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Date 19-Feb-15
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the mid-40s and the lake is clear up to Point 14 and slightly stained on up. Bass fishing was improving until this weekend when the arctic weather moved in. The fish were moving toward the spawning coves and some nice catches were reported coming on medium-running crankbaits, both lipped and lipless. With the cold, this action will change with the fish backing off to deeper water. Probably the best bet will be a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard fished slowly and deeper off secondary points next to major coves. Look for fishing to improve with warming weather. Late winter and early spring bass fishing is best in the upper end of the lake between Arlie Moore and Cox Creek. No reports on crappie. Hybrid fishing was rapidly improving until the cold moved in last weekend. Lots of good reports were coming in last week on both hybrids and white bass, but nothing since Saturday. As long as the water remains fairly clear, the hybrids will bite. The best bet is slow trolling umbrella rigs loaded with 4-inch swim baits or curly tail grubs. Best colors on both are white and chartreuse. Also some fish reported on trolled Shad Raps and Road Runners. Look for fish suspended at 12 to 15 feet deep and in the Shouse Ford area. No reports on bream or catfish.

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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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