Lake Outlook

AGATE - Bass fishing is starting to spread out throughout the day as cooler weather sets in. Crappie fishing has picked up on red and purple jigs fished under bobbers or off the bottom in deep water.

APPLEGATE - The lake is down to 53 feet from full, and the drop has trout and bass a bit confused. For trout, Triple Teasers spiked with a piece of worm is a good bet. Bass fishing remains best early and at dusk, with topwater baits working well at nightfall off points and near structure.

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 has seen very little fishing activity, but those who show can fish for a smattering of warmwater species with bobbers and worms.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - Trout fishing has started to pick up again as cooler air and colder nights are starting to cool the lake some.

Late September often brings a spike in fishing for the smaller trout. Early morning is best for bait anglers fishing along shelves and around the channel. Evening anglers are doing all right trolling woolly bugger flies, Tasmanian Devils or Triple Teasers. Smallmouth bass fishing remains very good throughout the lake, with fish hitting a variety of crankbaits, spinners and surface plugs. The vast majority of the fish are very small.

HYATT - Cooler nights have helped jump-start the lake's trout fishing. 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. Smallmouth bass are very abundant and easy to catch on worms, small spinners and top-water baits over the weed beds.

DIAMOND - New moss patches along the lake bottom make PowerBait difficult at times to fish now. Worms fished 6 feet or so under bobbers continue to get the attention of trout throughout the day. Evening and first light, however, remain best. Most of the fish are 12 to 16 inches now and they are packing on the weight from excellent insect hatches. Trolling woolly bugger flies or Triple Teasers also is good at dusk.

The speed limit remains 10 mph all day.

EMIGRANT - Water conditions remain fair for trout fishing near the dam and in deeper water, but the lake continues to drop. 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 in the middle of the lake. Worms and PowerBait are working equally well. 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 have been very effective for bass.

LOST CREEK - A public-health advisory was issued last week and remains in effect. It warns people and pets to steer clear of the lake's water, where a toxic blue-green algae bloom has gripped the lake, until further notice. Anglers who do fish should avoid touching the water or inhaling droplets, and practice catch-and-release fishing because the toxins cannot be boiled, filtered or cooked out.

The lake is dropping quickly, and it was down to 1.6 feet above the minimum pool level scheduled to be reached Dec. 1.

LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing for recently stocked rainbow trout and kokanee has remained good with PowerBait floated about five feet off the weed beds near the middle and far sides of the lake. Worms and bobbers are working well near the Boy Scout camp.

WILLOW - The lake was stocked this week with 250 trophy-sized rainbow trout and fishing should be good for them with PowerBait fished off the bottom, trolling Triple Teasers and worms and streamer flies. The boat ramps are open and accessible.

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