caught. Other bass are near the old shoreline before the water rise and are feeding on crawdads, lizards and creek minnows early and late on sunny days and all day on cloudy rainy days. Some big bluegill are pre-spawn feeding and some have spawned. Some very large ones are being caught on brush piles. This is the time for you brim fishermen. Catfishing has slowed dramatically with the full moon but should come back strong with the rising water and waning moon. Channel cats will be showing up in the backs of the creeks and caught on trot-lines and limb lines. You do not need to have live bait for them like you do flatheads. Go back in the creeks around docks for crappie. Unless the main lake brush piles are big and close to the surface the water is too deep on most of them but some crappie are still on them. I am still catching big crappie full of eggs.  

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

Scuba Steve and Carl Scott with some pretty good ones. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 571.19 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 10-hours. The White River at Newport is at 21.69 and dropping. We received 1.4 inches of rain yesterday and the level is already over the forecasted crest  so more is to come. It rained hard in the afternoon and there was some severe weather around us but not here. We have been very fortunate. The surface water temperature is still in the mid 70's and the water is clear on the main lake with some small debris floating as the water rise floats it away from the shore. Fishing has remained good with the top-water bite in the early morning being the best and after that spooning open water shad and working the bank with soft plastices for bass. Crappie are still scattered and on most wood at various depths. Catfishing has slowed with the full moon but should get better as the month progresses. The lake is now at a good level for limb lines with live bait. They are still running Table Rock hard with spillway gates open and filling Bull Shoals fast so do not expect Norfork to drop any time soon. It will take them a long time to get this straightened out even if it does not rain. 

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

Bink with a nice one yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 570.93 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with several hours of running one generator last night. The White River at Newport is 22.14 and has leveled off. We are to get some storms later today and have been fortunate to miss them so far. Hope the luck holds. They are still running Table Rock as hard as they can with spillway gates open and filling Bull Shoals fast. Norfork is just steadily rising with generation not keeping up with river inflow. The surface water temperature is still in the mid 70's and a little higher in the backs of creeks. The main lake is clear and the creeks vary from clear to stained almost daily. The top-water bite is still the best one early in the morning with small stripers, Hybrid Stripers, white bass and black bass all coming up together. Some Kentucky bass are also with them. More and more bass are joining in after they spawn. The same meat hunters are still taking pictures of dock floors full of dead temperate bass and bragging about it over and over. Maybe after they are all gone they will just go to another lake and do the same thing there. A little catch and release would not hurt anything. Maybe they do not have any grandchildren and do not care if they are all gone. I do. They must be selling them commercially. This is the easiest time of the year to catch fish. Just get out there before sunrise and sling a top-water lure at them when they come up. If you do not know how to drive one of those just get a whopper plopper and cast it past the fish and reel it in. Could not be much easier. It is best to use a clear spook on clear mornings for temperate bass or a spitin image for black bass and using a rod with a little backbone walk the dog agressively across the surfacing fish. I like the smaller spooks but you can throw the bigger one much further. The fish always seem to be just a little further away than you can cast for some reason. I am getting a lot of crappie in under the dock along with big bluegill and catfish. Carp have finished spawning and bluegill are starting. The flatheads that I am catching are not ready to spawn yet. They are the last ones. After taking a few weeks off from using the spoon I am using it again on main lake points in 16-20 ft. of water near the old shore line. Bink is using the spoon also after the top-water bite is over and finding nice fish in deep water at various depths on shad. Casting a crappie jig around brush back in creeks and near docks is catching some fish but the larger ones are on main lake brush in 30-35 ft. of water. Blackburns still has one cabin open for Memorial Day so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115. We will not charge you too much. The children are all over the pool already. A pool is very important this year with the high water as is a dock. The old shoreline is about 20-ft. deep now and the best lake swimming is from a dock or from a boat. 

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

Blackburns Resort Sand Beach by the pool. Image title

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Georgia Welch with some of her catch a few days ago. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 570.72 and has risen 3-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running for about 8-hours. The White River at Newport is at 22.24 and still dropping steadily. We reveived 1/2 inch of rain last night with a lot of thunder but nothing else. Hail was reports in the Jordan area but most of the rain and storms went north of us. More is coming tomorrow but it looks to be mostly south of here. It was dry and the rain did not hurt anything and greened the grass up which was turning brown. The creeks did not run but the creeks going into the lake are a little more stained this morning. The surface water temperature is in the mid 70's and people were swimming in the lake yesterday. Our big pool with slide is now open and children are in it already. We have our own personal sand beach next to the pool. The morning top-water bite for black bass and temperate bass is the best bite at this time but crappie fishing on brushpiles is not far behind. The full moon is monday and is not helping catfishing any but some are still being caught. The weather has cooled some and is not nearly as warm as it was and is very comfortable with highs in the 80's and lows in the 60's. Our normal high is 76. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free.  

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

Carl Scott from Texas caught and released some nice ones yesterday. Good fisherman. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 570.38 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 10-hours of running one generator. It creeps up very slowly with one generator running. The White River at Newport is 23.13 feet and dropping quickly. It is projected that Norfork will crest on 24 May at 571.50 and that would be good news. Beaver Lake is dropping with spillway gates open bypassing the generators for some reason and Table Rock is generating at full speed and also has spillway gates open filling Bull Shoals fast. It is getting the worse end of the deal but at crest Norfork will be only 8-1/2 feet from breaching the spillway. It is very fortunate that we have had several days of hot dry weather with wind which has resulted in a lot of drying. We actually can use the rain that we are to get tonight. The lake surface water temperature is in the mid 70's and the water is clear. Fishing has been very good and you do not hear me say that much. I seldom go past good but the top-water bite is happening every morning just before sunrise and a little after with more and more bass joining the temperate bass in coming up. Go back into the first creek west of the 101 bridge on the North side of the lake just a little bit back for the morning action. More and more trollers are finding this place and you might have to put up with some boats chugging around with a lot of lines out to tangle up and dragging crankbaits The stripers are not very big but some nice hybrids and a few white bass are with the black bass. Use a Zara Spook or Spitin Image or cast a spoon and hop it back to the boat keeping it from sinking too fast. The clear spook works best as it sparkles in the sun. The wind has been predominately from the south so check out the wind blown creeks as the plankton goes with the wind and the shad feeds on the plankton. Flathead fishing has slowed but I am not sure if they are gone or it they just are not biting with the big moon. It is full on monday and catfish do not like the moon or dropping lake levels. We have not had to worry about that lately. Crappie are everywhere on brush at various depths and you can use live minnows on a slip float, small spoon and crappie jigs. All work. Some bass are still back in the creeks morning and evening near any cover shallow feeding on crawdads and creek minnows on or near the old shoreline whch is about 20-ft. deep now. Blackburns has one cabin available for Memorial day so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay too much or pay for your first boat stall. The big pool with slide will be open if you do not want to swim in the lake. We have that too. You definetly need a pool, dock and covered porch.  Make sure your cabin has a big covered porch so you can get in the shade. They have come in handy lately.   

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

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service. Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 570.21 and has risen about 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 8-hours. The level stays stable with the generator running and rises with no generation. The rise has slowed way down with the dry hot weather. The White River at Newport is 23.95 and dropping quickly and it looks like this big slug with the last rain has gone through the system but holding water has raised all of the area lakes significantly and it looks like we will crest at just over 571.  It is to rain friday night but it will not hurt anything as we are getting dry. The surface water temperature is 73-74 degrees and rising with the bright sunshine and hot weather and the water is clear. You can see your lure down several feet. The top-water bite is happening most days with more bass coming up with the stripers after their spawn and several males are still on their nests waiting for the fry to get ready to leave or eggs to hatch. Get out there at about 6:AM for the bite. I am still catching some big crappie still full of eggs but more are spawned out. They are on most brush piles both in the main lake and back in the creeks anywhere from 20-35 ft. of water near the bottom. The flathead bite has slowed and the channel and blues will be moving in to take their place. The Game and Fish have double tagged 200 Stripers an released them in various areas and are offering a $100 reward for information about them when they are caught. If you catch one please call in the information. It is important as to the future stocking of stripers in Norfork Lake. I do not want them to quit stocking them but many people do. A lot depends if there is a big fish kill late this summer. There is no sense stocking them if they just die off in the high, hot, ozygen depleted water after they get big. This only happens in Norfork and it is the oldest lake but a lot of the green growth has died along the lake shore with the repeated high water years and there is less ozygen demand with green wood being under water and decaying as in previous years. Another striper kill this summer would not be good for their continued future here. Blackburns just had two cabins open up for Memorial Day due to cancellation after being booked full for several months. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 there is a three day minimum.

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

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The lake level is 569.64 and has risen 4-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running for about 8-hours which is more than I expected. The White River at Newport is at 25.81 and has dropped just below flood stage. The rising water has not affected fishing any but has closed campgrounds, swim beaches are all under water, and there is much less parking at the launch ramps. This is all just in time for the Memorial Day rush where a lot of people put their boats in at the same time and for the first time of the year. It will create quite a fiasco at the ramps with many boats not running and people not preparing them for their first launch and also very limited parking. High water really puts the hurt on day users especially on weekends and more especially during holiday weekends. I have seen trucks parked all the way out to Highway 101 at Panther Bay launch before. Cranfield is not much better. Buzzard Roost launch has the most parking. I do not look forward to holidays and am glad when they are over. The fish are coming up everyday now on top-water at sunrise but not nearly as many as in years past and they are scattered with few big schools. The big stripers are not just depleted but are almost extinct with 5-9 pounders being the normal size now. Many hybrids are bigger than the stripers and not nearly as many of them have been stocked. They keep killing the stripers and bragging about it and they just keep getting smaller but a meat hunter is a meat hunter. There are some nice sized white bass but not nearly as many as a few years ago but the walleye are picking up the slack as are the crappie and flathead catfish. Get out early, take the middle of the day off and go out again about 5-PM and stay until after sunset and come in before dark. The lake is very clear for the water level and is clearing more everyday. Ovarall fishing is good. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your cabin comes with a free boat stall. Surface water temperature was 67 last evening in Blackburns Creek.  

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

Chad Elliott from Harrison, Arkansas with a Nice Hybrid Striper released on site yesterday. Nice fish.Image title

The lake level is 569.26 and has risen 5-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with jus a few hours of generation. I guess we are fortunate to have any generation with the White River just over flood stage at Newport at 26.39 feet. Beaver and Table Rock still have flood gates open and filling Bull Shoals quickly. We are not going to drop levels on Norfork any time soon but it is not rising as fast as it was with the creeks stopping running and the sunny warm weather with wind.That sure will help but all of the area lakes are in for high water all summer unless we get a complete drought. The low generation is letting the water stay clear but some debris is washing loose from the shore with the rising water. Fishing has not been affected negatively and is good at this time for most species.The top-water bite is getting better with some bass showing up with the temperate bass and more of them will join in as the spawn progresses. I am still catching big crappie that are full of eggs and more black ones are showing up. Some say they spawn later than white ones but I do not know why. Flathead catfishing continues to be excellent on throw likes with live bait part way backs in the creeks in the deeper water. Some bass are on the bank, some are on brush and some are in open water on shad. The Kentucky Bass are full of crawdads and lizards. You can catch crappie on most secondary points just inside the main lake on brush. I do not usually spoon until the thermocline sets up but they are biting on them now. Trollers are catching some nice Hybrid Stripers dragging Shad Raps. About everyone is catching fish of some kind or other. It is a good time and the warm sunshine feels good. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Compare prices unless you just have too much money. I do not. We especially welcome Veterans and Police even though I do not require as much policing as I used to for some reason. 

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

Mike Eakle with some nice ones yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 568.77 and has risen 7-inches in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of generation. The White River at Newport is 26.65 feet and has leveled off but still above flood stage of 26-feet. The lake is still clear but debris is floating loose from the shore with the rising water. You just have to pay attention and stay off the lake after dark. Fishing continues to be good with crappie and catfish being the best followed by walleye, bass and early morning top-water for temperate bass. Everybody is catching fish now. The creeks have finally slowed way down and are at a trickle. It is not predicted to rain until next weekend with warm sunshine and wind with highs in the low 90's starting tomorrow. That should help dry things out and let this slug of water go through the system and slow the rise down. All of the area lakes are rising except for Beaver and it is about 5-inches from going over the spillway. There will be no level drops in the foreseeable future in the rest of the lakes. Norfork will go past 570 this week. Crappie are back on mainlake brush in 30-35 ft. of water and big ones too. Flatheads are biting live bait and have moved out a little deeper in the creek channel. The wind is going to blow all week from the south and the shad will be in the south facing creeks and there will be an early morning top-water bite most mornings for temperate bass. A goodly amount of bass have spawned and are post-spawn feeding on the banks early and late on creek minnows, crawdads and lizards. I am still not seeing any bass fry under the dock but gizzard shad are there along with many bluegill and crappie. Water temperature will be in the 70's soon in the creeks which mean the bluegill will spawn. The carp are finished.  

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

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The lake level is 568.10 and has risen 1-1/2 feet in the last 24-hours with just light generation and a two day total of 4-ft. it is rising at a rate of 1/2 inch/hour now. The White River has passed flood stage of 26-ft at Newport and is 26.22 ft. They have lowered Beaver Lake to below the spillway and the danger is over for now. It was a foot over yesterday. Dam management 101: Do not let the water go over the spillway. They have all spillway gates open and are letting out water as fast as they can and by-passing the generators. This is filling Table Rock which has all generators running and also spillway gates. That leaves Bull Shoals and Norfork to hold water with the White River at Newport above flood stage. Norfork is 15-feet over power pool and Bull Shoals is 17. There is no short-term fix for this but the only salvation is that the weather is to be dry for the next week or more and should let this slug peak. The surface water temperature was 64 degrees on Norfork Last evening and the water was pretty clear, especially near the shore. The fishing has not been affected with the water rise and everything is biting. The early top-water bite is getting better and crappie are showing up in Backs of creeks on shallow brush and also on main lake brush. Bass are scattered all over and about 1/2 have spawned. Temperate Bass are coming up  but a lot fewer than in previous years with a lot fewer big stripers and white bass. Flathead fishing is excellent on live bait part way backs in creeks. Flathead will not bite dead bait or cut bait. Other catfish are slow but are on their way with the high water and warming temperatures. Everyone is catching fish now with crappie, bass and flatheads being the best bite with walleye not far behind. The meat hunters are loading up. Blackburns still has one bedroom cabins for $59/day until Memorial day so come on down. They stay full most of the time so you have to call as soon as you can. Otherwise our two bedrooms are $77/day and is less than other resort's one bedrooms plus your first boat stall is free at our large dock and all cabins have covered porches and are all individual with no duplexes. We will start filling our big pool soon. if you are normally campers and your campsite has been cancelled come on down. It will cost you less than dragging around that camper and paying $4/gallon for gas and no dock to park your boat. Sorry no camping here. 

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

The Martin Brothers and Allan Lenius from Rockford, Illinois are having a lot of fun and catching a lot of fish. Always glad to see them. Missing one. Image titleImage titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 566.72 and has risen 2-3/4 feet in the last 24-hours and is rising 1-inch/hour now with no generation since late last evening. We received a couple of inches of rain and it all run off with the ground already saturated. The creeks are still running today but with clear water. They have been scoured several times and there is no mud left. This quick rise has washed more debris off the bank and the effects are not clear yet but I can only report in Blackburns area which ranges from Cranfield to Robinson Islands. I seldom go or have a need to go farther. There are always differences in the extreme ends of the lake.  What is not different is the water level. The White River at Newport is 24.75 feet and is near flood stage. Beaver Lake is over the top of the power pool and they have spillway gates open in a panic. This is causing Table Rock to rise rapidly and they also have spillway gates open. Guess what. That leaves Bull Shoals and Norfork to hold water. They have got themselves and us in a pickle again. It is a good thing dry weather is here for a few days or it would be an emergency. Maybe we will reach a high point for this round next week. There are no diminished services here at Blackburns. I do not recommend going out after dark or there will be trolling motor and big motor props mysteriously falling off and lower units damaged. People say, "my trolling motor prop just fell off". No it did not just fall off. It turns in the direction of tightening and does not loosen with out hitting something preventing the prop from turning. The prop stops but the drive shaft does not and the nut unscrews. This can also happen by accidently hitting the on button while the motor is laying in the mount. If you even suspect anything it is always better to check the nut. It is not quite the same with a big motor which has reverse. Mostly it is caused by hitting something but it can be because the prop was not properkly installed and the lock was not bent over in the slots and the operator shifts into reverse too rapidly and then revs the motor too fast spinning the nut backwards. In the cases of hitting something, it is better to have an aluminum prop instead of a stainless steel one and you have a better chance of not breaking the lower unit. A little bit of speed is not as important to me as a lower unit replacement.  Anyway not going out after dark will eliminate most of these problems.  Blackburns does not allow rental boats out after dark for this reason. Nothing good happens. Sunny warm weather is on the way and we will see what that brings. Fishing is still good and has not been affected but campgrounds, parking and launching, and day use areas has and the level is not going to get any lower anytime soon. All of the beaches are gone or will be gone and we will have to swim off a boat or in Blackburns Big Pool with slide. All area lakes are affected and we are in early May. Surface water temperature was 64 yesterday evening.   

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

Scuba Steve with a couple of yesterday's catch. We like these. Image title

The lake level is 564.14 and has risen one foot in the last 24-hrs with no generation since yesterday afternoon. It is rising 2-inches/hour and the creeks are running hard. We received 1.7 inches of rain last night but it seems to have moved on through now with better weather on the way. The White River at Newport ia 23.76 so they cannot let out much from the lakes. It is to get to nearly 90 this weekend so we will have gone right into summer after this cool weather. The backs of the creeks in the lake is brown but the feeder creeks have been flushed out so many times there is not nearly as much color as there was early in the year. Jim and Marlene Lesniewski found a big school of crappie back in a creek and caught several nice ones. Several other fishermen caught bass and crappie including Alan Lenius and the Martin Brothers. They are good crappie fishermen  and come all the way from Rockford, Illinois and have been coming for as long as I can remember. The Ellners from northern Wisconsin caught some temperate bass and crappie. We are very busy here and almost everyone caught fish. The Grevengoed family just left and did very well on stripers and crappie. They alway catch fish and also been repeat customers for a long time. The Blackburn family is growing but we had to cull a few to get things like we wanted them.  Now we are almost there and are nearly full most of the time. We do not want to charge our friends too much and are in a position not to have to. I have an 8-hook throw line and am baiting it with shiners and bluegill and am catching one or two nice flatheads everytine I run them. People ask what are the best eating fish on Norfork Lake. The answer is walleye, crappie and bluegill are the best followed by Kentucky bass and flathead catfish There is no pollution in the lake so you can make any fish palatable, even gar. My friend Jeremy even likes gar and makes gar balls. I did not even know gar had balls but woulld like all of them removed from the lake.  Others cut the red meat out of temperate bass and like those. My choices you do not have to doctor them up any and they all reproduce in Norfork and are not put and take. I release most fish anyway. My favorite meal in the spring is fried mushrooms, fried potatoes and onions and fried catfish and buttermilk. What could go wrong with that? It sure tastes good though. 

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

Mike Eakle with some nice ones released under the dock on Sunday.Image title

The lake level is 562.70 and has risen one foot in the last 24-hours with no generation since last evening. The White River is at 21.11 feet and dropping. We received about 2-1/2 inches of rain the last two days and the lake is rising about 3/4 inch an hour. The creeks were raging last evening and into the night but are slowing now but still flowing pretty hard. Brown water is now into the backs of the creeks and moving out towards the main lake. It rained very hard about 5:PM.  We missed the weekend rain and the water got very clear but it is not the case now. The fishing was pretty good until this happened and we will see what this does to the water temperature and fishing conditions. The continuous water rise has not helped the spawn any but at least there has not been any big rises in short periods of time and muddy main lake water. The surface water temperature remains in the mid 60's as of last night but I have not checked it so far today. Have to go down and move the dock. It is a daily event. 

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

Scuba Steve with some pretty good ones.Image title

The lake level is 561.69 and has risen two inches in the last 24-hours with about 5-hours of vatiable generation. The White River at Newport is at 21.37 feet and dropping quickly. They are reducing the overall discharge into the White River. The surface water temperature is in the mid 60's and the lake is clearing and is very clear near the shore. Flathead catfish are biting very well on live bait on both poles off the dock and on throw lines part way back in the creeks. Bass are spawning and crappie are trying to finish but are stringing it out. Some years they do this for vatious reasons but mostly rising water. There was a top-water bit yesterday for temperate bass but it did not last a long time. It has been a little disappointing so far this year. We are to get heavy rain for the next two days and it is cloudy and cool and raining now. The cold fronts just keep coming through but are not nearly as cols as a few weeks ago. It has been slow warming up. As the black bass finish spawning they will move out in the open water on shad and will come up early with the stripers. Not too many of them so far but a few. I am still catching some nice crappie and not all of them have spawned. Start out by fishing part way back in creeks that the wind is blowing into and go from there. This is one of the few times of year that I do not use jigging spoons It is about time for the walleye to move near the island in about 15-20 ft. of water on bottom bouncers. Things are looking pretty good and some nice fish are being brought in everyday. 

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

Bart VanderVelde and Jim Lesniewski are Blackburns Resort's longest returning customers and friends. Jim has been coming for 73-years and Bart for 50. Image title

The lake level is 561.53 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours with 6-hours of variable generation. We are to get more rain this week so do not expect the lake to drop any time soon. All of the area lakes are rising except for Table Rock which is dropping and is below power pool while Bull Shoals and Norfork are about 8-ft. above. The White River at Newport is 22-ft and dropping quickly with the 14-ft. rules taking effect today and then the 12-ft. rules on the 8th of this month. These rules need to be reviewed and changed. Minor flood stages at Newport are at 23-feet and anything below that does not hurt anything. The surface water temperature is in the mid 60's and the bass spawn is in full swing. The lake is very clear near the shore and you can see the fish on beds everywhere. I am still catching crappie full of eggs but most are spawned out. The top-water bite has been disappointing so far this year for temperate bass and black bass but they are coming up some days. It should get better as the shad spawn.  I am seeing no crappie or bass fry under the dock yet and they usually are there by now. There are a lot of other fish there though. Flatheads are biting well part way back into the creeks on live bait. It is a beautiful day today and Blackburns has a lot of people in. 

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

Rum Binkley with some nice ones yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 561.17 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 8-hours of less than one generator running. All of the area lakes are rising except Table Rock which is falling and is at below power pool. Go figure. It rained a little yesterday and thundered last night but we only received about 1/10th of an inch of rain. It is very cloudy with showers in the area now and for the next couple of days. The surface water temperature was 64 in Blackburns Creek yesterday but I did not check it on the main lake. The creeks will rise faster this time of year. The cold fronts just keep coming but are not nearly as cold and are followed by sunny warm days and clear cool nights. The wind continues but slows way down in the mornings and evenings if no front is coming through. The heat of the day brings wind and threats of showers and that will continue through the summer. The lake is clearing with the light generation but a few pieces of wood are floating loose from the shoreline from the rising water. The wind is predominately from the south and is blowing this back into the north facing creeks. Striper fishermen trolling planer boards with balloons (I guess they do not use real balloons anymore but have something similar. There used to be balloons left all over the lake from trollers but not so much anymore) are catching fish on the days that they do not feed on the surface in the mornings. Crappie and bass are with them. They are mostly free-swimming shiners and the fish are not very deep. I do not do this anymore but it can be effective. I like the thump and prefer casting. The absence of the big stripers have really changed the fishery here on Norfork. There is much less competition for the shad and other varieties of fish are now in open water on them with the temperate bass and not on the bank on creek minnows, crawdads and lizards.  The lower numbers of White Bass are having an effect also. They are out there but not nearly the numbers of the past where you could see acres of stripers, hybrids and White Bass surfacing on shad this time of year. A big striper now is 10-11 pounds and it used to be 30-40 lbs. There are high numbers of 5-6 pounds and they are being hunted hard and killed. More and more walleye are being caught and the percentage of ones over 18-inches is growing.  They reproduce in Norfork but I do not know to what extent. I would like to see more of them stocked. Brush in the backs of creeks with about 20-ft. of water are holding some nice crappie and some bass are with them. The lake is clear near the shore and there are bass in some stage of spawn all over. Blackburns Still has cabins at $59/day but stay nearly full all of the time so call in advance. We are having to turn away several people and do not want you to have to pay too much elsewhere. They come and go this time of year so we will try to fit you in. Your first boat stall is free here at Blackburns and all cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches. 

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

Last evening. Image title

The lake level is 561.17 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 8-hours of running one generator. The White River is 23.74 feet and dropping. All of the area lakes are rising except Table Rock which is falling and is at power pool. It would be nice if all lakes were treated equal but it is all about the $. Norfok is holding in there at about 62-63 degrees but should rise with the higher ambient temperatures but we have a good chance of rain on and off until late this week. Do not expect the lake to drop any time soon but the rise has slowed a bit. I am finding crappie on main lake brush, back in the creeks on brush, on the bank back in creeks spawning and in open water on shad. Some are spawned out, some are in the process and some are still full of eggs. Catfish are full of eggs with blood lines except flatheads which are a month behind but there are a lot of them part way back in the creeks pre-spawn feeding. Stripers do not spawn but go through the motions and ingest their own eggs. This happened last month. Because you see green eggs inside of a striper when you kill it does not mean it has not spawned unless it is a small immature one and you should not be killing it anyway. Bass are about 1/2 way finished with several on beds back in creeks with a few finished and back on shad. These are the ones coming up in the mornings but there are not nearly as many as there were a couple of weeks ago. It will be more and more as the year progresses after the spawn. Bass spawn well into the summer here on Norfork, especially Kentucky Bass. Flatheads are the last sportsfish to spawn and go into ealy July. Bluegill and carp will be the next ones when the water gets to about 70 and that should not be too long. I have been diving Norfork for 27-years and the water temperature often reaches 70 by the first of May but it probably will take just a bit longer this year especially on the deep main lake. After that the thermocline will go down to about 16-feet and the walleye fishing really gets good then. It is pretty good now. They spawned in early March this year instead of late february. Everything is fine here. The lake is a little high but is not hurting fishing any in this area with nice ones being caught everyday. Blackburns has no diminished services and we can always get to the dock.  Come on down. The lake is in excellent condition and we will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. 

