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Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Image titleImage titleA very few big stripers and hybrids are being caught and we strongly suggest releasing them and not fishing for them in deep water. A big stripers is over 20-lbs and a big hybrid is 12-lbs. People that have not been here very long now think a big striper is 10-lbs  and a big hybrid is 6-lbs. We need to get it back to where it used to be and quit killing small fish or we will not have any. Only white bass reproduce.  I am releasing all temperate bass. Kentudky bass and crappie eat a lot better anyway. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Mike caught fish in the morning and Scuba Steve caught them in the evening.Image titleImage title

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The lake level is 553.86 and has dropped 1-1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running full speed. All of the area lakes are near or below top of power pool and they have cut back on the level of the White River at Newport to below 11-feet. We did get about 1/2 inch of rain Saturday night and it all soaked in and helped the very dry conditions a little. The persistent wind had really dried things. The surface temperature was 60.5 when I went out yesterday and it was a little windy but not bad. I spooned a brush pile and got some very nice crappie and a couple of bass and then checked out a steep main lake river channel bank with the grub. I would throw the grub right to the bank and use the rod to quickly let the lure drop off onto the first ledge about 6-8 feet deep and the smallmouth would hit it almost every time. I caught about a dozen and released them all on site. It was really fun and I would not have come in except it was getting too dark to see. The wind layed about 4:pM. The high rocky banks have much less dead wood than the creeks and you will not get hung up as many times. Do not mess around getting the lure to the ledge or the bluegill and warmouth will get it as they are right on the bank. Many fish are throwbacks but several are also keepers. The larger bass are coming off the brush for me and are with the crappie. Some shad are moving in shallow at dark and the small stripers, white bass, hybrids and walleye are moving in to feed on them. The moon is about 1/2 now and getting bigger and the temperate bass and walleye will feed until the moon sets and make daytime fishing more difficult.  The walleye that I am getting on the spoon are all reaction strikes and they are not actively feeding durning the day. Schools of small white bass with a few hybrids mixed in are showing up just outside of brush at sunset. The ones that I am catching are small but I have reports of some larger white bass showing up after I come in at dark. I do not fish after dark anymore as I catch all of the fish that I need during the day when it is warmest but I do stay out until it is too dark to see my line. This is a good time of year and the lake is in excellent condition with the weather approaching 60 for the next several days. The closer it gets to raining you out the better the fishing. The first sunny day with high pressure after, not so good, but fish can still be caught. Crappie, bass and bluegill are still the best bite with walleye next. Spoon in or right around brush for best results. I like the 3/8th ounce Bink's spoon. I used it for the first time yesterday and it worked well in the wind if it is not too windy. I do not spoon in high winds unless in open water. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 554 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running at full speed. We are approaching the seasonal pool level of 553.75 where the C.O.E. surrenders some of the control of the generation schedule. When they get close to that number they typically quit generating in order to keep the level up as high as they can for as long as they can. They are already keeping the level of the White River at Newport below 12-feet and we will see if they almost dry it up like they did a month ago when we got the big rain. Drop it down to the 540's boys. It is dry here with a burn ban and we can take a couple of inches with very little effect. It looks like we will get some about tuesday. It was cloudy, cool with light wind and misting rain when I went out yesterday. Perfect conditions for fishing. It is to remain in the 50's for about the next week. I was heading out to my favorite brush pile when I went around Mallard Point about three docks and noticed a lot of shad in about 35-feet of water with some fish on them. I dropped a spoon and they were only small White Bass and small hybrid. I released them to grow and went on. The bass and crappie were biting immediately on brush in both 14-feet of water and 35-feet of water. A 3/8th ounce Bink's spoon was used right in the brush and the crappie were very nice in the 12-13 inch range. I later moved to a wind blown bank and took out a grub. The smallmouth were biting about 10-feet off the shore in about 8-feet of water just inside a main lake point and I caught two of them. I then moved a little deeper and switched back to the spoon on brush and caught a Kentucky and largemouth. It was getting dark so I came in. It was a good day for me. Other guests caught some good bass also. The fish are scattered throughout the lake and are either on the bank, in brush or in open water on shad. Crankbaits are working pretty well beating the banks but the buckbrush is mostly all dead from being flooded too long and there is lots of wood to get snagged on it they dive too deep. Work just around the inside of main lake points on wind blown banks, spoon brush and you will catch fish until the next cold front comes through and then it will slow but not stop. Check all main lake cuts with brush for crappie and bluegill and drop a spoon or jig. I saw a troller chugging the shoreline for a long ways but did not see him catch anything. He was out too far in too deep of water but I guess he was tired of getting snagged where the fish were. It is warming up a bit and about time for me to go out.  

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

These were the best ones that Scuba Steve caught last evening. More too. Released several under the dock and shared a few. Image titleDan Croslin with a nice big fat one.Image title

The lake level is 554.15 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. It is approaching the magic number of 553.75 where some control is turned over to the power company and they usually slow generation way down at that point. We will see. It is time to start drawing the lake down but for some reason are reluctant to do so. It was a little cloudy and very warm yesterday with highs in the mid 70's and a light wind coming from the south. The surface temperature was 62+ and it was a perfect day to be out on the lake. Blackburns has several fishermen out there and they reported fishing was only fair but bass and crappie and bluegill continue to be the best bite with a few walleye and catfish also being caught. The red meat fishermen did better than earlier this week when they struggled. They caught some stripers  and hybrids but all were small with the stripers all being less than 10-lbs and the hybrids in the 3-4 pound range. No picture fish but at least they released all of them on site to let them grow. That is good and I am happy some are showing up. The crappie I caught were on shallow brush in the 16-18 foot range on top of the brush. The bass were in the same place but a little deeper. The bluegill were right on the bank. I did not catch any walleye. It is to be cloudy and cooler today and tomorrow with sunny skies after that with a high pressure moving in. If you are catching bluegill on brush do not be discouraged. Where ever they are present you can be sure big fish are nearby. I was using the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon white with a red head but am trying out the 3/8th ounce one today. I have not used it before. The lake has stained a bit near dirt banks with the wind slapping waves on the shore. There are bass where the water changes from brown at the wind blown bank to clear a little ways out in about 6-10 feet of water.  Crank baits and grubs are working there. I am not catching much on the high river channel banks where the water is still clear. If you rig up a half dozen lines with live bait and drag them through enough schools of shad you will catch some fish. I prefer casting for them and do not fish open water much anymore. Today should be a good day. Fishing overall is just fair but the lake is in excellent condition and some nice fish are being caught every day. Blackburns has several fishermen coming in for Thanksgiving and we will help them get fish.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 554.33 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running at full speed. They are holding the White River at Newport at below 12-feet. The surface water temperature is 61 degrees and the lake is not quite as clear as it was but is still fine for fishing. Crappie, bluegill and bass continue to be the best bite with a few walleye and catfish coming in. The temperate bass fishing continues to be slow. People are fishing hard for them but are coming up short both in number and size. The fish are small and hard to find. The ones caught yesterday came from just north of Cranfield Island and in front of houses on Mallard point. I am glad to see some white bass showing up but they are small. The White Bass are starting to come back after the fish kill on them a couple of years ago.  Bink caught a nice striper but reports there are not nearly as many as before. Especially the big ones. People are still taking pictures of dock floors of small dead hybrids and stripers that barely measure and are nothing to be proud of.  They will quit only when they are all gone and that will be soon since none were stocked by the game and fish this year and they do not reproduce in fresh water. The limit needs to be dropped to two fish until the numbers and size improve. That is not the case for the other fish in Norfork which are high in numbers and are very healthy. November fishing is about normal otherwise with no particular pattern except that they turn on and off with the cold fronts. A few schooling fish are coming up just at dusk but are mostly bass and are back in the creeks. Fish are roaming and not staying put very long with a lot of bait fish out there. Fishing for bass, crappie and bluegill on brush and walleye on the side of brush is your best bet with spoons,  with some fish right on the bank with grubs and crank baits.  Work the wind blown banks and there has been a lot of that but there always is in November. We have had no rain for over a week and the wind has dried things out a lot. Fishing conditions overall are just fair. Many fishermen have turned into deer hunters and the boat traffic is low. It is to cool some soon and drop down to about normal ambient temperatures. The warm temperatures were nice. Blackburns is open all year and your first boat stall is free. Several are not.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 554.52 and has dropped a little over 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running full speed. They are still holding the White River below 12-feet at Newport. If they hold true to color they will slow generation down as the magic level of 553.75 approaches where they give up some of the control to the electric company.   The surface water temperature was between 61 and 62 on the main lake and cooler back in the creeks shallow. It was a little windy when I went out yesterday afternoon but not bad. I tried catching some bass on the bank with little success until about 3:30 Pm and then caught a couple of good ones. I then moved back in a creek close to Blackburns and started brush fishing for crappie and caught five nice ones including one very large. About sunset some fish started surfacing next to where I was crappie fishing. It was a large school of mixed temperate bass and I caught and released four small white bass, one hybrid about four pounds and a small striper about 20-inches. All were released on site and none were worth a picture. Hopefully they will grow a little before someone kills them. Walleye fishing has slowed a bit but a few are still being caught but most are still short. Crappie, bass and bluegill fishing is still the best bite. Our striper fishermen are getting discouraged but are catching a few but most are also small. It is to be windy out there again today but it should lay by tomorrow. The fishing is getting better every day after the cold front came through last weekend but it is taking a while. Warm and windy calls for a crank bait for bass on the wind blown banks. It is to be in the 70's today but back to normal later this weekend which is about 55 for a high. You can still get a cabin here at Blackburns for $59/day with your first boat stall free. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

The lake level is 554.99 and has dropped less than an inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running less than full power. We did receive an inch and one half of rain Saturday night about 10:pm and it rained hard and the wind blew. There was some storm damage on docks and trees north of Blackburns and some hail north of that but Blackburns was fortunate and had no damage and are operating as normal. This was anticipated and precautionary measures were taken. Our normal high is 57 degrees and normal low is freezing but the highs are to be near 70 after today and the lows near freezing with the clear skies and a big high pressure hanging over the area.  Coat in the morning, shirt in the middle of the day and jacket in the evening. The warmest part of the day does not last long and it cools very fast at sunset. The lake surface temperature is still in the early 60's depending on the time of day. The lake is in excellent condition and there are a lot of fish. Fishing was not the best yesterday but I caught one bass, one crappie and one channel catfish in about an hour of fishing. This was expected but I like to go out there every day even if the bite is tough. Sometimes you get surprised. Better than laying on the sofa. Blackburns has people here looking for real estate, out of town builders, fishermen and families just wanting to get away for a few days. They are taking advantage of the lowest prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the area. The children like to ride their bikes down the nearly flat 400 yards to the lake and our 18-stall  boat dock and fish off the dock and others like to take a nice walk to the lake without going down or up a cliff. The big flat playground is nearly always busy. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. I caught no picture fish yesterday. Tome Kelly did report catching a 22-inch striper in Float Creek and released it immediately. Everybody needs to quit killing stripers and hybrids until their numbers come back. White Bass numbers are also low but they can take care of themselves. There is plenty of bait fish out there and many schools of shad are holding few predator fish. There were some fish coming up last evening but they were all bass.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 555.19 and has dropped 1-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running a little less than full speed. The surface temperature is 53 degrees and the lake in general is in excellent condition. They are holding the White River at Newport to less than 12-feet. We are expecting a cold low pressure tonight with wind and a little weather. It should pass by tomorrow and then no rain for a week with highs getting near 70 for several days towards the end of next weel. Fishing for bass, crappie and bluegill continue to be good with walleye next. Dave and Mike caught some very nice crappie and bass this morning already along with some short walleye. We are releasing some of the crappie and all of the bass under the dock. The school under the dock is getting larger and larger every day and I feed them twice a day. I use chicken feed and floating catfish feed. The chicken feed sinks slowly and they get it on the way down and the catfish feed floats and they hit it on top water. Most of the turtles hibernate but a few remain under the dock unless it gets very cold. The best bait for everything continues to be the spoon and then the jig. A few are using slip floats with some success. Bink likes that green stingray grub for the bass. I use it when I am not close to any brush. Some are still trolling but with very limited success. It looks like the wind has a very good chance of getting here tonight so batten down the hatches.  After that fishing may slow a bit but should get better every day until the next cold front gets here. Looks to be a good week ahead. Come on down to Blackburns. We have no duplexes so you can social distance and all cabins have big covered porches. Your first boat stall is free. We are open all year and have the best prices.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

That Tom Kelly sure can catch fish. He is laying off the stripers until they start to come back. Image title

Dave Titus and Maggie with some of yesterday's catch. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 555.36 and has dropped 1-1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running at less than full power. They are holding the White River at Newport at less than 12-feet like they are expecting a flood this winter. The surface water temperature was 53.8 when I went out yesterday and it was a beautiful day with a high in the early 60's. I go out when it is the warmest part of the day and come in when it starts to cool. Others go out when it is freezing and come in when it warms up. I caught bass, walleye, crappie and bluegill again with a couple of small white bass and a small hybrid mixed in.  About one in three walleye are keepers. Every time I catch a walleye I retie because they have a tendency to nick the line. When I am too lazy to do so I almost always pay for it with the next fish breaking off.  The striper fishermen are fishing hard trying to catch fish but are coming up short with just a couple a day and none over 12-lbs. I told them to switch to walleye, bass and crappie but they are determined. Those predicting the temperate bass to be great in November better try harder. I wish them luck but are encouraging them to release the fish they catch as there are so few of them. No sense getting them all. Let some grow. I saw some top water action last evening but they were bass and not very big. They were chasing very small shad. I fished both main lake and the backs of creeks and caught fish both places. it was a little better than yesterday and the fish were bigger. There is one brush pile holding giant crappie and I try to just catch one a day off it and release it under the dock. The school is getting bigger. Almost all brush is holding fish but not a lot. You have to catch a couple off one and then move. Every one in a while they start biting fast in one place and you can catch several but not often. The lake is clearing more every day and is at an excellent level for overall fishing. I am seeing a few chuggers (trollers) out there but not many. Deer season opens tomorrow and it will cut down on the lake traffic which is not very much anyway. This is a typical November for fishing. It is just very nice to be out there. Thank you for all of the happy Veterans Day wishes. They were appreciated. We are a veteran family here. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 555.51 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 3/4ths. The surface water temperature was 64.4, the ambient temperature was 62, the wind was light and variable and the skies were sunny when I went out yesterday. The lake is still clearing and I could see no difference where I went except it is clearer nearest the shore on rocky banks where you can see your lure down over six feet in some places. I like it clearer for diving but not for fishing. This is about right and it has not been this clear for quite some time. The fishing was not as good for me yesterday as the day before but I still caught several keeper fish. 3-bass, one nice walleye, two small hybrid stripers about 13-14 inches long, three crappie and several bluegill were caight in about two hours. All were released on site. The walleye and hybrids were caught on a white with red eye 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon and the rest were caught on the 1/16th ounce jig. Overall the fishing was slow but steady. No particular pattern was noticed except the fish were in or near brush and the fish were caught anywhere from 10-ft to 35-ft. No large schools were found. One day a particular place is good and the next nothing. The one thing that I noticed was that the place where the wind was blowing into was the best fishing. This is usually true but has not been the last several days until yesterday. The wind has been variable and swirling but was mostly from the northwest yesterday. I saw four other boats out there and three of them were from Blackburns. It was a beautiful day and so is today. The longer the high pressure stays the better the fishing and it is best when it clouds up and the wind picks up and the next front starts to come through and then it starts all over again. For best fishing do not miss the cloudy days just before a rain when the low pressure moves in. Learn the difference between a low pressure and a cold front. This is a good time of year and the fishing pressure is very low during deer season. The normal high is 59 and normal low is 38.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 555.65 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with less than one generator running. The White River level at Newport is just above 11-feet and they are doing a great job of holding the area lakes up as high as they can for as long as they can so there is little excess capacity for the spring rains. It has not rained in over a week. At least the level is perfect for fishing now that most of the tourists are gone. Sounds like a plan to me. The surface temperature was about 66 degrees yesterday but should start dropping slowly with the cool nights. The weather looks pretty good for the next week with highs near 60 and lows in the 30's which is normal. There is no particular pattern to the fishing except that many fish are roaming and not many are schooling. You can find two or three good fish on one brush pile with no big schools but fish are on most of them. I am catching fish in brush in 16-feet of water and also in 35-ft. of water. Bass, crappie, walleye and bluegill are all on the same brush with bluegill being mostly shallower. Some bass are on the bank early and late.  Yesterday the slip float and minnow were the best bait if you could find brush out of the wind but jigs and spoons were also working but not as well. Everything was biting on the larger minnows. The big crappie were in 35-ft. of water on brush about 12-15 ft. down and good ones too. Blackburns had several fishermen out yesterday and all caught fish. The striper fishermen are having a hard time and are catching no large fish and finding no large schools. They are finding a few schools of White Bass in the Red Bank area as reported a week ago but they are also few and not very big. They report doing a lot of looking and not much finding and are starting to think they are just not there. This is usually one of the best months for temperate bass fishing before they get lethargic and slow way down in activity in December. Maybe some big ones will start showing up. I hope so as we have a lot of customes who like to fish for them. I usually go with Binks a few times a year striper fishing and really enjoy it. If anybody can find them he can. They are not in their usual places. I am concerned about the size and numbers and people killing smaller and smaller ones. We are paying for the people bringing in coolers the size of caskets full of big dead stripers. They are not doing it anymore. Maybe they will again. 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 are open all year and have live bait all year on site. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The small mouth are still biting. We like them and release all of them.Image title

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The lake level is 555.78 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with less than one generator running. The surface temperature is 66 degrees and the White River level at Newport is about 11-1/2 feet. Same plan. Hold and hope. It was and is cloudy and warm with a little cooler weather coming in but not too bad. A lot of fish were caught here at Blackburns yesterday and all had fun. It is to get a little windy later with a front coming through. Crappie, bass, walleye and bluegill continue to be the best bite and striper fishermen that cannot catch stripers (of any big size) are turning into crappie and bass fishermen. They are trying hard to prove me wrong though and are killing some smaller fish. 10-lb. or less stripers are like the equivalent of catching a 10-inch crappie or a 12-inch Kentucky but they keep showing dock floors of dead ones like they are a big prize.  I guess they will continue to do this until they are all gone. They do not reproduce in the lake and very few were stocked this year. None by the game and fish. It seems like the worse the striper fishing gets, the better the crappie, bass and walleye gets to make up for it. A lot of people like to catch them though and I hope they come back and thrive like they did before. There are plenty of bait fish in the lake for all game species. All of the fish that I am catching are very fat and healthy and there are may schools of shad with no fish on them. I am using the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon, jig and slip float and minnow  exclusively depending on the wind. I do not troll but do allow the boat to drift over the brush piles and then use the trolling motor to go the other way back across them. If it is still with no or light wind I spoon straight down or the slip float or both. I saw one seagull yesterday maybe that will help the bait fishermen.  It is hard to believe November is almost 1/2 over already. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and are open all year. Several are closed. Blackburns is a good place.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Dave Titus, John Bornhop, Tom Kelly and Mike Eakle all caught several nice ones. They were all fishing separately. Tom is still fishing Float Creek heavily.Image titleImage title

The lake level is 555.88 and has dropped over three inches in the last 24-hours. They cut way back on generation a couple of hours ago and the White River at Newport is now below 12-ft. The water is still clearing nicely and you can see your lure down several feet. The surface temperature was 556 when I went out yesterday the the ambient was in the low 70's. We had several fishermen out from Blackburns and they all caught fish. Most everything is the same but cooler weather is coming later this week but not bad. Our normal high is 60 and low is 39. We have not had a hard frost yet. We usually get the first on in very early November. Crappie fishing is the best followed by bass, walleye and bluegill. I will try a little catfishing later today. All temperate bass fishing is slow. The lake in general is in excellent condition for fishing. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. We are to get a little rain later but not much.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

All caught yesterday with many being released under the dock and in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. Image title

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The lake level is 556.20 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with 1-1/2 generators running continuously. The White River at Newport is now back to the stupid level of 12-feet so the level should continue to drop quickly until it approaches 553.75 where the C.O.E. are reluctant to turn over some control to the power company. It will then just drop very slowly. We have had no rain for a week. On this date in 2019 it was 555.21, in 2018 552.33, 2017 552.68 which shows why the lake gets high in the summer. They just will not drop it and nobody can figure out why. If they would drop it to the high 540's this winter and not stop generating every time it rains, it would surely go a long ways towards keeping the level below 560. That is where the trouble with access starts. This could be easily accompilshed while not having the White River go above 22-feet which is below minor flood stage. Nobody is avocating flooding out anybody down stream. People say the dam was only put in for flood control and the lakes have to take what is given to them but that was debunked when the minimum flow for the put and take trout in the river was implemented and took away 1.75 feet of flood capacity. I am pretty sure this law was to help the economy for the rivers. When water is let out of the dams, there is flow. When no water is let out of the dams they dry up. They are plastic rivers anyway except for the Buffalo which is free flowing.  That is what happens when dams are built. They enacted a law which provided for flow to the rivers all year no matter how low the lakes get so why can they not do the same for the area lakes and do everything possible to not flood them out without flooding down stream. This could be done but not with the current rules of operation. Hold and hope is not the answer. We need to move into the 21st century. It was a beautiful day yesterday. Sunny and warm but clouded up a little in the late afternoon. The wind was light and variable and the surface water temperature was about 56 degrees and the lake is clearing nicely. There was a little color on the wind blown banks but you could see your lure down several feet on the rocky banks. The small amount of twigs and bark that was floating has stuck to the banks now with the latest level drop and fishing conditions could not be better. Everyone caught fish around here yesterday and several of them too. Some were very large. It was a perfect day for fishing. Crappie, bass, walleye and bluegill continue to be the best bite with very few temperate bass being caught and most of the ones caught are small. I was using a small jig and a spoon yesterday and caught fish all afternoon until I came in at sunset and was fishing Blackburns Brush piles. Blackburns still had cabins for $59/day with your first boat stall free. Can't beat that anywhere. Why pay more unless you just have too much money or do not have to work for it?

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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Tom Kelly with a good one caught and released in Float Creek yesterday. Tom is a good conservationist and a very good fisherman. Image title

The lake level is 556.50 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running but not at full strength. The level is perfect for access, launching, parking and fishing. The surface temperature was 66 even when I went out yesterday and the fish started biting immediately in the back of a creek in 17-feet of water. I caught all of the crappie I wanted and a couple of nice bass and then moved out towards the mouth of the creek where some fish were showing up on the bottom near brush but not on it in 22-ft. of water.  They were walleye and I caught three with two being keepers. I  then moved up north of Cranfield Island on the west side by the walleye rearing pond on the two points and caught a striper, two White Bass and hybrid in 33-ft. of water. A school happened to come through and they bit fast and were gone. All of them were released on site as they are getting more and more scarce. If people do not quit killing them they will get more scarce and very few were stocked this year. We used to catch them almost at will and big ones too. The high water for too long causing a low ozygen level and people killing too many, especially small ones, are getting to be a problem. It has not hurt the bass, crappie, bluegill and walleye population any though and they are even getting better. I just fish for what is biting anyway. If more people were like Tom Kelly and released all of the fish they caught the lake would be better off every one could have fun. I keep some walleye, crappie, bluegill, flathead and Kentucky bass which are the best eating but mostly for people who do not or cannot fish anymore and really appreciate them.  I have a small group of people that depend on be and I try to not let them down. The list is getting smaller now with several passing. The weather has been beautiful and is to continue to be so for a few more days. Blackburns is taking advantage of this and are doing a lot of improvements outside. The inside ones can be done in cloder weather. Debbie, Amy and Jennifer are working hard to make the place beautiful. My paint, stain and water sealer bill is quite large. Come on down and check us out. You will like what you see. We are open all year and have no price increases planned for next year again.  Some places are closed for the winter so give us a call. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 556.73 and has dropped 1-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours. They started running one generator at full speed last night and the lake started dropping immediately. It may drop now that the White River at Newport is back down to 12+ feet and Table Rock is back to below seasonal pool. We have gone almost a week with no rain.  Those are the two rules that they go by now for some reason. Newport seems to have survived the 20-ft. level with the last big rains with no flood damage of any kind. It shows the area lakes can be dropped with no problems down stream and the 12-ft. rule is stupid. Minor flood level is 23 feet. The surface temperature was 65+ when I went out yesterday and the water was not quite as clear as the day before for some reason. The overall fishing gets better the longer that this high pressure hangs around. It is to get windy again the first part of the week but this weekend looks to be wonderful.  One of our guests went up to the  Red Bank area yesterday and found the White Bass and Hybrids that were reported here but there were not as many as the day before. He was trolling and got a small hybrid(4-lbs) and a striper that was not 20-inches and a couple of White Bass. He picked up more bass on the shad than red meat fish. He was just glad to find some there but could not find any on the flats in front of the houses on Mallard Point. It is normally loaded with White Bass this time of year as is the mouth of Blackburns Creek but not this year.  It was a beautiful day with light variable winds and highs in the mid 70's and sunny. I went to the back of a close by creek and started catching crappie immediately on both casting the jig over the brush and a slip float with minnow at about the same levels. They were big ones too. I usually keep about 1/2 dozen a day for the people that cannot fish anymore and release the rest. They were right in the brush at 16-feet. I then went to a main lake brush pile for bass and caught one on the first drop of the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon. He now has a 3/8th ounce spoon and I have not tried one out yet. It should be easier to keep straight down in windy weather. If you allow the wind to move you you can expect many snags. Do not drag the spoon. Use your trolling motor against the wind to stay right on the brush and not drag your lure. This may not be easy with variable swirling wind which Norfork Lake is known for.  I like the smallest spoon possible but it may require a heavier one in the wind. If it is too windy I do not spoon but cast jigs and grubs. If there is no wind I always spoon and also use a slip float with minnow on a #4 red Mr. Crappie hook. I like the shape of the true turn as it mostly catches them in the upper jaw and very few get off. This can be a problem in the winter when the mouth gets paper thin. If you do not use the net on these big ones you will hear a pop and they will be gone. Do not try and lift them over the side of the boat like they do on TV. When spooning it often feels like a hit when you are touching brush. If you set the hook in the wood it will be gone too. Just keep your line tight with no slack and set your hook after you are sure it is a fish. Bass often fight for a bit and then head for the surface to spit. You must set the hook again before they hit the surface or they will be gone also. I employ every effort to keep the bass from jumping but sometimes it is impossible. Just set the hook before they do. I have used a swim bait with the hook rigged weedless through the bottom of the body and had big bass on. I fought them and they come to the surface and spit and got off. When examining the lure it has not even pulled through the body of the soft plastic. You would think the weight of the fish would set the hook but it will not. Bass, crappie, and bluegill fishing is the best right now with Walleye next but about 3/4ths of them are just a little short. It is now a good combination of weather and fishing and Blackburns still has cabins for $59/day with a free boat stall. I wish deer hunting season would get started as there are too many fishermen out there and they are hanging on my brush piles. I am seeing more loons out there but no seagulls yet. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 556.87 and is about the same as it was yesterday with one generator running about 1/2 speed continuously. The surface temperature is 65 degrees and is clearing and is a good color for fishing and in general in excellent condition.  You can see your lure down about 4-5 feet depending on what the bank is like. If it is steep and rocky it is much clearer. I have been fishing both brush piles and open water in front of brush on shad. Mixed species of fish are on the shad including crappie, walleye, bass, small hybrids and small white bass. Several schools of White Bass are around Red Bank landing but are mostly small. They are hanging in about 35-ft. of water and are not worth it to me to drive that far. I have a couple of good crappie brush piles in that area and check them out periodically. Spoons are working the best overall but minnows on slip floats are also working when the wind is calm mostly early morning and late afternoon. I am also using the small jig or grub, casting it over the brush and letting it sink slowly into it. The crappie are scattered everywhere and I can only catch a couple on one place and then they quit. Most of the fish are not in big schools but a few are. They are roaming looking for feed which is looking for cover. Some bass and bluegill are on the banks with the bluegill being right on the bank and the bass in about 8-10 feet of water in front of them. I am catching some very good smallmouth and fat Kentuckies. I release all of the smallmouth and largemouth under the dock and they seem to stay there as I feed them every day and can see them join the school and it is getting bigger everyday. The fishing overall is not the best but some of each species are being caught everyday. It is a mixed bag.  Trollers are catching some now but are putting on a lot of miles to get them. If you troll something through enough schools of shad you will catch some fish but most schools of shad are not holding fish. There is a lot of bait fish out there but I have seen much more in earlier years. One year in December there were so many shad in front of Panther Bay Marina that the fish finder was blacked out for about a mile both ways. I prefer casting for the fish  but to each their own. It is fun to feel that initial hit and setting the hook. It looks like there will be no November night bite for stripers again this year. The full mon is the very last of this month and it will be too late then. Blackburns still has cabins for $59/day and your first boat stall is free. Why pay too much unless you just have too much money? I do not. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 556.83 and has risen 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 1/2 speed. The surface temperature was 64.5 where I was fishing yesterday afternoon on the main lake and the lake is clearing and is a good color for fishing. I was heading to a brush pile near Cranfield Island and saw some shad and schooled fish just around Mallard Point about in front of the third dock on the main lake side in 35-ft. of water. I dropped a spoon and caught a couple of small White Bass and a small Striper and released them all on site. No picture fish. White Bass are not picture fish anyway. The brush pile that I was looking for was a little deeper than I liked with the latest water rise but there were fish on It anyway. Four crappie, a couple of nice bluegill and a short walleye were caight on the 1/4 ounce spoon and then they quit. I moved around the point to the inside and switched to the grub and minnow and caught two smallmouth bass. It cooled down and I came in. The weather was wonderful with highs in the 60's with light wind. It is to be warmer for the next few days. I am going to go vote and then hit it again. There are few boats out there during the middle of the week and there is peace and quiet. Please quit killing those small stripers and hybrids. They do not dress out very well anyway after the red meat is cut off. I hope the White Bass make a comeback. They are pretty scarce now but at least they reproduce in the lake. Stripers and Hybrids do not and few were stocked this year.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Sonny Eakle from Granger, Iowa caught several yesterday. These are the biggest.Image title

The lake level is 556.78 and has risen about one inch in the last 24-hours. it stays stable when they run one generator and creeps up when they shut down or run 1/2 generator. The surface temperature has stayed fairly stable at 65+ degrees on the main lake and the water is clearing. Some guests caught several white bass about 1-1/2 pounds and were happy to get them after looking for them for several days. They also caught a very small striper and a hybrid but none were picture fish. The crappie fishermen did the best and also caught some bass with a few being smallmouth. Big bluegill fishing is very good right now and they are very tasty. Take a piece of bread with butter, slice of onion and a bluegill fillet and see how you like it. No red meat to cut out. The weather has been great but a little windy in the middle of the day. Cold fronts come through about twice a week and slow fishing but it picks back up the more the high pressure is here until the next one. This is a good time of year. The fall foliage has mostly blown off and you have your choice of light brown, medium brown and dark brown. It was a dud and not worth driving here for but the hillsides are always very beautiful here. When you come bring a coat for early morning and just before sunset and rain gear just in case. The middle of the day is very nice but does not last that long. It is nice to just be out there. The fishing is best on cloudy days after high pressure has been here for several days and just before the cold front and winds pick up then it starts all over again. Some fish can be caught almost anytime if you are not stuck on what you are fishing for and change with the flow and fish for what is biting. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. This is the time for us to work on improvements as there is no time in the spring when people are anxious to get out of the house in early March and no time then. Spring is very busy here and we have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Bink was on the crappie yesterday using his jigging spoon. Image title

Tom Kelly with one fine bass caught and released. It was released on site. Tom is one good fisherman. He was using a plastic worm.Image title

Norfork Lake Fun on Halloween at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. Social distancing. Image titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 556.70 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running less than 1/2 the time. The level has risen about 2-1/2 feet total since all of the rain last week. The lake is clearing rapidly and the surface temperature on the main lake is still 65-66 depending on the time of day. A lot of fish were caught yesterday with crappie being the best bite with bass second. I am seeing nobody getting any stripers except for one now and again. We are paying the price for people killing all of those small ones from 4-10 lbs. Just a few White Bass and Hybrids are coming in but they are small also.  Some big bass are being caught and Kentucky Bass are the best bite. Big fat ones. They are fun to catch and great eating. The bluegill bite is still good with nice size. Catfishing is slow. They had a long time to drop the lake but refused to do it before the last rains. Now the level needs to go down about nine feet before the spring rains. The dam management rules need to be reviewed and moved into the 21st. century and the people running the operation need to be replaced.  The incompetence is unbelieveable and someone needs to be held accountable. We had a fun Halloween here at Blackburns. We had trick or treating outside under the pavillion and the evening was beautiful. Norfork Lake Fun out of Blackburns Resort and Boat rental. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. The weather has been wonderful and should continue for the next several days.   

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 556.50 and has risen 6-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 1/2 the time. Do not expect the level to drop any time soon or very fast. The lake was still pretty clear when I went out yesterday but some small tree sticks and bark were floating on wind blown banks making fishing more difficult where I wanted to go.  I went out early, came in and worked on the dock and went out again late afternoon. It was cool early, warmed up and then got cool again fast at sunset. I do not expect great fishing after a cold front and the first day of high pressure after that especially with a full moon. Stripers and bluegill are the only fish that I know that like a full moon and it was big and bright just after dark. I could see just fine with no lights on. I tried the same places that worked for me the day before with very little luck. The fish marked on the brush but would not bite very well. The same for the river channel bank. I caught a couple and then moved to a main lake cut and caught a couple more. Overall it was a slow day for me but I caught some. Things are changing every day and that is why if you want to write accurate reports you have to be out there every day. I will follow Bink's advice and work back in the creeks today. I have to test him out. The weather is to continue to be good for a few days and maybe the bite will improve. The longer it goes before the next cold front the better it should get. I am happy to just be out there with peace and quiet. It is very nice out but you need warm clothes both early and late. The warm part of the day does not last long. I do not deer hunt anymore and prefer to feed them but the season definitely slows the boat traffic of fishermen on the lake. I like that too. Blackburns still has the best prices for both cabins and boat rental on the lake and your first boat stall is free. Why pay more?

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Mike caught several more. These are the biggest. Image title

The lake level is 556.01 and has risen 1.2 feet in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 1/2 the time. It is rising much slower now.  It has risen about 2-3/4 feet in the last four days and we have received a total of about 8-inches of rain in that period. It rained harder at times but mostly it was a slow steady rain and the ground was dry and the creeks did not run very fast and there is little mud in the creeks. So far it has not affected fishing much. The lake is still at a good level and the rain is gone and high pressure is here resulting in sunny skies and warmer temperatures. It is to reach 70's early next week again but there will be cool nights with the clear skies. Our first frost should occur tomorrow night. The moon is full tomorrow night and it should be very bright. I kept waiting for the rain to quit yesterday and it finally did about 4:PM and then I went fishing until almost dark. The surface temperature on the main lake was 65+ and the only thing that I saw that changed was the water was higher and the very backs of the creeks were a little muddy and the shore line with clay and mud banks was stained back up but not very far out. I went to the same places that I have been fishing and the fish were still there. I caught crappie, bass, bluegill and a short walleye and came in just at sunset a little after 6:PM. The time change goes into effect Saturday night and it will get dark about 5:30 after that but not very much with the moon. This weekend and next week will be a good time to come fish. Blackburns still has cabins for $59/day for two people with a free boat stall. If you thought big covered porches are not important the last four days should have changed your mind. People spent a lot of time under the porches and on the big dock waiting for the rain to slow except for the Katashuks who fish in anything.  We will see what today brings and I will let you know. Things are changing and I will be out there everyday. You cannot go fishing once every week and write a report. If there are no reports, there are no fish being caught. If any stripers are to move to the bank to feed at dark this will be the time. Very few big ones are being caught. Bass and crappie are the best bite now. Bink says the rain will bring the fish back into the creeks and he is almost always right. I expect several fair weather fishermen out there this weekend.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

The lake level is 553.37 and is about the same as it was at this time yesterday with part of one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is now at 6.4 feet. There is a flash flood warning for southern Missouri today and we will see what it does to the level. It has more effect on Norfork's rise than a local rain. The Norfork River water shead is much more there and we tend to hold their water and not release it. They should be regulating the White River at Newport to at least 12-ft. now and dropping the lake more but refuse to do so. We are at a very good level now but it does not leave enough surge capacity for the spring rains which are sure to come. The lake surface tmeperature was 66 when I went out yesterday and it was cloudy with light wind. Fog was moving in. Almost exactly what it was the day before but I did not catch as many fish. Three smallmouth bass, three crappie, two kentucky bass, one short walleye,, a warmouth and several bluegill were caught on the jig and very few on the spoon. It was cool but not too bad with the light wind. I saw only two other boats out there all evening and both were from Blackburns. It was like having a whole lake to yourself. I like that. Several fish are now on or near the bank in the evening and some are on shad in open water at the mouths of creeks but are mostly bass. The fish on the brush had lock jaw yesterday for me but several were there.   

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 553.41 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running less than capacity most of the time. We have received about 3-1/2 inches of rain total in the last couple of days and it is still raining. The creeks are running but not heavily but will if this keeps up as the ground is now saturated. That is good for trees and plants going into the winter. The White River at Newport has now dropped to below 6-ft. and they are already starting their philosophy of hold and hope and it is still October. The White River is a plastic river and has no water if they do not let any out of Bull Shoals or into it from Norfork and they are letting out very little. At least it is good news for the waders for the put and take trout on the river. They can barely float a boat though. I had a water temperature of 66 degrees when I went out yesterday and the lake is clearing nicely. You can see your lure down further every day and it is now about 4-ft. I stayed out until the rain got steady just after noon but caught several crappie. I did not stray very far from the shed and was casting a jig over brush piles. Eight keepers over 11-inches were caught in about two hours. It was cool and wet but the wind was not bad. The weather looks to be good again later this week and for the weekend but more rain until then. I will go out between showers and let you know. The lake in general is in good condition. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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

The lake level is 553.28 and is about the same as it was yesterday with little generation. The surface temperature was 66 when I went out yesterday and the water is still clearing and is a good color for fishing. The ambient temperature was 50 and the wind was light and it was cloudy. I went to a good brush pile and caught nothing and then worked a river channel steep bank with a jig and caught fish immediately  and consistently. Bluegill were right on the bank with smaller bass and the larger bass and crappie were on the first shelf after the drop off in about 10-12 feet of water. I caught several keeper fish and then came to the channel swing and they quit. There was another brush pile approaching on the point so I checked it out and switched to the 1/4 ounce spoon. The big bass were schooled in 27-ft. of water and when I would catch one others would follow it up. It was fun and then they were gone. All fished were released. They must have been roaming. It is to rain for the next few days but it looks good for the weekend. The moon is getting bigger and if the stripers are going to bite it will be the full moon or a little after and that is the end of the month and the first part of November. We have some good striper fishermen in and they are trying hard and catching a few fish. The biggest one they have caught is 15-lbs. I sure hope the fish show up this fall and winter. We used to catch 40-lbs, then 30-lbs then 20-lbs and now 15 is a big one and not many of them. I sure wish people would stop killing the small ones but if they fish for them in deep water they die anyway. I will stick to walleye, bass, crappie and catfish and allow the temperate bass to grow. The White Bass should make a rebound by themselves as there is lot of bait fish with small shad about 1-inch long completely filling my dock stalls. There are  several big schools in Blackburns Creek but nothing but bass under them. Usually there are hybrids and white bass all over the place. They may be just scattered but I am just not seeing them and I am out there every day. The bass fishing is about as good as I have seen it in years and the crappie is pretty good too as are the walleye. Big smallmouth are being caught. Fall foliage is not the best as the wind has blown a lot of leaves off the trees. The lake in general is in excellent condition for fishing and the cold fronts that are coming through about twice a week are not affecting fishing much. There are quite a few fishermen out there even during the week but especially on the weekends. I hope this covid thing gets over and the fish stockings get back to normal. Bink also had a good day yesterday catching several big fish. You can get his fishing report "Live in the Boat" on KTLO radio 97.9 FM at 8:45 AM or listen to it on cable TV radio Channel 5 on Thursdays with Bob Knight.  It is a good source of information. Mark it down. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

All caught yesterday fishing out of Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountain Region. Image title

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The lake level is 553.32 and dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with little generation. The White River at Newport is now at 6.5 feet and is nearly dried up but they are still holding.  The surface water temperature was 68 degrees and there were cloudy skies and cool conditions when I went out yesterday. The cold front had little effect on fishing for a change and a lot of fish were caught. I fished four different locations and caught fish on all four. We have a lot of people in and almost all of them had good luck despite the cool start. I fished from noon to about 4:30 PM and caught over a dozen fish and all were keepers. Catch included bass, crappie and walleye. Several bluegill were also caught. It was a fun day and I appreciated the light wind for a change. Today looks to be about the same with rain scheduled for the next few days after that. Go out and stay until it rains you in. This is a good time of year for fishing. I still am seeing very few temperate bass coming in but I see the black ducks are back the seagulls should be following. Then maybe the people with $2,000 fish locators can find schooling fish by following the birds and start catching some.  I hope so. I saw several eagles and osprey out there fishing. They were doing quite well with several fish being shallow. Fun to watch. I am not sure they were watching the legal size limit though. There were three eagles in one place. Come on down to Blackburns. we will not charge you too much. One bedroom cabins are still $59/day for two people.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 553.43 and is dropping very slowly with just a little generation. The White River at Newport is 6+ feet and dropping and is getting dry. They are holding the lakes up as high as possible for as long as possible for some unknown reason. They are at a good level now for fishing, launching and parking and day use and it is only the last of October. Good going guys. If they keep this up it looks to be another hold and hope next year. Take it down to 548 and then quit letting out water or hold it as stable as possible until the spring rains come. It has nothing to do with downstream flooding, just management. There is no flooding anywhere now arund here. The water is clearing nicely now and is about where I like it for fishing but needs to be a little better for diving. It was very warm and a little windy when I went out yesterday and the bass were biting in the Middle Pigeon area on main lake points. I caught a flathead on my throw line. I then moved back to the Blackburns Creek area and started catching crappie. Big ones too.  The moon is getting bigger and a cold front is coming through now and we will see what it does to fishing. The highs are to drop from the mid 80's yesterday to the high 50's later this weekend. It is about 65 how and heading south. This is the high for the day. This has been the windiest fall that I have seen in a while here but has stayed warm until now and a lot of fish have been caught so far except for temperate bass. People are wondering if they are still here. I hope so but most of the ones being caught now are small. I know the late summer kill got a lot of them but dock floors full of small dead stripers have not helped things either and the low stocking level this year will not help the future. Many people just come here to catch them. I suppose the pressure will now go to the walleye since they are doing nicely. Not having my friend Harvey Hall out there has increased the crappie population. Big bluegill continue to bite and hundreds of them have been caught off my dock.

Norfork Lake condition, fishing and fall foliage report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comments)

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Kim Marvel from Ewing, Illinois caught one giant crappie yesterday on Blackburns Brush yesterday. One nice fellow. Image title

The lake level is 553.62 and has dropped less than 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours. They absolutely refuse to drop the lake in the fall and winter despite the White River at Newport is now 8-1/2 feet and dropping.  It is about to dry up. They are running less than one generator when they do run. This would be unbelievable for someone who does not work for the government but we do not expect much from them. The water surface temperature was 69 degrees and the wind was light when I went out yesterday and the water is clearing. I have not been going more than 1/4 to 1/2 mile from Blackburns Creek to get about all of the fish that I want. I catch a few, release a few and have no desire to see how many fish that I can kill but like to find places where our customers can catch fish. I keep a few for my friends that are unable to get out anymore. Blackburns brush piles are at perfect depth now and are producing mostly bass, crappie, walleye, catfish and bluegill. Temperate bass are scarce, at least for me, but I do not fish for them much but catch several spooning for walleye. I am now using a Bobby Garland baby shad tipped with a minnow and a 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon only. My entire tackle box fits in my shirt pocket. I caught two bass, four crappie, four bluegill and two walleye and came in and was out about 1-1/2 hours. It was cloudy but very nice fishing conditions. The moon is little and the lake is dropping very slowly so I will try for catfish again. I like to do that. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much. It is to get very warm today and for the next couple of days. I like that too. 80 is my favorite number for temperature. The fall foliage is not the best this year but the hillsides are beautiful anyway. The incessant wind has blown a lot of them down but the ones left have some color but mostly brown. There is some yellow and red. Not worth a long drive to see color but is worth a drive to see the beautiful country that we have here in Baxter County no matter what season. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 553.66 and has dropped a little more than one inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is 9-1/2 feet and they will let it dry up rather than drop the lakes. We need to get it down to at least 548 to make room for the spring rains. I hope the spring rains do not surprise them again this year. They are the only ones that seem to not know they happen. Hold and hope is their motto. The surface water temperature was 69+ when I went out yesterday and it was misting rain with very light wind. Perfect for me. I fished Blackburn's brush piles in about 25-ft. of water casting a jig past them and allowing it to sink into the brush. Again, crappie, bass and bluegill were caught. It was nice to have the wind gone. This is the time of year that I like to fish the best and am happy to be able to go. There was peace and quiet and very few boats. Some guests caught several walleye and reported they were shallow in 14-ft. of water in front of brush piles part way back in the creek.  I was fishing main lake brush only. There is a lot of bait fish at the mouth of Blackburns Creek but I did not stop to check them out since it was getting dark. Good day.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 553.78 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They stopped generating  early this morning for several hours to hold the level up above 553.75 for as long as they could to keep from turning some of the generation authority to the electric company even if they have to nearly dry up the White River at Newport.  We received an inch of badly needed rain last night and it is raining now. It is not good to go into the winter dry. We seem to get some about when we need it. The lake surface temperature is in the high 60's and the lake is clearing again after the turnover. It is cool today but to get back into the 80's later this week. Bass fishing is the best followed by bluegill and crappie with a few walleye being thrown in. Bink is catching some giant smallmouth, Tom Kelly is catching some big largemouth and Mike Eakle is catching mostly crappie and Kentucky bass. Main lake brush piles are producing the most in 25-feet of water with the jigging spoon being the best lure overall (1/4 ounce) with crappie biting on live minnows and jigs also. This is a good time to fish as it always is this time of year and will stay good for several weeks. A few stripers are being caught trolling but they are small and should be left alone. The numbers of big ones are as low as I have ever seen them and will stay that way if 5-9 lb ones are killed. Only a very few were stocked this year and they do not reproduce in fresh water. They are too small to keep anyway. I am seeing almost no White Bass and the ones that I do see are small also. Every once in a while a school of decent ones show up but not often. I sure hope they come back. They are fun to catch. White Bass are for people that cannot catch anything else and trout are for people that cannot catch White Bass.  Ha Ha. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with each cabin. We allow smoking on the covered porches and you do not need an umbrella to smoke out side or get out of the sun. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

More family fun at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. Nice people.Image title

The lake level is 553.91 and has dropped two inches in the last 24-hours. They have cut back on generation as they approach the seasonal conservation pool of 553.75. They always do. The wind finally quit after blowing like a hurricane all day. People were trying hard to have fun out there but it was difficult. Much fall foliage blew off the trees. It is cloudy with a chance of rain tonight with highs in the high 60's for a few days. We need rain badly. The normal high is 71 and low is 49. The surface water temperature dropped just below 70 yesterday and it was clearing but it got stirred up a bit on the dirt and clay banks. We will see what today brings. The bass are biting pretty well. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Tom Kelly and Roger Moody continue to catch big bass everyday. They are both excellent fishermen. All released under Blackburns Dock.Image titleImage title

Kevin Reque, Nate List and Ryan McMallister are having some Norfork lake Fun here at Blackburns. Nice people.Image title

The lake level is 554.32 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. 553.75 is the new seasonal conservation pool and we will see what happens when they get close to that. That is when they turn over some of the control to the electric company and they do not like to do that. We were to get a frost last night but it did not materialize. It got down to 39 but was still very cool for october. It is clear and sunny now but another front is to move through with wind tomorrow. Fishing conditions were very good yesterday especially early until the wind picked up and several good fish were caught. It usually dies about 4:30 Pm but held on until after 5 last evening. The lake is not clearing very much except for near the shore and the surface temperature was 71.5 when I went out in the morning. I caught my usual with several crappie, bass, bluegill and a short walleye in the mix. Fish were caught on every brush pile I fished and 25 feet of water suspended near the bottom was the most popular depth. All fish were hitting the lure aggressively but not many in one place. I would catch a couple and then they would quit and I would move on. It was a nice day and was good to be out. Wish you were here. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Some very large bass are being caught but no stripers. Fall foliage is not the best yet and may not be this year.  There are mostly browns but a little yellow and red is showing up. It is still very nice. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Tom Kelly is one good fisherman and always catches fish. Caught in Float Creek.Image title

Mike Eakle and John Bornhop with nice crappie.Image title

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The lake level is 554.59 and has dropped a little less than 3-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running at a littles less than capacity. The White River at Newport is at 10+ feet now and they are trying to dry it up while keeping the lake up as high as possible for as long as possible. The seasonal conservation pool is now at 553.75 and they are reluctant to get below that for some reason. Drawing the level down in the winter to make room for spring rains does not make any sense to them. It is very dry here and the rain fall for the fall months is way below average. We did get a little rain last night, about 1/2 inch and it is to get very cool tomorrow night with a chance of our first frost.  It does not usually come until November. A lot of fish were caught yesterday despite the wind. Binks caught bass, John Bornhop and Mike Eakle caught crappie and bass, Chad Moody caught bass, Tom Kelly caught bass and Scuba Steve caught crappie and bass. Other guests caught bluegill and walleye. The lake surface temperature is still in the early 70's but should drop a little with this next cold front. The last one did not hurt fishing much. The water is still stained and is slow clearing. It started to clear but stopped for some reason. The wind blew a lot of leaves from the fall foliage and it does not look to be the best year for that. There are a lot of just browns. The lake is in good conditions for fishing but we will see what this next cold front will bring. I am seeing no temperate bass being caught and I am not sure of forecasts that cold weather will start them up are accurate. Maybe the migrating birds will help them find more fish when they get here. Some are lost without them. Blackburns still has one bedroom cabins for $59/day and your first boat stall is free. No duplexes and all cabins have covered porches. You can social distance here. You can drive or walk to the dock and step right on and launch right by the dock. We have a good setup. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 554.76 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours. They have shut off the spillway release and are running less than one full generator. The lake did not clear anymore the last day and the creeks are stained again. The surface temperature is now 73.5 and it is windy. I caught several crappie this morning and released all under 11-inches but still kept about a dozen with a couple of nice Kentucky Bass. One short walleye was released. Bink reports catching three good walleye and a very large smallmouth today. He is spooning exclusively. I hear reports about people catching stripers and hybrids but have not actually seen any. Striper fishermen that cannot catch anything are now going crappie and bass fishing. One of our guest reports catching two walleye over 20-inches last night at dark on live bait on a main last point close to Blackburns. Bluegill fishing is good and some nice ones are being caught. John Bornhop is back and catching crappie and Bass and was very sorry to hear about Harvey. He went with him several times.  Mike Eakle is bringing in Bass and crappie and Roger Moody and his son continue to catch bass but report several are under sized. Kentuck bass fishing is about as good as I have seen it in years. They are fat and healthy and good eating. I am glad they are in the lake. Bink is the only one that I know that is catching smallmouth. I am not. Catfishing is fair to poor on throw lines but some are pretty big. The weather is great if the wind would die down a little in the middle of the day.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 555.09 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They have cut way back on generation and and the total including just a little spillway release is equal to about one generator. The level of the White River at Newport has now been dropped to just over 11 feet. The lake is clearing especially in the creeks where the turnover is over. I can now see several feet down off my dock. It was very windy from the north yesterday and you had to get out early and go out again late to get out of it. It is mostly gone now. It is beautiful out today. A lot of fall foliage was blown off but much still remains and it is changing more everyday. I thought it was going to be a dud because of the dry conditions but has turned out ok so far. Some good fish were caught but the wind kept the fishing time down to a minimum. It was a good day to work on resort improvements.  We will see what today brings. We have several good fishermen out there. The surface temperature is still in the low 70's. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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Rodger Moody is back and catching fish. He is one good bass fisherman.Image title

