Lake Outlook

AGATE - Bass, bluegill and crappie fishing are excellent for this time of year. Grubs and plastic worms fished off the rocks have been working well. The crappie bite is in full swing in the lake's far upper reaches near the willows. Soon the fish will start to move toward deeper parts of the lake. Try red, purple and chartreuse jigs. A large catfish was caught last week on a worm near the dam's outlet. No gas motors are allowed on the lake.

APPLEGATE - Both the Hart-Tish and Copper boat ramps are open, and fishing around them with worms or PowerBait has been good for rainbow trout. Bass fishing is still good in the shallows and around submerged trees. The lake remains a hair under full. The Seattle Bar area continues to be good for a mix of rainbow trout and bass. The water there remains cold.

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 longer than 15 inches can be kept.

EXPO - The pond still is fair to good for stocked rainbow trout, and is better for bluegill and bass now that the water has warmed. Fishing with 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 have inched up and catches of both hold-over and legal-sized trout remain fair to good. 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 have remained solid choices. Evening fly-fishing also is good in the Grizzly Campground area.

HYATT - Some trophy trout stocked in the lake for Free Fishing Weekend remain 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 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. PowerBait in the shrimp beds at the far end of the lake is also producing very well in the morning. Most of the trolling remains in the top 10 feet of water. PowerBait in water around 20 feet deep remains the offering of choice.

EMIGRANT - The water remains high but is warming, and that has kept a good bass and panfish bite going far longer than normal. 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 scheduled to reopen early next week after some resurfacing work. When it does, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife might stock an extra 1,000 legal-sized rainbow trout there as early as Monday. Trout fishing is good near the resort and around the stumps at the far end of the lake. Slow trolling with lures and flashers is decent; still-fishing with PowerBait remains steady.

TENMILE - Largemouth bass fishing remains 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 bass. Yellow perch, bluegill and crappie should be biting with the warming water. Small jigs with a twister tail or piece of worm are a great choice for panfish. Concentrate your fishing efforts around structure like submerged trees or docks.

LOST CREEK - Trout and bass fishing remain good near the dam and near the rocky area directly across from the Lost Creek Lake Marina. Wind-drifting upstream of Peyton Bridge is proving very good with salmon roe or worms and this will be the top bet for rainbow trout through the rest of the summer. Bass fishing has improved in the shallows and around structure.

The water surface temperature is up to 65 degrees this week, meaning more activity is shifting toward smallmouth bass and away from rainbows.

LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing for recently stocked rainbow trout and kokanee has 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 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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