DeGray lake and dam were authorized by Congress in the River and Harbor Act of 1950. Congress passed the Water Supply Act of 1958, which provided for the inclusion of municipal and industrial water supply as one of the project purposes. Construction on the dam began in 1962 and was completed in 1972 at a cost of $63,800,000. A 40 MW hydraulic turbine and a 28 MW turbine generate electricity for the Southwestern Power Administration of Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. DeGray dam impounds the waters of the Caddo River to form a flood control lake that covers 13,400 acres (5,400 ha), and a shoreline of 207 miles (333 km).
Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the mid-80s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is fair with a decent top-water bite early in the morning around sunrise. Look for breaking fish, mainly on points in major coves along the South side of the lake between points 2 and 6. Try topwaters, such as Zara Spooks, Sammy's, Flukes, buzz baits and 4-inch swim baits. Get the lure as close to the "break" as possible because the fish don't stay up very long. Later in the day a few fish are being taken with Texas- or Carolina-rigged worms and lizards deeper off the same points. Green pumpkin, red shad and cotton candy have been producing well. Some nice spotted bass have been showing up along the bluff banks in the Iron Mountain area. Try Texas-rigged finesse worms fished near the bottom 20 to 30 feet deep. Crappie fishing is slow mainly because very few are fishing for them now. Try main lake attractors in 20 to 25 feet of water and fish a 2-inch grub or tube on a 1/16-ounce jig head, vertically just above the brush. Best lure colors have been natural shad, white and black/chartreuse. Hybrids have been the fish of the week with many nice catches reported. The fish are schooling along the South side all the way from the dam to the mouth of Brushy Creek. The fish are feeding on shad fry, so just look for the breaking fish. Most of the surface activity you see will be smaller hybrids and white bass. The bigger hybrids are deeper under the surface activity, so let the lure sink to about 30 feet and work it up under the fish. Best lures have been heavy spoons in chartreuse, green and pink. Also big in-line spinners have been producing well. Look for fish early in the morning, even before sunrise and it is pretty much over by 9 a.m. Bream fishing is good with lots of bedding fish under the full moon. Look for the beds and fish in coves just about anywhere in the lake. Fish redworms and crickets under a float in 5 to 8 feet of water. Catfish have been biting well at night on trotlines and noodles. Set the trot lines across coves in 30 to 40 feet of water and drop the noodles in deeper water over timber and set to about 20 feet deep. Use cut shad, hot dogs/soap, liver, night crawlers and Catfish Charlie for the channels and small bream and big minnows for the bigger blues and flat heads.
Local angler George Graves said the surface temperature is in the low 80s and the water is clear throughout. Bass fishing remains good with a nice topwater bite developing. The fish are feeding on the newly hatched shad early in the morning off most any main lake point in the lower end of the lake. Look for breaking fish and throw Zara Spooks, Sammys, Flukes and 4-inch swim baits. Later in the day, fish the same points with a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm in green pumpkin or red shad. Good places to look for bass have been between points 2 and 4 on the South side, around the spillway and the big coves by the lodge causeway. A few crappie have been caught in the lower end of the lake and Brushy Creek. Look for fish in 18 to 25 feet of water and throw a 2-inch grub or tube over brush. The best colors for the plastics has been natural shad or black/chartreuse. Best time is early in the morning, even before sunrise. Hybrid fishing is great with fish now showing up all over the lower end of the lake. A lot of surface activity is occurring early in the morning and a good deep water bite is also developing. Look for surface feeding fish on the south side of the lake between points 2 and 6 and around Iron Mountain. Throw topwater baits such as Zara Spooks, Sammys or swim baits. Also heavy spoons fished up through the school can be very productive. Best spoon colors have been chartreuse, green and pink. Bigger fish will be suspended at about 35 feet over deep water. Use the sonar to find these deep-water fish and drop a jigging spoon to just above them. The best hybrid bite is early in the morning, even before sunrise. Bream fishing is good using redworms or crickets with a float. Catfishing is good on both trotlines and noodles. The best baits have been Catfish Charlie, hot dogs with soap, liver, nightcrawlers and cut shad. For bigger cats such as blues and flatheads, try live small bream or big minnows.
