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 lake level is 577.08 and is dropping steadily with both generators running continuously. They seem to be holding the white river at Newport at 24.5 feet and they could be discharging 50,000 CFS at Batesville but are only at 35,000 CFS. They are starting to get a cushion on the level but it has been over a month since the raise. It seems to me to be better to use the generators earlier instead of holding until the level gets to be an emergency and open up the flood gates and waste the water. It costs $millions of dollars. The rules of the dam management need to be reviewed. They threw out the idea that the dams were only for flood control and everything else did not matter when the Minimum flow for the put and take trout was adopted and they took away flood capacity by holding the lakes level higher and discharging no matter how low the lakes get. They are getting good minimum flow now. The gar are moving into the creeks now and that is usually not a good sign for catfishing which has been excellent. I will move to main lake and main lake cuts. Tom Kelly reports catching a lot of nice fish part way back in float creek including walleye and bass. Bink is catching stripers and bass early on top water. It is busy here and fishing time is not as much as I like. Some people are raising their rates again and are north of $100/day for a one bedroom. Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental is $75/day with a free boat stall, free trolling motors on fishing pontoons and all cabins have covered porches. That is very important. Boat rentals are the best value in the area. 870-492-5115