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.

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service on a creature bait. Image title

The lake level is 553.72 and is stable with no generation since yesterday afternoon. They always quit when they hit the top of the power pool of 553.75 but have not gotten burned yet with the low spring rains so far. I like this level and wish it would stay here all the time.  The White River at Newport is 7.93 feet low and dropping. The creeks greened up yesterday after the 1/2 inch rain and heavy wind. The wind has been incessant and has been from the north and north west. It is to get very warm tomorrow and shift to from the south but not slow down much. I do not like fishing in the wind. A little walleye chop is OK but that is about it for me. The peole that say wind is their friend can have my share. I have no windmills. I found some 62-degree water back in the creeks yesterday evening and 59 on the main lake. The shallow green water will warm very quickly and the top-water bite for stripers and bass will start soon. The cold fronts are getting warmer. Creature baits and chatterbaits have been good and squarebill crankbaits have also been working for black bass.  They typically run more shallow than regular cranks. Scuba Steve is casting a 1/16th ounce jig or 2-inch grub tipped with a live minnow to the shore in the creeks near any wood and catching some nice crappie. I will not keep any until the spawn is over and hurry and get the males back in the water. After the females spawn they are then fair game for me when they move back to the brush piles. Bass and crappie fishing is the best with some walleye and white bass also coming in. The bluegill typically spawn when the water gets past 70-degrees and some are pre-spawn feeding now. Overall the lake is at a good level and good clarity for fishing. It is getting better everyday. It is a good time to visit Norfork Lake and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental where a free stall for your boat comes with the cabin. Some charge for them but we do not. Blackburns has several good brush piles and Scuba Steve will show you where they are when you get here. Compare prices and give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 for a reservation. We are the first place to fill up and you will be forced to pay much more elsewhere. If you are not staying at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental you are paying too much for less. It is nice here and the price is right.