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Date 15-Feb-18
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said Surface water temperature is in the low 40s and the lake is clear up to Point 14 and is slightly dis-colored farther up. Only the diehards are fishing in this inclement weather and reports are hard to come by. A few bass are being caught in the upper end from Alpine Ridge to Point Cedar. Best pattern has been working crankbaits across main lake points and fishing a Texas rigged worm deeper on the same points. Best colors for the cranks has been natural shad with some chartreuse and green pumpkin or red shad for the worms. Remember, whatever you use, fish slow and near deep water. Crappie fishing is fair with some nice fish showing on the deep attractors in the Shouse Ford area. Look for cover at 20-25 feet and drop a 2-inch tube on a 1/16-ounce jighead into the densest part of the brush. Best color has been black/chartreuse. Fish the lure very slowly and pay attention to the slightest bite. Most times a bite won't be felt, so just slowly lift your rod a few inches every few seconds and if weight is felt, it's probably a fish. Don't forget the crappie nibble; one will do. A few hybrids now showing on the west side of Goat Island but very few are being caught due to the cold water. Slowly troll the small umbrella loaded with 4-inch curly tail grubs in either white or pink/white. The active fish will be suspended at about 15 feet down, so be sure to have the lure running just above the fish. Afternoons are the best time.

Lane Dodd of Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports said last week on US97, said that he’d had a few good reports from here. Some anglers are getting halfway back on the creeks with a Bomber Flat A crankbait, tearing them up in the 4-6 feet range of water.

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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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