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Date 23-Sep-16
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: John Duncan of YoYoGuideService.com at Iron Mountain Marina said summer is still hitting them hard with the heat. Water temperature has risen to mid-80s on the lake. Even with recent rains over the weekend, water levels are still lower at 400.03. John said he thinks the best action to report is the schooling/surfacing fish. They are surfacing from Shouse Ford to State Park Marina. It is quite a smorgasbord of the various bass fish. You can catch blacks, Kentucky bass, whites and hybrids. Throw anything that resembles a small shad, Rebel Pop-R, Tiny Torpedo, Rat-L Trap, Devils Horse, small spoons and crankbaits. Match size and color to bait fish. When caught they regurgitate shad that are about 1-1½-inch in length. Remember limits and length regulations. It gets pretty exciting. When the large schools of the fish surface, fish the outer edge of the schools for the bigger hybrids. Catfishing still going on but no report on details. Bream bite is still good but locating them is the problem. Brush piles and rocky points are the best bet. The crappie bite slowed considerably. You need to still fish deep with minnows. The problem is that the tops and brush piles that a couple weeks ago that were 20 feet deep are now 15 feet deep with lake levels lower. Weather change is coming and fishing should pick up soon. Have fun with the surfacing fish. It is very exciting.

Local angler George Graves said surface water is in the low eighties and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is fair early in the morning in the big deep coves along the south side between points 2 and 6. Also look for fish along the State Park between Caddo Bend and the marina. Best bet is to look for schooling fish feeding on the vast shad schools. Most any medium-size topwater lure will work as long as it is presented as close to the "break" as possible. Also try soft plastics such as glukes and swimbaits. Lots of small bass and Kentucky bass in the upper part of the lake between Alpine Ridge and Shouse Ford. Once again these fish are in the shad schools. Try small casting spoons and in-line spinners such as Rooster Tails. No reports on crappies. Hybrid fishing is good for those who know how to target deep-water fish using the sonar. The fish are scattered in the lower end of the lake between the dam and Iron Mountain along the deep channel and suspended in the thermocline at 50 feet in 100-130 feet of water. Search with the sonar and, when a fish is spotted, drop a heavy jigging spoon or 3-inch grub to just above the fish. Lots of white bass schooling in the shad in the same areas, especially around points 2 and 4. Try small topwater plugs. small spoons and Rooster Tails. White is the best color. Lots of bream are in the coves around either rock or wood cover. Fish in 3-5 feet of water with a float for smaller bream and near the bottom in 20-25 feet off secondary points for the larger shell crackers. Redworms and crickets are the preferred bait.

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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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