from George Graves
Surface water temperature is in the mid-70s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is very good with plenty of catches all over the lake. There is a pretty decent top-water bite early in the morning in the upper end of the lake between Arlie Moore and Point Cedar. Look for breaking fish on points in big coves. Throw topwaters such as a Sammy, Zara Spook, Pop R or Zoom Fluke. Color is not too important, but the cast has to be right in front of the feeding fish. If there’s no surface activity, try a medium-running crank bait in natural shad patterns also fished in pockets and coves. During the bright part of the day, a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard in green pumpkin or red shad is hard to beat. Fish the plastics slowly along the bottom off points and ledges in 10 to 20 feet of water. A few nice fish reported coming on spinner baits fished next to visible cover. Crappie are slow with only a few reports of fish coming from the deeper attractors. Look for fish on brush piles in 18 to 25 feet of water outside the spawning coves. Drop a 2 inch curly tail grub or tube on a 1/16-ounce jig head in natural shad patterns to just above the brush. Early in the morning is your best chance of catching a few. Look for attractors at mid-lake between Edgewood and Alpine Ridge. Also some activity reported in the Brushy Creek area. Hybrid activity is picking up nicely with quite a few good catches reported. The fish are schooling between Point 14 and Shouse Ford. There are very few breaking fish, as most are suspended 15 to 20 feet down. Use the electronics to locate the schools. Trolling has been the best way to locate fish. Best trolling lures have been crankbaits such as Shad Raps and Fat Free Shad, heavy spoons, 5-inch swim baits and the five-arm umbrella rigs with 4-inch grubs. Natural shad patterns and white are the best colors. When the fish are located, now is the time to throw spoons and big in-line spinners. The best and probably the only time is early in the morning until about 8 a.m. Bream fishing is good with most any cove with cover producing fish. Look for schools up shallow in water 5 to 8 feet deep. Set the float to about 3 feet and bait with redworms or crickets. Catfishing is picking up, especially on trotlines set on long points in 20 to 30 feet of water. Set the lines at night and bait with catfish charlie, hot dogs, liver, nightcrawlers or cut shad. Also some catches reported coming from the shore around the state park.
from George Graves
Surface water temperature is in the low 70s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is going great with many double-digit catches reported. The best pattern has been secondary points in the backs of big coves. Fish a shallow- or medium-running crankbait near the bank in water 4 to 5 feet deep. A few fish are still bedding and some fish are being taken by sight fishing. Floating worms and Flukes are also producing. The top-water bite is beginning early in the morning on long shallow points. Zara Spooks, Sammy's and Flukes are hard to beat. The upper and mid lake areas have been the best areas. No reports on crappie, as it seems most everyone is bass fishing. Hybrids are scattered from Point Cedar to Edgewood with very little schooling activity. A few fish are being taken by trolling medium-running crankbaits, swim baits and small five-arm umbrella rigs with 4-inch curly tail grubs. Some spotty surface activity was reported in the Shouse Ford area in the evening and early morning. Most fish are small (in the 2- to 4-pound range). Large fish have been scarce all spring. Bream fishing is good and will only get better with the full moon this month. The fish are now in the shallow coves with some cover. Some bedding activity was reported. Use a float set to about 3 feet and bait with crickets or redworms. Some catfish have been caught on trot lines set across small coves. Set the lines at night and bait with liver, hot dogs or cut shad.
from George Graves
The surface water temperature is in the high 60s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing has slowed with the cold weather and only a few decent catches reported. The cold has moved the fish from the shallow spawning coves to deeper water off secondary points. The best pattern now is a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard worked slowly on or near the bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water. A jig with a plastic craw type trailer in a crawfish pattern is producing some nice fish as well. Try secondary points in coves between Edgewood and Cox Creek. Also the creeks such as Brushy, Yancey and Big Hill have been yielding some good fish. Crappie fishing remains slow with very few catches reported. However some big fish are showing up on the attractors in the lower end of the lake around Iron Mountain and the state park. Post spawn is approaching and the fish will move to attractors in the main lake at depths of 20 to 25 feet. The best pattern is to drop a 2-inch curly tail grub or tube on a 1/16-oz. jig head to just above the brush. Natural shad and chartreuse/black are good starting colors. Hybrid fishing is improving with fish now scattered between Shouse Ford and Point 28. A few breaking fish have been reported in coves with shad. Also look for fish on offshore humps and ledges in 20 to 35 feet of water. Since the fish are scattered, trolling is the best method. Try an umbrella rig with 4-inch white or chartreuse curly tail grubs. No. 5 and 7 Shad Raps also are producing when trolled. Get the lures down about 10 to 12 feet since the fish are suspended at about 15 feet. Morning and late evening are the best times. Bream fishing is now good with the fish moving shallow in coves with cover. Most any shallow cove in the lake will hold bream, so just keep trying different areas until fish are located. The fish should start bedding on the next full moon.
