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 Diving yesterday.Image titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 553.33 and has risen 3/4 inch in the last 24-hours with no discharge for 5-days. Both generators are still inoperable. The White River at Newport is 2.35 feet and very low. We received just over 1/2 inch of rain last night and it seems to rain everytime we start to get dry. Things are changing on Norfork Lake and you have to be out there daily to keep on top of them.I went diving yesterday morning and found no thermocline down past 34-feet. It had been at 31 for several days and has no reason to drop. I will check it out again today but it would indicate a start of an early lake turnover which would be 2-3 weeks earlier than normal but who knows what normal is now-a-days. There was some green-brown dead mossy stuff floating part way back in the creeks.  I also found several schools of crappie had moved on to main lake point brush that were not there the day before. The visibility was not the best but I could see about 5-6 feet and it was also the same down to 34-feet. I did not go any deeper as no fish were there. The fish were scattered at different depths as the water remained at 79-80 degrees and there was no reason for them to be in any particular depth except for food and cover. I saw a lot of Kentucky bass, crappie, a few largemouth and a couple of short walleye. These conditions would account for the slow fishing the last few days. They are catching some nice catfish, bass and bluegill off the dock. I will check things out and give you another report tomorrow. Yes, Blackburns is open and not on vacation so give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 for a reservation and we will not charge you too much. I have no reason to go anywhere else as everything I want is right here except for one Granddaughter.