DEGRAY LAKE FISHING REPORT
As of last Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 407.28 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is in the low 60s and the lake is clear throughout. Fishing right now is really dependent on the weather; get several warm calm days and fishing is great, get cold windy weather and fishing shuts down. Bass fishing is pretty good with many small and slot fish reported. The smaller males are starting to move up to the spawning grounds. If the weather is warm and calm for a few days, throw medium-running crankbaits across long points in secondary coves. Try the DT series Rapala and Rat-L-Traps.
Shad patterns work best in clear water and firetiger is better in stained water. Be sure to fish the lures slowly because the water is still cold. During cold fronts, back off the points and fish a Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm or lizard and a jig with craw trailer close to the bottom. Good colors for the plastics are green pumpkin and red shad. The Alabama rig has been a consistent producer in all weather conditions. Load the rig with 5-inch swimbaits in albino or white. Best areas for bass have been the north bank between Point Cedar and Shouse Ford, Yancey and Big Hill Creeks.
Crappie fishing remains slow with only a few fish reported. Best bet is to look for fish on the deeper attractors in 18 to 25 feet of water in the upper portion of the lake between Point 15 and Cox Creek. The water is still very cold, so fish the lure very slowly and tight to brush. Use a 2 inch grub or tube on a 1/16-ounce jig head in chartreuse or Tennessee shad. Hybrid fishing is still good but now mostly small fish in the 2 to 3 pound range are showing.
The bigger fish are up river pretending to spawn and are feeding very little. Troll to locate the schools between Point 15 and Point Cedar. Use your sonar to locate fish suspended about 15 feet down. Try 4-inch curly tail grubs or swim baits in white or chartreuse. Also, small deep-running crankbaits will produce as will in-line spinners.
On sunny warm evenings, a little surface activity has been reported. Throw a small Zara Spook to the breaking fish. Bream fishing is still pretty slow with most fish holding tight to cover in 18 to 20 feet of water. Tightline a worm or cricket close to the bottom. No reports on catfish, but a few trotlines are showing up on long points around Goat Island.