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.

This guy did not stay at Blackburns and Paid $30/day too much for his duplex cabin with no covered porch next to a drunk and also paid for his boat stall. Image title

The lake level is 553.91 and is rising slowly with no dam discharge for 5-days except minimum flow. I can drink that much. The White River at Newport is 8.77 feet and has leveled off. The surface water temperature is a little over 46-degrees and is down from 49-before the last cold weather. The nights have been cold. I have seen it get very cold the first 2-weeks in March.  The lake has stained a little with no discharge in both the main lake and in the creeks. I could see my lure down maybe 7-feet. The bass and crappie that had moved off the main lake points when the water warmed are back now that it has cooled. It should warm back up with the warmer weather this week. I caught some crappie and bass on the Bobby Garland Baby Shad but no picture fish. There were some White Bass just outside the brush in deeper water but I have no use for them.  Would rather catch a carp. The walleye are still up the river but should come back to this area soon. I do not want to go that far. The night bite for stripers starts just before the full moon in March which is the 25th and ends about April 15th when the top-water bite begins. Fishing can be tough in early March for about everything with the cold fronts coming through about twice a week. Get out your 5-inch stick baits and make sure they run true and fish for walleye on shadowy banks in the evening on soft plastics and switch to the stick bait just before dark. The stripers usually quit biting about midnight. They always do this in March as they simulate a spawn and not to feed. It is a good chance to catch some of the larger ones. You used to have to get out on the good places in the early evening to reserve your spot. Now not nearly as people fish it. Thumb Point by the dam and just north of Cranfield Island by the Walleye rearing pond are good places to start. Bink and I used to catch some big ones in the 30-lb. range. You can release these as they are not coming out of deep water.  I am not on the big crappie. The ones that I am catching are barely 10-inches with the larger ones being 11. Two pound Kentuckies are biting pretty well but nothing is biting good. We are getting a lot of calls so call Debbie at 870-492-5115 so you can get the cabins and boat of your choice and not be disappointed. You can save a lot of $ by staying at Blackburns and do not have to sacrafice anything except high prices. We are still the home of the $59/day 1-bedrooms and $79/day two bedrooms. Three and four bedrooms are priced accordingly. No price increases in 2024 and no we are not for sale.