Lake Outlook

AGATE - Bass fishing remains best in the evenings, while the crappie and trout action has been slow amid warming water. Bluegill remain active all day, and the water remains high.

APPLEGATE - Bass fishing is best early in the morning and late in the evening off points, near the face of the dam and in the Squaw Arm. The lake is dropping quickly and it's now 28 feet from full, or down 5 feet from last week. Look for trout trolling small spoons or worms off points and near the mouths of feeder creeks where the best cool water exists. 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 appears to be fished out of stocked trout. Fishing for bluegill is very good. 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 - Smallmouth bass fishing remains very good throughout the lake, with fish hitting a variety of crankbaits, spinners and surface plugs. Trout fishing remains fair amid storm fronts that tend to put the trout off the bite. The best fishing is at dusk, either trolling streamer flies or Triple Teasers. Still-fishing is best with PowerBait along ledges next to the lake's deeper recesses.

HYATT - Fishing for smaller largemouth bass in shallow inlets has been very good as the population of small bass has exploded. The Orchard has produced consistent bass catches as well. Trout fishing is fair for PowerBait anglers 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. Very early morning and dusk are best. The gnats are subsiding a bit. The lake is full of weeds, so slow-trolling a woolly bugger fly about 6 feet down is a good bet. Fish are well spaced throughout the lake, with the south end best for 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. Hundreds of 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. The speed limit remains 10 mph all day.

EMIGRANT - Water conditions remain good near the dam and in deeper portions of the lake. A mix of trout, bass, a few large crappie and a lot of yellow perch remain available in the upper end in the willows and around Songer's Wayside. 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 open and the resurfacing project is complete, allowing better access for anglers. A few Rogue River winter steelhead smolts were also stocked there last month. Fishing is good around submerged stumps and other structures, 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. Spinner baits and topwater baits are 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 a great choice for panfish. Concentrate your fishing efforts around weedlines or other structures such as submerged trees or docks.

LOST CREEK - Trout fishing is good upstream of Peyton Bridge, where the bigger trout are congregating to get away from the lake's continuingly warmer water. Wind-drifting worms or small clusters of roe is very good. Most of the trout now have copapods on their skin. They disappear when the fish are cooked and do not pose a health hazard. The lake is dropping quickly, and it was down to more than 34 feet from full Wednesday. Bass fishing remains good in the arms and off points near structure, with early morning best. The lake's surface temperature was up to 72 degrees and likely to climb amid more hot weather later this week.

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

WILLOW - 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 has tapered off amid warming water conditions in this shallow lake. That favors bass fishing. Largemouth are hitting anything from night crawlers to jigs, crankbaits and grubs.

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