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Date 17-Apr-14
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the low 60s and the lake is clear up to Point 14 and lightly stained upriver. Fishing is getting better as the water slowly warms and the spawn begins. Bass fishing is very good with plenty of double-digit catches reported. However most of the fish are in the slot, (13 to 16 inches), and have to be released. The fish are now spawning, so the best action will be in the spawning coves and up shallow. With the water level up, work the flooded brush on secondary points. The best pattern has been crankbaits (both lipped and lipless), spinnerbaits and Alabama rigs loaded with 4-inch swim baits. The upper end of the lake between Arlie Moore and Cox Creek is still the best area. Some other productive areas have been the north bank between Point Cedar and Shouse Ford, Beaton Creek, Woodall Cove and the north side of Goat Island. A few reports of crappie catches are starting to trickle in now that the fish are in full spawn. Best pattern has been along shoreline brush in the big coves. Use a float and live minnow or a 2-inch curly tail grub in Tennessee shad. Morning and evening are the best times for shallow crappies because they move to deeper water during the bright part of the day. Mid-lake is best right now, with Brushy Creek one of the better areas. Hybrid fishing is good between Cox Creek and Amity. The best bet is trolling in the river until the school is located. Crankbaits, such as No. 7 Rapalas, 4-inch swim baits and 3-inch curly tail grubs have been best. Some fish are starting to return to the main lake around Shouse Ford. This area should get red hot in the next few weeks. Catfishing has been fair on trotlines set in the upper lake between Shouse Ford and Point Cedar. Best areas to set the lines have been on shallow points and humps in 15 to 20 feet of water. Bait with cut shad, Catfish Charlie, nightcrawlers and hot dogs.

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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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