The lake level is 555.32 and has dropped three inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running and just a little of spillway action. The lake continues to clear, especially in the creeks and near the shore where the water cools more rapidly. A small cold front is moving through now with the wind picking up and blowing a lot of fall foliage off the trees. There is no moisture with it but a bigger one is coming later in the week. Chances of rain are not good for the next week and we need it bad.  A lot of fish were caught yesterday with bass, crappie, bluegill and a few walleye and catfish. Temperate bass fishing is slow and the trollers are putting on many miles for just a few fish. I am seeing few schooling fish in this part of the lake. Bass fishing is the msot consistent and the crappie are hit and miss. They get lockjaw for several hours and then bite for about 30-minutes. You just have to ride them out or go bass fishing and try later. I caught one walleye but it was just an accident spooning for bass in brush. I am using a grub tipped with a minnow, jig, slip float and live minnow, 1/4 ounce spoon, and 3-inch plastic worm on a jig head and switching back and forth. One day the spoon is the best and the next the Bobby Garland Baby Shad. The worm is usually best for Kentucky Bass. I am not catching very many fish back in the creeks with most of them being out on or on the sides of main lake points near deep water. Main lake cuts are also holding fish. The weather has been great but I do not need this wind. It should go down later this evening. It usually does. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Rodney Thornton from Coulterville, Illinois caught some good ones. That bluegill was huge. Good going Rodney.Image title

The lake level is 555.58 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours. They stopped generation and cut way down on spillway releases this morning for several hours to keep the White River at Newport at 12-feet for no reason. Our seasonal conservation pool is now at 553.75. It used to be 552 but they took away 1.75 feet of flood capacity for the minimum flow to the rivers for the put and take trout and this increased the way they calculated % full to govern lake levels. The lake surface temperature is still about 73 degrees and the shallower creeks are starting to clear at bit after their turn. A lot of fish were caught yesterday and so far today. Bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish and a few walleye are coming in. Fish are starting to hit the spoon again after a few days off. We were forced to worms, creature baits , jigs and grubs during the major part of the turn. It is not over yet but will be in a few days with two cold fronts moving through this next week. The last week in October and all of November look to be excellent fishing as usual. Blackburns is very busy with people taking advantage of the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the area. Your first boat stall is also free. People staying here are looking for real estate, having motorcycle tours, working in the area and fishing. There is a lot of interest in the fall foliage this year and I cannot predict how it will be. It is better than I expected already and looks to be a bit early this season. The road sides are changing more quickly than the hillsides. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is your fall foliage headquarters for Mountain Home, Norfork Lake, North Central Arkansas and the Ozark Mountain region. Fall is wonderful here. Stay tuned for updates. The lake level is about perfect for cruising, parking, launching and fishing with Blackburns brush piles being at good depth and holding fish. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 555.92 and has dropped about 5-inches in the last 24-hours with a little more than one generator running and some flood gates augumenting. The lake is at a very good level now for fishing but the lake is turning. The fall foliage is changing rapidly and more reds and yellows are showing up. It is more color than I first thought would happen this year and more is still to come. The surface water temperature was a little over 73 degrees and you could see your lure down less than 2-feet when I went out a little after 2-Pm. I know that is the worst time to go fish but I like to see if I can catch them when it is tough. I spooned three different places with fish under me and caught nothing. I then moved again with more fish down near brush and they started biting about 4-Pm on the jig casted and allowing to sink into brush at about 20-feet. Four nice crappie and two bass were caught in about 1/2 hour and they stopped. A channel cat was also caught on the throw line. Fishing is not the best now but you can catch some good ones if you know how. I saw no top water fish.Trollers are having a hard time. Bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish are the best right now and are not at any particular depth. I did not see any fish surfacing. People following birds have a hard time when they are not here yet and have to find fish on their own. They will be back when it gets colder and will make it easier for them to find fish. The weather is nice and is to remain so for the next week and Blackburns still has cabins for $59day for two people in a one bedroom with larger cabins priced accordingly. Your first boat stall is free. Come on dow. We will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

The lake level is 556.34 and has dropped almost 5-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously and some spillway gates open part way. This shows what they can do if they want to. The main lake surface temperature is in the early 70's and the lake is turning everywhere. (It alway does in October). It will take a few days to start clearing. It does not look like we will have much effect from the hurricane but we sure could use some rain. The last two months have been very dry but we seem to get some when we need it.  The best way to catch fish now is to use a small three inch worm on a jig head, twister tail tipped with a minnow or a Bobby Garland Blue Ice Baby shad and work the bank around wood. Do not use a heavy jig head or you will get hung up a lot. Spooning has slowed way down for me now but will pick back up again. The last of October and all of November look to be excellent for fishing with the lake at a good level and the turn over finished for a while. The full moon is the 31st and it will be interesting to see if the stripers (what is left of the big ones) go to the bank to feed near dark. A good place to look for them is in the late afternoon on the steep bank just south of the first dock at Cranfield marina in deeper water and then they move up stream to the area around the walleye rearing pond on the points at dusk. It just depends if the shad are there for them to feed on. The next full moon is not until the last day of November and that will be too late for them but not for other species. I catch a lot of fish in November and the time around Thanksgiving is always good. We caught bass, crappie and bluegill yesterday but not a lot with several smaller fish mixed in. You could see your lure down less than two feet in the area that I was fishing. Fish are really scattered and roaming now but some are feeding early and late shallow. There is plenty of feed out there. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Scuba Steve and Mike Eakle caught some good ones yesterday. Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 556.75 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They did add a little spillway release to the one generator but have since slowed that down a bit. It is now equal to about one and one third generator. They are keeping the White River at 12-feet religiously. Three and 1/2 inches per day is fine but they need to keep doing it until it gets into the 540's and have been very reluctant to do this. It was very nice and warm with light wind when I went out yesterday and the fishing was slow but steady and I caught several bass, crappie and bluegill. I saw some fish surfacing just before I came in but after catching a couple of them found out that they were just small White Bass. No picture fish. It was good to see them as they have been almost as scarce as the big stripers. I am not interested in small White bass so I came in.  The waning moon is helping the catfishing some but it is not great yet. The surface water temperature was 73 and the creeks are turning over and the main lake is starting. It will take a couple of weeks to finish and then the lake will start to clear. As I reported earlier November is a good month for overall fishing. There is a another full moon on the 31st and we will see if there is a night bite for stripers on the stick bait. This does not happen every year in the fall. They sometimes go to the bank at dusk to feed but not always and it has been less and less the last few years. It used to be much better. Fish the shadowy banks with a soft plastice for walleye before dusk though as they always bit during November whether the stripers do or not. You will see several come in. They have been biting pretty well all year with many throw backs being caught and some big ones. Right now bass, bluegill and crappie are the best bite with a few catfish and walleye. Blackburns has cabins for $59/day and fishing pontoons for $110/day plus gas and oil or a free stall for your boat.Fullly equipped bass boats start at $90/day. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 557.08 and has dropped about 3-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running a little below capacity continuously. The surface temperature was 74 degrees and it was sunny and warm with light wind when I went out yesterday. I caught a good channel cat on my throw line right off and then caught a flathead on the spoon near brush and then went crappie and bass fishing using the spoon and then the jig. Both worked. Some real nice fish were caught and Blackburns brush piles are really paying off now. They are a lot of work but are worth it. I wish more people would put their own in instead of just using others. The game and fish have done a good job in restoring the old ones that had been neglected taking the pressure off mine which I have been putting in every year for many years. The weather is to be great for the next several day and it does not look like the hurricane will affect us much. As the moon wanes the catfishing should get better. A nice smallmouth was caught and immediately released. I do not kill smallmouth. Striper fishermen cannot catch much and trollers are having a hard time. It is hard to troll through brush and open water fish are hard to get now. The lake level is perfect for launching and fishing now. The water is stained and you can see your lure down just a couple of feet with creeks being even less. Crappie, kentucky bass, bluegill, walleye and flathead are the best eating and all are biting now but you have to know where and how. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much. You can save a minimum of $25/day here with the low cabin rates and your first boat stall being free. If you must pay more, just stay here and give the rest to disabled veterans. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Caught fishing out of Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental Yesterday. More too.Image title

The lake level is 557.30 and has dropped about 3-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The lake surface temperature was 73 degrees when I went out yesterday afternoon.  The water was stained and you could only see your lure down a couple of feet and the fish were biting. The weather was beautifull with sunny skies and light wind with an ambient temperature of about 70-degrees.  I started out casting a Bobby Garland jig over brush and letting it slowly sink into brush and caught a couple of nice crappie and a few bluegill in 17-ft. brush. They quit so I moved to another main lake brush pile and did the same thing and caught three more crappie. Next was a main lake point in 27-ft. of water and caught two nice bass on the 1/4 ounce spoon near the bottom. I came in after about two hours.  There were very few boats out there and things were very calm. It is to be in the 80's for the next week with sunny skies.  The moon is getting smaller and the fishing is getting better for me except for temperate bass of which I am not seeing any. Striper fishermen are having a hard time but that is not unusual for early October. Crappie, bass and bluegill fishing is good right now if you know where and how. Walleye have slowed a bit but some are still being caught. Catfishing is also slow. I never catch very many with a dropping lake and big moon. I was getting several very nice flatheads and a few channels but not now. They will bite again and then quit when it gets cold and the water clears. The bass and crappie will not. November and December is when I catch the largest crappie. Both them and bass will bite best right at sunset. This is a good time of year. Come on down we will not charge you too much. You can get a one bedroom cabin for two for $59/day and a free stall for your boat. The lake is at an excellent level for fishing, launching and parking right near the dock. Fishing pontoons with trolling motors start at $110/day plus gas and oil.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 557.58 and dropping 3+ inches in a 24-hour period with one generator running continuously. We had a 67 degree water temperature in Blackburns Creek yesterday and a main lake temperature in the low 70's. The very backs of the creeks in shallow water appear to be turning as is the fall foliage on the roadways with the sumac getting some red and some brown.  The hillsides are starting to get brown with a little yellow on the hard woods. The walnut leaves continue to fall heavily and the maple trees are turning red. This is about two weeks early. The weather is to be beautiful for the next week with highs in the 80's and sunshine. The steady wind has been relentless and hard to get out of and does not go down until late in the afternoon. This does not hurt fishing, especially bass fishing, but I just do not like to fish in it. It is hard to keep the spoon vertical in swirling wind. Several crappie and bass are still shallow (17-feet) on river channel banks on the main lake just at the drop off. Those 1/8th ounce Bink's spoons really work well at that depth especially when there is light wind. You get the best action on 4-lb. test but 6 is ok.  I do not use any heavier than that unless the 3/4 or 1-ounce spoon is used and that is only for deep water in the summer. From now on I will use the 1/8th or 1/4 unless it is windy then I go to the 1/2 and go against the wind with the trolling motor to keep the lure as straight up and down as possible. Do not drag the spoon or it will not have much of a life expectancy. Bass and crappie are together. I am not finding very many open water fish but the prevailing winds are blowing the plankton to the bank and the shad are feeding on it and the bass are with the shad. They can be caught on crank baits. I do not use them much but mostly stick to jigs, grubs, spoons and creature baits.  I will be using slip floats with live minnows over brush in light wind soon for crappie and bluegill and switch back and forth with spoons. My throw line for catfish is not producing very well. The lake should clear as the temperature drops and the turn finishes but I am not much concerned about that unless it gets too clear but that has not happened for several years with the policy of keeping the lake level high. It sure is at a good level now and I wish it would stay just like this for fishing. It has not been good for Scuba Diving this season with bad visibility all year.. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. We will not put you in a duplex or condo where you cannot social distance. All cabins are sanitized after every use and we are open all year. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 558.15 and is dropping 3+ inches in a 24-hour period with one generator running continuously. It does not need to drop any faster but they need to keep doing it instead of stopping at 553.75 which is the new 552 when the worthless minimum flow for the put and take trout took away 1.75 feet of flood capacity. The dams are now for flood control and trout protection. Just draw the lakes down to the mid 540's in the winter before the spring rains and get rid of the stupid 12-ft. rule for the White River at Newport. Nobody knows where it came from anyway. Minor flood stage there is 26-feet just keep it below that.  The lake is at a good level now and you can drive or walk down a gentle sloping 400-yards to Blackburns Dock and Launch and step onto the dock with no steps and park and launch right there and pull right into your free boat stall. No going elsewhere to launch requiring two people. The water surface temperature is dropping with the level and the cool days and cold nights are well below normal. It is to be back near 80 next weekend. The surface temperature is now in the early 70's before the sun comes up. More fish are being caught now versus last week with bass, crappie and bluegill being the best. The lake was clearing but has not improved the last few days and it looks to be an early and gradual turnover. The cold weather does not drive the thermocline down as some report but the hot weather does. I have seen shallow northern lakes do a violent turnover and the water flips from the bottom to the top bringing much debris and trash with it. That is not what happens here because the lake is so deep and that insulates surface water temperature from changing very much in a short period. I have seen one year where the surface water temperature on the main lake did not go below 50 degrees. I have also seen it where the water froze from the back of Blackburns cove out to the main lake and I could not get my boats out of the stall. There was a massive shad kill that year when the main lake dropped to the mid to high 30's and the striper fishing was great on jerk baits. But that was when we had more big stripers than we do now. It got down to 40 degrees last nigh and is to warm only to the high 60's today. Normal high is 77 and low is 50. I finally found the crappie again yesterday after talking to Binks. He is always on top of things. He told me what to look for and there they were. Bass were with them. Several of both were caught. Some on a spoon and some on a jig. Normally I do not use a spoon in less than 20-feet of water but it worked yesterday. You can never quit learning and must keep an open mind and try new things. Some big fish were caught. This is a good time of year but I like all seasons. It is nice to see so many walleye. Several are undersized indicating a good crop next year. I would like to see more stocked to supplement the natural spawn. Come on down to Blackburns and we will not charge you too much. The fall foliage is definitely changing now and it looks to be an early peak but I am not sure how spectacular it will be. There are lots of just brown already. It will be beautiful anyway. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service yesterday. Those are some nice fish.  Caught more too. Image title

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The lake level is 558.71 and has dropped 3+ inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. I had a surface temperature of 77 degrees yesterday afternoon but the ambient temperature was 90-degrees. The backs of the creeks are getting very stained like the beginning of turnover is starting and working it's way out.  The walnut leaves are falling fast now but they are the first ones to go. The sumac leaves are turning red and it looks to be an early fall. The hardwood on the hillsides are also turning a little yellow but more brown than yellow. Fall foliage usually peaks here the very last of October but things seem to be happening early this year. I caught some good fish yesterday and spent time experimenting. The brush was not producing so I went to some known crappie places on steep banks and caught a few shallow. Nothing big. People are asking me why other people are reporting striper fishing is great and I am not catching any. I have only caught one small one in over a week and it was luck. A few calls were made and I could not find anybody catching very many if any. If there is no report for several days it does not mean that people are not going fishing it is just that they are not catching any fish. You can not go out for several days catching nothing and then find some fish and write a report. I have several good fishermen reporting to me that are out there almost everyday and striper fishing is tough. I roll with the flow and catch what is biting. I do like to check things out, put in good brush piles and let my customers have an upper hand and insight on what is happening. It is good for repeat customers of which Blackburns has many. If fishing is good I say so and if it is not I also say so. Bink caught several good ones yesterday including big crappie and walleye but almost always does. I caught no picture fish. One thing for sure Blackburns will not charge you too much and has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals. If you are not staying at Blackburns you are paying too much.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 559.04 and is dropping a little over three inches in a 24-hour period with the equivalent of one generator running continuous. The surface temperature was dropping  and is now in the early 70's but should not today with the high in the high 80's.  That is all to change tomorrow with the high to be low 70's with lows to be near 40. With the number of hours of sunshine being less and less per day now and overnight lows dropping so will the surface temperature. It is about where it should be for this time of year. I did catch a flathead on my throw line yesterday and a couple of nice bass on the spoon jigging brush piles in 28-ft. if water. I released them in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. It is fully stocked now but is getting fished more heavily. Fishing is not the best now and you have to work for what you get but some good fish are being caught. The lake is getting less stained and is a good color for fishing. Big moon, dropping lake level and cold fronts moving in and out are not helping things. There is some color, mostly yellow, showing up on the hillsides for fall foliage but not a lot. The sumac on the roadsides is not changing much yet but some ornamental bushes are. It is nearly a month for the nornal peak to happen. Blackburns is your fall foliage headquarters for Norfork Lake, Mountain Home, North Central Arkansas and the Ozark Mountain region. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and are open all year. Some are not.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 559.33 and has dropped over 3 inches in the last 24-hours with the equivalent of one generator running continuously. The surface water temperature is also dropping with the cool nights and is now in the low 70's depending on when you check and how much sunshine there is. The lake overall is in good condition but fishing is just fair. Bass fishing and bluegill fishing is pretty good with crappie next and everything else not so good. Some walleye are coming in though but not as many as a few days ago. Barring any heavy rains the best fishing will be the entire month of November after lake turnover which is always sometimes in October. It has been happening gradually the last few years with no drastic changes except the thermocline goes away and the water is homogenous from the surface to several feet down with the fish having no special reason to be anywhere except for food and cover. That is where brush piles come in. Baitfish head for cover and big fish follow. The stripers will school and stay on the shad in open water as always but there are just fewer of them. At least fewer big ones with people killing so many small fish below 10-lbs. and very few being stocked this year will hurt the future. Fishing pressure is also increasing and more are learning how to catch them and where they are located. Norfork is still a very good fishing lake and has a great group of Biologists trying hard to make it better. Do not quit stocking those hybrids as they are the go to fish when the stripers get scarce. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 559.65 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with the equivalent of one generator running continuously. We did receive about 1/2 inch of badly needed rain last night and the wind got a little gusty for a bit. The weather is to cool for a couple of days, warm back up and then cool again. The lake is clearing slowly and the surface termperature is about 75 degrees depending on where and when you check it. The big moon, dropping lake level and cold fronts are almost stopping throw lines with live bluegill and are not helping overall fishing but some good ones are being caught everyday. Technique and persistence is very important now. Spooning brush is the best way to catch fish now except for the ones feeding on the bank both early and late are hitting plastic worms. I am also using a jig casted past the brush and allowing it to sink right into the brush is also working somewhat. Slip floats sitting right over the brush with live minnows is also working for crappie and bluegill especially in light or no wind but you have to set the depth barely over the top of the brush. I am using slip floats, spoons and jigs exclusively and catching fish everyday. I would use live minnows more but the ones that I am getting are too small and the wind is blowing almost everytime I go out. Blackburns still had cabins for $59/day with a free boat stall and pontoons with trolling motors and bass boats for fishing. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is now 559.86 and has broken the 560 barrier and it is only the last of September. At least you can drive 1/3 mile to the dock and step on without going down steps and Blackburns brush piles that we put in last winter are all now in play and fish are being caught off them. I caught all of my fish yesterday in 28-ft. of water near the bottom on brush with a 1/4 ounce Bink's jigging spoon. You have to get down too them and that is the best way. Bink is responsibile for the proliferation of spooning in this area. Almost nobody did it 25-years ago and now even the hard core live bait fishermen and devout trollers are at least using this technique some of the time. It just works. Not to say other ways do not. Trolling umbrellas through shad works also but it is like reeling in an anchor. I am just not into netting shad in the dark, trying to keep them alive, trolling a half dozen rods with live bait at different depths for miles until schools of shad with fish under then are located. When they are you are handed a rod to reel them in and when multiple fish bite at the same the lines get all tangled. I have a hard enough time with one rod. I do not use planer boards or balloons either.  To each their own. I caught crappie, walleye and bass yesterday in the middle of the day in just a few minutes as I had to get back in. It was a beautiful day and it was nice to be out in the sunshine. The water temperature was 78+ degrees and is still stained but clearing. The lake was pretty busy. It is too late for me to get into another business venture but the idea of equipping Bertha and Mable chaise lounge tubes with charging outlets and video game ports seems like a good one. They can then drag the children around and they can text and play video at the same time. Should be a good money maker. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 560.17 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The water is still stained green but is clearing just a bit with the old shoreline buckbrush starting to show. The fish that were at 25-ft near the bottom have moved out deeper and are at 35-40 feet at different depths and are in or around main lake brush, especially on points or around points. Vertically jigging a spoon is the best way to get down to them. Some bass and bluegill are near the bank early and late and can be caught on plastic worms. Crappie fishing is fair. They bite for a few minutes and then turn off for hours. I caught seven yesterday in about 1-1/2 hours  casting a jig past the brush and letting it sink slowly into it. The surface water temperature is 79 in the afternoons after the sun has shined on it for a few hours. We are dry and have not had much rain for three weeks but the morning dew is keeping things green. An inch or two of rain would not hurt anything. The weather has been beautiful but a cold front is to come through Sunday night dropping the temperatures. The moon getting bigger, the lake dropping rapidly and a cold front will not help fishing any but some fish can still be caught spooning brush. Stripers are scattered and the schools are not big. Trollers are going a long ways to find mostly small fish. Look in big bays in 45-ft. of water to find some.  Walleye are still holding in there and are with the deeper bass. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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A tribute to my good friend Harvey Hall of Hard Times Crappie Guide Service and the best crappie fisherman that I have ever seen. He taught me a lot and I was fortunate to have known him and have him for a friend.  

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 561.03 and has dropped a little less than 3-inches in the last 24-hours with a little less generation. The water temperature was 79 yesterday morning, the weather was cloudy, the wind was light and the fish were biting. We caught a couple of stripers out in front of the houses on Mallard Point in 45ft. of water but they were small, we released them and we moved to Float Creek. Walleye, crappie and bass were caught there, all on 1/2 ounce Bink's jigging spoons. A nice flathead was caught on a throw line using bluegill. If you catch bluegill on the jigging spoon hang in there, big fish are with them. Most of the fish were caught in about 30-ft. of water on or near brush and near the bottom. The bite slowed by mid morning. People caught some big bluegill off the dock. We were forecasted to get some rain last night but did not. It is dry here but Blackburns big flat play ground is green and the pool is open. Some color is starting to show up on the hillsides for fall foiliage but not much yet. Most is just caused by water being up in the trees for too long on the old shoreline stressing the trees. I watch the hillsides, the hardwoods and the road sides. Blackburns is your fall foliage headquarters for Mountain Home, Norfork Lake, North central Arkansas and the Ozark Mountain region.  Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. We have different sized stalls at our dock for different sized boats. No one size fits all. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

The lake level is 561.27 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours with more generation. The lake surface temperature was 80.5 when I went out yesterday afternoon. I checked my throw line and got a nice flathead. It was baited with live bluegill. I then went to a Blackburns brush pile and caught three nice crappie on a jig. Moved to a main lake cut and caught two Kentucky bass. I saw some fish on the graph in 45-ft.about 30-ft. down and dropped a spoon and caught about a 5-6 lb. striper. The fish was released and swam away and I hope he made it. People are killing way too many small stripers in the 6-10 lb. range and are really cutting down on the big fish numbers by not letting them grow. Very few were stocked this year. Taking pictures of dock floors full of small dead stripers is not impressive. I came in after 1-1/2 hours and there was much less boat traffic than on Sunday and I only saw fishermen and pontoons. It was a very nice day but is cloudy this morning. We need rain bad and have not had any for almost two weeks. There was some 79 degree water back in the creeks and the lake seems to be clearing just a bit. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 561.81 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with the same generation. They are keeping the White River at Newport below 12-feet to keep the lakes up as high as they can for as long as they can. They must like to do that so there is no surge capacity for when it rains. The surface temperature is about 80 degrees and the lake is still stained green and you can see your lure down just a few feet. The temperature will drop quickly in the shallow creeks as the nightime lows reach near 50. The stained water has not hurt fishing though and a lot of big fish were brought in yesterday and this morning. I went out for a couple of hours yesterday afternoon and and it was about 70-degrees with a light wind. There were still several boats out there dragging stuff around and jet skis seeing how close they could come to docks and fishermen.  I caught all of my fish on a Bobby Garland jig casting it over brush and letting it sink slowly with a little twitch. I was catching crappie when a nice walleye hit it and just about knocked the rod out of my hand. Some smaller stripers and hybrids are starting to show up but not nearly as many as there used to be. Too many in the 6-10 lbs have been killed by fishermen and the low oxygen is not helping anything either. Holding the water up so high and for so long in the vegetation depletes the oxygen. I am seeing some color on the hillsides indicating the fall foliage is beginning. It has not changed much in the last several days though. Our normal peak is the very last of October but nothing is normal around here anymore. Our normal high is 80 now. Carl Scott, Mike Eakle, Jack Bucknell, Tom Kelly, Binks and Scuba Steve all caught some good ones yesterday. I have some very good fishermen helping me with this report. Carl and Tom are worm fishermen, Binks, Mike and Jack are spoon fishermen and I use both the spoon and the jig. All are working. Bass, crappie, bluegill and walleye are the best but a few catfish and red meat fish are being caught. The people that cannot catch any stripers are turning into walleye and crappie fishermen. That is the beauty of Norfork.  It has so many varieties. People come from other states to catch crappie when they cannot get stripers. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 562 even and continues to drop 2-1/2 inches in a 24-hour period with the same generation, 1-1/2 generators for about 2/3 the time. They have now backed up the time when the lake will hit 555.75 or the top of the power pool to 18October from the middle of November.  I would like to see a prediction when it will hit 548. Not likely. They like to keep it high in the winter and not draw it down. The surface water temperature was 81.5 when I went out yesterday afternoon and the water seems to be clearing just a bit. I went to the first brush pile in 25-ft. of water and caught two nice crappie on a jig. Moved back in another creek in 19-feet of water using the same jig and caught four more. I then went to a main lake point in 25-ft. of water on Blackburns brush pile using the 1/2 ounce Bink's Spoon and caught one more and a 19-inch walleye. Tom Kelly reports catching a 22-inch walleye but no picture. I did not take a picture as Jack Bucknell from South Dakota made my fish pale in comparison. I ended up taking seven crappie and the walleye to Tom Kelly's trophy pond.  It is now stocked up and ready to go. Blackburns has several very good fishermen in now and they are all catching fish so far. Bink reports getting some nice stripers and white bass.  I have not seen very many of these for a while. Big ones anyway.  We do have a few cabin openings now for the first time since April so come on down.  The price is right and you can get a cabin for $59/day for two people with a free boat stall. Cannot beat that any where on the lake that has a dock and swimming pool. Our pool is open and they are swimming in it now.  

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 562.45 and has dropped 2+ inches in the last 24-hours with the same generation. The lake is still stained green and you can only see your lure down a few feet. We have a group of good divers in this week and they report the visibility is not very good but they got several nice crappie and that the thermocline is at about 30-feet or a little more. I wish the conditions were better for them but the weather has been perfect. The lake is usually more clear after Labor Day but the lake has just been held up too high for too long this year. We need some changes in lake management. Other fishermen did well though with some nice fish being caught. I caught several crappie yesterday but nobody wants to see the same people with nearly the same fish everyday. Bass, crappie and bluegill fishing is the best right now on spoons and plastic worms but a few walleye are still coming in. We have several good fishermen in now and are catching some big fish. The crappie that I am catching are from 11-13 inches and are on Blackburns Brush piles in 30-feet or less with most of them being right in the brush. The bass are on main lake points in or around the brush. Some are out in open water with the whites and stripers on shad.  Flathead fishing has slowed down and gar are showing up in their place.  The same thing happens in the early summer. Bink reports catching stripers, white bass and big largemouth today part way back in the creeks in 45-ft. of water suspended at 30-ft. on the 1/2 ounce spoon. He said it was a great morning for fishing but no walleye. He has moved off the main lake points and is back in the bays in deeper water but the fish are still at 30. The water temperature was 83 when I came in last afternoon. There were several boats out there in the beautiful weather.  No rain is scheduled for the next several days. Come on down to Blackburns.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Several of our pontoons have trolling motors for fishing and are also included in the price. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 562.64 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with generation equal to about 1-1/2 generators about 2/3 the time. The lake is still stained and the surface water temperature is 80-degrees and dropping. Everybody caught fish yesterday with Tom Kelly fishing Float Creek with a plastic worm, Mike Eakle fishing Hensley's Creek with a Bink's Spoon, John Bornhop fishing near point 4 with both worms and spoons, Carl Scott from Houston is catching several fish near Cow point but no pictures yet and myself fishing in Blackburns Creek with a 1/2 ounce spoon. All were on Blackburns Brush piles that we put in last winter.  They are just now coming into play as the lake drops. We work hard putting in brush for our customers. All are finding no fish below 30-feet of water. Some are in deeper water but are suspended above 30-feet. Some brush extends higher and fish are on top of it. Flathead fishing has slowed, crappie fishing is getting better, bass fishing is good and walleye fishing is just fair. Big bluegill are biting off the dock with crickets and worms. I did not talk to the Deans  but they have been catching some nice bass. It is busy here at Blackburns with people taking advantage of the low rates on both cabins and boat rentals. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer, you are paying too much. You can get a one bedroom cabin with a covered porch and no duplex where you can social distance and a free boat stall here for $59/day. Trolling motors are free on fishing pontoons. Why pay more unless you just want to or have extra money? Blackburns Resort fun. Some color is showing up on the hillsides for fall foliage.  It is getting dry again here.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 562.85 and has dropped a little over 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They are really dragging this out. Fishing is not the best but some nice ones are being caught everyday and the weather has been perfect. We have several good fishermen in now and they report having a good time. It is to cool a bit next week with a cold front moving through. Striper fishing is slow but bass, walleye, bluegill, flathead and crappie are coming in everyday but not a lot of them. The lake surface temerature is still 83 and the water is still stained and not clearing very fast. Bernie Dean caught a nice bass yesterday. Everyone seems to be having a good time. We like that. It is good to have so many repeat customers and nice people. The big pool is open and still warm.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 563 and is dropping a little over 2-inches in 24 hours with the equivalent of 1-1/2 generators running a little over 1/2 the time. Why the slow drop nobody can figure out. Some nice fish were caught yesterday by Mike Dean and John Bornhop. Bass and flatheads are the best bite now followed by crappie and bluegill. Walleye is good but most are short. The creeks are stained badly now and you can see your lure down just a very few feet on the main lake. Stick with those Bink Spoons on the main lake points in 25-29 feet of water near the bottom. Trollers are catching a few fish but putting on a lot of miles and burning a lot of gas. Fishing overall is just fair but some good fish are being caught everyday. The weather has been great with highs in the 80's and lows in the high 60's. It looks like the new hurricane will not affect us much if any so far. We need some rain again. The lake is still pretty busy and Blackburns is nearly full with people taking advantage of our low prices on both cabins and boat rentals. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. We invite you to shop prices before you book. Surface temperature is still about 83 degrees and perfect for swimming.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 563.26 and has dropped a little over 2-inches in the last 24-hours and the surface water temperature is about 83 degrees and is just right for swimming. They are discharging the equivalent of about 1-1/2 generators about 1/2 the time while keeping the White River at Newport to 11 feet to hold the lake up as high as possible for as long as possible and are getting better and better at it every year. The lake has cleared a bit since the holiday but not much but is a good color for fishing. Fishing overall is just fair but some good fish are being caught everyday. The dissolved oxygen is very low below 30-feet and most fish are above that in the 25-28 foot level and more still if there is brush nearby. I was fishing just main lake points but fish are scattered about everywhere but are at the same depth no matter how deep the water. I am picking up a few crappie working the Bobby Garland Baby Shad hard but not very many. They will be. The jigging spoon is working the best. The Gold one was working yesterday in the cloudy weather. It is now Flathead time part way back into the creeks in deeper water on throw lines baited with live bluegill. I am catching some big ones everyday and it will last until the lake cools and clears and then stop. They bite at a certain time in the spring and then again in the early fall. You must use live bait to get them as they will not bite anything else. Bluegill and shiners about 3-inches long are the best. I have no luck on gold fish. I have tried using them as other people say they work but not for me. I bait every other line with them and they are all still there the next morning so I quit using them. I have some luck with crawdads on channel and blues but not flatheads. Norfork lake flatheads are right behind walleye, bluegill and crappie as the best eating fish and are in there with Kentucky bass. Blackburns is now on their off-season rates and you can get a cabin for $59/day with a free normal sized boat stall. Cannot beat that anywhere. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and have the best prices on rental boats. The big pool is open.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

The lake level is 563.79 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with a little more generation now that the White River at Newport is below 11-feet. It looks like they will be forced to let more out as the rivers dry up so they have changed their prediction of when the level is to hit 555+ from 12November to 1November. That would indicate more generation. I thought they were trying to keep the lake up all winter so when the spring rains come the spillway gates could just be opened flooding everything downstream.  They seem to like to do that. No sense taking the level down to the 540's in the winter allowing for extra capacity and increasing the flow the rest of the year to just below minor flood stage when needed that does not harm anybody. We need to keep that 12-ft. rule at Newport at all coats but cannot figure out why. Government. The surface temperature on the main lake was 83+ when I went out yesterday with the creeks higher at over 85.  That indicates that the temperature is not dropping anytime soon. The creeks rise and lower more quickly than the main lake. The cold front that was predicted has been cut off and it is to remain above average temperatures for several days. It may get here in a week or so. The water is still stained green but is clearing a bit.  It is good for fishing but not for Scuba Diving. There were still several boats out there yesterday afternoon and the lake was by no means deserted. I tried spooning brush on the main lake and caught one crappie, two bass and a couple of short walleye. I then tried the jig over shallower brush back in the creek in 20-ft. of water and caught a couple more crappie. I caught no fish below 30-feet. It was the early afternoon and I did not expect to catch much but wanted to check things out. I fished for about 2-hours and caught 7 fish with no picture fish. It was nice just to be out in the sunshine and not get swamped. I do not want this lake to become Lake of The Ozarks but the trend is there if you look at the last few holidays. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is at 563.93 and has dropped one inch in the last 24-hours with very little generation. Now that the White River level at Newport is below the magical number of 12-feet maybe they will let out some water. They have done an excellent job of holding it up again this year. You cannot let the government run anything. The lake is clearing now after the big churn of the holiday weekend and the fishing is starting to pick up a bit. Bink reports some walleye floating down by the dam and the oxygen level reported by the Striper Club shows no oxygen below 30-feet there. This coincides with what we are finding here with no fish showing up below the 30-feet level.  They may be in deeper water but suspend above the 30-foot level.  Most fish being caught are at the 25-28 ft level on main lake points on or near brush. If you can find brush at this level on a main lake point there will be fish on it. I am using the Bink's jigging spoon exclusively. The 1/2 ounce many shad or the Arkansas shiner are working well. I use the 1/4 ounce ones when there is no wind but prefer to keep the lure straight up and down and not drag it so I use a heavier one in the wind. Go against the wind with your trolling motor to keep it vertical, snap it up three or four feet and let it fall on slack line. Most fish will hit on the drop. Jeff and Alicia Barber from Biggers, Arkansas caught some big fish yesterday on Blackburns Resort and Boat rental's brush piles.  That is why we put them in. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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Mike Eakle and James Soltysiac with some good ones caught yesterday on Norfork Lake on Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental's Brush Piles. Nice fish. All caught on the Bink's Jigging spoon. The lake can go back to the fishermen this afternoon and you can get a one bedroom cabin with a big covered porch and no duplex and a free boat stall for $59/day.  Why pay more?


Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 564.19 and is dropping about 1/2 inch per day with little generation. The lake is very busy and very rough with all of the boat traffic and is stirred up. The surface temperature is 84 degrees and the water is stained with little visibility. It will clear up again after this holiday is over and very much cooler weather is on the way. The fishing people are catching some pretty good fish despite all of this. Crappie, bass and walleye are still the best bite now. You can get a cabin for $59/day starting tomorrow with a free normal sized boat stall here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 564.36 and is about the same as it was this time yesterday. They are only generating about five hours a day and are now predicting the level will be at 555 by 12 November which means generation will remain resrticted well into the fall. We will see if they drop the lake this winter. Nothing would surprise me about how they manage the lake anymore. There is no urgency since Table Rock and Beaver are back to normal.  The lake is still stained and you can see your lure down only a very few feet and the surface temperature is in the low 80's. Fronts have been moving through several times a week turning the fish on and off frequently. I am waiting for low pressures to start in and then fish until it rains me out with good results. High pressure is moving in now and looks to stay that way through the long holiday weekend with nice weather predicted. It has rained on and off for the last four days with cloudy skies and cooler temperatures but that is to change starting today. Today will be my last day of fishing until Tuesday and I will turn the lake over to the Holiday crowd. The lake will clear then and boat traffic will go back to the fishermen. Mid September until mid October is usually an excellent time to fish Norfork. The lake will turn for several days then scattering the fish but not stopping the bite and then get better and better as November gets here. Thanksgiving is almost always a good time for fishing. Blackburns goes into their winter rates on Monday September 7th and you can get a one bedroom cabin with covered porch and no duplex for $59/day and a free normal sized boat stall.  You cannot beat that anywhere near here. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. Walleye, bass, crappie and catfish are the best bite now but Bink is also catching some white bass.  I am not but I am just fishing main lake points in 25-27 feet of water with a spoon. I am not much into trolling. 1/2 ounce Bink's jigging spoon is the best. Many shad or white with a black back are working well in or near brush. Go against the wind and keep your lure straight up and down snapping it up three or four feet and let it fall on slack line near the bottom. The fall foliage is starting to turn on the hillsides and it is not due to the high water and is much higher in the hills. Peak is usually the last part of October and I will keep you posted.   


Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 564.58 and has dropped one inch in the last 24-hours with no generation since last evening. They got lots of rain in Newport and Batesville but we got less than one inch of gentle, badly needed rain here in Mountain Home. We had received less than 1/2 inch all the month of August before that. It was cloudy and misting rain with a water surface temperature of 84 degrees and a gentle wind from the northeast when I went out yesterday afternoon. The lake is stained and you could see your lure down about three feet. The conditions were perfect for a bite so it did not matter how many light bulbs were out, playground toys broken or how many chains were pulled out of ceiling fans. I was going fishing. I went walleye fishing and caught two along river channel banks on the main lake in 26-feet of water but it was slow so I started spooning brush piles. We put in some nice brush this winter and the ones we put in the shallowest are in play now. I put on a Bink's 1/2 ounce Many Shad spoon and vertical jigged right in the brush. Catfish, crappie, bass and bluegill were caught right up until 5:pm in 26-27 feet of water. The bass, bluegill and catfish were taken to Tom Kelly's trophy pond and the rest were released immediately. Crappie and walleye are hard to keep alive in this weather even if they are iced down so they go right back in. Bass and bluegill fishing is very good right now, crappie and walleye are fair with several  walleye, but not all, are short. If you are only catching short ones try just a couple of feet deeper. Bink is the only one I know catching stripers and there are reports of several dead ones floating near the dam. Some are people trying to release fish that come out of deep water and others are from lack of oxygen.  I do not fish for them this time of year. Fishing is getting better and better especially in the area of the lake around Blackburns. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. No dragging or pulling anything behind any of our rental boats except for the ski boat. Our friends at the marinas have boats for you to do that. Ours are for cruising, swimming and fishing only. Sorry. You must be a guest to rent a boat from us. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

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The lake level is 564.66 and is dropping an average of 2-1/2 inches per day with generation about 3/4ths the time. They are holding the White River art Newport to 12-feet religiously despite the very dry conditions. They have had all summer to drop the lake but have refused to do so but they see fit to drop Table Rock to below the power pool to protect Branson. Anytime the government is involved the corruption begins.  It is all about the money. The lake is clearing a bit but is still stained green. The surface temperature is in the mid 80's and has been pretty stable lately. We are to get a couple of inches of rain on Friday due to the hurricane but should be able to take that easily with the dry conditions.  It just depends on how fast we get it. It should be mostly gone by the weekend. Striper fishing is not the best right now but walleye, bass and bluegill fishing is pretty good. Blackburns has a couple of cabins available for this weekend but will be very busy again for the holiday. Come on dow. We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

If you see yourself on here make a comment. All of these fish were caught close to Blackburn's Dock in the last few days. Image titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage title

The lake was stained green when I went out yesterday and the surface temperature was 85 degrees with a level of 565.54 now and a drop of 3-inches from the day before. You could see your lure down a little less than three feet. The thermocline is less than 30 feet now and should not drop much further. It rarely gets below 32 feet. The fish that I am catching now are either right on the bank or near the bottom at 25-27 feet. The ones on the bank are on the inside of main lake points and the others are right on the points at that depth range near any structure. At this rate of level drop Blackburns Brush piles shoul be back in play in three weeks and fishing should be really good. I will be fishing brush piles exclusively then with the Bink's spoon. After that I will include slip float with minnows and the Bobby Garland Baby Shad blue Ice in color. I will use the little grub casting it over the brush and letting it sink slowly when it is windy and right down in the brush with the live minnows when I can stay right over the brush. I know where the walleye, crappie and bass will be as the lake approaches normal level. I had some guests catch some nice catfish on jugs and trot lines this weekend on lice perch. Tom Kelly is catching bass and crappie on Float Creek with his worm and spoon. Mike Eakle is on the walleye on main lake points on the Bink's Many Shad 1/2 ounce spoon in 23-28 feet of water. Bink is out with some Blackburns guests today and we will see how he does. He has been catching some good ones regularly including temperate Bass or what I call red meat fish. Bluegill are biting well on crickets and worms off docks and near willows on the main lake. Fishing is not the best now but is getting better and will continue to do so until the lake turns sometime in October for several days and then get good again. The turn will not stop the bite, just slow it down and scatter the fish. It will be improtant to know where the cover is at the right depth then. Come on down to Blackburns.  We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake conditions and fishing report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

The lake level is 566 33 and has dropped a little less than 3-inches in the last 24-hours. Blackburns has our complete original road to the dock open now as well as the boat launch but you still have to park on the road by the dock and walk down some stairs to get on.  Things are much better than before and getting better. At 560 we will get out main parking lot back and things will be back to normal as well as many of our brush piles for fishing. It has been very slow coming with the resistance to let out water by the COE. We are very dry here again and we should have been back to normal months ago. We need a rain bad. Walleye fishing has been the best with bass next and then a few crappie. The thermocline is at 28-feet and the lake is stained both in the creeks and the main lake. Spoon main lake points at 23-27 feet for about everything mentioned above.  Tom Kelly is catching some good bass on his worm near the bank and Mike Eakle is using the 1/2 ounce Bink's many shad  spoon exclusively. Bink is catching some stripers also on his spoon but not a lot. I have been too busy with rental boats and my fishing time has been very limited. It is very busy here at Blackburns and we like that. People are taking advantage of the best prices on the lake here on both cabins and boat rentals and the great weather despite the drought. All of our cabins are individual with no duplexes and you can social distance. All have big covered porches to get out of the weather. The big pool with slide is open. Your first boat stall is free here unless you bring a pontoon or a boat with a tower but we do not have boat stalls for one day rentals. Trolling motors on some pontoons are free and are included in the price. Sorry we no longer allow towing anything from any of our rental boats except our ski boat so if you need to do so our friends at the marinas will rent you a boat for that. Our boats are for fishing, cruising and swimming only. You can stay here and rent from them and drag anything you want. We are looking forward to the fall fishing and bookings have never been better. Come on down.  You will be welcome and we will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 567.97 and is dropping between two and three inches everyday with generation most of the time. The surface temperature was 85 when I went out yesterday and the lake seems to be cleraring a bit but the visibility is still not good. Patton at Scuba Doo Dive Shop reports the thermocline is 28-feet. I started spooning a main lake point near the resort and caught about a three pound Kentucky Bass right away and then nothing. I moved inside the cove side of the point in the shade and caught some very nice Warmouth on a Bobby Garland Baby shad. I then went to another main lake point and started spooning again in 23-feet of water and caught three walleye and came in. I was still using the 1/2 ounce Bink's Many Shad Spoon. I do not know why the walleye are at 23 when they are usually right at the thermocline near the bottom. Maybe just because that is where the cover is located on the old shoreline buckbrush. All of the fish were caught near some kind of structure. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Biggest striper of the year caught on the Bink's spoon.Image titleImage titleJerry and Lucy Swink with a nice walleye.

