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.

John Bornhop with some good ones. He was unwilling to release them. Image title

The lake level is 553.45 and has dropped a little less than 2-inches in 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time. The White River a Newport is just above 10-ft. and dropping. The surface water temperature is about 55 degrees and the creeks are very stained and the mainlake is partly clear and you can see your lure down about 3-4 feet. The lake overall is in excellent condition, at a good level but the fishing is only fair.  We received a little over 1/4 of an inch of rain yesterday and more is coming tomorrow. The daffodils are emerging and the grass is getting green and this might be a little premature if the weather forecast holds for saturday night with a hard freeze predicted. They should be smart enought to not come up before January 1st anyway. The forecast varies from day to day but it looks like the low will get into the high teens with clear cold skies with a couple of days of cold temperatures to ring in the new year and then warm up a bit. We have been very fortunate to not have had any winter so far. We got a lot of work done and then several of us went out fishing in the afternoon. Bass, crappie walleye, white bass, bluegill and walleye were all caught but not in high numbers. Most were using the spoon but some were using live minnows with a slip float. Both caught fish equally. Most were on Blackburns Brush piles in 25-25 ft. of water but some were in open water on shad at 40-ft. suspended. Lots of shad are moving back into the creeks. Fishing overall is not the best but has it's moments in the afternoon. Bink is on temperate bass of all species in deep water near 80-ft. about 6-ft. from the bottom. Please get your deposits in by January 15th for the cabins and boats that you reserved last year to insure that you get the ones that you prefer. We have more advanced reservations than in the last several years so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115.  There are no price increases for 2022 and your first boat stall is free unless you bring the Queen Mary. They need them in Lake of the Ozarks anyway. Be glad to see you again and thanks for your 2021 business. You will like the new improvements when you get here and again no we are not for sale. People keep asking and yes we are open all year.