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Date 11-Nov-16
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the upper 60s and the lake is clear throughout. Very few reports this week because very few are fishing; the fishermen are probably all out chasing deer. There have been a few good reports on bass, especially in the morning. The fish are feeding in the vast shad schools most everywhere in the lake. Some of the better spots have been at mid-lake with Caddo Drive and Arlie Moore producing nice catches. Also the major creeks such as Big Hill, Yancey and Brushy are producing. Most any topwater lure will work as long as it is presented where the fish are "breaking." If you can't find topwater activity, try a Texas or Carolina rigged worm or lizard pulled down the steep side of major points. Best colors for the plastics have been green pumpkin and red shad. Crappie fishing is good with the guides showing very nice catches. Look for brush attractors in 18-24 feet of water between mid-lake and Shouse Ford. Try a 2-inch curly tail grub or tube on a 1/16-ounce jig head in a natural shad pattern in the clear water. Work the jig slowly over the thickest part of the cover. Also try a slip float with a live minnow set at about 15 feet. Hybrid fishing is holding up fairly well with some fish still holding in the deep water in the vicinity of the dam and Iron Mountain. Even though the deep thermocline at 50 feet is dissipating, the fish are still at that level. Use the sonar to locate the fish and drop a heavy jigging spoon or grub to just above the fish. If you have the sonar adjusted properly, you should be able to see the lure and watch the fish bite. Look for early morning surface activity at mid-lake in the vicinity of Alpine Ridge and Lenox Marcus. Also try trolling the small 5-arm umbrella loaded with 4-inch white swimbaits. Good areas are Big Hill Creek and around Island 34. A few catfish reported at night on trotlines and noodles coming from the major creeks such as Big Hill, Brushy and Yancey. Live small bream, big minnows and goldfish have been the best bet.

John Duncan of YoYoGuideService.com at Iron Mountain Marina said the weather has changed and changed fishing. This cold front has slowed the bite somewhat. Water down a little more to 398.00 feet. Water temperature is mid-70s. Water in Point Cedar area has slight tint to it. Mid-lake water very clear. Cat fishing is very slow. Short lines around stump fields still good choice for a big one. Live bait is always the best choice for catfishing. Bream are showing up on electronics of some of the points. The north side of the shallow marker at the mouth of the entrance to Iron Mountain they are 15 feet deep. Schooling bass has diminished. Watch for shad schools in the calm areas and coves. Topwaters are good bait for schooling fish and for fishing black bass in bank cover. Crappie fishing is slower. Shouse Ford area is the best area to fish. Bite is slow so be patient. Fish brush tops from 12-20 feet deep.

Darryl Morris at Family Fishing Trips said crappie are biting well on live bait on brush piles fished 8-12 feet deep. The whites and hybrids are starting to school and break early in the mornings again. Look for creek arms full of shad.

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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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