The lake level is 568.22 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with generation most of the time. The lake is still stained and the surface temperature is 85 degrees. Jerry and Tina Swink caught some nice walleye on their first trip to Norfork. We hope they liked it here. Nice People. I took an hour off after checking out a couple of rental boats and took Bink's and Mike Eakle's advice on where the fish were. They told me to go to main lake points and work them with a jigging spoon at 23-feet. I put on a Bink's 1/2 ounce Many  Shad Spoon and went to a very close point to the resort. I caught three warmouth some nice bluegill and a bass and then moved. When they say 23-feet they mean 23-feet. I caught no fish at 21-feet and none at 25-feet. 23-feet is where the old shoreline buck brush is located  I then caught three walleye just before the rain. I came in and took all of the fish to Tom Kelly's trophy pond. People are catching a lot of big fish out of it and I have to keep it stocked up for them. I do not have a lot of time for fishing right now with Blackburns being so busy but it was nice to be out. My time will come.Fishing will just get better and better until the lake turns sometime in October and then keep getting better again. The lake is still in excellent condition for swimming and boating but needs to drop a few feet for day use accessibility. At least Blackburns has no diminished services including launching but we still have to park the cars at the dock on the road and walk down steps to the dock. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

All of these fish were caught on The Bink's Spoon yesterday and today in 23-ft. of water on main lake points.Image titleImage titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 568.84 and is dropping a little over 2-inches in 24-hours with generation about 2/3s of the time.  They are holding the twin lakes up as long as they can while reducing the White River at Newport to 11+ feet for no reason. The lake is stained and you can see your lure down about three feet. Bink, James Soltysiac, Mike Eakle and Tom Kelly are catching some nice fish everyday. They are using the Bink's Jigging Spoon on Mainlake points in 23-feet of water and catching crappie, walleye and bass in the mornings early. Over 1/2 of the walleye are short but some nice ones are also being caught.  Tom is also using the split tailed worm for bass. The lake continues to be busy and the very warm summer conditions continue amd the ;ale surface temperature is back up past the mid 80's. Things are looking good here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. Come on down and check us out and we will not charge you too much.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 569.26 and is dropping a little over 2-inches every day with generation about 2/3s the time. The lake became stained a few days ago and remains so. You can see your lure down about three feet. The lake surface temperature has dropped to about 85 degrees with the cooler weather but should go back up with the hot ambient temperature starting tomorrow and continuing into next week. We have passed what is normally our hottest time which is the last of July and the first week in August. We seem to get a rain right when we need it to keep things green but no extra. The lake is in excellent condition for boating and swimming but still too high for beaches. Some more boat launches are opening up and more parking for day users but it is still crowded on the weekends. 560 level is about optimal for the lake level but at this rate we will not get to that until a couple of weeks after Labor day. It does not leave much surge capacity for a big rain though. Trollers are getting some stripers on live bait deep but have to work for them and most are not very big.   Some are in 70+ feet of water and are lethargic. Some walleye are with them but most of them and the bass are just outside of the old shoreline in about 23-25 feet of water near the bottom and around the thermocline. The best bite right now is the bluegill and some of them are very large. They are fun and good eating. The children love to catch them. A few crappie are under docks but the bite is slow at best. Fishing will now get better and better until the lake turns in October and then get good again. I catch a lot of big fish around Thanksgiving and throughout the winter when the lake is lower and my brush piles come back into play.I hope they draw the lake down this winter and not hold it up into the mid 550's going into the spring. That is proven not to work but you cannot let the government run anything.We will be ok no matter what they do it just makes it more difficult. I have not seen the lake so busy after the first week in August in years and they are still coming.  The county sales tax revenues are at record levels with the town crowded with visitors. Come on down to Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental and we will nor charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught on the Bink's Spoon yesterday. Image title

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The lake level is 569.88 and has dropped a little over 2-inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 2/3 of the time. I am really glad to break the 570 level but it is not near enough. 560 is a very good level for about everything but does not leave much room for spring rains.  We did receive about 1-inch total last week with several showers. When the rain chances were 100 and 90% we got nothing and when they were 10% it rained every day. There was no wind or lightening and we needed the moisture badly. It is good now. Things have really greened up again nicely and the gardens are doing great. We are getting some very nice weather with highs near 80 and lows in the high 50's and that is rare for early August which can be the hottest time of the year. It has been a good summer weather wise and we have avoided all severe weather so far. It is to warm back up this weekend but people are really enjoying the weather and the lake. It has been the busiest that I have seen it in many years despite the covid and the high water. People just want to get out and appreciate being able to social distance in both their cabins and on the water. Blackburns has rental pontoons available from $105 to $195/day and from 24-30 feet long and bass boats too. We do not allow any drag toys or grills on any boats but our marina friends do if you feel the need to. Ours are for fishing, swimming and cruising only and we have trolling motors on several of them. Check them out on the rental boat section of Blackburns web site. The water surface temperature is still about 87 degrees and is in very good condition for boating and swimming. Fishing is just fair except for the very good fishermen who really know how to fish this lake. Bink is still catching stripers and walleye (870-499-7384) and Tom Kelly and Mike Eakle are catching bass on shakey head worms and split tailed worms. The thermocline is dropping and is now outside the brush line making it a bit easier for divers to spearfish but the visibility is not the best. I will have to wait a couple of weeks or more for the business to slow down before I am able to go.  It is best in September and October anyway after the very early season. I get a lot of walleye and crappie in October. If you are staying in a duplex with no coverd porch or in a place with no pool or a very small one stop by Blackburns Before you leave and check things out. I think you will like what you see. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught fishing with Bink yesterday. Nice fish.Image title

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The lake level is 570.24 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 1/2 the time. We did receive 1/2 inch of badly needed rain yesterday but missed almost all that was predicted.  The surface temperature is 87 degrees and the lake is in good condition for boating, swimming and fishing although it is still too high for beaches and the parking for launching is still limited on weekends. The boat traffic is still relatively high for the first part of August and people are really enjoying the lake and are happy to just get out. It has really been busy here at Blackburns with people taking advantage of the best prices on the lake for cabins and boat rentals. The big pool with slide has been very popular with the children really enjoying swimming in it and also off the dock. Bink has been catching walleye and stripers on his spoon and Tom Kelly, Mike Eakle and the Sims boys have been catching some nice bass and a few walleye. The split tailed worm, shakey head worm on a jig head and grubs are the best for bass. Fish early, take the middle of the day off and hit it again in the late afternoon for the best fishing. Use light clear line and work the main lake points from the shore to about 23 feet. Bink is catching his stripers deep. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 570.74 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They are in a pattern now of shutting down all generation at night and starting it back up in the morning and keeping the White River at Newport at 12-feet at all costs. That way they can keep the area lakes as high as possible for as long as possible. At this rate if will be at 563 by Labor day Weekend if it does not rain and we have not had much of that. Not much else has changed except the bass fishing has gotten better. People report catching several good bass on main lake points at about 20-feet with a few walleye thrown in. The are using plastic worms and jigs. The lake surface temperature is still in the high 80's with the lake in excellent condition for boating and swimming and Blackburns still has the best prices on both cabins and boats and the biggest pool with slide. All cabins have covered porches and  are individual with no duplexes. We have 300-Meg wireless internet and are closest to Mountain Home, dining and shopping. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Tom Kelly with a nice one caught and released last evening. Image title

The lake level is 571.24 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating all night and then start up in the morning to hold the White River at Newport to 12-feet at all costs despite the need for electricity and the very dry conditions with no areas even close to flooding. It is cooling off a bit this week with very good chances of rain for the next few days. We certainly need it. Things have been green and lush all year but are starting to dry up now. A good rain would really help green things up again. Bass fishermen are catching some good ones on plastic worms with the best bite being in the evenings. Bink is catching some nice stripers deep on his spoon and the children are catching crappie and bluegill off the dock. I feed them there and they are easily caught. They love watching the turtles. Some catfish are being caught on jugs with live bait. With the lake dropping watch out for exposed wood where it was not in sight before. The lake is changing daily but conditions are good for boating and swimming. Fishing is just fair but the good fishermen are catching fish every day. The surface temperature is still in the high 80's and the visibility is not the best for diving but looks clear from the surface. The drop in the lake is opening things up but needs to drop just a few feet to really do some good for launching and parking. The lake is as busy as I have seen it in years on the weekends.  Almost like it was in the early 90's.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught fishing with Bink's guide service yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 571.66 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating all night and then start up again early morning and are holding the White River at Newport to 12+ feet. The lake looks clear from the top but the visibility is not so good at the thermocline which is 22-23 feet. Bass, stripers and bluegill continue to be the best bite but a few catfish are showing up. Fishing is poor during middle of the day but that is always the case in the last part of July. The stripers are deep and most of the other fish are still in the brush on the old shoreline which is 20-ft. under water. Conditions are good for boating and swimming and the surface temperature is in the high 80's. It is to cool off with better chances of rain later this week. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 to get into the action. We still have the best prices and the largest pool. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Tom Kelly with a good one.Image title

The lake level is 571.92 and has dropped about 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating at night and start again in the morning to keep the level up as high as they can for as long as they can while we are in very dry conditions and the areas where the electricity is sold is experiencing high temperatures requiring lots of electricity. In the spring when the rains come they open the flood gates and waste the water.  Go figure. Sounds like bad management to me. Where did this 12-ft. rule for the White River at Newport come from?  Nobody seems to know but it sure is followed closely and at all costs. Things should get back to normal after labor day unless it finally rains. Everything is still very busy with people really wanting to get out even for a short time. The lake surface temperature is in the high 80's and the lake is in good condition for swimming and boating. Tom Kelly, Binks and the Sims family are all catching fish everyday but overall fishing is just fair. Get out early, take the middle of the day off and go put about 5:30 PM and fish until dark. Bink is using his spoon for stripers deep and the rest are catching bass on plastic worms. Blackburns does not not now allow any dragging of anything behind any of our boats except for the ski boat and it has a three day minimum. You can stay here and rent a boat from one of our marina friends if you need to drag something. It was just not working out for us. We have many boats for just everyday use of cruising, swimming and fishing.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 572.14 and has dropped 2+ inches in the last 24-hours. They have reduced the discharge of the White River at Newport to hold the area lakes up as high as possible and the level is 12+ feet there now. They just had to get down to that 12-ft. level for some unknown reason. It is a good thing we have had almost no rain for over two weeks or the level would not have dropped at all. We are dry here. Things are starting to open up a bit though and a couple of feet drop would really help things. We are still about 20-feet higher than it should be for this time of year which is 552 no matter how they have manipulated the numbers in the last few years. I still do not know how they calculate 70% of flood storage but it sure is not how it used to be done. How can 572 be below 70%. Nobody knows. It clouds up almost every day in the afternoons during the heat of the day but we have received very little rainfall. Blackburns has some good fishermen in now and they are catching a few fish but not anything to brag about. Mostly bass. Bink is catching some stripers deep on his spoon and divers report the visibility is not very good and they are not doing the best getting walleye.  They are seeing some large crappie though. The lake looks clearer from the surface than it actually is at the 23ft. thermocline. It will push down steadily as the water warms to about 30 feet. Swimming and boating remains good but there are no swimming areas open and you almost have to swim off a dock or boat to keep out of people's way trying to launch a boat. Blackburn's big pool with slide has been very busy and people are swimming and fishing off the big dock.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service yesterday and today on his Jigging Spoon. Image title

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The lake level is 573.49 and has dropped a little over 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with intermittant generation. They are turning Norfork generators off and on to to keep the White River at Newport at a little less than 14-feet for some unknown reason. It is a good thing it has been dry and no rain for over a week or it would not drop at all. We have a chance to get a little today and then remain hot. We could sure use it. The lake in general is in good condition but is changing every day with more formerly submerged brush and logs exposed. Another two or three foot drop would really do a lot of good for day use and parking and launching. They are starting to open up now but has taken a long time. They just refuse to let much out but the need for electricity in the southwest is the driving force. If they would run both generators on Norfork continuously it would drop 3-1/2 inches per day. It will drop faster as the bowl gets smaller. I have not been fishing but Bink is really catching some nice stripers in about 90-feet of water on the bottom on his spoon and bass, catfish and bluegill fishermen are doing pretty well. It is a typical mid to late July fishing season. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has a one bedroom cabin open next week and a few more starting in August with the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals. We cannot guarentee a boat stall for one or two day stays at this time and do not have one for anybody bringing their own pontoon that cannot put the top down until we are able to pull boats in and out more easily. We also do not recommend pulling any drag toys with our pontoons and do not allow any dragging or towning anything with our bass boats. They are not made for it. Sorry.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 574.16 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours.  They shut off the generation in the middle of the night to keep the area lakes as high as possible for as long as possible. It has not rained for over a week and it is getting dry again here and it is warm and to get warmer. The lake surface temperature is in the high 80's depending on the time of day. The lake has cleared all week and we will see what happens after the weekend boat traffic. The thermocline is dropping and is in the low 20's and the visibility is 5-7 feet depending on what day of the week.  The shoreline in the creeks is very clear. Not a lot of people are fishing now with most boating and swimming. The fishing clubs with the weekly tournaments  are doing well on bass with limits in the teens. Bink is catching stripers and bass on his spoon. Crappie are scattered but some are being caught. Catfishing on jugs is working pretty well with live bait. Bluegill fishing is excellent off docks and on the old shoreline on worms and crickets. Some big ones are being caught. Get out a little before 6:Am and fish until about 10. Take the middle of the day off anf go out again about 5:PM and fish unril sunset. As the lake drops more stationary brush is being uncovered and you have to be carefull. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 575.09 and has dropped a little over 1-inch in the last 24-hours. They cut off generation for several hours last night to keep the lake from dropping. They are trying to dry up the White River at Newport. We did receive about 0.4 inches of rain yesterday.  We seem to get some about when we need it to keep things green. It is to get very hot next week. I went out to check a boat and took along a pole in the middle of the afternoon and fished for about an hour. I caught two crappie, one bass and a bluegill on the Bobby Garland baby shad in 14-20 feet of water in the brush back in a creek. The surface temperature ranged ftom 88 to 86 and I was surprised to see how clear the water was. I released them under the dock. It was nice to be out even if for a short time. The boat traffic was medium.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 575.21 and has dropped three inches in the last 24-hours with continuous generation. They have slowed the discharge way down on the White River at Newport and the level there is 13+ feet when the minor flood stage is 26 feet. Why are they trying to hold the area lakes up as high as possible for as long as possible when we are dry? There is no threat of floods anywhere near here. You cannot let the government run anything. There is some very good news. The Arkansas Game and Fish were unable to stock any stripers or hybrids in Norfork this year due to social distancing but the private sector has stepped up. We usually get 154,000 fingerling stripers each year. I want to thank Keo fish farm for donating 23,000 stripers for stocking Norfork. It will prevent a complete void for the class of 2020 in the years to come. With people killing so many small stripers in the 5-10 lb. range it will surely help. I do not know why meat hunters want to kill them so bad. After the red meat is cut out they do not dress out very well. The daily limit needs to be cut to two per day. I do not fish for them at all during the summer as they all die when brought out of deep water. Venting does not help as some people say and they do not survive in a live well.  The surface water temperature is in the mid 80's depending on when you are out there and clears up nicely during the week and clouds up again with the weekend boat traffic. Blackburns has a few openings on both cabins and boats this summer and have the best prices. You do not have to bring tents or umbrellas to give you shade and get out of the weather here as all cabins have big covered porches and you can social distance with no duplexes. Call Debbie at 870-492-5115. No we do not rent jet skis and yes you do have to rent a cabin here to rent a boat. Another stupid government rule not mine. We do not suggest dragging tubes at this time as the lake has been high for a long time and some debris is water logged and just under the surface and hard to see. Save the children and lower units. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 575.60 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with continuous generation. The surface temperature is about 87 degrees, the thermocline is just over 20-feet and the visibility is about 5-feet. It clears up during the week and clouds up with the boat traffic on the weekends. Walleye fishing is the best now but bass and crappie are not far behind. Most fish are still scattered near the thermocline in the brush where they have cover and food. There is lots of both there. Look for secondary points just inside the main lake and drop the spoon about 20-ft. down. I have been too busy to dive so far this year but Patten from Scuba Doo Dive shop just up the road from Blackburns wrote an up to date diving report on this site today.  I just got it posted. Just another reminder Bink's guide service has his "Live in the Boat" fishing report and tip of the week on KTLO 97.9 FM at 8:45 AM on Thursday mornings where you can hear exactly what is happening on Norfork lake. Both of these are good sources of information. Maybe the best. Get out at first light which is before 6:AM and fish until about 10AM. Take the middle of the day off and go out again about 5:30 and fish until sunset. Jigging spoons are the best along with spinner baits and paddle tailed grubs. Tom Kelly is still catching good bass on his split tail worm. The stripers that are being caught are deep and lethargic and you have to drop the spoon right on their head. Blackburns still have a few openings due to cancellations and you might be able to take advantage of the best prices on both boats and cabins on the lake by calling Debbie at 870-492-5115. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 576.41 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with intermittant generation. They are holding the White River at Newport at 14+ feet at all costs. Minor flood stage is 26 feet. I took a boat ride from Blackburns Cove to Cranfield Island and then to the 101 bridge and back and saw no debris in the water. The lake surface temperature was 85 degrees and the lake in general is in good condition for boating and swimming. I was surprised at the number of boats out there for a Thursday. The town is full this morning. I wonder if the people that operate the dams know the economic impact and revenue the lakes bring to the area or even care. They flood their own campgrounds and swimming areas and do not have too. We received 1.2 inches of badly needed rain earlier this week and it really greened things up and made the gardens grow fast. It all soaked in and the creeks did not run but it came down fast and had some spotty wind. We were dry. Keep your eyes to the west and north west in the afternoons and watch for black clouds, especially in the heat of the day which is about 3-4:30 PM. They do not last long but it is not good to be caught between the bridges at this time which is the windiest part of the lake. Tom Kelly caught some nice bass yesterday and Binks caught some nice stripers on his Many Shad Spoon. It is so busy here that I have not had any time to go fishing or diving. There will be plenty of time for that later. I have not seen this amount of boat traffic out there in years. People just want to get out. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental still has the best prices on both cabins and boats and your first regular sized boat stall is free and all cabins are individual units with no duplexes and all have covered porches.  You can social distance here and the children can have fun on the big playground and pool with slide. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 576.65 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with intermittant generation. They now have the White River at Newport to 14+ feet and are determined to keep it there for no reason except to keep the area lakes up as high as possible for as long as possible. I have been too busy to go fishing or diving but took a trip to check out the lake. Almost all of the debris has stuck to the bank now in this area now that the lake has dropped three feet from it's high and the lake in general is in excellent condition for swimming and boating. The surface water temperature is 84 degrees and the lake is clearing. That should stop with the high boat traffic this weekend. They really churn up the water. The level just has to drop a few feet now to really help access and parking. They could have done this a month ago. It has been very dry here and I am irrigating. Bink is catching stripers and bass and Tom Kelly is catching bass. The fishing is slow during the middle of the day and early morning is the best time. Fishing will get better as the thermocline drops and the lake level drops and the old shoreline is the same as the thermocline. It is now about 21 feet and the visibility is about 5-feet before the weekend gets here and then it drops with the boat traffic. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 to check if we have last minute cancellations for both boats and cabins. 

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Tom Kelly with a nice one caught and released last evening.Image title

The lake level is 577.53 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with intermittant generation. They have dropped the level of the White River at Newport and reduced the discharge there to try and hold the level of the area lakes as high as possible for as long as possible while reaching their goal of 14-feet there. They are at 14+ feet now and for absolutely no reason. Minor flood stage is 26-feet. They would really like to take it to 12-feet but the lakes are over 70% full. The lake surface temperature is in the mid 80's depending on where and what part of day. A lot of the debris that was blowing with the wind and water logged has stuck to the banks but there is still some out there and I do not recommend going out after dark for your own safety and damage to your boats. It is hard enough to see them in the day time. There is no good reason to be out there after dark anyway. Bink is catching stripers and bass on his spoon and Tom Kelly is catching bass on his split tail worm. I went out again for a few minutes and got a couple of crappie on the Bobby Garland 2-inch Blue Ice jig. Kids are catching bluegill and catfish off the dock on worms and crickets. I could see my lure down about 3-4 feet but have not been diving to give a real visibility report. You cannot do this until you are actually down there. I talked to Patton Trevor at Scuba Doo dive shop and he said there were walleye at 18-19 feet and he could see about 5-feet and spearfishing was just ok but people were getting fish. The lake in general is in good condition. Blackburns has the largest pool with slide, largest green playground with the most things to do for children, largest pavillion and all cabins have covered porches with no duplexes so you can social distance, most boat rentals and all at the best prices. You can still drive to the dock, park and step right on but our launching is gone. We have the best overall set up.  

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Caught yesterday on the Bink's Spoon.Image title

The lake level is 578.10 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with continuous generation. The surface water temperature is 82 in the early mornings and 84 in the afternoons. Visibility is about 5-feet and the lake is clearing the further we get from the weekend. The higher than normal boat traffic on Friday afternoons, Saturday and Sunday really churn up the lake and create large launching and parking problems. The lake clears a lot from Sunday night to Friday  Watch for the guard rails across the launch at Panther Bay. There is really room for only two boats at a time for launching and that is if you stay close to the courtesy dock. Take off boat covers, load the boat, Put in plug , take off transon savers, put key in boat before blocking the launch and things go pretty smooth. I took a boat trip from Blackburns to Cranfield Island and then to the 101 bridge and back and the lake was in good condition. The debris is starting to stick to the shore with the little bit of drop in level. A few more feet drop would really do some good but they show no willingness to do so. Get that level down at Newport to 14-feet at all costs for no reason. Fishing has been about normal for the end of June and people are catching bass, walleye, catfish, bluegill, stripers and hybrids. If there is a top water bite it will be early before and just at sunrise. After that look for stripers off steep banks about 30-40 foot down and drop a Bink's Many Shad Spoon on them. Others are trolling umbrellas and still others are using live bait. Crickets off docks for big bluegill are catching some nice ones. Check out main lake and secondary points in 18-20 feet for walleye. Many fish and bait fish are still in the brush and it extends out to about 27 feet.

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Tom Kelly with one nice smallmouth caught this morning.Image title

The lake level is 578.36 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with continuous generation. The White river at Newport has dropped to 15 feet on it's way to 14 feet for some unknown reason except to hold the lake levels up as high as possible for as long as possible. It was 579.44 a month ago and we have received little rain. At this rate we will be back to normal in the fall of 2022 unless the rules are changed. It is raining now and we need it badly. This will green things up and make the gardens grow. It looks like most of the storms are going south of us. It was a busy and beautiful weekend and most people had a lot of fun. That is the way we like it. The lake was sure busy also and the traffic in town was like a holiday weekend. Most fishermen are catching fish. Tom Kelly is using his split tail worm, Bink's his spoon and others a spinner bait. Stripers are moving to deeper water but are in the Bidwell area early in 30 feet of water. Tom Stanton is catching them there every day. You just have to get the bass out of the brush at 20-feet near the thermocline. Things are good here at Blackburns and people are taking advantage of our low cabin and boat rental prices as well as their first regular sized boat stall being free. The pool is big with slide and all cabins have covered porches. We do not charge for trolling motors on pontoons. We just had two 2-bedroom deluxe cabins cancel starting the 4th of July for the week so call Debbie at 870-492-5115 for details. I sure hope we can fill them. These last minute cancellations hurt and they always want their deposit back. It costs us three times as much as the person cancelling and the summer is short. We would much rather you show up than keep your deposit and set empty.  

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The lake level is 578.53 and has dropped about an inch in the last 24-hours with generation most of the time. They are keeping all of the area lakes about 1-1/2 ft. from going over the spillway while dropping the White River at Newport to 15+ feet on their way to 14. I suspect the C.O.E. hates all lake people and thinks it is funny to have the campgrounds flooded for many months at a time for no reason and not having any beaches and few launching, parking and swimming areas.  Several good fish were caught yesterday and this morning With stripers, hybrids, bluegill  and bass being the best. The surface temperature remains in the mid 80's and the water clears during the week and then gets churned up on weekends with the higher than normal boat traffic. Bink, Tom Stanton, Tom Kelly and Mike Eakle are all catching fish and good ones too. Tom stanton is trolling umbrellas, Tom Kelly is working a worm and Bink and Mike are spooning and fishing top water early. All methods are working. Get out early, take the middle of the day off and then go out about 5:PM and fish until sunset for best results. There is still some debris out there moving with the wind so be catrfull and do not go out after dark. It will stick on the bank if they ever let water out. Just a few feet would really open things up but fat chance of that.  

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Bink with a good one yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 578.66 and they have run both generators for 24-hours straight to drop the lake 2-inches. We are to have a good chance for rain the next few days and we need it.  It is very dry and it has not rained for 12-days. The lake surface temperature is 84 degrees and the water is pretty clear and getting clearer. We are expecting a big crowd on the lake this weekend and we will see how the water gets after that. This is as crowded on the water as I have seen for years. People are catching fish everyday with bass, walleye, stripers, hybrids and bluegill being the most. Not much has changed the last few days and we have been very busy here at Blackburns. The pool has been the biggest attraction and it is good that it is so big. The children love the slide. If you stay someplace else make sure you ask if they have a pool.  Several do not and some are small. Also ask if they have a dock and is fishing is allowed off the dock. Sorry we do not allow fireworks here. Fire hazzard and insurance does not cover fireworks. 

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Tom Kelly with a nice one caught this morning.Image title

The lake level is 578.86 and has dropped about 1-inch in the last 24-hours with very limited generation. The White River at Newport is now at 17-feet and still dropping like a rock and headed for 14-feet. This is just plain stupid. We have had no rain for 11 days now and are very dry and they still refuse to drop area lakes. The surface water temperature is now in the early 80's in the mornings and mid 80's in the afternoon. The lake is clearing nicely but we will see what the weekend churning brings. There is still some big debris out there but not nearly as many. The lake level has been stable and the changing in wind direction just keeps moving them around. Some nice fish continue to be caught in the early mornings and late evenings. Bass, walleye, stripers, hybrids and bluegill are all coming in. Keep working the 20-ft. range for most fish and 80-ft. range after top water is over for stripers and hybrids. Fishing is about normal for Mid to late June. I have not had a chance to go Scuba Diving yet but the divers that I am talking to are getting walleye in the 20-ft. range near the bottom but the visibility is not very good. We are full here now at Blackburns with people taking advantage of our low cabin and boat rental rates and getting their first regular sized boat stall free. We have a couple of openings next week though but are getting about 100 phone calls a day for the 3rd and 4th of July.  It does not work out very well when a holiday falls on a weekend. We are only allowed to rent boats to resort customers by law.  Sorry. 

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

The lake level is 578.97 and is remaining constant as all of the area lakes are about one foot from going over the spillway. It has not rained for 10 days and it is very dry. They are dropping the level of the White River as fast as they can and it is 18-feet now and they are hell bent to get it to 14-feet no matter how high the lakes are. This is crazy. Let some water out boys. You have shown us what you can do if you want to. Why does it matter if Newport is 24-feet or 14 feet. It does not hurt anybody. The truth is they would like it to be 12-feet but the lakes are too high. Who ever made these rules should be drawn and quartered. They are probably dead already anyway since they were made so long ago. Change the rules and quit holding and hoping. The surface water temperature was 82 early this morning and the lake is clearing. We will see what the weekend brings. I have not seen it so busy here in years. People really want to get out and I do not blame them. People are catching fish. Work the main lake points and secondary points in the creeks from as far as you can cast to the bank and work out to 25-feet.  The thermocline is 19-20 feet and there are a lot of fish there. The stripers and hybrids are feeding on crawdads early and then moving deep after sunrise. Spook for top water and spoon for deep water. Walleye are coming in and good ones too. A 22-inch one was caught yesterday morning. Catfishing is picking up and bluegill are biting off docks on crickets. The lake is big but in good shape. Just not a lot of stuff to do off the bank and day users are clogging up the boat launches on weekends. You can swim off our dock, in our big pool with slide or off a rental pontoon. There are no beaches and very few places to get to shore. Many campgrounds are under water. Most resorts have no diminished services except for launching but there are some good places for that just not many.

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Top water bite this morning.Image title

The lake level is 578.98 and is the same as 24-hours ago.  They are letting out just enough to balance the inflow of the river while dropping the White River at Newport  as fast as they can for absolutely no reason. If they would just drop the lake a few feet it would do a lot of good but they will not. It is a good thing it has been very dry. You cannot let the government run anything. The surface water temperature is 84 degrees and the lake seems to be clearing just a bit. People are catching fish on top water early and then the stripers and hybrids are going deep but the walleye and other species are hanging around the thermocline at 20-feet in the cover. Spinner baits are working as are 3-inch flat tailed grubs on a jig head. A lot of fish are on points in 19-23 feet. You can swim in our big pool with slide, off our dock or off a rental pontoon. There are not many other options and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental have the best prices on everything. Why pay more unless you just want to? Sorry, you have to stay at the resort to rent one of our boats. C.O.E. rule not mine. Stupid rule based on politics. Absolutely no reason for it also. 

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Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service.Image title

The lake level is 579.02 and has come up just a bit in the last 24-hours with reduced generation. We have had no rain for a week and it is getting dry. I am having to water my garden. They are dropping the White River at Newport like a rock in order to keep the area lakes as high as possible for the longest time possible. At least they showed us what they can do when they really want to or when the levels at both Table Rock and Bull Shoals were lapping over the spillway because of the policy of hold and hope.  If they drop this level to 14-foot as they did before and as prescribed by the antiquated rules of operation, it is time to really demonstrate our displeasure unless you really like this. The lake surface temperature is in the low 80's and is just right for swimming. You can swim off one of Blackburns Rental Pontoons, off our dock or in our big 30x60 pool with slide. The visibility has deteoriated with the high boat traffic and is about 5-feet at the thermocline which is at about 19-feet. There are fish everywhere at this depth where they can get in and out of the warm water and still have cover, crawdads and baitfish. There is still a top water bite most days early for both bass, stripers and hybrids and then the red meat fish go deeper and can be caught on a spoon. I am getting my Scuba gear ready but am waiting to see if the water clears a bit before I go. It is very busy here and we like that.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 579 even and has come up just a bit as they quit generating last night. The surface temperature is in the early 80's and rising and the clarity is not very good with all of the boats churning up the water.  It is very busy out there. I picked up a boat that was being serviced and went to Panther Bay to launch it. I saw one truck blocking the road loading up all of their stuff, another blocking the launch area removing their cover, one that had launched but forgot to put in the plug and pulled out again blocking the launch to drain the boat, one that lost her boat keys after launching the boat, one that would not start and was blocking the courtesy dock and another that was on fire and needed an exringuisher that finally pulled out. I waited about an hour and finally launched. People really must want to get out there for a day use bad. The whole thing was a cluster bomb. The lake was very busy though and I was happy to get out of it. There is still some debris out there and I do not recommend being out after dark.  People have just been pent up too long and want to get out. Scuba Spearfishing season starts tomorrow and I am usually excited but will wait for the thermocline to get out of the trees. A lot of fish are in the 20-ft. range and I do not like jumping down into brush and locust trees. You will have to jump into about 40.ft. of water and work your way in and maneuver around the stuff. If you go in off rocky bluffs there is no brush but not very many fish either. We will see what happens. Watch out for dive flags and give them a big birth. The main thing is to be safe while having a good time. Fishermen are getting stripers and bass on top water most days just about sunrise for about an hour and then the fish are going deeper to about 80 feet and are being caught on a jigging spoon. Catfish are biting on live bait on both limb lines and jugs and bluegill and a few crappie are being caught off docks. Trollers are catching a few red meat fish with live bait after they move off the bank and out of the brush. 

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The lake level is 579.52 and has dropped about 3-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously and enough spillway gates open to equal about 1-1/2 more generators. It was windy and cool yesterday but is beautiful today and it should continue for several more days. When I went out yesterday the surface water temperature was 79+ and the creeks were stained and the main lake is not nearly as clear as it was. I could see my lure down about 2-3 feet. I saw very little debris in the Blackburns Creek area. I worked a Bobby Garland Baby Shad as close to the shore as I could get back in Hensley's Creek and caught a couple of nice crappie and a bass. Bink reports that he is still catching some stripers and hybrids on top water early some days and then going back out to about 80-foot and dropping a spoon. They are going deeper and deeper as they always do in the summer. There is no size limit now and all of the fish will die when you bring them out of deep water so just get your limit and quit. Venting does not work.  It lets them to be able to go down but they die anyway. I do not fish for them when they are deep. I still see pictures of dock floors full of dead small stripers and people think they have accomplished something. They have not. The only thing that is being accomplished is that a big striper was 30-pounds and now it is 15 and we will pay for it later since none were stocked this year and they do not reproduce in fresh water. Fishing overall is just fair but some nice bass are being caught as are catfish on jugs and limb lines. Big bluegill are biting off docks on crickets. Watch out for Box Turtles on the roads and help them cross in the direction they are heading. They are getting ready to lay their eggs. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental still has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your first regular sized boat stall is free. You can practice social distancing here.

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The lake level is 579.53 and has risen about 8-inches in the last 24-hours. We received 3.2 inches of rain last afternoon and night but had very little wind. They have some spillway gates open. The creeks run pretty hard for a while but have slowed now.  It is sunny and beautiful now with high pressure having moved in for several days.  Everything is very green and the garden and grass are really growing. There is a top water bite most days for bass and stripers early and then they are going deep. I have not went out on the water yet today but will let you know when I do. Not much has changed. What you see is what you get for quite some time. It could be a lot worse. 

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Caught yesterday on the Bink's Spoon.Image title

The lake level is 578.86 and is exactly what it was at this time yesterday with generation about 1/2 the time. We are expecting a rain from the tropical depression moving north but we are dry and can take a couple of inches if it does not come too fast. More than that would not be good. It is a good thing we have only received about 0.2 inches in the last 10-days. The water surface temperature is about 80 and is good for swimming and boating. The creeks are stained a bit but the main lake is pretty clear.  The new news about fishing is that the stripers and hybrids are moving out into deeper water as they always do in the summer. The hotter it gets the deeper they go. Get out your 1-ounce Bink's Mini Shad Spoons and look for top water early and then move out to about 80-feet of water and look for them and drop the spoon on their nose. Bluegill are biting off docks on crickets and catfish are biting on limb lines and jugs with live perch. Bass are hitting top water early and then going down into the brush. Fishing overall is fair but some good ones are being caught every day. There is a little debris in this area but not much. Watch for water logged wood just under the surface and do not go out after dark. The prop repairman is doing a good business. You can swim in Blackburns big pool with slide, off the dock or off a rental pontoon. There are no beaches or places to go to the shore and launching is limited as well as launch parking. Sorry.  Most resorts have no diminished services except for launching but many of them do not have launching anyway. It will have to drop about 5-feet for me to get mine back and I do not see that happening anytime soon.  Panther Bay is not very far away and is a good place, just very busy on weekends.  

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Carl caught his first keeper Norfork Lake walleye on a spinner bait yesterday.Image title

Mrs. Binkley knows how to drive that spoon. Caught this morning.Image title

The lake level is 578.89 and has come up just a bit last night when they shut off all generation. They just started them back up last hour. We will see what the tropical storm does to us. I pretty much predicted that last week but nothing is for sure as far as the weather goes. It would be nice if we only got an inch or two as we are dry but it is slow moving and could be much more. We are fortunate that we only have had about 0.2 inches in the last 10-days. The weather has been great and we have been very busy here at Blackburns.  That is the way we like it. People have been pent up for too long and just want to get out. I had an 80-degree water temperature yesterday and the main lake is clear and the creeks are stained a bit. Fishing has been fair with the morning top water bite being the best. Here is what I am finding: Go part way back in the creeks on secondary points and fish top water until the sun has been up for about an hour. Switch to a 3-inch white paddle tail grub on a 1/4 ounce jig head. I like white with a red eye. Fish that while setting in about 30-ft. of water casting in between the brush as close to the bank as you can cast with out getting hung up. Do this for about another hour. Next move out to deeper water and look for scattered fish suspended 35-45 ft. and drop a spoon. You will catch temperate bass and black bass. Take the middle of the day off and go out about 5:PM and fish until sunset. Carl Scott from Texas caught a nice walleye yesterday on a spinner bait. Go figure.   

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Caught yesterday on the Bink's spoon. Rum reports they were full of crawdads. No shad. This indicates they were feering near the bank. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 579.02 and has dropped a little less than 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours. We have received about 0.2 inches of rain in the last 24-hours and just enough to water the yard and garden.  It was getting dry. It will get sunny and very humid later today. We missed the bad weather again this morning and it went just west of us in the Springfield and Bull Shoals area. We do not need any big rains and I am a little concerned with the storm in the gulf right now moving north after landfall.  It will do it,  it is just a matter of where it goes. The lake is very clear now but there is still some debris floating around out there. The old shoreline is now 25+ feet deep and that is where the fish are early. Bink reports the fish he caught yesterday were full of crawdads with no shad in them. He is using a white paddletail swim bait 3-inches long, topwater spook and his jigging spoon exclusively now. The fish are on top or in the brush early feeding and then moving to deeper water. This is when he is switching to the spoon. The surface temperature is about 78 degrees and there should be a thermocline forming at about 20-feet if it has not already. I have not been diving yet but it always does this about the first week of june. It has been too busy here for me do do much of anyrhing but work but I go out for a few minutes a day to check out condition and fish. People are taking advantage of the low cabin prices as well as the largest selection of rental boats in the area. You can just drive here to Blackburns, drive to the dock and get on your rental boat and be done with it. Forget all of the other stuff. No finding a place to launch, parking for your truck and trailer, floating around the launch waiting to pick up passengers and doing the same thing to get out. It almost makes it not worth it, especially for a day or two. I just do not like to pull trailers. Remember Blackburns still has the best prices and your first boat stall is free. If you insist on paying more you can stay here and give the difference to th disabled Veterans. We like them. Personally, I would not stay in a place that does not have a covered porch to get out of the rain or sun. It is hard to grill in the rain with no cover. Pizza and sandwitches are also delivered here but we are also on 28-acres in the country but close to town. No sense driving 20-miles to get to town unless you just want to. You can stay here and rent a boat for about the same price as renting a boat elsewhere. You have to stay here to rent a boat. C.O.E. rule not mine. Stupid rule. No grilling on our boats. My rule. 

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

The lake level is 559.06 and has dropped about 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. All area lakes are about 1-foot below going over the spillway with no rain for the last week.  It is getting dry here but we may get a little rain this afternoon and then not much of a chance for another week. I hope the new storm in the gulf does not hit land, go north and sweep across to the east like some of them do. We do not need a gully washer. It will take over a week if this happens, and we would be in better shape to take it with the ground drying up fast. The lake is getting very clear again but there is still some debris floating around out there. Be careful dragging overweight children around in chaise lounges and do not go out after dark. Some of them are barely submerged and hard to see. No sense getting hurt. They are in one place one day and another place the next and are floating with the wind. The surface temperature is in the high 70's and should hit 80 in the next several days. The fish are still mostly at or near the old shoreline and are from the bank to about 25-ft of water. There are a lot of baitfish in the cover. The top water bite is still the best early for both bass and red meat fish. Fishing overall is just fair but some nice ones are being caught everyday. Get out early, take the middle of the day off, and then go out again about 5PM and fish until sunset. Use clear light line (6-lb.) and take off all swivels and hardware and tie directly to your lure. No spider line or steel leaders. Work the banks part way back in the creeks and set your boat in about 25-ft. of water and cast to the shore and allow to sink slowly with a light leadhead with jigs, creature baits and other soft plastics. Have a clear spook ready early sunny mornings for top water. The clear one sparkles in the sunlight and attracks the fish. Otherwise a white one also works on cloudy days. Fishing off docks during the day with crickets is working well for big bluegill. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 579.40 and has risen 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. Norfork has about 8-inches before it goes over the spillway. Both Table Rock and Bull Shoals are running over the spillway now. Dam management 101 teaches do not let the water goes over the spillway. I wonder if anyone managing the level has taken 101. They are to open spillway gates on Table Rock at noon to continue to overflow Bull Shoals. The White River at Newport is at 25.5 feet and 26 feet is flood stage. They have really gotten themselves in a bind. They want to hold and hope more but there is no place to hold. I suspect their next move will be to shut Norfork down until it is over the spillway also. At least the weather is to be beautiful with no rain in sight.  That is all that is saving them. It looks like the rivers will be flooded as is the farmland downstream and the area lakes will remain full.. At least they held off doing this until the crops were planted and up where it will be doing the most damage.  If they can take the White river up almost to flood stage now, I wonder why they cannot do it in the fall, winter and spring before the crops are planted? Just sayin. Get rid of the 12,14,18 feet stupid rules. The lake is still clear and is in good condition. There is a little debris out there but not bad. I do not recomment tubing or going out after dark. Some wood is water logged and just under the surface out of sight. This is changing daily even though the level has been pretty stable. The wind direction is responsible for this. One day north and one day south. The surface temperature is in the mid 70's and good for swimming. There are no beaches but you can swim off Blackburns Dock, in our big pool or out on the lake off a boat. The water is not dirty away from the bank. Blackburns is probably your best option for dock access, and vehicle and trailer parking. You can park at the dock and step right on but cannot launch here. No trailers at the dock. If you rent a boat, it is easy. If you bring your own boat, not so much. The boat launches are very crowded especially on the weekends and vehicle and trailer parking is very limited. We have plenty of that here at Blackburns and are not crowded up on a hillside. A lot of fish are still on the old shoreline and from the bank to there. Keep your boat in about 25-feet and cast to shore part way back in the creeks using creature baits and soft plastics. There is a top water bite some days at sunrise but not every day. 

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The lake level is 579.21 and is starting to rise just a bit after they closed the spillway gates. They did start the other generator. Norfork is 9-inches from going over the spillway, Beaver is 2-inches, Table rock is 3-inches and Bull Shoals is lapping over and is officially 1/2 inch from breaching. They are trying desperately to keep Bull Shoals from going over but are getting out of options. Do not, I repeat do not believe the weathermen. They have been wrong 85% of the time.  The White River at Newport is now over 25-feet and 26 feet is minor flood stage.  It is a very good thing we did not get the rain as predicted. The weather has been great. I went out for a little while after getting my work done and found the following in this area: The surface temperature was 75 degrees in Hensley's creek and I could see my lure down about 6-feet. Blackburns creek was stained a little more but still a good color and I saw very little debris.  There should be a thermocline forming soon if not now and the fish will move to just above or just below that. It should be from 17-19 feet to start with and get deeper as the water warms. Our normal high is 80.  I have not been Scuba diving yet to find out. It looks like I will have to jump into deeper water to avoid the brush and then work my way to the edge of it.  A lot of brush is just outside of the old shoreline which is 20+ feet.  I saw some top water fish at about 5:30 PM and caught some bass and a small hybrid. All fish were released on site. The crappie that I was looking for were gone. A big black rain cloud was building up from the west so I came in. It did not amount to much and looked much worse than it actually was. We got about 1/10th out of it. The best bite now is the early morning top water bite on spooks and then switch to a swim bait. It is time to start spooning again or at least try it. There is lots of cover and bait fish and the fish are scattered and roaming. I have not been catfishing but there are lots of jugs and limb lines in the area. 

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Caught fishing with Bink the last couple of days. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 579.08 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running and all spillway gates open 6-inches. All area lakes are now less than one foot from going over the spillway and the White River at Newport is 25-feet. 26 feet is minor flood stage. They opened bull Shoals flood gates earlier and are really letting a lot of water out of there. They are only a couple of inches from going over.  They have really done a good job of holding and hoping and allowing the crops downstream to all be planted and up. Now everything is at max. One medium rain will really put them in trouble. About everything that can be done has been done here when we reached 579.74 earlier and were 3-inches from going over. Blackburns probably has about the best set up even though we have lost our ability to launch here for now. You can drive to the dock and there are just a very few steps to get on. No trailers at the dock allowed. We have parking at the resort.  Panther Bay is the best place to launch now. The lake is clearing again after the busy holiday weekend churned it up a bit. We have not have had very many quick level rises this year and the lake in this area has remained very clear. It has just been a steady rise with no fall or winter drawdown by our dam managers. After the next two days of rain, it is to be sunny for almost a week. We will see what that brings. The weather man has been wrong about everything so far so there is no sense in fretting. Just go fish until it rains you out. We seldom get washed out for the whole day. I was a little surprised about the boat traffic for the holiday but everybody seemed to have had a good time. It was very busy here at Blackburns with lots of boats rented and all cabins full. People were taking advantage of the best prices on both boats and cabins on Norfork lake here. The big pool was very busy as was the slide. I have a lot to do but will try to get in a little fishing and let you know. Bink is catching some good fish every day. There are a lot of shad about 1/2 inch long that spawned a few weeks ago under the dock and they are bringing a lot of game fish with them. 

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Caught off the dock last evening.Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 579.62 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running and all flood gates open 1/2 foot. The weatherman completely botched the forecast for this weekend so far and it has been beautiful. It rained friday morning and since then it has been great. The lake was as busy yesterday as I have ever seen it. People are just wanting to get out and I do not blame them. I do not personally like crowds much but am glad they are all having fun and are safe. I had some 70's degree water in the creeks. The lake in this area is in good condition with some debris. You have to watch for partially submerged wood. Fishing was good off Blackburns Dock with walleye, crappie, bass, catfish and bluegill being caught. Every one seems to be having fun. The big pool has been busy.

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Caught fishing with Bink's this morning.Image title

The lake level hit 579.44 earlier this afternoon and a lot has happened since then. We received 3-inches of rain last night and the creeks were running hard. Then later another front came through with one more inch of rain and the water was heading over the spillway. They then started one generator (everything was shut down until then) and a little later opened all 12 spillway gates 1/2 foot. This is about 6,600 cfm spillway and 2,900cfm generation for a total of 9,500 cfm with is just over an equivalent of  3-generators. This is enough to keep the level from going over the spillway but not drop very much. We will see what they do when this slug gets to Newport. It is not up to 26-feet there yet which is the minor flood stage. With all of the lakes nearly full they have gotten themselves in a bind. If they just keep Norfork barely from going over the spillway and hold Bull Shoals more, the results will not be good. The motto of hold and hope is not working. On a positive note at least it has brightened up and the sun is shining now and Blackburns big pool is open and ready for use. You can still drive to our dock and park there but there is no launching or no trailers allowed at our dock. You must launch elsewhere (we are using Panther bay) and drive your boat to our dock. It is between one and two miles. If you are in a big group please consolidate and drive a minimum number of cars to the dock. There is no place to leave our dock in a boat and pick other people up elsewhere or have non-guests meet you at the dock. Day use people are going to have it tough if you are not staying at a resort. We have absolutely no place for locals looking for a free place to swim or kayak. Sorry but that is the way it is. I am not going fishing until the weekend is over so I can not help you much in that area. The surface temperature is about 66 degrees. The launches will be full so be prepared to park far away and wait to put in and take out your boats. There is no public swimming available but most of the better resorts have pools and you can also swim off their docks if they have one.We have both.The water is clean and clear away from the bank.  If and when it rains we have a big pavillion with ping pong and floor shuffleboard. We have all individual cabins with no duplexes so you can social distance and all cabins have big covered porches. You will find out why that is important when you do not have one.  No tents here .  

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Caught on the Bink's Spoon yesterday.Image titleImage title

The lake level is 578.64 and has risen 5-inches in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of running one generator. It is a good thing it has not rained for five days. They have now cut the White River level at Newport to below 24 feet and must think we are not going to get much more rain this week.  I hope so. The government always knows the right thing to do and I put myself completey in their hands. I just hope we do not end up like Michigan. It might hurt the farmers. The lake surface temperature just will not get out of the 60's and is a little cool for swimming.  At least for me. The children do not mind. People have been pent up and are anxious to get out.  It looks to be a busy weekend and we have been receiving hundreds of calls for reservations but have been full for a couple of weeks. I assume most resorts are the same since there are very few government campsites open. The lake is in pretty good condition and the main lake is clear and the creeks stained a bit but not bad at least in my area . I have not been north of Cranfield and have no reason to go there. There will be no fishing for me until at least monday afternoon and will leave the lake to the amateurs. I still have not figured out what good a jet ski is for except to teach young people how to abuse equipment and ram everything. There is not much chance you will get me on one. They seem to want to show off and see how close to fishing boats they can get. When I was diving once, there were two of them trying to see if they could go by my dive flag and grab hold of it while going right over me. It was a good thing I did not have to come up. My fishing tip for friday afternoon, saturday  and sunday is to wait for tuesday. Bink is still catching some good top water fish early and then spooning for bass later. Mike Eakle, Tom Kelly and Rob Gravengoed are all catching good fish. The Davis boys were but just left. Make sure the children all have life jackets on and the others all have one on the boat. There is some debris in this area so do not go out after dark.   There will be plenty of law enforcement out there. 

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Tom Davis caught three fish on an A rig at the same time yesterday. That is Image titleBackburns dock behind him. He is here with his brother Don. Kenny could not make it. Sorry.

The lake level is 578.18 and has risen 6-inches in the last 24-hours. They have dropped the White River level at Newport to 24-feet.  When the lake was 580 and was lapping over the spillway in 2008 they opened all of the gates and flooded everything below. They found some river docks and boats in Calico Rock. How was this hold and hope protecting the farmers?12 years later and they have not learned their lesson.  It was a really good example of minimum flow at it's best. With rain in the forecast we will see what happens. The local head of the Corps says there is nothing to worry about so we should trust the government to take care of us. If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor and if you like you insurance you can keep your insurance. You can still drive to the dock at Blackburns and take just a few steps to get on the dock and park here but can no longer launch here. You can rent a boat and not worry about it. I put several boats in the dock before the rise closed the launch.  They have done about all they can do to us. The only thing stopping them from holding and hoping more is the level of the spillway. Dam management 101, do not let the water go over the spillway. The surface water temperature is 66 degrees and this is as cool a spring as I can remember in over 25-years and very slow warming up. Our normal high is 78 degrees. I do not know what the change in level has done to the bass spawn but it could not have been good. The main lake is very clear and there is less debris in this area than before. The creeks are stained a bit and are a very good color for fishing. Crappie fishing is fair if you know where and bass fishing is the same. Top water bite for red meat fish is pretty good most days early but many of them are small. Remember there is a 20-inch limit on stripers with a three fish daily limit and a 6-fish possession limit. This includes hybrids but no size limit on them. The resorts are mostly all ok but the day use people will have difficulty finding camping, launching and parking. There are no beaches. You will have to swim off a dock, off a boat or in a pool.  Things will be very crowded with locals trying to get their boats in the water for the first time. Just be patient, do not go out after dark and  be safe. I am fortunate that I do not have to have a calendar tell me when to go fishing. Do not come on vacation and leave on probation. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 577.62 and has risen 10-inches in the last 24-hours and shows no sign of stabilizing. The rise has slowed since it has not rained for 24-hours and should not rain until later this week. You cannot expect it to lower anytime soon since they raised the level of the White river at Newport to 24.57 feet which is still below the minor flood stage there which is 26 feet. They could have done this since last fall after harvest. The head guy at the Corps of Engineers says there is no chance of the lakes going over the spillway and the dams are doing what they are susposed to do. He said they will continue to hold and there is plenty of room. If they do have to open the gates when the levels are breeching the spillways and flood the rivers he and all others should be fired for incompetence. The lakes will continue to rise just from the river inflow no matter if it rains or not just more slowly if it doesn't because of the White river level does not allow for much if any discharge from the lakes. This just shows they can operate at just below minor flood stage if they want to and hold and hope is no plan. Top water bite continues to be the best now in the early AM and bass fishing in the old shore line is next. Some crappie are being caught but not as many.  They are moving with the water rise and harder to find. Catfishing is fair on jugs and throw lines.  You have to move your throw lines and trotlines almost daily. The main lake is still clear and the creeks are stained a bit. The surface temperature is in the mid to high 60's and has not changed much. We got our pool pained and resurfaced and will start to fill it tomorrow after the paint cures. Now to mow the yard and keep moving the dock three times a day. We will be ready for you when you get here.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 574.60 and has risen about 20-inches in the last 24-hours. They are running one generator a few hours in the late mornings. It is raising about one inch per hour now.  We received two inches of rain yesterday and last night, one inch the day before and 1/2 inch the day before that. It is to clear out this afternoon and be nice for the next several days. They are still holding the White River at Newport to below 18-feet at all costs.  All of the area lakes are rising. I waited until about 4:Pm to go out yesterday to dodge the rain and fished until about 6:PM and got in just as the rain started again. The creeks are running pretty hard now and they are staining up a bit. I was amazed how clear the main lake was. I could see my lure down at least 12-feet on rocky walls. The surface water temperature was actually higher on the main lake than in the backs of creeks. It was 66 in the creeks and 69 main lake. I was casting a crappie jig over brush in 18-20 feet of water and letting it drop slowly back in a creek where the south wind had been blowing into.  No bites for about 20 minutes and then they bit for another 20-minutes. I caught eight crappie and all of them were keepers. I then moved into the main lake where there were big logs near the surface. Bass were in front of the logs in about 17-feet of water just out of eyesight. I caught no fish in the clear water where i could see the bottom even though I was staying as far away from the bank as I could cast. Several Kentucky bass that were barely keepers were caught and one nice smallmouth.  All are now under the dock.  The high water is not affecting fishing much but there is an increasing amount of debris in the water with the creeks being the worst. You have to watch out.  If you go fast you will hit something.  If you go out after dark you will for sure. Early topwater is the best bite for bass and red meat fish and jigs over brush for crappie are the best bite. I am finding no crappie in water over 25-ft and a lot of fish are about 12 feet down suspended in 17-20 feet no matter where you are. If the fish do not come up in the morning use a swim bait with little or no nose weight. I like the hook rigs with the barbs that go through the nose and the hook comes up through the bottom and is barely exposed where the fluke or bass assassin is cut out. White color is working pretty good four or five inches long. The straight tail works best for stripers and hybrids and the split tail best for bass. Some people use the paddle tail, I do not but they work also on a jig head as do creature baits. Gitzits are working for bass on beds in the creeks.  

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Mike Eakle from O'fallon and Bob Musser from Antioch, Illinois caught a nice variety this morning and released them under Blackburn's dock.Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 572.65 and has risen almost 11-inches in the last 24-hours with no current generation. We received 1/2 inch of rain last night and the creeks are running but not hard. The lake level continues to rise. They are frantically trying to stop Beaver lake from going over the spillway with flood gates open. It is just a few inches from doing so.  Dam management 101, do not let the water go over the dam. Maybe the governement needs to realize it rains in the spring here. Duh.  This is even causing Table Rock to rise which is taboo. Bull Shoals is taking the brunt of the mismanagement on the chain of Lakes with Norfork being the neglected stepchild, not hooked up with them, and being the victim of the hold and hope philosophy of water management. With all of this crises they have been able to keep the White River level at Newport to below 17.5 feet when the minor flood stage is 26-feet. It is even below the 18-foot level which is mandated. It is almost like the whole place is run by idiots and nobody wants to do anything about it. Draw the lake down to the 540's in the fall and winter, let as much out to keep it there without downstream flooding for as long as they can should do the trick. Do not quit generating everytime it rains would help too. There needs to be accountability or nothing will be done. My Dog Toby could do better. The lake surface temperature is about 67 degrees depending on where you are. The rain should stop Sunday sometime and be sunny for several days with little chance of rain. Top water fishing is still the best for small stripers (less than 10-lbs) with hybrids and bass being the best bite. The stripers are getting smaller and smaller with way too many being killed. Many bass are spawning but many are also coming up in the early morning. Bass spawn way up into summer on Norfork. There is more debris showing up being washed from the bank with the water rise so be carefull. The lake is still clear and in overall good condition just bigger. As of today we are no longer able to launch here and are sending people to Panther Bay. You can still park your trailers at the resort and drive to the dock and park. Please do not clog the dock area up with trailers. I am still catching several nice crappie and catfish with a few top water bass thrown in. There are no diminished services here at Blackburns except for launching. Many places do not have that ever anyway. Day use areas will be very crowded with very little camping and launch parking available. Fishing has not been affected much if any.  

