It has remained above freezing at night. The surface water temperature has dropped to just below 50 for the first time this season and the sleet we received yesterday afternoon did not help that any. The lake continues to clear but is still not too clear. The fish, especially bass, crappie and stripers are in their normal places for the winter. The game and fish reports that 153,000 fingerling Black Crappie were stocked in Norfork Lake in November and that is good. They know how to keep a good balance of species and get counts of fish regularly. We have a lot of hybrid stripers and just undersized walleye now and the future looks good for Norfork Lake fishing. Blackburns Resort and Boat rental continues it’s policy of continued improvement. A new counter top has been installed in cabin #4 and with the refrigerator, flat screened tv, carpet, and furniture make it the most improved 2-bedroom. The new roof and trim is going on the Honeymoon cabin #3 and with that, the new flat screened tv’s and bed and bedding make it the most improved 1-bedroom cabin. We put in new bait tanks and they look good and should hold bait better in the hot weather. We keep live bait and sell fishing licenses all year. No need to get them off the internet or go to Walmart. Blackburns is one of the few resorts that offer this. More improvements on the dock and other cabins are planned. A new basketball pole and hoop is going up to supplement the other one, which has been slam dunked too many times. You have full court with baskets on each end. Basketball is played almost continuous all year. We have spent thousands of dollars and will not increase the prices on anything again this year. That is one benefit of having so many repeat customers. You keep coming and we will keep spending. It is almost like you have an interest in the resort. Come visit and see what has changed. I think you will like it. There are many more improvements too numerous to name. We will not charge you too much.
When I went out fishing last evening it was 65 degrees with light winds. The fish started biting at 4:Pm and quit at 5 when the wind shifted to the north west and it cooled down and there were some pretty good whitecaps. I saw no other boats. Got some good ones on the new 1/4 ounce Bink’s Spoon. They work very well and very seldom hook themselves on the line. I was getting wet in the Nitro until reaching Blackburns Cove which is very seldom windy. Caught some very nice fish. I like winter bassin and crappie fishing.
We received 1.2 inches and it was welcome. The lake has risen just a bit to 549.01 and that is good. Water surface temperature is still 52 degrees and has been the same for several days. It is 56 degrees this cloudy morning and to rise to 65. It feels like spring out there now. Wish it was. I miss Scuba Diving already. I had to cancel my diving trip to mexico this winter due to them keeping our Marine in Prison for so Long. It will be a long time before they get any more of my money. I will just have to fish Norfork Lake until diving season gets here. That is not so bad. Two trophy fish were caught here Sunday. People fishing with Bink’s Guide Service Caught a Big Bass and Tom Kelly Caught a Big Hybrid Striper. Check these out. Wish you were here. Both were released.
The weather is warm and a little brighter today with a good chance of rain tonight. It was busy here with several cabins full for various reasons and we like that. If I had winterized more cabins as I usually do, there would have been no room to put them. I hope the warm weather holds and they keep coming. The crew with Richard Kuzas caught several fish. Richard is from Mountain Home and our other friends are from the Chicago area and come a couple of times a year. We are always glad to see them. They sure have fun. Tom Kelly is catching some very large fish everyday and is also having fun. He said the big striper he caught yesterday made his week. It took him an hour to get it in. It is now swimming under Blackburns dock. It has been a good week and the lake is in excellent condition with a water temperature still at 52 degrees. I found some nice white bass in Blackburns creek in the afternoon about 2-1/2 pounds and caught several of them. Did not have to start up my motor. There are a lot of fish close to here of all species. 65 degrees today. If you are coming to the Mountain Home area for the Holidays come visit. We will not charge you too much. Boat stalls and trolling motors on pontoons are free and all cabins are individual with no duplexes and all have covered porches. 28 acres of peace and quiet.
Not much has changed in the last few days except the lake has dropped to 548.91 and it looks like I am going to have to move my dock out if they keep generating. It is going down slowly but steadily. The clarity is about the same with the main lake getting a little clearer but not too clear. The best bite is just at daylight for stripers as they are shallower and they go deeper as the morning progresses. Bass and crappie are still biting just before dark. It has been mostly cloudy for several days with little sunshine. The pattern remains the same with some very good fish being caught but not high numbers as they were a week ago. I went out in the late afternoon and caught my usual bass and crappie. This is a good time of year to fish.
