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DeGray Lake Sponsored by
Date 16-Jul-15
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the mid-80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is fair early in the morning and late afternoons. The best bet is in the Shouse Ford to Cox Creek areas. A few surface-feeding fish early but the hot weather puts them down pretty quick. Concentrate on both main lake and secondary points in big coves. Throw medium-running crankbaits both lipped and lipless. Natural shad is a good selection. Also some fish are being caught on Texas-rigged worms and lizards fished on the same points. Now is a good time to try night fishing. Use a big spinnerbait or big 10- to 12-inch Texas-rigged worm. Black is the best nighttime color. Best fishing is after midnight because it takes a long time for the bass eyes to adjust to low light conditions. Hybrid fishing is slow with most fish now suspended at 35 to 40 feet down over deep water between 80 and 120 feet. Use the sonar to locate the fish and drop a heavy jigging spoon to just above the fish. The best areas are between the dam and Point 4 on the lower end. No surface activity reported and very little schooling. Bream fishing is good with lots of nice fish reported coming from mid lake in the Caddo Drive and Edgewood areas. Bottom fish secondary points with crickets or redworms in 10 to 15 feet of water. Catfish are biting well on trotlines and noodles. Set the trotlines across main lake points in 20 to 30 feet of water. Drop your noodles over standing timber in deep water. Set the baits at about 20 to 25 feet down. Bait with chicken livers, nightcrawlers, stink baits, cut shad or hot dogs. Also try small live bream and big minnows.

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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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