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Date 28-Jul-16
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the high 80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is slow due to the heat and high water temps. A few fish are being caught early in the morning off deep points feeding on the surface shad schools. Most any topwater lure will work as long as the cast is right on the fish "break." Natural shad colors are best in the clear water. Also some decent catches reported coming late at night off long main lake points. Try big (11-inch) Texas rigged worms and big spinnerbaits. Black or dark colors work best. Some nice Kentuckies are showing up along the deep bluff banks in the area of points 14, 15 and 28. Texas rig a 4-inch finesse worm in green pumpkin/red flake.

No reports on crappies. Hybrid fishing is good with lots of nice catches reported. The fish are in deep water and suspended at 35-45 feet down. Use the sonar to locate the schools and drop a heavy jigging spoon, big in-line spinner and heavy swimbaits. White and chartreuse are the best colors. Another way to locate the fish is to just look for the fleet. It seems that everyone is now a hybrid fisherman, even the devoted bass fishermen, so it is easy to find the clumps of boats over the school. Look for fish in the lower part of the lake between Iron Mountain and Caddo Bend. The big coves at points 2 and 4 are very productive. Be on the water at sunup because usually the fishing is over by 9 a.m. Bream fishing is good for shell crackers off deep points. Fish in 20 to 30 feet near the bottom with redworms or crickets. The fish will be in schools so you will probably have to try several points until fish are found. Try points in big coves at mid-lake between Edgewood and Arlie Moore. Also try the big creeks such as Big Hill and Brushy. Catfish are fair at night on trotlines in Brushy and Big Hill creeks. Also try the big flat around Point 10. Bait with live small bream or big minnows.

John Duncan with yoyguideservice.com said the lake level is at 402.68 feet due to slow draw down for generation and summer evaporation. Water temperature is in the 90s. Fishing has slowed and suffered with summer heat. Some of the bream beds are showing due to the low lake level. Reports of fair catches of bream are from Shouse Ford area. Deep-water fishing on tree tops and brush piles is your best bet. Most of the schooling fish are being reported in the Shouse Ford and Point Cedar area. Topwater baits, shallow running crankbaits and spoons are the best baits to throw. Most of the schooling fish are whites mixed with black and Kentucky. Some hybrids are being caught also. Black bass fishing is best in nighttime. Crappie bite has slowed due to the summer heat and water temperature. Deep water brush piles and tree tops are best bet. Fish 15 feet deep and deeper. Fish early in the day or very late for best results.

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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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