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

The lake leve is 560.99 and has risen 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with a few hours of running one generator. The White River at Newport is 24.62 feet and there is more rain on the way for the next few days. The surface water temperature was 62.5 degrees yesterday afternoon and has dropped just a bit with the cooler weather. The spawn continues for the bass and is drip, drip, drip for the crappie. They can be caught about anywhere now. Main lake brush is holding more fish everyday with after spawn fish but there are still many more back in wind-blown creeks on shad and the top-water bite is the best now on most mornings. Several White Bass are coming up but not nearly as many as the past. Most of the stripers that are being caught are in the 5-7 pound range and getting smaller and people just keep killing them. I guess they want them eradicated. I do not. Pictures of dock floors full of dead small stripers are nothing to brag about. 

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

Caught fishing with Bink's guide service. Nice cat. Image title

The lake level is 560.70 and has risen 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 5-hours of variable generation. The White River at Newport is 24.72 so they are letting out a lot of water with a lot of run-off still going through the system. Norfork and Bull Shoals are both about 7-8 feet above power pool and Table Rock is one foot above. Table Rock is generating very heavily and filling Bull Shoals and Norfork is mostly holding. They are letting out more water than they normally do this time of year and it colud be a lot worse. The lake overall is in good condition with a surface water temperature of about 63 degrees and fishing is getting better and better with the top-water bite being the best befroe sunrise and continuing for about an hour. Longer on cloudy days and better after warm nights. Go Back into wind-blown creeks and start in Panther Creek where the plankton and shad go in there with the predominate southerly winds. There are a lot of fish in there of different varieties. More bass continue to make nests and are near the banks and the water is clear enouth for sight fishing . Use polarized glasses throw a gitzet into the nests. Release the fish immediately before the Bluegill eat all of the eggs. It just takes a minute or two. People ask why the big bluegill move into the creeks before their spawn which is later and the answer is food. They gang up on the poor male bass trying to guard the nests and fry until they swim away. It wears them out and they are very hungry after the spawn is over and the fry are gone. They then skarf on every bluegill that will fit into their mouths. My dock is now full of bluegill, crappie, catfish and bass with a few walleye. Bluegill (which we call perch, Bream is more accurate) are the best live bait for about everything now except for temperate bass wihich I do not fish for much. I will wait for the stripers to grow and the White Bass to come back in numbers. Bluegill are in the Sunfish Family and Walleye are in the perch Family. Bass and catfish cannot resist a live bluegill about 3-inches long and I cannot resist one about as big as your hand on bread and butter with pepper and a slice of onion. Come on down to Blackburns. We will have cabins for $59/day until Memorial Day and stay nearly full. Our summer prices are about the same as other's winter prices. We will not charge you too much. Best place, best price. Closest to Mountain Home, dining and shopping. We will start to fill our big pool with slide when it warms up. 

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

Tyler Peterson, Nathaniel Lee and Marty Peterson with some nice ones. Image title

The lake level is 560.41 and has risen 4-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of variable generation. Not much. The White River at Newport is at 24.47 and there is not much that can be done about the rise at this time and more rain is on the way. We do not have to be in this situation. The surface water temperature was over 63 degrees in Blackburns Creek yesterday afternoon and just a bit lower on the main lake. A lot of things are happening at this time. The lake is rising steadily and shows no sign of slowing, the water is clearing with little generation, the surface water temperature is rising but slower now with the cool below average temperatures and cold nights, the turtles have moved in under the dock as have the big crappie and bluegill, the carp have moved back in the creeks before spawn, the top-water bite is good early morning just before and at sunrise for temperate bass, many bass are in various stages of spawn, walley have spawned and have moved either on main lake brush shallow or in open water on shad, catfish have moved about 1/2 way back in the creeks and are feeding at night and especially in the dark of the moon on live shiners, crappie are all over the place but especially back in the creeks shallow on wood.  They are and will spawn in a piecemeal fashion for a couple more weeks or more. Several big ones are under Blackburns Dock at this time. The steadily rising water have them all mixed up and they do not want to spawn in deep water but will when they have no choice and that is not good. People killing large numbers of crappie everyday say there is no way they will deplete them in Norfork Lake. I say just look at Kentucky lake and see what could happen. It is much bigger than Norfork. They thought the same thing there. They had no limits and then put in a size limit, then a numbers limit and now it is too late and the lake is ruined and the best fishing is Asian carp and businesses are closing down.  We do not need any meat hunters on Norfork Lake. Catch a few, release a few and keep a few. The days of bragging about huge stringers of dead fish are over unless you just do not care. The fishing pressure is just too high and is much more than it was just a few years ago. The Game and fish have done an excellent job in managing the fishery but I believe the limits are too high for most species. Since Norfork and Bull Shoals are both in Arkansas and Missouri they tend to have the same game and fish rules and they are hard to change and are very different fisheries.  It will be interesting to see what Game and Fish come up with on the proposed bass regulations and stripers stockings. The larger stripers tend to die off in prolonged high water on Norfork in the summer but do not in Bull Shoals. Many people want stripers in Norfork but many do not in Bull Shoals but stripers have been stocked in Bull Shoals by both Arkansas and Missouri (most by Missouri) and will start to show up soon. Walleye have increased in desirability in both lakes after black bass which are by far the most desired. Crappie are right up there after bass but walleye are gaining on them. If they quit stocking stripers in Norfork I hope they increase hybrids. I do not fish open water much anymore but they are fun to catch.

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

The catfish are bitng. We like those here. Image title

The lake level is 560.07 and has risen 4-inches in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of generation. We received about an inch of rain last night and all of the area lakes are rising. The White River at Newport is at 24.17 so there is not much they can do about it now. The lake is rising about 1/2 inch/hour with no generation. The lake surface water is rising and I had 61 degrees both on the main lake and in Blackburns Creek yesterday afternoon. The water is clearing especially near the bank. The weather is trying to clear up and it is good to have the wind slow a bit. The cooler temperature will not hurt anything and keep away any severe stuff. We are to get more rain later this week but nothing serious. The cold fronts are not nearly as cold as in March but it is to get down into the 30's for nightime lows so bring a coat. The top-water bite is best now in the early mornings just before and at sunrise especially after warm nights. The south wind has been predominate so look into the south facing creeks. The wind blows the plankton, the bait fish follow the plankton and the game fish follow the bait unless they are feeding on crawdads, lizards and creek minnows in the creeks near the shore. Both are happening. I saw several big largemouth on beds yesterday and less are coming up with the white bass and small stripers in the morning. Creature baits on jig heads are working for black bass outside the buckbrush and poppers are starting to work in the creeks on the bank. Small soft plastics on jig heads are always good.  Catfish of all kinds are biting on live shiners at night and on cloudy days on throw lines and off docks with rods and reels. It is still best to get back in the creeks near the shore by any wood for crappie but some are back on main lake brush post-spawn feeding. Some are full of eggs and some are spawned out. Most males are still guarding nests but will move to main lake brush and open water on shad soon after the fry leave the nest. Even people that normally do not catch very many fish can catch some White Bass if they get out there before sunrise and know how to drive a top-water bait. If they do not use a whopper plopper. They do not require any skill and also catch fish. You do not need a $2,000 fish finder to catch top-water fish. Go into windblown creeks and look with your own eyes. It has been effective for quite a few years but I do admit some need more help than others. I was going to buy a new live scope for my boat but they cost too much so I bought three new heater/air conditioners for the cabins instead.  I did not pay that much for my boat but it still catches a few fish. Quite a few.  It is a heavy drinker but I do not need to go very far. If I had a new $70,000 boat I would just ding it up anyway. It is not so bad being poor.   

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

Tom Kelly with some nice ones released under Blackburns Dock. Tom is a very good fisherman and also a true sportsman. Image title

The lake level is 559.74 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours with five hours of light generation. All of the area lakes are rising except for Table Rock which is dropping. Branson Landing must be taken care of at all costs no matter what happens elsewhere. The surface water temperature is in the low 60's and rising with the crappie and bass spawn in full swing. The lake is clearing with the low generation and there is some sight fishing back in the creeks for bass on beds. It would have been more clear without the incessant wind but it did blow the plankton and bait fish into the south facing creeks yesterday and there was a good top-water bite this morning after the warm night. It was mostly White Bass but a few bass were in there with them and some very small stripers. It has been slow coming and sporatic but is here now. People that cannot usually get very many fish will catch some now if they get out just before sunrise. Be there by 6:AM and have on a spitin image for bass and zara spook for others. I like baby spooks the best but the fish always seem to be just a little farther than I can cast them, so a larger one can be used. The clear ones sparkle in sunlight and a bone colored will also work on cloudy days. You can also wing a spoon at them and hop it back to the boat especially if they go down a bit. If you lose them cast the spoon as far as you can and hop it to keep it from sinking too fast. Turn a few degrees in one direction and keep chucking until you have made a full circle. You will have a better chance of finding them again when they are out of sight. The big spook can also call them up from a few feet down even if you cannot see them so do not give up too quickly. I have seen acres of fish surface in Panther Creek on Mornings like this in the past but they are just not there anymore in nearly the same numbers. White bass and Large Stripers especially. This is a good time to catch and release as they are not coming from deep water and are not stressed nearly as much when caught unlike fishing deep for them in the summer. Rain in coming now and tonight and early tomorrow so the lake will keep rising. Catfish like rising water and small moons. It is not small now but is getting smaller and the fishing will get better and better. I like catching those flatheads. The winners of the Bassmast College series caught a total of 30-Lbs 3-ounces for a two day total. They caught 19-lbs the first day and 11-lbs the second. I anticipated a little less the second day with the warm sunshine and heavy wind but they did quite well and did Drury proud. It was really busy with a lot of people fishing this area yesterday. There is one more today and then it is over and the lake can settle down. It would be nice if it would stop rising but that is too much to hope for. We could get some serious rain out of this one. Some crappie are back on the main lake brush but more are back in the creeks spawning at various stages. Some spawned out bass are back in open water on shad but most have not finished spawning yet. Bass spawn into the summer on Norfork especially the Kentuckies. This is a good time to be at Blackburns and we will not charge you too much. Rainy days are a good time to set out on the coverd porch, play cards and watch the rain or rig up fishing poles. No need for umbrellas here. One bedroom cabins are still $59/day and your first boat stall is free. Veterans and Police load on up and come on down. We have a lot of boats to rent and at the best prices.  

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

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service.Image titleImage title

The lake level is 559.45 and has risen 4-inches in the last 24-hours with 4-hours of running both generators, 4-hours of running less than one generator and nothing for the rest of the time. There has been no generation since yesterday midnight and none now. The White River at Newport is 23.85 and that is as much as they can let out at this time. They should have done this in the winter and we would not be where we are. If they would have dropped it to 547 we would be at 554 now not bumping 560. We need to let the government run more things. We are to get some serious rain early next week. The water temperature was just over 60 degrees in Blackburns Creek yesterday afternoon and 62 on the main lake. They should even up today. The water had cleared up in this area near the shore to see bass on beds. Some have spawned, most have not but several are in the process. Same with crappie but they are ahead of the bass. I expected over 18-lbs. total for the leaders of the Bassmaster College Series Tournament and they got 19.1 lbs. yesterday. That is pretty good. It is sunny and windy today and could be just a bit tougher but they started early and there should have been a top-water bite after the warm night. Most of the fish will be caught early. Bass fishing is the best, followed by crappie and walleye and catfish. trollers are getting a few temperate Bass but they are small. They just keep killing them. Striper Guides are killing themselves out of business and do not seem to care. Live for today, fish with lighter tackle and longer rods and convince Pilgrims they are catching big fish. They sure do fight hard. Blackburns is full but only have one cabin of Bassmaster College Fishermen and the rest are regular customers. Some wished they would have known there was a big tournament and would have postponed there visit until it was over. I would have told them but was not aware of it. It will be over tomorrow afternoon. I guess it is good for the economy of the town as I sure see a lot of boats at local motels. Most people are catching fish and it is getting better everyday. Most of the big tournaments are over for a while and the lake should go back to peaceful until the summer traffic picks up at Memorial Day. This is a good time to come to fish and relax and Blackburns still has cabins for $59/day with a free boat stall. We are fighting inflation as hard as we can.   

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

Shelby and Ellie May Soltysiak with some nice ones. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 559.15 and has risen 6-inches in the last 24-hours with no generation since 5PM yesterday. The White River at Newport is at 23.58 so do not expect any lake level decreases in the near future and with rain the the forecast not in the distant future. The water is trying to clear and is pretty clear near the shore with the rest of the water  stained an off-color green. We received 1.2 inches of rain earlier and there is some reports of ugly water north of us but not here. I do not go there anyway but it affects the water level. Local rains do not make nearly as much difference as rains in the Norfork River watershed area in Missouri. The surface water temperature was 58 in Blackburns Creek and 61 on the main lake where I was fishing yesterday afternoon. There are a lot of boats out there and it will not break my heart to have them gone. The parking lots at the local motels are full of bass boats and I am sure they appreciate the business but I would prefer the tournaments were in the fall after the spawn. They come charging into the cove, slam down their trolling motor and beat the bank for a few minutes and then pick up their trolling motors and charge out again. Fishing in a hurry does not appeal to me but I am not doing it for a living. I guess they get more active fish that way but I find the larger fish require a little more patience but I like peace and quiet and do not care if I see another boat. I like the idea of measuring the fish and taking a picture and releasing them at the site that they are caught instead of hauling them in bags for a weigh-in and releasing them all in the same place even though length does not always indicate weight. It is all about the $ anyway. I caught several bass and one was very large in about an hour. We are now almost in the middle of the spawn. I expect it will take at least 18-lbs to win this weekend. Some very large bass are pre-spawn feeding on creature baits,  gitzits and football jigs and smallmouth are coming on strong with several in the 4-lb.range being caught. Things will calm down by Sunday evening but the lake will be churned up. Do not go out between the bridges with a small jon boat until then.  

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

Adam and Isiah McManus with some nice ones. Nice Family.Image title

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The lake level is 558.62 and has risen 6-inches in the last 24-hours. They run one generator for several hours, two for a couple and then shut them both off all night. It started to come up quickly when they quit. The White River at Newport is 21.54 feet. All of the area Lakes are rising except Table Rock which is running full blast with several spillway gates open hogging all of the water discharge and filling Bull Shoals. That leaves step-child Norfork to hold water. The surface water temperature was 61 degrees yesterday on the main lake and just under that in the creeks. It will come up past the 62-degree number, which is the one we watch for, to get the bass spawn in full swing. I saw several bass on beds yesterday so I expect the top-water bite to improve at the same time for temperate bass with the warm overnight lows. Smallmouth Bass are making nests and the males are on the bank and can be caught with a creature bait on a jig head or a gitzet. Some nice ones are being caught. I do not keep any bass but especially smallmouth and release any caught quickly before the bluegill can eat the eggs. Many fish are in the wind blown creeks on the bank now. Some largemouth have spawned but not a lot. The crappie are all mixed up and some have spawned, some are spawning and some are staging. I am still finding very large crappie full of eggs and some spawned out. It would be nice to have some stable water levels at this time at least until the bass and crappie spawn were over. Walleye are all over the place but I am catching them on main lake points in about 14-16 feet of water in front of the brush. I do not fish for stripers much anymore until they make a comeback but I am not seeing many brought in. Samllmouth bass and crappie are the best bite now. The creeks are too stained for much sight fishing for largemouth and that does not bother me at all. I am getting less and less in favor of large fishing tournaments especially in the middle of spawn. They release all of the fish but it is too late for them to get back on the nests and most of them are too far away anyway. Catfishing is picking up on throw lines baited with live shiners and bluegill. Blackburns still has cabins for $59/day and your first boat stall is free. Come on down we will not charge you too much. We especially welcome Veterans and Police.  Check out our boat rentals. 

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

Scuba Steve with his best two fish yesterday. Sorry we do not take pictures of big stringers full of dead fish. Catch a few, keep a few and release a few. Image title

The lake level is 558.16 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-hours. We have received 1.2 inches of rain with more coming. The creeks are not running but they are running just one generator so the lake will continue to rise. The White River at Newport is 20.48 feet. People ask me why I report the White River level and it is because that is where the gauge is located that sets the parameters for the chain of lake generation schedule. They are supposed to follow rules prescribed by congress to govern the discharge from the area lakes based on how high the level is and draw down all of them equally. If the river is above the prescribed level do not expect much generation until there is danger of a lake going over the spillway and then they panic and open spillway gates. Basically they hold water until it is an emergency and then flood everything out downstream. Dam management 101 says do not let the water go over the dam and that sometimes is the only thing that keeps them from holding more. 580 is the limit for Norfork and I have seen it there. I found some 61-degree water on the main lake yesterday afternoon and 57 in Blackburns Creek. Some crappie are full of eggs, some are on nests, some are staging and some are spawned out. Bass are just starting. Stripers, Walleye and White Bass are finished. Flatheads are the last to spawn and will not finish until July. Bluegill spawn several times a year and usually start when the water reaches mid to high 60's and spawn is shallow water. It is cold and rainy today with storms for tonight and early tomorrow. It then gets very warm but it comes with a price. High winds. We get about one day a week without being windy. Ovarall fishing is just fair but some nice fish are coming in every day. It will get better and the top-water bite will also get better. It needs to and should have already.  Come on down to Blackburns. A free stall at our protected dock comes with your cabin and all cabins are individual with no duplexes and have covered porches. If you are in town come on by and check us out. 

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

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The lake level is 558.07 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 7-hours. The White River at Newport is 20.44 feet and is still dropping. We are to get more rain tomorrow night and thursday. The surface water temperature is 57 degrees in Blackburns Creek and the color has not changed much. It is clearing near the shore. People catching crappie report that Pigeon Creek is clearing and is about the same color as the water around here which is not bad. Catfish are in Blackburns Creek and that means crappie are spawning somewhere. This weekend the ambient temperature is to get near 80 for a few days and that should get the top-water bite in high gear finally. They just do not want to come up on these cold mornings. There was frost this morning and the cold fronts just keep coming every week. This might do it but do not count on it. I never plant my garden until after May1st  and check things out before I do it then. It gets colder here in this valley near the lake than in higher areas. We have a long growing season anyway. It will warm up and then people will be complaining about the heat. Fishing overall is just fair but I expect it to get better in a few warm days. Trollers are catching crappie in the creeks just outside of the buckbrush but there is not much skill to it. Just drag a few small crankbaits that go down a few feet around the creek shores until you catch one. Some are doing the same thing with Alabama Rigs but they snag if you get too shallow or go too slow. Others are dragging umbrella rigs or multi live bait rigs through schools of shad in open water and catching some small stripers. Bass fishermen are beating the banks with several different things. Worms, gitzits, grubs, stick biats, jigs and crankbaits are all catching some fish and Spitin Image and Zara Spooks when they see surfacing fish. At least the wind went down a bit today and the sun is shining. That will change tomorrow. Catfishing is getting better. Blackburns Prices are the best.

Norfork Lake Easter Fun Here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental With our biggest Egg hunt ever.

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Norfork Lake Fun here at Blackburns. We like Easter. It quit raining just in time. Image title

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The lake level is 557.97 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours with about 5-hours of generation. They have cut way down and the White River at Newport is 20.79 with the lake rising when they quit and dropping very slowly when they generate. It looks like the big slug is through the system from the last big rain but more rain is predicted for wednesday. We have about 12-days of these rules of generation and then it drops down again on May 1st and then again May 8th and then our chances of lowering the level any time soon go away with the 12-ft. rule which needs to be reviewed and changed. There is absolutely no reason for it. They are running Table Rock very heavily with spillway gates open and filling Bull Shoals. That leaves the stepchild Norfork Lake too keep rising. It is most important to protect Branson and the landing than anything else and at all costs. The last time they let that flood they heard about it and will not let that happen again. It is all about the $. We are still at a good level now but do not need any more. It did not warm up yesterday and stayed in the 40's all day. It has cleared off now and is to get near freezing again tonight. The cold fronts just keep coming with wind. It is to get into the low 60's this afternoon for a couple of hours and the same tomorrow with rain again on wednesday. It has been slow warming up this spring and the water temperature has remained in the 50's for several weeks. Several of the children went to the dock to fish after the egg hunt and had a lot of fun. We were full here at Blackburns and we like that. The new sand mountain got a workout as did all of the playground equipment. and everybody had fun. The big pool is ready to paint and then getting it open will be the next challenge. That will depend on the weather but it will be open when it finally gets warm. The fishing was a little slow yesterday but some nice fish were caught. The water is clearing near the shore and the brown water is gone in this area but is still stained an off-colored green. We should be in full top-water action now but are not. There is some but later this week when it warms way up it will happen every day. Blackburns still has cabins for $59/day with a free boat stall. Why pay more unless you just have too much money? If so stay here and give the difference to disabled Veterans. 

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

Robert and Stephanoe Race from Kenosha, Wisconsin caught some nice fish and saw some eagles this week. Nice people. Come back soon. Image title

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The lake level is 557.70 and has risen 5-inches in the last 24-hours with 4-hours of both generators and two hours of one running. The White River at Newport is dropping and headed for 21-ft. It is 21.5 feet now and they have reduced discharge dramatically. The first of May it goes down much more and there is little chance of the lake dropping any time soon. They had their chance and muffed it. We will be lucky to see the power pool again unless we have a drought and there are no signs of that with rain in the forecast. The surface water temperature has dropped to 54 on the main lake and 58 in Blackburns Creek. The fish do not know what to do but the crappie are spawning anyway and the bass want to very badly. The top-water fish are not coming up everyday but are on most mornings after a warm night. I hear find the bait and you will find the fish over and over until it gets very old like people do not know that. Follow the loons is just about as bad. It is not necessarily true for spawning fish. They do not have food on their mind but will have when they are finished. There is a lot of bait in the warmer creeks now in shallow water ( crawdads, lizards and creek minnows) and that is where a lot of pre-spawn and post-spawn  fish are. Some temperate bass are in open water on shad but are hard to find. After the spawn the fry will move to any cover and especially brush piles and will attract fish in the warmest water. I have seen spawned out crappie but no fry yet and have not seen any bass on beds but the water is still too cloudy. It is clearing though with the low generation. We need some 60-degree water and the fish will come up every morning for a month and that is fun fishing. I am tired of cold fronts and it is very cool now and rainy. Sometimes when this pattern happens we go from cold directly into summer. I like spring but sometimes it is very short. People are catching some nice fish everyday but not a lot.   

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

Tyler Peterson from Shawnee Mission, Kansas and Marty Peterson from Osage Beach, Missouri with some nice ones yesterday fishing out of Blackburns Resort Image titleImage title

The lake level is 557.30 and has risen 7-inches in the last 24-hours with generation for about 5-hours. The White River is at 22.46 and is dropping and they are trying to get down to 21-feet. Do not expect very much of a drop in lake levels for some time if any. They are running Table Rock hard with spillway gates open and filling Bull Shoals. The surface water temperature was 58.4 in Blackburns Creek yesterday afternoon and the water is trying to clear. The low generation is not bringing as much debris south from Missouri with the last rain as the one before with much more generation then. There were severe storms north and east of us last evening but none here at Blackburns. There was some very large hail reported in Fulton County and some power outages. I dumped 0.2 inches of rain this morning and it is raining lightly now. River fishermen should not expect any wade fishing anytime soon. A cold front is almost here now and it is very cool with cooler tomorrow with highs in the low 50's after it clears later today. Our normal high is 70 and we get a few of them followed by cold fronts every week. It has been a pattern for several months preventing the water temperature from rishing. Some crappie that are coming in have spawned already and are post-spawn feeding. Several larger bass are back in the creeks but the water is too muddy to see if they are on nests. Crappie are being caught in the creeks now near the bank. Soft plastics like bass assassins and super flukes in the 3-inch range are working. So are paddle-tailed grubs. A 10-lb. catfish was caught off Blackburns Dock yesterday. Top-water bite is sporatic and can happen anytime in the creeks especially after a warm night. Morel Mushrooms are popping up.  Blackburns 20th annual Easter Egg hunt is today and I hope the weather cooperates. We did not have it the last two years because of covid but it will be a big one this year with hundreds of eggs and nice gifts. We like Easter Here at Blackburns and children come from all over for it. Blackburns is the fun place and at the best price.  

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

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The lake level is 556.70 and has risen 9-inches in the last 24-hours and is up over 2-feet since the last rain. The White River at Newport is 22.77 feet so there is not much that they can do about it. It is not where we are now but why we are here and it is because there was no draw down in the winter. I had a 60-degrees water temperature in Blackburns Creek last evening and 59 this morning. I set a short throw line baited with shiners about 1/2 way out of the creek and caught a nice flathead very quickly. When flatheads move into Blackburns, the dogwood bloom move past their prime and the red buds bloom,  It means the crappie are spawning somewhere. The crappie and bass want to spawn bad but it is to get very cool later this weekend. The water is too dark to see any fish on the bank.  As I have said for several weeks now the cold fronts just keep coming through. The shallow water in the creeks warms up faster than the deep main lake but also cool down more quickly. After it gets warm the fish move back in the creeks and then it gets cold again and they move back out. April 15th is usually the magic date for crappie and a good top-water bite. The water in this area is stained brown but not bad and the mud is settling out quickly in the creeks in this area. It is almost an instant replay of the big rain several days ago but the lake is getting higher and is about three feet from being a problem. Not for fishing but for access, parking and launching.  People are catching fish everyday, mostly crappie, bass and white bass. Fish can come up on top most anytime on these cloudy days so be ready. 

