Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountain Region Fishing Report and Lake Condition by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental.

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service. Image title

The lake level is 554.55 and has dropped 1/2 inch in the last 24-hours with one generator running about 9-hours. The White River at Newport is 14.63 feet and dropping quickly. The surface water tmeperature is 64-degrees and the water is clearing especially near the shore. There are some people now able to bed fish bass. I do not do this. We have one more weekend of another bass tournament and then the lake should calm down until Memorial day. Several of the crappie that I am catching have not spawned yet so the stable lake level should make for a decent one. Even some big ones are still full of eggs. Same goes for Black Bass. The Kentuckies spawn until summer so they should be fine.  The flatheads are the last to spawn and they continue until mid July. The lake is at a good level and is about a foot above the top of the power pool of 553.75 and is overall in good condition. The top of the power pool used to be 552 before the Minimum Flow law for the river trout was enacted and several of us still consider 552 to be at a normal level. Barring any big rains in the Norfork River watershed we should have an excellent season. At least we made it to May. The wind has been incessant and is to keep blowing for a couple of days yet. It is best to get out there early before it warms up befotr it starts in earnest. If you go to breakfast and get out on the water at about 10 or 11 AM it is too late. The North wind is hard to get out of and is going to go somewhare. When it hits a wall it just swirls. I am not a fan of the wind and the ones that say the wind is your friend can have my part. I like a little walleye chop and that is it. The top-water bite is geting better especially for bass and red meat fish  after a warm night and some bass and crappie are on beds and others are on brush just around main lake points or back into the creeks on shad that the wind has been blowing into. Bank bass are hitting Gitzets and Shakey Head worms and crappie on jigs and small grubs tipped with minnows. Big bluegil;l are biting crickets and small jigs on brush and off docks. Flatheads are hitting shiners and bluegills on throw lines and drop-shot jugs. Smallmouth ate biting creature baits on shallow points and flats near them. Blackburns is nearly full but still has a couple of cabins open so call Debbie at 870-492-5115 so you do not have to pay way too much elsewhere unless you just have too much money. If you are not staying at Blackburns you are paying too much. If you are in the area stop by and check us out. A free boat stall comes with your cabin.