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Date 10-Aug-17
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is good for small fish now that the water temperature is lower. Lots of schooling fish early in the morning. The areas along the south side between the dam and Point 6 have been very good. Look for fish feeding in the shad schools in the big coves and off points. Most any topwater presentation will work as long as the lure lands close to where the fish "breaks." Several decent catches also reported coming from mid-lake in the Arlie Moore area. Try medium-running crankbaits, both lipped and lipless. Most any shad imitation will produce. Lots of Kentuckies biting along the rock bluffs at points 14, 15 and the west side of Goat Island. Try a 4-inch finesse worm Texas rigged. Green pumpkin is one of the better colors. Crappie fishing is still slow but should pick up as the water cools. Look for fish at mid-lake on brush attractors at 20-25 feet deep. Vertical fish a 2-inch Kalin's grub on a 1/16-ounce jighead to just above the brush. Tennessee shad is hard to beat. Like bass, early morning is the best time. Hybrid fishing is fair with some schooling activity with the cooler water. Look for surface feeding fish along the south side between the dam and Point 4. Also around the islands across from the State Park Lodge. Also try the big coves between Caddo Bend and the State Park Marina on the north side. The deep-water bite has slowed because the fish are now schooling on the surface, but a few fish are still showing at 50 feet along the old river channel at 100-plus feet. Drop a heavy jigging spoon or 3-inch grub to just above the fish which are "marked" on the sonar. Bream fishing remains good with lots of fish on offshore humps and points in secondary coves. Look for fish in 10-15 feet of water and drop a cricket or redworm to just off the bottom.

Capt. Darryl Morris at Family Fishing Trips said crappie are deep and scattered. Hybrids are deep and loving the live bait. Whites are schooling off and on early in the mornings. Casting spoons first early then trolling crankbaits later has produced for him, he said. Look for the flotilla of boats and if it doesn't work, blame them.

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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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