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Date 11-May-17
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is around 70 degrees and the lake is clear in the lower end up to the State Park, stained up to Edgewood and muddy up to Shouse Ford. The boat ramps are slowly opening with the water receding. Ramps that are open include, Iron Mountain, State Park marina, Spillway and Caddo Bend. Just about all the ramps in the upper end remain closed. Bass fishing is fair in the flooded timber and brush in the back of coves. Try an 8-inch floating worm worked around the cover. Also square bill crankbaits have been producing along with spinnerbaits. Be sure the lure includes some chartreuse in the muddy water. The fish are really scattered, so be prepared to cover a lot of water. Crappie fishing is fair in the attractors at mid-lake between Caddo Bend and Edgewood. Look for brush in the big coves and in 20 to 25 feet of water. Drop a Kalin's 2-inch grub on a 1/16-ounce jighead to the top of the brush and move slowly around the attractor. Tennessee Shad seems to be the best color even though the water has a heavy stain. Hybrid fishing is slow with the high muddy water scattering the fish. Before the high water, some fish were reported in the Caddo Drive/Arlie Moore areas. When the water clears and stabilizes, the fish should still be in these areas.

John Duncan of YoYoGuideService.com at Iron Mountain Marina said, “Rain, rain, GO AWAY! It's spring in Arkansas and that means more rain.” DeGray is still up above normal 411.96 as of Tuesday. The Corp is pulling out water and the lake is dropping but is still high. Water temperature is in the high 60s to 70 degrees mid-lake. This is showing an increase from last week. Fishing reports are spotty and slow. Catfishing seems to be the best right now with all the vegetation under water and the fish are feeding in the shallows. Live bait is always the best for catfish. Shiners and goldfish fished in the shallows mid-lake are producing, Short trotlines or yo-yo’s producing well. The water from Caddo Drive upriver is still muddy and has debris floating around in many places. Hybrids have been reported from Caddo Drive to near DeRoche Point. Some good catches reported in the mid-lake area where the water is clearer. Spoons and topwaters are your best bet (shad-colored). Crappie fishing is slow. The muddy water and cooler temperatures are affecting the catch. Brush piles from Arlie Moore and Brushy are the best-bet places to look. They are deeper than usual, so look for the shallower ones first. Tennessee Shad color is always a good bet. Minnows will begin producing better with the water warming and the spawn over. The moon is in the waxing gibbous phase headed to a full moon. This means the bream will be bedding. Some fair reports are coming from the Arlie Moore area. Fish the brush just off the bottom. If you have good electronics capable of doing so, look for the beds that look like the circles or waffle appearance. Rain is coming again. Again, your best bet is Arlie Moore to DeRoche camping area. Good fishing.

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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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