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Caught fishing with Bink's guide Service on Top-water. Nice fish.Image title

The lake level is 571.81 and has risen 6-inches in the last 24-hours and there are no generators running or spillway gates open. They are keeping the White River at Newport at 18-feet at all cost. Beaver Lake is less than a foot from going over the spillway. They either have to let some water out or really cause a lot of problems. Newport's minor flood stage is 26-feet and they could have kept it at just below that for months but refuse to do so. Nobody is asking to dry dock the lake in the winter or flood out farmers anytime but just good management techniques that do not hurt anybody. These stupid rules were made decades ago and need to be reviewed. Campgrounds, launches, marina access by land and parking for day use people are affected the most. I did see some debris when I went to Briar Creek crappie fishing yesterday. It came loose with the last rise when they shut down discharge. Be carefull when being out in the dark or do not go out then. The water itself is very clear and clean. Top water bite just at sunrise continues to be the best bite for hybrids and bass. Crappie are fair in 20-feet of water back in the creeks on cover. Look around and you will find schools of them. There is a lot of cover and the fish are not everywhere. Catfishing is fair on jugs and throw lines. I found 70 degree water in some places yesterday. Bink is on the top water fish as are Mike Eakle and Tom Kelly. One month until spearfishing season opens for divers. We will finish painting the pool early next week and start filling it. If you have a need for sand, we have a big sandpile by the pool. Otherwise it will be scarce all summer as well as swimming areas. You can swim off our dock here at Blackburns or in our big pool or off a rental pontoon. You are not out of options.  You may not mind paying for boat stalls, (your first one is free here) but you cannot social distance in a duplex and it is days like today where you really appreciate a big covered porch. 

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A giant smallmouth caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service yesterday on top water. Image title

The lake level is 571.24 and has risen 8-inches in the last 24-hours with no generation. Yes, they have shut everything off in their quest to Keep the White River at Newport at 18-feet at all costs. The minor flood stage there is 26 feet. Beaver lake is about ready to go over the spillway and they are in a panic there with several spillway gates open. It is not where we are but how we got there. Mismanagement. The warm weather is now here and the lake surface temperature is rising and is now in the high 60's. The water is still clear and the bass are on the beds. The best bite now is early morning top water with some in the evening. Hybrids and bass are mostly what is coming up. If people keep killing those red meat fish (temperate bass) there will be none left. There were none stocked this year. The white bass are making a come back but are not near the same as before the fish kill last year. There are plenty of shad in the lake though. The flathead and smallmouth bite is winding up but some nice ones are still being caught but not nearly as many. Channel catfishing is picking up. I am still catching some good crappie on brush in 20-feet of water near the old shoreline. People sight fishing for bass on beds are doing well. It looks like summer is here and there is to be several days of sunshine early next week and we can finish painting the pool. It will be open before Memorial Day. The lake in general is in good condition.

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Guess what. The Corps of Engineers have closed the spillway gates on Norfork Dam and increased the discharge out of Table Rock to maintain it's normal level. They have increased the discharge out of Bull Shoals but not as much as they are putting in and it is rising. This is all in anticipation of the upcoming rain and them keeping the White River at Newport at 18-feet at all costs for absolutely no reason. These management practices are getting almost criminal. Branson is not even very much open. All of the lakes except Table Rock are sure to rise.  Let some water out boys. You have had eight months to do so. Enough incompetence, I am about as sick of you as the virus but still nobody does anything about it. 

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Tom Kelly with some of yesterday's catch. Released under Blackburns  dock after pictures. Tom is a good fisherman and conservationalist. Image title

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The lake level is 570.14 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with the same discharge of one generator and two spillway gates open one foot. It is stable with no rain and rises when it rains. It is equal to about 1-2/3 generators. They have dropped the discharge of the White River at Newport drastically and the level there now is 17.4 feet which is actually lower than the prescribed 18 feet. They are doing all they can to keep the levels up as high as they can to keep the beaches, launches, campgrounds and parking at a minimum all summer for absolutely no reason.  I must have forgot to tell them it rains in the spring. We have a good chance to have rain for about the next week with cool weather until later part of the week. The surface temperature was 67 when I went out yesterday and the water was very clear. I saw several bass on beds and the crappie were on brush at about 20-feet. None were in the deeper water. I caught a couple of small stripers and released them immediately. If people keep showing lines of dead stripers on docks they are cutting their own throats.  We used to catch 30-lb. ones regularly and 20-lbs was common now a 15-lb.ers are rare. A 10-lb. striper is not something to be proud of, throw them back. It does not make you look good to kill them. The striper guides had better start learning how to catch crappie if they want to make a living if they keep killing red meat fish. None were stocked this year.  Tom Kelly brought in some nice fish yesterday and released them under the dock. Catfish, crappie and bass were all caught. Fishing overall is pretty good if you know where and how. I caught some good ones in the middle of the day. The lake is in good condition and we have no diminished services here at Blackburns and still have the best prices. $59/day for a 1-bedroom and 2,3,4 bedrooms are priced accordingly with a free stall for your boat. It is not a dead end with no parking to our dock. We sometimes do not have stalls available for one night stays though but you can still launch and park here unless the lake rises more. Some good fish are being caught here every day. Bass, crappie, catfish, hybrid stripers are the best with the hybrids being caught on top water early mixed with the bass. The weather continues to be cool so far. The normal high is 76 but it has struggled to be in the 60's.

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The Gerigs from Towanda, Illinois caught some nice ones yesterday fishing with Bink on top water.Image titleImage title

The lake level is 570.21 and has been the same for over 24-hours with the same discharge. The level of the White River at Newport has now been reduced to below 18-feet and the discharge there greatly reduced. This is not only crazy but stupid. We have to get some one with a brain managing the dams. People talk about the high water being money in the bank for the power company and the corps, if so, why do they bypass the generators and open spillway gates and get nothing for it. The excuse all fall and winter was they were doing maintenance on the generators. Are they not working now? The minor flood stage is 26-feet at Newport and the only rule should be let out as much water as you can without reaching that level and cut all of the other junk until they get down to the power pool.  They have the technology to do it. If they do not I will help them.  As long as people put up with this mismanagement it will not stop. The cool weather has kept the surface temperature in the low 60's and does not have much chance of rising in the next several days with the very cool nights. The lake is very clear. Bass are now moving to the beds and the sight fishermen are catching a lot of them on gitzits back in the creeks. The smallmouth bass fishing has slowed but not stopped and so has the flathead fishing. Channel cats are now moving back into the creeks also. I found a big school of crappie back in a creek in 18-feet of water on wood but only about 1/2 of them were keepers. Red meat fish (mostly hybrids and small stripers) are hitting top water most days now just at sunrise. Get out there before 6:AM and work the clear spook if it is sunny. It glistens in the sun and the fish really go after it. Bass too. The walleye are still roaming with the bait fish and have not moved to the flats yet.  When the thermocline forms they will be in 16-20 feet of water in or just outside brush on main lake points. I am ready. Debbie, Casey, Abbey, and Donna worked hard on the pool yesterday and got aboit 1/2 of it painted and we will start filling it after the paint cures. It is a big pool (30x60) and you can swim laps in it and it also has a slide. Many pools around here are 20x30 and ours is three times as big. You can social distance in it. Things are looking good here and people are really wanting to get out of the house and get outside. I am fortunate, I can do that everyday and am thankful for it. Compare prices before you book.  You can save a lot of $ here without sacrificing any quality. I really dislike paying for boat stalls do you?

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 570.22 and has risen 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with the same amount of generation and spillway gates. It is stable now.  They have achieved their goal of dropping the discharge of the White River at Newport  and lowering the level to just over 18-feet as predicted. They are doing their best to hold the lake levels up as high as they can in order to stay just one big rain away from going over the spillway and then flooding out everything down stream when it happens. Hold and hope is the motto, stupidity is the game. It is sunshine and cool today with a high pressure having moved in. The wind shifted to the north yesterday and was very breezy. It is better now. It layed about 6:PM last evening. The main lake had white caps on it most of the day. The first day after a cold front is not usually the best fishing but I will give it a try anyway. There was an early morning top water bite yesterday but after that it was hard to get out of the wind.The lake is clearing again after the rain and the sunshine should help. More rain is scheduled for next week. We will see. It is to be cool and everything is slow warming up. The surface temperature was 64 this morning with not much chance of it increasing any time soon. When it changes I expect it to go directly to summer. Bink caught some good top water fish yesterday and is out with a Blackburns customer again today.  Hope they do well. Bink can do it if any body can. I do not like to fish in high wind but it is sometimes good fishing. It is not fun for me to fight it. Blackburns has a few openings and the one bedroom cabins are still $59/day and come with a free boat stall. Cannot beat that. We have birds, wildlife and flowers everywhere. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 570.16 and rising with 1.3 inches of rain last night and the creeks are running but not fast. It does not help that they have cut the discharge way back on the White river at Newport trying to reach their stupid rule of 18-feet.  They are almost there. They would like it to be 12-feet but the lakes are all full except for Table Rock which is just a bit over power pool. I wonder why. Other people should wonder why also. The creeks are stained just a little green and the main lake is clear. Water surface temperature is 65-degrees and is not likely to rise with very cool weather for the next several days.  I was working on stuff on the Resort yesterday afternoon when it clouded up and also warmed up. There was a light wind from the south and a low pressure front was moving in. These are the conditions that I look for. Get out there and fish until it rains you out. I went to one of my crappie places out of the wind and started casting my Bobby Garland Blue Ice jig over brush and letting it sink. One bass was caught but no crappie. I was too shallow as the back of the creek was full of cover.  Moved to exposed wood in 18-feet of water and repeated. Caught a 12-inch crappie and then nothing for a few minutes. Then they started to bite. In less than one hour I caught and released about 20-fish.  None great big but most in the 11-12 inch range with a few shorts. I caught six more keepers for the folks in cabin three for supper and came in. I left at 4:Pm and was back by 5:20 as it started to rain. Usually I also use a two inch twister tail tipped with a minnow but did not have to. Norfork lake is a good crappie lake with big fish.  I just did not catch any big ones yesterday but some nice keepers. I will tell you where when you get here. Cabins still start at $59/day and your first boat stall is free. Cannot beat that. Come on down.  The money you save can be donated to the disabled Vets if you must pay more. Things are slow warming up.

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Dock in a sheltered cove.  Good for canoeing and kayaking.  Fishing too. Close to three marinas. You can drive down a gently sloping road 1/3 mile to the dock and launch. Image title

Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. All individual cabins with big covered porches and no duplexes. Good for social distancing. Large green flat playground with pavillion and
the largest pool in the area. Best prices on cabins and boats. Why pay more? Your first boat stall is free unless you bring the queen Mary. Lake of the Ozarks likes those. Image title
Image titleImage titleEvery roof is new. No leaks here. 28 acres to roam.Image titleImage titleImage titleBig dock with different sized stalls. Your first normal sized  one is free

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Mark Aesehleman and Molly with a nice flathead. Image titleImage titleSonny Ealke with some good ones. The Soltysiacs can catch them too. Image title

The lake level is 570.12 and has been stable for 24-hours with the same amount of discharge.  They continue to drop the White River level at Newport on their quest for 18-feet.  It is now 19. With this amount of discharge you cannot expect the lakes to drop very much or very fast. What you see is what you get. The level has not affected Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental much and we have no diminished services. You can still launch your boat and park your trailers here without going to some remote areas that are very busy with day users. It makes it handy for single fishermen or couples that do not launch boats very well or drive trailers and unload them by themselves and then have to pick up the boat driver at the dock.  You can drive 1/3 of a mile down a nearly flat road, launch your boat, put your boat in a free stall and park your trailer in our parking lot and be finished until you leave. We are not huddled up on a cliff with restricted parking and a dead end road to the dock with little space for parking and turn around with no launch. All of our cabins are individual with covered porches and we have no duplexes that do not allow for social distancing. You can be in your own cabin and be a safe distance from your neighbor and the children can play in our big, flat, green palyground with lots of outdoor activities. We have restricted the numbers of people that can use the game room at a time but have ping pong, shuffleboard and other games under the covered pavillion. Our big pool will be open as soon as we get it painted and filled. It loks to be a good year and the lake is high but is in good condition for fishing and boating. You can still get a cabin for $59/day here at Blackburns with a free stall for your normal sized boat. Best prices anywhere. Best place, best price, closest to Mountain Home dining and shopping and you can get food delivered. Why pay more unless you just want to? Crappie fishing is pretty good with fish in the backs of creeks on wood about 12-foot down. Catfishing has slowed a bit but I am still getting some. There is a top water bite some days but not every day. The fish are still in the same places but do not come all the way up. You can use a spook to draw them up or cast a swim bait with little or no weight on it. Bass and crappie are together and walleye a little deeper. The water surface temperature is still 66+ and slow to rise and the lake is clearing again after the rain.  It is sunny and beautiful today. The yard is mowed, the flowers blooming and the place looks good, come on down.  You are all welcome and the price is right. You can make your stimulus check go far here at Blackburns and get out of the house. We have a good set up here and all cabins are sanitized after every use. We have good rental boats at fair prices. Yes we do have 300 Meg internet.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

We just received about 1.3 inches of rain in just a few minutes and the creeks are running hard and the lake is rising. It has lightened up a little and the rain has slowed way down. This will brown up the creeks considerably but should not affect the main lake much. We will see. I will check things out in a few minutes. It is time to let some water out boys.  The rain really came down there for a while but not much wind. Typical May weather wilh a couple of cold fronts moving through a week.It just depends on where they meet the high pressure where the severe weather hits. We have been very fortunate so far. Maybe I can catch a flathead and a couple crappie.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Mike Eakle with a top water striper this morning. Released.Image title

Jeremy Deardoff with a good one.Image title

The lake level is 569.93 and is fairly stable with the same discharge of one generator and two spillway gates open one foot. It has risen a little over one inch in the last 24-hours and we received about 1-1/2 inches of rain in the last two days with more on the way. They have dropped the White River at Newport to 19+ feet as predicted on it's way to 18-feet. This is so stupid. The area lakes will be high for most of the summer unless someone at the Corps of Engineers get a brain which is not likely except for Table Rock which they religiously keep at power pool at the expense of everyone else.  Especially Bull Shoals which is very high. It is all about the money and antiquated rules of operation.  They have had all fall and winter to drop the lakes but refused to do so. There is a top water bite most days early if you know where to go. Sometimes they do not surface but are shallow and you can call them up with a spook or use a swim bait with no weight to get down to them. Creature baits and worms are working for smallmouth and Kentuckies with gitzits for bedding fish. Some crappie have spawned and some are spawning and some are still staging.  I am really surprised about how many have not spawned yet for this time of year. There are some really big ones. The lake is pretty clear and the surface temperature is in the mid to high 60's depending on where you are. A lot of fish of most varieties are on shad and roaming in 18-25 feet with walleye just a bit deeper. I tried for walleye on the flats by Cranfield Island but they were not there yet. Throw lines are working best for catfish with flatheads still being the best. Fishing overall is fair with some good ones being caught every day. The lake overall is in good condition.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 569.72 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours and is still rising with one generator running and two spillway gates open 0ne foot. The lake surface temperature is in the early 60's but should warm with the weather getting into the 80's soon. We need some over night lows in the 60's.  It is a beautiful day today with sunshine but a little wind. I am still not seeing many bass on the beds yet and with the clear water near the shore I should be seeing a lot of them in the creeks. Some of the ones thet I am catching have red tails though.  Some of the crappie that I am catching have not spawned yet and it is late for them. There is plenty of wood for them at the shoreline and the level has not varied very much in several weeks with the Corps struggling to drop the lake.  A lot of them are still chasing shad. Most of the white bass are small (about 8-9 inches) but a very few of them are bigger. Not nearly as many as compared to the past. Same for big stripers. Not the same for the smallmouth bass though. Many are in the four pound range and there are a lot of them.  Norfork is now a very good smallmouth fishery. Walley fishing is picking up and about one in three are keepers. The top water bite does not happen every morning but is pretty good when it does and several bass are mixed in with the hybrids and stripers. I am releasing all stripers on site and allowing them to grow and not fishing for them in deep water.  Look for them when the sun just starts to come up over the mountain. Before that you can call them up with a spook if you know where they are and know how to work the spook correctly.  After that a lot of fish of all kinds are in 15-16 feet of water near the bank part way back in the creeks. In the evening I like shadowy banks the best before sunset. The middle of the day fishing has not been good for me. Overall fishing has been fair but smallmouth and flatheads are the best. When a low pressure is moving in stay out there until it rains you out. That is the best time to be out there no matter what time it is. May first is coming and we will see how they manage the White River at Newport then. I sure hope they do not regulate it to 18-feet but you cannot let the government run anything. The rules have not changed with the times. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 569.46 and has risen 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with almost 1-1/2 inches of rain last night. The creeks ran but have slowed now. They did start up the one generator but closed two spillway gates.  The discharge is now about 1-3/4 generators.  The lake is still rising. They are running Table Rock hard and are really filling up Bull Shoals to keep the landing at Branson normal.  May ist they are to lower the level of the White River at Newport to 18 feet. We will see. If they do it will take months to drop the lakes to normal. They like to hold and hope and keep just one big rain away from being forced to let it all out.  It sure has not affected fishing though as smallmouth bass, flatheads, crappie and Kentucky bass continue to bite and the lake is getting very clear. I saw some debris that has washed off the bank with the lake rise back in the creeks but nothing big. I do not recommend being out after dark. The surface temperature is still in the early 60's but should rise with the ambient temperature to get into the 80's soon. The bass are ready to get on the beds and some crappie have not spawned yet. Several very large crappie are being caught. Many fish are in about 15-ft. of water near the bottom. We caught three very nice flathead today on throw lines baited with perch. I do not bed fish for bass but if you do gitzits work well.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 569.18 and has remained stable for the last 24-hours but they shut off the one generator earlier this morning.  They must be expecting some rain and are trying to keep the level as high as they can. They are running Branson hard to keep it at power pool and trying to keep the White River at Newport to 21-feet like predicted. We will see if they drop the level to 18-feet May 1st. If they do they should turn in their operators card and let my dog Toby run it. I guess it is fun for them to keep almost everything just one big rain away from disaster while protecting Table Rock and then go home and laugh. Hold and hope. We are to get at least an inch of rain tonight and then warm and mostly sunny for a few days. The lake is still slow warming but is now in the early 60's depending on where you look. The lake is clear and I still have seen very few bass on the beds yet. I do not do sight fish for bass on beds but many people do. I caught some big fish yesterday both crappie and bass and they were all in about 15-ft. of water near the bottom. I was casting the grub to the bank and letting it sink while using a slow retrieve. They all hit hard at just about the same depth. You can see your lure down about 6-7 feet and it is totally clear to the bottom near the bank. I was fishing the creeks near Blackburns where the wind had been blowing into. I fished for about two hours and caught four big fish. The fish did not bite at all during the middle of the day but started about 5-PM. The throw line produced two big flatheads on perch.

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The flathead are still biting on throw lines. Caught last night.Image title

The lake level is 569.21 and has risen a little over one inch in the last 24-hours. This is the third day in a row for a rise but it has not been much. There is still one generator running continuously and four spillway gates open one foot for a total discharge of a little over two generators. Just when it starts to drop a little it rains again. The water surface temperature is hanging in there at just below 60 and has been very slow to rise this spring. The smallmouth bass and flathead bite continues as does the crappie. I am catching some very nice crappie near brush in about 25-feet of water 10-feet down on a jig and live minnows on a slip float. Just cast the jig over the brush and let it sink while working it just a bit. Kentucky bass are there also. There is a top water bite some days for red meat fish and bass but the stripers are small. (7-10 lbs.) Striper fishermen are going to have to learn how to fish crappie and bass if they do not quit killing these small ones. Especially since none were stocked this year. Some good hybrids in the 6-8 pound range are being caught. The larger white bass are scarce. It is sunny and nice with light wind today and there should have been a top water bite.  I have not been out yet. It is to rain a bit early this week but several dry days in a row are after that. A few walleye are with the smallmouth bass. It was very windy and hard to get out of it yesterday but is much better today. Some nice fish are being caught every day and the lake is in good condition and pretty clear. You can see your lure down 5-6 feet depending on the color.

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Smallmouth Bass fishing out of Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork lake Arkansas in the Ozark Mountain Region.Image title

The lake level is 569.11 and has risen one inch in the last 24-hours with the same discharge and about one inch of rain. At least they did not stop generation when it started raining like they usually do.  The creeks run just a bit but the lake is still clear. The surface temperature is about 60 depending on when and where. Smallmouth bass are the best bite now with a top water bite for red meat fish and bass some days about 7:30 AM. Bass can come up any time. Some nice walleye and crappie are also showing up. It is taking it a long time to warm up here and I still feel there is a good chance to go straight to summer when it does. Our normal high is 72. Get out and fish top water early, switch to 3-inch worms and creature baits for smallmouth, take the middle of the day off, go out about 4:30PM and continue bass and crappie  fishing until sunset. We are catching good fish every day and the lake is in good condition. 

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Caught fishing with Bink yesterday morning on top water. Image title

The lake level is 569.03 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours. The discharge rate is the same and they are still holding the White River at Newport at 21 feet. They are to drop it to 18 feet May 1st. If they do that they are not just incompetent but idiots. They enjoy keeping the lakes very high and just one big rain away from opening up the spillway gates and flooding out everything below. They would rather do that when the crops are planted and up rather than in the fall and winter. As long as Branson is protected, everything is fine. The level is not affecting fishing but has limited access for day users. I was amazed how clear the lake was when I went out yesterday. I believe the creeks are clearer than the main lake. The surface water temperature was just over 60 and there were several boats out despite the wind. It was hard to get out of the wind with it coming from the north west and swirling. I used both the grub and minnow and the Bobby Garland blue ice jig. Both caught fish. The crappie were spawned out females with one about 16-inches and the bass were mostly 13-inch Kentuckies. I was casting part way back in the creeks behind the brush piles and letting the lure sink into the brush. They mostly hit about 8-12 feet down over 25-30 feet of water. I caught seven crappie and four bass and came back in. It is to rain some for the next several days but should not rain us out very long. Flatheads are still biting on throw lines baited with perch and there was a good top water bite for red meat fish just after 7:AM. Limb lines are not producing very well as it is hard to keep the turtles off them. You have to bait up in the dark and run them often to get fish.  I am really sorry they are not stocking stripers and hybrids this year but the safety of the AGFC is more important. It just had to happen just when the numbers of big fish are down and they were needed to get the population back up for the future. The big White Bass population is also down. Bass and crappie population is not. Walleye is just about the same. Good fish are being caught everyday.  

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The lake level is 569.10 and has dropped one inch in the last 24-hours despite almost one inch of rain. They are still running one generator continuously and have four spillway gates open one foot and are holding the White River at Newport at just below 21-ft. This should put us at power pool after July 4th if it does not rain much. Hold and hope.  Not much of a plan. The new news is that there will be no striper and hybrid stockings this year due to the AGFC practicing social distancing. We want the employees to be safe but are sorry the fish will not be stocked. It is time the limit on these fish was reduced to two fish daily limit and four fish possession until the numbers and size improve and have fishermen practice catch and release much more. Killing these fish is like destroying the future.  The lake surface temperature was just under 60 in the creeks when I went out yesterday and just as soon as it warms up it cools again. This has slowed the top water bite also. Bass fishing is fair to good as is crappie fishing and catfishing is fair. Smallmouth fishing is best. Most of the fish are in from 20-35 feet of water suspended in the creeks and in the creeks that the wind has been prevailing for several hours. We are getting cold fronts a couple of times a week and they really hurt fishing.  It gets better and better until the next one comes along. It looks like the weather will just go from cool to hot with little spring. Our normal high is 72. At least the severe weather has kept away so far. They did not stop generating when it rained yesterday. They usually do. Keep that river at Newport at 21-feet at all costs now that Branson is normal?

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Mike Eakle with some of yesterday's catch.Image titleImage title

The lake level is 569.21 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously and four spillway gates open one foot for a total discharge of a little more than two generators. They are adhering to the 21-foot level of the White River at Newport rule and it is now below 21 feet. It should have stayed at 24 feet and allowed for the lakes to drop more quickly especially after they now have Branson at power pool while the rest of the lakes are much higher. It is all about the money and politics. Do not expect much wade fishing on the White River anytime soon. The lake surface temperature was in the mid 60's yesterday when I went out and the lake is clearing nicely everyday. Trollers are starting to pick up some smaller stripers (6-10 lbs) in about 35-ft. of water just outside the old shoreline. Pictures of dock floors full of small dead stripers is not impressive and just shows how people are willing to cut their own throats to kill fish. If they do not quit, the large striper population will not return to the lake as it was a few years ago. The limit needs to be cut to two fish/day and four possession limit. The Smallmouth bass bite is  good and the walleye and crappie are getting better. The flatheads started biting again yesterday on throw lines but limb lines are not producing much as of late. This is a typical spring on Norfork Lake but the top-water bite is slower than normal. The lake is in excellent condition and the weather is getting better but more rain is likely in the next few days but should not be a wash out. 

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The lake level is 569.39 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with the same amount of generation and spillway gates. They have lowered the level to 21-feet on the White River at Newport as predicted so do not expect any big changes in any of the lakes except fot Branson which is approaching power pool. Bull Shoals is very high but can hold a lot of water. They are to lower the level again at Newport on May 1st to 18 feet and if they do that the lakes will remain high for a long time. We are to get more rain tonight but the rain is not the problem. It is 75 and sunny now. The lake is really clearing and the surface temperature is really rising fast now with the sunshine and warmer nights. Especially in the creeks which are shallower. I had between 62 and 65 in Blackburns Creek yesterday. The bass will move to the beds soon. Smallmouth bass are still the best bite with some big ones being caught. Some walleye and crappie are with them. Flathead fishing has slowed a bit but some are still being caught. The lake is generally in good condition for fishing especially in this area. use the 3-inch worm and creature baits and work the old shoreline and you will catch fish. It is 75 and sunny now

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The lake level is 569.65 and has dropped about 2-inches in the last 24 hours and the water surface temperature is still at 59 degrees. It will not warm up much with these very cool nights. The lake is getting very clear and you can see down about 5-6 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing is the best right now with kentucky bass next. Some flatheads and a few keeper walleye are also showing up. Crappie are back under docks. Brush piles are mostly too deep for them with all of the natural cover with the water in the trees.  The top water bite is slow coming this year but is happening some mornings with mostly small white bass and bass. Go back into the creeks that the wind has been blowing into and work the bank from as far as you can cast to the shore to about 35-feet.  If you see a school of fish outside the brush drop a spoon. Use 3-inch worms on a jig head or creature baits for about everything. Get out early, take the middle of the day off, and go out about 5:PM until almost dark. No sense fishing in the dark. Keep a spook ready for any top water action. Good fish are being caught every day.

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Scuba Steve and Tom Kelly with some good ones. Released under the dock.Image titleImage title

The lake level is 569.83 and has dropped a little over two inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously and four spillway gates open one foot which is aqual to a little over two generators. We received about 0.7 inches of rain last night but most of it sunk in with little runoff.  The creeks did not run much.  The surface temperature is 59 degrees and is slow rising with these cool nights. They have dropped the White River level at Newport to 21-feet as predicted  and should have kept it at 25 feet. The lakes receding rates will now be mitigated and will be alternating with the priority of keeping Branson from flooding. One big rain will force them to open gates and flood everything down stream. Hold and hope is the motto, flooding is their game. How long will they keep these prehistoric rules of dam management? Draw down in the fall and winter to the high 540's, keep it there as much as possible by releasing as much as possible until the level at Newport is just below minor flood stage is the answer. If they continue to drop the lake at this rate and we get no more rain it will be the end of June before we get to power pool. Not likely.  They now have gauges and computers where they can manage the levels much better than when these rules were first put in place. The fishing is pretty good now for bass and catfish with smallmouth bass and flatheads being the best. Several crappie are being caught off the dock. Some walleye and smaller white bass are being spooned up just outside the old shoreline in about 35-feet of water and smallmouth are biting the three inch worm on a jig head shallower.  Several kentucky bass are way back in the creeks in 12-feet of water. I am not seeing any largemouth bass on beds yet. The lake is clearing nicely and is a good color for fishing in this area. The lake overall is in good condition.

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The lake level is 570.26 and has dropped a little less than 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously and four spillway gates open one foot. This is equal to a little over two generators. It was windy from the south when I went out yesterday and the surface water temperature was 59 degrees.  It just will not warm up.  We need some overnight lows to be in the 60's. It is better than snow which a lot of people are getting.  I am not planting my garden yet even though I want to. We are catching fish everyday but the cold fronts really slow them down. Bass, catfish, crappie and a few walleye are the best bite now. Fish are not coming up everyday like they normally do after the 15th of April but do some days. The bluegill bite is picking up and some are very nice size. They are mostly under docks. Trollers are having a hard time trying to get fish out of the brush and when you do not hear from them for a couple of days they are not catching much. If you have a good fish finder and troll around for enough miles you will catch some though especially if you happen across a school. Our normal high is 70 and normal low is 48 but we still could get another frost. A few flatheads are showing up on limb lines and smallmouth bass are improving every day.  Overall fishing is just fair.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide service yesterday.Image titleImage title

The lake level is 570.41 and has dropped a little over an inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously and three spillway gates open one foot.  This is equal to two generators. The lake is clearing after the rain and runoff and the surface temperature is hanging in there at 60. The lake is in good condition but needs to warm back up. There were big schools of shad fry under the dock yesterday and they were very small and had just hatched. We caught our first flathead and that is a good sign. Bass and catfish are the best bite now with a few spawned out crappie showing up.The smallmouth bass bite is improving and a few walleye are being caught. Most fish are either in or just outside the old shoreline in the brush. Every thing has a lot of cover and a lot of feed but some good fish are being caught everyday mostly in the creeks. Some fish are suspended in 30-35 feet back in the creeks near brush in the old creek channel. I do not know why. Must be some bait around there somewhere or shad after plankton since they are in the creeks that the wind is blowing into. I have not seen much top water action the last couple of days. Just a few small bass. Warmer weather will put the bass on the beds.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 570.52 and has risen almost 2-inches in the last 24-hours. The new news is that they are still running one generator continuously and  have opened up three spillway gates 1-foot and that is equal to almost exactly two generators. That should drop the level just a bit depending on the rainfall if they continue. The rules say they are to regulate the White River at Newport to 21 feet starting tomorrow if the lakes are over 50% full but that would be a decrease from the 24-feet they are trying to do now. If they do follow these guidelines they will keep all of the lakes just one big rain from them being in trouble and then opening the gates and flooding everything downstream after planting.  Hold and hope is not a solution. Get the levels down. That number goes to 18 feet on May 1st and there is no way they can drop the lakes at that level except slowly even if it does not rain, which it will. Fall and winter is the time to draw down the levels but they just will not do it. Taking 1.75 feet of flood control away from the lake for the rivers minimum flow did not help anything either. That sure dispelled the idea that the dams were just for flood control and not for recreation. At least the put and take trout have plenty of cold water with low oxygen to keep the rivers running. There will be very little wade fishing again this year on the rivers. The level on Norfork has not varied very much the last few weeks and it has been good for the crappie spawn. There is plenty of wood near the shore for them and cover to protect them. This will make good crappie fishing  for years to come. We will see what happens to the bass who are getting ready to get on beds. Walleye and White Bass are finished. The surface temperature was in the high 50's early yesterday morning and just at 60 in the afternoon. It is to get much warmer starting tomorrow. The normal high is 70 and the normal low is 46. The lake is starting to clear again after the rain and the lake overall is in good condition for fishing. I am catching some big fish every day. Mostly bass and catfish and a few crappie. I am not fishing for them now though but will soon after the fry starts showing up. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 570.38 and has risen a little over 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. Beaver lake is 1-1/2 feet from going over the spillway, Norfork 9 ft., Bull Shoals and Table rock are both 13-ft. It looks the the dam managers are one big rain away from getting into trouble. Hold and hope all fall and winter and then use the predictable spring rains as an excuse. Something has to change. If they had drawn it down to 548 we would be in good shape then. Blackburns and fishing are not affected much until it gets several feet higher and we lose our launch but we do not lose dock access. The water surface temperature was almost exactly 60 when I went out yesterday and the creeks were light brown again from the runoff. We received about 3-inches of rain the last two days. It did not affect the fishing as we caught several large bass and a couple of nice catfish. I was going to go crappie fishing in Pigeon creek but it was just too cold with the north wind. I stuck in Blackburns creek.  The high only got to 49 but it is to get into the high 60's and low 70's later this week. The fish are still on the old shoreline in the brush. I will try a spinner bait today with the water color change.  It was getting very clear but not now. It did not affect the main lake much but I am not fishing there.

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Ryan is busy releasing the fish out of the basket caught today after pictures. The Grand Kids learn early how to catch and release here. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 570.16 and is rising with almost 2-inches of rain last night and them shutting down the spillway gates. One generator is still running. The level has come up about 4-inches in the last 24-hours.  It rains in the spring boys just in case nobody told you. I did not want to surprise you.  It is not where we are but how we got here. They had all fall and winter to lower the lakes and did not do so. Now it is back to hold and hope and then flood everything out down stream. We will see if they follow the outdated flood control release rules again this year.  Nobody seems to care enough to change them. The creeks run pretty good earlier this morning but have slowed way down now. Fishing has not been affected and the rising water has helped the catfishing as well as the waning moon and the early top water bite is still very good for many species and they are mostly in the same places. Bass fishing is still the best with fish coming up early and then going down into the brush on the 3-inch worm. Some red meat fish are with them and a few spawned out crappie. The pretty stable lake level for about the last two weeks has made for a very good spawn for them. A couple of large stripers have been caught recently but not even near the numbers of a few years ago. I hope the people catching them are not celebrating killing them. They are few.  White bass numbers are also way down but the Hybrids are about where they have been and are holding the others in there. I am surely glad they did not quit stocking them as was proposed. 

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James and Mike caught some good top water fish this morning.Image titleImage title

The lake level is 569.81 and has dropped about 2-inches in the last 24-hours with the same amount of generation and flood gate releases that have been going on for a week. We received about an inch of rain last night and this early morning but the creeks did not run. The lake is dropping again after the rain. We are to get more rain and then a cold front is coming in and we could get some frost.  Especially in the low areas near the lake. This seems to always happen in April and that is why I do not plant my garden until early May no matter how warm it gets. The lake surface temperature is in the low 60's and dropping.The top water bite has really picked up after most of the threadfin shad have spawned and the plankton, shad and fish have moved to the wind blown creeks near the old shoreline in the brush. A high percentage of the fish are in 20-ft. of water or less. Actually most of them are in 12-feet or less but may follow your lure out before biting. The lake has cleared a lot so I have quit the spinner bait for a while and am using the spook and spitin image top water lures to call them up or cast to them when they come up. The rest of the time I am using the grub and minnow or the 3-inch green worm on a 1/8th ounce lead head. Any heavier and they sink too fast and get into the brush.  You have to learn to count down and just keep your lure just above the brush or you will get snagged all the time. You can make your worm almost weedless. There was a good top water bite for bass this morning and the shad were coming uip everywhere in the backs of the windblown creeks. Some stripers, crappie and hybrids are with them. Catfish are biting fair on limb lines baited with perch if you can keep the kentucky bass off them. I have not caught a flathead yet.

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Caught this morning. More too.We are releasing most fish except for the catfish.Image title

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The lake level is 569.97 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously and four spillway gates open 1-ft. The lake is clearing nicely and is a perfect color in Blackburns area and too clear near the dam for fishing. Most of the fish are still in the brush near the old shoreline and have plenty of cover.  The threadfin shad have spawned and the fish have plenty of feed too. Shad are flitting around everywhere. Walleye, crappie, bass and red meat fish are all in the same places. The bluegill moved in under the dock and the catfish started biting immediately.  They always do that. The top-water bite is in full swing now so get out early.  The 3-inch plastic worm is working best when they are down and the clear spook and spitin image when they are surfacing. The  Smallmouth bass bite is really picking up. Some crappie have spawned, some are spawning and some are on the beds. Some spawned out females are very big. I have not seen any fry yet but they should show up soon. Carp are spawning in the very backs of the creeks and it is a good time to bowhunt them. I am not finding any bass that have spawned yet but they are close but the water temperature has dropped to 62-63 and will cool off more with this long lasting cold front moving in and lows are to be in the low 30's and highs in low to high 50's.. We are to get some rain the next couple of days and it is thundering now. This is a typical spring for fishing but has been just a bit slower warming up.  The lake is a little high for some boat access but has not affected fishing much except the fish are harder to get out of the cover. Overall the lake is in excellent condition and we are catching fish everyday.

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James Soltysiac with some good ones caught this morning. Under the dock they go except for the catfish.Image titleImage title

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The lake level is 570.22 and has dropped three inches in the last 24-hours with one generator and four spillway gates open one foot. It is to rain later this weekend and early next week. It has cooled of a bunch with highs yesterday in the high 60's, today low 60's, tomorrow 50's. The surface water temperature in the creeks has dropped a bit but it is in the mid 60 on the main lake. The top water bite is on now and a few big stripers are being caught but not near like in the past. I hope they are getting released. They almost all live when caught in shallow water. I am releasing a lot of nice bass under the dock but do not fish for stripers much. I am releasing all crappie caught now immediately as the males are guarding the nests and if you catch them off the bluegill eat all of the eggs in about two minutes. Trolling all over is not my kind of fishing. I like to cast for them with artificial bait if I fish for them at all. A lot of people like to fish for them though and it takes the pressure off the walleye, crappie and catfish which I like the best. Bass are the staple on this lake when the others are not biting. Fishing is improving as the moon wanes. 

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George fishing in the trophy pond. He loves to fly fish for bluegill so I put some big ones in for him. Image title

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The lake level is 570.48 and has dropped about two inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously and four spillway gates open one foot. That is about all they can do for now as they are determined to get Table Rock down to normal at all costs. The lake is clearing and is in excellent condition for fishing but it is a little tough to get the fish out of the old shoreline and the brush. The crappie that I caught yesterday had spawned and the bass are getting ready. I had a 69 degree surface temperature in Blackburns creek yesterday and people were swimming in the lake. I will go diving when it hits 70 though but I have an 8-mil wetsuit with hood. It looked like the threadfin shad had spawned and I look for the top water bite to really get started in earnest soon.  It had been sporatic. The full moon and the dropping of the lake level slowed fishing a bit but we still caught some good ones. All of the bass and crappie were released under the dock but the catfish were released in a skillet with some fried taters and mushrooms. Norfork lake catfish are really good and flatheads are the best. I have not caught any of them yet though but I bet I will. Just a few more days and I will be walleye fishing. Life is good. People are catching some very nice fish out of Tom Kelly's trophy pond and we like that.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 570.85 and has dropped about 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously and four spillway gates open one foot. It is equavilent to about 2-1/3 generators. We will see if they follow the dumb rule of dropping the level at Newport to 21-feet if the lakes are 50% full on the 15th of this month.  That is also one of the problems. They changed the way the 50% is calculated resulting in the lakes being held higher, and implimented the minimum flow law.  They both took away flood capacity. I wonder if the rivers are getting enough minimum flow now. There will be no wade fishing for quite some time. The bass and catfish are still biting pretty good in the backs of the creeks and some walleye have moved back down river after spawn. The bigger crappie have spawned but I see no evidence of any fry yet. The surface temperature is still in the low 60's but should rise fast on the spawning beds with this very warm weather. Another cold front is moving in after that with highs in the low 60's, that and the full moon and the lake dropping will not do the fishing any good. I am just not seeing much top-water action yet. The lake is clearing nicely and the brown water is almost gone and is a good color for fishing. The lake in general is in good condition. I am catching some good fish every day.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 571.03 and is dropping very slowly. The new news is that they now have 4 spillway gates open one foot and along with the one generator running continuously should start to drop the level a little quicker. The total is equal to about 2-1/3 generators. This is good and the fish are biting. I am just fishing for bass and catfish now until the crappie spawn is over. It looks to be a very good one. I am releasing all of the bass under the dock until they get on the beds and then I will quit fishing for them. I found just a few mushrooms yesterday and they should really pop up with the temperatures to be in the 80's for a couple of days before the next cold front comes through. We are located very low here at Blackburns and it is conducive to late frosts so I will wait several days to plant the garden.  It is ready though. The grass is growing very quickly  as are the flowers. Tom Kelly reports that people are catching some very good fish out of his trophy pond. That is what we wanted. One lady said she caught the biggest crappie she has seen in her life. This is a good time of year and it is good to just be out there. We are working hard on the resort making improvements and will paint the pool soon. 

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The lake level is 571.06 and is exactly what it has been for the last 24-hours with one generator running and two spillway gates open 1-ft. I crappie fished for a while just to confirm that the big ones are spawning and the males are in front of the nests getting ready to guard them. Everytime you catch one the bluegills eat all the eggs right away so it is important to release them immediately and let them get back to their job if you care about them. Just give them a few days and then catch them. The big females will be hungry after the spawn and easily caught. The males will protect the nests until the eggs hatch and  the fry can get away on their own. It is good that they have a lot of cover and the lake level is not varying a lot during this time. If all of the males are not caught while guarding the nests we will have good crappie fishing for a long time. What is new is that the catfish have moved back into the creeks and are biting well on bluegill (perch) on limb lines. We caught several yesterday and some nice ones too. The catfish are now biting better than the bass which are getting ready to spawn. We also caught and released several bass under the dock. The bass spawn well into the summer on Norfork depending on the variety. The cold weather slowed things down a bit but with temperatures in the 80's early this week the spawn will be in earnest and the mushrooms will come out on the sunny banks. A few are already here. The water temperature was in the high 50's yesterday but will get back to the mid 60's with the upcoming warm weather. The lake is still clearing slowly and is a good color for fishing in most places. You can still social distance here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. All cabins are individual with no duplexes and have covered porches. No need to get close to anybody and the price is right. We did not raise our prices last month for the fishing season and you can still get a cabin for $59/day for two people and your first boat stall is free. Check prices before you book. 

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The lake level is 571.05 and has been stable for several hours with one generator and two spillway gates still open one foot which is equivalent to about 1-1/2 generators. This is about the same as the inflow from the river and is doing nothing to drop the lake. The surface temperature is in the early 60's depending on where you are and this very cool weather will not do anything to help that or bring out very many more mushrooms.  The bass are biting better than the catfish on limb lines baited with bluegill and the bass continue to be the best bite.  Almost all of the fish are near the old lakeshore in the trees and buckbrush in 0-20 ft. of water, as is the bait and they are hard to get out of there. They have plenty of cover, food and the warmest water and have no reason to move anywhere except to spawn and guard the nests. Bink continues to catch some nice hybrids both day and night. Tom Kelly is using his whacky worm near the bank and catching some good bass. The Landry boys and Joseph Cueno just left and did pretty well on bass. Glad to have them. We will see what happens to the top-water bite with this cool weather. I am not going to plant my garden right yet but the grass is really growing and flowers and trees are blooming. Blackburns is still the best place to social distance and Debbie is sanitizing cabins after every use and the lake has low boat traffic. No reason to get close to anybody and the price is right. Why pay more? 

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The lake level is 570.93 and has been stable for about 4-hours.  The new news is they have supplemented the one generator with two spillway gates opened one foot which is equivalent to a little over 1/2 of a generator. A lot of fish were caught yesterday by Binks, Tom Kelly, Mike Eakle and other Blackburns guests. We have several fishermen in and I did not get a chance to talk to all of them. I set out a few limb lines last night and we will see if any catfish are biting. I cannot see under the dock well enough to tell if the bluegill are there but I am baiting with them from Nabatak. They are just the right size. Mike caught some mushrooms yesterday and these two usually go together. Spring is here and so is the cloudy rainy weather. About two low pressures and one cold front comes through a week with just a few days of sunshine. It is to cool down for a couple of days and then warm back to 80. The full moon is the 7th and catfish do not bite well in the full moon and even less if the lake is dropping. That has not been a problem so far. We will see. As soon as the water starts to warm a cold front comes through and stops it. Bink is catching fish both day and night and good ones too. Come on down to Blackburns.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. The Landry boys and Joseph Cuneo from Houma, Louisiana are catching some very nice bass. They are good fishermen and nice people. We will have to dodge showers for a while but should not wash us out. You can fish close to Blackburns dock and duck into the dock when they start. This is the way to social distance. Better than sitting on the sofa.

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Dustin Landry from Houma, Louisiana with a good one. He is fishing out of Blackburns Ranger rental boat.Image title

The lake level is 570.87 and has risen about 3-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running. We are to get some rain for the next 2-3 days. Some big bass have moved to the backs of the creeks staging for spawn.  Several are being caught in Blackburns Creek on worms, spinner baits and gitzits.  The water is not clear enough to sight bed fish and that is good. I do not kill fish in the spring except for maybe a catfish or two.  I am going to put out a few limb lines for catfish and see what happens.  It is just about time.  There is just a short window from the time the catfish move in and the gar take over and they leave. This is big flathead time with channel cats a little later. Bluecats are usually the biggest in this lake but I like the others the best. Flatheads are the last fish to spawn in the lake. Fried potatoes and onions, Fried flathed, fried mushrooms may be a heart attack in a skillet but they sure are good. You can fish and hunt mushrooms in the woods here and still social distance. This is a fun time of year. It is to get back into the 80's later this week and that will bring out the morels for sure. Blackburns is getting calls asking if we raised the rates the last of March. The answer is no. Some do, we do not. You can still get a one bedroom cabin got $59/day for two people. All cabins are individual, with no duplexes and have covered porches. You can social distance between cabins. We do not charge for your first boat stall but we do for pets. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and fishing is getting better every day with the top-water bite beginning. Many fish are in the brush near the bank. Keep a spook or spitin image ready for when they come up.

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The lake level is 570.62 and has risen about 5-inches in the last 24-hours.They shut off all generation last evening and started one generator early today. They are still running Table Rock balls to the wall with all generators running and 10-spillway gates open. They are trying to get it down to power pool no matter what it does to Bull Shoals,which is holding their water. Protect Branson Landing at all costs. It is all about $ and politics. Maybe someone will listen about dropping the level in the fall and winter and reevaluating the rules of generation. We need to unite everyone and speak with one voice.  Depending where you are in the county, the rainfall in March was about 2-1/2 inches above normal. Normal is about 4.5 inches for the month. We have had no big rains in the county for several weeks.  The weather is beautiful today and it is just about time to put in some limb lines for catfish. I will do that tomorrow when Nabatak delivers the bait for the resort.  We keep live bait on hand all year here at Blackburns. The area is so lucky to have such a good wholesale bait and tackle supplier as Nabatak.  They have good inventory and prices and the best service. It is about time to mow again for the third time.  Everything is green and flowers and trees are blooming all over. Bink reports catching some big hybrids this morning  on top-water.  True top-water not just calling them up out of the brush. I caught some nice bass yesterday and released them under the dock on the 3-inch worm. Things are ready to break loose. Learn how to work that spook by walking the dog and keep it handy. The lake is clearing and is in overall good condition but there are a few logs in the main channel and you have to watch for them. April is here and fishing will get better and better as the water warms. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Compare prices and call Debbie at 870-492-5115.  All of our cabins and boats are ready to go. Water surface temperature is in the high 50's on the main lake and early 60's in the creeks depending on where you are and what time of day it is.

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The lake level is 570.21 and has risen just a bit, (less than an inch) in the last 24-hours with one generator running and three spillway gates open one foot. It would have dropped if it had not rained about one inch last night.  The creeks run just a little. I went crappie fishing yesterday with mixed results. First I went to East Pigeon and only caught one fish on the bank.  It was very large though. I expected more but could not get them to bite.  There is just too much cover and bait. I could not get anymore so I went to Middle pigeon towards the back and fished around the docks. The fish were biting well there on jigs and grubs but were mostly small. They were at all different depths but the water needed to be over 20-ft. deep.  Caught about 20 fish and only five were legal. All were released. Only one small bass was caught. The water was a perfect color there and was more brown as you got nearer to the main lake. The water temperature was 62 back in the creek and high 50's on the main lake. The shad should be spawning but I did not see any top-water all afternoon and evening. I saw just a few boats so it was not hard to practice social distancing. I did not get within a quater of a mile from anyone. It was a beautiful day with light wind from the south and it picked up in the evening and the fish started to bit better. Will try again later today. There still have not been a positive test for the virus at the Baxter Hospital.I have not seen a better place to quarantine than Norfork Lake and Blackburns resort. You do not have to get close to anyone and you can get an individual cabin with no duplexes for $59/day. 

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The lake level is 570.15 and has risen three inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating last evening but the new news is that they started up one generator earlier this morning and opened three spillway gates one foot which is about equivalent to another generator. Since then the level has been stable. I sure hope they keep this up. We are over 50% full so they should at least for a month barring any big rains. If that happens they will be forced to. Another thing: Binks said he has dropped the jerk bait as of yesterday and has started using the spook in the old river channel even though he does not see any top-water fish. They are shallow and he is drawing them up but they are almost only bass. Usually when this happens you catch a lot of white bass too but not now. He and I both are really getting to think for sure that most of the white bass are gone. Every once in a while we catch one that is not small but not often. We will know this for sure when the top-water bite starts in earnest. If they are not there then they are gone. I guess more died in the fish kill last year than was previously thought. I know that is the case with the big stripers. Bass fishing is by far the best bite now. The lake is clearing and is a good color for fishing in most places. There has been one positive test for the virus in the county but none in the hospital as of yet. You can come on down to Blackburns and social distance. The lake is sure not crowded with a surface temperature ranging from 57-60 depending on where you are. I am heading out to try to find some crappie for our guests. I will try east pigeon first. Blackburns resort and Boat Rental still has cabins for $59/day. Not bad. Why pay more? Compare prices and then call us. If you must pay more, stay with us and give the difference to the disabled vets. 

