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 a nice one caught on the spoon on Blackburns's brush piles. Image title

The lake level is 553.33 and has risen 1-inch in the last 24-hours. We received 1-1/2 inches or rain last night and this morning.  They opened sluice gates to an equivalent of a little less than 1-generator again at 9:AM after nothing for over 4-days. The White River at Newport is 1.92 feet and about ready to dry up. This is as low as I have ever seen it. The river wade fishermen love it. The put and take trout get trapped in the pools and are easily caught. They are stocked one day and caught the next. The larger fish are mostly brood sows released from the hatchery. The lake surface water temperature is 82-83 degrees and dropping with the cooler ambient temperatures. The water is clearing and the thermocline is at 31-feet. The people dogging the red meat fish are catching a few but are mostly small. The White Bass are about as big as the stripers. Some crappie have moved into the brush but not many. Most are still in the main lake on shad. The best bite now continues to be Kentucky Bass with a few largemouth mixed in. The fish coming up in the evening part way back in the creeks are mostly small bass. Bait fish are everywhere including threadfin and gizzard shad, bass and bluegill minnows and creek minnows. All of the fish that I am catching are very healthy. I am mostly spooning brush piles but there are also fish on the drop-off on steep river channel banks using plastic worms especially around chunk rocks. Almost all cover is holding bass. When diving I am seeing a few schools of crappie but they are roaming and very spooky. Blackburns is still the home of the $59/day 1-bedroom cabins and they come with a free stall for your boat. They are all individual with no duplexes and all have big covered porches where you can get out of the rain and sun and watch the wildlife or rig your fishing poles. Come on down to Blackburns and we will not charge you too much and we especially welcome Veterans and Police. If you are staying at a place where you are nearly the only customer your are either in the wrong place, paying too much or both. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 for a reservation.