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.

Mike with a nice one yesterday Diving. It sure is fun. Image title

The lake level is 556.19 and has dropped 1-inch in the last 24-hours with sluice gates open to an equivalent of 3/4 of an generator for two days now. The White River at Newport is at 3.44 feet and very low. Not much water is being let out anywhere. The surface water temperature is 87-degrees. I found a little difference in the thermocline depth from area to area. Past Robinson Point south it was 27-feet with clear water down to 25-feet and just north of Cranfield it was 25-feet with clear water down to 23-feet. There is still a mud line from the start of the thermocline to the cold water at 30-feet. Several fish of different species remain from 27-32-feet of including walleye, bass and catfish with bluegill shallower on every brush pile. The fall walleye are moving in to main lake point brush at about 30-feet and the crappie are just starting with a few singles showing up. The big schools are still in open water on shad but will move in to the brush in about 2-weeks. They always do. Right after Labor Day is an excellent time for crappie on Blackburns Brush Piles. I will show you where they are when you get here. Catfishing is also getting better with the moon getting smaller. The New moon is the 16th and the catfish really like that. If the water rises just a bit with the current storms it will be just about right. When you find schools of bluegill there will be bass and catfish close by. I am surprised at the water clarity for this time of year and Scuba Diving conditions will get better and better as fall gets here. Spooning remains the best way to get fish right now both in deep water for stripers and hybrids and a few big walleye. Drop it right on their heads. Use a 1/4 ounce spoon in the brush for other fish. The smaller fish are shallower and the larger ones are deeper. Black lights and saltcraws remain good for bass after dark but I am seening more and more larger bass moving into and around the brush.  Finesse worm are also working for bass. There are some nice sized Kentucky Bass being caught. It is dark and rainy out now with some severe weather possible later today and tonight. We received 1-1/2 inches of rain already.  We can just hope our luck holds. We seem to get a rain everytime it gets dry but they can keep the storms and wind.