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

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The lake level is 555.91 and has risen 1-1/2 foot in the last 24-hours with generation for about 1/2 the time. We are approaching the April 15th rule change and they are trying to get the White River back to 21-feet. It is now 21.88 so you can expect more of a lake rise with less generation than the last several weeks when they tried hard to hold levels from rising very much with the rain. I received more rain than was reported in the news but usually do down in the valley between high hills. I dumped 3-1/2 niches during the heavy rain and more after and it rained hard and the creeks raged. The mud from the runoff went out past my dock but the cold front came in and the wind shifted to the north and slowed it's progress toward the main lake. Surface water temperature was 55+ this morning on the main lake and the water temperature had dropped several degrees from the day before the rain. The rise in water level and the temperature drop will not do the spawn any good. The cold fronts just keep coming and there was frost last night. The next couple of days look pretty good and then more rain comes back. People fishing the mud line where the brown meets the clearer water caught some nice fish after the rain in the evening. I was busy grading the washed out road to the dock. It is getting to be a regular event. We do not need any more rain for a month but the spring rains are not a surprise to anybody but the people managing the lake levels. All area lakes are in approximately the same situation and none are in the power pool where they all should be this time of year. The incompetence is equally distributed over the whole White River system. We need the government running more stuff. Everything is good here but we do not need any more of these. It can go from the high 70's to freezing in a matter of a few hours. Bring sunscreen and a winter coat when you visit until further notice. Fishing has held up well and I will check on the crappie when I get caught up. It is very busy here. Our friend in Montana called and said they got 3-feet of snow so things can alway be worse. At least we did not get any severe weather and that means a lot. You can still get a 1-bedroom cabin for $59/day at Blackburns and it comes with a free boat stall at our dock.  We do not have boat stalls for one day stays as we have many rental boats but you can launch right here and leave you trailer at the dock for the day or park it in our trailer park. Bass, crappie, white bass and walleye fishing is the best with a few catfish showing up. Soft plastics on a jig head are the best lures and spitin image for bass and Zara Spooks for temperate bass on top-water.    

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

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The lake level is 554.69 and is rising 1-1/2 inches per hour after over 3.5 inchers of rain in a short period and it is still raining. They just started generating after being shut down since 1:AM this morning. They always stop generating when it rains. The creeks are raging with no signs of slowing down. The water in back of Blackburns Creek is brown already and headed out to the main lake. So much for the stable lake level for the last several weeks. The White River at Newport is already at 21.70 feet so there is not much room for increased ganeration. I would like to see some spillway gates opened but there is only so much that they can do now that they did not draw down the lake in the winter. I will wait until things settle down and get another report. It all depends on how much rain they got in the Gainsville area and other Norfork watershed. Local rains do not affect things nearly as much as ones north of here and it looks like they got plenty.  I will let you know. Fishing was good yesterday and high water does not affect fishing much but it does afftect parking, launching, swimming and day use. Over 560 starts to cause problems and we are 5-feet away. 

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

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The lake level is 554.54 and is the same as at this time yesterday with one generator running continuously. We received 1/2 inch of rain yesterday and if they quit generating it will rise again. The White River at Newport is at 21.98 and is stable now but they are still letting out a lot of water. The surface water temperature was 56 yesterday about noon when I went out in one place and 57 in another later in the day. The water is stained a brownish green and you can see your lure down about three feet. I caught one bass on top-water chucking a spoon at the surfacing fish and then went crappie fishing. It started out slow and then I caught three about 11-inches long and the wind shifted so I moved and the water was 57 on the bank with the lower wind. I was using a Bobby Garland Blue Ice swimmer. It is 1/2 inch longer than the baby shad and has a very small paddle tail on it and works a little better for me when vertical jigging. I fished for an hour and caught no more and then caught five in about 5-minutes casting the jig and letting it sink into the brush. All of the fish that I caught were either in brush or near it and in 18-ft. of water. None were deeper than 20-ft. and most hit on the drop. I am still surprised that many crappie are still on main lake brush in the middle of april but they are. It has to be that the water has just not warmed enough and the cold fronts just keep coming through. I would like to see them spawn while the water level remains fairly stable. I caught no crappie larger than 12-inches but Don and Keith Katashuk did. They caught a couple of big ones but were fishing in different places than I was. They are very good fishermen and good friends. They caught some bass also. Bink is catching about everything on top-water now including walleye and then switching to the soft plastic. The fish come up almost everyday now and especially after a warm night. Many are small bass but not all and  some white bass are mixed in. There used to be acres of them a few years ago but not nearly as many now. We could get strong storms tomorrow and are in the bullseye but we will see. This area has a way of missing most of them. Little Rock area did not miss them last night. Blackburns remains nearly full but people come and go and we should be able to work you in. Come on down and we will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. We especially welcome Veterans and Police. 

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

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The lake level is 554.41 and is the same as this time yesterday with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is 22.15 and is dropping. It looks like they are going to start lowering it for the regulation change on April 15th when the 14-ft. rule goes into effect if we are over 50% full. I do not know how they calculate 50% full anymore with the changes in power pool levels. It used to be 552 but is now 553.75 as they took away 1.75 feet of flood capacity for the munimum flow for the put and take trout in the rivers. So much for the lakes are for flood control and power generation only. That went out the window with the minimum flow law.  The surface water temperature was 55 yesterday afternoon and has been very slow rising this spring. Every time it rises a cold front comes through. Some male crappie are back in the creeks making nests. Pigeon, Middle Pigeon and Briar Creeks are good places to look. The ones that I am catching on the main lake are all females and they will go there to spawn soon. It is to get to about 80 degrees for a couple of days later thiseweek and that should do it  and should get the top-water bite for bass and stripers going well. People are still killing small stripers and bragging about it and they are getting smaller and smaller. I guess they will not quit until they are all gone. One more extended high water year should get rid of the larger ones that are left.  It is thundering and raining now and we are to get storms on and off until wednesday night. We could get over 2-inches of rain. The lake level was 558 at this time last year and 570 by the end of may. We do not need that again this year but they have done nothing to prevent it. They have generated heavily after big rains to mitigate the rises but did not draw the level down in the winter like they used to do several years ago. I have to take what they give me but do not have to like it. We need new management. We caught some nice bass yesterday in Blackburns Creek under the dock and on the bank across from it. People staying at Blackburns are not only happy about the quality of the cabins and price but the fact that they have big covered porches to get out of the rain. No duplexes here.  

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

The lake level is 554.43 and is the same as it was at this time yesterday with one generator running continuously. One generator barely keeps up and we are to start getting more rain tomorrow with storms possible through wednesday. The White River at Newport is at 22.84 and is dropping slowly but they are still letting out a lot of water. The water in Blackburns Creek was brown yesterday with the high winds. It slowed down yesterday afternoon but is to come back today. It started out very cold but warmed up nicely in the afternoon. We went to the Cystic Fibrosis tournament weigh-in and talked to the father and son winners. I do not know if they want their names mentioned but they are very nice fellows. They have been fishing Norfork for many years and just decided to fish the tournament at the last minute while traveling through town. They caught several keeper fish (over 20) with a winning total of 17.35 pounds and caught almost all of them on crankbaits and saw very few top-water fish. They were fishing in a south facing creek near Blackburns Resort and caught most of their fish in the morning but continued to catch some all day mostly largemouth and Kentuckies and very few smallmouth.  They also caught the second big bass. They won $1,000 dollars and a new Bass Cat boat. The entry fee was $100 dollars. The pay-outs went to the first 20 places with the last several getting their money back. That is better than nothing. There were just over 200 boats. I did not fish the tournament but was just three big bass away from winning it if I had. The wind is picking up already. I wish it would go away. At least last evening was no wind for a change. I will try to catch a catfish soon. I like that. Blackburns still has one bedroom cabins for $59/day with a free boat stall. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. 

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

The lake level is 555.45 and has dropped one inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running most of the time. The White River at Newport is 23.34 and has dropped a bit lately but they are still letting out a lot of water from area lakes and all are approaching the power pool again where they typically slow down generation. It was cold last night and we had frost but it is sunny and warming up nicely today with much less wind. It is to get warmer and warmer as the week goes on and then good chances of storms in the middle of next week. It is really good to have sunshine. We have had several fishermen out there braving the wind and cold and catching some fish. Bass, crappie, bluegill are the best but a few walleye, catfish and stripers are also being caught. The hardest part was not finding fish but finding them out of the wind. The next few days should get some of the bass and crappie on the beds at various stages. It will be interesting to see if the bass come up on top-water this morning after the cold night. If they do the bite will continue most days from now on for nearly two months but will get less and less as the water warms up to near 70's. The bass continue to spawn into June on Norfork. Get a Zara Spook or a Spitin Image and learn how to walk the dog with a rod with some backbone. The Whopper Plopper also works especially for people who are not good at that. The spitin image is best for bass and the spook is best for Temperate Bass. Get out there on the normal spots for top-water before sunrise and especially after a warm night. This is a good time of year to catch fish of about all species. Catfishing will get started in earnest soon. 

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

The lake level is 555.50 and has dropped 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with generation about 2/3rds the time. They quit generating all night and then started again today and have quit again now. The White River level at Newport is 23.52 so they are letting out as much water as they can without causing any problems downstream. Cold, windy and miserable is the weather and it struggled to get to 40 today. There is still a mud line in the middle of the river channel due to the generation but it is not bad and dropping out as it goes south. That last slug of water after the 4-inch+ rain has mostly gone but if they quit generating the level still rises. There is still some run-off from saturated hillsides. The surface water temperature is not going anywhere today and tonight with a heavy freeze. The creeks have cooled down more than the main lake again and both are just past the mid 50's  These cold fronts have been coming through for a couple of months at least once a week and are still coming.  It looks like we will get some storms next week with warm weather. This north wind will push the bait fish back into the north facing creeks and I do not expect much of a top-water bite tomorrow morning. People dragging live bait are catching some stripers but they are small. They just keep killing those fish in the 5-8 pond range and cutting their own throats. It is hard to convince anybody but pilgrims that those fish are big so they just keep using longer poles with lighter tackle. People bragging about many big bass and catching 20+ pounds a day are going to have to prove themselves tomorrow for the Cystic tournament and there will be a lot of good fishermen out there but excuses abound. That is why I do not make predictions and wish everybody well. It is for a good cause. Maybe the wind will lay down for them. I will go out in the later afternoon after the boats are gone and it warms up. 

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

The lake level is 554.54 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours. They quit generating in the middle of the night, started up one for a few hours and now have both running. The White River at Newport is 23.27 feet so they are doing everything they can to drop the area lakes. The surface water temperature is 58 on the main lake and all over the place back in the creeks depending on the wind and amount of sunshine. There is no sushine today and it is 52 degrees, cloudy and very windy. A miserable day for fishing but I have some dedicated people out there but it is difficult to get out of the wind and find fish at the same time. I am hoping the wind lays a bit this afternoon but it looks to be with us for a couple more days. I am very tired of it. It is not my friend like some report. Bink found fish coming up this morning but I did not except for a few small bass. The big female crappie have moved in under my dock and are wanting to spawn bad. A few flathead are also showing up indicating spring is here. They are the last ones to spawn and do not finish until early to Mid June. I will set out a short throw line with live shiners and give you a report. The bluegill are pre-spawn feeding and there are some big ones being caught. Walleye are scattered and showing up all over the place. Bass will move to the banks soon and I see several bass fishermen sight fishing with gitzets so it must me near. I am not seening any making nests but some big ones have moved in under my dock with the crappie. The sun just came out so it looks like a cool couple of days. That is usually followed by warm weather until the next cold front comes in. Blackburns still has cabins for $59/day so come on down. We will not charge you too much. No sense paying for your first boat stall unless you bring the Queen Mary. Lake of the Ozarks Likes those.  Look for that first warm night for an early morning top-water bite. Be out there just before sunrise or 6:30 AM and have a spook or spitin image tied on and be ready. Clear ones sparkle in the sunlight but you can use white ones in cloudy weather. It will get better and better for the next few weeks. Shut off the wind.

Feature Cabin of the Day here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental on Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region

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The feature cabin of the day here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is Cabin #15. It is a 4-bedroom 2-bath cabin with carport. It has central air, central heat, automatic dishwasher. and two refrigerators, laminate floors, new furniture, bedding and mattresses, three tv's and a big kitchen and living room.  It is very nice and you will like what you see when you get here. $140/day or $840/week and comes with a free boat stall.  There is no better deal around. Come on down and check it out.

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

The cream of the crop of the Central College, Pella, Iowa Alumni is here and are leaving today. Nice guys. They caught some nice fish. Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 554.67 and has dropped 1-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. They shut the spillway gates yesterday afternoon and it slowed the drop but the White River at Newport is still 22.86 so they are still letting a lot of water out of the area lakes trying to get back to the power pools. We are at a good level now and are fortunate to be there. Bink reports the back of Big Creek is brownish and that the top-water bite has began on warm mornings and gone on cold ones. It is smart to keep a top water lure handy now at all times because fish of several species are coming up sporatically. Many are small bass but there are some big ones too. Crappie stripers and walleye are with them. I had a 58 degree water temperature on the main lake yesterday and we are getting there. A lot of bass and some crappie are still pre-spawn feeding. There is another cold front coming and then warmer weather for the weekend. The cold fronts are not as cold and the warm weather after is warmer but it is to get back down to freezing for a low later this week. This is normal and that is why I say the top-water bite is normally in full swing by april15th and the best place to start is in Panther Creek on sunny mornings at sunrise. I see the guy who dresses like Johnny Cash from Kansas is back on Blackburns Brush piles again. He camps on them. He loves to have his picture taken and we have to go through that again day after day. Need some new material. I thought he went away but no luck. There is a possession limit. The water is still stained a little off-colored mix between light brown and green due to the heavy generation and middle of the river channel current but it is not hurting anything and is clearing as it goes south. There is some brown water in Pigeon Creek and north of Cranfield Island. That is about as far as I go. The creeks are clearing faster than the main lake and some of them are very clear. Blackburns still has two cabins open so come on down and join the fun. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. One bedroom cabins are $59/day. Why pay more unless you just have too much money. If so give the difference to the disabled Vets.   

Norfork Lake arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region Fishing Report and lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental.

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The lake level is 554.81 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously and three spillway gates open just a bit adding about 1/3 generator. The White River at Newport is 22.36 ft. and they are doing a good job of letting out water. I hope they keep it up. There is brownish water in the middle of the river channel heading south and is now past Robinson Point but it is not a bad color but does have some small debris from up north. Most major creeks are more clear as the water from the north is going by the mouths of the creeks with the current. The local runoff has settled out fairly quickly. It could have been a lot worse. The surface water temperature was 57+ yesterday and it was cloudy with a little rain but very nice today and it should raise the water temperature in the sunshine. Blackburns has several groups of fishermen in and they all caught fish. The south wind had blown the plankton back into the south facing creek and bait fish were with them attracting predator fish of all kinds. The crappie fishing was a little slow but all of a sudden in the middle of the afternoon fish started coming up. Bass, walleye and stripers were all together and bit for about an hour. It was very exciting for the people that had not been here before. It was not the usual early morning, just at sunrise, top-water bite but the shad were just in the shallow water. The big female bass are pre-spawn feeding but I am not seeing any males on the banks yet making nests. The crappie will be first and then the bass. I hope the water level stays fairly constant for the spawn. It might if we do not get any big rains, the Corps Of Engineers keep generating and drop the level back into the power pool, and the power company stops generating like they usuall do. It is hard to tell but when April 15th comes the rules change. Do not be afraid of casting a spoon and any fish that you happen to see surfacing. When the actual top-water bite starts later, you can use your Zara Spook to draw the fish up that are not surfacing but not so much now. Bink reports he caught top-water fish for several hours yesterday on the spook in Big Creek. When the nights only get down into the 50's for a low they come up in the mornings and when the cold front comes through with lows in the 30's to low 40's they do not. This is the first time I have seen walleye come up with the bass.  Bass, crappie and walleye are the best bite now with some stripers. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. 

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

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The lake level is 555.10 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously and three spillway gates open a little. The White River at Newport is at 22.26 and they are doing what they can to prevent the area lakes from rising and getting this big slug through the system. The water discharge is creating a current and moving the off-colored water downstream quickly on the main lake and it was between the bridges last night. I fished the small creek near Bidwell and the water was very clear but not what was going by it. Some debris is in the Cranfield area but some is also sticking to the bank with the receding water. It could have been a lot worse. The water temperature was 56 where I was fishing. It is cloudy and rainy today but not much has happened so far with just a little rain last night, but it is raining now.The crappie want to spawn bad and the bass are a little behind. I am seeing big bass under the dock but not on the bank. The big bluegill have started to bite again and are pre-spawn feeding.  Stripers, white bass and walleye have mostly finished spawning. Several nice smallmouth are being caught. Fishing overall is just fair but some good ones are being caught everyday. I am using Bink's Spoons, Bobby Garland Baby Shad, small twister tails tipped with a small minnow and a slip float with a larger minnow depending on the wind. You can also cast the spoon and hop it back to the boat. I am not catching a lot of fish back in the creeks but some male crappie are scattered off the bank and are ready to make nests near any wood. The crappie spawn may be drawn out with the changing water levels. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Everything is very green and flowers are blooming. Dogwoods are in full bloom and redbuds are also coming on. We have mowed once already. You will really appreciate our big covered porches on these rainy days. The Purple Marin Scouts have come and gone and it looks like a big crop of them this year. We really like birds here and are an Arkansas State Bird Sanctuary and have a of of them.  It will not be long before mushroom season. We especially welcome Veterans and Police here but Scuba Steve does not require as much policing as a few year earlier.  

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

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The lake level is 555.36 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously and three spillway gates opened a little for a period. All of the area lakes are in the flood pool and it will be a while before they are leveled out even if it doesn't rain. The White River at Newport is 22.27 ft. and dropping and they can only keep it at this level until April 15th which is rapidly approaching. The surface water temperature was 55 degrees on the main lake yesterday afternoon and it was a little breezy. The ambient temperature was in the 60's but warmed up about 4:PM for a couple of hours. It was a very nice day. The Pigeon Creek area had brown water with debris and so did north of Cranfield Island and what does not drop out will be here with the high generation and current. At least the lake dropped a little and some of it will stick to the bank on the way unless it rises again.  The water was still in good condition in the area around Blackburns and some fish were caught but not a lot with most being bass and crappie. Main Lake points on brush in 18-30 feet held the most fish. Our two bedroom deluxe cabins #12 &14 are now ready for your visit and are our feature cabins for today. They are both the same and are $83.day or $498/week and a lot of work has been done on them this season. The cabins and big porches have been pained inside and out and now have a king bed in the master bedroom and a queen, full and twin in the other bedroom with new bedding and mattresses. They also have new laminate flooring, roofs, counter tops and cabinets. You will like what you see when you get here. Come on down and check us out. The price is right and they are very nice and ready.  

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

The lake level is 555.55 and is exactly what it was at this time yesterday but it took borh generators running continuously and spillway gates open a bit to keep it that way. It would have come up a lot more without that effort. The White River at Newport is 22.57 feet so a lot of water is coming from somewhere. It rained a little last night but not a lot maybe a 1/4 inch total. The people saying they are saving the water for electricity needs for the summer do not know how it works especially when spillway gates are opened bypassing the generators. It would have been better to have generated more in the winter and lowered the lake and used the water for electricity but I am glad they are finally doing it now.  The 14-ft. rule goes into effect on april 15th and the 12-ft. rule on may 8th and generation is very limited at those times. The flow level at Batesville also has limiting effects. The surface water temperature was 56+ degrees yesterday afternoon on the main lake and lower than that in the creeks. The fish looking for the warmest water will not move into the creeks unless it is warmer there and that is why there are still bass and crappie on the main lake brush. Some big male bass have moved in under Blackburns Dock but not on the bank to make nests yet. The main lake was stained an off-color of green with a little mud mixed in with it but a good color for fishing. It was the same color everywhere I went. I could see my lure down about 2-3 feet. I continued to be surprised at how quickly the brown had dropped out of the water. It is not a problem in this area but I did not go past Cranfield Island and did not need to. I am sure it is muddy up north but have not been there. I was just out for a short time and caught my self-imposed limit of five large crappie and a keeper bass and came in to check out a rental boat. One crappie was very large and full of eggs. It is surprising that the big crappie are still on the main lake brush in april but I have seen this before when the crappie spawn was spread out over several weeks with the water level variation and the water slow to warm. The bass will move in to the creeks soon and the male crappie are already there. A few days of high 50 degree water temperature will get them moving. That is why the trollers are catching a few male crappie outside the buckbrush in 12-15 ft. of water dragging a small crankbait. Not much skill to it, the rod holder feels the thump and sets the hook for you but you can arbitrarily cover a lot of water and get some meat. Trolling Alabama and umbrella rigs also work but are expensive snags. Using a good fish finder and dragging several lines with live bait on them through enough schools of shad and you will also catch fish. I do not use any of these techniques but am not trying to see how many fish that I can kill. There are enough people out there doing that and do not need me. I keep no frozen fish inventory. Blackburns still has two cabins open now so come on down and we will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Catch a few, keep a few and release a few. 

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

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The lake level is 555.56 and has risen 6-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. The water is still rising slowly with both generators running. If they shut them off it will continue to rise  steadily until this slug gets through and the water stops running off from the hillsides. We have received about 4-1/2 inches total in the three day event here at Blackburns and the lake has risen a total of 2.6 feet. The surface water temperature is 53 on the main lake and 51+ back in the creek. The brown in the water is clearing rapidly in this area and is now a good color for fishing. I am surprised how quickly it is clearing. It did not affect the main lake much but some will be coming down from Missouri but I hope it settles out by the time it gets to Blackburns and the Mallard Point area. More rain is expected this week but not a lot. It was cold last night with frost and only got up to the early 40's yesterday closing out the month of march. Good riddance and I hope it took the wind with it. It is very busy here at Blackburns with people taking advantage of the best prices on both cabins and rental boats in the area. It is very nice here, The price is right and your first boat stall is free. All cabins are individual with no duplexes and have big covered porches. One bedrooms start at $59/day and the two,three and four bedrooms are priced accordingly. Why pay more?

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

The lake level is 554.90 and has risen 2-feet in the last 24-hours with no current generation. I dumped 4-inches out of my rain gauge last evening and the creeks were running hard and the brown water was almost out to the entrance of the main lake and well past my dock. Pigeon Creek was brown by the Hwy 201 bridge with debris floating as far as you could see. I do not know what is coming down from Missouri. The creeks have quit running but the lake is rising an inch an hour. We did not receive any severe weather here but it was abundant other places in Arkansas and Springdale got hit hard. It is cold and breezy now with a freeze warning for tonight. It is supposed to get into the 60's tomorrow but I will believe it when I see it. As I have said many times before, I want march to go away. This is not what we needed going into april but it was predictable. If we were at 547in the winter instead of 553 we would still be in the power pool and still in good shape going into spring. Now we are another big rain away from problems. They seem to like to keep us in that position for a reason nobody knows.  They used to draw down in the winter a few years ago but refuse to do it now but you cannot expect much from anything run by the government and we certainly do not get much that is for sure. I have to go down and move my dock and will check water temperature. Stay tuned. The grass is sure growing and flowers blooming. I do not like fishing brown water but where it transitions from brown to clear. It is good the bass and crappie are not on their beds yet with the quickly rising water. Maybe things will stabilize. The White River at Newport is 18.76 feet so they can let out more if they want to up to 21-feet. That changes april 15th. Do not expect any wade fishing on the rivers anytime soon.  

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

The lake level is 552.97 and has risen 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours. They were running both generators, cut to one and now have completely quit. They always seem to quit when it rains in order to maginfy the efffects and keep the level up as high as possible. The lake is at a good level now but there is not much room for a surge with the spring rains coming. More of a cushion would be nice but it surely looks like they like high water and are bent on having it happen every year. If not, they certainly have not done anything this winter to prevent it and there is nobody held accountable. I had a 53 degree water temperature yesterday afternoon and the wind came up about 4:PM making it impossible to fish except for the very back of the creeks and there are not many fish there. I am surprised that there are bass and crappie still on main lake brush in this area but there are but the wind makes it very difficult to stay on them. I am willing to sacrifice my part of any people that think wind is your friend. They sure have had a good one this month. The Reidlingers from Albany, Missouri found some nice stripers trolling and they are getting more and more difficult to find. Bink is vertical jigging steep banks for bass with creature baits and spoons and catching some big ones. Some of his smallmouth are as big as I have seen coming out of Norfork. There are a lot of 4-pounders in the lake but a 6-pounder is almost unheard of and one was caught fishing with him earlier this week. We need some warm nights to get the spring spawn going and the top-water bite tp be consistent. I am glad march is almost over but do not like the storms the spring brings. It is raining hard now and the creeks are running big time.

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

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The lake level is 552.92 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is 19.61 and dropping. The surface water temperature is between 51 and 52 and staying about the same. It may come up a degree today with the warmer weather, It is to start raining tonight and continue tomorrow with about 2-inches expected and windy. Things should calm down by friday but get cooler with highs in the high 50's. Our normal high is 63. Stripers have finished their so-called spawn and have moved back out on shad to feed and are mixed in the white bass and hybrids. Crappie are wanting to spawn bad but I just found a big school of them on a main lake point on brush instead of back in the creeks and they were feeding but I just did not want to fight the wind for very long and caught a few and came in. My self-imposed limit is five and I do not want to kill huge stringers of them to impress anybody and especially not this time of year. Leave that for the guides.  I keep no frozen fish in inventory. I am still not seeing any bass on beds or making nests yet and Blackburns Creeks will be full of them soon. It is very busy here with people looking for real estate, closing on houses, visiting Nurse, working from out of town and fishermen. About 1/3rd of our customers are fishermen. We like a mixed group and prefer to stay nearly full. We especially welcome Veterans and Police. Yesterday Tom was mowing, Dave was spraying for bugs, Adam was working on the pool, Debbie and Amy were cleaning cabins and painting outside porch chairs and Scuba Steve was at the bar or fishing. Actually I have not been to a bar in several months but do like to stop in at the VFW every once in a while. Nice people there and good food.  Blackburns is really looking good and we are ready for yoiur visit. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Our one bedroom cabins are all ready now and all have new roofs, laminate floors, new heater/air conditioners, counter tops and cabinets, much new furniture and most new mattresses and bedding. No wonder I am broke. 

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This man did not stay at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. He paid too much for his cabin and boat rental. He may be a little slow on the draw and deserves to be ashamed. 

