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.

Alec Gragg with a couple caught off Blackburns Brush Piles. Image title

The lake level is 553.31 and has been the same for several weeks with no discharge except minimum flow. Both generators are still inoperable. We are getting very dry here again and have had little rain since the first of the month. The White River at Newport is 1.81 feet and about ready to dry up. The surface water temperature is 54 degrees and dropping with the cold nights and the clarity is about the same and you can see your lure down about 6-feet. The lake level was 553.85 , the surface water temperature was 54 degrees and the White River at Newport was 13.57 feet on this date last year.  The crappie fishing is getting better and it needed to. The best bite is from sundown to dark. Use a 1/16th ounce white with red eye jig head on your Bobby Garland Baby Shad Blue Ice jig on 4-lb. test clear line. You need the light line for proper action on the jig and it is not trying to pull a log chain through the water. Cast it past the brush and let it sink into it. You will catch some bass also. When the wind is still I also use a small Bink's Spoon and vertical jig it right in the brush. If there is any wind use your trolling motor against the wind and keep your line straight up and down. If you drag it you will get snagged. If you do get snagged you are in the right place. Do not set the hook until you are sure it is a fish. Your spoon coming up through the brush feels almost like a bite. If you are an open water fisherman and looking for red meat fish look in the bay across from Cranfield Campground in 50-feet of water. When they are right on the bottom they are the easiest to catch. Use a Bink's White and Green 3/8 or 1/2 ounce spoon with 6-8 clear line and drop it on their heads and tap bottom and snap it up about 4-5 feet and let it drop on slack line. The White Bass are about as big as the Hybrids. If you are coming to Norfork and the place you regularly stay is closed or they are on vacation give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 for a reservation and save some money. All of our cabins are individual with no duplexes and come with a free stall for your boat at our dock. We have two fish cleaning stations so there is no waiting.