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The lake level is 569.85 and has risen 4-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating last evening, shut off Norfork, opened spillway gates and run all generators on Table Rock to protect Branson and are pounding Bull Shoals Hard with Table Rock water.  Cool weather has returned and the highs are to be in the 60's for several days which is more seasonal. The surface water temperature is all over the place and very different in the shallow water from the main lake. The main lake also varies depending on where on the lake you are. Most of it is still in the mid to high 50's. Some of our guests report an early top- water bite for bass and that is good. Bink caight some good ones too. The full blown top-water bite usually gets here by April 15th and looks to be about on schedule. It started raining when I was going out yesterday so I did not go but it turned out to be not much. I had to wait on guests to get here to check out rental boats.  It is sunny and about 60 now and looks to be a nice day. The sunshine is good for lake clearing and we have not had any runoff here for several days. There are a lot of fish out there and most of them are on the old lake shore around the buckbrush. I will do a little exploring today and let you know. Keep using the jerk bait early and then switch to the 3-inch worm on a jig head and a spinner bait. Keep a top-water lure handy when you see fish surfacing. Either a Spook Puppy or a Spittin image. Practice learning how to walk the dog well. It is very important this time of year. Fishing is picking up if you know how. Please release as many fish as you can during this upcoming spawn season. Blackburns still has the best prices on both cabins and rentals boats. Some raise their prices in the spring but Blackburns does not. Compare prices and give us a call. Your first boat stall is free and we have 28-acres to roam and we are not huddled up on a steep hillside with little parking or go down a cliff to get to the dock. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 569.46 and has risen 4-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The brown water is clearing and is about the color of the Northwestern Ontario lakes. Remember that the clear water is not always the best fishing. I like a bit of green stain that you can see your lure down about 3-4 feet. Bink likes a more of a brown stain with green mixed in. We both agree that we do not like chocolate brown with no visibility. Too clear of water is just as bad. People may want the clearest water for swimming and boating but that season is not here yet. We did have some people swimming off the dock Thursday.  When the shad spawn and the top water bite starts it will make no difference what color the water is, just where the bait is.  High water does not hurt fishing just changes how you fish for them.  It pretty much forces trollers to change their methods and learn how to really fish. People taking pictures of dock floors full of small dead fish and bragging about it should take off their cold weather gear. It was 90 wednesday, 86 Thursday and 80 Friday and is 70 already today with cloudy skies. Most of the fish are still on the old shoreline just above the buckbrush as is the bait. There are reports of water clearing in the Udal area is good news for us here.  One bass fisherman told me yesterday that he was catching  15-20 bass a day on a swim bait but several of them were small. That is the same for me. Jerk baits, 3-inch worms, soft plastics and spinner baits are catching about everything. I have had no reports on the night bite yet but will let you know. I do not fish after dark much anymore especially when the lake is changing almost daily with the rise and I can barely find my spots in the daytime.  I have not caught a fish on a spoon in almost a week. I am heading up into east pigeon to look for some male crappie staging on the bank. Could be time. I need some more fish under the dock. It is to get windy later this afternoon. Things are about ready to break loose. Tom Kelly found some good water in Diamond Bay and caught some nice bass on his whacky worm. We are mowing the grass for the second time now and flowers are everywhere. The swallows are back and the Purple Martin scouts were here a few days ago and left. I sure hope they bring the whole clan back with them. We have a lot of wildlife here at Blackburns. Everything is pretty much on schedule. There was a case of the Virus reported yesterday in Baxter County but it was not in the hospital.  Arkansas reports on what your address is not where they found it. You can social distance here and we will not charge you too much. If you are in town, stop and check us out.  You will like what you see. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Mike Eakle with some good ones released under the dock yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 569.08 and has risen 6-inches in the last 24-hours with just one generator running part of the time. It look like a litte more rain is coming later this weekend and the first of next week. Not too much though. There was a lot of drying yesterday with temperatures approaching 90 degrees with a light wind. It is to be 80 today with temperatures in the high 60's after that. The brown water seems to be settling in this area as it heads south. The bass fishing is hanging on with many fish in the pre-spawn feeding mode in the old shoreline over the buckbrush. The water temperature is warming rapidly depending on the depth of the water. It is all over the place. 50's some places and 60's other. Get out early with a jerk bait and then use a spinner bait or 3-inch worm over the submerged buckbrush in the creeks. You can catch about anything. Fishing is not the best right now but good fishermen are catching fish.Catfishng looks to be good soon. Baxter County still has not had a positive test and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental continues to be the best place to social distance. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 568.57 and has risen about 9-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running just part of the time. They have spillway gates open on both Beaver and Table Rock and are really blasting Bull shoals and using the hold and hope theory on Norfork. They should have been regulating to 24 or 25 feet at Newport all winter. When are they going to change this? It would not hurt one thing. I went out yesterday afternoon to check things out and do a little fishing. The lake is brown from Missouri to past the 62 bridge and then pretty much stays in the river channel to where you turn off to Fall and Panther creeks. It is spread out wide between the bridges. Fall and Panther are both in excellent condition as is Float creek. Panther is a good place to check for topwater fish after the shad spawn. I fished Float creek for about an hour with a 3-inch finesse worm and caught three bass and a crappie. The fish are on the old shoreline. The buckbrush is under water several feet and also several feet from the bank and that is where the fish are. All kinds including bait. Bink reports getting out early with a jerk bait and then later switching to the 3-inch worm on a 1/4 ounce jig head. No color needed on jig head but a green worm works nicely. I use a 5/16 but he catches more fish than I do.  I have guests also switching to a gold single spin when it is windy. All are working. Trollers are having a hard time because it is impossible to troll where the fish are. At least most of them. They have to really fish now if they want to catch anything. Binks also reports the night bite for stripers will start soon. Just use the same jerk bait and turn it into a suspending crank bait. The only difference is how you fish it. Stay as far from the bank as you can cast and cast to the bank. Using a suspending lure, crank it down about three or four turns and reel slowly to the boat. Make sure your lure runs true. If it pulls off to the side you will not catch anything. Some people cast parallel to the bank but I do not. Fish for walleye with a soft plastic until after sundown and then switch to the lure before dark.  The male crappie have moved to the creek banks to prepare for the spawn. There are plenty of places for that now and they are scattered all over the place. Tom Kelly reports catching bass and walleye south of Robinson Island on his finesse worm. I sure have some good people helping me with this report and good fishermen too. One person cannot go out a few times a week and write an accurate report. Other news: Baxter County still has not had a positive test for the China virus and people are coming to Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental for social distancing and taking advantage of the best prices on the best cabins in the area. Come on down we will not charge you too much. We have 300 meg internet and two computers in the game room and food delivery to your cabin.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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

The lake level is 567.79 and still rising with very little generation. Better let some water out folks but what can you expect from the Corp when they cannot even get their own website up and running. Hold and hope is just not working again. We need a new plan but they are not accountable to anyone. You cannot let the government run anything. The VA is getting a whole lot better in the last two years though. I do not have to drive to Little Rock anymore and they have a very good Doctor here in Mountain Home. On another positive note, there still has not been a positive case of the China Virus here in Baxter County and people are practicing social distancing here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental where you can roam 28 acres and fish on a big lake, stay in an individual cabin with no duplexes and not get close to anybody. All cabins are sanitized after every use. It is to get very warm here starting today with highs in the 80's tomorrow and it looks like spring is here finally. Time to plant the garden. The lake is not clearing very rapidly from the quick rise last week but there is good colored water starting near Robinson Island and south. Float Creek is a good place to start. People are catching bass in the brown water though and good ones too. Smallmouth are showing up now and a jerk bait and spinner bait are the best. I will look for some crappie later today when the work is done. We are busy here and we like that. The lake surface temperature is about 56 and you can see your lure down about three feet out of the brown water. There are a lot of fish in this lake. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Compare prices. You can launch here now.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Marty with some nice ones. Welcome back.Image title

Caught fishing with Bink yeaterday.Image title

The lake level is 566.47 and has risen about 8-inches in the last 24-hours. We received a little less than one inch of rain last night and this morning and more is on the way. They are generating very little except for the lake by Branson and Beaver and they are sticking to the 21-ft. rule on the White River in Newport at all cost. I suppose they will just hold and hope and wait until the crops get planted and come up and then flood everyone out downstream like they usually do. Dam management 101: Do not let the water go over the spillway. We will see if they can get that right. They decide how much to let out.  God decides how much to put in. The lake surface temperature was 56 near Blackburns when I went out yesterday and a little lower downstream. The brown water extended from Missouri to just south of the 62 bridge and then it was just stained a green color. I could see my lure down about three feet. Zero feet in the brown water. The creeks are running now. I was determined to find some crappie but was unable to do so. Then I went bass fishing. I caught a few on the jerk bait and switched to the gold single spin and caught more. No picture fish. Binks caught some hybrids and bass and some of our guests caught some big bass. The carp are moving to the back of Blackburns Creek to spawn so catfishing will not be far away. They spawn at a water temperature of about 70 but it does not take long to get there in the shallow water. They must know something is happening. When the small bluegill move in under the dock it will happen and the bass will start making beds. The very warm weather starting on Thursday should get everything going. The shad will spawn and the top-water bite will begin. That is the easiest time to catch bass and red meat fish. There still has been no cases of virus in Baxter County as far as I know and people are taking advantage of the best individual cabins on the lake at the best price to social distance. It is a good thing we have covered porches this morning. Everyone is setting outside waiting to go fish. Check price and if they charge for first boat stalls and then call us. You can save a lot of $ here at Blackburns resort and Boat Rental. It is nice here anbd the price is right.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Bryan Deardoff with some good ones. He kept a few and released the rest.  Some were deep hooked. Image titleImage title

The lake level is 565.29 and has risen 1-ft. in the last 24-hours with very limited generation. One generator running less than 1/2 the time. The water surface temperature is in the mid 50's depending where you are. The rapid level rise from rainfall from Missouri Thursday caused the creeks and main lake channels to turn brown but did not hurt the fishing. Any debris is small.  Bass were surfacing chasing shad last evening in Blackburns Creek but most fish were near the bank in the buckbrush and being caught on spinner baits and jerk baits. Some fish are way back in the creeks in the warmer water. The female crappie are still pre-spawn feeding on brush and the males have moved up into the shallow water in the creeks. I am catching all females  (big ones too) and they are full of eggs with blood lines and just waiting for some heat to go to the beds. I am releasing dozens of them under our dock after pictures. I bet they will move to crappie rock brush after they spawn.  Remember when you fish the banks that all of the males will be guarding the nests after the spawn and if you catch them off, the bluegill eat the eggs faster than you can kiss a duck. Turn some back. It has been a long winter but not very cold but has been slow warming up. It snowed once and did not cover the ground. I like that. Winter fishing has been very good this year and I have caught some very large fish. I would really like it if the striper fishermen would quit killing all of these small fish. People now think a 15-lb. striper is big where just a few years ago a 30-lb one was big. People taking pictures of dock floors full of dead small stripers are not impressing anybody. I have released all stripers and hybrids for over two years and do not fish for them where they are too deep to survive. Venting does not work. They can go down for a while but die anyway. They need to lower the limit to a combination of two stripers and hybrids from three and stop culling. They do not dress out very well anyway after the red meat is cut out. It is rainy and cold now but I will go out and let you know what is happening. It is very busy here and I have a lot of work to do.  All of the cabins are open now except one and they are working on it. Come on down and practice social distancing. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. There is $1.64 gas just up the road near the Dollar General. The girls are disinfecting all cabins after each use and Baxter County still has not had any positive cases that I am aware of. I cannot think of a better place to be than Blackburns Resort. You can save at least $25/day to stay at the best place. Now than Cardinal baseball is not on I am forced to fish more. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 564.37 and has risen 2-1/2 ft. in the last 24-hours. It has risen 9-1/2 feet from the winter low of 554.85 a couple of weeks ago. I sure wish that they would have pulled it down to 548 like thay should have.  They are running one generator for a few hours and nothing for several hours. This last rise caught me by surprise as we only received about 1/2 inch of rain here on Thursday night but I woke up to a big surprise of almost a 4-ft. rise.   They must have received some high local amounts in the watershead somwhere though. The Mountain Home area has missed most of the heavy rains this winter with most of them going north into Missouri. The local rains do not affect the lake much unless the creeks run. The ground is saturated now and almost all water runs off. I have been busy moving the dock and have not had any time to go fishing since Thursday. The crappie and bass were biting well then. Blackburns has several cabins full now with people social distancing here. I know of no cases reported in Baxter County yet. The top of the flood pool is 580 and we are 15-1/2 ft. from that. You can stay here in your own private cabin which is sanitized after each guest and go on the lake and fish and not get close to anybody. We have 300 Megs of internet and reaches all cabins and no cabins are duplexes close to your neighbors. You first boat stall is free. I will get you a fishing report as soon as I can. Blackburns has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals on the lake. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. You can launch your boat here, park the trailer in the lot and go fish in a matter of minutes and have low boat traffic. No need to go any place else. Everythig is fine here.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

There they go.Image title

He just holds up a few at a time to not hurt themImage title

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Tom Releasing Bass under dock.Image titleImage title

The lake level is 559.28 and rising with one generator running part of the time. It has risen 4-1/2 feet in the last several days and still rising with the creeks running. The main lake is stained green but not too bad. I had a 58 degrees water surface temperature when I went out yesterday. The crappie were biting so I caught about a dozen and put them under the dock. Some of these are very nice fish and appear to be staying there. They will move to the bank soon, spawn and go on Blackburns Brush piles. That is the plan anyway.  Tom Kelley also caught some very large ones and released them with some good bass under the dock. Tom is a very good fisherman, sportsman and conservationalist. Remember folks that the possession limit on all fish is twice the daily limit. For stripers that is six and that is in conjunction with hybrids. The law has been known to watch the internet and check people's freezers who are trying to fill them up so please do not kill too many fish. This is spawning season and it really hurts the fish except for the stripers and hybrids which are semi-put and take. Nobody is impressed with how many you kill. You can practice social distancing here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental with all individual cabins with no duplexes and you do not have to get close to anybody. There still has not been a case reported here in Baxter County as of this morning. Debbie, Casey and Nancy sanitize all cabins after every visit and you can go out on the lake almost by yourself. You can get pizza and sandwiches delivered here and pay on line and not get close to the delivery man. You can even buy your fishing license on line and down load it on your phone. The Dollar store is just two miles down the road and the first hour they are open is reserved for seniors. They and Walmart are stocking the shelves every day which is only three miles away. We have 300 Meg internet if you feel the need to work out of your cabin and have two computers in the game room for your use. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. Your first boat stall is free. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service yesterday and several bass also. The jerk bait is working now. Image title

The lake level is 557.98 and has risen about a foot in the last 24-hours. They closed the spillway gates and cut back to one generator just a few hours a day and switched all of the generation and spillway gates to protect Branson and keep that lake at power pool. Just when you give them a compliment thay never cease to disappoint and prove their incompetence. They have had all winter to drop the lake and now the spring rains are here. This is a surprise only to them. I guess we are back to hold and hope.  What a motto. The lake is at a good level but more rain is scheduled for the next several days. So far it has been a typical March. The lake surface temperature is 52 degrees but should rise with the warmer temperature forecasted starting now but the lows are still in the 30's later this week. The walleye and white bass are spawning and are close to the bank in about 20-feet of water and are hitting jerk baits. Trollers are catching bass and small stripers (in the 6-12 lb. range). The pre-spawn bass are big and I wish people would not kill them. Pictures of  dock floors full of small dead stripers and bass are not impressive. Bass are not stocked and are the go to fish on the lake when others do not bite. I caught some very large crappie and a few nice bass yesterday and released them all under Blackburns Dock. This looks like a good spring for fishing and Blackburns has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals on the lake.  Your first boat stall is free. We have been open all winter and we are ready for you. This is a perfect place for social distancing and Baxter County has had no cases yet. Come on down.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 555.63 and has risen over nine inches in the last 24-hours and is still rising despite both generators running and 5-spillway gates open 1-foot. If they had shut everything down like they usually do during a rain we would have been right back where we were. Good thing.  We received 1-inch Thursday, 0.8 inch Friday and 0.8 inch Saturday. None today but more is coming next week with good chances almost all days. The creeks run fairly hard but were not raging. The very backs of the creeks are brown again. This is a typical March with some warm weather and cold fronts with wind moving through a couple of times a week. 70's one day and a windy 40 the next. Every cold front slows fishing way down and it gets better and better until the next one comes through. With the water rising the lake surface temperature has dropped to the low 50's. Grass is growing, flowers blooming, dogwoods blooming despite the lows getting in the 30's at night and highs in the low 40's. April gets a lot more stable with better fishing. I caught a few fish yesterday but no picture fish. Bass, crappie and a couple of bluegill. Reservations are really starting to come in with people taking advantage of Blackburns best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and the first boat stall being free. Some are even mentioning social distancing and no crowds and are cancelling their reservations to Disney World and theme parks with lots of people. All of our cabins are individual with no duplexes and you do not have to be close to anybody. It does not hurt young people to get outdoors for a change. Blackburns has 26-acres to roam and a nice dock to fish, play and swim. Biggest pool in the area open before Memorial day. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Mike Eakle with the fish of the day. It was also released. One nice crappie but not very many.Image title

The lake level is 554.85 and has dropped 4-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running and five spillway gates open one foot. It is equal to about three generators. There is no reason to stop this as the White River at Newport is only 19-feet so far. With the storm on Thursday we went from 82 degrees ambient in the afternoon to 50 yesterday afternoon and a little cooler than that today. We received about one inch of a mixture of rain and hail in the rain gauge thursday and another 0.8 inches as of this morning of just rain. It is raining now with more to come. At least they did not quit generating like they usually do when the spring rains begin. I just hope they do not just take it down to 553.75, which is the power pool, where the Corps of Engineers cede the power to the electric company. They need to keep going down to 548 to make room for the spring rains. The lake is in excellent condition now for fishing and boating. The cold front slowed fishing yesterday but some good ones were still caught but not very many. All worked hard for what they caught. The numbers were way down. It was cloudy and misting rain most of the afternoon but not bad enough to bring people in. The water surface temperature dropped to 52 on the main lake and 53+ back in the creeks. The ice cubes had something to do with it. It is the third time I have seen hail here in 25-years and was the largest and lasted the longest. It did not seem to hurt anything here though. I heard it did in Missouri. This will put back the threadfin shad spawn some and the top-water bite with the cool weather seceduled until next week. Nobody that I know of are catching stripers at night yet but it will happen. There just are not that many big stripers. If people keep killing 6-12 lb. ones there will not be any left at all. The hybrid population seems to be about normal though but not that many are stocked. The stripers and hybrids do not reproduce in our lakes and are what we call semi-put and take.  Most of us here at Blackburns are releasing all hybrids and stripers on site but there is no rule to make us do so.  I would like the limit to be reduced to two per day and four possession limit imposed until the numbers come back. They are fun to catch. It looks to be a sit out on the porch and rig poles and arrange the tackle box kind of day but I will be out there if the rain slows.  I do not have far to go and can duck back in the dock quickly.  These cold fronts turn fishing off as much as anything I know of but this too shall pass. I am happy just to be able to be out there. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught and released yesterday in about 2-hours.Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 555.58 and has dropped about 5-inches in the last 24-hours.  They are still running borh generators continuously and have 5 spillway gates open 1-foot . The total is about the equivalent of three generators. This is really good news and the lake is in excellent condition for both fishing and boating.  The other news is that the lake surface temperature is rising rapidly. I had over 57 degrees in the back of Hensley's creek yesterday in the shallow water of about 18-feet. More good news. The fish are biting. I went out for about two hours yesterday and caught all of the fish I wanted. White Crappie, Black Crappie, Black Nosed Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Kentucky Bass and bluegill were all caught. I do not fish for red meat fish much but caught about a 5-lb. Hybrid accidently. It was released on sight and the others were brought to the dock for pictures and released. I have released a lot of fish under Blackburns Dock lately. Big ones too. I do not like to kill fish in the spring. Tom Kelly's trophy pond is completely stocked now and they are catching good fish out of it.  That is what I wanted. Most of the rain has missed us so far as has been the case for over a month. We are in good condition now but it would be great if this continues. You can come to Blackburns and experience social distancing and have a fun vacation no matter what is happening in the cities. We have 300 meg internet so you can work from here too.  All of this for the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals. Your first boat stall is free and we have no duplexes and all cabins have covered porches. You will see how important this is when you stay someplace without them. If you must pay too much, just stay at Blackburns and give the difference to disabled Veterans. Debbie, Casey and Nancy are working hard to get all of the cabins ready for you and they really look nice. You will like what you see when you get here and we will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught yesterday.  More too. Image title

The lake level is 556 with both generators still running continuously and five spillway gates open one foot. This is almost like three generators. It dropped 5-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. It rained a little early this morning but not much. Rain is predicted for the next 2-3 days. I had a 53+ degree water temperature in Blackburns creek when I went out yesterday and just under that on the main lake. It was crappie fishing day with bass fishing tomorrow. I like both the same. The lake level is perfect for fishing and boating now and the water is still stained but clearing. it is clearest near the shore. Blackburns brush piles are at a very good depth now too. The 1/2 ounce Bink's Many Shad is now my favorite lure. Fish after fish were caught on it on brush at 30-ft. I can only hold up six without hurting them and putting fingers in the gills. The ones in the picture  and several more were released under Blackburns dock. They all swam right into the school but I am not sure if they will stay there. They are down there somewhere. Lots of fish are under the dock but the small bluegill have not moved in yet.  When this happens the catfish will start biting and the bass will make a nest. I do not bed fish. It is getting near spawn time and this is the best time to release. A few of the fish were white crappie and very large. Other people caught some nice bass so I know right where to go today to get pre-soawn bass. They are on the same places every year. It is good to have fishing pick up again. Early March is a challenge so you have to go out everyday and work for them.. That is fun too. I like to catch fish when nobody else does but most people are catching some now.  Trollers are catching some fish but are burning a lot of gas. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

New news. They have opened up five spillway gates one foot now to supplement the discharge on Norfork. This is good news. I hope they keep it up. Get it first here. Looks to be a good year. Come on down. No need to get on a cruise ship, airplane or be in a crowd. Your children can have fun here for much less$. We have 300 meg internet, beautiful country, big clean lake and good fishing and water sports. Biggest pool around with slide and the best prices.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught on the Bink's Spoon.Image title

The lake level is 556.93 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with borh generators running continuously. They have dropped the White River at Newport to 20+ feet and we have until April 14 to get it down before the stupid 14-ft. rule takes effect. If they keep going they could drop it to 548 by then depending on the rainfall. That is what they need to do to insure we have the capacity to hold spring rains and keep the level good.The 14 and 12 ft. White River rules at Newport need to be reviewed and changed. They should be raised to 18 feet. We are at an excellent level right now for all lake activities. Fishing is getting a little bit better with trollers picking up a few more red meat fish but they are small and need to be released no matter what the rules are. If not the size will continue to go down for the stripers. A big one used to be 30-lbs but now the newcomers think a big one is 15-lbs. Pictures of dock floors full of dead ones are not impressive. It just shows people are willing to sacrafice future for meat.  Hybrid fish are about normal and the white bass are coming back but most are small. I am sure glad they did not quit stocking the hybrids. I am releasing all stripers and hybrids no matter their size. Some shad are still shallow and near the bank. Bass are under them and some good ones too. Others are in 50-70 feet suspended with some on the bottom. It is almost time for the night bite for stripers with the stick bait. It is very important to make sure the bait runs true before it gets dark. If it pulls off to the side you will catch nothing. This spawn sinulation starts sometime after the 15th of March and continues until the full moon in April which is the 7th. After that when the threadfin shad spawn, which is a water temperature of about 58 degrees, the top water bite will be in full swing for both bass and temperate bass (red meat fish). You have to work hard for good fish now but some are being caught. Lake surface temperature is just about 50 in the main lake.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Mike Eakle with some good ones. He had to work hard for them though.Image title

The lake level is 557.77 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. The surface temperature was just about 50 when I went out yesterday but I found 53 in the very backs of some major creeks. The threadfin shad start spawning at about 58 degrees and that is when the top water bite will begin in earnest. Shad spawn on the surface.  There are a lot of shad shallow now for some reason and have some fish feeding on them but mostly open water fish are scattered and deeper. It is hard to find a big school of them and then stay on them   The lake is clearing and is clearest near the bank. Big Creek was still a little brown but a good color for fishing. The brown is gone in Blackburns area but is still so in the Red Bank area. I tried open water fishing with little success and then went bass and crappie fishing. Float creek is a good place to start. Look for brush in 35-feet of water and be prepared to work hard for them. Fish have moved in under my dock but we mostly save them for children learning to fish. I feed them every day and have new brush there. The weather has been good but got a little windy yesterday afternoon. I cannot predict when things will happen (nobody can) but i will be out there when it does and you will be the first to know. Mike Eakle caught some good ones on the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon and I am still using the 2-inch grub for both bass and crappie. The first two weeks of March is always tough but if trollers find an active school of fish the action can be fast for a few minutes and then nothing for hours. You only hear about the time they find fish and not when nothing is caught for days. There are a lot of big crappie and bass in this lake. Blackburns still has the best prices on both cabins and rental boats and you first boat stall is free. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 558.18 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. The surface water temperature is 50-degrees in the afternoon and the lake is clearing. Fishing is getting better and crappie are starting to bite on brush piles. Tom Kelly and Mike Eakle caught some good ones on our new brush. I am still bass fishing and am looking for shad blown up into main lake cuts and shallow. The bass are on the bottom right below them. Good ones too. The white bass are biting in open water but they are small and there are a lot of them. The weather is good. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much here at Blackburns. Compare before you buy. It is nice here and the price is right. Very nice. We are working on improvements every day. Debbie, Casey and Nancy are working very hard.  Scuba Steve not so much. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 558.24 and is going up just a little.  Both generators are still running. We got no rain here but they did just north of us in the Norfork basin. The surface temperature was 49.5 and the ambient was 74 when I went out yesterday with light wind. I tried for crappie on a slip float with no luck and then switched to the grub and minnow. Nothing for a few minutes and then the wind came up and the skies darkened and the bass started biting about 4:PM. Big ones too. They were on the bottom in about 14-15 ft. of water in main lake cuts. I caught two about 4-5 lbs. and some smaller ones. I fished two like places facing north just off the main lake with the same results. It just goes to show you to fish until it rains you out with the low pressure moving in. The fish were very fat and healthy as are all of the ones that I am catching. All were released but two were put in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. Blackburns is doing a lot of improvements and getting ready for spring. You will like what you see when you get here. We still do not charge for your first boat stall and you can save a minimum of $25/day on cabins with no lowering of quality. Why pay more? No duplexes, all cabins are individual and all  have covered porches. We are a bird sanctuary and have lots of them. Deer come to our feeders daily. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. We opened up four more cabins yesterday and now have 10 open. That is not a lot but the rest will be opened as soon as I am sure winter is over.  Right now it looks like it and the fishing is getting better. I have been here long enough to not to try to predict the future. Bink caught some good open water fish yesterday. He is catching them everyday on his many shad spoon.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 558.44 and has dropped three inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. At this rate we will be at 548 in 42 days if they do not stop generating and it does not rain. That would be the middle of April which is planting season. It is also top water fishing on the lake which is the easiest time to catch fish on Norfork. Just get a Zara spook or spitin Image and learn how to drive them and get out early. The fish will be shallow and it is a good time to release them to grow. Especially stripers The surface water temperature was 49 when I went out yesterday and it was a beautiful day. I found some water over 50  when I came in. The water is clearing and you could see your lure down about 4-feet and it was stained green. We went open water fishing and looked in three places before we got them to bite about 4:Pm. Bait fish and game fish were everywhere in 55-70 feet of water but would not bite very well. The third place they were biting.  We ended up catching about 35 fish, releasing all of the hybrids and stripers but keeping a few white bass. It is good to see their numbers coming back but they are not very big. I was using a 1/2 ounce white Bink's spoon with a red throat and caught a few fish. Switched to the 1/2 ounce Many shad and now it is my favorite lure. Caught fish after fish until 5:Pm. No picture fish though.  Others caught some nice crappie but had to work for them.Slow, slow and slow until they bite for about 5-minutes and quit again. They were full of eggs and some even had blood lines and all were female. No males. The walleye have me ghosted. Some bass are on the bank but not many and most are small. They bite best early morning. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 559.25 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. We received about 0.6 inches of rain last week. The water is still brown in the Red Bank area but is clearing out near Blackburns in both the creek and main lake. It is kind of a greenish color. You can see your lure down about 2-feet.  The surface temperature is 48 and has been for several weeks. Fishing is not the best but trollers are catching a few fish in open water but it is taking them a lot of time to get them. They go out and catch some and then you do not hear from them for several days because they are not catching any. Bink is on other open water fish with his spoon but is still disappointed in the size. You have to catch a lot of fish to get a big one. He is catching a lot of fish though. I am bass and crappie fishing. Crappie are on brush at 25-feet but are very hard to catch. They do not bite for hours and then bite fast for about 5-minutes. I caught some good ones yesterday but had to work for them. The bass that I am catching are on the bank but are mostly small. They are in the buckbrush. March can be tough fishing with all of the cold fronts moving through. Wait for the low pressure and fish until it rains you out and then after the high pressure moves in wait a day or two and they will start biting again. The first day of sunshine has been slow. We need the lake to drop to the high 540's before the spring rains come. They better keep generating or they will be opening gates whether they want to or not. The water level does not affect fishing much except when it comes too fast.  Blackburns still has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your first boat stall is free. All cabins have covered porches and none are duplexes. Why pay more? I will show you where the brush piles are when you get here.  We have some good ones. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 559.58 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. The surface water temperature is 47 and the brown water is going away and changing to green. You can see your lure down about two feet. There were fishing tournaments out of most of the area major marinas yesterday and boats were everywhere. The bass were biting better early and late with slow fishing in the middle of the day. Many short fish were caught. The people that were staying here at Blackburns caught some fish but not a lot. I talked to fishermen on the lake and they had the same report. I was the only one that I saw fishing brush and most were working the bank. I caught 3-nice bass and two crappie and that was all. No picture fish. The crappie were 11-12 inches. It was slow for me but the weather was nice. Just a bit windy but not bad. Bink reports catching a mixed bag of white bass and hybrids in open water 60-70 feet of water suspended. We were both spooning but he did better than me. His fish had moved again but he found them. I did not find very many but was happy to be out. Open water fishing is the best if you can find them and stay on them. Not many big fish but a lot of bait with nothing chasing them. Striper simulating a spawn next at night and top water after that. Early March not always the best fishing. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 560.68 and has dropped less than 1-inch in the last 24-hours with generation continuous but sometimes dropping to one generator. I caught more white bass and small stripers in 70-ft. of water 40-50 ft. down with the 1/2 ounce spoon but decided to try crappie and basss fishing again. It was in the 40's with light rain and then the sun came out. I caught some pretty good crappie on the grub and minnow on a new brush pile in 25ft. of water 12-feet down. Fishing is picking up a bit but some people that have been here since last friday caught their first fish today and that is not very good. They wanted stripers but had to settle for some crappie. They said they could catch crappie anywhere but it took them a while to find these.  The white bass are small but some pretty good bass are near the bank. It is hard to find a keeper striper but that should pick up soon.  Surface temperature is 46+ and the lake is trying to clear but is slow doing so.  Normal ambient high is 52 and it is struggling to get there. It is ok as long as the wind is low. it is nice to just be out there.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 560.77 and has dropped just a bit since yesterday. At least they started generating again after two days of nothing and letting the lake rise as high as they can. Saturday I went crappie fishing and caught nothing so switched to the grub and went for bass. I caught three with one being a good one near the bank shallow near deep water.  Yesterday I went fishing with Bink's Guide service. We went open water fishing and looked for fish in different areas before we found them. They had moved back to where they were for two months before they left. They were in in 70 feet of water any where from on the bottom to 30-feet down.  When we found them in 30-feet they bit but the ones on the bottom would not. 50 ft. and up they were feeding and below that not.  The shallower the better. We found huge schools of bait fish with temperate bass with them. We kept a few medium sized white bass for a neighbor that just got out of the hospital and released the rest. I was still disappointed in the size of the stripers but happy to see the white bass population on the increase. The white 1/2 ounce spoon with red throat was the best. We went into big creek and the water was brown, which is usually a good color for fishing but caught nothing. Found lots of bait fish with nothing on them.  Tried good brush piles and still nothing.  I am catching very few fish on brush. Open water fishing is the best and bass fishing on the bank is second. Not much else. I called people wanting to come fish to stay home for a while until things pick up. One came anyway and is experiencing tough fishing. He usually always catches fish. This is not unusual for late February and early March but I almost always catch big crappie at this time but not now. It should get better by the full moon in March which is the 9th for the night bite for spawning stripers and walleye fishing usually picks up by then too. The old days when there was a walleye run up the river in late February to spawn has been greatly diminished for some reason. The white bass that we caught had no or very little eggs but were very healthy. The surface temperature was 47 and the water color was stained green south of the bridges to the dam but brown in the major creeks. I caught bass in brown water but nothing else. Dodge the cold fronts and the first day after high pressure moves in. The weather was very nice with light winds that picked up a little about 3:Pm and a high of 57.  Good for spooning.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 559.69 and has raised about one foot in the last 24-hours with little generation. It looks to go over 560 again and winter is passing. I guess they will continue to hold and hope and then open spillway gates and waste free water. Hold until the crops are planted and up and then flood them out when they are left with no choice. It is not what you do when you are in this situation but how you got here. Do not get here. This is to be the coldest night of the year and then warm way up later this weekend. Surface water temperature is holding in there at 47+ degrees and the main lake is clearing with the creeks muddy. The temperate bass have been in the same places for about two months and continued the pattern of feeding shallower early and then moving to deeper water on the flats in 50-70 feet of water, but have recently moved. I will have to find them again. There are reports of them being in Bennetts but I do not fish that area much. The brush piles are getting too deep again but we anticipated this and put some new ones shallower. Some bass are shallow on the bank early and late. Fishing is not the best but trollers are finding some fish after many miles of dragging live bait and umbrellas. It is a good thing that we have hybrids as big stripers are getting more and more scarce. If people keep killing them this trend will continue.   I do not do troll but prefer spooning. I will take a day off and then look for them in float creek on secondary points just outside brush in the clear water when it warms a little. Ambient temperatures tend to vary widely this time of year but we get several good fishing days. Just fish around cold fronts.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 558.70 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. We received about 1-1/2 inches of rain in the lst 24-hours and the creeks are running pretty hard and the lake will rise more causing the lake to muddy up in the back. The main lake is finally clearing with the big rain several weeks ago. The surface temperature is 48 and is dropping very slowly. The ambient high is normally 50 now and I do not expect the water temperature to drop much more expecially with the highs to get into the 60's this weekend. Open water fishing is best right now on the spoon but you have to spend more time looking than fishing. I am not catching much on brush piles. Fishing overall is fair to poor but some fish are being caught. Better than staying on the sofa. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 558.71 and has dropped just a bit in the last 24-hours with more generation. The winter is slipping away from you boys. If you cannot manage it in the winter you have no chance in the spring. We need to be at 548 now. We have more rain on the way. It was near 50 degrees and sunny with no wind when I went out yesterday. I first tried open water fishing and found fish in 60-70 ft. of water suspended at varius depths. A couple of stripers in the 8-9 lb. range were caught on the spoon but no picture fish. I then went to a couple of brush piles and it was worse. Just small bass. The surface water temperature was 49 and the brown water seems to be clearing a bit. I am not suggesting people take a long trip to get here fishing now.  The open water fish are hit and miss and bass fishing is slow and crappie fishing is just fair. The moon is big and is not helping anything.  You have to look hard to find feeding fish and people are fishing for a couple of days before they find any. It will be just a few days before they start and I will let you know. It is not good to fish all day and catch 2 or 3 fish but that will get better. It alway does this at this time of year. The lake is still in good condition but we do not need it to rise any more. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 557.48 and has risen 5-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours.  They have shut the one spillway gate but still have both generators running. We have received over 2-1/2 inches of rain in the last two days and it is raining right down now. The creeks were running heavily yesterday morning and are still running but not as fast.  I did not go fishing yesterday but several of us went out Monday and caught some nice fish. The surface temperature is still in the high 40's.  We were mostly fishing the Float creek area but Bink reports people catching red meat fish in Bennetts. I do not fish that area much because the crappie are smaller there than here but it is a good place especially in the spring. The visibility is often not the best there for diving until fall.  I do not go farther than I have to but often do not have to go more than 1/2 mile. The open water fish are shallower early, feed and then go to about 60-feet of water 50-feet down. It is to be cool for the next couple of days and then warm up a bit. I will let you know what is happening. I have a lot of good eyes out there. We are getting a lot of reservations now so give Debbie a call to reserve the cabin and boat of your choice and prevent disappointment. We will not charge you too much and your first regular sized boat stall is free. Our new brush piles are holding a lot of fish.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 557.05 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously and one spillway gate open 2-feet. The water surface temperature came up to over 49 yesterday evening in the sunshine and more back shallow in the creeks. The brown water is not clearing very well but you just have to go south of the 62 bridge to get out of it. I tried fishing in it to see if i could catch anything and  could not. Went to the stained green water and caught fish. Others caught bass, walleye and crappie on the spoon and an other caught bass dragging a football jig in 25-ft.of water. Some temperate bass were caught in open water in 60-ft 50-ft. down on the spoon. It was very warm with ambient temperatures in the 70's with light wind. I have been out there every day and the weather has been great. Several fishermen left but we still have a couple left. Everyone had a good time or said they did. Blackburns has all of their brushpiles put in now and they are holding fish. We will show you where when you get here.  It looks to be a good year for boating and fishing. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and are making a lot of improvements. People like our 300MG internet and first boat stall free. You will too. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 557.40 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously and one spillway gate open 2-feet. The lake is at a good level but needs to be at 548 going into the spring rains. It looks like the water in this area is clearing a bit but it could have just been the bright sunshine. Fishing slowed with the new high pressure as it always does but will get better through the next low pressure until the next cold front or high pressure. It looks like a cold front will be here later next week. People caught some good fish though but not nearly as many. Tom Kelly, Mike Eakle, James Soltysiac, John Bornhop and myselt put in brush piles yesterday for our other customers and we have some good ones. We fished before and after. It was a beautiful day and is better today. We were mostly spoon fishing brush. Wish you could have been here. February is now here and Debbie is getting a lot of phone calls for reservations. Give her a call to get the cabin and boat of your choice. It looks to be a good year for fishing and boating and we will not charge you too much and your first regular sized boat stall is free. A lot of improvements have been added so far. Come on down and check us out. There are a lot of big crappie in this lake. 

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The lake level is 557.75 and has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously and one spillway gate open 1-foot. They closed one yesterday. The surface temperature is 48 degrees and the fishing conditions are good south of the 62 bridge. There is still brown water to there and it is not settling out very fast. Some fish are biting in it though. Mostly crappie. I went open water fishing with Bink yesterday and we caught some very nice fish. All temperate bass and some nice ones too. All fish were released on site. The fish were in 40-ft. of water early feeding and then moved to 60 and the bite slowed but we still caught some. It was cloudy all day and the sun never came out but the wind was calm. It was a very nice day with a lot of fun and then I went out to put brush piles in for our customers. We have some very good ones and they are producing fish. Open water fish are the best bite now but crappie are close behind on brush. One nice walleye was brought in. Every one was using a Bink's spoon. We have several good fishermen in now and they are all catching fish. We are open all year and have the best prices. Some will be watching some kind of game and I will be fishing. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 558.38 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators still running continuously and two spillway gates open 1-ft. The surface temperature is 48 degrees and we received about 1-inch of rain in the last couple of days. It has been cloudy, cool and rainy. Tomorrow is to be in the 50's and then warm up from there. I spooned brush over by Robinson Island and caught a few crappie, bass and bluegill. I checked the flats in front of Mallard and found some open water fish. They were bass, hybrids and white bass. All were small except the largemouth and they were on scattered shad anywhere from 50-70 feet of water 50-feet down. I was using the 1/2 ounce Bink's spoon white with red throat in color. The only thing good about the weather was the wind was down and you could stay on the brush and shad easily. Blackburns is open all year and have several good fishermen coming in today.  We will see what happens. I guess the high generation is keeping the brown water from settling but it is easy to find clearer water. None of it is clear. The most I can see my lure down is 3-feet but I have not gone south of Robinson except fishing with Bink. He is on the open water fish. I have been doing the fishing report since 1997 when my friend Gary Sperry died and was asked to take it over. Now several newcomers are writing one and I guess emulation is the sincerest form of flattery. My motive is to keep existing customers abreast of what is happening here at Blackburns Resort and let them know the lake and fishing conditions. I am either out there fishing or diving almost every day, pretty much know where the fish are and put in lots of brush to enhance the fishing for our customers. The more you fish Norfork the better you will get at it.  It is not easy but you have accomplished something when you learn how and then you will catch fish almost every time. There are a lot of fish in this lake. Do not throw everything in the tackle box at them but just use what works. It is not very many things.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 558.68 and has dropped a little over three inches in the last 24-hours with both generators still running and two spillway gates at one foot. It is down two and one half feet since it's last high a couple of weeks ago. The surface water temperature ranges from 48 to 49 depending on whether you are in the sun or not. Not much sun yesterday with a cold damp day with light rain. It is a cloudy day today also. We have been fortunate that all of the weather has kept north of us this winter and there is no frost in the ground . It is to get very warm later this weekend. The lake is very slow to clear up after the big runoff last month. I would have though it would have dropped out by now. You have to go to about Robinson Point to find clear water and it is not nearly as clear as normal, what ever that is. Fishing goes from fair to poor for brush fishing but is much better for open water fishing after you find them. They are still at about 50-feet no matter the depth of the water. The size is not the best though but good numbers. Release the fish and let them get bigger. They grow very fast. The 1/2 ounce white spoon is the best. Crappie and bass fishing is fair but some big ones are coming in. Call and get your reservations in to get the cabin and boat of your choice. It looks to be a good year for fishing and boating. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. 

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The lake level is 558.95 and has dropped 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously and two spillway gates open 1-ft. The surface temperature was 49 degrees when i went out yesterday.  It was a beautiful warm day with sunshine and light wind after the heavy fog burned off. I caught bass and crappie on the spoon in brush at 25-30 ft. deep and it was nice to be out there. It has cooled off a bit today with a chance of rain tonight and tomorrow but nice again this weekend. Fishing is pretty good for open water fish if you know where they are. Bink knows. I wish the size was bigger. Crappie are the best followed by bass for brush fish. I am not catching many pounding the bank. The water is still brown to the bridges and is not clearing very quickly but just stained a little green south of that. I am fishing the Robinson Point and Float Creek area on points and banks with access to deep water. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and are open all year. Your first boat stall is free. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 559.45 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running and two spillway gates open 1-ft. Keep it going boys. I went fishing with Bink's Guide Service today and we really caught a lot of open water fish. He knows where they are. We fished neck and neck most of the day but he pulled away at the last minute. He caught 26 and I caught 24. We released all of them on site. We are trying to get the sizes of the temperate bass back up where they were a few years ago. People need to quit killing all of these small stripers and hybrids no matter what the regulations are. A 7-10 lb. striper is not big and pictures of dock floors full of dead ones are not impressive. It was a beautiful January day on Norfork Lake with highs near 60 and sunny with light wind. Wish you were here. It looks to be a good year for fishing. What a fun day. Look for fish in the 40-50 ft. range no matter the depth of water. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 559.95 and has dropped over an inch in the last 24-hours despite us getting about 1-inch of rain the last two days. The new news is that they are running both generators continuously and have supplemented the discharge by opening two spillway gates one foot. This is a step in the right direction. Just do not quit at 553.75 but take it down to below 550 and we will be fine. The increased discharge is not allowing the lake to clear much but the brown water on the main lake has settled a bit but the creeks are stained. The water coming down from Missouri from the river and Bennetts is brown but everything is ok by the time you get to the bridges. The float creek area is an excellent place to start and the main lake points south of there. It was cool when I went out yesterday but the wind had completely died down. I spooned brush for bass and crappie but had limited success. I caught a few but no picture fish. The surface temperature is still about 48 and the lake in general is in good condition. The moon is getting smaller and on cloudy days when it gets dark it gets dark. And when the sun goes down it gets cold. Dress accordingly. We are busy making improvements here at Blackburns and getting the rental boats ready for spring. You will like what you see when you get here. Call to get the cabin and boat of your choice reserved.  We are open all year. We need to keep our high quality employees and do not lay them off. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 560.19 and has dropped 2+ inches in the last 24-hours with heavy generation. They are also running other lakes hard and suplementing with spillway gates. Hold and hope and let out water not going through the generators and wasting it is the plan. Not much of a plan. Why do they not just draw down the lakes after harvest and get revenue with the water? Nothing is hurt by keeping the level of the White River at Newport at 21-feet and lowering the lake levels to have a surge for the spring rains. It worked before. The whole water management plan needs to be reviewed and be revised for the 21st. century. The old one does not work so fix it. The rain is not the problem. The plan is. It was cool with light wind when I went out yesterday and the surface temperature was 48.5 with partly cloudy skies. The creeks are clearing faster than the main lake in this area which is still brown to just short of the 101 bridge. I know where some open water fish are but decided to try and fish the brown water for bass and crappie. It did not work out very well. I tried both the spoon and slip float and minnow over some good brush with little success. I wanted to give it a good try before quitting. Today I will move just a little downstream and work main lake point brush in the clear water. We will see. I would not advise taking a long trip here just to fish at this time. It should get better soon. It always does and there are a lot of fish in this Lake. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 560.39 and has actually dropped a very little with pretty heavy generation. The surface temperature has dropped below 50 and is now in the high 40's with the cooler weather. It is to be slow warming up but should get back into the 50's by late this weekend or early next week. The creeks are clearing after the runoff from the rain but the main lake is still brown down to just before the 101 bridge. The open water fish that I am finding are not in the creeks but on the main lake flats in 60-80 feet of water. Some are in the creeks but that is determined by the prevailing winds as it always is. Many schools of shad are not holding any fish. Crappie and bass fishing has slowed a bit but some are still biting on brush.One thing about open water fishing now is that the fish and the bait are not moving very much and you can stay on them. It is much easier than when they are roaming which can be very difficult to do so. Use a 1/2 ounce spoon and work from the bottom up the water column until you find the level in which they are feeding. If they are not look for some more and move back there later. I wish it was warmer but as long as the wind is not blowing it is not bad. I am still somewhat surprised that fish are biting in the brown water but they are. All of the water south of 101 is pretty clear and a good color for fishing.  Blackburns is open all year.

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The lake level is 560.40 and has risen over 3-inches in the last 24-hours. The brown water seems to have stopped before the 101 bridge and is pretty clear south of that. The creeks are settling out nicely but it will take a bit on the main lake north. The brush pile fishing has slowed but the open water fishing has improved but you have to know where to go. It takes more looking than fishing to find feeding fish. They are feeding best at 50-feet no matter how deep the water is. 60-80 feet is best on main lake flats. All kinds of fish are on shad in open water but it is hard to get them to bite. Just keep finding fish and move and then come back to check them.  They are not moving very far.  Some nice crappie are still being caught but not as many as before. This always happens this time of year.  The surface temperature is still just below or right at 50. We put in a couple of nice trees in yesterday in back of the other too deep ones and moved the dock again. It is to be cool for the next couple of days and then get back up to 50 later next week. You cannot walk on our water or drill holes in it. Just dress warm and you will be fine. Better than staying on the sofa.

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The lake level is 559.91 and is still rising after the rain a week ago with very little generation. It came up about 2-inches in the last 24-hours. The one big change that I saw when i went out yesterday was somewhat of a surprise. A wide band of brown water has made it down from the border and is in the main lake channel. It has made it to the bridges and is heading south. Hopefully it will settle out over time. It took it a long time because of the small amount of generation and little current. I have been here 25-years and do not remember seeing the water level approaching 560 in the middle of January. They have had ample time to drop it. If we get a big rain and the level rises five feet and the level is at 548 it becomes 553 which is perfect.  If they keep it at 553.75 which is power pool and this happens it approaches 559 which is one big rain away from trouble.  Someone with a brain needs to reassess the rules about lake management. What they are doing does not work. Everything needs to evolve. We got our brush permits Tuesday and are busy putting in trees for fish cover for Blackburns Resort customers.  We already had some good ones but have added to them and a few new ones. They are holding fish already. Bass, crappie, and bluegill are the best bite now but more schools of white bass are showing up.  They are small but I am glad to see them. Spoons are the best lure for me but jigs are working for crappie too.  I am fishing the lightly stained water but fish are biting in the brown water too. The creeks are clearing from the runoff last week. What you have is creeks clearing but still light brown, main lake channel brown from Missouri to the bridges moving south with areas of clear water outside the channel and in the big creeks and clear water south of the bridges on the main lake. The 6-feet total rise has made the brush piles deeper so i am putting in some to be at 25-feet at this level. It is hard to tell what level to put them. I try for them to be at 25-ft. at 552 which is ideal. People are catching good fish everyday.

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The lake level is 559.73 and has risen 4-inches in the last 24-hours with little generation. They cannot manage it correctly in the winter let alone summer. They need to be replaced. This 12-feet rule at Newport needs to be reviewed and the level should be changed to 21-feet after harvest down stream and kept there until the lakes are well below power pool by April 1st before the spring rains. News alert: Hold and hope does not work. The brown water from the heavy runoff is clearing and the fish are biting again back in the creeks. The lake is clearer the farther down stream you go but that is not necessarily good for fishing. The surface temperature was 50+ when I went out yesterday morning with Bink. We waited until the fog had cleared and went for open water fish. We found many of them in 60-80 ft. of water near the bottom but fishing was slow. He did catch a crappie at 80-feet on the bottom and that was the first time either one of us had done that. We fished a couple of brush piles with little success and then went back where the open water fish were found earlier. We found large schools in 70-80 feet of water and they were scattered from from 30-feet to the bottom. The deep ones would not bite again but we started working our spoons up and down in the water column and started catching fish at 50-ft. It seems they moved from the bottom to 50-ft. to feed and the ones on the bottom would not bite. Once we found that out we caught a lot of fish.I switched from a 3/8 ounce spoon to a 1/2 ounce and that helped too. It was warm out with light wind and a perfect day for fishing.  Especially for the middle of january. I do not fish open water much but this was fun. We caught stripers, hybrids and white bass. The fish were not as large a we wanted but were glad to find schools of white bass which have been elusive since spring. Bink knows how to find open water fish and how to catch them. We caught and released dozens and kept just a few for his friend. I prefer walleye, crappie, kentucky bass and flathead catfish but this was a very fun day. My turn to take him brush pile fishing next. People fishing out of the resort are catching some nice ones every day.  Cold weather is on the way but we are more than 1/2 way through January and we have lots of nice days in February. I will be out there and give you a report. 

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The lake level is 558.71 and has risen 7-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with little generation and has risen 5-feet in the last 5-days. The creeks are brown from the heavy runoff most of the way out to the main lake. The main lake is stained a little green but still in good shape. I have had recent changes of thought about brown water.  I used to say fish past the brown water where it turns more clear. Now I have been seeing fish on brush in the brown water and catching them. I still prefer stained light green water though but you cannot argue with results. The surface water temperature is still 49 degrees and they are starting to generate a little but not much. They could be letting some water out to chase the slug that is going through the Gauge at Newport now and better do so. There is a good chance of rain this weekend. Bink found a bunch of White Bass a couple of days ago and I was glad.  They have been scarce since last spring. Crappie, bass and bluegill are still the best bite and spoons are the best bait. It is to warm up to near 70 again later this week. It does not matter much to me as I have an electric coat, gloves and socks and love to fish. We have not had any winter here yet and the iris and daffodils are up and the Bradford Pears have buds. I hope this works out. Good fishing for the next several days.

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The lake level is 555.33 and has risen 2-feet in the last 24-hours with no generation since last early evening. We did receive a total of almost 4-inches here at Blackburns for the last few days. We were able to get in a full day of fishing Friday with very cloudy skies and very light rain. The water surface temperature was just above 50 and the creeks had stained up again. I spooned brush near my dock for about an hour and caught a couple of bass and then moved to a north facing bank out of the wind with brush and found some feeding crappie and caught seven before dark. One was very large. It started to rain about 7:Pm here and thundered heavily most of the night. The creeks run very heavily and are still running. The lake will continue to rise quickly with no generation. They always quit when the rain starts. The cold front is here now and will not do the fishing any good but it is to warm back into the high 50's and 60's early next week. We will seee what happens. I am fishing brush in the 22-30 ft. range but that might change with the lake rise. It is at an excellent level for fishing now. You have to be out there almost everyday do keep on top of the conditions. I will let you know.

