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DeGray Lake Sponsored by
Date 28-May-15
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 70s. The water is clear up to Shouse Ford and a little muddy on up the river. Bass fishing is fair with the lake being lowered, the fish are now a little deeper but still close to the bank and shoreline brush. Throw a shallow-running crankbait or lipless crankbait near or into the cover. Work the points in major coves. Also try a lightly weighted Texas-rigged worm fished through the brush. The topwater bite is starting with lots of fish chasing shad in the major coves both morning and evening. Throw a topwater such as a Zara Spook, Fluke, Pop R or Sammy. The best areas for bass have been between Edgewood and Yancey Creek. Major creeks such as Big Hill and Brushy have been producing. Hybrid fishing is picking up with fish now starting to show in the lower end of the lake off deep points and humps. The fish are suspended at about 30 feet deep in the upper part of a major thermocline or cold water layer. The thermocline is easy to see on the sonar, in fact sometimes it is so pronounced that is hard to see the fish in it. When fish are located, drop a heavy jigging spoon down under the fish and work it up through the school. Heavy in-line spinners and swim baits rigged on heavy jig heads also produce. Look for fish on points in the big coves on the south side between points 2 and 6. Bream fishing remains good with lots of fish still on beds in 4 to 6 feet of water. Try crickets and redworms. Catfish are fair on both noodles and trotlines set at midlake. The areas around Point 10 and Island 34 have been producing some nice channel cats on trotlines.

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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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