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Date 12-Oct-17
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Capt. Darryl Morris at Family Fishing Trips said, “I've been singing, "Moooov'in on up, to theee top" every morning.” The crappie are stacking up on the brush piles fished 8-12 feet deep with jigs and minnows. A few schools of white bass have been spotted breaking but they don't stay up very long. Look for them suspended; cast and count down spoons.

Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the mid-70s and the lake is clear throughout. Overall fishing is only fair due to the vast number of shad. The shad are so thick that they block out a sonar display. The shad will "ball up" and sit on the bottom in about 20 feet of water and the sonar display will look just like a big brush pile. Only a few decent catches of bass reported. Lots of fish are in the shad schools but they are very hard to catch. Look for schools of "breaking" fish most anywhere off main lake points. Throw smaller topwater lures because the shad are mostly small. Keep working this pattern and eventually a fish will hit. The upper end of the lake is loaded with small Kentuckies and once again they are schooling in the shad schools. Throw small Rooster Tails and small casting spoons. Crappie fishing is good with quite a few nice catches coming from the deeper attractors at about 20 feet. Look for cover on main lake points between Yancey Creek and Point Cedar. Vertically fish a Kalin's 2-inch grub on a 1/16-ounce jighead just above the thickest part of the brush. Tennessee Shad and Arkansas Shad are the two best bets for the plastics. The problem now is that with the water dropping, it is getting very difficult to find deeper brush attractors. Lots of white bass are feeding in the shad schools, but the hybrids are pretty scarce. Look for schooling fish at mid lake between Caddo Drive and Shouse Ford. Throw small white Rooster Tails and quarter-ounce spoons. Early morning is the best time for this action. George says he’s seeing lots of baby crawfish next to the Caddo Drive boat ramp, and fish really love them.

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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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