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

It looks like spring here in Arkansas but it is early March so do not count on it. Image title

The lake level is 553.61 and rising slowly with no dam discharge but minimum flow. The White River at Newport is 6.39 feet and very low. They refuse to let any water out. I still had a surface water temperature on the main lake of 49-yesterday evening and a little over 50 back in the creeks. The water has stained up just a little but is at a good clarity for fishing. I could see my lure down about 6-feet. I caught a couple of bass part way back in the creek near the shore with a grub but only caught one crappie. I released all fish on site as it was getting dark and I did not bring them back to the dock and let them die on the way. I do not have a phone or take selfies and prefer to remain in the 20th century. I know you do not want to see my face day after day holding up dead fish. It was a little windy but I was able to get out of it until it slowed about 6:PM so I could go where I wanted to in the first place. It is warm and windy today with a chance of rain tomorrow. We need it badly. Bass fishing is the best right now but it is not good but I am catching a few nice ones. They all seem to bite at the same time and quit and that is not very often. Most of them are still in open water on shad but will move to the creeks soon as the water warms. I caught one striper by accident on the grub outside a brush pile and released it immediately. They do not stay alive in a live well and if you see a picture of them with their mouth open they are dead. People releasing stripers do not keep more than one at a time so if two are together they are mostly dead. I do not know what they are doing with all of those fish but the bite for them has slowed in the last week. It looks like several of the guides and locals are trying to fish them out but they stock a lot of them and I hope they continue to do so but would like more walleye too. The lake overall is in good condition and at a good level but fishing is just fair. Blackburns is getting ready for your visit and there will be no price increases this year. If you get your prices raised on you again this year give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 for a reservation. Enough is enough. No we are not for sale. Fishing tip: It is about time to get out the stick baits and fish the windy banks and the warmest water.