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Date 18-Jun-15
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is fair mostly in the early morning. Quite a few surface feeding fish are off the rocky points along the south side between markers 6 and 2. Throw a surface lure or 3-inch swim bait. Also some fish are coming on Texas- and Carolina-rigged worms and lizards at mid lake on both main lake and secondary points in big coves. The fish are up pretty shallow between 5 and 10 feet of water. Hybrid fishing is good with quite a few breaking fish along the south side between points 2 and 6. Throw topwater plugs or 3-inch swim baits. When the fish stop breaking, use a jigging spoon or big in-line spinner where the fish were last seen. The fish usually hang around for a while, but just go deeper. Lots of white bass are mixed in with the hybrids, use smaller spoons and spinners for the whites. Bream fishing is very good with lots of nice catches coming both shallow and at 10 to 15 feet deep. Look for fish on points in big coves with some cover. The fish will bite right away, so keep moving until you find them. Try crickets and redworms fished under a float in shallow water and tight lined in the deeper water. A few catfish are showing on both noodles and trotlines set at night. Use hot dogs, chicken liver, blood, Catfish Charlie, or nightcrawlers. For bigger cats, try live bream or big minnows.

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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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