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 levels remain 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 32 feet from full, or down 4 feet from last week. Look for trout by 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, but bluegill fishing 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 to 15 inches, but anglers are having to work harder for their catches. Very early morning and dusk are best, but bring insect repellent. The lake is full of weeds, so slow-trolling a woolly bugger fly about 6 feet down is a good bet. Fish are well spread out 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.

The speed limit remains 10 mph all day.

EMIGRANT - Water conditions remain fair for trout fishing near the dam and in deeper water. Bass fishing is very good in the early mornings and evenings. 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 - Trout fishing is very good with PowerBait near the Forest Service ramp, where the vast majority of the trout have been stocked. 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.

LOST CREEK - Trout fishing remains best 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 45 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 down to 69 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.

WILLOW - 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.

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