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

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

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