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DeGray Lake Sponsored by
Date 27-Aug-15
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the mid-80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is fair with lots of smaller bass eating the newly hatched shad. The fish are hard to catch because it is virtually impossible to match the hatch since the shad fry are only bout 1/2-inch long. The best bet is to use a 2-inch white swim bait and be sure to hit the fish exactly where it breaks. Look for breaking bass early in the morning in the DeRoche Ridge and Iron Mountain areas. Quite a few white bass and hybrids are mixed in to provide action if the bass are playing hard to get. Another decent pattern has been a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard fished across main lake points in 5 to 15 feet of water. It seems the bass have moved up shallow, so no need to dredge the depths. Try mid-lake around Arlie Moore and Edgewood. Hybrid fishing is good mainly for fish suspended deep at 30 to 40 feet. The best pattern has been a big 2-ounce spoon dropped under the fish and jigged up through the school. Use the sonar to locate the fish. Try the lower end of the lake between Iron Mountain and Point 4. There also are some fish reported in the big coves along the state park. A few breaking fish were reported at the Route 7 dike and in the coves between points 2 and 4. Be prepared because the fish are not staying up very long. Most any smaller topwater lure will work with the Zara Puppy being one of the better ones. Early morning is the best time for hybrids. Bream fishing is very good with lots of nice catches reported. Look for fish on secondary points with some cover in big coves. Redworms and crickets are the best baits with the worms working best for redears and crickets for bluegills. Be sure to fish the worms next to the bottom for redears in 15 to 20 feet of water. The best bet is to tightline the bait and just move around the point slowly with the trolling motor until the school is located. Try Caddo Drive, Edgewood or Arlie Moore. No reports on catfish.

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About: - The 13,400-acrea DeGray Lake is a prime vacation and weekend getaway in west-central Arkansas. Situated among ridges of the Ouachita Mountains and formed by a dam across the Caddo River, the lake has more than 700 campsites, ranging from full hook-ups to primitive, and some 15 boat-launching ramps on its shores. Anglers enjoy the lake's largemouth bass, hybrid bass and other game fish species. Houseboating, sailing and scuba diving are also popular, as is observing bald eagles that winter on DeGray.
Location: DeGray Lake is located on State Scenic 7 Byway eight miles north of Arkadelphia (Exit 78 off I-30 at Caddo Valley/Arkadelphia) and 29 miles southwest of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • Bass
  • Bream
  • Catfish
  • Crappie

Misc Info: - NEW REGULATIONS IN EFFECT BEGINNING JAN. 1, 2015: Largemouth bass must be 13 inches or longer to keep. (This replaces the 13- to 16-inch slot limit previously on the lake.)

Daily limit of black bass (largemouth, spotted bass and smallmouth combined) is 6.

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