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 couple of nice ones Scuba Diving this morning on Blackburns Brush Piles. Image title

The lake level is 556.51 and has dropped 3-inches in the last 24-hours with sluice gates open to an equivalent of 1-1/4th generators which are still inoperable. The surface water temperature is 84-degrees and dropping slowly but it is to get hot again next week. The White River at Newport is 6.97 feet and dropping. They seem to be regulating to 7-feet now but it is still very low. The thermocline has dropped a bit to 28-feet and the visibility is not quite as good as it was but still not bad. You can see a bit in the mud line at 28-30 feet and the cold water is at 30-feet. I have seen no algae bloom so far. Several fish including some crappie, bass, walleye, catfish and bluegill all in the 25-32 ft. range. I got a walleye yesterday in 23-feet. Several larger fish including stripers and walleye are still deep in 60-80 feet, not feeding and not schooled. I have not seen a disolved oxygen report to tell if they are in the oxygen bubble like they usually are in August where they get lock jaw. Some larger walleye are schooled and in about 32-feet. Many Kentucky bass are on main lake point brush from 23-32 feet and some walleye are with them. Crappie should move into the brush soon. They started and then quit. I am seeing just a few small schools of crappie in the 11-12 inch range shallow on top of the brush and roaming. Bait fish are everywhere in and near cover including shad, bass fry and fingerlings, creek minnows and bluegill fry. No predator fish are hungry in Norfork Lake. All of the fish that I am getting are very fat and healthy and growing quickly. Bink is on the larger walleye in the 23-24 inch range in 32-feet of water using his spoon and is off the stripers that have moved from where they were and went deeper and scattered. The lake is in good condition and at a good level but the fishing is just fair. It will get better after Labor day. Boat traffic is very low now with school started and you can get some peace and quiet out on the lake. Walleye and Kentucky Bass are the best bite now. Blackburns Still has the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals in the Ozarks and the rates drop just after Labor Day where we are the home of the $59/day one bedroom cabin. Come on down and we will not charge you too much and a free boat stall comes with your cabin. All cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches to get out of the sun and rain. If you are not staying at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental you are paying too much.