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.

Image title

The lake level is 556.36 and has dropped just a very little bit in the last 24-hours with sluice gates open to an equivalent of 2/3rd of a generator for 10-hours. The White River at Newport is 5.04 feet and has leveled off. It is very low. The surface water temperature is 85-degrees and rising with the hot weather. The thermocline is going a little deeper and the mud line after the warm water to the thermocline is getting wider. The very cold water is at 23-feet and it starts to cool off at 19-feet. It is clear deeper than 23-feet. The visibility is not nearly as good as it was a week ago. Several fish continue to be in the 16-23 ft. range including bass and walleye. I am not seeing very many crappie. Bink continues to catch stripers and walleye in deep water on his jigging spoon. The water must be deeper than 60-ft. on shad but the depth varies after that. Drop the 3/4 ounce spoon on their heads. Bass are biting well at night using black lights and saltcraws. Early morning will still find some bass feeding early on top-water shad. They are the ones that the stripers are damaging or hurting and coming up from the deeper water. Find surfacing bass and the stripers will be under that. The same people are killing deep stripers day after day and you would think they had enough or at least quit bragging about it. Their freezers must be bulging with red meat fish. Let them grow for the Pilgrims and kill gar and carp if they must kill something.  It is hot and dry so make sure the place you stay has a big pool, covered dock and a good air conditioner.