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.

The lake level is 555.01 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with 1-1/2 generators running about 1/2 the time. The white River at Newport is 6.19 feet and very low. The level at this time in 2019 was 562.68, 2020 was 563.62 and 2021 was 556.19 and they flooded us out all four years. 2017 was worse. You would think they could come up with a better plan than the current one which is hold and hope and then open up the flood gates. 2017 was worse but there was not much anybody could have done about that. You cannot let the government run anything. Fishing and diving conditions are good now that we are in September and Summer is over. The boat traffic is low on weekends and lower during the week.  The lake surface water temperature is 82-83 and dropping slowly with ambient temperatures in the low 80's for highs and low 60's for lows. It is to cool way down with highs in the mid 70's and lows in the 50's early this week and then warm again. It is a perfect time for a fishing or diving trip. The water is clear on the main lake and you have good visibility all the way down to the cold water which is just below 30-ft. Many fish continue to be in the 27-30 foot range on main lake point brush piles. Crappie are on almost all brush in these places along with bass, walleye and bluegill. The stripers being caught are mostly small but they just keep killing  them and they keep getting smaller. A 30-pound striper used to be a good one and now they are bragging about a 10-pounder. There are several new guides on the lake and they were not here when the fishing for stripers was good. They come and go and only a few last more than a few years but the one thing they moslty have in common is taking pictures of large numbers of dock floors full of dead fish. It is not impressive and makes them look like meat hunters. Catch a few, keep a few and release a few and leave some for the next generation.