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

Scuba Steve releasing some good ones under Blackburns dock. He has not killed a fish this year. Image title

The lake level is 557.38 and has risen 1.2 inches in the last 24-hours with one generator running for about 8-hours from 9:AM to 5:PM. It has been rising slowly but steadily for over 2-weeks.It's recent low level was 553.62.They are regulating the White River at Newport to 12-feet for some reason and is is 11.88 feet and has leveled off. They are running Bull Shoals heavily and it is still rising. The surface water temperature is 72-degrees. It was 74. The main lake is clear, especially near the shore, and the creeks are stained green but a good color for fishing. The lake overall is in good condition and at a good level. The spawn for most species is either finished or nearly finished except for Bluegill, Fflathead Catfish, some Kentucky Bass and about 1/3rd of the Crappie. Overall fishing is good but not easy. Catfish have started biting on live bait. Several fish are still back in the creeks but a few have moved to main lake brush on points. Red meat fish are coming up early sometimes but after sunrise move to deeper water in 50-60 ft. of water. There is a good supply of shad. I went out for a couple of hours yesterday in the middle of the day and caught some nice spawned out crappie on the main lake on brush in 24-ft. of water. Bluegill are biting well off the dock. I do not fish in the middle of the night so I have no report on that. Early to bed early to rise makes a guy's girl go out with other guys. Blackburns still has a couple of cabins open for Memorial Day. We fill them up and then they cancel. There are a lot of health problems out there. A free stall for your boat at our dock comes with a cabin rental of two days or more and we are pet friendly. Give Debbie a call at 870-492-5115 for a reservation. It is nice here and the price is right. Compare. Our big pool with slide will be open and there is a lot for the children to do. Bring their bikes.