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DeGray Lake Sponsored by
Date 30-Oct-14
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the low 70s and the lake is clear throughout. Fishing is good right now with lots of fish in the vast shad schools mostly in the big coves and creeks. Bass fishing is good with lots of double-digit catches reported. However most fish are small or in the slot (13 to 16 inches, which must be released). Don't be too surprised if a big hybrid tries to relieve you of your plug as well. The best bet for bass has been the upper portion of the lake between Arlie Moore and Point Cedar. Look for schooling shad, which will be in the coves, and throw medium-running crankbaits or Rat-L-Traps in a shad pattern. Many spotted bass are in the same locations and will hit 1/4-oz. Rooster Tails and small spoons. Some big spots have been coming from the bluff banks in the point 14 and 15 areas; work a 4-inch finesse worm on a Texas-rig down the bank to about 20 feet. Try green pumpkin/red flake. A few crappies are coming from the Shouse Ford and Point Cedar areas. Look for brush or cover in 18 to 20 feet of water on the main lake. Drop a 2-inch curly tail grub or tube on a 1/16-oz. jighead to just above the brush. Shad patterns, such as Tennessee Shad, are some of the best colors. Also try minnows fished in the same manner as the jig. Hybrid fishing is good when a school is located. Look for fish in the major creeks and big coves where there are abundant shad. There are not too many breaking fish, because most are feeding deeper. Troll a small umbrella rig and watch the sonar for schools of hybrids. When a school is located, throw a 1/2-ounce silver spoon or a big in-line spinner. Be sure to let the lure sink below the fish and work it up through them. Lots of white bass are also mixed in with the hybrids. Look for fish in the upper part of the lake between Big Hill Creek and Point Cedar. Bream fishing is good for big shellcrackers. Look for small points in big coves and fish a redworm on the bottom at about 10 to 15 feet. One of the better areas for bream are the small points on the east side of the big cove between the Caddo Drive boat ramp and Point 28. No report on 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

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