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

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service. That is one nice smallmouth. One of my favorite fish.Image title

The lake level is 552.96 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with generation most of the time. They just dropped offf to one generator. It will be interesting to see what they do on April 15th when the operating rules change. They drop the generating right when the spring rains usually come but are letting out a lot of water now. The water temperature was 51 yesterday on the main lake and the water was still stained green but clearing more near the shore. That will change again when the wind picks back up before the next low pressure and then the next cold front which are both on the way. The nights are very cool and the water temperature has been in the low 50's for weeks with cold fronts coming through one after another. Red Buds are starting to bloom and it is about time to mow the grass for the first time. Bass continue to bite off steep banks near deep water and can be caught vertical jigging the spoon or creature baits on a jig head. I am catching nothing off the bank at this time but there are some male crappie scattered on wood just off the bank. Most females are still schooled and roaming wanting to spawn. Some brush piles are holding fish and some are not. You just have to check them out. It may look like nothing is on them but some bass are right in them on the bottom and hard to see so drop the lure down touching bottom. I see some bass feeding near the surface but they are small. There is not a real top-water bite yet but there will be when it finally warms up. It may go from winter directly to summer but the weather patterns will have to change first. The crappie will spawn soon no matter what the weather does followed by bass. We just need a stable water level for a few weeks now for the spawn. Big fluctuations are not good. The lake is at a good level now and I wish it would stay right where it is. People are catching fish but are working for them. Pigeon creek is a good place to look for crappie near docks. It looks to be a good spring for fishing so far but is slow coming. It will get better when march is over. It is a long, cold, windy month. 

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

Mike and Bernie Dean from DeKalb, Illinois caught some nice ones but had to work for them. They are good fisherpeople and we are always glad to see them. Image title

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The lake level is 553.13 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with generation most of the time. The surfface water temperature is 51 degrees and the lake is still stained green but starting to clear, mostly near the shore. Fishing is only fair now with bass being the best bite and that is not easy. People are also catching crappie but are working hard to get them. I go out for a couple of hours in the afternoon and catch a couple of bass and a few crappie and am fishing as hard as I can. Try fishing steeper banks and vertical jig creature baits like small worms and crawdads straight up and down on a jig head and move very slow. Many of the fish are on or near the bottom. A few smallmouth are showing up but mostly Kentuckies and largemouth with about a 2-lb. average.  We need to get out of march and have the water warm for several days to get things going and stop these cold fronts. Some nights with overnight lows in the 50's would not hurt anything also along with some sunshine. The bass are not ready to spawn yet but the crappie are but are not doing it. Beating the banks back in the creeks is not catching much but it will and it will take a couple of weeks. White Bass will come up in the back of Panther Creek first for some reason and then back in Big Creek. There are not as many as before but there are several and are making a comeback after their kill-off a few years ago. Blackburns has cabins for $59/day and your first boat stall is free. Can't beat that anywhere. Come on down. We will not charge yoiu too much.  

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

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The lake level is 553.30 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with generation most of the time. The White River at Newport is 20.63 feet so they are letting out quite a bit of water. The surface water temperature was just under 52 degrees yesterday afternoon when I went out and the lake was still stained. You could see your lure down 2-3 feet but the water is clearing near the shore. I was bass fishing back in a creek and not catching anything so I went to a brush pile in 25-ft. of water with brush near the surface and switched from the grub to the spoon. I caught two nice bass, released them and came it. Fishing was not the best for me but I caught some and they were right on the bottom. I am moving away from crappie fishing for a bit with the male crappie staging for the spawn back in the creeks. They make the nests and protect the eggs and fry until they swim away. If you go along the bank and catch all of the males it is worse than catching females off the nest. There are sure a lot of Guides out there chasing not very many customers. You would think the fish were jumping in the boat but they are not. Overall fishing is just fair at best but will get better when the water warms and the top-water bite begins in earnest. The people catching fish are working all day for them and the trollers are trolling for miles to catch a few fish. The water temperature hovering around 52 degrees for weeks and the weekly cold fronts are not helping anything either and I am very tired of the wind but still go out everyday to get information for a report and see what is happening.  We are working very hard on improvements for you and the place is in the best shape ever. We hope you will like it. Dogwoods are in full bloom and redbuds are just starting and the grass is getting green. Everything is fine here. Just keep away the storms and big rains and we will be fine. There are a lot of fish in the lake but more and more people are chasing them.  I am ready to go scuba diving.

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

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The lake level is 553.42 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with continuous generation. The White River at Newport is 20.61 so they are letting out a lot of water and that is good. It is also good to finally see the sun shine again after several days of windy, dreary and cold weather. The surface water temperature is in the low 50's and the water is stained. No wind, no rain and sunshine will clear it up again even with high generation which I hope they keep up. The backs of creeks near the shore will clear and make for a lot of people sight fishing bass nests. I do not do that. Bass tournaments release all of their fish in mostly one place but remove them from the nests and leave the eggs and fry unprotected from bluegill and warmouth. That is why they hang out near the bank during spawn.  We just do not need a big fluxuation in water level now during the spawn and it would be nice to stay at this level all the time. Bass fishing is pretty good, crappie fishing is fair along with temperate bass. Warm nights and sunny days will get the top-water bite going as the water temperature rises. It will start up just a day or two a week and then happen most early mornings just before, during and just after sunrise. You have to get out there early for best results. Top-water fish can be released without much harm and are fun and easy to catch. Some fish feeding on shad in the backs of creeks after heavy wind near the surface in march does not mean the top-water spring bite has begun. Blackburns feature of the day is Cabin #10. We just finished working on it yesterday and it is ready for you and with no price increases. Debbie and Amy just finished deep cleaning and painting the exterior. This two bedroom cabin now has new roof, laminate floors, heater/airconditioner, several new mattresses and bedding and furniture items. You will like what you see when you get here. The big, covered  front porch is not new but is very popular and freshly painted. The cabin is located near the coin-op laundry with two washers and two dryers. It is $77/day and $450/week for four people until Memorial Day and a free stall for your boat is included at our 16-stall boat dock with security system  There is no better value around. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Bring you Police and Veteran friends with you. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is the family place and we will assist you if you are looking for real estate.  

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

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The lake level is 553.55 and has risen over 2-inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 2/3rds the time. We are approaching the power pool of 553.75 where the generation control goes back to the Corps of Engineers. The White River at Newport is at 20.26 feet and I wonder why it could not have been at this level since the Southwest Power took over. The surface water temperature is in the low 50's and the creeks are stained and the main lake is also stained but not as much.  We are at a good level now but are going into the spring too high. 560 is when we start to have problems with day use access and one big rain could get us there. There has been no effort to drop the lake this winter and they are just trying to maintain this level. It has been cold, cloudy and windy with continuous cold fronts moving through but that should change by about tuesday when it is to get in the high 70's. When that happens the warmth is usually accompanied by storms and we have been very fortunate to have avoided them for a long time. Bass are pre-spawn feeding now and are the best bite. People that cannot kill stripers now because they cannot catch them are turning to bass and that is why I oppose the changes proposed by the Game and Fish for Bass regulations. I know that there are a lot of small bass including Kentucky Bass in the lake but I am finding no fish that are skinny and there is little competition for food with shad, crawdads and creek minnows plentiful and no shad kill this year. If they take the size and numbers limit off of Kentucky Bass the meat hunters will eliminate them. They are easily caught and provide fun for novice fishermen when other fish are hard to catch and grow to about two to two and one half pounds. Also killing largemouth bass that are 13-inches instead of 15 will in the long run will make for more larger fish but many less medium fish and harder to catch. A large percentage of bigger bass have been caught before and released. I do not see an over-population of fish in Norfork or any signs of it. I would like to see many more walleye stocked as more and more fishermen are coming here to target them instead of the stripers which are either over-harvested or die off in the heat of the summer. They are getting smaller and smaller and they keep killing them and bragging about it. It looks like the proposed new law raising license price for out-of-state guides will go through on July 1st of this year. It will keep out some of the ones who are making a living on Arkansas waters with a residence in another state. A $2,500 license fee will scare some of them off. We have plenty of guides. Catch a few, keep a few and release a few.  

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

The lake level is 553.37 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 3/4th the time. The White River at Newport is at 19-feet and rising and we are approaching the power pool of 553.75 again. We received about 2-1/2 inches of rain in the last three days but that is over for now with another cold front here with highs near 50. Our normal high is 63. It is to get very warm early next week. The surface water temperature remains in the low to mid 50's and the lake is stained both in the creeks and on the main lake after the rain. It was heavy at times. You can see your lure down only a couple of feet. Fishing was a little better yesterday with people that had been struggling also catching fish. The fish are all mixed up with them being scattered about everywhere. Some are staging for a spawn, some pre-spawn feeding, some post-spawn feeding and some still out on the main lake on shad. When the top-water bite starts next week try in Panther Creek. It is always one of the best places in early spring for that especially at sunrise on clear days. The stripers are finishing their spawn at night and will move there soon with the bass and white bass. April 15th it will be in full swing and everybody will catch fish. The cold weather has put things on hold for now but it will get really exciting next week when the water warms in the creeks rapidly. We just need march to get over but keep the storms and big rains away and we will be fine. The lake is in good condition and at a good level for fishing. Come on down th Blackburns. We will not charge you too much. I bought new pool-side lounge chairs yesterday and am broke again. They have doubled in price. We will have our pool open by Memorial Day or when it gets warm. Has anybody tried to buy sand for the children's sand pile lately? Wow. The inflation rate is not 10% that is for sure. I am holding my prices but it is getting harder and harder but people appreciate it. It just needs to stop. 

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

Please join me in welcoming Mr. and Mrs. Dan Washburn to the area who are moving here from Florida.Image title

The lake level is 553.17and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 1/3rd the time and none since last evening. They always seem to quit when it rains but have just started again. The White River at Newport is hanging in there at 17-feet. I just dumped over 2-inches of rain from my gauge and the creeks are running but not fast. It is raining now. It was very windy again yesterday and more is to come with the next cold front. Highs are to get in the high 40's tomorrow and low 50's thursday with lows in the high 30's but not freezing. The night bite for stripers is nearing an end and they are joining the walleye for ending their spawn. I found several walleye on main lake points in front of Blackburns brush piles and caught them on both the jerk bait and grub. They are a little too shallow for me to spoon but will get there after the thermocline forms at 16-18 feet later but will stay in the same places. The thermocline will form in may. The male crappie are in the backs of the creeks in shallow water staging just at the drop-off and near any wood so you can beat the bank for them for singles with jigs.  Some schools are still on brush in about 20-25 feet a little farther from the bank but near deeper water. The females will lay their eggs shallow and move to main lake brush again and the males will stay on the nest protecting them until they swim away. This will go on for the whole month of april but will begin soon with the bigger crappie spawning first. Everytime you catch a male off the nest the bluegill and warmouth will eat the eggs and newly hatched fry as fast as you can kiss a duck. They lay in waiting. Going down the creek bank and catching all of the males off the nests is not good. The early spawn is a good time to catch the big ones back on the brush but they will get dilluted with smaller ones as the spawn continues and the schools will get bigger. Bass fishing is the best now with all of the black bass pre-spawn feeding. Even the trollers are catching some. I am surprised about how many fish are on the main lake points at this time and how few are in the backs of the creeks with the water temperature in the 50's. It will not go up anytime soon until later this weekend when it gets very warm again and in the upper 70's and then things will really change fast. April looks to be a good month for fishing.  The ground is saturated and I am looking forward to catching mushrooms this spring. It will not be long. People just keep killing the stripers and they just keep getting smaller and smaller and they are still bragging about it. They surely cannot need meat that bad. Forgive them because they know not what they do.  Yesterday was cloudy and windy. Today is rainy and windy. Yuk. 

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

Doug Ireland, Jamie Hill and Emmie Ireland are visiting from Montana and we are glad to have them. Nice people. Image titleImage title

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The lake level is 553.02 and has dropped 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with generation a little less than 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport has now dropped below 17-feet and continues it's decend with the power company in charge. They are letting out less and less water everyday. We are to get rain starting tomorrow afternoon and it is slow moving and we could get a couple of inches. It is to be followed by another cold front and highs are to be in the high 40's and low 50's for a couple of days. They just keep coming but are better than severe storms. The normal high is 62 but I guess that is an average between 70 and 45. I went out yesterday evening for a couple of hours after work and fished the back of a creek that the south wind had been blowing into to check things out. The main lake has still been good to me for bass and crappie. I caught some bass in shallow brush at about 12-ft. deep near the bottom and a few crappie near wood just at the drop-off. They were all singles with no schools indicating the males are staging getting ready to make a nest. The water temperature was 55-56 on both the main lake and backs of the creeks so the wind has been mixing it up. A couple of days with highs in the 70's and lows in the 50's will get the spawn going and the calendar moving into april will not hurt anything either. Roger Moody is a good bass fisherman and he reports having a tough time back in the creeks in the morning but caught several in the afternoon and evening just around main lake points on the inside. He and his brother release all fish on site and are conservationalists.  I expect some good ones to come in today with the clouds moving in later. Blackburns still has two cabins open this week so some on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. The one bedroom cabins start at $59/day for two people and the two. three and four bedrooms are priced accordingly. You can launch on site and we will give you a hand if needed. No need to go elsewhere to launch.

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

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The lake level is 553.08 and has risen just a bit since yesterday at this time with about 8-hours of generation. The White River at Newport is now at 17-feet and still dropping. They are cutting generation on all area lakes and they are all rising for no reason. It looks like a good chance of rain for the next three days but nothing severe and it should not rain out the whole day. It could make for some good fishing but the march wind will blow as the fronts move in and out. Blackburns has several good fishermen in so you do not have to see the same fishermen's picture day after day after day. The first day of spring is today but expect another cold front with very cool weather after these rains. Highs will go from the 70's back to the 50's. Our normal high is 61. The lake surface water temperature is 52 on the main lake.  March is not nearly over yet. Some caught good fish yesterday and some did not but it was better than the day before. The moon is waning now and expect the night striper bit to get smaller with it and be over in a few more days. Our guests caught several the last couple of nights and caught a few walleye in the evenings before dark. Umbrella trollers are also catching some on the same banks during the day but deeper in about 30-feet replacing some of the artificial plastics with live bait and trolling through shad. Not much skill to it but effective. If you drag enough umbrellas or Alabama rigs through enough shad you will catch fish. That is one reason why most of the big stripers are gone. Some days it looks like opening of walleye season in Minnesota with all of the boats chugging around. We will pay for it in the future but those fish must be killed at all costs but it is the only way that some people know how to catch fish.  Bass are pre-spawn feeding now and several are being caught back in the creeks on the bank. I am not seeing very many crawdads yet but the creek minnows are plentiful and some bass are moving off the shad and feeding on them. Crankbaits are working pretty good especially on windy days which we have not had any shortages of lately. Some crappie are still on main lake brush but not many. Several males are back in the creeks staging and ready to make nests and some of the larger females are ready. It will be in full swing by early april and continue through mid may which is about the same for the top-water bite for bass and temperate bass. May is the best overall month for a combination of weather and fishing with about all species biting. Many crappie and walleye will be back on mainlake brush in 15-20 feet of water in May and catfish will be back in the creeks.  Blackburns does not go on it's summer rates until Labor Day and they are still lower than some places' winter rates so come on down. The cabins are now all open and are ready for your visit and your first boat stall is free unless you bring the Queen Mary and I have to move out one of my pontoon boats of which we have 12 to rent. Our dock has different size boat stalls to fit most boats and not one size fits all and they have walkways on both sides with electrical outlets. There is an infra-red security system so the meth-heads looking for free gas better go someplace else.  We especially welcome Veterans and Police also. That does not hurt anything. I did not vote to defund them. 

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

Scuba Steve with the fish of the day here at Blackburns.Image title

The lake level is 553.06 and has risen 2-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with no generation for three days. With the rain coming next week it looks like we will get back out of the power pool. We are heading into spring rains and there has been no effort to drop the lake for the winter. Everytime it gets down to the power pool of 553.75 they quit generating and let it come back up again almost like they want high water for the summer. With the price of oil you would think they need nearly free electricity somewhere in the transmission area but I guess not. They like to hold water until it gets very high and then bypass the generators and open flood gates. It was a cold blustery day on Norfork yesterday after the rain with white caps and hard to get out of. The people predicting spring might have been a little premature but the Dogwoods started to bloom anyway down by the lake and that is usually a good sign. I did not see any redbuds blooming yet and they usually bloom first but they also show up around town in the higher elevations in the sun rather than down by the lake.  The surface water temperature was 51.6 on the main lake and the water was stained from the wind. I went back in a creek to get out of the wind and caught a couple of nice crappie and came in. This weekend should be better and then good chances of rain for the next three days after that. It looks like the severe weather will go south of us again. Bass fishing is the best right now as the crappie have slowed for a couple of days. The trollers are catching some small stripers and white bass with a few hybrids thrown in. The people fishing after dark for stripers are catching fish but very few over 10-pounds. Last night was the full moon and that bite will diminish with the moon and then the first part of April the top-water bite will begin. It will be sporatic until the 15th of April when it always seems to be in full swing. This is when spitin image and poppers work very well for bass and spooks work for both bass and stripers. Casting spoons and hopping them back to the boat also works. Get a 6-1/2 ft. medium heavy rod and learn how to walk that dog. Limber rods do not work. Novices can use the wopper plopper as all you have to do is reel it in and do not need to know anything about technique. A person that can work a spitin image can catch a lot of bass in the spring and it is fun to watch them hit the lure and settting the hook instead of just dragging stuff around behind the boat in a rod holder but they both work.  A friend gave me a tackle box full of old lures and I put them on a peg board in the office on display and they kept disappearing so I contacted Larry Seaman who specializes in old lures and fixes my stepped on rods and fixes my reels (I am too cheap to buy new ones) to see what he could do. He can fix about anyting and make it look like new.  He made a beautiful display of the lures framed and under glass and I traded him the rest of the lures. Some were the old wooden lures and the old Splune silver spoons. They made them by hand until the 1950's until Acme bought them and then they were mass produced and called Kastmaster because they were made of metal and you could cast them far.  Uncle Josh bought them about 20-years ago and now they are made in China and not nearly as good. I used to use the Dare Devil with Red Eye spoon for Pike in Minnesota and also caught White Bass in the Missouri River in South Dakota on them a long time ago but never tried them on Norfork. I use the Bink's Spoons exclusively now as he has been producing them for about 25-years, continually makes improvements and I catch a lot of fish on them.  Larry knows all of this stuff that I have never heard of. People really enjoy the display in Blackburns Office and none have gone missing since. It is getting very busy here at Blackburns with people taking advantage of the best prices on both cabins and boats in the Ozarks and your first boat stall is free. We have no duplexes and all of the cabins have big covered porches. All of our cabins are open now and the one bedroom ones start at $59/day and there is no price increase this year. There have been many improvements and you will like what you see when you get here. Furniture Depot in Mountain Home also has worked with me to buy about 20 new mattresses this year and now most of them in the resort are new or only a couple of years old. I highly recomment these fine people also. It is good to have friends.  

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

Linda Goodwin from Belleville, Illinois with some nice ones. Image title

The lake level is 552.84 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with no generation for about 32-hours. The White River is 19-feet and still dropping. We have received about 1-inch of rain here so far this morning with more coming. It has been very warm but is to get cooler next week. The water temperature is rising but it will do no good to give a number because it varies so much in the location. In general the creeks are warmer and stained water warms more quickly in the sunshine than clear water. That also varies from location to location and whether in the sun ornot. In general it is in the low 50's on the main lake in the mornings and mid 50's in the creeks in the afternoon. I am still not seeing any fish making nests or on them but the next step will be the male crappie will be moving to the creeks near the shore and getting ready to do so. Check out in the backs of Pigeon, Middle Pigeon, East Pigeon and Briar Creeks. The crappie eggs have bloodlines but are not ready to spawn yet in this area. Some walleye are moving back to this area and have finished spawning but I have not caught any big ones. The stripers are on their normal spawning places at dark now and are biting slow-retrieved suspending stick baits cranked down a few feet. Stripers are the only fish that I know off that ingest their own eggs in Norfork Lake but they do not hatch anyway. Blackburns has cabins starting at $59/day and your first boat stall is free so come on down. We will not charge you too much and there are no price increases again this year. Shop before you book. 

  

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

Caught fishing with Bink;s Guide Service yesterday. Big Norfork lake Crappie. Image title

The lake level is 552.63 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 2/3rds the time. The White River at Newport is 19.59 and dropping steadily since the power company took over generation management at power pool of 553.75. The main lake is more clear than the creeks and the creeks are warming up rapidly with the warm weather. I found 49 degree water on the main lake in the morning and 55 in Blackburns Creek in the afternoon. The average daytime high is now 60. The cold fronts are getting replaced with just low pressure and we are entering the rainy season where we get about two rains a week and typically for the last several years the lake rises. We just hope not too much but nothing was done to drop the level this winter which would have given us more surge capacity. The 14-ft. rule goes into affect April 15th and the 12-ft. rule goes into affect May 8th depending on how full the area lakes are at that time but nobody seems to know how that %age is calculated. It keeps changing but the tendency is to keep everything higher than in several years before and blaming rainfall amounts. When questions are asked why, we just get "that is what the lakes are for is to hold water" so it looks like nothing will change. If we have a drought it will be ok and if we have above average rainfall it will not. How do you want your steak, raw or burned? It looks like we could have a medium in there someplace. Bass and crappie fishing is pretty good and striper fishing has slowed during the day but increasing at dark on stick baits. Some walleye are showing up on the bank in the evening. Soft plastics like flukes or bass assassins about 3-inches long and creature baits like crawdads and lizards on 1/8th ounce jig heads are all working back in the creeks for bass. Small spoons, grubs and jigs are all working for crappie. The top-water bite for temperate bass will start about April 1st and be in full swing about the 15th as will the crappie spawn. Maybe a little earlier if the warm weather keeps up but we are barely past the middle of March and anything can happen. Catch a few, keep a few and release a few. Do not be a hog and remember there are possession limits. The same people have been fishing Blackburns brush piles everyday. I hope they go away so some of my customers can use them but we have several for when this happens. Others should put in their own or use the government ones just for courtesy.  

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

Mickey Phillips is here with his three sons from Memphis, TennesseeImage title on spring break. Welcome. Nice family.

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The lake level is 552.81 and has dropped 1.2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 2/3rds the time. The White River at Newport is 20.27 and dropping but they are still letting out a lot of water. The surface water temperature was 50+ yesterday afternoon and should continue to rise with the warm weather and no cold fronts coming through. The two fronts coming up from the gulf and down from Colorado should meet south of us this time but they just keep coming but March is only 1/2 gone and anything can happen. People fishing after dark caught some stripers last night on the stick bait in their normal spawning areas. This is a perfect time for this kind of fishing with the full moon being the 18th. Crappie are all mixed up but some nice ones are being caught from Pigeon Creek to Briar Creek on brush. I am catching few on the main lake. Bass are pre-spawn feeding both early and late and there are a lot of creek minnows near the shore in the creeks. Most species are being caught now but you have to work for them and they are not in high numbers except for crappie if you happen to find a big school feeding. Some nice fish are coming in and I am catching no throwback crappie. The same areas seem to hold the small ones year after year and the same for the big ones. They are hitting the lure aggressively now and fighting like crazy almost like a smallmouth bass. I do not know what has gotten in them but they sure are fun to catch. Tomprrow at 8:45 AM is "Live in the Boat" with Darrel Binkley from Bink's Guide Service with a weekly fishing report and tip of the week on KTLO FM 97.9 Tune in for some good information on Norfork Lake. Blackburns has all of their cabins open now and the girls are working hard to get them all deep cleaned and ready for you. One bedroom cabins are still $59/day and your first boat stall is free. This will help off-set high gas prices and inflation and have a good vacation without paying too much or sacrificing any quality. We have a good place here.  Veterans and Police are also especially welcome Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 with any questions. Blackburns is the best place with the best price and closest to Mountain Home, dining and shopping while still being on 28-acres in the quiet peaceful country in a green beautiful valley.   

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

Dave Titus with a couple of pretty good ones yesterday. Image title

The lake level is 552.92 and has dropped over 4-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. The White River at Newport is at 20.39 and dropping but they are still letting out a lot of water. It was cloudy and misted rain a few times yesterday and did not warm up like it was supposed to but was not bad for fishing. I had to check out a rental boat for a customer in the morning so was able to get out for a bit before resuming starting up cabins. Debbie reminded me that if I not get the utilities turned on  she would not be able to get them ready for friday when they mostly fill up. It looks to be a busy spring despite the inflation and high gas price. Most of that can be offset by staying at Blackburns and not paying too much and not paying for your first boat stall. I thought about buying a new $2,000 Live Scope for my boat but decided to buy new cabinets and beds for the cabins instead. I can catch enough fish without one anyway. I know where the brush piles are because we put most of them in. If someone wants to buy me one just give me the money instead.   The surface water temperature was 49 degrees and the water was still stained and I could see my lure down just a couple of feet. I caught nothing for about an hour and then the bass and crappie started biting and I caught my self imposed limit of five crappie and two bass and came in and got to work. Some of the crappie were about 12-inches but a couple were very large. I was casting the grub past the brush and letting it sink down into it and they were in 35-ft. of water and hitting on the drop about 15-20 ft. down. Bink, Dave, Mike, Tom also caught fish. They were using spoons, creature baits and small worms.  It is warmer today already and much warmer is on the way but chances of rain. Everytime the water tries to warm it gets cold and cools down again. Maybe this time it will stick. Just keep away the storms and keep the lake dropping and we will be fine. We are at a good level now but do not need a big rain. The ground is completey saturated and needs to dry up a bit. 13.74 pounds won the Youth Bass Nation Tournament last weekend. I though it would be more but that is still pretty good. Norfork Lake fireworks fund raiser tournament is the 26th of this month. Another good cause and lake promotion. 