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The lake level is 553.63 and they are holding it up with very little generation. They have dropped the White river to 13-feet to protect crops down river. (must be winter wheat)  It should be 21-feet and all lakes should be dropping this time of year. Hold and hope is the motto and bad management is the game. We are to get some pretty good rain the next couple of days and we are getting dry. The full moon and high pressure has slowed fishing a bit but some nice fish are being caught but not as many. I have to fish two or three brushpiles to find feeding fish. Use the 1/2 ounce spoon for the larger bass and the 3/8 or 1/4 for the crappie and smaller bass. The crappie are shallower and the bass are near the bottom. Both are hitting on the drop. Look for brush in the 25-30 ft. range. Until you get used to wheather your spoon is touching brush or a fish is biting do not set your hook or you will snag your lure. If you do snag, get directly over the spoon with your trolling motor and release your line on your baitcaster or open the bail on your spinning reel and use your thumb as drag and try to get your spoon to get some movement up and down and then keep raising it up and down without pulling the hook into the wood. Most of the time you will get it out unless you hook someone else's heavy broken line. Do not let your lure and line drag behind you when spooning or you will lose your lure for sure. Keep it straight up and down. Also watch for a difference in your line movement or resistance when snapping your line up and down to make sure your spoon is not hooked on itself.  You are wasting your time if it is. If you work on this you will catch fish. It was a beautiful day yesterday with mild temperatures in the 60's with medium winds from the south so it was easy to find a brushpile out of it facing north. I fished two good ones and only caught one crappie and then found one with active fish and caught several small bass and the a couple of good ones and more crappie. It was very nice to be out. The surface water temperature was 51 and the lake is clearing a bit and is perfect for fishing. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. Bass, crappie and bluegill are the best bite with a few walleye thrown in but not very many big ones. I caught one of the largest warmouth of my career yesterday. 

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The lake level is 553.66 and is exactly what it was at this time yesterday with very little generation. They always quit generating when rain is in the forecast so they can maximize the effects of the rain to keep the level up as high as possible. We are to get quite a bit of rain Thursday night through Saturday. They have had all fall and winter to drop the lake but show no signs of doing so. Bad management. I wish they held an elective office and had accountability. I went fishing with Bink again yesterday and we had a great time. The weather was perfect with highs near 60 and light winds. The surface temperature was just above 50 and the lake is clearing and you could see your lure down about 4-5 feet.  We went to Big Creek and fished brush piles with good success. We caught largemouth, kentucky, crappie, bluegill and Warmouth all on his spoons. The grubs did not work well.  The big bass were caught on the larger 1/2 ounce spoon and the crappie were caught on the 1/4 and 3/8 ounce ones. I was using a white with black back and he was using white with red throat. We were fishing Game and Fish brush piles and they were good ones. We caught big bass but most of them were throw backs. About a 3-1 ratio. We caught seven keeper fish and about 20-smaller ones. The larger fish came out of the deeper brush from 30-35 feet and almost all were caught on the drop. We saw one other boat. My turn to take him next time. I learn everytime I fish with him. 

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The lake level is 553.70 and has dropped less than an inch in the last 24-hours with just a bit of generation. The creeks cleared up quite a bit yesterday and have more visibility than the main lake but that can change quickly.  The surface temperature is hanging in there at about 50. The lake is in excellent condition but needs to drop about 5-6 feet going into the spring and they are not showing any inclination to do so. I guess it will take a drought. The weather has been really nice with highs in the 50's and sunshine. Fishing has slowed compared to the end of last year but we are still catching fish. Bass, crappie, bluegill and walleye are the best bite now but most of the walleye are throw backs. It takes a good one to be 18-inches but I like the rule. Not many big ones get released. Striper fishing is slow and the ones being caught are small. This happens every year at this time. I wish they would drop the limit on stripers and Hybrids to two. The schools of shad I am seeing have few fish on them and all the fish that I am catching are on brush. Do not forget to get your brush permits at the Corps office at 9:AM on the 14th. We want the spawn to have as much cover as possible this spring. The Game and Fish biologists have certainly done their share in helping the habitat and I hope they continue to do so. One day the spoon is the best lure and the grub the next. I cannot tell which one until I try. A few fish are on the bank but not many. I am getting my largest bass in 30-ft. of water. Do not forget to get your deposits in by January 15th to insure you get the cabin and boat of your choice. We do not want you disappointed.  It looks to be a good year and we have made a lot of improvements for you. Come on down and check us out.  You will not be disappointed and the price is right. 

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The lake level is 553.64 and stable with just a little generation. We need to be at 548 by March 1st to have enough reserve capacity for the spring rains like they used to do before the mismanagement began. The surface temperature was back up to just above 50 when I went out yesterday. The water was still stained and I could see my lure down about three feet. It is clear next to the bank though.  I waited for the wind to go down before I left last evening and it did so about 4:pm. No sense charging out there in a hurricane unless you are fishing the bank. I found a school of fish just outside a brush pile and got excited. I caught a couple but they were just White Bass so I moved. No picture fish there. The wind was swirling a bit but only about 10-mph, so I went to a north facing bank with some nice brush. I do not spoon much in the wind because it drags your lure and gets hung up too much. If you do, go against the wind with your trolling motor and try to keep your lure straight up and down.  Switched to a grub and casted it over the brush and let it sink. Caught a nice walleye and four crappie (two were very big) and a nice bass and came in at dark. The days are getting longer now and I like that. The moon is getting bigger and that is not helping things. Overall fishing was not as good as everyday for the last couple of weeks before but still ok. Several of us have been out everyday and nobody did great yesterday but all caught some fish. Better than staying on the sofa. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. 

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The lake level is 553.68 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time. They are holding the White River at Newport at just over 14 feet for some reason. The surface temperature is 49 degrees and the lake is still stained and you can see your lure down about 3 feet. It is a good color for fishing and the lake in general is in excellent condition. I caught bass, crappie and bluegill when I went out last evening. I was using both the Bink spoon and a slip float and minnow over brush in 25-feet of water. It tried to sprinkle a little but it was warm and good to be out. It is cloudy again today and I will head out this afternoon. I am seeing more large schools of shad than before and that is good but few of them have fish on them. There were several boats fishing around my dock with birds all around but they did not know I had just fed the fish with floating fish food. The same thing happened under the bridge when I was feeding the ducks that fly in by the boat wanting food. The Corps of Engineers are issuing brush permits for Norfork lake at 9:AM at their office on January 14. First come first serve. This is a good way to help the fish habitat. With the effort of the biologists from Game and Fish and private fishermen putting in brush it will definitely make the fishing better. Blackburns has been putting in brush since 1995 and have some good ones. We want our customers and friends to catch fish and it works. Fishing is pretty good now with spooning being the best over and right around brush.  Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Why pay more?  We are open all year. 

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The lake level is 553.73 and has dropped about 2-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running a little over 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is still dropping and is just over 14 feet. The water surface temperature dropped to under 50 degrees for the first time yesterday and is 49+. The main lake continues to be stained as well as the creeks. You can see your lure down about 3-feet. I went out a little later than usual yesterday waiting for the wind to go down. I fished a north facing bank to get out of it and worked a brushpile hard for about an hour using a grub with very limited results. Then I switched to a 1/8th ounce Bink's spoon firetiger in color and started catching fish immediately. Caught 4- crappie and a bass in about 1/2 hour and then it was dark. It is very cloudy with misting rain now and I am heading out. We will see what today brings. The only two other boats i saw out there were staying at Blackburns where people are taking advantage of the low cabin rates and their first boat stall free. Many resorts are closed. The lake is in excellent condition and the winter fishing has been very good. 

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The lake level is 553.95 and has dropped less than one inch in the lst 24-hours with generation about 1/2 the time. The White river at Newport is at 14+ feet and they must be protecting the corn and bean crop from flooding before the harvest downstream.   Oh, I forgot that was last fall. It is now January and they only have a couple of months before the spring rains. The lake is in excellent condition now though and the crappie and bass are biting. The surface temperature was 50.5 yesterday evening and the water is still stained. Mike, John, James and myself all caught fish. Some people left but we have more coming in. The fishing slows a bit after the cold fronts move in but get better and better after the high pressure arrives until the next cloudy, low pressure produces the best fishing until it rains you out. The fish care about low pressure, food, oxygen, cover, water temperature and proximity to deep water. Maximize as many of these as you can and you will catch fish. That is why I put Blackburns Brush piles on drop-offs.  After they feed they go to a comfortable place. I do not put brush on places to lure the fish there but put them on places known to hold fish to make it more attractive to them. It works. The fishing right now is a prime example. Spring top water fishing is fun and easy but i really like winter fishing for big fish and low fishing pressure. Bass fishermen beating the bank are not doing that well but the ones spooning deeper brush are doing great. This is a good time of year and you cannot walk on our water or drill holes in it. Many places are closed but Blackburns is open all year. Come on dow. We will not charge you too much. Compare prices. 

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The lake level is 553.99 and has dropped over an inch in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time.  The surface water temperature is pretty stable at about 51 degrees and the lake is still stained and you can see your lure down about 3-feet. They have dropped the White River at Newport to below 15-ft. and could be letting out a lot more water and creating a lot more energy rather than holding and hoping and opening up the spillway gates and not getting anything from the release. They exemplify bad management and the rules need to be changed. Nobody gets hurt with Newport levels below 21-feet. The fishing remains good with crappie and bass alternating as the best bite and the level is perfect for blackburns brush piles and they are producing. It has been windy for the last two days and it has dropped a lot today finally. More and more walleye are showing up but most of them are throw backs. We have several people fishing out of Blackburns now and they are all catching fish but mostly bass and crappie with a walleye or two also. White bass are scarce and the ones caught are mostly small. Please get your deposits in by January 15th to hold you reservations for this year and insure you get the cabin and boat of your choice and not lose your seniority. There have been a lot of improvements made this fall and winter and you will like what you see when you get here. Looking forward to seeing familiar faces and new ones too. The lake in general is in excellent condition. May the new year find you and yours healthy and happy. Everything is good here. 

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The lake level is 554.06 and they have started two generators for the last few hours and the level has actually dropped a little. It is the first time both generators have run for about six months. It was windy yesterday and more windy today. The surface temperature is right at 51 degrees. The wind was coming from the west and was swirling and hard to get out of. The bass fishing slowed a bit but the crappie have picked up. Big ones too. Bass, crappie, blurgill and a few walleye are what is biting best. The trollers are catching a few red meat fish on umbrellas but few are even 10-lbs. They are thinning them out. The lake is stained just right for fishing and is overall in good condition. Some nice fish are being brought in every day. Spooning, slip float with minnows, and grubs are the best bait. Deeper brush in the 30+ feet range is producing good bass and some of the time they are right beside the brush and not right in it. Several are hitting the spoon on the drop near the bottom. We are all fishing within 1/2 mile of Blackburns creek. No need to go further. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and are open all year. Your first boat stall is free.

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The lake level is 554.12 and is rising just a bit with one generator running about 1/2 the time. We did receive about 1-1/2 inches of rain last night but most of it sunk in and the creeks did not run. They are holding the White River at Newport at 16 feet to keep the lakes up as high as they can going into the spring rains. The surface water temperature is between 52 and 53 degrees depending on when you check it. The water is stained and you can see your lure down about 3-feet. Bass fishing is far the best now. They are really biting well now in brush about 25-30 feet of water near the bottom. I am using the 3/8 ounce Bink's spoon, white with a black back and red eye. Everyone here is catching a lot of fish. The new Game and Fish brush piles are really working and attracting many fish. Try them in Float Creek. We have a map of them on our game room wall along with the location of Blackburns piles. This is about as good as it gets and is especially good at this end of the lake. Several fish in the 3-4 lb. range are coming in every day. Walleye are showing up with them but you catch about four before you catch a keeper. A few crappie are with them but not as many as two weeks ago. I did catch some very large ones yesterday though but not as many. The red meat trollers are still hit and miss with mostly miss. They fish for two days and catch nothing and then find a feeding school, catch a bunch and then write a report. I wish they would quit killing all of those small 7-10 pund stripers. Pictures of them filling a dock floor is not impressive. Striper fishing will suffer for it if they do not quit. 

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The lake level is not changing very much and the water clarity is not changing very much but the surface temperature has risen to 553. Bink and I went out yesterday morning and headed a little north. We stopped where the phone reception was good and waited for Bob Knight from KTLO 97.9 to call at 8:45 AM as he always does on Thursdays so we could give him the fishing report for Live in the Boat. I committed to catch Bob some crappie so we were under pressure. The pressure lasted for about an hour as we tried using the grub and casting it to the bank with a slow retrieve. That did not work very well so Bink moved us to deeper brush and we switched to the jigging spoon. We immediately started catching fish and they got bigger and bigger. We ended up catching Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Kentucky Bass and Smallmouth Bass and a few crappie and many smaller fish. It was a beautiful day and the wind was light and we were reluctant to come in. It was more like an April day than the end of December. It was a lot of fun. We both commented on how people need to quit killing those small stripers in the 6-10 pound range and the small numbers of White Bass. We took pictures and released all of the fish. When I returned to Blackburns I was met by several fishermen at the resort who also reported good success but caught more crappie then we did but they were fishing Blackburns brush piles. They are at a perfect depth. Bink and I caught very few fish shallower than 30-feet with most caught from 35-40 feet near the bottom. He told me the dissolved oxygen was almost the same from 0-90 feet and there was no reason for the shad  to be at any special depth except for cover. It was agreat day and the trip is on me next time. Come on down and join us. We may get some rain saturday but the warm weather is looking to hold for another week. Blackburns is open all year and have the best prices. I am making my promise good to Bob Knight today with the crappie I caught yesterday evening. Big ones too. Bink knows where the fish are. 

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The lake level is rising with very little generation and they are lowering the White River at Newport and it is now at 16-ft.+.The lake level is now 553.89 and the surface termperature is 52 degrees and also rising. The water clarity is still the same and you can see your lure down about 3-4 feet depending on the degree of sunshine. I saw two other boats out there yesterday and it was very warm. The fish were biting as soon as I went out about 2:30Pm and continued until 4:pm and then they shut down.  I caught several very large crappie and a couple of keeper bass along with several throw backs. One crappie was giant (over 16 inches) picture to follow. I have now caught 30-crappie over 15-inches this winter.  We have several good fishermen coming in today and we will see what they do. One day the fishing is very good and the next slow but I am seldom shut out. This is my time to catch large fish. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. We are open all year and are here now. I am fishing with Bink's Guide service today and you can hear his radio program on KTLO 97.9 Live in the Boat at 8:45 this morning. It is on every Thursday.  We will see how a professional does it. He is a good fisherman and I like his new Ranger Boat. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 553.82 and rising very slowly with very little generation. They are running one generator a few hours a day to keep up with river inflow and are reluctant to turn over the control to the power company. The White River is just over 16 feet at Newport. They have two months to get the level down to 548 before the spring rains. We will see if they do it or just maintain their policy of keeping the level up in the winter and then hold and hope. The lake is at a very good level now for fishing as is the color.  You can see your lure down about three feet. It is clearer closer to the shore. The fish seem to start biting about 9AM and again about 1-2 PM and then about 4-5 PM with periods of lockjaw in between. There does not seem to be any paticular pattern except there are not a lot of fish on the bank and the shad are roaming on plankton and blowing with the wind.  Bass, crappie and red meat fish are on some shad but you have to find several schools before one is feeding. More fish are on shad in open water than on brush but I am catching some good ones on brush but not high numbers. I caught one short walleye, several short bass, three bass keepers and seven keeper crappie with three of them very large in the over 15 inch range. If you are fishing in the afternoon make sure you are out at sundown until dark or you will be missing out on the best time of day. Especially for larger fish. The 3/8 and 1/2 ounce Bink's jigging spoon, white with black back and red eye are my bait of choice with the blue one next. Bink is using the Arkansas shiner. Otherwise I am throwing a Bobby Garland jig, light blue in color, tipped with a small minnow over brush in 25-ft. of water. Cast past the brush and let sink on it while retrieving slowly. Come on down to Blackburns. The weather is great and we are open all year and will not charge you too much. Your first boat stall is free. The surface temperature was just over 51 yesterday afternoon with the ambient temperature in the 60's. It cools down quickly after sundown. After this high pressure moves through and it gets cloudy will be an excellent time to hit Norfork lake and fish until it rains you out. 

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The lake level is 553.78 and is exactly what it was at this time yesterday. They are dropping the level at Newport quickly and it is now just over 17-feet. The new top of the power pool is 553.75 and the Corps resists turning the control to the power company. It used to be 552 but the changes in management rules by implementing minimum flow for the put and take trout in the rivers took away 1.75 feet of flood capacity. So much for the dam just being for flood control. It is all about the money. They are running one generator for a few hours a day and the flood gates are all closed. I have been going out every day in the afternoon and staying out until dark and catching several bass and crappie. The surface temperature was 50.5 and the lake is stained.  You can see your lure down about 3-feet. One day the spoon works the best and the next the slip float and minnow.  The grub and minnow is just fair but seems to catch a few fish every day. Some very large crappie are being brought in and some decent bass. Many small bass are being caught. My biggest bass yesterday was 18-inches and the biggest crappie was 15-inches. About 3/4 of the crappie are 11-inches or more. The striper fishermen are not doing very well but never do this time of year. They get lock jaw and move just off the main channel and will not bite except when a lure or bait is dropped right on their heads and you get a reaction strike.  You can find feeding fish on shad if you really look hard but most of them are bass and small white bass. I have not caught a walleye for a month. I am mostly fishing brush piles in 25-30 feet of water and the crappie are on top of them and the bass are right in them near the bottom. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and keep 7 cabins open all year. The weather looks great for the next week. You get a free boat stall with your cabin here at Blackburna Resort and Boat Rental. Check out our new maps with brush pile locations in the game room. The Bink's 1/2 ounce jigging spoon, white with black back and red eye is working best for me. 

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The lake level is 553.85 and has dropped a little over an inch in the last 24-hours. There is still no generation but they have 7-gates open 2-feet which is not much. Less than 1/2 a generator. The surface temperature is 51+ depending on whether you are in the creeks or on the main lake.  The creeks both cool and warm quicker. The visibility is pretty good and you can see your lure down about 5-feet. I am fishing for mostly bass and crappie but am catching some very nice bluegill but not a lot of them. I am still spooning, using a slip float and minnow and casting a grub and minnow for everything. It is to be very nice weather for the next week and the lake in general is in excellent condition. Bink is also catching some very nice fish as is Tom Kelly. There are not many boats out there and it is nice being out in the sun. Wish you were here. We have several fishermen coming in the next few days and I will get reports from them. You cannot go out once or twice a week and write an accurate report. Things are changing daily. Come on down.  We are open all year and will not charge you too much.

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The lake level is 554.10 and has dropped about 1-inch in the last 24-hours.  They are not letting much out now. The water surface temperature is 52 degrees and is a little off-color but you can see your lure down about 5-feet.  One day it is clear and the next stained.  It varies with the level drop and the degree of sunshine. It was cool and damp when I went out with a mist of rain and light wind. The fog had moved in before I returned. The fish were biting very good and I caught about 20-keeper fish total.  Both bass and crappie. A few of the crappie were very large. Some were caught on a slip float and minnow, some casting the grub and some on the Bink 1/8th ounce spoon. They were about 12-feet down over brush. The bass were deeper, just outside brush in 35-ft. of water.  I caught fish until almost dark and then they quit like turning off a light switch. It was the best they have been for several days. I saw no other boats all the time I was out. I like that.  Peace and quiet. Starting tomorrow the weather is to get better and better until the weekend when the temperature is to get in the high 50's with abundant sunshine. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. There are a lot of fish in Norfork Lake and you cannot walk on our water or drill holes in it. 

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Tom Kelly caught some good ones yesterday on the spoon in Float Creek. More too.  All fish were released. We like that.Image title

The lake level is 554.68 and they have cut down discharge by about 1/2.  We dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours. It was 7. They need to keep dropping to about 548 before the spring rains. Fish were biting pretty good yesterday on the spoon and the lake is clearing and is in good condition. Surface temperature is just over 52.  Tom Kelly caught some nice bass yesterday in Float Creek just outside the refurbished Game and fish  brush piles. They put a lot of them in Float Creek. I have maps of them on the gameroom wall as well as Blackburns Brush piles. We have been putting them in for several years in the absence of the old ones being taken care of. The group of Game and fish biologists are working hard to make the lakes better and enhance fishing. It is greatly appreciated. I like their quarterly reports. Catfish have slowed way down with the big moon and lake drop. I am not catching as many bluegill also and they usually like the full moon as do the red meat fish. Some guests have been fishing for stripers hard and are having mixed results. They go out for a couple of days and catch nothing and then finally find a large school of fish over shad feeding and catch a bunch. It is hit and miss. The bass are a little deeper in around 35-40 feet where they were closer to the bank. You have to get down to them and the spoon is the best. Some big crappie are with them. I am fishing brush in 20-25 ft. of water for crappie with fair success. Maybe 2 on each pile. I like to find a good brush pile with fish on it and stay there and wait for them to bite but it is not working now. They bite for about 10-minutes and quit for hours and are roaming. There is a lot of shad now with a mixture of very small ones and some about 2-inches and just a few of the schools are holding fish. If you are fishing for stripers you have to keep looking for feeding schools and not waste your time on the ones that are not even though they have fish on them. There are several striper boats near the bridges but only a few small fish caught. When the water gets colder they always get lock jaw every year.  The boats aways covey up in December for some reason. Find a bird and you find a boat. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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It was cool when I went out there yesterday and I saw no other boats all the time I was out. The surface water temperature was 52.5 and the clarity was not bad. You could see your lure down about 5-feet. They are dropping the lake fast and it has dropped about 7-inches in the last 24-hours and is at 555.08 and has dropped over 5-feet since last month. Despite the full moon and the water dropping fishing was not too bad. I went crappie fishing and caught several. Some were pretty big. I caught some on slip float with minnow and some casting the small grub over brush. Blackburns brush piles are at perfect depths now and are holding fish. I only can catch about 2-fish on each one and then they quit and I move. There was no wind and it was easy to stay right on top of them. There were some fish coming up on shad in about 50-ft. of water and I dropped a spoon on them but they were just small stripers and white bass. They were out in front of the docks off Mallard point.  The seagulls have been back for a while and it makes it easier for red meat fishermen to find fish. If you depent on them you will be out of luck when they migrate in a few weeks. There are lots of shad and not all of the schools are holding fish. Look for dots and slashing lines on your locator and not black blobs. The crappie are over brush about 10-feet down. I am catching a few bass but not a lot.  Most are still in open water on shad. Good weather for the next few days. Come on down. We will not charge you too much for cabins and nothing for your first boat stall. You can have free gas on what you can save by staying here unless you just want to pay too much. Several places are closed.

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The lake level is at 555.62 and has dropped about 7-inches in the last 24-hours with 7-gates open two feet and 5-gates open 1-ft. and no generation. They are keeping the White River at Newport at 21-feet and there is no flooding down stream. Amazing. Just goes to show you what can be done even though both generators are down for maintenance. It needs to be at 548 going into the spring rains. This is a good level for fishing and Blackburns brush piles are in play once again. Spooning open water fish is the best now with bass and crappie on brush slowing a bit. Try in front of the houses around Mallard Point or in the creeks if the wind is blowing into them.  Many fish of all speces are on shad. I do not wish to follow them around and am catching some good crappie and bass but not a lot. The fish were biting good yesterday until the wind came up and the cold front moved in and then they quit. It was hard to get out of the wind with it coming from the northwest and swirling. I caught more fish in Blackburns creek on the way in on brush but nothing big. Bink caught some nice crappie with his spoon in the morning. The surface water temperature was 54+ and is still stained with the fast level drawdown.  The lake overall is in excelent condition but the full moon coming and the quick level drop is not doing the fishing any good with the constant cold fronts moving in twice a week, except for red meat fish. Blackburns is open all year and has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your first boat stall is free. Come on down we will not charge you too much. To be in the 50's for several days after today. If you want to come fish and the place you usually stay is closed, come on down you will be welcome here. You can launch here, park your trailer here, and have your boat in a free stall in just a few minutes. If you are by yourself no problem. 

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The lake level is 559.15 and has dropped 5-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. They have 6-spillway gates open 2-ft. and 6-gates open 1-ft. for a total discharge of 10,200 cfs. Be carefull out there on the river. The surface temperature was just over 54 degrees when I went out yesterday and the lake was stained and you could see your lure down about 4-feet. The wind was light and coming out of the northwest mostly and went down after sunset. The moon was bright and in it's first quarter. Full moon is on the 12th. Water dropping fast and moon growing has slowed the catfishing way down. Crappie, bluegill and bass are the best bite now but some open water fish are being caught on shad about 25-ft. down but most are small. I did not catch any picture fish and nothing was biting very well. I will try again today and let your know.  The weather is good and highs are in the 50's. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and are open all year. 

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The lake level is now 560 and has risen 4-inches in the last 24-hours with no generation. They just opened all of the spillway gates.  We will see what happens now.  We received about 3/4 of an inch of rain in the last 24-hours but no severe weather. The fish are biting pretty good. We caught walleye, bass, white bass, stripers, hybrids, crappie and catfish. Some crappie and catfish were very large but most of the others were small. I went fishing with Bink and caught stripers, hybrids, white bass and crappie but no picture fish. We had a good time and marked lots of big schools but they were not biting very well. We were catching big numbers but not big fish. Spoons are the bait of choice but catfish are biting well on jugs baited with shiners with the small moon, rising water and cloudy skies. We will see what happens today. A lot of fun is happening here at Blackburns resort and Boat Rental and we still have the best prices. Come on down and we will not charge you too much and are open all year. Lots of open spaces and close to everything with lots of wildlife. 

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The lake level is 559.28 and is rising about an inch a day with no generation and three spillway gates open one foot which is not balancing out the river inflow. Let some water out boys. What in the world are you thinking? Not much I think. If they cannot manage it in the winter they do not have a chance in the spring. I was hoping the new guy in charge at Little Rock would be better but he is worse. Get the level at Newport to 21-feet and keep it there until we get into the high 540's. The surface temperature was 57+ on the main lake when I went out yesterday afternoon. I had a late start and did not get to fish long until dark. I caught crappie, bass and blurgill onlyand no walleye and was using the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon. Bass fishing seems to have slowed a bit but white bass and hybrids are picking up even though not many are very big. The crappie are on shallower brush if you can find it and the red meat fish are on the flats in front of the houses on Mallard point in about 50-ft. of water. Crappie and bluegill fishing is the best. I am using spoons, grubs and slip floats with minnows. It is to get windy this evening and cool down. I am going fishing now and it is 7:AM. Will let you know. 

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The lake level is 559.11 and has risen about 2-inches in the last 24-hours with no generation and three spillway gates open one foot which is equal to less than 1/2 generator. It is sunny and a beautiful day today after a cool and breezy day yesterday. The fish were biting pretty well though. Some of out guests were trolling umbrellas in from of the docks at Mallard point and caught red meat fish of all speces but nothing big. With the late summer fish kills, people learning how to catch them, increased fishing pressure, they are getting smaller and less in numbers. Since stripers and hybrids do not reproduce, either increased stockings or decrease in limits need to be implemented. The fish in general are getting smaller and smaller. Too many small fish are being killed. Pictures of dock floors full of dead small stripers is not impressive. Crappie, catfish and bass fishing is not decreasing though. The shad popularion is good also with many schools of very small ones showing up. All speces of fish are on them. You do not know what you will catch when you spoon them. Reports of some nice walleye are coming in but I have not caught any big ones yet. The brush piles are starting to get too deep again. Surface temperature is still in the high 50's and both the creeks and main lake are clearing nicely again after the 2-inch rain. There are still some good bass shallow near the bank off high banks. The morning bite starts about 8:AM and the evening bite starts about 4:Pm until dark and then abruptly stops. And I mean stops. Some nice fish are being caught every day. It gets better and better after a cold front until the next one comes in. Fish right up until it rains you out. We seem to be in a pattern of raining every week and then clearing with chilly nighs and repeat. It looks like some warm weather for the next several days. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 558.64 and has risen 6-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours after a two inch rain. The creeks run hard from about 4AM to 7AM but have slowed now. Both generators are down for maintenance. They are holding Newport at just over 12 feet and it should be at 21 feet. When I went out yesterday I went to a cove where the wind was blowing into  and spooned both brush piles and open water shad. The brush was in about 25-ft. of water and the shad were in about 50-ft. of water down about 25-ft. I caught white bass, bass and crappie. The Bink's 1/4 ounce spoon was used exclusively. I like to try different places.  Others were fishing the flats in front of the Mallard Point docks in 50-ft. of water and were catching bass and small stripers. The white bass are about 10-11 inches long but I am glad to have them showing up. They are easily caught are fun when nothing else is biting. I always say white bass are for people that can't catch anything else and trout are for prople that can't catch white bass. More big schools of shad are showing up and that is good. The lake was clearing nicely but has stained up again with the rain. The surface temperature is still in the high 50's. Thanksgiving is always a good time for overall fishing.  Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Some places are closed but Blackburns is open all year. Weather looks to warm up next week after this cold front moves through. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is still rising with no rain for over a week and no generators running.  They do have three spillway gates open 1-ft. which equals about 1/4 of a generator. They are also holding the White River at Newport at below 12-feet to keep the lakes up as much as possible. It should be at 21-feet.  The level is now 558.07. It is time to impeach the Corps of Engineers for incompetence. It was a good day for fishing yesterday. I only caught bass and crappie but it was all I was fishing for.  I was hoping for a walleye but got none. I used the 1/4 ounce spoon exclusively on brush in 18-25 feet. Four keeper bass and several crappie were caught and released. It was about 60-degrees with light wind and the surface temperature was 58 degrees. The lake is clearing nicely and is very clear near the shore. It is another beautiful day today and it is almost time to go. I did see a few boats. The good striper fishermen are catching fish but others are catching none. It is to remain warm but there are good chances of rain for the next several days. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. 

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The lake level is 558.13 and fairly stable with one generator running part of the time and they are keeping the White River at Newport at below 12 feet like something is going to flood. It has not rained for a week.  I though most of the crops were harvested. They are trying hard to protect Branson and running Table Rock hard.   If they will not drop the lake in the winter to prepare for the spring rains we need to get new managemrnt or a private company to run it and take the politics out of it. The level should be in the 540's by March.  It is all about the money. Hold and hope is not a stragety.  Both the main lake and the creeks are stained and you can only see your lure down 3 or 4 feet except near the bank. It is a good color for fishing. Surface temperature is 57-58 degrees. Fishing overall is fair to good with crappie the best.  Spooning brushpiles is the best way to get them. Bass fishing is not bad with some near the buckbrush in 6-9 feet of water. Some very nice Kentuckies are being caught but most of the bigger largemouth are still on shad suspended in 50-feet of water. Big bluegill are over brush about 10-feet down. Warmouth are right on the bank with some schooled with the crappie on brush.  The walleye that I am catching are all short at about 15-16 inches long. A very few keepers are being caught. Some white bass are finally showing up but most are small. Many fish are schooled and roaming with the shad. I have found no evidencce of a night bite for the stripers.  People that cannot catch stripers are fishing for crappie. Trolling umbrellas for red meat fish is the best now except for the spoon. They need to cut the striper limit to two fish and people need to quit killing small fish in the 5-10 lb. range if we want Norfork to keep being a good striper lake. I caught crappie, warmouth, bass and short walleye yesterday with the largest crappie being a little over 12-inches. It looks to not being cold again for the next week and I like fishing in the Thanksgiving time line. Blackburns is open all year so come on down. We will not charge you too much. You get a free boat stall here.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 556.42 and has risen 1.4 feet in 24-hours.  They quit generating when it rained as they always do to enhance the rise. They were not generating much anyway.  They are generating heavily with spillway gates open to hold the rise down at the chain of lakes. We received about 3-inches of additional rainfall last evening and night and the creeks run hard. They have slowed way down now. The Water temperature was 63 last afternoon when I went out and it was very cloudy but no rain until after dark. The fishing was the same as the day before with bass being the best bite with crappie second. I caught bass, warmouth, small White Bass and crappie.  Some guests caught some small hybrids and White Bass but no stripers.They were using shiners with balloons and planer boards with several lines out and were fishing the flats in front of the houses on Mallard point. I went up to the walleye rearing pond point but saw no signs of any after dark activity. Nothing would touch the stick bait. It started to rain so I came in. It is to be very nice this weekend and then get cold.  We will see what the rain did to the fishing and I will let you know. They need to let some water out but refuse to do so. For the people that wanted summer to end they are getting their wish. They should be very happy Monday. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 555.21 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours.  They are running one generator 1/2 speed part of the time and holding Newport at 11+ feet. We received about 0.8 inches of rain and more is on the way. It is cloudy and in the 50's today after a beautiful day yesterday. I went out at about 3:PM and fished until dark. I caught fish from the time I went out until I came in. Fish were on steep river channel banks with the wind blowing into them on the main lake. Warmouth were right on the bank and the bass were out in front of them in 6-8 feet of water and the crappie were in front of them in 13-feet of water. Some very nice fish were caught and all released. It was very nice to be out in the warm sun with fish biting. Tom Kelly came in with some good bass caught in Float creek and released them under my dock. He keeps his boat in Panther Bay Marina and fishes Float a lot.  It is a good place. He was using a 3-inch plastic worm and a spoon and I was using the grub and minnow. I tried spooning brush in 25-ft. of water but only got small fish and bluegill. The red meat fish I am catching are small and the White Bass that are being caught are quite small and not worthy of a picture. I do not keep them anyway.  The shad that I am seeing are very small.  There was a brown scum on the lake but it went away. I do not know what it was. The lake is not very clear now except for near the shore. Crappie are on shallow brush piles but I can only catch one or two in each place. The very big ones are not biting very well yet. Most are about 11-inches but an occassional monster shows up but he is usually with other big fish and not schooled with his own. Surface temperature was 64 degrees. Come on down to Blackburns where we will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. No duplexes here and all cabins have covered porches. Our 18-stall dock has several different sized stalls to fit different sized boats.  No one size fits all here and the walkways are wide and on both sides of your boat. 

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The lake level is 555.31 and the surface temperature is 66 degrees. The weather is perfect and the fish are biting on Blackburns brush piles which are at a very good level now. Use spoons, grub and minnow and slip floats with minnows. Crappie, bass and bluegill are biting those and catfish are biting jugs with shiners. Everything is biting the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoons. Mike eakle caught two fish on one jug yesterday. It is to stay in the 60's for a while with chances of rain later this week. Fish until it rains you out. This is a good time of year and the lake is in excellent condition. Blackburns is open all year. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 555.39 and has risen just a bit with no generation for about 16-hours. They are doing their best to hold the level up. They better drop it all this winter to about 548 and raise the level requirement at Newport to a proper level or there will be a revolt. Enough of this mismanagement. The surface temperature is about 66 degrees and the lake was clearing but the creeks turned stained again yesterday. The main lake is still clear especially near the shore. Bass and bluegill are the best bite now with some crappie and walleye also being caught. Walleye bite is best just after sunset on and around main lake points.  I will go up to the walleye rearing pond and check for stripers this evening. If they are to move in there to feed at night it will be by the 12th of this month on the full moon.  I got it from a reliable source that they caught some white bass but I still have not. i do not fish for them much but catch them anyway. This is good news as I have not seen any all summer diving. They are usually everywhere. We need them when other fish do not bite. For some reason some fish that are usually near the bank or on brush, like bluegill, are showing up in big schools on shad in 50-feet of water. They are big ones too. I do not know where all of them came from. Some schools of shad are very small in size so the smaller Bink's spoons, 1/8th ounce ot 1/4 ounce, are working the best. I am either casting my grub and minnow or dropping the spoon exclusively now. I can carry my tackle box in my shirt pocket. It is sunny and nice so it is time for me to go. Come on down. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free.  I wish more big stripers were showing up and that people released more of the smaller ones. A 7-9 lb. striper is not a big fish. If they do not quit killing these we will not be known as a trophy striper lake anymore even though the same amount are being stocked. Guides, striper club, other fishermen, are getting better at catching them. This along with the increased fishing pressure is taking a toll on them. 

Norfork Lake fishing, lake conditions and fall foliage report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 555.65 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with minimal generation. It was a beautiful day with ambient temperature in the early 70's and sunny with a light south wind when I went out yesterday. The lake is clearing nicely after the rain and is in excellent condition. This is a perfect level for launching, parking and fishing. I wish it would stay at this level always. I fished until dark and caught several fish including bass, crappie, warmouth, bluegill and one short walleye. It was good to just be outside. The fall foliage is still changing and is better than last year but not great. It is to be cloudy and rainy for the next several days with one clear night coming up with a frost. I am not seeing shad moving to the bank at dark for the night bite yet but the full moon is not until the 12th of November. I will put on a stick bait and give it a try a little later. I found a school of shad suspended in 50-ft. and dropped a spoon but they were bluegill. Big ones too. I caught a couple and moved on. Most bass were near the bank in front of the buck brush but a few were on main lake points in about 10-feet of water. I found crappie shallow on dead trees  and also on brush at 20-feet. The walleye was on a point 20-ft. down near the bottom. I only fished three places and the bite was best just at and after sundown. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. Why pay more? We are open all year and if your boat is winterized we have a rental for you.  

Norfork Lake fishing, lake conditions and fall foliage report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 555.75 and has dropped about 1-inch in the last 24-hours. We received about two inches of rain the last three days but the creeks did not run. It is good to have moisture in the ground going into the winter. It has been cloudy, dreary, rainy and cool but is sunny and nice out now. I went fishing and found some very nice bass part way back in the creeks in cuts just outside the buck brush in about 7-8 feet near the bottom. I was using the grub and minnow but those three inch worms with a lead head are working too. I caught some good sized crappie but not many of them. I did see some fish schooled on the main lake in front of Mallard Point by Hensleys on shad in 50-ft. suspended but they were small. I only caught bass, crappie and bluegill  but it was nice to be out. No picture fish. I come in at dark and my photographer quits at 5PM. The main lake seemed more stained with the rain but is in excellent condition for fishing and boating. The surface water temperature was 67 but some of our guests were swimming off our rental pontoon. It is too cool for me and I put my scuba gear away Friday. That is a sad day for me every year as I do not want summer to leave. It is easier to get fish with a pole anyway. We had a big group leave today and another one coming in for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is always good fishing. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and are open all year. The wind blew a lot of leaves off but there is more color than there was and it is not a total bust like last year. The roadways are not bad but the hillsides are still poor. Not worth driving a long ways to see. 


Norfork Lake fishing, lake conditions and fall foliage report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 555.89 and has dropped about 2-inches in the last 24-hours with a mix of one generator running and a small amount of flood gates open one foot.  The surface temperature has also dropped to just under 70 degrees and the lake is clearing and is in excellent condition. Crappie, bluegill and bass fishing are still the best with catfish and walleye next.  A few hybrids and a very few stripers are being caught. There are very few white bass. The fish coming up in the early morning and late evening are mostly small bass. Spoons over brush and a 3-inch worm with a lead head and hook exposed are working for bass. I am still using my 2-1/2 inch twister tail tipped with a minnow for both bass and crappie and am doing pretty well. Bass are near the bank and crappie are in brush at 20-30 feet suspended. Walleye are on and around brush on main lake points at 20-25 feet.  Also some are schooled part way back in the creeks in the evening in cuts. There are some red meat fish out in front of the docks at Mallard Point in 50-feet of water on shad but they are not very big. The fall foliage is changing slowly with the roadways being much more colorfull than the hillsides. i would not drive very far to see it. It was a dud last year. We are usually at peak the very end of the month and we are approaching that. My maple trees are turning brown and are usually brilliant red.  That is not a good sign. We do have some good color here at the resort though with our flaming bush magnificient.  It is cloudy and cooling down with a cold front on the way with highs to be near 50 later this week. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Your first boat stall is free.   

Norfork Lake fishing, lake conditions and fall foliage report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 556.51 and has dropped about 1-inch in the last 24-hours. They now have the White River at Newport at just over 10-feet. I guess they are preparing for a flood. The surface temperature was just over 71 degrees when I went out yesterday and it was breezy. I worked the grub and minnow around and over brush and caught some very nice crappie. I then tried the bank just outside the buckbrush and there were a lot of bass there but most of them were small. I caught no picture fish but one crappie was over 12-inches. I released all of them. I am fishing out of a different boat every day to make sure all of them are ready. It was nice and warm with ambient highs in the 70's and the lake was in excellent condition and very nice to be out. It stormed last night but nothing serious and it is gone now with sunny skies for several days.  We will see what this high pressure does to fishing. The bluegill bite is very good now on crickets and small spoons. Some stripers are being caught by trollers but they are small. I sure wish they would stop killing all of them. They are cutting their own throat. Pictures of dock floors full of small dead stripers are not impressive. I do not fish for them much but a lot of people do. Bink was really on the walleye yesterday. The ones that I caught were small but it is good to see them showing up. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much.  

Norfork Lake fishing, lake conditions and fall foliage report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 556.67 and has dropped a little over one inch in the last 24-hours with very little generation. We are about 4-1/2 feet higher than we should be this time of year which is 552. It is at a good level for fishing and boating. the weather is very nice. You need a heavy coat early in the morning. Shirt sleeves in the afternoon and a jacket in the evening with a daily temperature range from 30's to the 70's. The water is still stained in the creeks and the main lake is getting clearer after the turnover. Crappie are on main lake brushpiles, walleye are on main lake points in 20-25 feet of water and catfish are biting perch on jugs. Striper fishing is slow and I still have not seen any white bass. Bass fishing is pretty good in about 15-20 feet of water on grubs and plastice worms. Bink's 1/4 ounce spoons are working for about anything in the brush. Fishing is getting better and better as it always does in the last of October and up into early December. I will let you know about the after dark bite for stripers and hybrids. If it happens it will be about the 12th of November.  The fall foliage is not looking very good so far but that could change. Only the road ways have color now. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. Only $59/day for a one bedroom cabin with 2,3 and 4 bedrooms priced accordinly. Free stall for your boat and we have several bass and fishing pontoons for rent. 

Norfork Lake fishing, lake conditions and fall foliage report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 557.09 and has dropped about 1-inch in the last 24-hours with about 0.5 inches of rain last night. One generator is still down for maintenance and they are running the other part of the time and also opening one or two of the gates a very little to augument the release while holding Newport below 12- feet.  Surface temperature is 74 degrees and the creeks are stained a bit. Fishing and boating conditions are good with the lake at a good level with Blackburns brush piles drawing a lot of traffic. They are producing bass, walleye and crappie.  The big crappie have been biting for several days now with the lake turnover and the moon waning. Only the best fishermen are catching the stripers and walleye now. Bass fishing is getting better with a lot of fish on main lake points 1n 15-25 feet of water. Everyone is catching crappie and I wish they would not kill so many. I still am not seeing any White Bass but have reports of some showing up. I hope so. They are very easily caught and the children love them. The 1/4 ounce spoon is still the best lure over brush and the jig and pig, grub and plastic worm for bass. Walleye are on brush on main lake points also with about 1/3 of them keepers. Fishing will get better now as this high pressure hangs around and until the next cold front. The weather is perfect. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. Fall foliage is changing quite a bit on the roadways but not much on the hill sides. We are not near peak yet. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 557.31 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours. They are doing well holding it up as long as possible in case it rains. It needs to be down about 10-feet by April in preparation for the spring rains.  It is at a good level for fishing and boating now though but it has taken them all summer and fall to get there.  We need a private company to manage the dams and parks and get the govenment out of it. It was a beautiful day yesterday and continues today.  Sunny with highs in the mid 70's. The fall color is changing just a bit every day but not very fast. The hillsides are not changing much just the roadways. Tom Kelly caught some nice bass and a walleye yesterday and we put them in the pond. It is getting stocked up pretty good now and is in excellent condition. Bass fishing is pretty good and he caught them on a jig and pig in float creek. We have some good fishermen in now and several others just left. We will see what happens today. Bink caught some good stripers yesterday on his Arkansas shiner spoon.  Fishing will get better as the full moon wanes for bass and crappie. I will go crappie fishing later today. Our brush piles are now finally coming into play. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. One bedroom cabins are still $59/day and they all are single units with no duplexes and all have covered porches. Trolling motors are also free on fishing pontoon rentals. You have 28-acres to roam and are not huddled up on a hillside with little parking. You will like our big dock with security system with different sized stalls for different sized boats with gutters on the roof and access fingers on both sides of your boat.   

Norfork Lake fishing, lake conditions and fall foliage report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 557.20 and has dropped about 1/2 inch with one generator running. The other is down for maintenance. You would think they would do the maintenance the last six months when they were shut down.  We received about 1-1/2 inches of rain last night and the creeks run hard. The fall doliage is just starting to turn with the sumac turning on the roadways and some ornamental trees and shrubs getting yellow and red.  Not much change on the hillsides yet. I cannot tell if it will be good yet but it usually is if it is not dry. The grass is green and still growing. The weather is much cooler today after 80 yesterday with a cold front coming through.  It is to be in the 70's again early next week. We have several good fishermen in now and they are catching mostly walleye, crappie and bluegill. A lot of the bass caught are small with many short ones coming up in the creeks in the evening. i am still seing no white bass. It is too cool to go diving this weekend so I will pole fish. It is easier anyway but not as fun. It looks to be a good fall for fishing and the lake is in excellent condition both for level and water clarity and there are lots of fish. Fish kills and too many dead small stripers pictured lining the dock floors have hurt the red meat fish population but we will see. They stock a lot of them and they grow fast.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 557.26 and is dropping less than 2-inches/day. The surface temperature was about 80 when I went diving yesterday. The visibility was poor after the lake turnover but should clear up a bit soon as it settles out. I saw very little algae bloom this year and did not see the thermocline drop past 27-feet all year. The visibility was pretty good all year but spearfishing was just fair. Crappie were good but walleye and catfish were below fair. I will keep going until the surface temperature drops to below 70. I hate to give up. I am seeing less and less fish everyday but it is probably do to the visibility. I am only seeing bass, crappie, catfish and walleye and most of the walleye are undersized. Fishing should improve as we get into the month and after full moon. We will see if the walleye and striper move to the bank at dark on full moon in Novermber to feed. This is the time for stick baits on the 12th with a big moon. They do not always do this but the best walleye bite will be on the bank just before dark just do not know about the stripers. Try soft plastics too. Thanksgiving is a good time to catch some big fish. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 557.40 and has dropped a little less than 2-inches in the last 24-hours. The lake is at an excellent level and condition for fishing and boating. The surface temperature was 80-degrees when I went diving yesterday.  The visibility was not very good but there were a lot of fish on brush at 25-32 feet. Mostly bass, walleye and crappie.  I still have not seen a White Bass for months and they are usually a nuisance when diving. I went to 40-ft. deep and found no thermocline.  It looks like the lake has turned and took the visibiliry with it. I still got one nice walleye and a couple of big crappie on main lake points on brush. Several walleye just short are showing up now. There are lots of bass with some big Kentuckies in the three pound range. Spoons, plastic worms and finesse worms are working best. Crappie are biting 1/4 ounce Bink's spoons and minnows on a slip float. The weather has been great and the fishing is getting better every day.  Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. It is to be 80 again tomorrow. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 557.70 and rising just a bit with very little generation. It rained a little over 2-inches in a two day period and the creeks run hard for a while. We were very dry. Everything is very green again and the grass is growing. There is little sign of any fall foliage color. The level of the White River at Newport is 11.2 feet for some stupid reason. Hold and hope is their motto and keeping the level up is their game. At least the level is good for right now for fishing and boating. I went out for a few minutes this morning and caught a few off crappie rock with the grub and minnow. Fishing in the morning and diving in the afternoon. Things are tough.  It was cool and rainy almost all day yesterday but is sunny and beautiful today and for the next several days. Come on down and we will not charge you too much. Your first boat stall is free and we are open all year. 

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The lake level is 557.68 and has dropped a little over 1-inch in the last 24-hours with very limited generation. The White River at Newport actually dropped to under 11-feet yesterday. I sure hope they do not hold the level up so high this year and then blame the spring rains. That lame excuse is getting old. The level now is optimal for fishing and boating but is where it should have been in early June not October. Impeach the Corps of Engineers. It was a perfect day yesterday but rained a little last night and is still raining now. We have received a total of about 0.4 inches and it has all sunk in with the ground being so dry.  It is to be beautiful starting tomorrow for several days with highs in the low to mid 70's.  Bass, crappie, walleye and catfish are biting pretty well but not great. Look for brush on main lake points in 20-30 feet of water and use the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon mostly and also a plastic worm. The fall foliage is showing just a litte color but not much. I am still expecting the peak to be the very last of this month. Blackburns is your fall foliage headquarters for Mountain Home, Norfork Lake and the Ozark Mountain region. We have cover for your motorcycle and will help you with scenic routes. Come on Down. We will not charge you too much and are open all year. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 557.81 and has dropped a little over 1-inch in the last 24-hours and they are holding the White river at 11-ft.  I guess they are worried about a flood. We definitely need someone else to manage the dam. The lake is at a good level for boating and fishing but needs to be a lot lower coming out of the winter. Fishing is getting better and better. I am a walleye, crappie and catfish guy and do not fish for the red meat fish much. Bass fishing is good with several smaller ones being caught but some good ones too. Walleye are scattered and not schooled and bass are schooled. White Bass are gone. Crappie fishing is fair with a lot of smaller ones in the 10-11 inch range being caught off Blackburns Brush piles. A few smaller stripers are showing up.  The surface water temperature is dropping is dropping with the cooler nights and is now in the high 70's and varies with the time of day and amount of sunshine. Most varieties start biting about 8:AM or about one hour after sunrise. Main lake points with brush is a good place to start. Top water fish are mostly small bass. Diving conditions are good around Robinson for walleye.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 558.09 and is dropping less than 2-inches/day. They are holding Newport religiously under 12- feet to control flooding during this drought. The level is perfect now for Norfork and Blackburns where you can drive or walk 1/3 mile to the dock and get on with no steps. We will see if the incompetent lake management keeps lowering the level or hold and hope and allow the level to remain too high all winter.  It rains here in the spring boys. The surface temperature was near 80 when I went diving and I went to near 40-feet deep and found no thermocline. The temperature was nearly the same from 10-feet down to 40-feet. The deepest the thermocline has been is 27-ft. all year and it does not drop as the water cools.  You cannot see the thermocline on your fishfinder. The water is pretty clear and what people think is the thermocline is just where the light stops penetrating. The crappie bite has fallen off quite a bit and they are not as big as they were a week ago. Bass and walleye fishing is the best with crappie third.  You cannot go fishing once a week and write a fishing report. Things are changing rapidly. I am still seeing no White Bass and am starting to believe they are not there. They are the go to fish when people cannot catch anything else and are fun to catch. We need them. We will see if the stripers move to the bank in November for a night bite to feed but I have my doubts about that. It does not happen every year. The walleye bite in the fall does happen though with soft plastics just at sunset until dark. I got some good walleye yesterday and a couple of crappie. Come on down. Blackburns is open all year and has the best prices. I know where the fish are and will help you. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 558.23 and continues to drop a little less than 2-inches in a 24 hour period. The conditions were sunny and hot when I went diving yesterday. The surface temperature was in the late 70's and the visibility was pretty good at about 8-9 feet. I went down to 35 feet and found no definite thermocline and only slight temperature variation. The fish that I found were deeper than earlier in the week with many big bass at 20-25 feet  and several good walleye and a few crappie with them. Out on the main lake points where they start to drop off are a good place to start. It is to cool later this week with highs near 70 and lows in the 50's. I will be sorry for summer to be over. The lake in general is in excellent condition for fishing and boating. 

