Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental On Norfork Lake Arkansas Near Mountain Home in the Ozark Mountains Blog. (Click Here For Comments)

Off to the Trophy Pond they go. Thanks Joe Cebula.Image title

The lake level continues to drop just a little and the surface temperature is steady at 84. It is to be in the mid 80's for several days here with a good chance of rain. It is very dry here. I continue to get some nice walleye and crappie diving but it is not easy. They are roaming and are in one place one day and gone the next. Fortunately I have several good places close to Blackburns creek. It all depends on the bait fish. They are mostly bluegill and bass and when they are on the brush there will be big fish on them and when not, nothing. The visibility is about 8-feet, down to about 38 feet and clear deeper than that but there are no fish and no oxygen below that.  It is impossible to tell visibility from the surface except for how deep you can see. I have seen it clear down 12-feet and you could not see your hand after that. There are two ways to get an accurate reading: one is to dive down there and the other is to put down a TV camera. Side view locators are OK but I cannot work them very well and many people that I know that heve them cannot either. They are good for looking in fairly shallow brush. With the forecasted weather I do not see the dissolved oxygen distribution changing unless we get runoff and high river inflow or the lake turns. When this happens fish have only one preference where to be and that is cover since the water temperature and oxygen are nearly the same for several feet down and the water will be cooler shallow. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental has cabins for $53/day for two people where other places start at $75. If you are not staying at Blackburns you are paying too much. We do not charge for most boat stalls or trolling motors on Pontoon boats. You can save a lot of $. Pool is still open. 1-800-635-0526