NNorfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region fishing report and Lake Conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service. Norfork has a lot of 4-lb. smallmouth. Image title

The lake level is 557.33 and is stable with about 8-hours of running one generator which is just about how much water is coming in from the river. There is no effort to drop the area lake levels. They are sticking to the worthless 12-feet rule at Newport. It is working this year because of the lack of rain and we are dry and could use an inch or two. I like this level but it does not leave much room for a big rain. The surface water temperature is 79-80 degrees depending on the time of day you check. The nights have been cool and the days warm with about perfect weather. The vehicle traffic in town and the boat traffic on the lake are as busy as I have seen it. Everything is full everywhere. People are really wanting to get out. The boat traffic has stirred up the water especially near the shore with wakes washing dirt and mud from non-rocky banks. During the day is not a good time to be between the bridges with a flat-bottomed boat. There is a lot of law enforcement out there also. Fishermen going out early and late before and after the crowd are doing well catching bass, crappie, stripers and walleye. Spooning is the best technique at this time but trollers dragging live bait and umbrellas are also catching fish. They cover a lot of ground, burn up a lot of gas and there is not much skill involved but they catch meat. They put out about 1/2 dozen rods and drag stuff through shad until something hooks itself. Some people even do the same thing for crappie. I am looking forward to Monday at about 7:PM and hope everyone survives until the 4th of July. I am not even sure what June teen is but we do not need anymore summer holidays.