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Mr. and Mrs. Roy Woods from Mississippi show off a variety pack. Image title

The lake level is 558.41 and has dropped a little less than 2-inches in the last 24-hours. When i went diving yesterday a lot has changed. Many of the bass have left the main lake points.  There were still some out on the points in 16-ft. of water but not nearly as many and not nearly as many big ones. Also a lot of the crappie were gone. I went down over 30-feet and found no thermocline. That does not mean there is not one but it has been in the 26-ft. range all summer. It does not go down as the water cools. I was low on air and did not want to go deeper. I will check it out tomorrow. I did see several walleye at about 20ft. where there were none a few days ago. Tom Kelly did catch some good crappie at about 25-ft. and we put them in the pond. The weather remains warm and the surface temperature is near 80. We received 1.6 inches and 1.2 inches of rain last week and everything is very green.  The lake is in very good condition for boating and fishing. The level is perfect and you can drive to Blackburns dock and step right on. The visibility is just fair for diving and seems to be the same from 5-30-ft.  Come on down to Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. We will not charge you too much.  $59/day for a one bedroom. Not bad. Blackburns is your fall foliage headquarters for Norfork lake, Mountain Home, Ozark Mountain Region and Northern Arkansas. So far it still looks to peak the very last of This month. Looks to be good this year so far. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 559.10 and is still dropping about 2-inches a day. The surface temperature was 80 degrees when I went diving yesterday and the visibility was pretty good .  It rained 1.6 inches earlier and and it cooled the water. You could really tell the difference when i jumped in. I went to a main lake point and fish were everywhere. Mostly crappie and bass but a few walleye too. A lot of good sized bass and some large crappie but hundreds of smaller ones. They were shallow in 12-18 feet of water and suspended off the bottom. I was only looking for big fish so I let the walleye go but picked up a couple of crappie for supper. Diving conditions were very good for september. The pole fishermen caught some nice bass and crappie also with the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon over 30-ft. brush. I am not seeing any schools of walleye or any white bass.  All of the surfacing fish are bass. They are coming up about 6-PM but most are small. Cast the 1/8th ounce spoon over them.  I did not check for thermocline because I did not need to go that deep. I will next time. It is going to get very warm later on this weekend and will be a good time for a boating trip. Summer is not over and our big pool is open. Blackburns is open all year and will not charge you too much.  We are the fall foliage headquarters for Norfork Lake, Mountain Home area and the Ozark Mountain region. Peak will be about the very end of October. Come on down.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 560.28 and dropping about 2-inches/24 hour period. The weather has cooled a bit and it is now very comfortable but cloudy. It looks like the storm that hit Texas hard will miss us and go to the Kansas City area with quite a bit of rain.  We are very dry here. The boys that went out this morning caught a lot of fish and most of them are on main lake points. If you see fish coming up throw the 1/8th ounce Bink's spoon past them and hop it back. That is about the only thing that they will bite on now. I am still seeing no White bass. Bass and crappie are the best bite now. The lake is in excellent condition for fishing, boating and swimming. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 560.93 and is dropping about 2-inches a day with reduced generation. They are doing their best to hold the water up for as long as possible. The surface temperature is still 86 degrees and the creeks are stained a bit but the main lake is clear. The visibility is still good for this time of year. We have a group of divers in and they are doing well with crappie, walleye and catfish. They are good divers and come every year. I got one walleye and four crappie and all of them were on or near brush in 18-25 feet of water. The thermocline is hanging in there at about 26-feet with cold water at 30. I am seeing no fish below 30. A few bass are coming up early but they are small. There are still a lot of good Kentucky Bass inside of main lake points shallow. Fishing is picking up with crappie, bass and catfish being the best. I am using the 1/4 ounce Bink's jigging spoon while pole fishing and a 24-inch spear when diving. They are always eating steel if you can find them. Come on down to Blackburns and we will not charge you too much. It is busy here and if you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. You can get a one bedroom cabin here for $59/day with no charge for your first boat stall and trolling motors on pontoons are free. All cabins have covered porches with no duplexes. Bink's caught some good ones yesterday.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 561.49 and it is dropping about 3-inches a day with one generator running most of the time. The bowl is getting smaller and the level is dropping faster with the same amount of generation. They are doing a good job of keeping the White River at Newport at 12-feet for no reason and holding the lake level up as high as possible for as long as possible. Good job boys. It is an example of why we cannot let the government run anything. The surface temperature is staying in the mid 80's and the lake is fairly clear. Some walleye have moved to the flats near Cranfield Island and catfish are at the mouth of Blackburns Creek. Stripers are dying near the dam and it is just a good time to leave them alone and not cause then anymore stress. Many kentucky bass are on the sides of main lake points in 14-18 feet of water. Crappie are suspended over brush about 15-17 feet down. I am seeing no fish below 30-feet. It is still summer here with ambient temperature hanging in there in the low 90's. Overall fishing is just fair but is getting better.  I will let you know when the lake starts to turn. You have to be under water to know this.  All the rest is just speculation. It will probably be in mid October. Blackburns resort and Boat rental is your fall foliage headquarters for Norfork Lake, Mountain Home, Arkansas, Northern Arkansas and the Ozark Mountain Region. We will help you with suggested routes and have covered storage for your motorcycles. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Our big pool is open.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 562.32 abd has dropped three inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running most of the time. The surface temperature was 86 degrees when I went diving yesterday morning. what i did see is that the fish are not in any normal summer pattern. I am seeing hundreds of good sized Kentucky bass and a few schools of barely legal crappie with just a few large ones mixed in. That is about it. I see smaller fish shallow in 12-14 feet, larger ones 14-22 feet and not much below that. There is nothing below 30-feet. Crappie are on brush in 30-35 feet of water but suspended above the brush about 15ft. down. There is not much else out there except for a few catfish on jugs baited with perch. I have seen no White Bass for months. There are some fish coming up in the morning but are not White bass. They are all small bass. Bluegill fishing is very good on crickets. Striper fishing near the dam is dead literally.  The lake is in excellent condition and the weather remains hot. I saw three boats out on the lake total and they were all my rentals. It is busy here and we like that. People are taking advantage of our low prices. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 562.59 and is still dropping a little over 2-inches in a 24-hour period. Surface temperature is still about 86 degrees and is perfect for swimming and boating. Ambient temperatures continue to be near 90. We received a pop-up shower yesterday in the afternoon and it rained hard. About 0.6 inches here at the resort. Other places close by got none. Fishing overall is fair with crappie, walleye and catfish being the best.  Dead stripers are showing up down by the dam and I am sorry to see this. It always happens in high water years. It is caused by low oxygen.  There is little or no oxygen below about 30-feet and that is why most fish are at or just above the thermocline which is about 26-feet. Fall is quickly approaching and it looks to be a good year for fall foliage. Blackburns Resort and Boat rental is your fall foliage headquarters. Peak usually occurs the very last of October but we will monitor this for you and post on this blog. It is a good time for fishing too. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. Our big pool is open. 

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The lake level has hit 563 even and is still dropping about 2-1/2 inches in a 24-hour period. The creeks are stained a bit and the main lake is clear. Surface tempersture is 87 degrees and the weather has been hot and is to continue to be so for several days. We have been dry for several days.  The lake is in excellent condition for swimming, boating and fishing. We are still in summertime. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Blackburns has only two tiers of pricing: Summer and off-season. Others have at least three. We are on off-season before Memorial day and after Labor day. The big pool is open and sparkling. It sure was fun here last week. Full house and lots of good people. We like it here when people have fun and still be respectful of property and others. That is why we have so many repeat customers.  Fishing is pretty good and getting better every day. Still no White Bass. i do not know where they are. 

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The lake level is 563.14 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. The lake is in excellent condition for fishing and boating and the surface temperature is 87 degrees. It is summertime here on Norfork lake. Blackburns was very busy here last week with nearly all the cabins full and several boats rented. People are taking advantage of our low prices on both cabins and boat rentals. Our big pool with slide was very busy. You can get a one bedroom cabin for only $59/day with a free boat stall. People were fishing off the dock, out of bass boats and off fishing pontoons. They were catching bass, crappie and walleye on brush piles, bluegill and catfish off the dock and catfish on trotlines and jugs. Walleye are moving to the flats by the Island. Spoons, brim and crickets are all working well. I put several nice fish in Tom Kelly's trophy pond. Jeff Barber was here from pocahontas, Arkansas and was fishing with a spoon and also live bait with jugs and trotlines. The Bornhop boys had fun and their dad helped with with several big jobs. They brought several friends and it was a pleasure to meet them. Blackburns is the family fun and fishing place and we will not charge you too much. We have many repeat customes and appreciate them. Very much.

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The lake level is 563.57 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours. It is a good thing we have been dry. The weather continues to be hot with tomorrow being a little cooler and then hot again Monday. There are a few things changing. First there is a mud line forming at about 20-feet until about 27-feet with poor visibility. The visibility is still good to 20-feet and then again at 30-feet. This always happens but is a little slower this year. The thermocline starts at 25-feet and is cold at 30. Many fish are in the mud line making them difficult to get diving. I have no idea when the lake will turn but am guessing October 15th. This does not kill the fishing but makes it more difficult because the fish have no reason to be in any particulae place except for cover and food. Some times the turn is fast and other times gradual. 1/4 ounce spoons around main lake points touching the bottom in the mud line is the best bait now. Kentucky Bass, crappie and walleye are all there. Blackburns has cabins for $59/day and all have covered porches, no duplexes and your first regular sized boat stall is free as are trolling motors on pontoons. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and the big pool is open. Summer continues.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 563.96 and has dropped about 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running most of the time. Newport is now at 11+ feet to Hold the lakes at a higher than normal level. The lake is in excellent condition for fishing, diving, boating and swimming with a surface temperature of about 85 degrees. The thermocline is about 27 feet and the visibility there is about 8-feet. Many fish have moved above that though including bass  and crappie. I went diving yesterday and found several large crappie at 20-feet. Diving conditions are very good with no mud line and lots of fish moving in. I still am not seeing any White Bass. People are sure killing a lot of small stripers though out of deep water. I put two channel cats, one flathead and six bluegill in the pond caught off my dock. It is to remain hot here for the next week with highs in the mid 90's. Good time for a summer vacation with little boat traffic. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Winter prices are here. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 564.16 and has dropped about 2-inches in the last 24-hours. I predicted several weeks ago it would be 564 by Labor day. They have done an excellent job of holding the level up all summer and the level of the White River at Newport is holding at just below 12-feet for absolutely no reason. We certainly need someone different  running the dams.  I was hoping the new guy would be better but he is worse. We are crazy if we think the government can run anything. The rules need to be reviewed and changed. There is no danger of a flood anywhere around here and we are very dry. Hold and hope is their motto and protect Branson is their game. There was a news article on TV about how high all of the lakes are in the area except Table Rock which is normal and encouraging people to go there and bragging about their tourism. This is not fair. The swim beaches should be in operation by the end of October. Good timing.  Norfork lake is still in excellent condition despite the higher than normal fall level and fishing is getting better everyday and will continue to do so until turnover in October and then keep getting better. I catch a lot of big fish in November. Most boat launches are about normal with more and more parking everyday. This is my favorite time of year. Come on down we will not charge you too much. Blackburns has cabins for $59/day and fully equipped fiberglass bass boats and fishing pontoons for you to rent at the best prices. It was a great weekend with all of our pontoons rented, a full house and nice quiet respectful  people. We like our many repeat customers and thank them. Blackburns is your family and fishing place and we will not charge you too much.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 564.67 and has dropped a little less than 2-inches in the last 24-hours. The surface temperature is about 83 degrees and the visibility is good  and you can see about 8-feet off rocky banks. Many Kentucky bass and crappie have moved to the bank at about 20-feet along with a few walleye. This has just happened. If you can find brush at 20-25 feet there will be crappie on them. Several are just on the main lake side  of main lake points with some straight out on the points. I saw very few fish at 30-feet where they were earlier. The thermocline starts at 25-feet and is cold at 30-feet. It was encouraging to see so many good fish. i still am seeing no white bass at all which is very unusual. I wish people would quit killing all of these small stripers and taking pictures of dock floors lined with small dead fish. It is not impressive.  When you fish in deep water and catch fish they all die no matter their size.  The limit needs to be reduced to two fish for stripers and hybrids. They do not dress out very well anyway for meat hunters but are fun to catch. Wait until they are on top or on the bank. This will happen this fall. Blackburns has $59/day cabins starting Tuesday and the fishing is getting better every day. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 564.98 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running part of the time. The Corps of engineers should be proud.  They have successfully held the lake high for the entire summer. The White River at Newport is at 12+ feet and they still will not drop the lake. The surface temperature is in the mid 80's and the lake is in excellent condition for swimming and boating. I went diving yesterday and the visibility was not quite as good as Monday but still ok for spearfishing. I found walleye on main lake steep banks in 25-feet of water near the first ledge and crappie on brush from 25-30 feet. Many bass were a little shallower than that. We have had very nice weather the last few days and it is to be good through the holiday and beyond. After Monday you can get a cabin here at Blackburns for $59/day and the fishing will get better and better for the next several weeks. Bink is catching good fish every day and scuba diving is excellent. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. If you are staying elsewhere and paying too much this weekend stop by here and check us out on your way home. We are proud of this place. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 564.84 and is exactly the same as it was 24-hours ago. They have cut way back on generation. I give them too much credit when I said they did not quit generating when it rains earlier. They just waited a day. The lake is clearing after the runoff and the surface temperature is in the mid 80's. Blackburns still have one cabin available for the weekend. 3-day minimum. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 564.86 and has dropped a little less than an inch in the last 24-hours. We received over 2-inches of rain last night and this morning and the creeks run hard. They are slowed way down now. At least they did not quit generating during the rain like they usually do. We are catching a few catfish on our jugs but not very many. There are just too many gar. The weather has cooled and the surface temperature is about 85 degrees. I am not excited about summer ending but I will continue to dive until late October. I like three seasons but not winter. I do catch a lot of fish in the winter though. Remember that Blackburns resort and Boat rental is your fall foliage headquarters for Norfork Lake, Mountain Home and the Ozark Mountain Region. Peak foliage is usually the very last of October but you can get updates on this blog. It is also a peak time for fishing. Bink is on the stripers and walleye with his spoon. Some fish are deep annd some are at or near the thermocline at about 30-feet near the bottom. Bluegill are under docks. I predicted that the lake level would be about 564 by Labor day weekend a month ago and I still hold to that. I wish it would drop more to make my brush piles at the right depth for bass, crappie and walleye fishing but mostly so people could see sand again and leave it alone. I have a big sand pile next to my big pool. Blackburns has one cabin available for next weekend and a pontoon available for rent. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. The grass is growing very fast and everything is very green. The lake is at a perfect temperature for swimming and boating and is in good condition.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 565.17 and continues to drop a little over 2-inches/ 24 hour period with generation a little more time. We received over 1-1/2 inches of heavy rain yesterday afternoon with a lot of lightening.  The creeks did run but not enough to raise the lake level. We were very dry but not now. Everything is very green and the weather has cooled with cloudy skies and chances of rain for the next several days. We seem to get a rain everytime we need one. The lake is in excellent condition for boating and swimming and has dropped 9-feet from it's high and the surface temperature is in the high 80's. Visibility is about 5-6 feet. The fish continue to be in two groups. One deep near the botoom in 60-80 feet of water and others near the thermocline. It is late August and the thermocline should not drop anymore this year unless it gets very hot again. It is about 27-feet and seldom gets below 30-feet unless the surface temperature gets into the 90's which has happened before. The fishing will get better and better after the holiday until sometime in October when the lake turns. The water will then be homogenous with no thermocline with equal temperature and oxygen for several feet and the fish have no reason to be anywhere special except for bait and cover. This is where brush piles really help fishing. The fishing gets good again and continues to get better until about thanksgiving. As winter cools the water in December red meat fish get scarce again and lethargic and hard to get and the lake gets very clear baring any heavy rains. Early to mid October is an excellent time to come fishing as is early to late November. Early October for walleye and November for giant crappie. Bass will be the most consistent bite. If you have a flexible schedule get in touch and I will tell you what is happening now.   

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 565.41 and continues to drop a little over 2-inches/24 hour period with a little more than 1/2 the time generating. The creeks are clearing up a bit and the surface temperature is back to near 90 with the hot weather. There are still a lot of fish at or near the thermocline which is still less than 30-feet. Visibility is still about 5-6 feet. Spoons are working the best now for both the 30-ft. fish and the 60-70 foot fish. Just use a bigger one for the deep fish. Catfish are starting to bite again and bluegill are biting crickets. Bass fishing is slow except for the after dark salt craws. I am seeing a few bass coming up in the evening. I wish people would quit killing all of those deep small stripers in the 8-10 pound range. We will pay for it later. Blackburns still has two openings for the labor day holiday so give us a call before you have to pay too much elsewhere. Our big pool is waiting for you. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 566.26 and is dropping at a rate of 2-inches/day with generation about 1/2 the time. The level at Newport has dropped below 12-feet now. This is crazy boys. Let some water out. And some people want the government to run more things. They have done an excellent job of holding it up all summer and are trying to get through until way after Labor Day. They cannot use the excuse that it is flooding elsewhere anymore. Our area is below annual average precipitation.  I had a 90-degree surface water temperature in Blackburns creek an hour ago. It is to remain hot for several more days. The creeks are stained and the main lake is somewhat less stained. A lot of fish are at or just below the thermocline which is 25-27 feet. Some smaller stripers in the 8-10 lb. range are coming in along with some good walleye. Bass fishing is fair and catfishing is less than fair but some are being caught. Bink is catching some good fish on his spoon.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 566.68 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 1/2 the time. It has come down over 7-feet from it's high and has taken a long time to do so. You can at least walk or drive the 1/3 mile to the lake with out taking the high road. This is good.  Some crappie have moved in to brush at 20-25 feet but there is not very much of that. Most of my brush still at least 12-feet too deep. I am using the 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon for them. They are not the big ones though. I am concerned about the numbers of white bass. I usually see many of them diving this time of year but have seen none. I do not fish for them but they are a good go to fish when nothing else is biting. Maybe the earlier fish kill was worse than we expected or maybe they are just in another area. People are just not bringing any in. The surface temperature is in the mid 80's and the hot weather continues. The lake is in good condition for boating and swimming and the overall fishing is fair. Water is stained but normal for August. The fishing will get better and better until lake turnover in October and then get better again. Thanksgiving is my favorite time to get bass, crappie, walleye and red meat fish. Catfishing has been slow so far but some are being caught spooning for bass and walleye. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake is dropping again after the rain. The creeks are stained and the walleye are schooling. Caught today on A Bink's spoon near the bottom in 30-ft. of water. 8 caught 5 measured.  Go to www.greatamericanwildlife.com and click on article about fishing near the thermocline. Good information. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 567.87 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with generation about 1/2 the time. We received heavy rain after midnight and the level has been rising slowly since then. They always quit generating when it rains to maximize the effects.   I received over 2-inches locally and the creeks run hard. They are calmed down now and they are just starting to generate again. At a rate of 2-inches/day drop we should drop about 3-1/2 feet by Labor Day weekend and be at 564 which is still 10-feet above where it should be this time of year but not bad.  They have had ample time to drop the lake but refuse to do so. The overall condition of the lake is good for swimming and boating. Fishing is only fair for bass, stripers, catfish and bluegill. A few scattered schools of crappie are showing up. I am seeing almost no white bass while diving.  I do not know where they have gone but they are not showing up with the deep walleye and stripers. The lake is stained and the visibility is not the best but that is not uncommon for August. It will get better as the water cools but do not look for that to happen anytime soon with very hot weather coming next week. Day use areas for swimming, launching and parking are getting a little bit better but are not good. Most Resorts have full services. If you have a desperate need for sand we have a large pile by our big swimming pool.   When you ask for openings always ask 1: Is this a duplex? 2: Do you have ample parking for my vehicle and boat trailer? 3: Do you have a pool and how big is it? 4: Do you have covered porches? 5: Do you charge for the first boat stall at your dock? 6: Do you have trolling motors on pontoons and are they free? Do you have a dock and how big is it? How far are you from town? This will prevent any big surprises when you arrive. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 568.11 and is dropping about 2-inches a day with generation about 1/2 the time. They are keeping the White River at Newport at 12-feet no matter what. We seem to be in a pattern of hot and sunny weather until the heat of the day and then getting rain. It gets black to the west and hits about 3-PM. The grass is greening up again as we were very dry. We are to get rain for the next few days and then get hot again by next week. The mornings are very pleasant for fishing and boating and again in the late afternoon after the rain when it clears back up. The lake in general is in good condition and is a bit stained with surface temperature in the mid to higher 80's and perfect for swimming. Come on down. We will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 568.68 and has dropped about 2-inches in the last 24 hours with generation about 1/2 the time. It is very dry here. The lake is clearing a bit and the surface temperature is about 86 degrees. Walleye, bass, catfish and bluegill are the best bite now. The weather and lake conditions are excellent for swimming and boating. It is very busy here at blackburns and people are having a lot of fun. We like that. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 569.10 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is below 12-feet.  Let some water out boys. It is very dry and there is no flooding anywhere near here.  This is crazy. You cannot let the government run anything. The lake in general is in very good condition but is stained a bit but not unusual for this time of year. Fishing has held up pretty well with bass fishermen doing well after dark on saltcraws and stripers and walleye deep on jigging spoons. Bluegill are hitting on crickets. A few crappie are under the dock.   The surface temperature is in the mid 80's.  The weather has been great but dry with highs in the mid 80's. it is to get more normal next week with highs again in the early 90's. The days are shorter so the heat does not last as long. My walnut trees are dropping leaves already.  It is very busy here at Blackburns with people taking advantage of our low cabin rates, low boat rental costs and free boat stall with your cabin. Our big sparkling pool with slide and baby pool has been the center of attraction all summer. We are a bird sanctuary and have lots of wildlife on our 28-acres. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. All cabins are individual with no duplexes and have covered porches. You can get a one bedroom cabin for $75/day. Not bad. The children need one more trip before vacation is over. They will like it here. I do.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 569.81 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 1/2 the time. They are keeping the White River at Newport at 12-feet at all costs. Striper fishing is still pretty good and the fish are very deep. You must just want meat to catch them there now as all of them will die when brought up. Remember the possesstion limit is twice the daily limit. The same goes for the walleye with them. Bass fishing with drop-shotted worms is fair during the early morning as are salt craws after dark. Bluegill under docks and around sunken willows is good on crickets. I am seeing few crappie. The lake needs to drop several feet before my brush piles come into play. The fall fishing for crappie should be very good as few have been caught this year so far. Bait fish are everywhere and the game fish are not having any trouble finding food. I am not having the best of luck now with catfish. You still have time to take the children on a lake vacation and Blackburns resort and Boat rental has the best place with the best price and the biggest pool.  Come on down. We will not charge you too much. Blackburns is the family place. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 569.97 and is dropping about 2-inchers in a 24-hour period with generation about 1/2 the time and they are religiously sticking to the 12-ft. level at Newport despite the dry weather. Let some water out boys. Holding the area lakes up for so long is really stupid and there is no real reason for it. The lake in general is in very good condition and only the day use areas including beaches and launch parking are affected. There is very limited swimming from the shore but most resorts have full services. You can swim and fish off Blackburs dock or also swim in our big pool with slide of off a rental pontoon.  we have 12 of them and at the best price.  Yes you do have to rent a cabin to rent a boat.  Sorry that is the Corps of Engineers rule not mine. Stupid rule. You can get a boat and cabin here for less than a boat rental at most other places and have access to other resort amenities. Fishing is still pretty good for bass and bluegill and Bink is still on the stripers and walleye. The water surface temperature is about 86 degrees and changes from pretty clear to stained almost daily.   

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 570.67 and has dropped about 2-inches in the lst 24-hours with generation about 1/2 the time. They are hanging on to that 12-ft. level at Newport like a life raft in a flood. I sure would like to know how that level was determined. There is abosutely no reason for it. The minor flood level is 26 feet. This needs to be reviewed and changed. The weather has been beautiful and is to continue so. This is a perfect time for a vacation for swimming, boating and just relaxing here at Blackburns. The lake is in excellent condition and the price is right. The grass is green, the dock is big, the pool is sparkling and Bink is on the fish. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The Bink's spoon is the best lure for big stripers. I like the 1-ounce many shad now when they are deep. Image title

The lake level is 570.98 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 1/2 the time. They must be trying to hold the level up until after labor Day. It is very cloudy today and much cooler. The weather is to be near perfect for several days starting tomorrow. We did receive just a very little bit of much needed rain this morning and may get some more. I hope so. This has been the best year for gardens in quite some time. Not too much rain and not too little. Just a little irrigation is needed. The lake has stained some in the last few days and the visibility has gone down as the surface temperature has gone up. It is now near 90. Some days higher and some lower. Spear fishing is still ok but you cannot see very far. I still have large numbers of both threadfin and gizzard shad under my dock and they are really bringing in the fish. I feed them also and they just swarm. Early morning stripers deep on the spoon is the best bite and after dark with salt craws is second and bluegill with crickets is third. We have some good fishermen in now and I will check with them. I need the lake to go down a few feet to have my brush piles come into play for the crappie. Blackburns still have cabins for $75/day so come on down. We will not charge you too much for them or boat rentals. Our big pool is very busy. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 571.12 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with a little more generation. The White River at Newport is at 12-feet + now and they are spreading the discharge out over several lakes. If it stays as dry as it is now maybe it will go down by Labor day. They have done an excellent job of starting at a high level in the spring and holding it up all year. The lake in general is in very good condition for boating, fishing and swimming. The clarity has diminished in the last few days but that always happens with the hot weather. I will go diving later and get a new report. Some fish are schooling early AM but are scattered with the bait fish staying under cover in the buckbrush. As the lake lowers, and the thermocline lowers  they will move out further and stay near it. The red meat fish are deep as usual this time of year and the spooners are getting some good ones but also many small ones in the 7-10 lb. range. They all die when pulled up from deep water so if you do not want to kill them do not fish for them there. Pictures of dock floors full of small dead stripers are not impressive. They are all stocked fish and do not reproduce.  Anybody with a good fish finder can hang 6-8 poles with live bait over the boat and troll long enough through shad and get fish on and then hand the pole to someone else and let them reel it in. That is not sport to me. They do not dress out very well anyway if you are a meat hunter. A lot of fish being cleaned now are full of crawdads so the big fish are going to the bank some time or other to feed. I have a lot of both gizzard and threadfin shad under my dock now which is 30+ feet deep and some large bass are hanging around there. I assume this is happening in other places. Big bluegills are biting well on crickets off docks now. Some over a pound. Now those are good eating. Some walleye are off the bluffs in 24-ft. of water. The bigger ones are lone wolves but smaller ones are schooled and roaming and some are deep with the stripers. Bass fishermen are doing well after dark on saltcraws.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 570.31 and has remained the same for three days with very little generation. They are doing their best to hold it up for as long as possible. The lake in general is in very good condition, clear and clean and good for boating, swimming, diving and fishing. Day users are inconvenienced by lack of parking at the ramps and no beaches but you can swim in our pool, off the dock or off your rental pontoon. Most resorts have no diminished services but some do not have pools so be sure to ask.  We have had typical mid-July weather and it has been very warm and is to last through this week. It is to drop into the 80's by Monday. The surface temperature is near 90. Scuba divers are getting walleye and crappie and fishermen are getting stripers, hybrids and bass. A few catfish are being caught on limb and trot lines using perch. Bluegill are under docks and by submerged willows. Bink is on the stripers and hybrids. Blackburns still has cabins for $75/day and a free boat stall for your normal sized boat. Trolling motors on pontoons are free and all cabins are individual with no duplexes and have covered porches to get out of the sun and rain. We have plenty of parking for boats and trailers and are not huddled up on a crowded hillside. If you like green grass this is the place. Come on down. Sorry we cannot offer specials now to fill openings because we would have to honor the price to all customers. Only fair. We keep our prices as low as possible all year. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 571.48 and has dropped a little less than 2-inches in the last 24-hours. We have received about 0.6 inches of rain in the last two days and it is raining very slowly now. The lake is getting more clear and the thermocline is still just past 21-feet and there is no mud line yet. The surface temperature is 89 not the 79 that I made the typo on yesterday. I would like to go diving but it is just too dark out now. It is to get hot on Wednesday and sunny with high pressure moving in after Barry the dud leaves. I do not like wind and we did not get any. Listening to the wind howl when you have a 160-ft. long dock with 20-boats in it is like waiting for your daughter to come home from a date and she is two hours late. Fishing is not the best except for the red meat fish in the early morning. The hybrids are coming up early and you can catch some stripers and walleye deep near the bottom later in 70-80 feet of water near the bottom. The trollers are catching some if they know what they are doing but the jigging spoon is the best lure. The shakey head plastic worm is still good for the bass in the brush on main lake points. Bluegill are biting well on crickets. Crappie fishing is slow except for under lights off docks after dark. Catfishing is picking up a bit but is not good again. Boating conditions are good with almost no debris in the water. Bass fishing after dark on saltcraws is pretty good. Blackburns still has cabins for $75/day and has some openings starting today. It was very busy last week. It is good to have so many repeat customers and we appreciate them.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 571.79 and has dropped a little less than 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They are in a pattern of running the generators for about 16 hours and shutting them down for about 8. They are dropping all of the lakes now and keeping Newport at 12+ feet. It is a good thing it has been very dry. It is to rain Monday and Tuesday from Barry and we can take some with no problem. We are getting pop up showers most afternoons in the heat of the day keeping most things green. I am watering my garden. I went diving and found not much has changed. The surface temperature was 79 degrees yesterday, the thermocline was just past 20- feet and you could see about 7-8 feet just right for spear fishing. I saw more fish than before including two schools of stripers, several bass, a school of gizzard shad, one walleye and several big bluegill. There were many schools of bait fish mostly bass at the 20-24 ft. depth. There were few boats out there. Most of them were Blackburns rental boats. The lake in general is in good condition for both boating and fishing. The best fishing continues to be early AM at just after 5:30. The big stripers and hybrids are moving deeper and are at about 70-80-feet. Foster caught a big bass, over 5-lbs. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 572.13 and has dropped a little over an inch in the last 24-hours. They are generating for about 16-hours and then shutting down for about 8 and keeping the White River at Newport right at 12-feet or a little above. I guess they are wating for the hurricane to move north through Louisiana and spread across Arkansas. Hold and hope is still the policy unless Branson is affected and then it is open the gates. The lake surface temperature is approaching 90-degrees but the thermocline is still near 20-feet and the visibility is still 8-9 feet depending on the level of sunshine and the kind of bank you are fishing. There are a lot of fish on Robinson island but it is about 13-feet under water. The tree that marked the spot has fallen and it is difficult to find without GPS.  I know this lake pretty well but it sure is different when it is so big. Everything looks so different. The lake in general is in good condition for boating and early morning fishing is not bad. Stripers and hybrids are in there normal summer spots and frog pond is a good place to start.  Bass are coming up most mornings near the old shoreline. Everything is typical for mid July except for the water level and it is very slowly dropping despite the dry weather. Come on down and swim off Blackburns dock or in the big pool. We will not charge you too much.  All of our cabins have covered porches, your first normal sized boat stall is free, we do not charge for trolling motors on pontoons and all cabins are individual with no duplexes and we have the largest pool around and a slide and big pavillion. One bedroom cabins are still $75/day. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 572.43 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours. They quit generating last evening and it is still down. The White River at Newport is now 12.5 feet. I guess they are holding the level up so it will still be there for the next holiday and if the tropical depression in the gulf trends north of Louisiana to Arkansas bringing rain they can really get it up there. I have a four month old grand daughter that could manage the lakes better. It is dry here and we could use some rain. I went diving yesterday and the conditions are the same as last week. I did not go last week do to the holiday. Some of the people out there think a dive flag is a target. There have been jet ski operators go directly over me and try to grab the flag as they go by before. It was much better yesterday with low boat traffic. The thermocline is still 20-feet and the visibility is about 10-feet in the sunshine. Just right for spear fishing. I still am having trouble finding very many walleye but the ones that I see are good ones. Going to try a different place today. My brush piles are all too deep and the fish are scattered in the buckbrush with plenty of cover. Stripers, hybrids, bass and bluegill are the best bite now. Get out there early and watch for fish coming up and then find shad and use the jigging spoon for red meat fish and a shakey head worm near the bank for bass. Bluegill are under docks and around flooded willows. Crappie and walleye are scarce except at night under docks with a light. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 572.53 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They stopped generating all night to get Newport down to the stupid 12-ft. level. It is now just over 13-feet. They at least could be at 14-feet but they changed how the 70% full level is measured. You do not expect much. You do not get much. They could do a lot of good if they would just drop it 2 or 3 feet and it would not hurt anything. The creeks are stained a little more than they were and I am not sure if it is due to the increased boat traffic for the extended Holiday or the rise in water temperature. We will have an algae bloom soon.  I will go diving later and get you a full report of the water conditions. Bass, stripers and hybrids continue to be the best bite and the best time is early AM. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 572.70 and has dropped over 3-inches in the last 24-hours. The Mississippi is dropping, the Missouri is dropping and the Yakima river in Washington state is dropping. I guess it is ok to drop the huge and mighty Norfork lake now. We must keep the level at Newport at 12-feet but nobody knows why when the minor flood stage there on the White River is 26-feet. Did anyone notice they always stop generating during the trout festival no matter what? We must take care of the put and take trout. The lake traffic continued to be heavy (Norfork standards not Lake of the Ozark standards) until yesterday evening. The ramps were very busy and trailers were parked all the way out to the highway. Day users really wanted to get out there bad. It had to be really good for the Mountain Home economy and local businesses. I know Blackburns has 11 pontoon boats and almost all of them were rented. Having all of the beaches and swim areas under water limits the swimming to mostly off boats and off docks and in resort swimming pools. The lake remains in good condition despite the water level with just a small amount of debris floating. It is going away as the lake drops and is less in the creeks than the main lake. The level is about 1.3 feet lower than it's high of 574. Fishing is pretty good early for top water bass and later near the bank on plastic worms. Red meat fish are in their normal places for the year but not quite as deep.I am still seeing pictures of dock floors full of dead small stripers and the striper fishermen will pay the price for this in the future. It is not impressive to see how many you can kill. All of them coming out of deep water will die. Catch a few, leave a few. The limit needs to be dropped to two. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 573.01 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours. Newport is at 12.5 feet and there is no reason to not generate. It is now down about 1-foot from it's high. We received a little over 1/2 inch of rain yesterday afternoon and it is really keeping everything green. It seems to rain just when we need it. The gardens are doing very well. It is not too wet here. The lake traffic has been heavy for several days now with the 4th coming in the middle of the week and people coming here on both sides of it. It should be back to normal tomorrow afternoon. The fishing continues to be the best in the early morning with a top water bite most days with bass coming up. After that the shakey head plastic worm is still the best bait shallow with the Bink's spoon best in the deep water for red meat fish. I had an 87 degree water temperature in Blackburns creek yesterday. The water has stained a bit with the boat traffic but should clear back up until the algae bloom. There is still some debris floating in the main lake but that should go away as the lake drops.  Norfork is in general in good condition for boating and water sports and the fishing is fair. Some catfish have moved back in the creeks as the gar have left the creeks for the main lake. The Straatmans are catching some good ones on jugs with multiple hooks with live bluegill. This is a good time for a visit to the lake and Blackburns Resort where we will not charge you too much. We have an opening starting tomorrow. Come on down. The big pool with slide is nice.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The new news is that they started generating Norfork heavily and the lake has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours. The White River at Newport has not only cut the discharge but the gauge level is now 12+ feet and there is no reason for them to not drop the lake. They have done an excellent job holding it up. The bass condinue to bite top water early and Bink is really on the stripers deep with his spoon. People going out with him are catching some good fish everyday. The lake in general is in excellent condition and pretty clear with just a few floating logs. Be very careful and avoid being out there after dark. If you do, go out before dark and retrace your route on the way back. It looks to be a busy holiday so share the limited boat launch parking. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 574.04 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with a little more generation. The White River at Newport is now 13-feet and dropping quickly despite very little discharge. They will reach that magical number of 12-feet barring any big rains and should start dropping Norfork in a couple of days. At least they were able to keep it up high through the 4th. I went diving yesterday and the conditions were pretty good. The surface temperature was 84 degrees and the visibility was about 8-feet with cloudy skies. It would have been better with sunshine. The thermocline is still at 20-feet and has not changed for a couple of weeks. I still am not seeing very many fish but the ones thet I am seeing are good ones. Bink is really catching some good ones deep on his many shad spoon. He took out the Straatman crew and they had a good time and caught a lot of fish. Glad they went. Nice people and they are welcome here. Bink is one good fisherman. There is also a top water bite most days early for bass near the bank. Blackburns still has one cabin open. We fill up and then get a cancellation. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 574.14 and rising very slowly with little generation. Newport is at 13+ feet headed again for 12 with reduced discharge to keep all of the area lakes up there except for Branson and if we can go another extended period with no rain they might let some out. I am irrigating both grass and gerden now. There were quite a few boats out there this weekend and the ramp parking was really jammed up. Please do not pick up a bunch of passenges at the courtesy dock and leave their vehicles at the parking lot. The lake is clean and clear with just a few logs floating. Fishing is pretty good both early morning and evening with occasional top water near the bank and red meat fish deep. Crappie and other pan fish are under and around docks. Water temperature remains near 84.  Blackburns has one cabin available now so if interested call Debbie at 870-492-5115.  We will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 574.10 and rising very slowly with very little generation. They have dropped the White River at Newport to 14+ feet by not generating much and slowing the discharge rate there in an effort to keep everything high except Branson for the holiday. If it does not rain they will be able to reach the mythical 12 ft. level and start letting some water out. I had an 84 degree water temperature yesterday and the lake remains pretty clear for this time of year. Paul Ahrens reports catching some nice bass yesterday right on the bank on top water early. Bass fishing is probably the best right now but Bink is catching stripers and hybrids on his spoon. I am seeing just a few logs floating on the main lake but not very many. I would not advise being out after dark.  The lake in general is in good condition and most resorts have no diminished services except launching but Panther Bay has good launching.  Day use people are finding a shortage of campsites, trailer parking and swimming from the bank.  All beaches are gone but you can stay at a resort with a pool.   The lake was very busy yesterday and boaters are having a good time. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 573.98 and is what it was at it's high a couple of weeks ago. It has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They are generating Norfork very little and are still running Beaver and Table rock hard with spillway gates open and filling Bull Shoals. They have also dropped the White River at Newport to 17+ feet. We had a storm yesterday afternoon but I know of no damage and we received about 0.3 inches of rain. These are typical in late June and early July during the heat of the day. The lake continues to be in good condition with the clarity pretty good and the surface temperature in the early 80's. Bink is on the stripers and hybrids on his spoon and bass fishermen are doing well around main lake points on plastice worms just outside the buckbrush on the drop-offs.  Crappie and bluegill are under docks. Some bass are coming up early. I am just seeing a few keeper walleye and do not know where they are. They must be suspended now where they usually on the bottom. I am just used to fishing brush piles and they are all too deep now. Blackburns still has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your first normal sized boat stall is free, as are trolling motors on pontoons, all cabins have big covered porches with no duplexes and we have the biggest pool around.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 573.82 and has risen 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with very little generation. Newport is 19+ feet and they are running Beaver lake and Table Rock generators as fast as they can with several spillway gates open filling Bull shoals. It holds a lot of water and it is going to take a long time to drop it. We are to get a whole week of sunny skies starting tomorrow. I went diving yesterday and conditions are pretty good with surface temperatures in the low 80's, visibility from 8-10 feet and the thermocline hanging in there at just over 20-feet. I am still having a hard time finding walleye but the ones I am finding are good ones. Small ones are under docks along with crappie and bluegill. Bluegill are everywhere as are small bass. Many species are still just outside the buckbrush just above the thermocline and can be caught on plastice worms with a very light worm weight hooked Texas rigged and weedless. There is still a top water bite some days for bass and stripers but most of the time they are in 60-ft. of water deep and can be caught on the 1-ounce Bink's many shad jigging spoon. Some schools of small stripers are shallow on shad and other baitfish.  I am seeing no white bass like I usually do. The lake in general is in good condition for boating. Blackburns still has some openings and will not charge you too much. Come on down.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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

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The lake level is 573.71 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours.  We are just about where we were at the high again. They scrapped the idea of opening the gates on Norfork and started running Table Rock hard again to protect Branson and keep filling Bull Shoals. Newport is now at 17 feet. It does not really matter what the level is at Newport as long as Branson is in danger. Otherwise they go by the rules which need to be changed. I went from Cranfield to Robinson Point yesterday and the lake was in excellent condition with no debris. When I scuba dived the water was clear with the thermocline at about 20 feet and a lot of fish just above that just outside the buckbrush. The surface temperature is in the early 80's.  Blackburns still has some openings and will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 573.48 and has risen a little less than a foot in the last 24-hours. It is about 1/2 foot lower than it was two weeks ago.  We received about 4.4 inches of rain over the weekend and they quit generating yesterday evening. They always do when it rains to magnify the effects.  Newport is at 14-feet and so much for the opening of the spillway gates. It is a good thing they had been generating Norfork for several days and it had been dry or they would really have been in trouble. We had two blows, one was Friday and the other was early Sunday afternoon. Friday had no rain and the one Sunday had heavy rain and blew over several trees in the area and resulted in a few hours of power outage. It is a good thing Blackburns is on city water so water supply was not interruped. Our guests were just sitting on their covered porches watching it rain or cooking and playing games under the big pavillion until it was over. We were fortunate to receive no damage and it is nice to be located in a protected green valley. I did not go fishing this weekend as the resort was full but we do have openings now.  Come on down. We will not charge you too much. I will go diving today to check things out and let you know. I will not speculate and must see for myself.  It is cloudy now but the sun is supposed to come out. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 572.78 and has dropped 3.3 inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. They are to open spillway gates Monday to quickly drop the lake but have not announced how many. I will let you know. The lake surface temperature is 82 degrees and rising with the warm weather. We got some wind yesterday afternoon from the north and blew pretty hard with no rain. It lasted about 1/2 hours and blew the top off one of my pontoons. You could not see it coming from the sky conditions but there were whitecaps in Blackburns Creek and that is rare. Everything else was fine and the people renting boats were all in and showing a lot of sense. Bink is really on the Stripers and Hybrids but always is this time of year.  He always says the hotter the better. Come on down. Blackburns has some openings starting tomorrow and you can get a one bedroom cabin for $75/day. Why pay more?

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 573.06 and has dropped 2.8 inches in the last 24-hours with continuous generation. It is down about a foot from it's high.  The surface temperature is about 82-degrees and the thermocline is from 20-22 feet and the water clarity is good on the main lake and fair back in the creeks. You can see about 10-feet on the main lake and 5-feet in the back of creeks. I am just not seeing a lot of big fish but many throw-back bass and 12-15 inch walleye. I just have not found many big ones yet. I thought they may have gone deeper but when I went below 30-feet there was nothing. I will keep trying. When you go up into the buckbrush there are many fish but no big ones except for a very few roaming. There are a few logs floating now but not many.  The water drop is holding many of them on the shore and on shallow points. The lake is in good condition for boating and swimming and only fair for fishing. You have to get out there early and look for top water. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 573.29 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running continuously. They are holding Newport at 12+ feet. I went diving yesterday morning and this is what I found: There were a few logs floating in the lake but not very many. The water was 81+ degrees and had about the same visibility from the surface down to 30-feet with the thermocline at 20-feet. I could see about 10-feet away. It may have been just a little cloudier shallow but the sunshine made up for it. There was no mud line but there will be.  I did not see a lot of fish but the ones I saw were from 15-18 feet just outside the buckbrush. I did not go below 30-feet. Walleye, bass and bluegill were the only kinds I saw. I did get one very nice walleye, about 5-lbs. for Gus for supper but let the rest go on by.  My dock did have a huge school of crappie very shallow along with the bass, bluegill, carp and turtles. It is about 31 feet deep and I have trees hanging off it. One of our guests said there was a good top water bite early for bass. I love diving season but do not see how many I can get just how big. People fishing for stripers in 60-70 feet of water near the bottom should not act surprised when they all die after being caught. If they really care they would not fish for them that deep. The lake in general is in good condition and fishing is fair. Diving conditions are good but I am not seeing a lot of fish. Come on down to Blackburns.  We will not charge you too much and have several boats to rent at the best prices and cabins start at $75/day.   

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Our 30-ft. pontoon with sun and diving deck for only $195/day plus fuel. Has 115 HP 4-stroke Yamaha. Image title

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The lake level is 573.56 and has dropped over two inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running. The level at Newport is 12+ feet and they should be able to keep dropping. This 12 foot rule is really stupid and needs to be changed. It does not allow much to be discharged into the white River. The Norfork River from the dam to the White is only 4-miles and is the same as going directly into the White. They could really do some good if they wanted to. I had an 82-degree water temperature yesterday and the clarity may be going down just a bit. The thermocline is still at 20-feet and that is just below the buckbrush and that is where the fish are. There are some stripers in 60-feet and a top water bite for mostly bass very early. Fishing contiues to be pretty good overall. Blackburns has some openings so come on down. We will not charge you too much. We have 11-pontoons and several bass boats for you to rent and all at the best prices. One bedroom cabins are still $75/day and two, three and four bedrooms priced accordingly. Our pool is big and has a slide and baby pool. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 573.79 and has dropped 1-3/4 inches in the last 24-hours with generation for several hours rotating between one and two generators running. They now have reduced the discharge at Newport drastically and the level is now at their stupid goal of 12-feet so there is now no reason for them not to generate. The level should have been at 25-ft. for the last several weeks.  We did get about a quarter of an inch of rain last evening and was just enough to water the grass and garden. We have been very fortunate that the weather has been dry for several days. The lake is pretty clear and in general good condition for fishing, boating and water sports.  Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 573.92 and has dropped 0.8 inches in the last 24-hours with several hours of generation. I guess they can generate more now that the White River at Newport is at 13-feet and still dropping with very little discharge.  We are lucky that it has been dry here. I have to irrigate both the grass and the garden.  People talk about all of the rain but we have received about 30-inches so far this year and our average total is 48 with about 1/2 of the year gone. A lot of it came in late winter when they could have generated. They will take Newport down to 12-feet no matter what happens to the area lakes. Who ever made these rules should should have to run for public office and let the sun shine on him and resign. I went diving Saturday and the conditions were good. The visibility was pretty good and I could see about 10-feet in an area where it is not normally that good. It is better other places but you do not want it too clear while spearfishing. It is just about right now. The thermocline is at exactly 20-feet and there are a lot of fish just above that. I only fish for walleye, crappie and catfish but will get a white bass or two when times are tough. I got one walleye and one crappie on my first dive of the season and consider that successful since all one my gear worked and I did not forget anything. The surface temperature is just under 80-degrees and should warm with the weather. It felt good.  It looks to be a good diving season but most brush piles are too deep and you will have to get into the buckbrush. I will check several different places and let you know. If you need a dive boat, Blackburns has 11 pontoons for you to rent and Scuba Doo dive shop is 1/2 mile away. Diving from the shore will be very difficult this year.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 573.94 and has risen 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with about 5-hours of generation. They continue to drop the level on the White River at Newport and reduce the discharge.  It is now at 16+ feet and dropping.  It should be at 25-feet if managed properly. The policy of hold and hope continues with rain scheduled for the next several days. I guess they will hold it until all of the lakes are full except for Branson and then open the gates and flood out everyone below bypassing the generators and wasting millions of dollars. Go figure.  You cannot allow the government to run anything. It is about politics and money. Review the policies and change the rules. They have missed many chances to drop the lakes.  The slow rise in level which began this winter has allowed the lake to remain clear and fishing and boating to be good. The beaches, day use areas, camping and launch parking has been the most affected. Most resorts have not lost services.  Spearfishing season starts tomorrow and I am anxious.  I hopefully have all of my scuba gear ready. It only takes one item to fail to ruin a trip. Remember divers are only allowed 1/2 the daily limit of fish.  Not sure why because it is much more difficult to spearfish than pole fish. Pole fishing is doing pretty well now but catfishing has slowed way down. Flatheads are the last fish to spawn on the lake and now their spawn is over. Bass continue to spawn all summer, especiall Kentucky bass, but the bigger ones have been finished for some time. Fish are scattered all over with all of the cover as are shad. Texas rigged worms with a very light nose weight, hooked weedless, are working pretty well. One person caught several bass on a rattle trap yesterday during the day. Come on down. We will not charge you too much here at Blackburns and you will need the covered porches this next week with some rain most days. I would never stay at a place with no covered porches.  It should not rain you out all day. We still have cabins for $75/day and a free stall for most boats and free trolling motors on pontoons for fishing. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 573.87 and has risen about an inch in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of generation. They are still lowering the level of the White River at Newport and lowering the amount of discharge also and missing a good chance to drop the area lakes. We were to get rain yesterday and last night but recieved very little. It was spotty and some got about 0.2 inches and others got none. I will have to water the garden today. The grass is green and the flowers are blooming and we are not too wet. it has been abnormally cool for the middle of June and very pleasant. Mickey McGee reports that he had a good top water bite yesterday morning and caught several stripers and bass. We are always happy to see him and his family.  They are the best.The lake is pretty clear from the surface and the surface temperature is about 80 degrees. It is good for boating and water sports as well as fishing. Day use areas are affected and beaches are gone but most resorts have normal activity. Launching is still ok but parking your vehicle and trailer is at a minimum at the launches. Overall fishing is fair and about normal for this time of year. I went from the 101 bridge to Cranfield Island yesterday and saw one floating log and it was not very big. Blackburns has some openings this next week and we will not charge you too much. We are the family place.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 573.87 and is exactly what it was at this time yesterday. They are generating just enough to keep all of the area lakes stable while dropping the level at Newport very quickly and reducing the amount of discharge. The level there is now at 19-feet and it should be at 24 if they were managing things correctly. We have not received any rain for several days but are to get some today and Sunday. Hold and hope and keep everyone one big rain away from problems. At least the levels are high enough where it takes a lot of water to raise the lake very much. The bowl gets wider and bigger and the level increases. The water from the Mississippi and Missouri is coming no matter what they do to the little White River. It is policy to make everyone miserable at the same time except Branson. Bass fishing, walleye, crappie and striper fishing are all fair with some good fish being caught everyday.  Mostly early and late. Stripers have moved deeper as usual for the summer and are in about 60-feet near the bottom. Many being caught are 10-lbs. or smaller and they do not live coming up from that deep.  They may swim away but cannot go down. Venting does not work as others say. Dock floors and big stringers full of dead 10-lb. stripers are not impressive. The surface temperature was just above 80 in Blackburns creek last evening and a little lower than that on the main lake and the water looks clear from the surface. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 573.87 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours with about 5-hours of generation.  Hold and hope boys. You had better let out as much water as you can now while there is no rain for several days. It is not a good plan to hold and then wait for the farmers to plant and the crops come up and then open the gates and flood them out. A little prevention could be implemented and it should start in November right after harvest. Fat chance of that. The catfishermen are still catching some good ones but the gar are slowing down the bite. When they move in the game fish move out. Bass are still in the brush and cover but some are in open water on shad. Crappie and walleye are under docks as are bluegill and are biting early and late. I am now getting ready for the opening of spearfishing season which is Saturday and then I will quit pole fishing for a while. Diving for fish is harder but I like both. I will see where the fish are and report on the water clarity and thermocline on the diving report on this web site. The clarity looks good from the top but that does not mean anything. You have to look. The cool weather has kept the surface temperature below 80 but it is very pleasant and the sunshine is nice.  We have had several days of beautiful weather and have more to come.  Come on down to Blackburns where we still have cabins for $75/day and several boats for you to rent and all at the best prices.  We will not charge you too much. The lake looks good and people are having fun. You can have pizza and sandwiches delivered right to your cabin here at Blackburns and are 2-miles from Dollar General and three miles to Walmart. You cannot beat that.  No sense staying out in the boonies when you can stay in a peaceful 28-acre green valley close to everything with many birds and wildlife. We have plenty of parking for both your trailers and vehicles and are not on a congested cliff.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 573.45 and has risen about three inches in the last 24-hours with about 5-hours of generation. It drops a ltlle when they generate and rises when they don't. It is mostly don't. We received locally heavy rain earlier this week with varying amounts. Some got 2-inches and some much more. It did not affect the lake much but the rivers got a quick rise and campers had to be evacuated to higher ground but it is back down now with sunny warm weather for several days before a cold front moves in again later next week. Striper fishermen are carching good fish very early about 25-ft. down and then later at sunrise on top water. Bass are still biting on the normal lake bank on plastic worms and top-water but are scattered. Crappie are in cover and under docks. There is plenty of cover. Catfishing on limb lines has slowed back in the creeks and they are biting better on trot-lines on main lake cuts and just around points. I am using live bluegill. The bass being caught are full of crawdads. I am getting ready for spear fishing now and the season starts next Saturday. This is a good time of year. Blackburns still has cabins for $75/day and has no diminished services. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 572.50 and has risen about 2-inches in the last 24-hours with very little generation. They have lowered Newport to 17+ feet in order to cut back on the flow into the Mississippi river like the White River is going to influence that. They are missing a chance to drop the lake and continue to show incompetence in dam management. Hold and hope and then open the gates and flood downstream is their answer to everything. There is no prevention or looking ahead. It is a typical government run operation and is just reactive. We are to get some rain here for the next couple of days but we are dry and can take some with no problem. Almost all of the weather has gone around us and we have been very fortunate. Blackburns has no dininished services and everything is in good condition and the lake is clear and warm for boating and fishing. Surface temperature is over 80. You can swim off our dock or in our big pool. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.

