Lake Outlook

AGATE - Bass fishing is still better than crappie and trout action, with bluegill 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 - Both trout and bass fishing have been good at the lake, which is now 15 feet from full. Look for trout by trolling small spoons or worms off points and near the mouths of feeder creeks where the best cool water exists. Fishing for bass is good near the dam, in coves and off shallow points near structure.

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 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 has some legal-sized trout, plus bass, crappie and bluegill. Fishing with bait, either from a bobber or on the bottom with weight, is best 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 trout primarily hunkered down in deep water most of the day. Fishing for largemouth bass remains very good to excellent. Wind-drifting night crawlers works well, as do small red spinners and crankbaits.

HYATT - Fishing for smaller bass in shallow inlets has been very good. The Orchard 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 holdover rainbow trout and this spring's complement of fish running 10-15 inches, but anglers are having to work harder for their catches. Fish are well spread out, 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. Golden shiners have been found in the lake recently, triggering a reminder that live fish are illegal as bait and cannot be transported without permit.

EMIGRANT - The water remains in surpassingly good condition for fishing throughout the lake for the start of August, 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 in fish.

FISH - The Forest Service boat ramp is open and more legal-sized trout were stocked there last week. A few Rogue River winter steelhead smolts also were stocked there this month. Fishing is good around submerged stumps and other structure, with PowerBait and woolly buggers 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 water temperatures up, spinners and topwater baits have become more effective for bass. Yellow perch, bluegill and crappie all are more active now as well. Small jigs with a twister tail or piece of worm are great for panfish. Concentrate efforts around weedlines or other structure.

LOST CREEK - Trout and bass fishing remain good near the dam and 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 68 degrees this week. Bass fishing has improved in the shallows and around structure.

The lake has dropped to almost 22 feet from full, about 5 feet lower than last week but still a few feet higher than normal for the end of July.

LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing for recently stocked rainbows and kokanee has been very good with PowerBait floated about 5 feet off the weed beds. Trollers are getting fewer fish while trolling Wedding Ring or Triple Teaser lures. Fishing for brown trout has been fair.

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