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.

Scuba Steve with some nice Norfork Lake Crappie spearfishing yesterday.Image title

The lake level is 555.34 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with five hours of running 1-1/2 generators. The White River at Newport is 6.97 feet and very low indicating not much generation anywhere. I guess they are holding the lake levels up hoping for a big rain so we can get flooded again. Good plan. The lake surface water tmeperature is 83-degrees and dropping very slowly. The average ambient high is 83-degrees also but the days are much shorter and the night time lows are now in the low 60's. The weather has been absolutely perfect for several days and people are really enjoying it. Blackburns has only 10-cabins full now so we could use a few more customers. We do most of our improvements in the fall bacause the spring comes quickly and we fill up early with no time to do remodeling. People are always anxious to get out of the city as early in the spring as they can and I do not blame them. We went diving yesterday and there are changes almost daily. There is an algae bloom with flocculant suspended reducing visibility in some areas but not all. Stay on main lake river channels with high rocky banks with brush in 27-30 feet for best visibility and the most fish. All brush piles at these depths are holding fish including walleye, crappie bass and bluegill. I pole fish on cloudy days and the jigging spoon is working best for about everything but live minnows on slip floats and jigs are also working for crappie. Bait fish are looking for cover and are on brush drawing predator fish. Norfork has a good population of fish and is being managed well by the Game and Fish despite an increased fishing pressure in the last few years with more and more people moving here. The population is exploding and the county is experiencing growing pains making affordable housing harder and harder to find with prices increasing rapidldly. I am trying to hold prices as low as I can so our many repeat customers can have an affordable vacation without paying too much. They can get a 1-bedroom cabin for $59/day or $348/week and these are nice. You do not have to sacrifice quality for a lower price here. Come check us out.  A free stall at our big dock comes with your cabin on stays of two days or more.  No duplexes.