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.

This person did not stay at Blackburns and paid $30/day too much for his cabin, stayed in a duplex with no covered porch and paid for his first boat stall. Don't be this guy.Image titleThe lake level is 554.38 and has dropped a little over 2-inches in the last 24-hours with both generators running about 1/2 the time. The White River at Newport is 20.90 feet and dropping but they are still letting out quite a bit if water. The surface water temperature is 47-degrees and the water is stained both in the creeks and the main lake. You can see your lure down about 2-3 feet. Not much has changed since yesterday. A few hybrids are being caught dragging stuff through shad on the main lake, White Bass are back in the creeks spawning with the larger ones finished. Walleye have also moved up river. Some bass are on the bank back in the creeks in the evenings and others are on main lake brush and in open water on shad. I am catching a few crappie on brush in about 22-feet part way back in the creeks near the bottom but there are not big schools and mostly just singles. You can go back further back for more numbers but they are much smaller. I like the big ones. Crappie and Kentucky Bass have eggs but not a lot yet and no blood lines. The water is just slow to warm up with these continuous cold fronts. Yes the dark shallow water warms quicker but it also cools quicker and the fish do not stay back in the creeks when it stays cold for a few days and we are getting plenty of that with highs only in the 40's. Normal average high is 53. The lake level was 554.72, the surface water temperature was 44 and we had snow and sleet on this date last year so things could be worse. It would really be nice if they would have a lake level drawdown in the winter to help prevent high water in the spring but they absolutely refuse to do so. It is kinda like securing the border.