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

Fish of the day yesterday released under the dock. Image title

The lake level is 553.31 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating last night about 9PM and just stared again this morning. The White River at Newport is 20.98 and dropping. The surface water temperature was 49 yesterday afternoon and the lake is stained green. We worked on boats yesterday getting them ready for rental this week and then went out fishing for a while and caught a few but not a lot. Bass fishing was the best followed by crappie, hybrids, small stripers and some white bass. I see the same trollers out there everyday seeing how many small stripers they can kill. People ask almost everyday if stripers are good to eat. The answer is almost all fish coming out of Norfork's clean waters are good to eat. My opinion is in this order: Walleye, crappie, Kentucky Bass, Flathead Catfish are by far the best, followed by channel cat and then temperate bass. (stripers, hybrid stripers and white bass). You only have to cut the red meat out of all of the termperate bass or they are very strong.  Blue cat are ok but not my favorite. Others eat carp and gar but I do not. I do not kill very many fish anyway especially smallmouth and big largemouth. With the price of fishing equipment and gas it is not economical to go fishing to get meat anyway. I promote catch and release but have no problem with people staying in the legal limits. The weather may be a little rainy this week but the temperatures are to be spring-like. Several people are here on spring break and others buying or looking for real estate continue to keep coming and more than I have ever seen. The 5PM traffic in town is more like a city than a small town and things are changing faster than anyone could have imagined. I used to know almost everyone in town and now I can go to Walmart and see a hundred people and not know any of them. The same is with the fishing pressure. With the increasing number of fishermen and better electronics the fish in the lake will get harder and harder to maintain. Even novices can catch fish now and there are about as many guides as there are fishermen. I just do not want us to end up being like Lake Texoma where the stripers are small even though they spawn there. All of ours are planted. 

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

The lake level is 553.39 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. All area lakes are now below power pool and Southwest Power takes over generation schedules. I expect them to slow down generation on Norfork this evening but we will see. The White River at Newport is 21-feet still but dropping. They could keep it at 21-feet until April 14th if they wanted too. The surface water temperature was 48 in Blackburns Creek yesterday afternoon and 50 on the main lake and the ambient temperature is 54 now and warming nicely already even with the time change. The water was still stained but clearest near the bank. The ambient temperature struggled to get to 39 degrees but most of the snow melted except on the north side of things and out of my boat. We received three inches but it went away a lot faster than the last one and there was no ice. Another storm is coming down from the northwest on about tuesday but it looks like the gulf air will meet the low pressure south of us this time with some severe weather in Texas, Louisiana and southern Arkansas. The jury is out on what will happen here. Hopefully nothing but a little rain. I am ready for warmer weather but not the storms it brings. March is not 1/2 over yet and anything could happen. We will open up the last five cabins next week anyway and take what we get. I have been getting several boats ready for spring and have 10 of them ready to go with three of them rented this week. People are anxious to get out and some are on spring break. It is busy here already.  Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boast stall is free. We will help you launch if needed. The lake is at a good level and the water a good color for fishing. Several fish are back in the creeks. The water will warm this week with the warm weather. Bass are the best bite now followed by crappie and small stripers. A few walleye are showing up in the evening on soft plastics like a fluke or bass assassin on shadowy banks. Stay out of the sunshine unless you are fishing deep open water. I do not do that anymore and get tired of looking instead of fishing. Gas is about $4.15 for unleaded regular non-alcohol. Everything else is good. You do not have to go far from Blackburns to get to good fishing. I expect some good numbers caught for the Arkansas Youth Bass Nation High School and Jr. tournament today. We have a couple of them staying here this weekend and wish them well.  

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

The lake level is 553.76 and has dropped a little over 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 2/3rds the time. They quit generating at midnight and started again at 8:AM this morning. We are now at the power pool and will see what happens to the generation schedule on Monday when they get back to work. This is a good level but will not stay there when the spring rains come if they do not drop the lake and the rules of generation change on April 15th.  We received 3-inches of snow yesterday but the wind was very light. It was our fourth snow event of the season and hopefully the last. It was very cold last night with a low of 16 and has not warmed up much yet today. It is scheduled to get into the high 30's and it better hurry but may make it. It is sunny and bright now. Spring-like weather is to return early next week. The water was very stained last evening in Blackburns Creek and the surface water temperature was 47 degrees and is now cooler than the main lake but that should change. I do not think the bass and crappie will move out to the warmer main lake and I will keep fishing the creeks until after spawn ot at least some of it. The big crappie spawn first and move back out into the brush again. I do not bed fish. The creeks should warm very quickly now. Some nice bass started to show up in the creeks before the snow along with some walleye. Creature baits and grubs were working and I will try them again tomorrow or maybe this afternoon. There were a lot of creek minnows near the bank last evening in the clearest water.   I do not hate them enough to go out this morning and will wait until the snow in my boat melts.  

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

Rum Binkley with some big Norfork Lake crappie. I do not know where else you can catch crappie like these. That girl can drive a spoon. Image title

The lake level is now at 553.91 and is approaching the power pool of 553.75 when most of the generation control is turned over to Southwest Power Administration who typically reduce generation as soon as they get it. Maybe they need some power somewhere and will continue to drop the lakes. It dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours and they stopped generating at midnight and just started again. The White River at Newport is 21.82 feet so they are letting out quite a bit. I will see what the snow does to the water temperature later today. It was a nice day yesterday but that is over and it is cold and snowing and is to get down into the teens tonight and then start warming up again on sunday afternoon. At least it is not hanging around for very long. Our guests from Kansas City left wednesday and said they got about 6-inches yesterday and are glad they did not have to pull their boats on the icy roads. I agree with that. We have other guests from Florida and they are not liking the snow but are buying a home here anyway and said the prices were better here. The Mountain Home area is growing rapidly and I am not sure how much I like that. Gas prices are $4.13 for regular non-alcohol, I know I do not like that. I like to put premium non-alcohol in my boats but cannot afford it now. Everyone caught fish yesterday and bass fishing is getting better and better back in the creeks. Crappie fishing is steady and striper fishing during the day has slowed but they will be on the banks about next wednesday for their after-dark spring bite. Remember to turn you clocks forward satuday night. I do not carry a phone or clock and watch the sun but it will take me a while to get used to the change again. Sunrise and sunset are the important times for me and I do not care much what time it is except for happy hour. I do not think the snow will amout to much and next week looks good. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. 

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

Dave Titus is back and catching some good ones already. Image title

The lake level is 554.05 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with generation about 3/4th the time. The ground is still saturated and water is still running into the lake from the hillsides after the last rain. The White River at Newport is 21.76 so they are letting out about all they can without hurting anybody downstream. The surface water temperature was 52 yesterday on the main lake in the sunshine and the water was still stained on the main lake and cleared a bit in the creeks but overall a good color for fishing.  The water temperature starts to drop immediately after sunset and so does the ambient temperature especially on clear days. This is the last day of good weather and there is a winter advisory from 9AM tomorrow until 6:PM with dropping temperatures during then day with snow and sleet and then cold on friday night and saturday. They say 1-3 inches. Several of our fishermen are heading home today and I do not blame them. I do not like to pull a boat trailer anytime but especially on slick roads. Sunday looks to be better and then into the 70's later in the week. Our normal high is 58.These cold fronts just keep coming. It was in the early 50's with sunshine and light winds when I went out yesterday afternoon. I caught nothing until about 4PM and then both the bass and crappie started to bite for about 1/2 hour on brush out of the sunshine in about 25-30 feet of water. I was casting past the brush and they were hitting on the drop about 10-ft. down on the jig. I caught my self-imposed limit of five crappie along with a couple of smaller bass and then went bass fishing again on shadowy banks and caught two nice ones. Several of the crappie were very large in the 14-15 inch range and fat. I will give it another try today after work. We will open up the last five cabins after the inside painting and remodeling is finished next week. A lot of improvements have been done since last fall and you will like what you see when you get here. No we are not raising our prices tomorrow or any time in the near future until the normal increase at Memorial Day, so come on down and not pay too much elsewhere. Your first boat stall is free. Yes we do especially welcome Veterans and Police. I am a Veteran but do not have any experience in Police work except for a few encounters but I did not flee or resist arrest. I was young and foolish but not that foolish.  

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

Blackburns is the family place with the biggest, flatest, greenist playground with the most equipment and the biggest pool with slide. Bring them on down. Bikes too.Image title

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The lake level is 554.12 and has dropped 1.2 inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 75% of the time. The White River at Newport is 21.74 feeet and they are trying to drop the lakes. A lot had changed yesterday when I went out from the day before. The surface water temperature has changed and dropped two degrees both on the main lake and the creeks and both are now at between 49 and 50 degrees depending on where you are located. The main lake river channel has also stained up much more and you could see your lure down only about 2-feet but it is much clearer on the shore where there is no or little current from the generation. Everytime it warms up and the fishing gets better another cold front comes through and hurts the fishing. That is what is to happen on friday when they say it is to get very cold that night and saturday with a couple of inches of snow.  I called our guests that are scheduled to come in this weekend and had them hold off until next week when it will warm back up starting sunday. It was cool yesterday with an ambient high in the low 40's but the wind was light and it was not too bad. I caught some crappie as usual, a couple of bass and accidently caught a striper in about 10-feet of water partway back in a creek on a creature bait and was somewhat surprised. There was no drama and he did not hammer anything or break me off but I did release him on site to grow. Another surprise was that I caught two nice warmouth on the bank bass fishing. I usually do not catch them until it is spring. That may be a good indicator. I hope so. I am tired of march already although the fishing has held up better than usual. Wind and cold fronts are not my favorite. It is very nice today and I will be out there as soon as I get my work done. Every bill that I receive has a notice of price increase and the gas was $4.15 for non-alcohol regular for my boats. I usually use non-alcohol preminum but just cannot afford it. This is higher than I have seen fuel in my entire life. It was $1.70 in October of 2020. My credid card cuts me off at $75 and I cannot even fill up a bass boat. Fortunately we have put in several good brush piles close to the resort so you do not have to go very far to find fish and are doing everything to hold our prices here for you. Poor people need vacations too and I am certainly one of those but I live where I do not have to leave to be in the best place. They cannot fire me or put me in a nursing home. We will have a good year no matter what the government does. Come on down to Blackburns, we will not charge you too much.  Check prices carefully before you book. I spent all of my money on resort improvements but you will like what you see when you get here. Blackburns is the family place with no drama. 

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

Sheila Byrd with some nice ones sunday afternoon before the rain. Image title

The lake level is 554.22 and has risen just a bit from this time yesterday with generation about 75% of the time. The White River at Newport is 21.49 so they are still letting out quite a bit of water from the lakes. The surface water temperature was the same in both the creeks and main lake yesterday at 52. It was breezy and cold with a north wind and ambient temperatures struggled to get to 40. It is a little better today and is to get into the high 40's. Snow is on it's way for friday with another cold front and lows in the teens for friday night and cold on saturday. I remember in 1996, the second year I owned Blackburns, it got down to 6-degrees on this date in March. I never forgot that and that is why I do not open up the cabins with outside plumbing until the 15th. We have 10-cabins open now. March is cold fronts, high pressure, warm up, rain, cold fronts and wind. The fish do not know what to do but the best rule is to go fish when the high pressure has been around the longest and fish until the cold front gets here or it rains you out. Cloudy warm days are the best. The first days after a strong cold front are not usually very good unless you just happen on some active fish but are hit and miss at best. Some resorts raise their prices in march, I do not. They have 3-tiered prices where it is lowest in the winter when few people are here, raise it in march when a few fishermen start to visit and then really raise it in the summer when it is very busy. Blackburns has only two prices. Memorial day to Labor Day and the rest of the year. That way fishermen can get low rates in the spring and fall when the fishing is the best. Some are even raising their prices this week so you have to really watch unless you just have too much money. I do not. Staying at Blackburns helps defray the gas prices that are rising daily. Putting big motors on small pontoons and seeing how fast they can go may not be so popular this year. We will see what today brings and I will go out and try to catch a couple. Next week looks better. 

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

Mike Eakle with some of yesterday's catch of Norfork Lake crappie. Image title

The lake level is 554.18 and has risen an inch and one half in the last 24-hours. They were running one generator and then completey quit when it rained and then are starting up both again. We received over one inch of rain here at Blackburns but the creeks are not running this morning. There was a lot of lightening but I know of no damage in this area. A tornado was reported in Sharp county south of us. The ambient temperature is now in the 30's and it is cold with more to come and it is to get down into the teens for lows later this week before it warms back up again. The White River at Newport is at 21-feet. They are letting out water but we just cannot seem to make any progress on dropping the lake. I would really like it to be around 547 going into the spring rains to give us a surge capacity but we cannot seem to get back to the power pool of 553.75 and when we finally did once they quit generating. Either way Blackburns will be ready for what comes but it would be very nice for everyone to keep the level below 560 all year. The surface water temperature was 53 when I went out yesterday and the main lake was clear again in this area and I could see my lure down about 6-feet. The fish stared biting about 4:PM and then mostly quit before 5. Mike caught some good ones on our new brush piles and I took five crappie and one bluegill to Tom Kelly's trophy pond. The weather was very comfortable and then it started lightening from the southwest after dark. The water temperature is not going to rise anytime soon but we are higher than usual at this date. Our normal ambient high is 57 and it would be nice to have that now instead of getting ready to drip water to prevent freezing up in the cabins. Blackburns is nearly full but I am not opening up anymore until the 15th and that depends of the long-term forcast. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much so stop by here on your way home and check things out. You will be welcome here and we will not charge you too much. Yes Blackburns is the fishing place and especially welcome Veterans and Police and your first boat stall is free. Overall fishing is just fair and the fish are moving all over the place. The creeks will cool down before the main lake. Trollers are catching some stripers and hybrids but most are small and they are working hard and burning a lot of gas to find them. I wish they would release more of them but they refuse. Meat hunters. You gotta love em. Catch a few, keep a few and release a few.

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

Ray, Jessica, Nicolas Sowell from Yellville had fun on the dock yesterday. Image titleImage titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 554.07 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is 21.18 feet and they are letting out a lot of water without much change in area lakes level indicating there is still a lot of runoff despite no rain for a week. That is about to change. We are right in the bullseye of storms moving through the area late this afternoon and tonight with some possiblly severe, high wind and locally heavy rain. It is to be followed by a cold front and below freezing for night time lows. Our normal high is 56. It is too early to announce spring. I have advised our current fishermen to leave early and ones scheduled to come in early next week to hold off for a day or two. It looks like we are to get this one. Iowa got hit hard yesterday and we are so sorry. It looks like a week from today will be a good time for the after dark striper fishermen and continue until the week after or a few days after the full moon which is the 18th. 15-17 should be the best.  The lake continued to get more and more stained as I headed to the Cranfield Island area yesterday but Blackburns Creek remained very clear and I could see the fish on the brush under the dock down 6-8 feet. It was very windy all day and it did not lay until late afternoon making daytime fishing very tough and hard to find a place to get out of the wind that still had fish. The surface water temperature was 51 degrees on the main lake and it was a warm, cloudy, windy day. I fished for a little over an hour, caught three crappie and a keeper bass and came in. The bass was on a crawdad creature bait on a jig head and the crappie was on a jig cast past the brush and sinking into it about 5-6 feet. People had fun off the dock catching crappie and bluegill off the new brush piles. We were full yesterday and it was very busy here with people taking advantage of the best prices on boats and cabins in the Ozarks. They do not like paying for their first boat stalls elsewhere and mention it often as one reason they choose here.  

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

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service yesterday on both the spoon and creature baits on a steep bank in about 25-ft. of water back in Big Creek. Image title

The lake level is 554.12 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running since late last night. The White River at Newport is 21.52 and all of the area lakes are approaching power pool except Beaver and it is already there. They can keep up this generation rate until April 14th if they want to but always seem to cut way back when Southwest Power takes over. The level of 560 is when people start having problems with access.  We have had a pretty good run on dry days and a lot of water is gone and things are much better than they could have been and things are starting to dry up a little.  We are a little less than 2-inches over the average rainfall for this year so far. We will see what sunday brings with rain for sure and some storms. It is to get cold again with a possibility of more winter later next week but not too bad. The normal high is 56. I had 54-degrees in Blackburns Creek and between 50 and 51 on the main lake late yesterday afternoon when I went out. It went from 48 to 50+ in just a couple of days and that is about as fast as I have seen it rise. I went to a couple of new Blackburns Brush piles back in the creek and caught my limit of five crappie and they were bigger than I have been catching and were in the 12-13 inch range and then just at sunset went to my favorite bass bank part way back in a creek that the wind was blowing into and caught several 2-3 pound largemouth on a creature bait on a steep bank on the bottom in about 25-ft. of water coming back to the boat on the drop-off.  I could not catch anything off the bank or on main lake brush.  They were all released on site as they are getting ready to spawn but not there yet. The White Bass are just starting to spawn and are moving back into their normal march areas. They are about on their normal schedule. I again went around the shore where I usually see big bass making nests when the water temperature is above 55 and saw no evidence of that yet. The water was very clear again especially near the shore. I could see the bottom in about 6-feet of water. It is cloudy now and should be a good day for fishing until the wind picks up and it will. I just have to get used to these march cold fronts but does not mean I like them. It is my least favorite month. Crappie bite for about 30-minutes and then get lockjaw for several hours but always seem to stop biting for good about 5:PM. Blackburns still has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your first boat stall is free. We like Veterans and Police. 

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

The lake level is 554.22 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with generation about 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is 21.89 feet so they are still letting out quite a bit of water. All of the area lakes are just above their power pool and they are dropping them about equally. The ground is saturated and water is still flowing into the lakes from runoff. The ice is finally gone and it took some very warm days to get rid of it. The sun is warming up the creeks faster than the deep main lake and it was 55-degrees in the bright sunshine in Blackburns Creek yesterday afternoon. The main lake was still 48. The water is very clear in the creeks especially near the shore and the main lake clarity changes a little based on the generation. When they generate heavily for several hours it stains a little green but is a good color for fishing. When they quit generating it clears again.The small bluegill have moved in under Blackburns dock and that means the larger bass are in the creeks. Many bass are staging now on drops adjacent to spawning areas and isolated cover along migration routes. A few big bass may spawn around 55-degrees. I checked the banks all around the creek in the warmest water and saw no fish getting ready or making nests. Some of the first ones will be near the walkway to the dock. There are some big bass under the dock in about 20-ft. of water on my brush feeding on the bluegill. Where there are big schools of bluegill there will be fish especially bass and catfish. If you are fishing brush and catching small bluegill do not get discouraged. There are some big fish down there on them.   Cooler weather is coming next week and the water temperature needs to be steady for several days for any big changes. The creeks will get cooler starting about monday or tuesday and it is to get cloudy with rain and a cold front on saturday night or sunday. If the water drops to below 50 again in the backs of the creeks some may move back out to deeper brush. It is just too early to be making some rash predictions. The water temperature says one thing and the calendar says another. Blackburns has several good bass fishermen in now and we will see how they do today. The wind is to pick up before the front and will blow the plankton and shad to the bank after some sustained winds with predator fish following them. Try a suspending stick bait. It is not spring yet but I like this weather. The lake is in excellent condition. Fish are not easily found, but when they are, fishing can be good for a few minutes. Do not expect large numbers of fish quite yet.  

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

These are the size of crappie that I am catching. They have moved up above the brush  5-7 feet down and are easily spooked. Image title

The lake level is 554.27 and is down just a bit from this time yesterday with generation about 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is at 22-feet which means they are letting out about as much as they can and not cause problems downstream. The surface water was 48-degrees yesterday on the main lake and 50 in Blackburns Creek in the afternoon and the water more clear in the creeks than on the main lake but both are good for fishing. If you can find 20-ft. water with brush back in the creeks there will be crappie on it. Crappie, bass and bluegill moved in under my dock yesterday and they do not usually do this until late March. The warm weather making the water heat up is changing things almost daily. It is to cool down with highs back into the 50's after the rain on sunday with another cold front. Lows are to get to back below freezing again. Saturday looks to be a good day to catch some fish. Bass, crappie and small stripers are all coming in but not in high numbers. I am not seeing many fish coming up but it is time for White Bass to move in the backs of major creeks. Stripers will move to their spawning banks on main lake flats late in the evening in a few days and it should hit it's peak by about the 15th of this month. I do not fish for them anymore but used to and really enjoyed the night bite in both march and november when we caught some really big ones. It was very popular several years ago and you had to get out there in the afternoon to get the good spots. Not so much anymore. March they simulate spawn and november go to the same banks to feed just before the full moon. It lasts until a few days after the full moon and then is over. March is usually better than november and you can count on this happening in march.  Bink will be back in Big Creek casting his spoon and hopping it back to the boat for White Bass soon. I know exactly where he will be. They used to fill this one bay with fish but not so much anymore but they are making a comeback after a die-off about three years ago and more and more are showing up. A lot of people like to fish for them because they are so easily caught. I opened up four more cabins and the cleaning crew is working hard to get them ready and they are filling up as fast as they get them on line. I will save the last five until after the 15th of the month. One cold front which is common in early march could cause a lot of plumbing problems and I get enough of those anyway. I lived with my Uncle Walter when a lad and he owned a plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical company and I worked with him before and after going into the military and the knowledge has sure come in handy. I miss him everyday. It is busy here at Blackburns and the price is right. 

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

Tom Kelly with some pretty good ones for his trophy pond yesterday caught on Blackburns new brush piles. Image title

The lake level is 554.29 and is the same as this time yesterday with generation about 1/2 the time. It rises when the quit and drops slowly when they generate. The ground is saturated and water is still running in the lake from the hillsides. We have had a little less than 2-inches above normal precipitation including rain, snow and sleet so far this year. The last sleet storm has been very slow to melt despite very warm temperatures in the 70's but is about gone now. The White River at Newport is 22-ft. and they are doing all they can to let as much water out and keeping downstream from flooding. We will see what happens when we get into the power pool at 553.75. The lake wants to clear but when they generate heavily for long periods of time the main lake channel stains greenish but it does not hurt anything. I had a 50-degree water temperature in Blackburns Creek yesterday afternoon and 48 on the main lake. The shallow creeks are warmer than the main lake and some of the shad are going to it followed by the stripers and black bass. Some crappie are doing the same thing but some are just staying on the brush but shallower. Fishing overall is just fair but if you happen to find a school of shad back in the creek with bass and small stripers feeding on them it can be good for a short time. Please release those small stripers. Nobody is impressed by killing them and bragging about it. We want them to grow and have striper fishing like it used to be. Anybody holding up more than one is saving them and a striper with it's mouth open is more than likely dead. We are working hard to get more cabins ready for opening up. The warm weather is causing the phone to ring steadily and people are anxious to get outside and go fishing, especially from up north. We are getting a lot of feedback thanking us for not raising prices and keeping ours very low here at Blackburns. Others were aleady high and going higher. I might not make a profit but will try and make it up in volume. I learned that in Econ 141. The weather is beautiful and should stay that way for a few more days and get much cooler next week. That is the way March works around here. The cold fronts just keep coming on through and then high pressure and clear cold nights. The wind went down about 4:30PM and I got to a stopping point with my daily plumbing  and went out for a while until dark and worked a bass bank with a grub and caught three bass after trying a good brush pile and catching five decent crappie but no big ones. When I pulled up I could see the crappie on top of the brush about 5-feet down. I caught one and spooked the rest but they just moved over to the next pile and I cast past it and let the jig drop into it and caught four more. That is my limit. The sunshine felt good but so did the coat after the sun went down. Do not expect to catch a ton of fish everyday. It changes quickly and the people catching them are working very hard for sometimes days to catch a few but some good ones are being caught. It is just nice to be out. Catch a few, release a few and keep a few. Big stringers of dead fish are not impressive anymore.  

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

The lake level is 554.31 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-hours. They quit generating at 6:PM last evening and just started again today. The White River at Newport is at 22.46 feet and they are doing all they can to drop the lake or keep it from rising more at this time. We will see what happens when we get back to the power pool at 553.75. Southwest Power  does not have a good track record. Several things changed when I went out fishing yesterday. First the shallower water next to the bank is warming up faster in the warm sunshine and longer days than the deep main lake water and was 48 on the main lake and over 49 near the bank. It will keep rising with the warm weather scheduled for this full week until chances of strorms on sunday. Second the main lake clarity was reduced and much more stained a greenish color. It started to do this sunday and was much more pronounced monday afternoon. It may have to do with the heavy generation and the condition of the water coming downstream. Third, all of the fish that I caught were shallow. The crappie were still in 25-ft. brush but only about 5-7 feet down instead of on the bottom and the bass were inside the brush near the shore in about 10-12 feet of water and were biting best just after sundown on shadowy banks. Nothing was biting very well and fishing was at the best just fair and I had trouble catching my limit of five crappie and only one of them was over 11-inches. The shallow fish are spooky so stay away from right on top of the brush and use your trolling motor sparingly and cast past the brush and let the jig drop into it. The bass were mostly Kentuckies and also not very big. Stay as far away from the bank as you can cast with your boat. The wind was very light but still coming from the north last night at dark but will switch to the south today. This is a good way to bring in march and I hope it keeps up. Take a jacket if you are going out in the warm weather as the temperature drops very quickly at sundown. This is definitely a transition period with the surface water temperature approaching 50. I saw some shad coming up but not a lot. Blackburns still has the best prices in the Ozarks and are not raising them again this year and your first boat stall is free. We have no duplexes and all cabins are individual with big covered porches. We especially welcome Veterans and Police. Gas prices are going up at the rate of about 10 cents a week and the money you save by staying here will help offset other price increases on about everything. We are trying to fight this inflation but seem to be nearly alone. Gas is rising, water and electric are rising, trash pick-up, tires, batteries, bait and every bill that I am getting is rising. Beer prices are rising and that is the last straw. When will it stop, I do not know but where it will stop is here. I decide that. The Black bass exploitation study conducted by Game and Fish has reported some results. Of the 1,655 bass tagged in 2020 45% of them have been caught and reported to them for the reward. I have caught three of them and released them all and donated the reward back to them. That seems like a lot to me and shows how important catch and release is. Many bass fishermen practice catch and release many striper fishermen do not.  People just keep killing those small stripers and they do not reproduce like bass. We will all pay for their meat hunting as far as stripers are concerned if we care about them. I do. They do not dress out very well anyway. Release them and do not fish for them in deep water unless you just do not care and need meat. That will help a lot. 