from George Graves
The surface water temperature is in the high 60s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is very good with many limits reported. However most of the fish are on the small side with lots of "slots" and only a few good size fish. Look for fish in the backs of spawning coves in 4 to 6 feet of water. The best pattern has been shallow- or medium-running crankbaits or jerk baits in the morning and evening. The Alabama rig has been producing well when the fish are schooling. Load the rig with white or albino 4-inch swim baits. Back off the bank somewhat and throw a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard during the bright part of the day. The biggest fish are being taken by throwing a worm or lizard across the beds. Right now most any area in the lake will produce bass, but the best areas are between Edgewood and Cox Creek. Also Yancey, Brushy and Big Hill Creeks have been big producers. Only a few reports of crappie. A few fish are still spawning in the lower end of the lake between Caddo Drive and Iron Mountain. Fish the shallow cover on the south side between the mouth of Brushy Creek and Point 2. Throw a 2-inch curly tail grub in Tennessee shad to visible shallow cover which should produce a few fish. Hybrids are still a no show. No "breaking" fish reported and only a few fish marked on the sonar. The usual build up in the Shouse Ford area in April has not materialized this year. Only a couple of small fish reported in the Arlie Moore and Alpine Ridge areas. Bream fishing is improving with the warmer water. The fish are starting to school in the shallow pockets and coves, with some bedding activity under the full moon. Set the float to about 4 feet and bait with redworms or crickets. No reports on catfish.
from George Graves
The lake level is up nicely, maybe we will have a good spawn this year, providing the level stays up. Surface water temperature is in the mid-60s, and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is very good with plenty of nice catches reported. The fish are moving up shallow to the points in major spawning coves and creeks. During low-light conditions, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jerk baits are working well. Natural shad patterns have been best on the cranks and white/chartreuse is best for the spinners. During the bright part of the day, Texas- or Carolina-rigged worms or lizards will be the best producer along with jigs and craw-type trailers. If the bass are schooling the Alabama rig is hard to beat. Load the rig with 5-inch swim baits in white or albino. Green pumpkin and red shad are good colors for the worms and lizards and blue or pumpkin for jig trailer colors. Look for fish in most any major cove from Edgewood to Point Cedar, also Brushy, Yancey and Big Hill Creeks. Crappie fishing remains slow with only a few small catches reported. The crappie that are being caught are mostly big with 2-pound fish being common. Look for spawning fish now in the back of coves with cover. Throw a 2-inch curly tail grub or tube in Tennessee shad or chartreuse. Sometimes post-spawn fish will be in the middle of the cove suspended 6 to 8 feet down, so be sure to work the entire area. Hybrid fishing is very slow with fishermen having trouble finding fish. They usually return from their spawning run to the area between Point 15 and the mouth of Beaton/Point Cedar Creeks, but they’re not there yet. A few fish have been caught around Island 34 and Alpine Ridge. Bream fishing is picking up with fish now showing in coves with some cover. The fish will be in 6 to 8 feet of water. Use a float and bait with redworms or crickets. Some catfish are showing at night on trotlines. Set the lines off long points in 20 to 30 feet of water and bait with Catfish Charlie, cut shad, chicken liver, hot dogs or night crawlers. Use live small bream or big minnows for bigger cats. Brushy Creek has been one of the better areas for cats.
from George Graves
Surface water temperature is in the mid-60s and the lake is clear throughout. Bass fishing is great with lots of nice catches reported. The fish are now moving up to the spawning areas and are being caught on many different rigs. Some of the better patterns have been medium-running crankbaits or jerk baits off secondary points in major coves and creeks in the morning and evening. During the bright part of the day, Texas- or Carolina-rigged worms and lizards are working best. Also some big fish are coming on the jig with craw trailers. If schooling fish are located, the umbrella rig with 5-inch swim baits is hard to beat. Try running a big double blade spinner bait around standing timber for some big bites. Best areas have been the north bank between Point Cedar and Woodall Cove, Point Cedar/Beaton Creeks, the north side of Goat Island, Big Hill and Brushy Creeks. Crappie remain scarce with a few reported coming from the back of major coves with lots of brush cover. Look for fish in 5 to 10 feet of water and throw a Tennessee Shad curly tail jig on a 1/16-ounce jig head next to the cover. Look for fish in the big coves at Lenox Marcos, Woodall Cove, Yancey Creek, Big Hill and Brushy Creeks. Hybrid fishing has been slow with only a few small fish reported. The fish should be back downriver and in the Shouse Ford area by now, but they are not showing. A few breaking fish have been seen at sundown around Point 15 but they are few and far between. Trolling is only producing a few small fish. Bream fishing is picking up with the warmer water. Look for fish in coves with some cover at depths of 5 to 8 feet. Use a float and bait with crickets or redworms. Some catfish are being taken on trotlines set in the upper part of the lake between Point 14 and Point Cedar. Use chicken livers, Catfish Charlie, cut shad, nightcrawlers or hot dogs. For live bait, try small bream and big minnows.
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