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Date 12-Oct-16
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 70s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is good for small fish early in the morning. The fish are feeding in the vast shad schools in the upper part of the lake. Look for "breaking" fish and throw most any smaller topwater lure along with flukes and 3-inch swimbaits. Best areas have been Big Hill and Yancey creeks, Alpine Ridge, Lenox Marcus and Shouse Ford. A few fish showing along the state park, especially around the marina. A few crappies showing in the Shouse Ford and Woodall Cove areas. Look for deeper attractors at 18-25 feet and drop a 2-inch grub or tube on a 1/16-ounce jighead to just above the thickest part of the brush. Use natural shad colors in clear water and chartreuse/black in stained water. Add a crappie nibble to the lure, it really improves the catch.

Hybrid fishing is good with quite a few schooling and feeding in the big shad schools. Look for the schools in the lower end of the lake around Iron Mountain and points 2 and 4. Throw most any small topwater lure along with spoons and in-line spinners. A few deep-water fish at 50 feet are still present, but they have really thinned with the cooler water. Use the sonar to locate the fish, which will be in 90-120 feet of water in the Iron Mountain area. Drop a heavy jigging spoon to just above the fish. Lots of small bream in the coves with some rock or wood cover. Fish water 5-10 feet deep and bait with redworms or crickets. Several nice catfish catches reported coming from Brushy Creek. Noodles and trotlines are working at night. Bait with hot dogs, chicken livers, cut shad, nightcrawlers and prepared stink baits. Also try live small bream and big minnows for bigger fish.

John Duncan of YoYoGuideService.com at Iron Mountain Marina said it looks like its fall weather, falling water and falling fishing this week. Water level is at 398.73 due to some generation and evaporation. The water temperature is in mid-to-low 70s. The water is clear throughout the area. Very little catfishing is taking place now. Some trotlines along ridgetops and back of coves. You should fish 6-10 feet deep with live bait if possible. If not, try cut bait and weiners. If you want to rod fish for catfish, fish worms or small baitfish in the deepest brush piles you can find. Fish right off the bottom. Bream are scattered and the best place to find them is rocky points and deep brush piles. Full moon is coming soon. Crappie fishing has also suffered with low water and crazy weather. The crappie that are being caught from Shouse Ford to Brushy are in the deepest brush piles you can find. The problem is brush piles that were 15 feet deep earlier and now 5 feet deep. Fish minnow or jigs tipped with minnows in the deepest brush piles you can find. You will pick up a few in each good top but the fish are not concentrated in them yet. Schooling bass are being reported from Brushy to Point Cedar. Most of the fish coming up now are small black bass, Kentucky bass and white bass. Some hybrid activity but they don’t want to stay up long. Clear, chrome or blue topwaters are best for surfacing fish and use chrome and blue Rat-L Traps when fish are just below the surface. Good luck fishing; things should change as soon as the weather does.

Darryl Morris at Family Fishing Trips said he’s found ample crappie in 10-15 feet deep water on brush piles. Jigs are working fair; live bait is the best way to go.

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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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