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Date 20-Apr-17
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 70s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is only fair with quite a few small fish reported, but the bigger ones seem to be absent. Look for fish on points in the major coves and up shallow along the shoreline cover. Best bet has been shallow-running crankbaits, both lipped and lipless. Also try double-spinnerbaits in the same areas. Not much of a topwater bite, but that should start in a few weeks when the shad are spawning. Best areas have been Point 15 to Cox Creek and all the major creeks such as Brushy, Big Hill and Yancey. Crappie fishing is good with the fish now moving back to the deeper brush attractors in 15-20 feet of water. There is still a decent shoreline bite with the late spawners, but eventually just about all those fish will move to the attractors. Best pattern has been a 2-inch Kalin's grub on a 1/16-ounce jighead. Throw the lure across the attractor, count it down to about 10-12 feet and just retrieve slowly. Best color has been Tennessee Shad in the clear water. Look for attractors in the major coves between Point 15 and Point Cedar. The AGFC has lots of attractors on its interactive map, which also shows GPS numbers. Just google “AGFC interactive map.” Hybrid fishing is hit and miss, with mostly miss. A few schooling fish spotted in the Shouse Ford area and Lenox Marcos. The schools are "breaking" next to shore where the shad are located. However, the fish aren't staying up very long, so you have to act fast to hook up. Try casting spoons and most any small topwater lure. Bream fishing is fair with most being caught by crappie fishermen in the brush attractors. Try redworms and crickets.

John Duncan of YoYoGuideService.com at Iron Mountain Marina said turkey season is upon us and that reduces the number of fishermen. The lake is at levels at DeGray that are still high from normal, 407.90 on Tuesday. The water temperature ranges from 69 around Cox Creek to mid-70s mid-lake. The lake is still a little high to access a lot of the fishing area. Crappie are reported back on the brush piles in the Shouse Ford area. Some crappie are being picked up around the brush, but it’s spotty. Best bet is to fish over the top of brush piles around 12-15 feet depth. Bass bites are mixed. Topwaters like the Whopper Plopper in the Munky Butt color are producing mid-lake. A wacky worm with a Senko is also working well. White bass are being caught upriver on spoons fished right off the bottom.

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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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