Lake Outlook

AGATE - Water conditions are very good for bass and crappie fishing. Grubs and plastic worms fished off the rocks has worked well. The crappie bite is in full swing in the lake’s far upper reaches near the willows. Try red, purple and chartreuse jigs. Remember, no gas motors are allowed on the lake. A large catfish was caught this past week on a worm near the dam’s outlet.

APPLEGATE - 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. The lake has stabilized just under full this week and that will improve the bass bite throughout the day. The Seattle Bar area is fishing well for a mix of rainbow trout and bass. The water there is cold. Streamer flies trolled while in a float tube is an excellent choice.
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 still has some hold-over trout from Free Fishing Weekend. Try a worm under a bobber. Bass and bluegill also are available. Fishing bait, either from a bobber or on the bottom with weight, is the easiest presentation here. Casting and retrieving small lures like Panther Martins also should work.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - Water temperatures in the mid-40s has slowed the trout bite throughout much of the lake, but still-fishing with PowerBait can produce pockets of excellent fishing near the resort’s jetty, Buck Island and rocky points in the Klum Landing area. Trolling woolly buggers or Triple Teasers has improved amid better water conditions. Evening fly-fishing also is good in the Grizzly Campground area.

HYATT - Some trophy trout stocked in the lake for Free Fishing Weekend remain mingling around the BLM campground. Trout fishing has been good for trollers using Triple Teasers or Wedding Ring lures. Bass fishing has picked up, especially in the shallows.

DIAMOND - The lake is still fishing very well for a combination of hold-over rainbow trout and recently stocked fish running 8-15 inches. The south end is best for the hold-overs, which are biting PowerBait, lures and flies. Most of the trolling remains in the top 10 feet of water. PowerBait in water around 20 feet deep remains the offering of choice. The shrimp beds also were fishing well, and catches have picked up in the Cheese Holes.

EMIGRANT - The water remains high but warming, and that has triggered a good bass and panfish bite during the day. Most of the warmwater fish are off points and around the willows. Trout are biting worms in the channel of the Emigrant Arm.
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.

FISH - The Forest Service boat ramp is closed this weekend for resurfacing. Trout fishing is good near the resort and around the stumps at the far end of the lake. Slow trolling lures and flashers is decent; still-fishing with PowerBait remains steady.

TENMILE - Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent. Bass have been caught in shallow water around willows or other trees in the water using jigs. When the water temperature gets over 60 degrees spinner baits and topwater baits start to become effective for catching bass. Yellow perch, bluegills and crappies should be biting with warming water temperatures. Small jigs with a twister tail or piece of worm are a great choice for panfish. Concentrate your fishing efforts around weedlines or other structure like submerged trees or docks.

LOST CREEK - Trout and bass fishing remain good near the dam, the rocky area directly across from the Lost Creek Lake Marina and wind-drifting upstream of Peyton Bridge is proving very good with salmon roe or worms. Bass fishing has improved in the shallows and around structure.
The water surface temperature is up to 63 degrees this week, allowing for more active smallmouth bass.

LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing for recently stocked rainbow trout and kokanee have been good. Try slowly trolling Wedding Ring or Triple Teaser lures. Fishing for brown trout has been slow.

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. Warmer afternoons and evenings have been best.

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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