Lake Outlook

AGATE - Water conditions are improving but fishing for bass and crappie remains slow amid warming yet still muddy water. Slowly retrieved crankbaits near shoreline trees are working best.

Remember, no gas motors are allowed on the lake.

APPLEGATE - The lake was stocked with another 30,000 legal-sized rainbow last week. Both the Hart-Tish and Copper boat ramps are open, and fishing around them with worms or PowerBait has been good for recently released trout. Bass fishing is starting to pick up as fish are moving into the shallows. High inflows have made bass fishing best in the lower section of the reservoir.

Anglers can keep up to five rainbow trout or stocked salmon a day, but only one fish can be more than 20 inches long. Also, no bass between 12 and 15 inches can be kept, and only one bass larger than 15 inches can be kept.

EXPO - The pond was stocked recently with legal-sized rainbow trout and fishing for them is good. Angling for bass and panfish should be good, as well. Fishing bait, either from a bobber or on the bottom with weight, is the easiest presentation here.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - Trolling and still-fishing for trout is ramping up as water conditions improve. There seem to be plenty of fish in the 18-inch range so far this season. The lake has been ice-free for a month now. Chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait is good off the resort jetty and in the shallows near Buck Island. Legal-sized trout were stocked recently, and they are starting to contribute to the catch.

HYATT - The lake is ice-free and the fishing fair for rainbow trout, with a few slow trollers getting limits in the past week. Cold water has slowed success, but some nice hold-over trout are showing up in the creel. Slow trolling of Triple Teasers near shore is good. Bass fishing is slow but catches of smaller largemouth should pick up after this weekend's hot weather.

DIAMOND - The lake has about one square mile of open ice now near the Diamond Lake Resort, with patches of slush elsewhere. Fishing around the banks is improving for still-fishermen. Slow trolling is catching some fish under the slush layer around the open water. Some other open water exists near Short Creek, Silent Creek and the outflow at Lake Creek, with some rainbows milling around there. Plenty of trout in the 18-inch range were caught through ice holes prior to the melting.

EMIGRANT - The lake was stocked again recently with legal-sized rainbow trout, and fishing for them has been good around the county boat ramp at the bottom end of the lake. PowerBait or worms off the bottom have been best. Bass and crappie anglers should work the willows along the upper edges of the lake, but catches are light. Bait is best now because the water remains cold and murky.

A health advisory has been issued about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels in fish sampled from the lake.

TENMILE - Bass and crappie fishing has improved dramatically in the past week as warming weather has gotten the fish active. Try frog fly patterns or small baitfish-looking lures, Sluggos and crankbaits.

LEMOLO - The lake is ice-free and freshly stocked with legal-sized rainbows to complement brown trout. Catches should be decent but better once water temperatures warm.

LOST CREEK - The lake hit full pool this week, then dropped as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maneuvered lake levels to capture heavy runoff. Fishing is better at the lower end of the lake, with trollers and still fishermen catching some of the 25,000 legal-sized trout stocked there recently. Smallmouth bass are biting in the shallows near submerged willows and near the dam.

WILLOW - The lake was stocked again recently with legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing has been good on stocked trout and bass, with trolling and still-fishing seemingly doing equally well.

SELMAC - Trout fishing is good with PowerBait and worms off the bank near the boat ramp, where more legal-sized trout were stocked last week. Largemouth bass and bluegill are moving into the shallows, and fishing for them should be good.

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