Lake Outlook

AGATE - Bass and crappie fishing has improved with the warmer weather. The crappie are getting active near the willows, and the largemouth are prowling the shorelines. Catch crappie on red or pink jigs, and the bass are taking various colors of plastic worms and grubs.

APPLEGATE - The lake was 22 feet from full Wednesday and creeping up as warm weather shot the in-flows to more than 700 cubic feet per second.

The lake was stocked this past week with 12,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and that should jump-start the trout fishery. Trolling Tasmanian Devils with flashers will work, as will wind-drifting worms.

Smallmouth bass are starting to move toward shore and catches are improving. The Copper boat ramp is open, and Hart-Tish Park is set to open May. 1.

Anglers can keep up to five 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.

EMIGRANT - The lake was stocked this week with 3,500 legal-sized trout, and most of the fishing activity remains near shore around the ramp at Emigrant Lake County Park.

Use worms or PowerBait, testing at various depths. Bass and perch fishing is picking up in the willows around Songer Wayside, and trout fishing for holdover trout was improving with PowerBait in the Emigrant Arm.

A standing public-health advisory issued last year continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - The lake is ice-free for Saturday's opener and catches should be very good off the resort jetty on PowerBait. About 10,000 legal-sized rainbow trout were stocked April 16.

Trollers can work the north side of the lake with Tasmanian Devils and Triple Teasers. Still-fishing from anchored boats in 10 to 12 feet of water should be good also.

HYATT - The lake is ice-free for Saturday's opener.

Slow trolling along the southeast side should be good for rainbow trout. The lake received a dose of 14,000 rainbow trout this week.

DIAMOND - The lake remains iced over and anglers plan on cutting ice holes for ice fishing near the resort. The resort has loaner augers on hand. Holes should not be larger than 12 inches in diameter for safety.

Use worms, small jigs, small spoons or PowerBait. PowerBait will float and could tangle in your line, but it will work. The lake has about 165,000 holdover trout at least 12 inches long.

The limit is five trout a day, with only one over 20 inches allowed.

EXPO - The pond was stocked again this week with 1,300 legal-sized trout and fishing for them is good on worms, PowerBait and small spinners.

LAKE of the WOODS - Ice remains thick in the middle of the lake, but melted around the edges, making ice fishing highly dangerous.

LOST CREEK - Trolling for trout remains good for a mix of legal-sized rainbows and 15-inch holdover trout from last year's stocking.

Tasmanian Devils, Triple Teasers and Wedding Rings are the trolling lures of choice, mostly with flashers.

The lake level is up to less than six feet from full. Bigger trout are biting worms and single salmon eggs upstream of Peyton Bridge, where a no-wake zone remains.

SELMAC - The lake was stocked April 16 with another 1,200 legal-sized rainbow trout and fishing should be good with bait and small lures around the ramp.

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