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.

Jeffrey and Jesse Bell from Waterford, Wisconsin with some nice ones on Tuesday. Glad to have them as guests. Image title

The lake level is 555.91 and has risen 1-1/2 foot in the last 24-hours with generation for about 1/2 the time. We are approaching the April 15th rule change and they are trying to get the White River back to 21-feet. It is now 21.88 so you can expect more of a lake rise with less generation than the last several weeks when they tried hard to hold levels from rising very much with the rain. I received more rain than was reported in the news but usually do down in the valley between high hills. I dumped 3-1/2 niches during the heavy rain and more after and it rained hard and the creeks raged. The mud from the runoff went out past my dock but the cold front came in and the wind shifted to the north and slowed it's progress toward the main lake. Surface water temperature was 55+ this morning on the main lake and the water temperature had dropped several degrees from the day before the rain. The rise in water level and the temperature drop will not do the spawn any good. The cold fronts just keep coming and there was frost last night. The next couple of days look pretty good and then more rain comes back. People fishing the mud line where the brown meets the clearer water caught some nice fish after the rain in the evening. I was busy grading the washed out road to the dock. It is getting to be a regular event. We do not need any more rain for a month but the spring rains are not a surprise to anybody but the people managing the lake levels. All area lakes are in approximately the same situation and none are in the power pool where they all should be this time of year. The incompetence is equally distributed over the whole White River system. We need the government running more stuff. Everything is good here but we do not need any more of these. It can go from the high 70's to freezing in a matter of a few hours. Bring sunscreen and a winter coat when you visit until further notice. Fishing has held up well and I will check on the crappie when I get caught up. It is very busy here. Our friend in Montana called and said they got 3-feet of snow so things can alway be worse. At least we did not get any severe weather and that means a lot. You can still get a 1-bedroom cabin for $59/day at Blackburns and it comes with a free boat stall at our dock.  We do not have boat stalls for one day stays as we have many rental boats but you can launch right here and leave you trailer at the dock for the day or park it in our trailer park. Bass, crappie, white bass and walleye fishing is the best with a few catfish showing up. Soft plastics on a jig head are the best lures and spitin image for bass and Zara Spooks for temperate bass on top-water.