We are ready for your visit here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental where we have the best prices on both cabins and boat rentals. There are 10 pontoons to rent so there will be one to suit your needs. Ski boat and bass boats too. Big pool and good dock access. Green grass and a level playground. Child and pet friendly. All cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have covered porches. That is very important.
It is Warm and Sunny and Dry and A Good Time To Bring the Children For Some Fun Before School Starts.July 29th, 2015
Caught This Morning On Norfork Lake In 35-feet of water on an Arkansas Shiner 1/2 Ounce Bink’s Jigging Spoon.July 25th, 2015
Scuba Steve went diving again yesterday and checked out the conditions. The surface temperature is 87 degrees with a thermocline starting at 23- feet and cold at 30-feet. The visibility is about 7 or 8 feet if you stay in the rocks away from mud bottoms. I checked out two main lake points and found walleye and bass on both of them. There are a lot of small fish right at 23-feet but the bigger ones are deeper. Work the point out to where the chunk rocks are located and fish just below them. It will be from 28-35 feet in the cold water. Move slow as they are spooky and make no sudden moves. They are schooled and roaming but are staying in the same general area. Once I moved to either side of the points the fish were gone. For stripers, hybrids and white bass in the Blackburns area start looking at the mouth of the major creeks and look for schools of shad suspended in 45-60 ft. of water and drop a spoon on them. Some bass are with them too. Early mornings some are still coming up. The fish are scattered but some nice ones can be caught if you are persistent. There are plenty of baitfish. Look for old river channels off bluff banks near creeks. I am getting some very nice walleye.
Two full baths, one with tub. Cable Tvs, King, two queens, one full and three twin beds. Two sofas in the living room. Large kitchen w/dishwasher and central air. Covered porch and car port. Accommodates 6-13. Rates for the first 6 are $195/day or $995/week starting Saturday. Partial week accepted. Call 1-800-635-0526 and ask for Debbie. Best deal around. Others charge $1,300 for one like this. Blackburns has no diminished services with full dock availability with your first boat stall free. No sense staying where you cannot get to the dock.
The temperature are getting into the mid 90’s Most days with pop up showers about 4:pm some days. There was some wind on wednesday afternoon but very little damage was done. We have been very fortunate to avoid severe weather or heavy rains. Our rainfall has been at or below normal for the last two months but everything is very green the yards gardens are growing nicely. It has been very humid. We have a nice group of people in this week and are glad to have them. You can drive to our dock, park along the road and walk a very short distance to the dock. Some have no dock access by land at all.
The lake level is 570.03 and rising much more slowly. The surface temperature is 87 degrees and the lake is high but in good condition. There is some floating debris so I do not recommend boating after dark. It is not a lot but enough to ruin your prop if you do not pay attention. The striper fishing continues to be good over the old river channels and they vary in depth but you can find them easily with a good locator. Drop a spoon right on their head. Bink caught a 41-lb. and 31-lb. this morning on his Many Shad Spoon. You can still drive or walk to Blackburns Dock and park on the side of the road and walk about 40-ft. to the dock. We are recommending customers launch their boats at Panther Bay and drive them to Blackburns Dock. A lot of people do not have launching capabilities anyway. We have a big crowd and a lot of nice people. Come on down. We are in the dog days of summer and it is very warm.
The lake continues to rise but Norfork seems to be the best alternative to the other area lakes. You can still drive or walk to Blackburns dock and go down some steps and get on the dock and park on the road. We have no diminished services. I am still launching boats here but you might want to launch your boat at Panther Bay and drive your boat to Blackburns dock where it can remain for the length of your stay. With no rain coming for the next week they will have to let some water out sooner or later. I do not understand why they are still trying to regulate Newport at 12-feet. The lake is not muddy or dirty and is actually pretty clear. We have not received the rain compared to other places and the creeks have not run. We are just holding other people’s water with very little generation not keeping up with the river inflow. Guests here are enjoying the lake and having fun. Many areas have no dock or lake access but Blackburns has. Come on down. We just have more lake to play in.
Typical summer with pop up showers in the heat of the day. It was a very busy holiday with high boat traffic. Things are much better now. Some people are really rough on things but I guess that is now the nature of the business. When I was young and my family stayed at a resort we would work very hard to leave things as they were when we got there. We would not relocate grills, picnic tables and rearrange furniture in the cabins. When we left the dishes were washed and trash was hauled and things were in good shape. We wanted the owners to not think we were pigs and would be glad to see us back. My father and mother taught us respect. Things they are a changin. Blackburns is fortunate that we have many repeat customers that are our friends and help with everything. It just takes a few people with no respect to go a long way. It makes Debbie and Susan want to cry when they see how some people leave things after they worked so hard to make them nice.
Bink reports stripers are 40-60 feet deep suspended over the old creek channel. They may be in 100 feet of water but are all over the lake . Creek channel is the key and spoon is the best bait. It can be fished at any depth in a matter of seconds and it looks and sounds like shad. He is catching a lot of big fish everyday.
Fortunately we were dry and the creeks did not run but the lake has come up about 6-inches with little generation. They are going to keep Newport at below 12-feet for some reason and let little water out. Most of the raise came last night about 24-hours after the rain indicating it came from Missouri. Fortunately Norfork is in good condition and pretty clear. I went diving yesterday and had good luck. The thermocline is at 23 feet with cold water at 26-feet. I found the walleye in front of a brush pile at 30-feet. There is an increase in boat traffic with most of it being people on pontoons dragging kids around on chaise loungers. I wonder what happened to water skiing? I am out there everyday and see very few skiers. Bink reports the stripers are in 45-60 feet of water and can be caught on a jigging spoon. He is catching several everyday. I am seeing no crappie except just a few caught off docks. My brush piles are in 40-ft. of water or more and are just too deep. I do not fish other people’s brush. I am getting some good walleye diving everyday but am seeing very few fish from 0-40 foot. They must all be suspended on shad except smallmouth bass which are in 19-28 feet on bass fry. It is very hard for a diver to spear suspended fish. Be prepared to swim quite a ways between keeper fish. I would put in brush now at 30-feet if I could. The trees would be easily got and the fish would go right to them. I cannot because my permit expired on April 30th. The lake is creeping up but we are in much better shape than most other lakes except Table Rock where they will never let it get high due to Branson. It is all about the money and politics. Looks to be a very busy holiday. It is not something I look forward to. There is little debris in the lake but be very careful when going out after dark and scout your path before dark and take it easy. We do not have a no wake law like Lake of The Ozarks but it is a good Idea after dark. Everything happens on Saturday night and when you couple that with the 4th of July safety should be of the highest concern. There will be a lot of law out there. Do not be in the paper on Monday.