Norfork Lake Arkansas near Mountain Home in the Ozarks Mountains Region Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental.

Tom Kelly with some nice Norfork Lake bass. He is one good fisherman. Image title

The lake level is 554.01 has is dropping again with one generator running since this morning and spillway gates open just a little. The surface water temperature is 48 dgress and should drop a little with the snow dropping into it. It is about the same temperature in the creeks as on the main lake.  It has quit snowing now and the ground is about covered but the roads are clear. Rain is to follow.  It is to get below freezing tonight and then warm up again. The water is clearing more everyday and you can see your lure down  about 8-9 feet on the main lake even on cloudy days. It is very clear near the shore. The White River at Newport is 13.58 feet and dropping quickly so maybe they will keep the generation going for a while. They have been running it for a short time and usuing the spillway gates. It should be broken in by now. Bass fishing is the best now but some stripers, white bass and crappie are also being caught but not in high numbers. Mike, Tom, Bink and Scuba Steve have all been catching some good ones. Our striper fishermen just left and did well. More are coming in tomorrow. I know you want to see a picture of my smiling face over and over day after day but I am not trying to impress you that I can catch fish. I just want you to know what is biting and that other people are catching them besides myself. We want our customers to have a good time and that is why we put in brush piles for you. We have some good ones. Few places are better fishing than an established brush pile with a new cedar tree right in the middle. You can catch open water fish by looking for broken schools of shad with your fish finder and dragging something through them. If they are feeding it does not matter much what it is. Live bait and umbrellas work the best. You can also drop a spoon. Stripers and Hybrids are put and take fish like trout are in the river. You can complicate it all you want. It usually takes more looking than fishing and uses a lot of fuel but they fight hard. I have caught thousands of them and will now leave them to the tourists. I do not troll but like to drift with the wind over brush. Norfork is in good condition and at a good level and spring should bring some decent fishing. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115  for a reservation. We will not charge you too much and a free stall for your boat at our dock comes with the cabin. Compare prices and then come visit. It is nice here and the price is right.