Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region fishing report fall foliage report and lake condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

Carl Scott caught more this morning.Image title

The lake level is 553.13 and has dropped about 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with 5-hours of running 3/4 of a generator. The White River at Newport is still 2.91 feet and they have been in this pattern of low generation for several weeks now. It is still very, very dry but we have a chance of some rain this evening and tomorrow morning. I dug a post hole and found no moisture for three feet. Now that is dry. The frost will go deep into the ground this winter if we do not get some. The bass fishing is getting better on the wind blown banks and there has been no shortage of wind. It has been incessant for over three days. It finally lays in the evening but it is late and not much time for fishing until dark with the short days. It cranks back up as it warms in the morning. The time change is on November 6th and it gets dark so early that people do not have any time to go fish after work. I do not care any what the clock says but if it helps children not have to get on the school bus in the dark, I am for it. Other than that I get confused on what time happy hour starts. Scuba diving conditions continue to be good and the surface water temperature was 73+ when I went out yesterday. There is no thermocline after the lake turnover and the water is clearing both in the creeks and on the main lake. The normal high for the day is 72 but we are to get a frost, especially in the low lying areas on Monday night and again on Tuesday. If it rains today and we get a frost that will be the best chance of getting some fall foliage color. There sometimes can be a false peak in the middle of October and then the real one at the end of the month. The wind has blown a lot off already.  Drop a spoon in and around the main lake brush for bass  walleye and crappie at any depth form 14-30 feet and beat the windblown banks with a crankbait, creature bait ot other soft plastic. I am not seeing as many fish in the creeks as on the main lake but a lot of baitfish are there after the plankton so they will be there sooner or later especially in the evening after the sun warms the surface up a little. Blackburns is still the home of the $59/day 1-bedroom cabin and $77/day two bedroom cabin and they come with a free stall for your boat. Why pay more unless you just have too much money? I do not like paying too much for anything. I know where the walleye are located and might get one or two today Scuba Diving. Who can tell?