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 on the Bink's Jigging Spoon. Scuba Steve likes these. Image title

The lake level is 559.75 and has dropped 2-1/4 inches in the last 24-hours. They run both generators for about 12-hours and opened up spillway gates one foot for about 5-hours. The White River at Newport is only 9.23 feet so they could let out much more if they wanted to. The surface water temperature is 85-degrees and the visibility is 4-5 feet the thermocline at 27-feet. The  lake is in excellent condition for Boating, Swimming, Scuba Diving and Water Sports. The lake boat traffic started to pick up for the holiday already and I expect a madhouse. This is no time to go out there in a small flat-bottom boat. Several Kentucky bass are on main lake brush in 27-ft. of water as are a few walleye at the same depth on points near the end at the drop-offs. Stripers are still in very deep water about 40-50 ft. down and headed south. Hybrids are a little shallower with some nice Walleye with them. Spoons are the bait of choice for most species except black bass are moving to the banks to feed at dark on Crawdads. Some nice Red-Ear Bluegill are on brush shallow. The rapid lake level drop is hurting the Catfishing but a few are still being caught at night on live bait. They like the little moon but not dropping water.  Scuba Conditions are good but it is hard to find the Crappie and larger Walleye. Flathead season does not open until the 15th. We have it all here at Blackbuns so compare prices and give Debbie a casll at 870-492-5115 for a reservation. We especially welcome Veterans and Police. Come on down and we will not charge you too much. One bedroom cabins start at $90/day and come with a free stall for your boat at our dock with stays of 2-days or more. No we are not for sale. We like it here.