There has been very little generation. I like a slowly rising level rather than dropping. It is at a very good level for October. We had a little sunshine yesterday afternoon but it is cloudy again today. Surface temperature is 71 plus and dropping steadily. Joe Cebula and Tom Kelly are back and found the open water fish right away. (They always do) The magic fish basket is about full. You Striper, Hybrid and White Bass fishermen: Now is a good time. The lack of sunshine and the short days are causing the fall foliage to change faster now. There is more color everyday. I will go out and see if I can catch a few crappie before the Cardinals Game. I have several older people who cannot fish anymore depend on me. They love Norfork Lake Crappie. This is a good time of year.
The lake level is 549.92 and has come up a little over 2-inches in the last 24-Hours. The surface temperature is 72 degrees. We have received 1.7 inches of additional rain since the big one but it has not hurt anything except limited fishing time. I like a 550 level in the winter. I was just about to have to move my dock out if it went down much more. The weather looks to be excellent starting the middle of this week. I have just been able to get out for short periods a day but have caught some good fish. A message to Richard Stone from 8934 Dennette Road, Jacksonville Arkansas 72076. 501-324-7376. No we will not provide you with a falsified ticket for you to present to the Corps Of Engineers for your expense account no matter what you write about us on the internet and you, your wife and untrained dog are not welcome here. We are still cleaning up after you after your second stay.
It has been rainy but we have been able to get in several hours of good fishing everyday. It is very foggy this morning so I did not go far away from the dock. The lake level is 549.70 and has risen a little over 2-inches in the last 24-Hours with very little generation. It is to be in the mid 70’s the middle of next week so I can get in some diving. I caught some nice fish spooning brush and casting a grub over brush and let it sink down to it. I still have several of the Old Model Bink’s crappie Spoons and they are my favorite for crappie and bluegill. I bought the whole box when he discontinued making them due to increased costs of production. They are made of tin and are expensive to make. He replaced them with 1/4 ounce ones which are good too. White with a red head gets bluegill as fast as you can get it down. Take two bluegill fillets, put on one slice of buttered bread and a slice of onion and fold over. It does not get any better than that. Business has slowed a bit so we have a place for you to stay. We are just a little over half full and the fall fishermen are coming in. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.
The lake level is 549.5 and has risen a little less than 6-inches in the last 24-hours. We did get about 0.7 inches more rain yesterday and are scheduled to get more. The creeks run hard for a few hours and cleaned them out good and washed the debris to the backs of the lake. The brown water does not extend very far out into the lake and the main lake is still pretty clear. I will quit diving until it warms again next week and continue pole fishing for walleye and crappie until then. It is easier anyway but not as fun. I love Scuba diving. The fall foliage is changing slowly but steadily and is still on course for a late October peak. So far we have not had enough wind to blow many leaves off but they did north and east of us in Missouri. It does not matter if the wind blows the shad or blows the plankton and the shad follow it is now very important to look for shad on banks the wind is blowing into and the stripers, hybrids, white bass and bass with be with them. Keep a top water lure ready while spooning to catch a few bass coming up in the mornings. Get out about 6:30 AM and Fish until about 10:AM and Go out at 4:PM and fish until dark unless it is cloudy and then you can fish all day. I am looking forward to winter Norfork Lake Bass and crappie Fishing.
Fishing with Binks in the morning and diving in the afternoon. Bink give me a pole with a 1-ounce Many Shad Spoon and I never changed lures all morning and caught almost every species of fish Norfork Lake has to offer. Spooning is definitely the best way to catch fish with trolling umbrellas next. It is raining hard now and we have received five inches already. The creeks are running as fast as they have in several years. The lake level is 549.09 and is just starting to raise as they have been generating heavily until just now. It should lower the water temperature a bit which was 76 degrees yesterday with an ambient high in the mid 80’s. It will not hurt the lake to raise a couple of feet but this does not seem to be stopping any time soon. I do not have a clue what this will do to fishing but the fish on the brush will probably stay there. We will see. The water above the thermocline may invert but I have never seen much debris. That is a Northern report where shallow lakes do a complete turnover clear to the bottom and bring up junk. A nearly 200 foot deep lake like Norfork does not do that.