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

The lake level is 554.23 and has dropped three inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. It is up 2.25 feet from it's low of 551.98 earlier in february.  The White River at Newport is 22-feet and that is good. The ambient temperature was 53 degrees, it was sunny with light winds from the west and a beautiful afternoon when I went out fishing yesterday. The high pressure is here for a while and it is to get warmer for the next several days until it hits 70 just in time to welcome march tomorrow. Most of the packed sleet is gone but not all. It is slow melting and I still had ice in the back of my boat. The main lake was very clear and you could see your lure down about 7-8 feet and the creeks were stained a little more. The surface water temperature was 46-degrees. I fished 25-ft. brush with both grubs and jigs for about two hours and struggled with my fish locator but mostly knew where the brush piles were anyway. I guess I am going to have to trade in my 4-ID Hummingbird that I bought in 1986. I hear they have colored ones now. I wonder if they can tell brown fish from silver ones. I caught four bass and four crappie but no picture fish. Fishing overall was just fair. I did not lose any or break anything off but they were all keepers. There was no drama.  People ask me how to catch open water temperate bass. I do not fish for them much anymore but the way I see it is to buy a $3,000 36-volt trolling motor that self deploys with the transducer built in the head and has spotlock or anchor and remote control so you do not have to move from your seat. The three gel batteries cost anout $600. Next is to buy a $3,000 fish locator with down and side imaging with GPS and many colored big screens that interacts with your new trolling motor. You then need a livescope with 360 degree imaging at about $1,800 so you can see the fish better. Get yourself a good throw net and learn how to use it and a round live tank with aeration and get up before first light and find and net some shad. Get a center console boat with six or eight rod holders, a couple of downriggers, mulitiple planer boards and a big package of balloons, and you are nearly ready after you get multiple fishing poles for the rod holders. You can substitute what they call umbrella rigs with big weighted lures on wire spreader bars with multiple hooks that weigh about 5-lbs for the live bait rigs or just clip  a weight on the line in front of a crankbait to get it down further. Now you are ready. Fill up with gas and then head out to the lake and look for birds. (Usually Gulls or Loons) Troll the before mentioned items through the birds, who know where the fish are, until a fish bites on the rods in your rod holder and reel them in. There can be mulitple bites at the same time so learn how to untangle lines. You must know how fast you are trolling to know how deep your rig is running to get through the birds and on the shad under them. It is important to use what nature provides until they migrate and then you have to learn how to use the other items to find fish. Bass fishermen need this stuff also including power poles to keep you from going downstream in current rivers and holding their position. They are not used much in a 200-ft. deep lake like Norfork because the poles have to be so tall and are hard to transport under bridges.They then arbitrarily beat the banks with a hand painted $25 crankbait staying several feet from the shore, usually as far as they can cast. Be careful when you hang the lure up on a tree or rock on the shore and try to retrieve it that you do not destroy the trolling motor. It is worth much more than the $25 lure.That about sums it up. It about prices out some of us poor people but a few of us catch a few fish anyway. Jig heads and soft plastics cost enough let alone the gas to troll. If you wear out your big motor trolling you can get a new 150-HP for about $13,000 and that is better than a new $75,000 boat. Spare no costs to get those fish. I am not sure if live scopes make the fish bite or not but I have a lot of people with them say they can see the fish down there but cannot catch them. There lies the eternal problem. Getting them to bite. I already know where they are.  

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

The lake level is 554.45 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. The White River at Newport is 21.73 feet. There is still some ice melting and running into the lake but not a lot especially yesterday when the high barely got to freezing. It was predicted to be 40 and it looks like the long range forecast is still the same but backed up a day. It is to get to 40 today but it better hurry. Some north facing side roads with little sunshine are still very slick.The surface water temperature was still about 42-degrees in Blackburns Creek last evening. I did not check the main lake but it should be a little warmer. The water continues to be very clear.  I feel a lot better about things now that the storm is over, no power outages, the lake did not come up very much and they are keeping the White River at Newport up where it should be. We will see what happens when the lake gets back down to 553.75 and the power company takes over control. It would really be nice to be at 548 by may 1st. The lake overall  is in as good of shape as it has been at this time in years and the fish population is very good. Barring a big rain and low generation we should have very good spring fishing. They can keep the level down if they want to without hurting anything. We can have warm weather the first part of march but do not count on it. I keep several cabins open all year but also close down several. The first few years that I was here it was very warm in early march and I wondered why the previous owners kept the cabins closed until the 15th so I opened them and filled them with customers who wanted to get out of winter from up north. Wrong thing to do. It got down to the single digits and it took two weeks to fix the plumbing. You cannot be here just a few years and think you know everyting. There are good reasons why things are done the way they are. I hope it is warm startng next tuesday for the beginning of march but I will not count on it. I also hope we do not get a big rain,severe weather, or high winds the 1st of july. My dock has broken loose twice in 27-years and they both were the 1st of july and Blackburns dock is in a very protected cove. The resort is in a protected valley and has not had a tornado in over 70-years but nothing would surprise me anymore except catching a 11-lb. walleye. 10-lbs is my biggest so far but I am working on it. There has to be an 18-inch crappie in this lake somewhere and I am working on that too. 

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

The lake level is 554.71 and has dropped a very little in the last 24-hours. They quit generating at midnight and then started back up with one generator and now are running 1-1/2. The White River at Newport is a little over 21-feet so they are trying as hard as they can. The surface water temperature was 42 degrees in Blackburns Creek last evening when I went to the dock and the water was very clear.  It got very cold last night with a low of 16-degrees and is only getting to about 40 today but warming up everyday until the latter part of next week when the highs should get in to the high 60's. At least it is sunny now and should melt off some of the compacted sleet today. The side roads are still very slick. Bink reports having a little ice on the trees down by the Norfork River but there is none here near the lake. I know of no ice damage or any power losses and the precipitation was mostly all sleet and now it is all over except for the melting. Give it a couple of days of high pressure and the fishing will pick up again. I will give it a try tomorrow after I put one boat in and take another out for service. When you have 30-rental boats it never ends. We are getting a lot of calls so if you have a cabin and boat reserved for this year and have not confirmed please call Debbie at 870-492-5115 to insure you are not disappointed. It costs more to have to stay elswhere and rent a boat. A lot more. Sorry we do not allow dragging anything with our Bass or Pontoon boats. If you want to do that you can stay here and rent the boat elsewhere. No problem. Marinas have boats for that but bring a lot of money. You have to rent a cabin from us to rent a boat. Corps of Engineers rule not mine.  

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

This is what it looks like out my front door. Image title

The lake level is 554.72 and is dropping very slowly with both generators running continuously. The White River at Newport is 21-feet and where it should be and where it should have been for the last three months until we get into the high 540's. At least they are doing it now. If they quit generating the lake will start to rise again but most of the slug is through from the rain early in the week. The surface water temperature was 44 in Blackburns Creek last evening. It is snowing very lightly but it looks like we mostly missed the bad weather again. We received sleet yesterday and today and it made everything slick but I see no ice buildup on the trees. The country roads are ice covered with packed down sleet  especially on the north sides of hills but the ground is not quite covered. The radar shows the weather is about moved out of the area and it is to get very cold tonight and start to warm a little tomorrow and much better on sunday. Things turned out a lot better than was predicted and we got through it without getting high water and power outages. The wind has remained light and that is also good. It will surely come back before the next front but I am very happy to be where we are at this time. It could have been much worse. It is to get back into the high 60's next week and that is also good. Now if gas prices and inflation would go down we would be all set here at Blackburns. Tuesday is march already. The lake is very clear. 

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

Steve Monroe and Ronnie Reaves from St. Louis, Missouri show off some of their catch monday. They caught some nice fish and are always welcome. Image title

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The lake level is 554.85 and is about the same as it was at this time yesterday with both generators running continuously. If they quit generating it will rise again. The ground is saturated and still running in the lake. The precipitation has started and is sleet/ snow and it is too cold for rain with the ambient temperature in the low 20's. Most of the potential ice is scheduled for tomorrow with the worst going south of us. This is just a miserable day and another one tomorrow. Saturday looks better and sunday warmer again. My immediate concern is the ice with possible power outages but the water level concerns me almost as much. We should be nowhere near where we are at the end of february and there is no logical reason for it except for mismanagement.  We certainly have not had excess rain but a refusal to let water out until now. The White River a Newport is at 19-feet and where it should have been until we get down to the 540's. When they turn it over to the power company at 553.75 they just try and keep it there for a reaon nobody knows. The top of the power pool should not have been changed from 552 with the implementation of the worthless minimum flow law for the put and take trout on the White River which took away 1.75 feet of flood capacity. I suspect the lakes provide as much economic impact as the river but the river people were smart ewnough to pay to have a professional study done and present it to congress and change the law while the lakes people were not unified and still are not. Yes it would be nice after a free-flowing a river was dammed up to let just enough water out to keep it steady flowing all year long but that is not how it works. Open gates river. Close gates dry. The rivers are plastic and will never be free-flowing again The dams are no longer for just flood control or power generation but for trout, economics and politics. All of the rules need to be reviewed and modernized. One good rule would be to let out as much water as needed to keep everybody from flooding out both on the lake and the farm land downstream. They may not be able to do this all of the time but sure could do a better job than they do now. If it takes an act of congress so be it. The trout people did it with the minimum flow law. I am not sure that the towns around the lakes realize how much tax revenue comes from them. We caught fish up until monday afternoon when the cold front came in and it came fast dropping the temperatures from the mid 60's to the 30's in a few hours. We finished with the new carpet on pontoon #11 just in time. It would not have mattered to me if they were biting or not after that with that cold north wind blowing in my ear. Everybody came in early afternoon. I went out yesterday to check things out and came in again. The water surface temperature was still 46 and the water was very clear compared to a week ago. The lake overall is in excellent condition and we will see how much the ice and snow lowers the water temperature. Sunday should be the day to go fish. Keep generating boys.

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

Double tagged bass worth $100 was caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 554.87 and has risen 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They shut down generation all night during the rain and just started back up again a couple of hours ago. That way the lake can raise as much as possible. The White River at Newport is 16-1/2 feet and could have been at that level all winter causing the lake level to drop into the 540's but they refused to do so again.  There were severe storm warnings and tornado watches out but we were fortunate to miss them. It did happen west and east of us though.  We received 2.2 inches of rain last night and when I dumped my rain gauge at 6:30 this morning the creek was running pretty fast but not too bad. There is some brown water in the very back of the creek where it goes into the lake. It has slowed down a lot already and this round is over with the winter storm coming tomorrow and continuing through thursday with more rain and some significant ice and freezing rain likely. This is the one that I have been concerned about for a week. With so many trees around any ice over 1/2 inch causes us a lot of problems. The power company is much more prepared now than back in 2009 which was devastating. This one looks like we are right in the bullseye. The surface water temperature was 47 degrees yesterday afternoon and the wind went down in the evening. Fishing got better as the weekend progressed and needed to. The crappie finally started biting again as did a few nice walleye although not in high numbers but some nice fish. Bass were the only species that remained biting during the high pressure. The cold front is here now and the temperature has dropped about 25-degrees since the high in the 60's early this morning. It is not going to be decent out until about sunday when it warms back up a bit. We just need to get through the next two and 1/2 days. It is a good time for indoor projects.  I am going out now to check things out before it gets too cold. A week from today it is march and it is hard to believe already. We will be ready here at Blackburns and will not raise the price on you for as long as we can hold off. Boat oil goes up $2 a gallon everytime I buy some and tires and batteries are worse. When will it end?

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

The lake level is 554.57 and has risen one inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously and the White River at Newport is 16-feet. The surface water was pretty clear and had a temperature of 47-degrees yesterday afternoon. The morning fishing was not the best but it got better in the afternoon. Most of the people staying at Blackburns were fishing for crappie and caught some but not a lot. They said they marked large schools but had a hard time getting them to bite but caught several bass. Mike, John, Tom all reported exactly the same thing. Bass are always the staple when other fish do not bite on Norfork. The big news is the weather. We are in a flood watch starting tonight until tomorrow evening and then a cold front is coming in wednesday and continuing until thursday afternoon bringing more rain and Ice. We can expect a lake rise. I was hoping we were past that but not the case. It looks pretty much like this will happen but I do not know to what extent. I am advising our guests to head out tomorrow morning. It is warm and in the 60's today and that will all change. The wind has not started yet but was not so good until late afternoon on sunday when it finally died down. We are getting march-like weather in february and these cold fronts really affect fishing. We only get a day or two of good fishing and then the next one comes in followed by high pressure. March is my least favorite time for fishing just because of the wind. The flooded rivers like Norfork have many channel swings and change flow directions with the wind following the channel changing direction and when it gets to a high wall it just swirls and is hard to get out of unless you go back in the creeks and sometimes the fish are not back there. At least when it warms up they will be. We can go from the high 60's to the 30's in just a matter of a few hours this time of year. The good thing is you cannot walk on our water or drill holes in it. I am finished with that. We just need to get to about saturday and things will get better. Our normal high is 52 and I would take a few days of that with no wind. Low pressure and high pressure are fine just leave out the cold fronts and ice and of course the wind.   

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

John Bornhop with his best one on the spoon. He was fishing for walleye. Image title

Tom Kelly with one of yesterday's catch on the spoon. He said he is switching back to the plastic worm. Image title

The lake level is 554.50 and has risen 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is 15+feet. The lake rises just a bit when they run the one generator and rises faster when they shut it down so the slug from the last rain has about went on through. At least we have had drying days since the last rain before the next ones that are coming in soon. The ground is still saturated. These are still winter patterns and the spring rains have not started yet. We should be at about 547 now but they absolutely refuse to drop the lake levels in the winter like they used to do a few years ago. All area lakes are affected not just Norfork and we are all in about the same situation. The new management rules for Beaver Lake will sure not help Bull Shoals any as we all know all efforts will be extended to protect the Branson Landing no matter what, leaving Norfork as the step-child to keep holding water since we are not on the chain of the White River Lakes but do empty into it. It almost takes a drought to make their plan of hold and hope work. We have learned to adapt here but it makes it rough on public campgrounds, launching, parking and beaches for day users. You can always get to Blackburns Dock by vehicle no matter what and park. Launching is available here unless it gets very high and then Panther Bay is available about two miles away. Several resorts do not have launching on site anyway. If you rent a boat it is already in the stall at the dock and you do not have to worry about anything just drive to the dock and get on. It was very nice yesterday and we got a lot of work done and then went fishing in the afternoon. Fishing was not the best with just a few fish being caught and mostly small ones but it was beautiful and we had fun. Surface water temperature was 46 degrees and the water was fairly clear and you could see your lure down about 5-feet and very clear near the bank. We caught bass and crappie on brush piles. The wind is up again today and it is getting very warm for a couple of days and then the fronts. We will let you know of any big changes and continue to work outside while we can. A lot of projects are getting completed and we will be ready for your visit. The lake is in excellent condition so far and fishing changes from day to day. I would like the wind to go away but it was not bad yesterday. Cold weekend coming.

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

The lake level is 554.37 and has risen 4-inches in the last 24-hours with generation more than 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport 13-feet and is also higher since we are now out of the power pool. There have been little effects from the last rain except for the lake rising about a foot and a half. It did not affect clarity on the main lake but the creeks are more stained but not bad. We put three more new ceiling fans in cabin #11 with two of them going in the big screened-in porch and the other in the largest bedroom. It is now completely ready for your visit and we have people that just checked in to it today already keeping Blackburns full. Today's project is new carpet for pontoon #9, get it serviced and back in the water and then pull out pontoon #11 for servicing. The Black Champion is getting a new steering cable, bilge pump, serviced and will be back in the lake next week and ready for rental. Things are moving right a long and need to as spring is coming fast. We worked inside until the weather warmed up and then went out to put in brush for fish cover. I am not much for charging out there when the weather is in the teens. I go out in the warmest part of the day and come in when the sun goes down. Three of us have fish cover permits and are allowed 6-trees each and we finished up that project just before dark.  We had five more left. It is good for the lake and fishing especially for Blackburn's customers and we have some good ones with several being in new places. We will show you where when you get here. I did not fish but was on the water for several hours and had a surface water temperature of 45-46 degrees and I could see the bottom in about 5-6 feet of water near the shore. It was a beautiful day with highs near 50 and sunny with very light winds and perfect for putting in trees. It is to get very windy tomorrow with a front coming through monday with a little rain but that one does not bother me. The front coming up from the Gulf on  wednesday bringing a lot of moisture and colliding with a cold front coming down from the north looks like trouble to me. It is just a matter of where they meet whether we get rain, ice or snow. Somebody is going to get significant rain and we do not need that now with the lake being held up so high this winter already. Today will be the best weather for fishing with wind tomorrow. People did not do the best yesterday but that was expected the first sunny day after a cold front. Just a few bass were caught and none worthy of a picture. Several are out today. We are busy and like it that way. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. I bought some new trailer tires, batteries and boat oil and cannot believe the prices. What have we let happen? If we are having a 7-1/2 % rate of inflation why are prices doubling? Blackburns is not raising their prices on anything again this year and will hold as long as possible.  

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

The lake level is 554 even and has risen one foot in the last 24-hours with 1/2 generator running for a few hours and both for a few hours. It is still rising a little when they run both generators so it will come up more but not a lot. They got more rain up north with more runoff but the brown water should drop out before it gets to this area of the lake. It should not cause a problem here but I am very concerned about what is coming next. Normal high is 51 and we are to get to the high 40's today and get warmer and warmer with a nice weekend with sunny skies and light winds until tuesday so we better enjoy it. On tuesday it is to start raining and then wednesday through thursday serious weather with mixed precipiatation and heavy rains. The ground is saturated and we could get a serious lake rise depending on if it hits the Norfork River Basin north of here. Local rains do not affect the level much. There has been no effort to drop the lake level all winter and we will pay for it sometime this spring and it looks to be sooner than later. I sure wish we could get some better lake management. The White River at Newport is now at 11-feet after being held low all winter. It could be at 21-feet with no problem to anybody. We are out of the power pool which is 553.75 so the Corps of Engineers have taken back control of lake management from Southwest Power. All area lakes are in the same condition so one is not better off than the other as of now. It is almost like they want this to happen. It started off with an ambient temperature in the 60's yesterday and a surface water temperature of 47 degrees and then went downhill from there and was miserable with a cold north wind with temperatures in the 30's by dark and got down into the teens last night. We quit putting in brush early and came in and will finish later today. Everything is ok now and we caught bass and crappie yesterday morning and will go again after we get the brush piles finished. The weekend looks good but the fishing has just been fair. We do not need 3-inches of rain in the Gainsville and Ava areas that is for sure but I anticipated this and Blackburns is as ready as we can be. At least things have a few days to settle out before the next one and just keep the ice away. They usually go north of highway 60 up to 44. We will see. It sure would have been nice to be at 547 now instead of 554. At least it is not a polar vortex. This will be a good weekend to get some outdoor projects finished and I have a big crew working on them. The place is looking good. The resort is full with people taking advantage of the best place and prices in the Ozarks.  

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

The lake level is back up past the 553 level again and rising with a couple of hours of generation. It has come up 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours and I dumped over 2-inches total out of my rain gauge since yesterday. The creeks are running but not too fast with some brown water in the very backs of the creeks where they empty into the lake. For some reason they never generate when it rains and allow the water to rise as much as possible. We were busy putting in a new ceiling,  ceiling fan, led lights and painting the big bedroom and also putting in another new ceiling fan on the big screened-in porch in cabin #11 and putting in new carpet in pontoon #9 yesterday. We never quit with improvements. You will like what you see when you get here. I went out for a while but had to come in early to go to a celebration of life for my friend David (Diver Dave) Gentry at the Back Forty. It was a good turnout and he had lots of friends and we had some good memories talking about fun times at the dive shop. It has not been a good winter for me with losing several good friends and neighbors. The surface water temperature was 47 degrees and it was windy with white caps on the main lake and pretty bumpy even in Blackburns protected cove with winds swirling and changing directions. The wind finally quit this morning but is coming back again already. I am getting very tired of it. The temperatures are dropping rapidly with the cold front now here. It went from the 60's to the thirties in just a few hours and thundered but not much else except the rain. It is to get to 18-degrees tonight and then warm back up again starting tomorrow. Me and my crew are putting in the last of our brush piles today and tomorrow. We have some good ones and you will like those also and we will show you where they are when you get here.  I spooned up two bass and one crappie before I came in and they were all on one brush pile that we had just installed. It looks to be good spring fishing here on Norfork Lake so far with the lake at a good level and the water a good color and a good fish population. Next on the agenda are after dark striper fishing  on their spawning banks just before the full moon in march with post-spawn walleye biting at the same time earlier in the evening. I fish for walleye  from about 4-PM until dark on shadowy banks until the striper bite begins. It is a good time to catch and release the stripers as they are shallow and the water is still cold and they can be released unharmed to grow. Then big crappie pre-spawn fishing in late march and early april folowed by the start of the top-water bite for bass,stripers and white bass in mid-april. The crappie will be on their spawning banks at the same time back in the creeks. April, may and early june are the best fishing months with bass on their beds in early to mid may. Bass continue to spawn for several months and into the summer here on Norfork. Catfishing is excellent in May and June here. I really like catching flatheads. Another spring season is about to begin with no price increases here at Blackburns. Check prices before you book. There is a significant difference and you do not have to sacrifice any quality at all. We do not like to charge our cuatomers too much and want them to be able to have a quality vacation despite the inflation and high gas prices. Veterans and Police come on down. 

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

The lake level is 552.70 and has risen a little less than an inch in the last 24-hours with just two hours of generation. They are religiously holding the White River at Newport at Just above 9-feet for some reason. It had been warm and sunny with light winds until yesterday where it was still warm but very windy with white caps.  I wish to disagree with the sayings that wind from the east fishing is the least, winds from the west fishing is the best and the wind is your friend. People that believe those must not know Norfork. I will take a little walleye chop but you can keep the rest. The only places that I could get out of it the fish were not biting very well. I caught a few bass and one crappie and came in early. I had hoped it would blow itself out by evening but it was about 5:30PM before it slowed but it is back at it again today with another cold front coming through with cold temperatures tomorrow night and then warming again. This is typical March weather. It does not look good north of us but we could get some significant rain. Texas and Oklahoma could get severe weather and flash flood watches in southern Missouri are in effect tomorrow and that is not good for the North Fork River basin if it gets too far south in the Gainsville area. We do not need a big lake rise in february with this very little generation.  We have missed everything this winter except for two snows with no ice and I would like it to stay that way. I do not like snow but they did not hurt anything and the lake is in excellent overall condition. It was iced up in the creeks this time last year with the polar plunge and killed a lot of the shad. That is not likely this year. Every year is an adventure here and things are constantly changing. This is my 28th season here and that makes me the longest owner at Blackburns." Fisherman Joe"  Gagliardi owned it for 27 years and we though that record was unbreakable. It seems like it was just yesterday when I rode down into the entrance with Charley Blackburns and saw the beautiful green flat valley with the huge magnolia tree and said stop. This is the place I want we just have to negotiate price and the rest is history and I am not sorry I left the business world one bit. I love this place and am proud to own it. We have some guests that have been coming here for 70-years and are coming back this spring. There is not much that they have not seen and I love hearing stories about Blackburns which was the first resort in the area even before the river was flooded and they fished for smallmouth and catfish. The Blackburns came here from Kansas City and had the first choice of any place they wanted and chose this one. Good choice. 

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

Norfork Lake winter Bass fishing in 65-degree temperatures caught on the Bink's Spoon. Image title

The lake level is 552.62 and is the same as this time yesterday with three hours of generation. The White Riven at Newport is still 9-ft. and they are still holding the area lakes up high even though they could be dropping them. I have the dock and parking set up for high water again this year and will be as ready for it as I can. You can always get to the dock here at Blackburns but may have to drive a little to get there. We always have parking. High water does not hurt fishing much unless it all comes at once like in 2017. It just changes the way and where you fish. I hope we do not have to go into high water mode but they are doing nothing to prevent it. Dropping the lake in the winter would give us a much better chance but they refuse to do so. We are at a good level now for launching, parking and fishing and I guess we have to take what is served to us. it is just too bad the lake is not managed better. It would not hurt anybody down stream. It was a beautiful day yesterday with warm temperatures, high pressure, light wind, sunny skies and a full moon which are all a recipe for not the best fishing but that did not matter as it was just good to be out there in the sunshine. The water looked more stained but I could still see my lure down about 5-6 feet and I suspect the bright sunshine had a lot to do with that. The water surface temperature was over 48 at 3-PM and just about 45 after dark and I suspect the sunshine had a lot to do with that also. That is a big change for a deep lake and I have seldom seen that and I was fishing in the same area. There will be no shad kill this year. A kill makes for better fishing but not having one is better for the fish. I would rather have them well fed than easily caught. All of the fish that I am catching are fat and healthy looking. The crappie are very finicky. They go for several hours biting very slowly and then bite fast for a few minutes and then quit again. There is a bite early in the afternoon  and then they quit and then another in the evening and then they quit again at dark and I mean quit. Try to stay in the shade on brush the best you can. Sunshine straight down on the water is not good for me except for bluegill and I am not catching any of those lately. Go against the wind with your trolling motor and use it as sparingly as possible. If you have anchor or spotlock do not use it. They hunt too much and spook the fish. They are ok if you are trying to stay on red meat fish in open deep water but not for crappie or bass in shallow water. I consider 25-ft. to be shallow water. I do not use a spoon in water less than 18- 20-ft. and switch to the jig. When the fish are biting on the drop stay away from the brush and cast the jig past the brush and let it sink down into it. Otherwise jig straight up and down into the brush. If you are using a slip float and live minnow set the minnow depth 6-ft. farther down than you can see it and adjust it deeper if needed. They will come up to get it better than going down.  Bass will be in the same place but usually deeper. Harvey Hall would go to one of his brush piles and fish for a few minutes and if he did not catch a fish or maybe just one he would move. He caught more fish than me but I prefer to keep fishing where I know the fish are there and probably stay in the same place too long. I do not see how many fish I can catch anyway and fish where the big ones are even though they are not biting. I do not guide and do not feel pressure to catch big stringers of fish for the paying customer. My self imposed limit is five and then I switch to bass or walleye. I caught four crappie and two keeper bass and came in after dark. Nice day and makes life almost worth living. Catch a few, keep a few and release a few and leave the rest for the tourists. They are paying the out of state licenses and pay for the fish stockings.  With the current gas prices it may not be the best choice if you are only fishing for food especially if you are a troller. My boat uses about as much gas as a Naval Destroyer uses diesel but my Hummingbird 4-ID fish finder positively identifies fish. At least that is what they told me in 1986. I am still trying to figure out how to run it but I catch a few anyway. I would buy a livescope but they cost more than my boat 15-years ago which is also a 1986 and I spend my money fixing up the resort, what little there is with Blackburns low prices. I probably could not figure out how to use it anyway but pretty much know where the fish are. I miss Harvey. That old boy could catch crappie. The two best crappie fishermen on the Lake were Jay Smith and Harvey Hall. Harvey died and Jay retired. There are a lot more crappie now for us novices. They never fished any brush piles but their own and worked hard putting them in. Others should do that. I do.  

