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

Caught and released on the Bink's Spoon. Image title

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