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Date 23-Jul-14
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the high 70s and the lake is clear throughout. Overall, fishing is only fair and the only action is early morning and late evening. A few decent bass catches are coming early in the morning on surface feeding fish in the big coves along the south side of the lake. Look for breaking fish on points in the coves between the dam and Point 4. Throw surface plugs, such as Zara Spooks and Sammies. Also try 3-inch swim baits and flukes. A little action reported on the north side around the State Park, especially in the big coves. Here the best pattern is Texas- or Carolina-rigged worms fished over secondary points. Best colors on the plastics has been red shad and green pumpkin/red flake. Hybrid fishing is hit and miss with mostly miss. The only action now is on schooling fish busting shad in deep water. Look for breaking fish early in the morning on the main lake between the dam and Point 4. When a school is found, catching is easy, just throw a top water such as a Zara Puppy, swim bait or fluke. Bream fishing is good with lots of smaller fish, but not many big ones. Look for bream in most any cove with some cover. Bait with crickets or redworms. A few redears are coming from points on the bottom in 20 to 25 feet of water. Tightline redworms near the bottom for good results. Catfish are fair at night on both trotlines and noodles. Set the trot lines across points in 20 to 40 feet of water or drop the noodles over timber in deep water with the bait set about 25 feet down. Bait with night crawlers, Catfish Charlie, chicken livers, cut shad or hot dogs. Remember to pick up those noodles day break. The lake is getting cluttered with unclaimed noodles drifting ashore.

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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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