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

Mike Eakle with some nice Thanksgiving crappie. Image title

The lake level is 553.37 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with 1-1/2 generator running for about 4-hours. The lake has really cleared after the rain , especially in the creeks. You can see your lure down several feet. The wind was brisk and cold yesterday. The cold continued last night as the skies cleared and it was the coldest night of the season with a low reaching 24-degrees. It is sunny with light winds now and it is to warm up to the mid 50's today and then into the 60's for about a week. The windy conditions were getting very old as the cold fronts just keep coming on through. Fishing has not been the best but we know the good brush piles here at Blackburns because we put them in and are catching some good fish everyday but not high numbers. crappie, bluegill and Kentucky Bass continue to be the best bite. Work that 25-30 ft. brush with spoons, jigs and minnows with slip floats about 8-10 ft. down. Shallower in the late evening. Bass and crappie are moving off the brush to the bank in about 12-ft. of water to feed on baitfish in front of the buck brush about 4:PM until dark around the corner from main lake points. I have not checked the surface water temperature today but it should have dropped below 60 for thr first time on the main lake.I will see a little later as it warms up a bit. I am not much into charging out there in the dark at the coldest time of day but that is the only time some people can catch any fish. I wait until it warms up to the warmest time of the day and then come in after sunset when it starts to cool down. And it does cool down fast this time of year. The cold weather is not my favorite but the fishing is pretty good as the water cools down to the mid to late 50's especially for big crappie and bass. We will see what happens as the water temperature has remained at about 60 for a long time. It will not drop much in the next week with the extended warm weather. The big largemouth are still not biting for me yet but if you see and old brown Champion Bass boat out there it will probably be me. I have the cold weather gear but do not want to have to use it. It is hard to cast with big electric gloves and the drag on my reel ices up but we must do what we must do. At least we do not have to drill holes in our water and cannot walk on it. I am done with that for sure. Blackburns is open all year and there will be no price increases for 2022 and you still do not have to pay for your first boat stall.