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DeGray Lake Sponsored by
Date 17-Sep-14
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the high 70s and the lake is clear throughout. With fall approaching and the cooler water, the shad are starting to move into the creeks and large coves, so keep this in mind when you search for fish. Some decent bass catches have been reported, but the fish are running either small or in the slot. Look for fish feeding in shad schools early in the morning. The fish will now be in the big coves and major creeks such as Big Hill, Yancey and Brushy. Most any topwater presentation will work, such as Zara Spooks, Sammyies, Flukes, and 3-inch swim baits. Color isn't too important as long as it is something in natural shad. What is important is that you have to get the lure right on the "break" because the fish are chasing shad and don't hand around one spot too long. A few fish have been coming on Texas- or Carolina-rigged worms or lizards worked across secondary points in 10 to 20 feet of water. Try green pumpkin or red shad for the plastics. No report on crappie; no one is fishing for them. Hybrid fishing is very spotty with very little schooling activity. Some fish are being taken at mid-lake around Alpine Ridge and Yancey Creek. Look for any breaking fish and throw 1/2-ounce spoons, big in-line spinners or swim baits and let the lure sink down to about 20 feet and work up through the fish. If the fish are tightly schooled, a top water will work; try a Zara Puppy or Pop R. Early morning and late evening are the feeding times. Bream action is holding up well with some nice shellcrackers coming off secondary points in coves. Tightline redworms near the bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water. Most anywhere in the lake will hold bream, just keep moving until a school is found. Catfish are only fair. Many noodles are floating around the lake, but not many anglers are reporting success. Set the noodles at about 20 to 25 feet and drop them over standing timber. Bait with cut shad, nightcrawlers, Catfish Charlie, chicken livers or hot dogs with soap.

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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

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