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

The wind finally blew itself out. We got lightening and thunder but very little rain. There was wind all around us but it is ok here. When I was out Sunday it hailed.  The lake is still dropping and is at 546.4 which is 7-feet lower than last year. Last year the water temperature rose early to just under 50 degrees and stayed there for a long time. On this date last year it was 50. It is 52 now. Not much difference. Our overall heat units have been higher and resulted in the earliest dogwood bloom that I can remember but the fishing is about the same. We had no shad kill this season and there are plenty of them and no jerk bait bite either. The crappie that were loaded up on main lake brush moved and went out deeper. We will see if this sunshine brings them back in. We are to have temperatures near and above 60 for several days with some rain moving in next week. Should be a good next several days for fishing. We opened up eight more cabins and the girls are working hard to get them ready. We have had high demand this year and do not like to turn people away. They do not like to go elsewhere because we have no room and pay too much. Many places close for the winter. Blackburns stay open all year.  Things look good for a striper bite after dark on the full moon which is the 12th. A few smaller ones are there now. One day it is 80 and the next it is 50. I do not know what to do either. When that south east wind blows into those points on the flats north of Cranfield, there will be fish on them. Stick baits are working a bit for bass and walleye but I like the soft plastics better for them now just before dark on the shadowy banks part way back in the creeks. I will try the spoon just outside of brush today. I am catching no bluegill but some have moved under my dock. Cold fronts definitely have an effect.