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DeGray Lake Sponsored by
Date 17-Jul-14
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the mid-80s and the lake is clear throughout. Overall fishing is just fair with no really great catches reported on anything. Bass fishing is fair early in the morning with a few schooling fish reported in the coves on the south side. Look for breaking fish between the dam and Point 4. Throw a topwater such as a Zara Spook or Sammy. Also Flukes and 4-inch swim baits will produce. If the school is pretty tight, an Alabama rig loaded with 4-inch swim baits is hard to beat. Some hybrids are mixed in with the bass which can really add to the excitement. If there's no surface activity, try a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard worked across deep points on the main lake. The best colors are red shad and green pumpkin/red flake. Hybrid fishing is hit-and-miss with the fish being in one area one day and the next they are gone. Best bet is to run and gun, which involves just trying the known good spots and if no action in a few minutes, move on to another one. Best areas to look for are the big coves on the south side between points 2 and 4, the big coves on the north side around the state park and the deep water around Iron Mountain. When fish are located, (one the sonar about 30 feet down), drop a heavy jigging spoon in chartreuse or throw a big in-line spinner. Early morning is the best and probably the only time for hybrids. Bream fishing is good, especially for small fish. Lots of bedding activity under the full moon. Look for beds and throw a redworm or cricket in the middle. Bream can be found all over the lake in coves with some cover. Just keep moving until you find the school. One of the most overlooked spots is around boat ramps; just remember to stay out of the way of boaters launching and loading. Catfishing is pretty good at night on both noodles and trot lines. Set the trot lines across points in 20 to 40 feet of water and drop the noodles in deep water over standing timber. Set the noodle bait at about 20 feet. For bait, try chicken livers, night crawlers, Catfish Charlie, cut shad 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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