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The lake level is 572.19 and has risen about 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with very little generation. They are dropping Newport quickly again and holding water and missing out on a good chance to drop the lake. Hold and hope will not work.  The surface temperature is about 80-degrees and the lake is pretty clear especially on the shoreline. The Casey Family caught some very nice bass and crappie this morning as well as Tom Kelly. We received a shower this morning and was just enough to water the garden. It is beautiful out now with a good chance for rain the next two days.  The lake is in excellent condition for fishing and boating and most of the resorts have no diminished services. The campers and day use people are the ones most affected with limited launching, parking, campsites and no beaches. Swimming is good out of a boat or in Blackburns big pool. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and you can get a one bedroom cabin for &75/day.   

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 572.14 and has risen a little over 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours. it drops a little when they generate and rising a little when they quit. They do not generate much. We have had beautiful weather but there is a chance of rain tonight and fair chances the rest of the week. We seem to get a rain everytime we need it but still have to irrigate a bit. I fished for a few minutes in blackburns creek after work and caught some pretty good bass. It has been so busy here there has not been too much time for fishing. The gar are moving in the creeks and slowing down the limb line fishing. I will need to move out closer to the mouths of creeks or in main lake cuts with trot lines. Bass are still part way back in creeks in the buckbrush near the old shoreline and I caught several on my grub and minnow. Some were smaller but a few were keepers. I released all of them but put a couple of them in the trophy pond. The lake stained up a little yesterday but it is very clear near the bank and you can see the bottom in about 8-feet and there are fish everywhere. There are many shad fry in the buckbrush holding game fish with some being very small and others about 3-inches long.  Looks to be a good shad population this year even before the next spawn. Blackburns just had a big group leave and have some openings starting today. One bedrooms are still $75/day. If you must pay more give the difference to the disabled Veterans. We will not charge you too much here. Some places charging over $100/day do not even have pools or covered porches.  

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Do you really want to stay where there is no pool or a small one? our 300 MG of internet can barely keep up with all these phones. Image title

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It is a good thing we have the largest pool in the area and slide. With a group this big we need it. They are sure having fun on such a beautiful day. Life is good here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental and we will not charge you too much.

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The lake level is 572 and has risen just a little over an inch in 24-hours with a few hours of generation. I had an 80-degree surface water temperature in Blackburns creek today. The water is very clear and good for swimming and boating. I could see down about 8-feet when running my limb lines today. The threadfin shad have spawned and baby shad are everywhere as are bigger ones. They spawn several times a year. Gar are starting to come in at night with the shad and will slow the catfishing and walleye fishing down quickly. When they move in the game fish move out away from them. I could see bass everywhere in and around the buckbrush. Bluegill too. Shakey head worms are working for bass and cartish. Tom Kelly caught some good ones yesterday. I am using bluegill for the limb lines. You have to bait them up near dark and check them early to keep the heron and bass off them.  The weather has been beautiful but a good chance for rain might happen early next week. We are not too wet here and the garden and grass are really growing. People really appreciate the covered porches on the cabins but not as much as they like the price.  Some are actually raising their prices again. Compare before you reserve. We will not charge you too much here at Blackburns.

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Casey Denham with a nice Flathead caught on a limb line last night.Image title

The lake level is 571.82 and has risen 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 7-hours of generation. We had two weather systems come through and received about 1-inch of rain in this area with the very southern part of the lake getting much more. We had no severe weather here.  It is to be sunny for a few days and then a 20-30 % chance for several days after that. The lake is at a good level for limb lines for catfish and several good ones are being caught. Bass are still biting on the old shoreline on plastic worms and some walleye are with them. Bluegill are under the willow trees on the main lake and some crappie are with them.  Several fish are under docks. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 571.53 and has risen 1.3 inches in the last 24-hours with little generation. We did get a thundershower early this morning but only about 0.3 inches of rain to settle the dust. No damage around here. We are to get more later today but it is sunny and nice out now. It should clear out early tomorrow and be nice for the weekend. The new news is that they have finally closed the spillway gates on Table Rock and cut way back on generation. This comes after it has dropped to below power pool and is normal. You would think they would increase the discharges at Newport to help make up for it but no.  The level at Newport continues to drop with slower discharge and is now about 17 feet headed for 14. They could be at 25. We have been lucky so far to have avoided any heavy rain. Hold and hope and then open the spillway gates is no plan. The lake in general is in good condition and pretty clear, even in the creeks. The fish continue to be between the old shore line and the bank around the buckbrush and other cover. A few red meat fish have moved to deeper water in the 50-60 ft. range.  Crappie are under docks and around any cover. Bass are everywhere with the shad scattered and in cover. Look around both Robinson and Cranfield Islands for walleye.  Shakey head worms are working well for many fish. Limb lines have slowed a bit but some nice catfish are still being caught. Bluegill are still the best bait.  I tried small green softshell crawdads but cannot keep the bass off them. Come on down to Blackburns.  We will not charge you too much. Others are still raising prices.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 571.42 and has risen 1.2 inches in the last 24-hours with very little generation. They have also continued to run Table Rock hard with 5-flood gates open and it is now below June power pool.  This is amazing since all of this water is going into Bull Shoals and it is rising as fast as Table Rock is dropping. Things are getting serious over there. We are to get some rain tomorrow and then get clear again. The weather has been beautiful and I was surprised at the clarity of the lake after getting churned up so much over the holiday. It looks good and I am glad to get things back to normal. We did have a very good group of people in and Blackburns again keeps the title of the family place with the best price.  I am encouraging people to leave the small stripers that are deep alone.  They all die when caught and we are short of big ones. Pictures of dock floors full of dead small stripers are not impressive. We can only have so many meat humters and keep a good fish popularion.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 571.34 and has risen 1.2 inches in 24-hours with very little generation.They are continuing to run Table Rock hard with 5 spillway gates open and it should drop below the top of the power pool today. Norfork is 14.5 feet above power pool and Bull Shoals is 21.22 feet above power pool. Go figure. They are also reducing the level of the White River at Newport and it is below 18 feet and headed for 14-feet while reducing the discharge. It could be at 25-feet with no problem. Let some water out boys.  Do not hold and hope again this year and then open the spillway gates and flood everything downstream. At least generate some power out of it. We are fortunate here that we are dry and the water is not rising much from the normal river inflow.  It would not take much to at least stabilize Norfork at this time. Yesterday was a very busy day for lake boat traffic. Launching and parking was at a premium and day use people really had to want to get out there. There were vehicles and trailers parked miles from the launch areas. The weather was great and overall people had a good time. It will take a while for the lake to clear again as it was stirred up quite a bit.  It is a good thing Blackburns has such a big swimming pool with slide as it was full all weekend. We had a great group of people and most were repeat customers. The fishermen did catch some fish but not a lot. Bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill is the best with a small striper, hybrid bass, white bass and walleye thrown in for good measure. Come on down. we will not charge you too much. Check prices carefully before booking as some are still raising their prices. You can get a one bedroom cabin for $75/day or $425/week here at Blackburns.  Why pay more?

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 571.22 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They continue to drop Table Rock and keep it normal at the expense of everything else. The White River at Newport is now at 18-ft. and dropping quickly and headed for 14-ft. for some reason with less discharge. Bull Shoals continues to rise about 5-inches a day with all of the Table Rock discharge.  Newport could be at 25-ft. easily if they wanted to. It would be if Branson was in danger of flooding. Hold and hope. We have a very good group here at Blackburns this weekend with no drama so far.  We are happy to be called the family place. I had a 80-degree temperature in Blackburns creek yesterday.  The holiday boats have stirred up the water a bit but no too bad. There are just not enough day use facilities available for the campers and other locals and it is keeping the lake boat traffic down a bit. I believe most resorts have no diminished services. We have avoided almost all severe weather so far this year and it is getting a little dry here with the very warm weather. There was a smaller fish kill earlier with most being small red meat fish. I am sure the game and fish will find out what caused it. Catfish are biting on limb lines and jugs and the best bait is bluegills. Bass are biting fair on finesse worms and also live bluegills. Some red meat fish are in open water and roaming just outside cover. Several crappie are under docks and around the buckbrush. Overall fishing is just fair but most people are catching fish. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. Some places are raising rates again later this week so compare prices. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 571.06 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours with very little generation. They are still running Table rock as hard as they can with 5-spillway gates open and dropping it and keeping it normal. This is causing Bull shoals to fill quickly. They are also slowing the discharge on the White river at Newport and quickly lowereing the level there. It is now below 19-feet. The ground is not saturated here and I had to water the garden yesterday. Fishing has slowed a bit but some smaller stripers and fair sized hygbrids are being caught with some white bass. Some of these have already moved to deeper water at around 50-feet and can be caught on spoons.   Bass continues to be the best bite now with many fish on the old shoreline behind the buckbrush. Crappie are scattered all over but remain somewhat near their normal brush piles. Bluegill are under docks and near willow trees on the main lake. Catfish have slowed on limb lines and jugs but some are being caught. I am using bluegill on limb lines but will give it a break until Tuesday. I am getting too much help running them now. Blackburns is full now with people taking advantage of the low cabin and boat rental prices and enjoying the big 30x60 refurbished swimming pool with slide. Things look good here so come and check it out before you leave from the weekend. We will not charge you too much. We have openings starting Monday. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 570.66 and has risen 5-inches in the last 24-hours with very little generation.  The press release from the Corps of Engineers say this is normal and that is what the dams are purposed to do. No it is not normal. This is more government propaganda. They want us to think this is normal. What has been normalized is bad water management. Pull the lake down to the 540's in the winter and let water out after that when possible and keep the White River at Newport just under the 26-ft. minor flood stage until all of the lakes are low going into the spring. The only ones surprised that it rains in the spring is the government and they are a little slow on the draw and are influenced by politics. The only place generating hard is Table Rock with all generators running and 5-flood gates open to keep Branson normal. The policy of hold and hope until the lakes are full and then opening the flood gates to prevent breaching the spillways and flooding everything down stream is getting old and can and should be prevented. The state is raising the price of trout stamps next year.  That is what they do best is raise taxes. The minimum flow for the put and take trout is what started this whole thing and never should have been implemented. The normal lake level for Norfork Lake is 552 not 553.75 or what else that has been done to manipulate the numbers and calculate the % full. Fishing continues to be pretty good with bass being the best. Some stripers are being caught on the spoon in 50-ft. of water and walleye in 20-ft. Some crappie are on brush but there is so much cover on the shoreline and they are scattered with shad being everywhere. Cat fishing is ok with mostly channels being caught on trot lines and limb lines. They have not spawned yet. Live bluegill are the best bait. The lake is still clearing nicely and is a good color for fishing and swimming. Go part way back in the creeks and work the old shoreline. Surface temperature is in the mid 70's.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 570.25 and has risen 5-inches in the last 24-hours. We received about 1/2 inches total for two days here at Mallard Point and just short of one inch in town. Most of it came after the storm blew through. The creeks did not run.  We did not get any severe weather here but it was around us. The level at Newport continues to drop and is just above 20 feet and the discharge has dropped also. Minor flood stage is 26-feet and they should be keeping it near that. Bull Shoals is 19 feet above power pool and is really getting high with all of the water going into it from Table Rock to keep Branson normal. We are to get little of no rain for over the next week and they are to get another chance to lower the lakes. Do not squander this chance boys. The lake surface temperature is in the low to mid 70's and is just fine for swimming and the water is clearing nicely. Fishing overall is just fair with the fish being scattered and in a lot of cover. The moon is waning and the catfishing is getting better again with mostly channels being caught. White Bass are being caught around Cranfield Island and walleye around Robinson Island. Bass are part way back in the creeks inside the buckbrush. There is still a top water bite for bass early with some red meat fish mixed in with them. It looks to be great weather for the holiday weekend and Blackburns has no diminished services and the best prices. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 569.78 and is exactly what it was at this time yesterday. A cold front is to move through today and bring rain and wind. We did not get any of yesterday's storms but are likely to get something out of this one.  It is then to clear up and get warmer. Some crappie are being caught but not a lot. Several are under Blackburns Dock along with bluegill, catfish and bass. The crappie are on brush at about 30-feet. Get out early for the top-water bass and striper part way back in the creeks. Many fish are on the old bank in front of the buckbrush with shad. People are still killing small 8-10 lb stripers and our numbers of big fish are down. Showing pictures of dock floors full of dead small stripers is not impressive.  The daily limit needs to be dropped to two for a while. Norfork lake is clearing nicely and is at a good color for fishing. We have several cabins full of repeat customers and they are all catching some fish. It looks to be a very busy Memorial day. The White River at Newport  is dropping steadily as well as the discharge and is at 20+ feet. Table Rock is being run very hard as well as spillway gates open and is filling Bull Shoals rapidly to keep Table Rock normal. Everyone is being punished to protect Branson.  Blackburns has no diminished services so come on down. We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 569.61 and has risen about 2-inches in the last 24-hours with about 5-hours of generation. We are about 13-feet above top of power pool. Table rock continues to be generating full speed with spillway gates open and is less than 1-ft. above power pool. Bull shoals has risen 6-inches in the last 24-hours with all of the discharge from Table rock. They are 18-feet above top of power pool. The White River is now at 21+ feet at Newport and is dropping like a rock. We definitely need new lake management personnel. Branson seems to run the world. Norfork lake is clearing nicely and is at a good color for fishing. You do not want the water too clear. If it is do not go there. We have not had any rain here for about a week and it is getting dry. It is susposed to rain later this afternoon and night. The weather has been beautiful with sunny skies and temperatures in the 80's. The lake surface temperature varies a bunch but is in the mid 70's near blackburns. A few smaller stripers are being caught in the 8-10 lb. range and more white bass. Full moon is today and has slowed catfishing down quite a bit. Bass fishing continues to be pretty good with smallmouth the best. I have not been fishing for crappie. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Bart Vandervelde releases all of his fish and fishes bass top water. He and Carolyn have been coming to Blackburns for 35+ years and are always welcome. Image titleImage title

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The lake level is 569.30 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with about 5-hours of generation. Table Rock has dropped 4-inches in the last 24-hours and is approaching normal. The discharge from Table Rock  continues to fill Bull Shoals rapidly and is hogging all of the volume at Newport on the White River which has been dropped to 23+ feet. The rules of generation need to be reviewed and dam management officials replaced. I still remember when Newport was between two and three feet this winter and they still would not drop the lake.  Norfork Lake continues to clear and we have not had any rain for several days. Bass fishing is still the best, especially smallmouth, followed by catfish and white bass. A few stripers are being caught but they are small. Threadfin shad are still spawning shallow behind the buckbrush in the cover and many fish are there with them. It is hard to keep the bass off the trot lines and limb lines when fishing for catfish.  The weather continues to be beautiful with rain expected for saturday. Blackburns still has two cabins available for Memorial day so come on down.. We will not charge you too much and you do not have to go down a cliff to get to the dock. We have ample trailer parking.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 569.10 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours with about 4-hours of generation. Table Rock is still generating as hard as they can with spillway gates open and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours and is approaching normal. The lake below Table Rock is really bearing the brunt of the unfair lake management practices and is rising quickly. They have dropped the White River at Newport to 24+ feet and are scheduled to drop it much more. We will see what happens. It all depends on how the 70% full number is calculated and it is being changed regularly. The fuller the lakes get the harder it is to drop them. The fishing remains good with a lot of fish being behind the buckbrush near the old shoreline. Bait fish are there for cover and game fish there for food. Shakey head worms, finesse worms and french fries are working for bass as well as top-water baits and other creature baits. Spoons are woorking for red meat fish in 20-ft. of water near the bottom and spooks early on top-water. I am not fishing for crappie because so many small ones are being caught. This always happens late in the spawn season when the smaller ones spawn late. The weather has been perfect for a few days now and we can take a 1-inch rain with not much problem. Blackburns has no diminished services and we will not charge you too much. Come on down and check us out. You will like what you see. Give the money you save to disabled veterans. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Norfork Lake level is 568.87 and has risen 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with 4-hours of generation. Table Rock is still running hard with 5 spillway gates open and is the only lake dropping. I guess I am the only one that has a problem with this. Hold and hope and then open the gates and let it all out. It will be ok. The White River at Newport is now at 25-feet and minor flood stage is 26-feet so do not expect much in the near future. I went fishing for a bit yesterday and caught some nice bass on the chug bug and a couple of catfish on the limb lines. A lot of bass are right in the buckbrush and are hard to get out. Shad are spawning in the buckbrush and are being chased up by about everything. Fishing overall is pretty good and about everyone are catching fish. Catfish have not spawned yet and the flatheads are the last to spawn. The ones that I am catching are all on live bluegills. When the thermocline forms many fish will be close to it. Walleye are roaming and are hit and miss. When the fry grows a bit they usually move to cover but there is lots of that now.  My brush piles are too deep now so most of them will stay in about 16-18 feet near cover just outside the old lake bank. Just work the bank part way back in the creeks and look for shad surfacing. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 568.59 and has risen 4-inches in the last 24-hours with very little generation. The only lake dropping is Table Rock and they are running as hard as they can the generators and also spillway gates to protect Branson. Below Table rock is paying a big price.  I had a 69 degree water temperature yesterday and the creek turned a little color but still good for fishing. You do not want clear water. It was clear just a little downstream though. Bass, catfish and red meat fish continue to be the best bite with a lot of fish coming up early AM. The weather is to get much warmer soon and it looks like summer will be here. It has been cool lately with a lot of cloudy days. Our 10% chance of rain came through yesterday at about 6:PM and it rained hard for about 10-minutes but the sun came right back out. There are still several people killing small stripers and taking pictures of a dock floor full of dead fish and thinking they are doing something great. Wrong. A 10-lb. striper is not big and is nothing to brag about.  Put them back. The future for the young people is being taken away. A lot of good fish were caught yesterday and all were released here at Blackburns except for white bass. I did take a couple of catfish to the pond. Blackburns still has a couple of cabins open for Memorial Day. If your campground has been cancelled come on down.  We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Mike Eakle with a nice catfish caught today on his limb lines.  More too. In the pond it goes. Image title

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The lake level is 567.83 and has risen 4-inches in the last 24-hours with a few hours of generation. It will take a few days of not running Table Rock full with gates open for us to start to drop but fat chance of that. The surface temperature is hanging in there in the mid 60's and is sure not going to warm today. It is raining now but is to quit in a few hours and is cold with highs just near 60. It is going to have to hurry to get there.  Red meat fish of all kinds are coming up in the morning but the stripers are small. They continue to do so most of the day when it is cloudy like today. It looks like the creeks are a little clearer than the main lake but both are a good color for fishing. They are not muddy at all despite some reports. Top water lures are working well for bass and spoons on the bottom at 20-feet. Fishing overall is pretty good. Catfishing on jugs, limb lines and trotlines is good but you have to keep moving them up. The rate of lake raise is down quite a bit but is steady.  Blackburns has no diminished services so if your campground spot got cancelled come on down.  We will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Casey Denham with some nice catfish caught on limb lines on bluegill. Yesterday.Image title

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The lake level is 567 53 and has risen 5-inches in the last 24-hours. We are to get a little rain tomorrow and then very little chance for the next week. The one inch rain we received earlier rhis week did not run the creeks. The lake is pretty clear and fishing is good especially smallmouth bass, catfish, white bass, smaller hybrids and striper. Catfish are hitting bluegill on limb lines well and bass are also feeding well on top water baits early. People continue to kill small stripers and take pictures bragging on them when there is nothing to brag about. They are just killing the future. I do not fish much for them anyway but a lot of people do and many are learning how to catch them. They are all stocked fish and are finite in numbers. Stripers and hybrids do not re-populate in this lake. Let them grow.The lake surface temperature has dropped from the low 70's to mid 60's with the last rain and a cold front is coming in now with highs only near 60 for tomorrow. High pressure will persist starting sunday. The weather should be good for fishing the longer the high pressure remains. Full moon is the 18th and that will slow the catfishing.  Bluegill are biting well and threadfin shad are spawning. If you are fishing creature baits keep a top-water lure handy and watch just behind the buckbrush for surfacing shad. Blackburns still has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals and your first boat stall is free unless you haul your own pontoon. All cabins have covered porches and none are duplexes. There are no extra charges for trolling motors on pontoons. You can still get a one bedtoom cabin for $59/day.  There are no diminished services here and you do not have to go down a cliff to get to the dock.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 566.59 and has risen 4-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with very little generation. The level is 1-ft. higher than last year at this time and fishing was excellent then too.  The water in Blackburns creek is very clear and many fish of all different species are behind the buckbrush on the old shoreline and can be caught on creature baits, finesse worms, shakey head worms and other soft plastics. On cloudy days like today they will bite on top water lures all day. Many fish are being caught. I had a 70-degree water temperature at Blackburns dock yesterday.  This is a good time for you bluegill fishermen. They are loaded up shallow under willow trees on both the main lake and creeks. Walleye are back on the campgrounds at Robinson Point and around the Island.  Others are on the east side of Cranfield Island. Fish of all kinds are on the east side of cow point between there and the bridge. The big crappie have spawned and now most of the smaller ones.  The schools are getting diluted with smaller fish with a lot of 10-11 inch fish being caught and many other smaller ones undersized. Lots of fish are on shad until the fry grows and move to cover.  This is all normal. All bass fishermen are catching fish everyday. Trollers are also catching red meat fish.  This is a good time and Blackburns has no diminished services and will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught Yesterday fishing with Bink's guide Service.  The fog kept them close for several hours.  They are staying in Cabin #9. Nice people.Image title

The lake level is 556.21 and has risen 5-inches in the last 24-hours with about 8-hours of running one generator. Table Rock is dropping with heavy generation and flood gates open. It is not how we get out of a situation but how we got in it. It was a beautiful day yesterday and another today. Top water fishing is very good in the early morning and continues throught most of the day.  Bass fishing is very good and crappie and walleye are fair. White bass are easily caught as well as Hybrids. I wish people would quit killing those small 8-10 lb. stripers. Pictures of them are not impressive.  It is fishing season here and we are not being disappointed. Blackburns has several good fishermen in now and they are most all catching fish. Wish you were here.  We have no diminished services and have the best prices. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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The lake level is 565.27 and has risen about 11-inches in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of running about 1/2 of one generator. It is exactly what it was one year ago.  The level at Newport is 25-feet and 26-feet is the minor flood level. They are running Table Rock as hard as they can and also have 5-spillway gates open to protect Branson. It is amazing what they can do if they want to when politics and $ are involved. We have received about 3.3 inches of rain here the the last 5-days and it seemed like it was going to be cloudy forever but it is nice and sunny now. Gizzard shad are spawning now behind the buckbrush and the bass are feeding heavily. One guest caught and released 35 yesterday. The carp have almost finished spawning in the back of Blackburns creek and there were sure a lot of them. Several bow hunters were there shooting them.  The main lake in my area is a little stained but good for fishing. Walleye are biting on the spoon as are stripers after they go down after feeding top water in the AM. The walleye biting now are mostly spawned out females and are skinny and schooled. Overall fishing is good with bass being the best bite and walleye and crappie next. I do not count white bass. They always bite and have hybrids with them. Blackburns has a lot of good fishermen in now taking advantage of our low cabin prices, boat rental prices, first boat stall free and free trolling motors on pontoons.  Our big covered porches really came in handy this last week with the rain. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. We sure have a lot of birds and wildlife.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught fishing with Bink this morning.Image title

Tom Stanton with some good ones caught this morning.Image title

The lake level is 563.46 and has raised one foot in the last 24-hours.  They have one generator running here now and they are running Table Rock Hard and have 5-spillway gates open and are holding it stable. Fish came up top for a long time this cloudy morning and a lot of fish were caught. I had seven rental boats out and everyone got checked by the Game Warden. Glad to see them on the job. It would not be a good time to keep over your limit, undersized fish or not have a license. Overall fishing is good with all kinds of fish biting. The Smallmouth Bass bite is exceprional. Use those shakey head worms with a very light slip weight. Many fish are in behind the buckbrush part way back in the creeks. Keep a top-water lure handy for surfacing fish. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free here at Blackburns. You can launch here, park here and stay here. 

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Caught today fishing with Bink's Guide service.Image title

The lake level is at 562.64 and has risen 2.63 feet in the last 24-hours. We have not received more than average rainfall for both months of March and April with below average in March. I am glad the spawn was almost over for most fish before the lake raise. At least the big ones. We have received about 2.6 inches of rain here in the last three days but areas of Missouri got a lot more. We had no severe weather here. The fact that it rains the last of April and May should not be a surprise to anyone unless the light does not shine very bright.  Things are in pretty good shape here at blackburns and we are very busy. People love renting those full service 24-volt trolling motor, fiberglass bass boats.  Few places have them and Blackburns has a lot of them and they are nearly all rented. Fishing contiues to be good with bass and crappie biting well and top-water red meat fish are coming up almost every day. Walleye are biting at night under lights. Blackburns has no diminished services so come on down.  We will not charge you too much.

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Image titleJohn Bornhop with some of yesterday's catch.Image title

The lake level is 558.15 and is about what it was at this time yesterday with just about 2-hours of generation. They are still dropping Table Rock to keep it at or below normal. it is time to let some water out of Norfork Boys. You have had plenty of time and have failed again. Rain is on the way (surprise) and they usually quit generating when it rains to maximize the water rise. And there are people that want the government to run more stuff. The lake in general is in excellent condition with the spawn continuing with the bluecats ready to spawn now. The smaller crappie caught yesterday had not spawned and the larger ones had finished. The top water bite for red meat fish is improving and fishing should be good for the next several days with cloudy skies and warm temperatures. We are to get heavy rain tonight. We will see. it is clouding up now as we speak. Bass are about equally divided by being in the buckbrush and in open water on shad and a little over half of them have spawned with several males still on the beds. Come on down to Blackburns. We will not charge you too much. You will need those covered porches with the rain. If you stay elsewhere do not forget your umbrellas.  John Bornhop and Tom Kelly caught some good fish yesterday.  Tom with bass and John with crappie and catfish. I did not see the other people as they are fishing hard. 

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The lake level is 558.15 and continues to rise with no rain for several days and very little generation. They continue to run Table Rock to keep it normal at the expense of Norfork. Hold and hope does not work very well in the spring rainy season. Two years ago tomorrow did not seem to teach anyone a lesson. The lake surface temperature is about 66 degrees and the lake is clearing with less pollen. Crappie fishing has slowed a bit with more smaller fish showing up but still not bad.  More will come out of the open water and on to cover as the fry grows and moves to brush. Same with walleye. The larger ones have spawned as have the bass.  Fish the buckbrush with finesse worms, shakey head worms and creature baits for bass. Use a very small slide weight for the shakey heads.  There were a lot of people bed fishing yesterday for bass.  The top water bass, hybrids, white bass and smaller stripers is good now early and late. The simulated spawn bite for stripers is over after dark but some fish are still coming up and near the bank on shad at dark. People are still taking pictures dock floors full of small dead stripers and think it is impressive. It is not. 10 pound stripers are not big. I do not fish for them much but a lot of people do. We are paying the price for over-harvest and a lot of the big stripers are gone. Release them and kill the white bass for meat especially while they are shallow and can be released safely.  The spawn has been good with the water level not varying too much and is in or past the buckbrush for cover. It is to get warmer with highs near 80 and rain later on this week. We get at least one rain every week in the spring but we are not too wet here. It rains just about when we need it. Catfishing on trot lines is good . I am fishing the backs of creeks  for big channels but a few flatheads are being caught in deeper water just part way in the creeks. Come on down we will not charge you too much. The money you save here can be given to disabled Veterans.

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The lake level is 557.88 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours with no generation since early yesterday afternoon. They are still running Table Rock hard to protect Branson and keeing it at a normal level. We just received a 10% chance of a shower a few minutes ago and it has quit now and is very cloudy.  Should be very good for fishing all day.  The top water bite yesterday morning was mostly small white bass but at least something came up. I am just not seeing very many stripers being caught now.  Tom Kelly reports catching some very large bass in float creek yesterday and releast all of them on the spot on his shakey head worm. Having these big bass tournaments right in the middle of the spawn really hurts the fish and I am glad they are not here this weekend. They may release all their fish but catching the bass off their nests and leaving them unprotected for just a few minutes allows the bluegill to eat the eggs all up and quickly. The lake has been rising steadily for a few weeks with little generation but not fast enough to hurt the spawn. We just do not need a big rise or drop in level at one time like we did the year before last the last day of April when the Corps of Engineers were the only ones that were surprised and not prepared for one large rain. We should be 5-ft. lower now at least.  We have not receives more than average rainfall for the last two months.  When I hear their representatives say That is what the dams are for is too hold water it gets annoying. They are to help prevent floods not hold water all year. You have to know when to hold em and know when to dump em and take advantage of dryer periods.  I saw Harvey Hall out on the water yesterday and it was good to see him. He was catching crappie as usual. All of the fish that he caught were spawned out females and said smaller fish were showing up indicating the spawn was about over. Walleye are getting better everyday as are catfish. I fish catfish hard when the carp are spawning and they are. Blugill are the biggest predator for crappie and catfish are the same for carp. This is a fun time of year. Come on down. We will not charge you too much, put you in a duplex or charge for your first boat stall. You can save at least $30/day by staying here.

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The lake level is 557.71 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours.  At least they are generating at this time. They continue to run Table Rock heavily around the clock to keep it at normal level. Go figure. Why are Norfork lake people not more outraged about this? We need to hold government people accountable and know their names and how to get in touch with them. This anonymity needs to have the light shined on it and more fair rules applied. Some post spawn walleye and crappie are coming in everyday now and they are some nice ones. Some are on brush and some are in open water on shad. Top water temperate bass and black bass are coming up early and surfacing around 6:30 AM. I am not seeing very many big stripers and many of the white bass are small. More than 1/2 of the bass and crappie have spawned now with several males still guarding the nests. If you catch one off the fish off the nests it takes about five minutes for the bluegill to eat them up. Mushrooms are about gone now but I found some good ones this year. You can almost see the garden and grass growing and the weather is beautiful today. Walleye and white bass are coming in with the shad under lights after dark now and some big walleye are being caught. They are skinny and are post-spawn feeding. It is about time to hit the flats around Cranfield Island. I usually wait for 70-degree water temperature but also like to find out more what is going on than meat hunting. It is fun th be the first one to give an accurate report and I have several good fishermen helping me to do it. No copying here. 

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The lake level is 557.49 and has risen 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with just 3-hours of generation.  They are still running Table Rock hard to keep it at normal level and protect Branson and the landing. I suspect politics is involved. The rainfall last night and today is very variable depending on where you are but we received about 0.8 inches here at Blackburns so far. We have not had over average rainfall here for the last two months. What we have had is bad dam management. The very heavy tree pollen clouded up the creeks yesterday but did not hurt fishing. I had one report of a person catching 23-bass with the size about 2-21/2 pounds. All were released. Dock floors full of dead fish are not impressive especially during the spawn. The top water bite early in the AM is really picking up for white bass, bass and smaller stripers and will get better and better as we approach the full moon the 18th of May. Large striper numbers continue to be a problem and we highly recommend releasing smaller stripers. 10-lb. stripers are not picture fish. They are semi-put and take and are finite in numbers.  Water temperature was 66 degrees yesterday when I went out. It is very busy here at Blackburns and we like that. Shop before you buy.  We will not chage you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 557.30 and has risen 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with a few hours of generation. The lake is getting very clear and is in excellent condition with a surface temperature in the early to mid 60's. Crappie, bass and catfish are the best bite now with several walleye showing up. The crappie being caught now have not spawned and are in the 12-13 inch range.  The bigger ones have spawned. The exact same thing is happening with the bass. Catfishing is good on trot lines. Top water bite for bass and temperate bass is picking up early but I am disappointed in the size of the stripers.  The bass population on Norfork is excellent and the fish are getting larger and larger. Largemouth in the 6-lb. range used to be uncommon but not anymore. Also 4-lb. smallmouth are common. I caught a 3-lb. Kentucky bass earlier this week. There is a good chance of rain for the next couple of days and then nice again for the weekend. There should be no complete rain out day for a while with tonight and tomorrow being the best chance. We finished the remodel on cabin #9 (the mobile home) last night and it is now ready to rent. It is the only thing that has kept us from being full for the last two weeks. I planted the garden yesterday and the yard was mowed again. Everything looks good here and wildlife is everywhere. I love hearing those Purple Martin and Pileated Woodpeckers. Come on down we will not charge you too much. If you are already here check out Blackburns before you leave. Our beautiful valley speaks for its self and we have the largest magnolia tree anywhere and it will bloom soon.  Our children playground is second to nobody. Our coin laundry has two washers and three dryers. We have it all here at Blackburns and at the best price and are closest to Mountain Home, dining and shopping. No sense staying 10-miles from anything.  Remember the size limit on walleye is 18-inches. Too many people are killing short ones. 

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Caught fishing with Bink's guide service yesterday. Image title

The lake level is 557.22 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24-hours with only three hours of generation. They are running Table Rock generators hard to protect Branson and leaving Norfork behind like a step child again. The rules need to be reviewed and changed leaving politics out. The lake is warming rapidly and fish are spawning. Many big bass and crappie are spawned out and are moving to 20-30 ft. brush. Middle sized ones are still on the bank or on brush. Carp are way back in the creeks spawning and making a big commotion. Channel cats are biting well and just a few flatheads are showing up. They are the last to spawn and only bite live bait. People using hot dogs are catching smaller fish and ones using live shiners catching bigger ones. The lake is warming nicely again and is in the mid 60's in some places. I still do not know where all of these bluegill that are from one to one and one half inches are coming from. Must have been a fall spawn but the bass and catfish sure do like them. Top water stripers and bass are getting better every day and some stripers are being caught north of Cranfield near dark.  The weather has been perfect with rain moving in again Wednesday and continuing until thursday night. The weekend looks good again. Crappie, bass and catfish are the best bite with some white bass coming in but we do not count them. I hope people do not kill a bunch of small top water stripers as we need to build up the supply of big ones. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer you are paying too much. Do some shopping.

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Mike and laney caught a big catfish. Toby is checking it out.Image title

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You like green flat playground?  This is it.Image title

The lake level is 556.86 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours with just a little generation. The weather has been beautiful. Catfish are biting as well as bass and crappie. Many fish are spawning. There is a top water bite most mornings for both stripers and bass. The lake is warming and is in the lower 60's. We are having a wonderful easter here at Blackburns and the egg hunt went over well.  We had about 50-children of all ages and over 1,000 eggs. Debbie separated them into three groups acording to age and off they went. Wish your children and grand children could have been here. The place was full.  Several children found new friends and we had pizza afterwards. The weather was perfect. We like fun here at Blackburns with no drama. Tommy Smith is catching a lot of catfish on his trot line and others caught stripers, bass and crappie. Fun was had by all. The lake was pretty busy and in great condition. Blackburns has people here doing construction, buying property, waiting on builders, mushroom hunters, bikers and people just resting. About 1/2 of out business is fishermen and we like all of them. It is a good group. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much.

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Caught fishing with Bink's Guide service.Image title

Caught yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 556.55 and has come up a foot in the last 3-days and 3-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with just a few hours of generation. I had a 62 degree water temperature yesterday and it was cool and windy. Our normal high is 70 and normal low is 50. It is beautiful today for the Easter Egg hunt at 2:Pm and is to be near 80 tomorrow and sunny again. Perfect for being on the lake. The lake in general is in excellent condition. Crappie fishing has slowed a bit but some are being caught. The spawn for crappie and bass is in full swing and it would be nice if the water level remained stable for a few days. Walleye are shallow and will remain so until the thermocline forms and then they will move near it at 16-18 ft. of water near the bottom. It will take a few very warm days for that to happen and is usually in early May. Mushrooms are up and will start to dry up with too much hot weather. Turkeys are gobbling all over.  We are mowing the grass every week. Blackburns is full now but have some openings later this week. People are taking advantage of the low prices on both cabins and boat rental here and your first boat stall is free. No charges for trolling motors on pontoons. You can save hundreds of dollars on a week-long stay here at Blackburns. You do not have to go elsewhere to launch your boat and we have ample parking and a gentle slope to the dock. This is the family place and all cabins have covered porches and there are no duplexes. On rainy days you can rig fishing poles, play cards and smoke on the porch with no umbrellas. No smoking in cabins.  Come on down. We will not charge you too much.

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Tom Kelly is one good fisherman.Image title

Under the dock with these big boys.Image title

The lake level is 555.70 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating yesterday afternoon and have not started up yet. Hope they do. They always quit when it rains to let the lake rise as much as it can. We received about 0.4 inches of rain last night and this morning and it is very cloudy now. The Easter Egg hunt is saturday at 2:Pm and the resort will be full of guests and much family and friends.  It gets bigger every year and some of the children that were very small when we started have their own now and they are helping with the hunt. It is to be in the 70's and sunny by gametime. Free pizza and hundreds of eggs. We have about 4-acres of flat green grass and a big playground for the hunt. Fishing was pretty good yesterday and bass were biting. I was using my old standby grub and minnow and working part way back in a creek behind brush piles. Lake surface temperature was 60 degrees and some fish have moved out a little deeper. The threadfin shad will spawn at a late 60's and early 70's surface temperature and it does not look like we will make that before full monn in May. You have to change bass fishing techinques when this happens. The overall spawn has slowed with the cool ambient temperature and lower water temperatures. I was finding surface water temperatures in the 70's but not now. This is typical for April. It is not as variable as March but almost. Tom Kelly is using a shakey head worm, Bink is using creature baits and I am using the grub and all are catching fish. There are lots of one and one half inch long bluegill minnows showing up near the bank and are drawing catfish to them at night.

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Caught fishing with Bink last night.Image title

Kelsey caught some good ones yesterday and looks happy. Image title

The lake level is 555.48 and has come up over 2-inches in the last 24-hours. They quit generating again yesterday afternoon and it is still down.  They do continue to generate Table Rock to protect the Branson Landing. More rain is expected late tonight. Some fish have spawned already, some are spawning and some are still getting ready. The big fish have moved from under my dock and the bank is full of male bass making nests. Crappie spawn is in full swing with the larger ones first and some females are back on brush with more in open water on shad. Many smallmouth have already spawned and the spawn has swam up and the males have left the nest. This is an exciting time and a good time for catch and release. Dock floors full of dead fish are not impressive even though may be legal. With the reduction of big stripers, increase in fishing pressure and people killing smaller fish in the 10-lb. range, I am for the reduction of the limit to two. The fishermen are just getting better at catching them and the stocking remain the same. I do not fish for red meat fish much but a lot of people do. We need more carp fishermen. My cove is full of them and you can hear them sucking in the very back. 

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James Soltysiac with a couple of nice ones. Image title

The lake level is 555.29 and has risen 3-inches in the last 24-hours. They completely quit generating last night. It was beautiful yesterday and again today with highs in the 70's but another low pressure is moving in tomorrow afternoon with some rain on the way.  This is the time of year when it rains about twice a week. So far we have avoided big ones and storms and the lake is in excellent condition with surface temperatures in the 60's depending where you are.  The creeks are clearing again and more fish are moving to the bank. The larger crappie have moved out from under my dock to spawn as have most bass. There is getting to be more top-water early but a lot of them are bass and white bass. Big stripers are still a little scarce and trollers are not catching very many. Bass fishing is still good and crappie are fair. Some big channel cats are being caught but you have to bait your lines after dark to keep the turtles and heron off them. Mushrooms are in full swing. Full moon is friday and our normal high is 67. Catfish do not like full moon. We are finishing putting new siding on the lodge, floors in #9, the mobil home, and resurfacing and painting the big pool and then that is enough for a while. Out of money.  We have a lot of customers but need more. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

James Soltysiac with some big crappie.Image title

Mike Soltysiac With some Smallmouth and largemouth.Image title

Kyle Aubuchon with one nice catfish. Image title

The lake level is 554.83 and has risen 2-inches in the last 24 hours with 1.5 inches of rain.  The creeks run but not too fast. It should come up a bit more but not much if they keep the one generator running. We were needing a little rain anyway and it will bring the mushrooms up next week with the warmup. It is cold now and the surface water temperature is about 60 degrees depending on where you are. Creature baits with a lead head are the best baits now with bass and some walleye on the bank. Top water lures are working early AM and then they quit so switch to a lizzard on 6-lb. line for bass and walleye.  The cold weather set the spawn back a little but it is to be in the 70's for a few days before the next low pressure moves in. A lot of fish were caught yesterday and the Cystic Fibrosis buddy bass tournament was a success with 18.79 lbs. winning and 6.78 big bass.  That is pretty good and shows how these locals can fish. There were 243 boats. Blackburns fishermen had a good day with several nice fish caught. Us folks living here are lucky to have such a nice big lake with so many varieties of fish. There is something for everyone except high boat traffic and big wake boats. I started to go out again last evening but the wind was blowing hard from the north an it was cold. At least everyone got in a pretty good day of fishing before the rain started a little after noon. Blackburns was nearly full but had several leave so we have room for you now.  Come on down. We will not charge you too much.   

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Caught and released on the spot yesterday. Good to see some showing up. Image title

The lake level is 554.68 and has dropped a little less than 1-inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. I hope they keep it running but the White River level at Newport is dropping quickly and the discharge is being reduced. The cystic fibrosis buddy bass tournament is today and runs from 7AM to 3:PM. So far so good with the weather and I hope it holds for them. Those West Plains boys know how to fish and put on a good tournament. It is for a very good cause. The results will be a good indication of the current bass fishing conditions on Norfork Lake with cloudy conditions and a cold low pressure moving in. I predict at least 15-lbs will be caught. It is cooler today and the rain is to start later this afternoon. They should get through most of the day with good weather. Fishing overall is in transition with fish on the bank, fish in deeper water staging and some spawning and some not ready to spawn yet. Bass in Norfork lake continue spawning well into June especially Kentuckies. It is very busy here at Blackburns with people taking advantage of the low cabin rates and free boat stall. Come on down, it looks to be good weather most of next week and we will not charge you too much. We are finishing remodeling cabin #9, the mobile home,  and then all of the cabins will have been gone through. We are very proud of the resort here at Blackburns and would like for you to check it out. There will be no price increases here again this year and you can still get a one bedroom cabin for two people for $59/day. Shop before you buy. We have a good setup here for fishermen and other boaters. You do not have to go some place else to launch and have ample parking for both vehicles and trailers. It is an easy 1/3 mile walk or drive to the dock on nearly level ground with a big level playground for the children with lots of activities.

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Tom Kelly with some nice crappie released under the dock Yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 554.75 and stable with one generator running continuously. We are to get quite a bit of rain tomorrow and they will probably quit generating like they almost always do. The White Rivel level at Newport is now dropping quickly and is at 16.75 feet heading for 14-feet for some mysterious reason. Flood stage is 26-feet. It has been windy from the south for the last two days but it slowed and moved to the northwest last evening. Blackburns has several brush piles facing north so the wind did not bother much. We try to put them in for all different fishing conditions. The creeks are still stained from the wind but the main lake is clear. The surface temperature ranges from 72 in the middle of the day to the high 60's in the early morning with the very warm weather. That all changes tomorrow with a cold front coming in and it getting windy again.  The surface temperature really climed quickly with the mid to high 80 degree ambient temperatures. It was about 73 yesterday. The crappie caught on the bank are all males and the ones still on the brush are all females and they are ready to spawn. Several female bass moved to the bank to spawn yesterday. They were on brush and under docks. The very cool weather may slow this process down a bit. I just hope the rain does not raise the lake much. It would be very nice for the spawn for it to remain stable for the next couple of weeks. Come on down to Blackburns where we will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. You will need a covered porch all day tomorrow and Sunday morning. 

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Caught and released yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 554.78 and is exactly what it was at this time yesterday. They quit generating for about 6-hours but have started up one generator now. A stable level is very important to the spawn. The water is just outside the buck brush. The male crappie are on the bank and the females have blood lines in the eggs indicating they are about ready. Bass are on the bank making nests and many of the big females are still in cover or under docks. The full moon is the 19th this month and the striper spawn simulation should be over by then and they will start coming up early AM. The threadfin shad are photosensitive and will spawn near the full moon now that the water has warmed way past 60.  They feed exclusively on plankton so fish wind blown banks. This looks to be a good top-water year especially for bass. I am not sure how many big stripers there are but Bink sure caught a big one yesterday. There are too many small ones in the 10-lb. range and smaller being killed. It is to cool down later this weekend and we will see what it does to the water temperature.  The wind clouded up the creeks yesterday. 

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36-lb. striper caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service yesterday. Image title

Tom Kelly with some of yesterday's catch.  All released under the dock. Image title

The lake level is 554.78 and rising very slowly. They just quit generating completely here but are running the chain of lakes hard to protect Branson Landing. Suprise suprise. They always do this just when the spring rains are in full force. The rules need to be reviewed and changed. I found 72 degree water in Red Bank yesterday and the female crappie were pre-spawn biting.  They were full of eggs and ready to move to the bank. The males are already there. The male bass moved to the bank by the hundreds yesterday and are everywhere. The big females are still out in open water near brush or under docks. The carp are moving far back in the creeks to spawn as are the bluegill. The big crappie will spawn first and then move to cover to feed on the the new bait fish which will do the same thing.  A lot of fish were caught yesterday. We will see what the cold front coming in Friday does to the bite. I do not bed fish but if you do a gitzet is the best lure for bass and wear good sunglasses. Blackburns still has the best prices on both boats and cabins with no charge for your first boat stall. Yes, we do promote catch and release here and are not impressed by dock floors full of dead fish. Posession limits are twice the daily limits. The Corps of Engineers just renovated the swimming beach at Cranfield with new sand and it is beautiful. It is next to the campground with restrooms, showers pavillion and playground and is one of the best beaches on the lake.  Others good ones include Bidwell point and Panther Bay.  This area is centrally located and is very close to Mountain Home, dining and shopping. 

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The lake level is 554.77 and rising very slowly with one generator running continuously. The lake is clearing nicely even in the creeks. Surface temperature is in the early 60's with the near 80 degree temperatures. My dock is absolutely full of bluegill, bass, crappie, catfish, carp and turtles all ready to spawn. I feed them everyday and they just wait for me to get there. Catfish are biting, mushrooms are popping up, flowers and trees are blooming, purple Martins are back and life is good here at Blackburns. It is to stay very warm here until the weekend and then cool off. Not too bad though. Normal high is 69 and we should be a little lower than that. This is a good time for a visit and we will not charge you too much and your first boat stall is free. If you must pay more just stay here and donate the difference to Disabled Vets. Time to mow the grass again.

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Caught on the trot line this morning.Image title

Caught last night fishing with Bink. That is the biggest striper that I have seen all spring.Image title

The lake level is 554.73 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-hours with one generator still running and receiving 1/2 inch of rain. It rained hard about 4:AM. It is sunny and very warm with a high of near 80 again today with a cold front coming in later this week. Our normal high is 68. The surface water temperature rises to over 60 during the warm part of the day and then drops by morning with ambient lows in the high 50's. There is a top water bite for bass about 7:AM most days in their normal places and the night bite for stripers is still on but will end soon with the simulated striper spawn finishing and them coming up at day break. You can lure them out of suspension early if you know how to work that spook and throw it past them when they come up. White bass will be coming up all over the place. I like the baby spook better but you can throw the bigger ones farther. Clear is good for sunny mornings and bone colored for cloudy. I like the spitin image better for bass. I am catching fish everyday on my trot line and they are all channel cats all on big shiners. Male crappie are in the backs of the creeks in earnest now and getting ready to make a nest as are bass and bluegill. This is a good time to catch and release everything. I found two mushrooms yesterday and they were the small gray ones. Big brown ones are on the way.  The rain and 80 degree temperatures will make them pop. Come on down. We will not charge you too much or put you in a duplex with no covered porch. We have ample boat trailer parking and you can drive to our launch, launch your boat, put it in a free stall, park your trailer and step on the dock with no steps. Cannot beat that, especially if you are by yourself. Our dock boat slips are not one size fits all and we have one that will just