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DeGray Lake Sponsored by
Date 16-Feb-17
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Conditions : DeGray Lake: Phillip Kastner of Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs said on US97 radio said that fish are in the backs of pockets and around wind blown banks. Chrome-colored Red Eye shad bait was working, throwing it in the back of the grass. That's a typical pattern for this time of year. A lot of guys are throwing Rat-L-Traps or crankbaits. Also swimming a jig. If you throw a half-ounce jig up in that grass and kinda gets stuck and pops loose, it causes that same erratic motion that fish are striking at. Kentucky bass are being caught on a crankbait. So, you can use a Red-Eye, crankbait and Carolina rig and have some success. Seems like the C-rig has been forgotten since the Alabama rig came out, but it still will catch some fish. Jigs and spinning baits are working as well.

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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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