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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 with the fish of the day. He has been voted unanimously as rookie scuba diver of the year and does quite well. He knows where all of the brush piles are. Image title

The lake level is 554.67 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with a little more generation but not much. They run 3/4 generator for about 7-hours. The White River at Newport is 4.18 feet and they must not need any electricity in the Southwest Power Region anywhere. It is getting very dry here again and the heat is not helping things out any. It is to cool a bit and only get into the 70's for a high later this week. We could use a couple of inches of slow rain with no wind. The visibility is diminishing a bit for Scuba Diving but is still ok. We are after crappie and they are over the top of brush down about 20-ft. and roaming and spooky. They are on almost all of Blackburns Brush piles which are really paying off now. They were too deep most of the summer with the high water lasting until the end of August. They are now trying to keep the level just under the power pool of 555.75 so the electric company has the control. When it gets above that, the Corps Of Engineers take over the generation schedule and drop it right back down when they can. We should be at about 550 right now and at 547 at the end of April but they quit generating everytime it rains and just hold and hope in the spring and then open the flood gates when it get high.  What a plan! Fishermen are getting fish off the dock everyday and also on the brush piles and spoons, jigs and live minnows are working the best. The crappie, Kentucky Bass and Bluegill are on the same brush piles and at different depths. Drop a spoon and you can catch about anything. Walleye has slowed for me but Bink is still catching them at 40-feet just a little off the bottom. The water starts to cool at 30-feet and is cold at 37. The creeks are stained and you can see down just a few feet but is more clear near the shore. The surface water temperature is 82-degrees. There are still several boats out there in the afternoons and evening with the hot weather and some are still dragging overweight children around on chaise lounges and some of the mosquitoes, AKA jet skis, are still burning up a bunch of gas, but they will be gone soon.  Blackburns is nearly full but still has about three cabins open at this time. We are the home of the $59/day one bedroom cabins and they are quite popular and stay full. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay more elsewhere and also pay for your first boat stall. Why pay more? A free stall comes with your cabin on stays of two days or more. We do not try to gouge our many repeat customers. We have big shady covered porches on all of our cabins and lots of birds and wildlife. No, I am not a part of the wildlife anymore for some reason.