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.

Scuba Steve with the fish of the day diving. Image title

The lake level is 553.70 and is rising very slowly with absolutely no discharge for 4-days. They closed the sluice gates. The White River at Newport is at 3.64 feet and about ready to dry up. You cannot launch a boat in Calico Rock. The weather has been beautiful for the holiday but we are getting very dry again and could use some rain. The surface water temperature is 84-degrees and the thermocline is at 32-feet and pronounced. The water clarity is not good with the holiday boat traffic churning it up but will get better quickly as the water cools and the traffic drops. It has been busy but not as busy as the 4th of July which was as bad as I have ever seen it. I have heard of no boating accidents on the lake as of now. There is a lot of Law Enforcement on both the roads and water out there and that is good.  Norfork is getting more and more big boats and you have to be careful going out in smaller flat-bottom boats.  Things will be all better about 5-PM on Monday when the fishermen can have the lake back. You can still get in some fishing but you have to get out there early. It takes others quite a while to get around and get all of their coolers and blow up toys loaded. We have a good group in at Blackburns and still have peace and quiet and that is the way we like it. We have culled quite a few over the years and have mostly repeat customers. Blackburns Goes on our off-season rates on Tuesday and are still the home of the $59/day 1-bedroom cabins and $77/day two bedrooms. 3&4 bedrooms are priced accordingly. A free stall at our big dock somes with the cabin making us the best value in the Ozarks. Come on Down. We will not charge you too much and you will like it here. If you are not staying at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental you are paying too much. It is fall fishing time.