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

Darrel Binkley with a good one. Released. Image title

The lake level is 552.62 and has risen a little over 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with two hours of generation. The White River at Newport is 9+ ft. The surface water temperature was 45 and the ambient temperature was 47 when I went out yesterday. The lake clarity is still the same and you could see your lure down about 5-6 feet. It is to be warm today and tomorrow with a low pressure moving in on wednesday afternoon and we could get some significant rain and some wind. We are not in the bullseye for the severe weather which should go south of us but are on the border. The ground is pretty saturated and we could get runoff and a lake rise. They always seem to quit generating when it rains for some reason but they are not doing much of that anyway. Our average rainfall for february is about three inches for the last 10-years and our average high temperature is 50 for this date. February is usually a good fishing month and better than march and then in April it really picks up with May being the best combination of weather and mixed fishing with about everything biting.  April and May are very busy here with people taking advantage of the best prices in the Ozarks here at Blackburns. I am still fishing for bass and crappie with not much luck with walleye. Some days are better than others but I am catching some everyday with most being on brush at 25-27 feet with the bass on the bottom and the crappie about 20-ft. down. Very few fish are hitting on the drop with the bite coming by jigging the spoon or jig straight up and down slowly and touching bottom. When fishing the bank in the evening for bass try to keep your lure near the bottom with out dragging it and keeping it moving. Keep you jig moving also but not a lot. I respooled several reels with 6-pound clear monofiliment yesterday. It has more stretch but has less memory. especially in colder water. I will change back to flourocarbon when it warms up. The new flourocarbon is getting better though.  Do not overspool your spinnning reel and leave a little room on it so it does not slide over the spool. It may not cast quite as smooth but will prevent tangling especially when it gets dark and you have to go by feel. I do not wear glasses but do not have the night vision that I used to have. Also, for some reason, I feel more comfortable bringing a big fish in on a baitcaster. I always spoon with a baitcaster even with small spoons. Big fish bite on little spoons. The only reason that I go to a bigger spoon is to get the lure down faster in deeper water or in the wind and keep the spoon straight up and down and not dragging it. A 1/4 ounce or 3/8th ounce is big enough for about anything unless you are fishing in water over 35 or 40-ft. White is a good color for clear water and I like red eyes with a little red on the spoon and an Arkansas Shiner, black, blue or pink back. The 1-ounce many Shad is good for deep water but I seldom fish in deep water any more to keep from killing the fish when brought up. My favorite jig is the Bobby Garland blue ice baby shad which is 2-inches long and also the blue ice swimmer. It is a little longer and has a small paddle tail which is good for vertical jigging and has a little more action. Do not use more than 6-lb. test line and no snaps, swivels  or other hardware except for the swivel that comes on the spoon to keep it from twisting. I tie my jigs directly to the lead head and use 1/16th ounce white with a red eye. I like a little red on about everything when possible.  4-lb. test is best for crappie and use nothing but clear line on Norfork. You can get by with green line when the water is stained or fishing deep but there is no sense in putting it on. For crappie do not use the multi-hook crappie rigs with the flourescent spreader bars. They work very poorly in Norfork. Try to make the jig or spoon look like it is by itself and not dragging anything especially braided colored line and any hardware and keep it moving. A limber pole is best. When fishing in big schools of shad try and make your lure easier to catch than the shad. Keep it moving but slowly in cold water. When the shad spook your jig or spoon with be the only thing left and the fish will get it. Maybe. Do everything slow in cold water. 

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

The lake level is 552.57 and has risen just a bit in the last 24-hours with a couple of hours of generation in the morning and again in the afternoon.The White River at Newport is 9-feet and they could be letting out much more water if they wanted to. Hold and hope. We need to be at least 548 but they seem determined to keep it high for the spring rains. A five feet drop now would give us a better chance of staying normal, what ever that is. The surface water temperature had dropped a little yesterday and I had just under 46-degrees yesterday afternoon. The water seemed a little more clear and I could see my lure down about 6-feet. The creek visibility is about the same as the main lake.  The wind died down some but is coming back soon. We are on the borderline for some storms on wednesday with another cold front coming through after more warm weather starting tomorrow. This has been happening for several weeks now. It got down to 19-degrees last night in town and colder here near the lake. Blackburns had several fishermen out yesterday but I did not talk to them about the results. I am not doing that well but am catching some fish but no picture fish. I do not take selfies with a fish held up under my face over and over. I am catching just a couple of keeper bass and a few crappie and not much of anything else. The big fish are eluding me except for a large crappie now and again but not like it was. I am catching no bluegill or walleye and the catfish stopped a coule of weeks ago. The next event is just before the full moon in March which is the 19th when the stripers go to their spawning banks at dark and caught slow rolling the stick bait.This is a good time to catch and release them in shallow water. This is also getting to be a lost art with few doing it. The next time is the middle of April when the top-water bite for both bass and stripers gets going good and the male crappie move to the backs of the creeks on shallow wood. There can be some dead time in March with the cold fronts coming through about twice a week. It is my least favorite fishing time except for the lake turnover in October. May is the best month for overall fishing and weather if they do not let the lake get too high too fast. Scuba diving season starts June 15th for spearfishing but there are less and less of divers out there every year due to low visibility in recent years. In a normal level year it can be excellent. We will see what happens this year. It is hard to believe we are 1/2 through february already and about ready for another season when I can stop being concerned about ice and start worrying about storms blowing my dock away. I have taken many measures to keep that from happening. We seem to get a big strom the first part of July every year but the resort is in a well protected valley and has missed any severe weather in the past. People used to come to Blackburns from town to get away from storms in the old days before weather sirens and there has never been any damage for 70-years. I hope it stays that way. I have a lot of work to get done by March 15th but have been working on it all winter. I think you will like what you see when you get here and there are no price increases.   

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

Dave Titus with some nice ones. Image title

The lake level is 552.55 and still rising with two hours of generation in the morning. It came up 1-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours. I went out yesterday afternoon and it was very warm with an ambient temperature in the high 60's and windy with white caps from the southwest. It switched to more from the west later in the day, started to die down and then came back up and the cold front moved in. It was hard to find a good fishing spot out of it and the fish were not biting far back in the creeks. I fought it for a couple of hours and came in. Fishing was not bad and I caught 4-crappie and two bass but nothing of much size although all were keepers. One crappie was pretty good. The surface water temperature was 47+ degrees and the water looked a little more clear than the day before. The cold front is definitely here now and it is not warming up much today and is only to be in the high 30's but is to start warming tomorrow and get back into the 60's with rain on Wednesday night and Thursday morning and maybe more than just a little. The high pressure after the cold fronts warms up more now with the longer days and better sun angle. Sun rise is now 7:AM and sun set is 5:47 PM and it is dark just about 6:20 PM.  The weather has been a roller coaster all winter but we have avoided any bad storms and ice and there has been several very nice days but some cold ones too. Wednesday should be a good day for fishing. Blackburns still has one cabin open so come on down. We will not charge you too much. It has stayed busy here all winter with people taking advantage of the best prices in the Ozarks and no price increases for 2022. We are open all year but I only keep five cabins open but will start opening more in March as soon and these cold fronts with below freezing temperatures stop. There is still a little ice on the north side of stuff and it is stubbornly holding on even with warm temperatures. Most is gone. There has been a lot of sunshine this last week and I have been able to go out fishing and catch fish almost everyday after work. I am still fishing Blackburns Brush piles for crappie and bass during the day and then moving part way backs in the creeks on steep banks for them near the shore in late evening. We are putting in the last of the brush next week after the rain and have already put in several good ones that are holding fish. We will be ready for you when you get here and not charge you too much. Yes our dock is covered and we have two fish cleaning stations with no waiting. Our guests catch a lot of fish. You first normal sized stall is free here at Blackburns and we have different sized stalls for different boats. No one size fits all. All cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches. 1-4 Bedrooms. We especially welcome Veterans and Police and will help you catch fish, event planning or with real estate questions.   

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

Scuba Steve's Best fish yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 552.42 and has risen 1-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with no generation. They just started. The lake should not be rising this time of year. The White River at Newport is 8+ feet. The surface water temperature is 47+ and the lake is fairly clear with a greenish tint and you can see your lure down about 5-feet. I continue to fish brush on main lake points during the afternoon for crappie and bass in about 25-feet and then move to behind the brush part way back in the creeks in little cuts near the shore. It is cloudy today and the fishing should be pretty good after several sunny days. The cold front comes in tomorrow and the ambient temperatures are to drop drastically but only for a short time and then warm back up. The average high is 49 and rising. It is to be windy for the next several days. If it is going to go down it is usually early AM until it warms up and then again in the late afternoon when the temperature starts to cool. During the day it is gusty and swirling down the river channel swings. There is a good chance of rain later next week. Spoon or jig the brush during the day and cast the grub to the shore and work slowly back to the boat near the bottom in the evening. Some are right on the bank and some are in about 10-15 ft. of water but they may be following the lure before they hit it. Watch for the twitch in your line and set the hook. I am not sure if the same fish are moving from brush to the bank near sunset but I think so because I am catching few on the bank during the day except for smaller Kentucky Bass. When the Game and Fish did their survey on what people coming to the lake were fishing for it was overwhelmingly bass, followed by crappie then anything they can catch and then striped bass at a distant 4th. That is not the case now. Most of the fishermen are guides competing for very little business in the off-season or fishing with their family or friends. It is very competitive and most of them are fishing for stripers and killing a lot of smaller ones. The very few near 20-lbs that are left are being killed everyday and these guides are good at catching them. Most are trollers. The umbrella rigs drug through schools of shad are very effective and they put out 6-8 of them off each boat. The larger ones that are left should be gone soon but several in the 5-8 lb. range are still here but the class of 2020 is absent due to covid. It will be interesting to see what Game and Fish does about it in the future if the water is held high again this summer and there is a fish kill in August. I suspect if there is one it will not be nearly as bad as previous years as it affects the big fish most and they are already gone and the shoreline vegetation is already dead due to so many years of prolonged high water. Decaying green vegetation increases the BOD and causes low dissolved ozygen and the fish to go into the deep bubble and later die due to the stress. They are ocean fish. The striper kill affects Norfork the most and I suspect there will be changes in the fish stockings in the future. If they stop stocking stripers I hope they increass Hybrid Striper stockings as they are not affected and even though they do not reproduce, people really like catching them. What I would really like is more walleye stockings and also quit holding so much water for so long so the stripers do not die off. At least the walleye reproduce. Others are just semi put and take but used to get really big. Increased fishing pressure is not helping things either.  Other area lakes could get our Norfork Stripers and that would not be good. It is already starting. Blackburns is the headquarters for Police and Veterans. We like them.

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

Caught on the Bink's Spoon yesterday. Image title

The lake level is 552.26 and continues ro rise slowly with very little generation. It rose 1-1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with 2-hours of generation. The White River at Newport is 8.9 feet and dropping. There is no effort to drop the lake level for the winter. The surface water temperature was 47 degrees, it was sunny and warm with an ambient temperature in the 60's, a little wind from the southwest, but not bad.  I saw a couple of other boats dragging umbrellas around for red meat fish but other than that not much action on the lake. This is a good time of year for peace and quiet. The last few years December can be the coldest month but this year it was January again with not very many warm days and several cold fronts followed by clear cold nights. There are always some warm days in February with the longer days and average highs increasing. The lake water temperature seldom drops after the first week in February and it starts creeping up. It is better to start getting dark at 6:PM than 5PM but the ambient temperature still drops fast at sunset so no matter how warm it is during the day bring a coat. The snow cooled the water a couple of degrees but it has warmed back up now. Even with the warm weather the snow has been slow going away but is mostly gone now except for the plowed piles. I am not much into snow and ice. The lake is pretty clear and you can see your lure down 5-6 feet. Yesterday it was more clear in the creeks than on the main lake and that changes almost daily. Bink is catching more walleye than anybody I know at this time and they are with the white bass and small hybrids but are on the bottom. I am not catching any but am not fishing the open water on main lake flats but continue fishing for bass and crappie in brush early and then on steep banks just inside the brush in the late evening until dark. I am not catching as big of fish now as I was a few days ago. I may have to switch tactics if that does not change. That is why you have to be out there almost everyday to stay on top of things. What is reported one day may be worthless a couple of days later with the wind, air pressure, moon phase, and amount of sunshine constantly changing. That is what makes it fun. Release some of those walleye as it is approaching spawn time and we need more of them in the lake. They have a high mortality rate with most people killing almost every legal one they catch. Someone releasing a 20-inch walleye is a true sportsman. We do not have nearly as many of those as we do meat hunters but the numbers are increasing and that is good with the greatly increasing fishing pressure. Norfork is no longer uncrowded and the unspoiled theme is also going away with the water clarity decreasing every year but it is still very clear compared to other shallow green northern lakes. It needs to stay that way.   

Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home fishing report and Lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

Bryan Deardoff with some nice ones yesterday. He had a good teacher. Image title

The lake level is 552.15 and has risen 1-3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with no generation. The White River at Newport is 9-feet. The surface water temperature was 46.5 yesterday afternoon in the sunshine and the wind was brisk from the southwest. I could see my lure down about 5-feet and the water was stained a little green. I fished for over two hours in the late afternoon and caught four crappie and two Kentucky Bass. Nothing big. Not the best day. Bryan caught larger ones in the morning. Bink is still on the temperate bass and catching high numbers but not much size. The hybrids are biting the best but most are small. He is catching some nice walleye in the same places on the bottom on the spoon. I am not. My catch has been limited to bass and crappie. The big bluegill have quit or moved and the catfish always quit this time of year. It is nice not having it get dark so early. There is another cold front coming in this wekend. I was fishing south of Cranfield Island and the shad blacked out my screen. Not a very good chance of catching fish there for me but there were a couple of boats there also. I do not usually fish within sight of another boat so I moved to a main lake cut out of the wind and caught three crappie that were barely keepers. All of the fish that I caught yesterday were in 25-ft. of water except for one bass which was near the bank on the drop-off. The snow is about gone but has been stubborn. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much. Gas is $3.39/ gallon for non-alcohol regular here in Mountain Home so you know if you should fill up before you get here. It is rising every week. 

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

The lake level is 552 even and is the same as this time yesterday with just a couple of hours generation. The White River at Newport is 8-feet and they are holding the area lakes at a high level so far all winter like they want a spring flood. We are at a good level now though. The lake surface water had moved up a bit to 45 degrees yesterday in the sunshine and the water clarity is about the same. You can see your lure down about 5-6 feet. It may have something more to do with the sunshine than the water getting clearer. I expected a few more fair weather fishermen out there but only saw a couple of other boats. Except for the warmer water not much had changed from the day before with the bass continuing to bite pretty well and a few crappie. No picture fish but I caught several keepers. All fish were released on site. I do not have a selfie stick or a camera on a phone anyway. My photographer was not available. I talked to one striper fisherman and he said fishing was not the best but he caught one about 6-lbs and a hybrid trolling live bait between the bridges. Some bass are with the hybrids on shad. I am fishing brush in the afternoon and then moving to the steeper banks just before sunset. Bass and bigger crappie are near the bank and biting just before dark. More largemouth are showing up with the Kentuckies. The days are getting longer and the average highs are increasing and are now 49 degrees. It looks like no shad kill this year and I am glad. A kill really helps the immediate fishing but it is good to have a lot of food for the fish and keeps the pressure off the gamefish fry after the spawn. It is 50-degrees and not noon yet so it is a good day to get some outside work done before fishing time. The wind is to pick up but if it stays from the south I can get out of it and still fish good places. The weather is great and should continue that way with a couple of weak cold fronts coming through but not bad. I should be able to put in a couple more brush piles this week. The crappie eggs are getting bigger but I have not cleaned any other fish. The snow is gone from my boat so I can get back to using it again but I have plenty of them. Fishing overall is just fair but I am catching keepers everyday and am not going very far to find them. The snow is stubborn and is going away fast now but not gone. It did not freeze last night. Bryan Deardoff is coming in now and I will see what he caught. 

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

Scuba Steve with some Norfork Lake Bass released under the dock. Image title

The lake level is 551.99 and is the same as this time yesterday with about 3-hours of generation. The White River at Newport is back down to 9-ft. and there is no attempt to drop the lake level for the winter and we are well into february. I guess they are banking on a dry spring. We should not question the government and just take what they dish out. The snow is melting quickly now and it is to get to nearly 60 later this week with another cold front coming through next weekend but not nearly as bad. I like these sunny skies out on the water even though it is not the best for fishing but it warms the water. The water temperature is about 43-44 degrees and the color is good for winter bass fishing and they are up shallow in the late afternoon and on brush earlier. I am seeing more shad in the backs of the creeks than last month, especially north facing creeks but the wind has shifted to more southerly and varying in direction but it has been light. Bass fishing is the best now with a few crappie and small stripers being caught. Some are getting into a school of white bass every once in a while with a few larger ones mixed in with the smalls. I am still using the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon in the brush along with the Bobby Garland jig  and the stingray grub on the steeper banks. A few nice crappie and walleye are being caught but bass fishing is best. Overall fishing is just fair. Blackburns is open all year so come on down. We will not charge you too much. Compare those prices unless you just have too much money. I do not. No we are not on vacation but I do get to go fishing everyday. That is good. 

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

The lake level is 552 even and is about the same as yesterday at this time with no generation since noon yesterday. They just started again a couple of hours ago. The White River at Newport is 11+ ft. and they are doing a great job of holding the area lakes up high this winter despite the cold temperatures and electricity requirements in the South West Power distribution area. The lake surface water temperature was still 43 degrees yesterday afternoon and the lake is still clearing and I could see my lure down about 6-feet. The snow melts during the day and then the water freezes at night making the side roads slick early morning. There are some bare spots on the ground where the snow has melted in the sun but the ground is still mostly covered but dropping quickly. I do not like to plow snow unless I have to as long as our customers are able to get in and out easily. It just piles it up and takes it too long to go away. We only have three cabins rented and they have had no trouble getting in and out. The dock road is a little slick early but gets better in the afternoon. I have not had any trouble. I do not like snow or anything about winter but this weather was not too bad.  I caught crappie on the jig yesterday and some good sized ones too. Today I will focus on Bass which should be good. I caught a couple yesterday fishing for crappie. The wind is about 5-MPH from the southeast and easy to get out of. The longer this high pressure stays around the better the fishing will get. I did not see any other boats out there but did not go far and did not have to. I am glad I do not have to pull my boat in and out but Blackburns does have some good launches so you do not have to go elsewhere to launch your boat. It is good to just go to the dock and get in the boat and be fishing in about 5-minutes. Our customers like that and so do I. The new brush piles are holding fish already and I have a few more to put in. The hillsides are a little slick on the rocks climbing to the cedar trees now until the snow is gone.  The deadline for putting in brush is April 30th. By then it is spring and they are full of sap and very heavy. Now they are light and easily dragged to the shore. We have excellent brush piles here at Blackburns. I wish other resort owners would put some in for their customers. They really work well. It does not look like a shad kill this year with the water temperature still in the 40's and the days getting longer and the average highs rising again. There was a big school of shad under my dock on the underwater light last night and that is the first time that has happened in several weeks. In the fall they were there every night. I like this sunshine even though it is not the best for fishing until it has been around for a while. The moon is getting bigger again and the full moon is the 16th. I like coming in after dark in the full moon for some reason but it is not the best for fishing except for stripers and bluegill. The stripers typically go to their spawning banks before the full moon at dark in March which is is the 18th and can be caught on a stick bait. They will be shallow and can be released easily without harm from the shallow cold water. Mid April and all of May they will be coming up on top-water in the morning and the same is true. These are the best times to fish for them unless you are a meat hunter and fish for them deep. Late March and early April are the best times for big pre-spawn crappie and May for the higher numbers after the spawn. Norfork Lake has high numbers of big fish but also high numbers of small ones especially bass. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free.  

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

Scuba Steve with some pretty good ones.Image title

The lake level is 551.98 and has dropped 2-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with one or two generators alternating since last evening. This is the first time the lake has been below 552 in a long time and it is heading in the right direction albeit very slowly until the weather got cold and they needed electricity. It was 553.51 on January 1st and has dropped 1-1/2 feet since then. The last snow was on January 6th and it was about 1/2 as much as this one. The White River at Newport is 11+ft. The light flakey snow will not raise the lake much as it melts and it started yesterday afternoon. The water surface temperature was 43 degrees yesterday afternoon in Blackburns Creek and the ambient temperature was 34-degrees. I will check out the main lake today. We are to have beautiful weather for a week with highs in the 50's starting on Monday and warming up to the mid 40's tomorrow. My boat was still full of snow on the lift on the north side of the dock but one of my rental bass boats was dry on the south side so I grabbed a crappie rod and  took it for a little cruise to a brush pile in the creek. The wind was still and I could set right on it without using my trolling motor. I vertical jigged my Bobby Garland and caught a few nice crappie and came in. It was not bad out at all and is better today. I expect some more fishermen out this afternoon after it warms into the 40's. Everything could have been worse and we are a lot better off than Jonesboro and Memphis who got ice and have power outages. It is melting here already at noon and this will only last a few days and is causing very few problems. February is moving right along and it will be spring soon. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 and book your spring trip. We will not charge you too much and the lake looks great so far as does the resort. 

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

This is what it looks like out my front door. Image title

The lake level is 552.22 and has dropped 4-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with alternation between one and both generators continually. They must need some power somewhere but the White River at Newport is still 8-1/2 feet. We received about 8-inches of snow total and it was mostly just a snow event thankfully and there was just a little drifting and no power outages. Everything is fine. The light weight snow will not melt down to much water.  It is sunny now with a high pressure front remaining stationary over the area for at least the next week with highs to be in the low 50's after this weekend. Looks good to me. Normal high is 47. It struggled to get over 20 yesterday. It is a perfect time to plant some grass seed with no frost in the ground. I went down to the dock to feed the fish and check on things and all of my boats were full of snow, even on the south side. The wind was mostly from the north but was swirling in Blackburns creek. It just quit snowing a couple of hours ago, the wind is light and it is not bad at all out. I am glad it is over. I did not get a water temperature but am anxious to see how much it dropped. It was 47 on wednesday.  It should also help clear the water. People ask me everyday how does it feel to be copied on everything you do. The answer is it does not bother me at all. Emulation is the highest for of flattery. If you follow you will never get into the lead. I have lived here since 1995 and have been doing fishing reports since 1997 at the request of the webmaster at the time when Gerry Sperry, a striper guide and a good one, died. He did very good reports and I did not feel I had been here long enough to write one. Binks, Harvey Hall and other good fishermen helped me and I have been doing one ever since. If you do a traffic report you will find that they do very little to get traffic to your web site. Facebook users are just preaching to their same friends over and over and that is good. It helps keep your friends aware of what is going on. They just help people get a feel on what is happening on Norfork Lake and that is important. The more the better. I do not pay much attention to what other people do except for the ones helping me get good lake information. Others come and go some even seasonal. There is room for everyone here.  I do not claim to be an expert but do know people that are and I catch a few fish and put in brush piles to help our customers do likewise. My years of Scuba Diving also help know where the fish are and are not located and I do not have to spend much time looking. We are all lucky to live here. 

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

Mike with some nice ones.Image title

The lake level is 552.61 and is the same as yesterday with about 3-hours of generation. The White River at Newport is 7+ feet and the surface water temperature was 47 degrees yesterday. It was 45 degrees ambient yesterday morning when we went out and it got colder by the minute. The surface water was 47.3 degrees. The bass and crappie were biting so it did not feel as bad. First it rained, then it iced for just a little bit, then it sleeted and then it started to snow. All in the span of just 7AM-3:PM when it hit 27 degrees. It is snowing now and it looks like we missed almost all of the ice. We have about 4-inches of snow now and it is coming down pretty good and it looks like the forecast of 5-8 will be about right and maybe more towards the 8. I dumped 1.4 inches of rain from my gauge last evening. It looks like the ice is headed for the Boot Heel and Paducah area and miss us. We can take some snow but ice paralyzes this area. There have been no power outages here so far and that is my biggest concern. I have a home generator but none at the resort. We are to get the coldest days of the season and not get above freezing for a couple of days but we can get through that. It could be much worse. I will just do inside projects and will open up more cabins in March when the weather warms. March can  have variable weather with several cold fronts and big temperature swings. We keep several cabins open all year but will be in full swing by March 15th. Many people get cabin fever by then. Two things are working the best now for bass. One is spooning 25-ft. brush piles near the bottom or also using a jig or small grub vertical jigging the same brush. One of my favorites is a 2-inch white twister tail with the tail turned up and a small crappie minnow hooked through the top of the head on a 1/16th ounce white with red eye jig head. The next is a 2-inch Bobby Garland blue ice baby shad.  Crappie are with the bass and big ones too. Use a slow presentation and just dabble the lure but touch bottom Do not drag the lure and keep it straight up and down if possible. The other is putting a 3-inch green stingray grub on a 3/16th or 1/4 ounce jig head and position your boat in deep water on a steep bank part way back in the creek and cast to the shore. Keep your lure dropping and just off the bottom until back to the boat. The 1/4 ounce drops faster and has a little more action but gets hung up more. The stingray is not made for action. Bink taught me this technique 25-years ago and we both still use it today. Be ready to lose a few but also be ready to catch some big bass. After fishing this lake for so long we know where the winter bass banks are located and it is just a matter of time before they get there. Diamond Bay has some good ones but there are also some very good ones right here near Blackburns. I seldom go very far but seem to catch quite a few fish. I do not like paying these high gas prices and my 200-HP Mercury likes it pretty well. I have all of my electric gear plugged in and ready to go and hopefully will not need it for very long. There are several trollers dragging stuff around in front of the docks at Mallard point. They must be catching something but I did not talk to them. Others are around the bridges in front of Panther Bay Marina. I am marking several stripers on the way to my fishing spots but do not fish for them. Let them grow. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much, have all individual cabins with no duplexes, all have covered porches and your first boat stall is free. There are no price increases for 2022 and we will help you catch fish and have new brush piles. Compare prices. Our low price is only excelled by our quality. 

