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

Caught on the Bink's Spoon this morning. Image title

The lake level is 562.90 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running continuously. The White River at Newport is 12.35 feet and steady. The surface water temperature was just over 90-degrees last evening and is not going to drop anytime soon with the hot weather. We need the lake to drop about 3-feet to get day use areas back to normal. A normal level for this time of year would be about 552 or less. The lake is in good condition for boating, swimming and fishing. The water clarity is not the best but is much better than in previous years. Not much has changed since yesterday concerning fishing. Get out at 6:AM and check for fish on shad in water from 30-50 ft. deep suspended. They are mostly smaller stripers and bass. Also work main lake points for walleye and smaller stripers in 35-feet near the bottom. Drop a spoon on their head. It is nearly over by 8:AM. The larger stripers have moved out into the deeper river channels and are lethargic and a lot of them have benn caught. Walleye fishing is the best right now. The next best is nighttime bass fishing with  fluorescent line, black light and saltcraws. A good place is just northeast  of Cranfield Island on the east bank. Throw the saltcraw to the shore and let it sink down onto the first ledge and then down to the second one. Look for a twitch in the line and set the hook. Do not do what they do on TV but keep steady tension and set the hook again before he jumps and try not let him jump using your rod but not reeling too fast. The old bass fishermen are experts at this and they do well. The crappie will move to the tops of the brushpiles soon with the bottom of the brush in 35-feet in the cold water and the tops in 20-ft. but I have not seen this happen yet. They will move from brush pile to brush pile as they are spooked but not go far. Some crappie are still in the backs of the creeks on 25-ft. brush near the bottom. Bluegill are bitng well off docks on crickets and some white bass are also on main lake points or just around in 20-25 ft. of water suspended. Come on down to Blackburns. All cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches. A free boat stall comes with your cabin and a one bedroom cabin starts at $90/day with two, three and four bedrooms priced accordingly. We will not charge you too much.  Call Debbie at 870-492-5115 to check for availability.