The surface temperature was 76.4 and the visibility was pretty good and the same to 40-feet. I detected no thermocline but did not go past 40-feet. It seldom goes below that. There were walleye, crappie, bass and bluegill from 20-40 feet on and around the brush. If you are a brim fisherman now is the time. Big numbers and sizes too. It was 86 degrees here yesterday afternoon and mostly clear skies with light wind. What a beautiful day. Harvey caught 30-crappie yesterday. He is taking out Blackburns guests for three days straight. We will see how they do today. Some crappie have moved in and some are still out on the ends of points off brush, schooled and in 43 feet of water. Further north you go the shallower they are. Spooning is the best way to catch a mixed bag of open water fish. Most walleye are just short but there will be a lot next year. I got two good ones yesterday and had them for dinner last evening and saw many more short ones. Bass are also moving in but not all of them. Now is transition period for Norfork lake and things are changing fast. Scuba Steve will let you know. Listen to KTLO 97.9 FM tomorrow at 8:45 AM for a Live In The Boat Fishing report. No reports from the sofa here.
We have had some beautiful fall days but it has been a little windy. It is to warm quite a bit this week with highs in the 80’s for several days. Big bass are showing up on the shoreline and brush piles again as are some walleye. I have just seen a few crappie. The best advice is to get out early, take the middle of the day off and go out again about 4:Pm and stay until dark and watch and be ready for fish coming up. Look for shad and get the spoon right on their heads. They can be at any depths from the top down to 80 feet. Blackburns Resort and Boat rental continues it’s policy of continued improvement with out increasing prices and installed a new flat screen TV and near new sofa in Cabin 4. The resort has expanded cable with 78 channels and WIFI in all cabins and two computers in the 24-Hr. game room. No price increases for anything for 2015 so come on down. We will not charge you too much. Fall foliage is changing faster now but should peak in late this month.
The roadsides change first and the sumac is turning red now. The hillsides are just showing a small change. It looks like we are still on schedule for a end of October peak but that could change. The biggest threat is a strong wind, blowing the leaves off when they are not attached on very well before peak. Otherwise things look good. Go to www.Ozarkmtns.com for a very good report on fall foliage and why things are as they are. Blackburns Resort and Boat rental is your fall foliage headquarters for Norfork Lake, Northern Arkansas and the Mountain Home area. Come visit. We will not charge you too much.
The warm Weather Has Heated The Lake Back Up and Moved The Fish back Off The Brush Piles and Out in Deeper Water Feeding On Shad During The DaySeptember 29th, 2014
The big bass are suspended and chasing shad but moving to the bank after dark to feed on crawdads also. It has been warm and sunny with persistent high pressure for several days scattering the fish. I am finding a few crappie but they have been on the same brush all year and have not moved. The best thing to do now is just use your locator to find shad. There are not as many shad as before and your chances of finding fish under them is good. If the shad are from 0-25 feet use a 1/4 ounce spoon, 25-40 use a 1/2 ounce spoon, 40-60 use a 3/4 ounce and over 60 use a 1-ounce. With fairly clear water and sunny skies like it is now, white with a red eye is good. With cloudy weather and stained water go darker. I do not have good luck spooning as dark approaches or before first light but it is the best thing going during the day. The smaller bass are full of crawdads so they are feeding near the bank some time or other. I went past 40-feet and found no thermocline but did not try to find out where it was but in shallower creeks there was not one to the bottom. There have been stripers and hybrids from Float creek to Tracy Ferry all year and the fish did not go as deep as they sometimes do with the mild summer until Late August. Striper fishermen tend to covey up . They head for the dam and congregate in the summer and go under the Henderson bridge in the winter. Stripers like edges of the old river channels near deep water where there is shad. I am seeing fish come up all day in all depths with smaller fish shallow and bigger ones deeper. Big bass and walleye are schooled. I want the crappie to move back in but do not want the cold weather. There is no sign of fall foliage yet and we are on the schedule for a last of October peak. Spearfishing is tough with most of the fish suspended in open water but the visibility is fairly good and fishing should get good when the water cools and the walleye and crappie move back into brush. They are not there now. Sunny skies, warm weather and light wind are the norm now and it is a beautiful time to be outside and on the water. Wish you were here.