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

Sunny and Hot Today With a Chance of Rain Tonight

July 13th, 2014

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.

Caught Fishing With Bink's Guide Service.

Caught Fishing With Bink's Guide Service.

Two Days of Hot and Then Much Cooler

July 12th, 2014

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.

Caught Fishing With Bink's Guide service Yesterday In 40-Ft. Of Water

Caught Fishing With Bink's Guide service Yesterday In 40-Ft. Of Water

It Looks Like It is going To Heat Up Here

July 11th, 2014

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.

Big crowds need a big pool.

Big crowds need a big pool.

What a Feast!

What a Feast!

You Could Be in This Picture

You Could Be in This Picture

Green Grass and a Flat Playground.

Green Grass and a Flat Playground.