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DeGray Lake Sponsored by
Date 22-Dec-16
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Local angler George Graves said surface water temperature is in the low 50s and the lake is clear throughout. Overall fishing is good with the bulk of the fish in the upper end from Shouse Ford to Cox Creek. Lots of good reports of bass catches coming from Shouse Ford and Point Cedar. Look for fish on main lake and secondary points in big coves. Best pattern has been both lipped and lipless crankbaits fished across the points. Use natural shad in clear water and something with chartreuse in dingy water. Lots of Kentucky bass showing along the bluff banks. Try a Texas rigged 4-inch finesse worm in green pumpkin. Crappie fishing is good on the deep attractors at 20-25 feet. Drop a 2-inch tube or curly tail grub on a 1/16-ounce jighead in black/chartreuse to just above the cover, which will be about 15 feet. Note: If your sonar is adjusted properly, you should be able to see your lure. No need to jig the lure, just move around the brush very slowly. You probably won't feel the bite, so it is important to keep slowly raising the lure; if you feel weight, you have a fish. Also be sure to add a crappie nibble, your catch rate will improve dramatically. Hybrid fishing is fair in the Shouse Ford area. Best pattern is trolling the small 5-arm umbrella loaded with 4-inch white swimbaits. Also try medium-running crankbaits in natural shad. Make sure the lures are running just above the fish, which will be suspended about 15 feet down. The mouth of Beaton Creek and the big flat west of Goat Island are productive most all winter. Remember, in this cold water, troll slowly, at about 1.5 mph. Lots of big bream reported coming from the crappie attractors. For bream, fish the outside of the brush and near the bottom. Try redworms and crickets. Also, some are using crappie nibbles on a No. 8 hook.

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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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