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 his best ones yesterday. Image title

The lake level is 554.51 and has dropped 1-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with less generation than the last few days. The White River at Newport is 22.29 and dropping but they are still letting out quite a bit of water out of both lakes. We are now just 3/4 of a foot above the top of the power pool and 1-1/2 foot above where we were before the big 3+ rain on February 7th. The surface water temperature is 49 degrees and the lake is still stained a bit with the heavy generation. Bink reports the larger White Bass are up in the major creeks and up the river spawning and the smaller ones are still in deep water on shad. I did catch one walleye but most of them are also up the river. My best lure has been the 3-inch stingray grub on a 3/16th ounce jig head dropped vertically in brush in about 30-ft.for bass and  a 1/16th ounce jig cast past the brush and letting it sink into it. I have been catching a few bass off the bank on a small grub tipped with a live minnow in the evening. The end of February and the first half of March can be the most challenging time for fishing all year and I just have to work through it. The cold fronts come through at least once a week and really slow fishing which is not very good to start with. I still manage to catch three or four dumb ones a day but do not keep very many anyway. I have never seen more guides on Norfork Lake in any time in my life. They are outnumbering the regular fishermen. River guides are coming to the lake. Lake guides are buying river boats. Bull Shoals Guides are coming to Norfork. Norfork Guides are going to Bull Shoals. They must all be getting rich and I wish them the best but there sure a lot of them to choose from but I wish they would kill fewer small stripers and give them a chance to grow. Catch a few, keep a few, release a few and eat the White Bass. They are Oklahoma's State fish and Jimmy Houston can have my share. They are fun to shoot with a spear gun though.