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Date 30-Jun-16
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the mid-80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is fair with mostly small fish being caught. Look for some surface activity early in the morning on main lake points. Throw surface plugs and plastics such as Flukes and Bass Assassins. Also there is a decent night bite on spinnerbaits and big 10-12 inch worms. Dark colors are best on both the spinners and worms. Most any area of the lake will produce bass this time of year so be prepared to cover a lot of water until fish are located. Hybrid fishing is good with quite a few nice catches reported. Look for fish in the lower end of the lake between Point 4 and the spillway and in the big coves along the State Park. Right now, early morning is the best and probably the only time to catch fish. Very little surface activity so use the sonar to locate the fish, which will be suspended at 20-30 feet down. Throw a heavy spoon or big in-line spinner and fish the lure up through the fish. White and chartreuse are the best lure colors. Tip: If you see small white bass "breaking," work the spinners and spoons deep under the fish because the hybrids will sit under the white bass schools.

Bream remain pretty scarce with only a few good catches reported. Look for fish in coves with lots of wood or rock cover and bait with redworms or crickets. The fish will bite pretty quickly if around, so don't spend too much time in an area if no bites. Catfish are fair in the major creeks such as Brushy and Big Hill on trotlines. Set the lines across points in 20-40 feet of water and bait with nightcrawlers, hot dogs, chicken livers, cut shad and prepared baits. Also try live small bream and big minnows. Remember, nighttime is best for cats.

John Duncan with yoyguideservice.com at Iron Mountain Marina said the lake level slowly dropped last week due to daily power generation to 405.27 feet msl. Hybrids are schooling in the central portion of the lake, the spillway, Mountain Harbor and around State Park Marina. The ones in the central portion are staying up to around 8:30 a.m. The bass bite has slowed down with some action at night on black spinner baits. State Park Marina reports some bass activity on watermelon worms rigged Carolina style. Bream are fair off points around 20 feet deep on crickets and worms. I have one report of good groups of bream off point at swimming area on the south end of the levee off Highway 7. They are grouped around 15 feet deep. Catfishing remains good on noodles and trotlines. Duncan said he personally was off-water since Thursday due to illness. Thursday the water temperature was 88-89 degrees. Crappie were in brush piles from 9-15 feet deep from Arlie Moore to Point Cedar. The larger ones were caught at the deeper range. Minnows are his choice for crappie. Iron Mountain reports around 4 inches of rain in the last few days. Stay cool and hydrated this holiday. Let’s all be courteous and mentor safe boating practices. Happy 4th to all.

Reported by: Arkansas F&G

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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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