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

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service on his spoon yesterday. That is one nice fish. Image title

The lake level is 552.63 and has risen 3/4 of an inch in the last 24-hours with two hours of generation. The White River at Newport is at 7+ feet and they are doing a great job of holding the lake level as high as they can for a long as they can. You would think someone would need electricity somewhere in the Southwest Power area. We did recieve a little over 1/2 inch of rain yesterday afternoon and night. The surface water temperature was 47 degrees and the water clarity was better and you could see your lure down about 5-feet. It is the same in the creeks. It was raining just a bit yesterday afternoon when I went out but quit about 3:30Pm and the fishing conditions could not have been better. The ambient temperature was 60 with light winds, very cloudy with a low pressure front moving in. Theses are text book conditions for catching fish and I was not disappointed. The first brush pile that I went to showed crappie near the bottom so I cast a 2-inch grub and minnow over it and let it sink and caught three very large crappie. Two were white and one was black nosed.  They stopped biting so I moved to another one and immediately started catching fish. The one thing in common was that the brush was in 26-feet of water. The brush got my grub so then I switched to a Bobby Garland baby shad and continued where I left off catching fish. Crappie and bass were both in the same places and biting equally well. All fish were keepers with no throw backs. It was good to see some nice largemouth showing up where I had been just catching Kentuckies. It was a fun afternoon and evening. I did see some boats dragging stuff around not too far from me in deep water. Clip a weight on a crank bait and drag it around through shad. When the fish bites on one of the rods in your rod holder reel it in if it does not get tangled up in another of the many lines you have out.   It sounds like fun. If there was one big striper left in the lake I am sure some would dog him down and kill him and brag about it. They will have to use longer and lighter roods and reels with lighter line to convince people that these fish are big like they used to be.  The weather does not look so good for the next few days.  The date is 2-2-22 I hope it is lucky and the ice stays away. Somebody is going to get it. 

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

Scuba Steve with his biggest crappie of the day. Image title

The lake level is 552.58 and has risen 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with absolutely no generation. The White River at Newport is at 8-feet and dropping. Still no effort to drop the area lakes and we are now in february. We received about two inches of total precipation for the month of January which is about 1/2 normal. If the lake floods this year it will not be because of too much rain unless we get a lot. They have had ample time to drop the lakes for the winter and have not done so or made any attempt to do so. It is better to go into the spring at about 546-47 than 552. It would not have stopped the flood in 2017 but would have really helped in other years. The 12-ft. rule for the level of the White River neeeds to be reviewed. They only follow it when they want to anyway. Minor flooding occurs when Newport is at 23-ft. and nothing is hurt if it is kept just below that. Nobody needs to get flooded out but better management is needed. They changed the rules for the minimim flow for the put and take trout on the rivers, are proposing changing the rules for Beaver Lake management to facilitate a more constant water level, so they can change all of the rules and take away politics for all of the lakes not just in the highly populated areas. If safety is a concern, then they need to start with the oldest dam first which is Norfork. I worked on improvements until about 4:PM and then went out on the lake until about dark. We are really getting things in good shape here for you with no increase in price. Blackburns is the family and fishing resort and we have put in several brush piles to help you catch fish when you get here. We will show you where and how. Most of our customers are repeat and already know how. It was nice and warm and a little windy but it went down just about when I got to the first brush pile. I wanted to check out the new ones. They held bass earlier but the crappie were there now and some big ones too. I started off with the 1/4 once Bink's Spoon and then switched to the Bobby Garland Baby shad. Both caught fish with the bass liking the spoon better and the crappie liking the jig. A couple of the crappie were very large and were right on the bottom in 25-ft. Stripers are still biting and people are still fishing deep and killing them. I guess they need meat pretty bad and want to finish off any decent sized ones that are left. I am not fishing for them anymore until they make a comeback but that is why they were put in there so they might as well finish them off and then learn how to catch other fish. There are quite a few smaller ones. The weather does not look good for the next few days. We can take the snow but keep the ice away. It looks like we will get both. It does not look good for the Jonesboro area. I wish it would miss everybody. Surface water temperature was 46 yesterday but the frozen stuff will not raise it any. The normal average high is now 46 degrees which is the same as the water temperature. The lake water clarity is the same. It starts to clear and then clouds up again but is a good color for fishing. I have one project to finish and then I will go fishing until it rains me out. It is to get very cold later this week. This looks like the last decent day for a while and that will end later this afternoon.  

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

Mike Eakle with some good ones caught yesterday on Blackburns brush piles on the spoon right on the bottom. Image title

The lake level is 552.51 and is the same as this time yesterday with about 4-hours of generation. The White River at Newport is at 9-feet and there is no sign of any effort to drop the area lakes for the winter. The surface water temperature is just under 46 degrees in this area and you can see your lure down about 4-5 feet. It was a nice day yesterday with ambient temperatures in the early 50's with light wind. Everybody that I talked to caught fish. Bink is still catching all kinds of temperate bass in Big creek and we are catching ours near Blackburns on Brush using the spoon and green grub near the bank. Today looks to be even a better day before the weather comes in bringing a cold front and mixed precipitation. Rain, then ice and then snow. Thursday looks to be the worst day and then a cold weekend. The track is not for sure but we will get something just keep away the ice. The cold front is bringing the coldest temperatures of the season. We have avoided most bad weather this winter with just a couple of light snows but much better than last year with the shad kill and the ice on the creeks. Hopefully that will not happen again. I will keep you posted. My friend Dave Gentry (AKA Diver Dave) died yesterday. He introduced me to lake diving and trained me in open water, advanced diving and rescue. He will be missed. Much fun was had at his dive shop in Henderson. He was just here a few days ago.  It has been a tough winter for my long time friends with several now gone in the last few months.   

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

Tom Kelly with some nice ones yesterday on Blackburn's new brush piles. He is one good fisherman and releases almost all of his fish.  Image title

The lake level is 552.47 and has risen just a bit with no generation for 24-hours but they just started again last hour. The White River at Newport is 10.94 feet and there continues to be no effort to drop the area lakes for the winter and we are in february on tuesday. The water surface temperature is between 45 and 46 where I have been fishing and the clarity is pretty good but not nearly as clear as a few years ago. I remember when you could see the bottom in the winter at 25-ft. but those days are over. There is a pretty important workshop coming up on tuesday February 1st here in Mountain Home at the Sheid auditorium at the college from 5-8 PM. It is concerning how the Beaver Lake Dam is managed. It addresses increasing minimum flow, the 12-ft. rule and giving that lake priority in keeping the level lower during periods of high rainfall at the expense of the other lakes. Even though Norfork is not on the White River chain of lakes it is being managed as it is because the Norfork River discharges in to the White River at the town of Norfork .  Safety is being brought up as the reason and the threat to the increasing population below the dam. Beaver was built in 1966 and is twenty years younger than Norfork. I suspect economics and politics might be involved with many affluent people building below the dam and on the lake in that area. They would like a more steady flow into the river, less periods of high flows and a lower level maintained. I understand that. We all would. Since Norfork is the oldest dam in the area I propose that any changes to the Beaver Lake management be also implemented at Norfork with no lake getting more priority than the other. We need to be safe here also.Table Rock already has priority with it's proximity to Branson and it only leaves Bull Shoals and Norfork to hold the bag. After Table Rock was built Taneycomo is now a tail water of it from the dam spillway so it will not be affected.  I do not know all of the details but encourage interested people to attend the workshop. Maybe all of the area lakes need to be managed differently.  I am a proponent of that. The weather was much better yesterday and it looks like it will continue for a couple more days. It is beautiful today but that is to end wednesday night with a cold weekend ahead. Fishing just gets better and then another cold front comes through. This could be the coldest of the season. I do not like snow but would much rather have it than ice. Typically the ice goes just north of us into the interstate 44 or highway 60 area but not always. We had one bad one in 2009 which I will never forget. We are to be on the border of rain, ice and snow and it concerns me. It will hit somewhere and I do not wish it on anybody. Tom, Mike, Bink and myself all caught fish yesterday. Bink is still on the temperate bass in the Big Creek area and the rest of us are fishing from Float Creek to Cranfield Island. Some nice ones were caught and most were released. Spoons, jigs and grubs continue to be the best lures and the bank out to the brush continue to be the best for crappie and bass. Mike caught a nice walleye right at dark on the spoon. I did not. Late afternoon and evening bite is the best. Enjoy the nice weather for now.  It gets busy here at Blackburns about the middle of March. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115. Best place, best price, closest to Mountain Home, dining and shopping. 

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

The lake level is 552.44 and has dropped 1.2 inches in the last 24-hours with just a little generation. The White River at Newport is now at 11+ feet and they are doing nothing to drop the area lakes for the winter. It is a good thing we have been dry. I did not go fish yesterday but we went out and put in a couple of trees for fish cover. It was sunny but was windy and cold with white caps and ambient temperatures struggling to reach 30-degrees. The north wind was just miserable. We put in two trees and came in. They are in good places though where I knew fish hung out while scuba diving. We only put them in fishy places and do not try to lure them to a new location. That seldom works. Some people install PVC pipe instead of trees for fish attractors and I tried that several years ago. It just did not work. I would see them when I was diving and seldom ever saw a fish on or around them. I might have saw a couple of catfish in all of the times I went by them. This is for sure, fresh cedar trees hold the most fish especially right on drop-offs.  When the Corps of Engineers used to put in cover many years ago they would sometimes put in large hardwoods and  sycamores with green leaves. They worked for a few weeks and then the fish left them for some reason. I always suspected it had someting to do with the the decaying leaves after they fell off the branches but I am a chemical engineer not a veterinarian. The surface water temperature was just under 46 degrees and the water looked the same as the day before. I saw no other boats out there and we were out for a minimal time. Today looks to be better but I do not like the looks of the weather coming in about Wednesday night next week. The last ice storn is still clearly in my mind and I do not want to go through anymore of them even though I am better prepared for one now. February starts tuesday and we are headed in the right direction. Looks to be a pretty good weekend and early next week for fishing. Bass are finally moving to their winter banks. Try the green 3-inch stingray grub on a 3/16th ounce jug head on the bottom. Put your boat in deep water just past a sharp drop-off and cast to the shore. Let it sink as fast as it can take line but do not drag it on the bottom.  Use your rod and watch for twitches in the line and set the hook. It is harder on windy days and best with light or still wind so try and get out of it the best you can. It is a good change from spooning but I use both. At Blackburns there are no price increases this year, all cabins are individual with no duplexes, all have big covered porches and your first boat stall is free. Come on dwon. We will not charge you too much and will help put you on fish and have good brush piles for our customers.    

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

Caught off Blackburns new brush piles yesterday. Image title

The lake level is 552.55 and has dropped 1-1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with generation about 1/2 the time. The surface water temperature was 46 degrees and the ambient temperature was just over 40 in the afternoon when I went out yesterday. The wind was light and the fishing conditions were pretty good but it could have been a little warmer. That should happen later this weekend and then there is a good chance of rain for several days next week. The water color was just about right and I could see my spoon down about 4-feet. All I wanted to do was check out the new brush piles that we put out the day before. They both held fish already and the bass were biting, especially the Kentuckies. I brought my limit back and released them under the dock. They were right in the brush. That was all I wanted to know so I came in just before dark. We have had a few very warm days in January but mostly it has been cold. There were several striper boats with several rods out trolling between the bridges. They must have been catching something but I do not know. Several bass fishermen are having a hard time and are turning into striper fishermen as they are easier to catch now. There must have been a good class of about three years ago because there are a lot of fish in the 5-8 pound range being caught recently. The game and fish are starting a tagging study to determine the numbers and size of stripers being harvested in several of the area lakes to determine if there needs to be a change in the size limitation. Norfork Lake, Beaver and Ouachita are included. I personally would like the size limit to be increased and the number limit to be decreased but it will not do any good if people keep fishing for them in deep water and releasing dying fish. I am sure they will do what is best. I am not going to fish for them for a few years until they make a comeback, if they do. Way too many of the smaller ones are being killed now. There are a few of us that were around and remember what Norfork Lake Striper fishing used to be like and it is a shame what has happened. Maybe it will get better but not at this rate. I did not catch one crappie yesterday but it might have been that they had not moved into the new brush yet or it could be that they were just not biting. I did not see any down there but they might have been right in the brush with lockjaw. That happens too. I like winter bass fishing just a much. I bought a new belt for my Kawasaki Mule and it was $90. It was $48 a year ago. I do not like that. The money you save by staying at Blackburns will about pay for your fuel to get here and that will help slow inflation. Gas prices are going up almost everyday and you will not see many motor homes dragging cars behind them this summer. It was nice when gas was $1.70/gallon a year ago.  You do not have to go far from Blackburns to catch fish as we are about in the middle of the lake and this area has some of the best fishing. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.  

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

The lake level is 552.68 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 10 hours generation. The White River at Newport is 12+ feet. It looks like we are back in the 12- ft.mode again for managing the lake but as long as it stays dry it may still drop. I would like it to be 547at the end of April to give us a better chance of not getting high again. A normal year would be great for everybody. I did not go fishing yesterday but we went out and installed a couple of brush piles near Blackburns for our customers. It went pretty good and there are now more places for you to fish. Two of us have permits so we can put in several more trees. The water surface temperature was 47 degrees, the wind was very light, the water clarity was good and the ambient temperature was cold. I would not allow any Fireball or Blackberry Brandy to be consumed in my presence but I suspect a little sneaking was going on with the ambient temperature struggling to get past 30. We will show you where they are when you get here. Warmer today, cooler tomorrow and tomorrow night and then warmer for later in the weekend and early next week. We have a waning last quarter moon and I expect some good fish to be caught the next few days. I will let you know. Several of us will be out. I do not like to wish time away but I am glad January is about over. Bink is still on the temperate bass in Big creek on his spoon and others are still catching small stripers in the river channel near the bridges and in front of Panther Bay Marina. Striper fishing is about to slow down so they better fill their freezers now and get as many as they can until the water cools a little more. Full moon in March is the 18th and just before that they will be on their spawning banks at night on the stick bait and start biting again. Crappie fishing and bass fishing is still the best for me but that is all that I am fishing for except for walleye and I cannot catch any of those. Come on down to Blackburns, we will help you find fish and will not charge you too much and are open all year.  Your first boat stall is free. We especially welcome Police and Veterans. 

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

This is a sample of what Scuba Steve is mostly catching nearly everyday.Image titleImage title

The lake level is 552.85 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours with continuous generation since 7:PM last evening. The White River at Newport is 11.65 and dropping. The surface water temperature is just under 48-degrees and dropping and the lake is clearing more every day. You can see your lure down 5-6 feet. Everything in general is in pretty good condition but the fishing is just fair. The cold fronts continue to come through and slow fishing and then it gets better until the next one. The trend lately has been for it to get cold during the week and then warm up late in the weekend. It can vary from early 60's for a high to late 30's just overnight. Our normal average high is rising and is now 45-degrees. The bass have started biting in the evening on the grub near the bank and some very large crappie that are on the brush in the daytime are with them. I am fishing brush until sundown and then beating the bank until dark. Most of the bass are Kentuckies but a few largemouth are with them. Many larger bass are hanging with the shad in open water now that the big stripers are mostly gone. I have not caught a walleye this week. The crappie are finicky and will go for a few hours of not biting and then bite quickly for a few minutes. When I think I have it figured out they change. You just have to wait them out. There are still some 15-16 inchers but not nearly as many as last winter with 11-12 inchers taking their place. They are fat and healthy though as are the bass. Overall fish numbers are high on norfork except for white bass and big stripers and the white bass are making a comeback with many in the 10-inch range. A few nice ones are being caught but not a lot. Big bluegill are in high numbers and are excellent eating and fun to catch. We are fortunate to have so many species of game fish in Norfork and sometheing is almost always biting if you are willing to be versatile. Catch a few, keep a few and release a few and do not fish in deep water. There are some big fish there but also many smaller ones and they all die when brought up. Venting does not work. They may be able to go down but they die anyway. Big stringers of dead fish are not impressive to most people except for meat hunters. 

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

Tom Kelly with some nice ones yesterday. Some were very large. Image title

The lake level is 553.20 and is the same as it was at this time yesterday with a few hours of generation. The White River at Newport is 12+ feet and dropping very quickly with the reduced generation. There is no effort to drop the area lakes this winter and they are all holding just under the power pool. The surface water temperature was 48.5 yesterday afternoon when I went out and the wind was light from the west. It came up about 5:PM when the cold front started to come through after an ambient high of 64-degrees. The water visibility had cleared in both the main lake and the creeks and is a good color for fishing.  It is 30-degrees this morning and is not going to warm up much for the next couple of days and the lows are to get into the teens. At least January is about over. Bink reports catching several white bass and crappie in Big creek on his 3/8th ounce spoon, Tom Kelly caight big crappie, Mike caught bass and crappie and I caught fish from the time I went out until I came in at dark. It is nice that the days are getting longer. I fish crappie until about sunset with the jig and then beat the bank for bass with the grub until dark. I have not got into the big smallmouth yet and the walleye have slowed down but the rest of the fishing is pretty good. The weather looks to get better by this weekend  with good fishing days by sunday and monday. Fishing overall is just fair but some good ones are being caught everyday. 

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

Mike Eakle with some pretty good ones yesterday. We will show you where when you get here. Brush piles are going in as we speak. Image title

The lake level is 553.21 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with generation for just a few hours. The White River at Newport is at 14+ feet and dropping. The surface water temperature was 47 degrees, the ambient tempoerature was in the high 40's  and the lake clarity was stained on the main lake and a little less so in the creeks especially near the bank yesterday afternoon when I went out. It was a little breezy from the west but not bad. The first three Blackburns brush piles that I went all had fishermen camped on them but the fourth one was open. I will put this year's trees in new places so our customers have more places to fish, That is why they are put in. I wish more resorts would do so. We will show you where ours are when you get here and we have some good ones. It is very warm and breezy today already with ambient temperatures to reach 60 with a cold front coming in later with highs to get back into the high 30's for a few days. One more week left in January and the moon is getting smaller with the last quarter to be tomorrow. Crappie, bass, catfish and walleye like the dark of the moon. I do also but it is nice coming in after dark during the full moon.  The fish were biting steadily but not fast and I caught my 5-crappie limit, and a nice Kentucky Bass and a very large bluegill and came in just before dark. The fishing was pretty good but they were not as large as the day before and the bite was not as fast. Tom, Mike, Bink all caught fish also. Our striper fishermen report catching several in the 5-8 pound range but no picture fish. Bink is really on all kinds of temperate bass back in Big Creek. The fishing pressure is increasing on Norfork, especially on nice warm days. Everyone is tired of winter already. The lake is in good condition now and at a good level but I am still concerned about going into the spring at this elevated level again. It just does not have a habit of working out and there seems to be nobody concerned or willing to do anything about it. We will get a big rain before May, you can count on it. Yes Blackburns Resort is open all year, no we are not on vacation and are also not for sale and are not raising our prices this year. We just keep getting these questions for some reason. Come on dwon. We will not charge you too much and your first normal sized boat stall is free. 

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

Cabin #12 is finished and ready for your visit. I has a king in the master bedroom and now has a queen and other two beds in bedroom 2. $83/day $498/week 0ff-season. Image title
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The lake level is 553.27 and has dropped 3/4 of an inch in the last 24-hours with little generation. The White River at Newport is 15.77 and dropping and the surface water temperature was 48 degrees on the main lake yesterday afternoon and the water clarity was about the same and you could see your lure down about 3-4 feet and it might be more clear in the creeks than the main lake. The ambient temperature was just shy of 40-degrees and it was sunny with light winds. Our normal high is 44-degrees and has started to rise again meaning we could be past the middle of winter. It is to warm up nicely today, get to 60-degrees tomorrow and then another cold front is coming through but not as bad with highs near 40. They just keep coming. It is predicted that february will be warmer than normal but we shall see. Last february was not so good. We are about 6-7 feet too high going into the spring and there has been no effort to drop the lakes so far this winter when they had the chance. The may rains come along with storms and the only ones that do not seem to know this are the ones managing the lake level. 560 is too high and we are just one big rain from being there. 546-47 would give us a little buffer and not hurt anybody. My aerator pump and bilge pump were frozen up, my steering was stiff and the line going to the water gauge had frozen and was leaking water on my shoe. I took it loose and tied a knot in it and went fishing and the fish were biting, especially the crappie and some nice ones too. I caught my limit of five and threw several back along with a few bluegill and came in. I just wanted a few more to go into Tom Kelly's trophy pond before spring spawn. I will get a couple of pounds of tuffies from Nabatak to get them through the winter and it will be ready. It could use a couple more walleye but I have not caught any lately. The striper bite is still pretty good in deep water and they are still killing them and they are getting smaller and smaller. I guess if you cannot get bass you can kill stripers. Get that meat at all costs. At least the White Bass are making a comeback but are not nearly what they were three years ago. Hybrid fishing is just fine but not nearly as many of them are stocked. The bass, crappie, walleye, bluegill and catfish should be excellent this year. The high water does not affect fishing much ulnless it comes all at once like in 2017. That was not good. Keep all of the trash and logs up in Missouri. People are already calling and are getting disappointed about not getting the cabin and rental boat of their choice because of all of the early reservations. Customers are taking advantage of Blackburns low prices and are not happy with other places raising their prices on them. Friends do not raise prices on friends especially if they use the money to go on vacation.  I like it here and have no place that I would rather be. The improvements continue.

Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains region fishing report and lake conditions by Scuba Ateve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

The lake level is 553.81 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with rotation between one and two generators most of the time. The White River at Newport is 15+ feet and dropping.  The surface water temperature was 48 degrees yesterday afternoon and is dropping with the cold weather. The water seemed to clear a little and I could see my lure down a little more than 4-ft. It started out in the mid 40's in the morning and dropped during the day. It started to snow big flakes about 4:PM for a little bit almost covering the ground and then it quit before 5:PM and the wind started from the north and it got cold fast. It continued to get colder until a low of about 12-degrees this morning. It is not to get above freezing today and a little colder tonight. Saturday looks to be warmer with temperatures in the 50's for sunday and monday and then another cold front just as bad as this one in the middle of next week. We are in a pattern but are avoiding the ice and storms so far. I went out a little earlier in anticipation of the snow and wind and it was not bad but I did not push the issue and came in about 3:30PM. I do not hate them that bad. I  spooned a couple of brush piles and caught a few crappie and a couple of Kentucky Bass to check out the conditions. Fishing is almost always the best right before the cold front gets here. It looks like sunday afternoon and monday will be good days for fishing. We will see. I do not like taking days off but have some indoor projects to work on anyway. I will continue to go and check out the conditions even if for a short time as long as my old boat will start. It froze up the line to my water pressure gauge and squirts water in my shoe but it is not a very big line and we do not sweat the small stuff. It looks like this snow will stick longer than the last one. Most places are having significant price increases for 2022 but Blackburns is not raising anything except boat gas. We do not want to charge our friends too much and want you to continue to have an affordable vacation with all of the inflation in other areas. Come on down and check out all of our improvements.  You will like what you see. We are open all winter and are not for sale. I do not know where that is coming from. 

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

The Ellner family from Elcho, Wisconsin had a good time here and are very nice people. Image title

The lake level is 553.98 and has risen 1.2 inches in the last 24-hours with just a little generation. The surface water temperature was 49-degrees yesterday afternoon and it was a nice day with temperatures in the 50's and light wind. The water is still stained in both the creeks and the main lake but a good color for fishing. We have reached our high for today and the temperatures are dropping and  weather of some kind or other is to hit  this afternoon followed by a cold front and very cold temperatures for the next three days. I called our customers that were scheduled to come in told them to wait. Single diget wind chill will just not work. It costs more to heat and clean the cabins than we charge plus it is not fun fishing with ice in the rod eyelets and your drag frozen. This should go away by sunday but another one is coming. Fishing was pretty good yesterday for bass and crappie but that is all that I am fishing for. Others are fishing temperate bass in deep water. There are more guides out there chasing a very few customers than I have ever seen in the past. They are hunting down and killing off-season stripers and not even getting paid for it. It will take a big marketing effort to convince people that a lake that used to produce 30-40 lb. stripers are now producing 7-8 pound ones that these are big fish. You would think  quitting killing them and not fishing for therm in deep water when they are out with no customers would be wise and they would let them grow  but it is like one is trying to out advertise the next one. We get a few new ones and lose a few every year but have more fishing experts than ever and they are attaining this level in record time. Leave the fish for the paying customers who pay out of state licenses. The cold weather will drop the surface water temperature some but not drastically when we reach this time of year and this temperature. We had ice in the creeks out to the main lake with a shad kill last year and this is much better. It is dangerous to go into the spring at this water level but maybe it will work out but I am not counting on it. Many people that come here camping are getting tired of the high water all summer and going elsewhere and that is a shame since they really like it here and do not want to go. We have several very nice campsites and swim beaches but they are no good 10-ft. under water. I am still catching some nice crappie, bass and bluegill everydaty and the evening bite is the best. Striper fishermen are catching several fish now but that usually slows with the cold weather and they move to between the bridges next to the old river channel and get lethargic. This mostly happens in January but has not yet and they are feeding getting ready for it. There are more bass in open water on shad than normal and fewer on their winter banks which are south facing with the predominate north wind. There are some there though and they move shallow in the evening from cover in 20-25 ft. during the day. Some crappie are in open water but some are on brush at about 25-ft. of water. Some big ones are mixed in eith the 11-inchers. White Bass fishing is getting better and Hybrid stripers are about normal. The high water does not affect them much. I am not looking forward to this cold weather. 

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

The lake level is 553.88 and has risen 3/4 of an inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is 16.5 feet and dropping rapidly. The surface water temperature was 49-degrees yesterday afternoon and the wind was light fron the southeast on the main lake and calm in Blackburns Creek. The lake was about the same as far as clarity was concerned and I could see my lure down about 3-feet in the sunshine and less when it was cloudy. The ambient temperature was 43 degrees and pleasant with the light wind. It is to be in the 50's today and then the wind is to pick up and another cold front is coming throug