Norfork Lake Fun Out Of Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

July 31st, 2014

We received 0.4 inches of badly needed rain last afternoon but it quit just before the customer appreciation dinner. Everyone sure had a good time. It is cloudy again today and cool. The lake is still dropping with the same pattern of generation. I have never seen such cool weather for the end of July. So much for global warming. We seem to get some rain right when we need it. Fishing conditions are the same. We are filling up fast for Labor Day but still have a few openings. Be glad to have you.

Toby Loves Children and Makes a Lot of Friends

Toby Loves Children and Makes a Lot of Friends

Gus Cooks The Hot Dogs, Scuba Steve Cooks the Fish

Gus Cooks The Hot Dogs, Scuba Steve Cooks the Fish

Want Some Of These?

Want Some Of These?

Big Hungry Crowd after a Fun Day On Norfork Lake.

Big Hungry Crowd after a Fun Day On Norfork Lake.

Dinner Time is about the only Time the Big Pool is Empty.

Dinner Time is about the only Time the Big Pool is Empty.

It Was a Beautiful Day Yesterday With a High Near 80 With Northerly Winds.

July 30th, 2014

It is cloudy today with a good chance of badly needed rain. The lake level is dropping rapidly and is at 553.82 with generation starting at noon and continuing for several hours. It is at a very good level. I went diving yesterday morning and the conditions are nearly the same. The surface temperature is at 85 and has been there for several weeks. I have had reports that there is no thermocline but that is not true. There is a distinct one at 30-feet and a lot of fish are just above that and deeper. If you can find brush at 30-40 feet there will be fish on it especially on main lake points. I am seeing a few large crappie, many walleye, a few bass and hundreds of White Bass. Some schools are very large and are near brush at 28-35 feet. You can get them by vertical jigging a spoon or trolling a rooster tail very slowly through them. They are in the same places every time I dive and I will show you where when you get here. They are fun and go over two pounds. Many larger bass are schooled and roaming near brush with some very large ones right in the brush. Smallmouth are just a bit more shallow. The visibility is deteriorating  just a bit but is still very good for this time of year. Mid to late September and October should be very good for spearfishing when the crappie come back to the brush. Blackburns still has a few openings for Labor Day and would be happy to have you visit and we will not charge you too much. Call 1-800-635-0526 for details.

Hot Again Today and Then Cooling Off Tomorrow

July 27th, 2014

The lake level is 554.28 and dropping about 2-inches in a 24-hour period with about 8-hours of heavy generation starting in the early afternoon. The Mississippi River has crested and the White River at Newport is at 7-feet. The surface temperature is in the mid 80’s still. It is usually 90 by now. The main lake is clear and the creeks a little stained and there is a thermocline at just past 30-feet. I am seeing a lot of White Bass and Walleye at 30+ feet near brush. The after dark fishermen with black lights are doing well for bass using salt craws. There were more boats on the lake yesterday that I have seen all year. It was perfect for boating. You still have time to book a vacation before school starts or for Labor Day Weekend. You will be welcome here and we will not charge you too much.

We Received An Inch Of Badly Needed Rain Last Afternoon But It Quit In Time For The Customer Appreciation Dinner

July 24th, 2014

Big crowd, Nice People, Good Food. Thank You To Our Friends and Customers. We like new people with our many repeat ones.

It Turned Out To Be a Beautiful Evening After The Rain.

It Turned Out To Be a Beautiful Evening After The Rain.

The Children Love The Big Playground.

The Children Love The Big Playground.

Out of The Pool and Under the Big Pavillion For Dinner

Out of The Pool and Under the Big Pavillion For Dinner

Wish You Could Have Joined Us. Maybe Next Time. Norfork Lake Fun.

Wish You Could Have Joined Us. Maybe Next Time. Norfork Lake Fun.

They Are Starting To Drop The Lake Fast Now

July 23rd, 2014

The lake level is 554.75 and is below 555 for the first time in several weeks. They are generating heavily for 8-9 hours a day. The surface temperature is still in the mid 80’s and the thermocline is now below 30-feet and the visibility is deteriorating between 22 and 32 feet but that is normal for late July. It has been much worse in the past few years. I am still able to get some good fish diving but it is much harder. The people catching stripers of any size are either spooning or trolling umbrellas. There are big schools of small walleye and stripers everywhere. The most I have seen. Looks good for the next few years. I see 30-40 undersized walleye for one over 18-inches. There are a few schools of big white bass. Black Bass are on deeper brush and roaming in schools. They move shallower to feed late evening. During the day you have to get down to them right in the brush. Few fish are very far away from cover except the open water fish. 40-foot is a good depth to start looking.

What a Beautiful Sunday July Morning Here On Norfork Lake

July 20th, 2014

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.

To Get back In The Low 90’s Next Week

July 18th, 2014

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.

Debbie Garrett With A Nice Smallmouth Bass

Debbie Garrett With A Nice Smallmouth Bass

Jack Garrett With a Good Striper

Jack Garrett With a Good Striper

Nice Hybrid and Striper Debbie Garrett. Glad To See You Again.

Nice Hybrid and Striper Debbie Garrett. Glad To See You Again.

Great Day On Beautiful Lake Norfork

July 17th, 2014

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.

2 of 9 Caught fishing With Bink's Guide Service Yesterday.

2 of 9 Caught fishing With Bink's Guide Service Yesterday.

Heading For The Food.

Heading For The Food.

Do you Recognize anyone in this picture?

July 16th, 2014

Fish Fry. Did you like the one at your Resort?

Big Pavillion, Full Court Basketball, Fish Fry, 3-acres of Playground. Best Prices, Good food, Low Prices on Both cabins and boat rentals. We want new friends.

Big Pavillion, Full Court Basketball, Fish Fry, 3-acres of Playground. Best Prices, Good food, Low Prices on Both cabins and boat rentals. We want new friends.

It is Cool This Morning and feels Like September

July 15th, 2014

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.

Bink With a Giant Striper

Bink With a Giant Striper