The yard is mowed the pool is cleaned and the lake is 86 degrees and it and Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental are ready for your visit. We have missed most of the rain lately and we are getting to be a little dry but everything is still very green with many bushes blooming. Fishing, diving, boating and swimming conditions are excellent. Labor Day is rapidly approaching and we would like you to visit. We still have openings. Reserve soon before you have to pay much more to stay somewhere else. Our prices are $75/day for a one bedroom and larger cabins are priced accordingly up to four bedrooms with two baths. Others charge from $25-$40 more per day for a one bedroom and and you can save hundreds for a week stay. Your savings will buy a lot of gas and pizza. Our boat stalls are free unless you bring your own pontoon. We have eight of them to rent and also at the best price. The Sims family from Monroe, Louisiana are back and we are very glad to have them. What a nice family with respectful young people. Everything is fine and we wish you were here. Call 1-800-635-0526.
We missed a good chance of rain last night and it is starting to get a little dry. Everything is still very green though. We have mostly family vacations in now but the fishermen that are here are doing pretty good. There are a lot of medium sized stripers and walleye being brought in and some very good smallmouth bass. Most species of fish are schooled and roaming near cover. I saw several schools of 1-2 lb. stripers in 30-ft. of water but no big ones. All of the big fish I am seeing are 32-40 ft. in cold water. Jack and Debbie Garrett caught several trolling umbrellas. I got a couple of 24-inch walleye in 40-ft.
I went diving yesterday morning and the conditions were very good. The fish seem to be staying in the same areas. I got some nice white bass in 28-ft. and saw many small walleye, bass and a few crappie. Went to the cold water in 40-ft. and that is where the big walleye were. Got two nice big ones. This is the best diving in years. The lake level is 555.3 and dropping slowly with a pattern of generation starting in the early afternoon and continuing through the evening. The lake surface temperature is 85 degrees and has not changed in several days. The main lake is clear with some stain in the creeks. Game and fish stocked 134,865 fingerling striped bass and 4,400 yearling channel catfish in Norfork Lake in June. That is pretty good. I am seeing many big schools of fingerling bass and small stripers and walleye while diving. White bass are everywhere. The stable water in the buckbrush made for a good spawn this spring. There are some big smallmouth bass shallow in the evenings. Bink is taking out a Blackburns Resort guest this morning and we will see what happens. They really want to catch some fish. He has been on them for some time.
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The lake surface temperature is 85 degrees and the level is 554.48 and dropping. It is at a very good level for just about everything. The main lake is clear and creeks are a little green. The visibility is excellent for this time of year. I went diving yesterday morning and never saw so many fish. Walleye, crappie, white bass, stripers and bass were everywhere. and big ones too. I even got a catfish and was not looking for it. The big fish of several species are schooled and together. I bet I saw a hundred walleye but only one big one and he was by himself. There was just a few crappie but they were big ones too. Jack Garrett is here and said he saw big schools of stripers but only two of them were keepers. Forty feet seems to be the magic number. The white bass I saw were bigger than the stripers. Bink caught a big one yesterday.
The lake level is dropping slowly but surely and is at 555.71 with five hours of heavy generation. I will go out and see if I can get a walleye for dinner this afternoon. Conditions are very good and lake traffic is low. It is to be 90 tomorrow and then in the high 70’s for several days. That is rare for July in Arkansas. It is very green here and we seem to get a rain just when we start to need it. Our normal high is 91. The lake is in excellent condition for boating, swimming, water sports and scuba diving. Wish you were here.
I am amazed at how the visibility has held up on the lake for so late in the year. The surface temperature has been in the mid 80’s and the thermocline has been at 30-feet for some time. Usually the mud line would be building but has not yet. Diving is good.
The low 80’s for July was too good to be true. In the 90’s starting Saturday with mostly sunny skies. Good time for a visit. The lake level is 555.86 and pretty stable with just a little generation. What a great group of people Blackburns has this week. Big crowd. They are mostly repeat customers but there are a few new ones. We welcome new friends. The lake has very low boat traffic being July and you can go in a cove by yourself and have the kids swim with out being run over by the Queen Mary. Norfork is a Pontoon and fishing boat lake. I went diving this morning and it was very nice. There are a lot of fish at the thermocline at 30-feet and if you can find brush at that depth there will be fish on it. I continue to be amazed at the number of walleye. The smaller ones are in 24-28 feet and the big ones deeper. The smaller ones are schooled in schools up to 10 or 15 fish. I have not seen that in years. I am seeing just a few crappie but they are huge, up to 17-inches. White bass are schooled and near the walleye. I got some big ones today. I am not seeing very many catfish but do not look for them. You cannot be successful hunting walleye and catfish at the same time unless there is one laying on a brush limb. Spooning is the best now and allow the spoon to touch bottom for the walleye. Troll rooster tails about 5-6 feet above the bottom in 32-35 feet of water for white bass. The ends of main lake points in the chunk rocks is a good place to start.
We seem to get a rain just when it starts to get dry. The lake level is right at 556 and has been stable for several days with a small trend towards dropping. The surface temperature is in the mid 80’s and the thermocline is at 30-32 feet and the visibility is good. I am seeing dozens of undersized walleye with just a few over 18-inches. I have never seen so many. The smaller ones are schooled and the big ones are rogue. There are some white bass schooled near brush on main lake points and smaller bass are 20-28 feet with the big ones on chunk rocks in 32 feet. It was a sad day yesterday when Blackburn’s Kittey Cali died. She came here as a stray several years ago and was very beautiful. She had a very good life here and was good company. She could talk. We miss her already. Max seems to still be doing well. Stuff happens but we do not have to like it.