The surface temperature is steady in the mid 60’s. The lake level is at 558.71 and steady and they need to let more out. The lake is in excellent condition but we have been very fortunate to have avoided most of the heavy rains and the lake has not risen much but with little help from the people doing the generation schedule. The level at Newport is below 16 feet and they have drastically reduced the amount of discharge there. There is plenty of room to adjust Norfork Lower to give us a cushion. Do not expect much do not get much. I just talked to Harvey Hall and he has been fishing a lot and reports getting 12- keeper crappie his last time out. He is using both his balance pole and slip floats and working hard for them. Some fish have not spawned yet and some have. Fish both shallow brush and the banks in East pigeon Red Bank area. Bass are the best bite with some good smallmouth showing up. Top water bass and white bass are happening most mornings. Come on down We will not charge you too much. We have customers working construction, looking for real estate, sight seeing and fishing. It is a good mix. This has been the best year for boat rentals ever. Thank you. Bink reports the Hybrid Stripers are coming up in the mornings big time in Float creek, Panther Creek and Fall Creek 2/3 way back. They have moved out from the back into deeper water. Bass are in the buck brush. Many short walleye are still being caught on secondary points in 15-20 feet with about one in ten being keepers.
The water temperature is still 65 and the level is 558.72 and stable. Kahlenbecks And Bart Smith just left and it was good to see them again. We like repeat customers here at Blackburns and have a lot of them. Bink got his new boat in yesterday and is catching stripers and Hybrids already. It is good to have him healthy and on the water again. Call 870-499-7384 for a guided trip. You do not troll around with live bait with several lines in the water or watch a balloon and have someone hand you a rod. You cast for them yourself with artificial bait and bring them in yourself and the next day you can do the same thing without any special equipment. Just like bass fishing. We are getting into prime top water bite time for stripers, Hybrids, White Bass and Bass. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.
Much of it sunk in but the creeks are running just a bit. The lake has risen to 558.62 or about an inch so far. There is to be more tonight and then very warm for Saturday. Get out there before sunrise or at 6:30 Am and watch for the top water bite while working a creature bait for smallmouth or a spinner bait for black bass or a small crankbait for walleye or a nose weighted Fluke for everything. Keep a clear spook ready for clear mornings and a spittin image on cloudy or rainy ones. The topwater bite will get longer and longer until mid to late May and starts just before the sun comes up. Panther and Fall creeks are good places for top water stripers and Twin Coves for Bass. Stop by and check out Blackburns. There is no sense paying too much.
Randy Schofield is back and reports bass were biting well both morning and evening. Welcome Randy. Ed Thompson and Tim Machnikowski report catching eight stripers lost some bigger ones and caught more this morning. With the front coming in this evening should be good. The top water biting is coming on just before sunrise so be ready with a surface lure. The water temperature is not rising much with the cool days and nights and the level is 558.52 and is coming up about 1/2 inch a day. It is to rain tonight and tomorrow morning with a beautiful weekend scheduled. Debbie planted the garden and thanks to Marion Bass for the wonderful plants. He sure can grow them. Smallmouth Bass are moving to the flats and some big ones are being taken. The yard was mowed again and flowers planted. The place looks good. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.
Highs in the low 70’s and lows in the 40’s. Our normal high is 71. The lake level is 558.48 and they are running one generator about 1/2 the time. The water color has stained a bit making for better fishing. Some bass are on beds, some have spawned and some are still looking. Bass on Norfork spawn until the summer. I have caught big Kentucky Bass in mid June full of eggs. The water level in the buckbrush provides cover for spawning fish of all species. Kahlenbecks are fishing the night shift and still catching stripers. People are reporting a top water bite on most mornings with several fish coming up just before sunrise and just after. It will get longer and longer until the end of May. Others are using creature baits on sunny days and spinner baits on cloudy ones. Some very nice fish of all species are being caught everyday. It seems the numbers are higher with smaller fish, walleye especially. Blackburns has 27 rental boats, all individual cabins with no duplexes and all with covered porches. 1-Bedroom cabins are $48/day for two people and we do not charge for most boat stalls or trolling motors for pontoons. Come on down and join the family. Ted and Carol Herbert are here from Alton, Missouri and we are glad to see them again. Nice people. We appreciate all of our repeat customers here at Blackburns.
The lake level is 558.26 and drops a bit when they run one generator and rises the same when they shut it off. The water is really clearing quickly and the surface temperature is in the mid 60’s. The West Plains Bass Club sponsored Cystic Fibrosis Tournament was held yesterday and those boys know what they are doing. Good cause. Marion Bass From Oklahoma City reports that they caught a lot of fish in Bennett’s Bayou on spinner baits. They did well. I talked to the tournament officials and they expected about 280 boats but did not have an exact number on Friday. Some bass have moved to spawning beds and some are still exploring but more and more are moving in every day. The carp are spawning in the back of blackburns creek and are quite a sight. No bass are stocked in Norfork Lake and they reproduce well. It took 15+ pounds to win the tournament and big bass was over 7-pounds. Not Florida size but good for Norfork. I have only caught two bass over 7-pounds in the last 20-years. The top water bite is starting with fish coming up in the early mornings and the night bite is still on for stripers. Many walleye are being caught on secondary points in the creeks on small crank baits. Most are undersize the 18-inch limit but the numbers are very high. Future looks good. They grow fast here. About one in ten are keepers. On sunny high pressure days, if we ever have any, switch from the spinner baits to dragging creature baits on the bottom. Gitzits are best for bed fish. I do not take fish off the nests. Looks to be a good year so far. The lake is in excellent condition. $48 for a one bedroom cabin at Blackburns for two people and $60 for four people in a two bedroom, 3 and 4 bedrooms are also available. We have one opening now. Come on down.