Norfork Lake Fishing Report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home In the Ozark Mountains

Tom Kelly also Caught a Big Hybrid on the SpoonImage title

Not much has changed lately except they have started to generate more and the level has just risen 1-inch in 24-Hrs. and is at 571.36 and has come up 17 feet in the last several days. There are only 8 feet of capacity left. They keep saying this is what the dams are for and they are doing their job and I say remember 2008 and ask why they took away 1.75 feet of flood capacity for minimum flow for the put and take trout.  More damage is caused by waiting for the last minute before letting out water and it goes over the spillway to open the gates and devastate everything below. We are one big rain away from that and our weekly rain is predicted for tomorrow night.  If the level was at 548 like it should have been at the end of December we would be at 565 which is too high but manageable. The winter stripers are showing up around the bridges and are being caught on jigging spoons. You have to drop the lure right on top of their heads. I am catching some good bass in 25 ft. of water on spoons also. I will check out crappie later today but my brush is too deep but they might be on top of the larger trees. Warm for a few days and then cold for Saturday. We have avoided all severe weather and are mostly holding other people's water. We received 6.2 inches total for the three day period but there were pockets of 12 or more in Missouri and other area lakes are in worse shape than Norfork. Our watershed area is not nearly as big as the chain of lakes. Blackburns Resort and Boat rental has no diminished services.