I went out yesterday afternoon for a few minutes and caught two very large crappie and a four pound bass. Several guests reported slow fishing but all caught fish. Tom Kelly caught White Bass and Striper,
Richard Kuzas caught a nice striper and first time guests the Jensen brothers from Atlantic, Iowa also caught some nice stripers. We hope they like it here and join the group of repeat customers. Nice fellows. It is to be in the 60’s this weekend so come on down and join the fun. 1-800-635-0526
He always does. Bink Reports many of the fish have moved off the long flats to Main Lake bluff Banks. Open water fishing is getting more difficult now and you need a good locator but they have moved to their usual places and do not feed very often or move very far to get bait. You have to drop the spoon right on their heads. I am getting a walleye or two everyday over brush near deep water and about a half dozen big crappie and several bass fishing about two hours near Blackburns Creek. I have worked very hard to put those brush piles in for our customers and am going to put some in other places this year as other people that do not put in brush are camping on them. That is the way it works. That is why I do not give out GPS coordinates for them. It is more fun to find them on your own anyway. Very few resort owners put in their own brush but many have fishing reports. We at Blackburns want people to catch fish and have a good time. Remember that the possession limit is only twice the daily limit. I do give away a lot of fish to people unable to go fishing but keep very few in reserve. I very seldom keep a striper unless it is out of deep water but do not open water fish that much anyway. Still a walleye, crappie, bass and catfish man. To each their own. Norfork lake has varieties for everyone. If you are looking to book a trip and wondering the 2015 rates you can use the 2014 ones. Actually you can use the 2013 or 2012 0nes. There will be no price increase on anything again this year at Blackburns resort and Boat rental. Alway ask before you reserve. Be glad to have you. Debbie is taking several Spring and Summer reservations daily. More and more people are realizing the exceptional value here and do not want to pay too much. If you are staying at a place where you are the only customer, you probably are.
The lake level is 548.98 and has been the same for several days. The water temperature is 52 and a little warmer back in the creeks. The lows are not to be much below freezing for the next week. I still have not had to winterize more cabins and will keep as many as I can open for as long as possible. We keep four or five of them open all year but had six full yesterday. I went out about 3:Pm yesterday and started spooning brush piles and caught several bass immediately including smallmouth, largemouth and kentucky. I released all of them and then started casting a grub and minnow and caught a very good walleye. I tried for crappie but was unsuccessful and was packing it up just at dark when I caught a 13-incher. They bit steadily for an hour and I caught several and they were all keepers. They quit at 6:PM. Rum and Bink are having some of them for dinner. I was using a 1/4 ounce white with red belly Bink’s spoon until dark and then a 2-1/2 inch white twister tail tipped with a small minnow. It is very important to learn how to spoon right in brush without losing your spoon. It just takes practice and not setting your hook and just keeping your line taunt and let the fish set the hook. If you do get snagged there is a technique to release the lure that works most of the time. I use the same spoon for several days at a time. I did not look for open water fish but Tom Kelly is here and he always finds them. A little cooler today with nice for several days to follow. Wish you were here. We will not charge you too much and have free boat stalls.
The lake level is 548.98 and has dropped below 549 for the first time in a long time. The surface temperature is 52 degrees and the lake is clearing a bit. It is in good condition for fishing. The moon is big but it is cloudy this evening with a good chance of showers. I did not catch a lot of fish but some very good ones. I turned the smaller ones loose under the dock and give the rest to my friend Leonard Darr. He loves Norfork Lake Crappie. The wind was light and the temperature was near 50 degrees. Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the ice and snow storm that caused so much damage on some carports and docks. Fortunately I was able to shovel off my dock to prevent any damage. There was a lot of weight on it but I try to keep it in good condition. My dock is wooden and I prefer it that way. I had a steel dock several years ago and it ended up on the hill crumpled up and the wooden one is still there. I like the walkways between all stalls and the different widths to accommodate different boats and with more electrical outlets. To each their own. One size fits all does not work very well. We also have several lockers to store your stuff for free and we even furnish the locks for you. Unless you bring your own pontoon we do not charge for stalls. We have 8 pontoons for rent and have to move ours outside if you bring your own. It was very pleasant out today. Wish you were here.
It is in the 70’s Today and to be in the 30’s tomorrow and then back into the high 40’s again. If you are fishing you should probably wait until about Wednesday. The water temperature is in the mid 50’s and has not changed much for several days. The moon is getting big and has been bright just after dark. It is full December 6th. I caught some good crappie and bass yesterday afternoon and Randy Schofield caught some big bass in the morning. Most people are getting tired of White bass as they have been very easily caught for several weeks. Crappie, walleye and Bass are what I am looking for now. It was good to have the resort full again for Thanksgiving and several left but several others are coming in. I will winterize Some more next week. If you are visiting the area for Christmas and need a place to stay, Blackburns is the place. Two bedrooms start at $60/day for four people. If you bring your own boat you can dock it free. No sense paying more. Wish you were here.