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Date 26-May-16
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the low 70s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is good with quite a few nice catches reported. Look for fish on the long secondary points and throw topwater lures in the morning. Look for "breaking" fish and try to get the lure as close to the "break" as possible. Good lures are Zara Spooks, Pop R's and the Sammy. Later in the day, try medium running crankbaits and spinnerbaits. A double willow leaf spinnerbait with a white or white/chartreuse skirt works well in the clear water. Also try a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm in green pumpkin/red flake or red shad. Not much doing on crappies with only a few fish reported, coming from the deeper attractors in 18-25 feet of water between Arley Moore and Shrouse Ford. Best bet is a 2-inch curly tail grub or tube in Tennessee shad on a 1/16-ounce jig head. Fish the lure vertically to just above the brush. Be sure to fish all the way around the attractor because usually the fish will be concentrated in one spot.

Hybrid fishing is good with the fish now schooling at mid-lake. He’s see very few "breaking" fish, so use the sonar to locate the fish, which will be suspended at 20-35 feet down off major points. If you have trouble locating the fish, just look for the fleet of hybrid fishermen. A good place to look is in the area of Caddo Bend. Drop a heavy spoon to just above the fish. Chartreuse and white are the best colors for hybrids. Early morning is the best time and the fishing is pretty much over by 9 a.m.

Very few reports on catfish, but there must be miles of trotlines in the Shrouse Ford area around point 15. Bait the lines with cut shad, hot dogs, Catfish Charlie, nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Also try big minnows and small live bream.

John Duncan with yoyguideservice.com at Iron Mountain Marina said water temperature is running 74-76 degrees in mid-lake area. Water color is clear in mid-lake area and stained from Shrouse Ford and further up river past Point Cedar. Lake level is 406.44. State Park Marina reports catfish still producing in coves on trotlines. Suspend lines 6 to 10 feet deep and use large minnows or goldfish for bait. Reports are good for 6 to 10 pound fish. Caddo Valley Bait Shop reports cricket and worms showing large increase. Bream are in shallow areas of coves. Look for beds in rocky bottom areas from Shrouse Ford to Lenox Marcus. Hybrids are being caught off point south of Edgewood point across from marker 6. Use Zara Spook or Sassy Shad topwaters for surfacing fish. Shallow running baits are good for fish just under surface. Crappie fishing and bass has been slower due to the cold front that dropped surface temperature from 76 degrees to 70 degrees in the mid-lake area. No current reports on bass other that the most activity seen on mid-lake area is mainly fisherman fishing the points. Crappie fishing had slowed from the temperature shock of the cold front. The crappie had moved deeper in the brush piles and become very slow on the bite. With the return of 75-degree water the bite is picking up. Try fishing 12-15 feet deep in brush piles from Brushy to Shrouse Ford. Tightline Rockport Rattler 1/8-ounce chartreuse head with Bobby Gardner Baby Bass body tipped with minnow.

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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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