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DeGray Lake Sponsored by
Date 14-Jun-18
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Capt. Darryl Morris at Family Fishing Trips said white bass and hybrid striper are migrating toward the lower end of the lake. Darryl is going with spoons used on surface-feeding fish at first light, then trolling crankbaits and umbrella rigs till mid-morning.

Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) says DeGray Lake is a hot spot for crappie. She said anglers have been doing decent on crappie above the brush tops using Bobby Garland Split Tail in the color pink cotton candy, and also in Bobby Garland Scent Wiggl’R in the color pink sparkle.

Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the mid-80s and the lake is clear throughout. Overall fishing is fair early in the morning with the heat limiting afternoon action. Quite a few bass are showing all over the lake with most fish being on the small side. Look for schooling fish early in the morning in the coves between points 2 and 4 on the south side. Also some action along the State Park between the Lodge causeway and marina. Most any topwater lure will work as long as you hit where the fish "breaks." Also some fish are showing at mid-lake around Arlie Moore and Caddo Drive. Try a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard worked across main lake points. Red shad and green pumpkin are the go-to colors. Crappie fishing has really slowed when the water temperature hit the mid-80s. Reports from the underwater camera viewing are showing none or very few fish on the attractors. Looks like the fish have scattered to deeper cover. Hybrid fishing is hit and miss with mostly miss. The fish are really scarce this year with very few even showing on the sonar. However, the white bass fishing is very good with fish showing all the way from Shouse Ford to Caddo Bend and the mouth of Brushy Creek. The fish are mostly suspended at 25-30 feet, and working a jigging spoon up through the fish will produce. Also try a 3-inch grub on a quarter-ounce jighead. Like hybrids, the best time for white bass is early in the morning. Bream fishing is good with lots of fish showing in the coves with some rock or wood cover. Fish at 5-8 feet and bait with crickets or redworms.

John Duncan of yoyoguideservice.com at Iron Mountain Marina said, “Hot, hot, hot. Its summertime in Arkansas.” Water temperatures have risen back up to 87-88 degrees. Lake level 406.6 feet msl with little fall. Fishing is beginning to stabilize. Black bass are in their summer time moods. Use worms on points either Texas- or Carolina-rigged; use topwaters real early in and around buck brush. You can find it from mid-lake to Point Cedar. Move to crankbaits as the sun goes up, then to the worms and deeper-diving crankbaits. Hybrids are showing signs of surfacing from Shouse Ford to Iron Mountain. Some good catches reported on spoons in the mid-lake area. Lots of schools of fish are running higher in the water column. Use your electronics to locate a school and the match your depth with count-downing a spoon to the right level, let down live bait. (bigger the better) to the correct depth, match fish depth to appropriate depth crankbait and then troll. Bream still being picked up on some beds. Electronics or word of mouth will help locate the beds, then stay off and cast to them. Fish right off the bottom with drop-shot of bobber and hook. Crappie are a different story, but a good story. The fish are holding real tight and in cover. Fish as close as you can over brush piles from mid-lake to Point Cedar; 12-25 feet deep is required depending on water depth. Best way to catch the “big” ones is fishing a 1/16-ounce jig (pink or chartreuse) head tipped with a minnow and fishing the freefall; bites are light on the start but finish with some good ’uns. Good fishing, stay hydrated, help others.

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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