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DeGray Lake Sponsored by
Date 27-Nov-14
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the low 50s and the lake is clear throughout. Overall fishing is pretty good, especially around the shad schools, which have moved deeper with the lower water temps. Bass fishing is fair with the fish now biting deeper since the shad moved off the bank and out of the backs of the creeks. The best bet now is a deep-running crankbait or a Texas-rigged worm or lizard. Work the secondary points about halfway back in the major creeks and coves to about 20 feet deep. Look for shad because the fish will follow the bait. The best areas are between Caddo Drive and Point Cedar. Look for fish in creeks such as Big Hill, Brushy and Yancey. Also try the big coves at Lenox Marcus and Caddo Drive. A few crappies are coming from the Shouse Ford area. Look for brush cover off points in major coves at 18 to 20 feet. Drop a 2-inch grub or tube on a 1/16-ounce jig head to just above the thickest part of the brush. Sometimes substituting a live minnow for the plastic will produce better results.Hybrid and white bass fishing is good between Point 15 and Goat Island. Slow trolling is the best bet now because the schools are scattered following the shad. Slow troll deep-running crankbaits, swimbaits and small umbrella rigs with 3-inch grubs or paddle tail minnows, such as Zoom's swimming Fluke Jr. The fish that are feeding will be about 15 feet down, so make sure the lures are above the fish. Trolling below the fish will not work. The best colors on all lures are natural shad and white. No reports on bream or 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

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