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Date 18-Aug-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. Very few reports with all this rain. Fishing should pick up with the lower water temperature and higher lake levels. Bass fishing is only fair with most catches coming early in the morning on a topwater bite. Look for fish along the south side between the dam and Point 6. The fish will be chasing shad on points in the big coves. Throw topwater plugs, spinnerbaits and swimbaits. If "breaking" fish are hard to find, try working a Texas-rigged worm across the points in 10-15 feet of water. Hybrid fishing is good early in the morning at the south side in coves at points 2 and 4. The fish are down in the deep thermocline at 45-50 feet. Look for fish on the sonar and drop a heavy jigging spoon or big in-line spinner. If you have trouble finding fish on the sonar, just look for the guide boats, they are most always on the fish. Some schooling activity reported in the area of Alpine Ridge and the mouth of Yancey Creek early in the morning. Some big shell crackers reported coming from the deeper points at mid-lake in 15-20 feet of water. Tight line a redworm or cricket to just off the bottom.

John Duncan with yoyguideservice.com said it’s that time of year. Fishing is slower and the water is warmer. Water levels are up slightly to 402.49. Water is clear throughout and water temperature is 86 degree mid-lake. Catfishing is still going on with reports being marginal at best. Most of the catfishing is being done on noodles. Live bait is the best. There are schools of surfacing fish from Point Cedar to Iron Mountain. The majority of these are whites and smaller blacks. Small shad-colored topwaters, spoons like the War Eagle spoon and small shad-imitating crankbaits work well on these surfacing fish. Hybrids are surfacing in some locations. The reports say they seem to be in the mid-lake area. They can be caught on shad-colored-and-sized topwaters, spoons and crankbaits. Swimbaits work well on the hybrids as well. The issue with hybrids is being where they are when they surface. Early morning and very late is critical along with somewhat calm water surface. Bream are still biting but are spotty and more difficult to find. Deep brush piles are always a good place for bream. The crappie bite is slowing due to the warm summer atmosphere. You have to fish the deepest habitat you can find to locate them. No black bass reported.

Darryl Morris at Family Fishing Trips reported shad are everywhere, and random schools of white bass are breaking early in the mornings. The latest bouts of rain should cool the water and help with catching all species.

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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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