Lake Outlook

AGATE - Bass fishing is out-pacing crappie and trout fishing, with bluegill still active and on the bite. Water levels remain good in the far upper end. For bass, use plastic worms and grubs fished slowly off the bottom. Wind-drifting night crawlers also is a good idea.

APPLEGATE - Bass fishing remains good as water levels are dropping significantly for the first time this year. In-flows of 74 cubic feet per second are not keeping up with the out-flows of 301 cfs. The lake is now 11 feet from full, effectively taking Seattle Bar out of the fishing equation. Still, fishing remains best for trout in the upper end of the lake and off points, with mornings and evenings best. Bass fishing is good near the dam and in the Squaw Arm. Both the Hart-Tish and Copper boat ramps are open.

Anglers can keep up to five rainbow trout or stocked salmon a day, but only one fish can be longer than 20 inches. 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 has some legal-sized trout, as well as bass, crappie and bluegill. 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 - Trout fishing is fair in the early morning and at dusk, with the trout headed for deep water, as they often do in mid-July. Fishing for largemouth bass remains very good to excellent. Wind-drifting night crawlers works well. Small red spinners and crankbaits work well, also.

HYATT - Fishing for small bass in shallow inlets has been very good as the population has exploded. The Orchard, with red lures, has produced consistent bass catches, as well. Trout fishing is fair to good for still fishers around the BLM campground. Trout fishing has been fair for trollers using Triple Teasers or Wedding Ring lures. Fishing for trout is best at dusk.

DIAMOND - The lake is still fishing well for a combination of hold-over rainbow trout and this spring's complement of fish running 8-15 inches. Fish are well scattered throughout the lake, with the south end best for the holdovers. Trolling continues to be good in the evenings, while still-fishing with chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait remains very good in the early morning. Hotter temperatures have the trout more stratified and deeper in the lake. The shrimp beds near the Forest Service boat ramps remain good for PowerBait and worm anglers in the mornings. The speed limit remains 10 mph all day.

EMIGRANT - The water remains in very good condition for fishing throughout the lake, with waters in the far upper end best for a combination of rainbow trout, crappie, bass, bluegill and yellow perch. 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 found in fish sampled from the lake.

FISH - The Forest Service boat ramp is open and more legal-sized trout were scheduled for stocking there this week. A few Rogue River winter steelhead smolts also were stocked there earlier this month. Fishing is good around submerged stumps and other structure, with PowerBait and woolly bugger flies good choices. Avoid the Forest Service nets that are capturing tui chubs.

TENMILE - Largemouth bass fishing remains very good. Bass have been caught in shallow water around willows or other trees in the water using jigs. Now that hot weather has shot the water temperature skyward, spinner baits and topwater baits have become more effective for bass. Yellow perch, bluegill and crappie are more active now, as well. 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 such as 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 very good with salmon roe or worms now that the surface temperature is down to 71.4 degrees this week. Bass fishing has improved in the shallows and around structure.

The lake has dropped to almost 17 feet from full, still a few feet higher than normal for the end of July.

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 recently with legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing has been good for 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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