Lake Outlook

AGATE - Bass fishing has tapered off, and very little activity is occurring at the lake. Afternoon fishing for bluegill and crappie should be good with worms.

APPLEGATE - The lake continues to drop quickly, with in-flows plummeting to 25 cubic feet per second and out-flows of 259 cfs to keep chinook salmon redds full of water in the river below. Trout fishing is holding on near the dam and off points for trollers working the top 15 feet of water. Woolly buggers and Triple Teasers spiked with a piece of worm are a good bet. Bass fishing is good on cloudy days 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 - Fishing for bluegill is good. Fishing with bait, either from a bobber or on the bottom with weight, is the easiest presentation here.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - The lake closes Friday evening for the season. Late-season fishing is a mix of small bass and trout, with still-fishing with worms or PowerBait good. Trollers should go slow. 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 - The lake closes to angling Friday evening for the season. Late-season trout fishing is good for trollers working the old creek channel. Some trout catches have occurred off the BLM campground in deeper water.

Largemouth bass are very abundant and easy to catch on worms, small spinners and top-water baits over the weed beds.

DIAMOND - The lake's season ends Friday evening. This year's fingerling trout are 10-12 inches long and keeping anglers busy at the south end of the lake. A good complement of 16-inch rainbows remains in the lake as well. Good late-season fishing usually occurs in the shallows near the north end. Trolling woolly bugger flies or Triple Teasers also is good at dusk. The speed limit remains 10 mph all day.

EMIGRANT - There's very little pressure from anglers on the water, though trout fishing should be improving off points and near the dam. Bass fishing is fair to good in the early morning and evening. 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.

FISH - Lunker trout released there recently remain around the Forest Service boat ramp and near the resort. Trollers are catching them, as are those floating PowerBait off the bottom. A few trout have been caught on worms about six feet under a bobber.

TENMILE - Largemouth bass fishing remains very good. Bass have been caught in shallow water around willows or other trees in the water using jigs.

LOST CREEK - A public-health advisory issued a month ago remains in effect due to a bloom of toxic blue-green algae. People and pets are advised, but not required, to steer clear of the water 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. A few people are fishing the lake and they are catching plenty of rainbow trout around 12 inches long.

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 - Fishing has been good on stocked trout and bass, with trolling and still-fishing doing equally well. Warmer afternoons and evenings have been best. The boat ramps remain open and usable.

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