Lake Outlook

AGATE - Bass and crappie fishing has been on-again, off-again due to the various storm fronts that have moved through the region. But it will steadily improve for both species.

Top-water fishing around shoreline structure is best in the evening for bass. The crappie are getting active near the willows, and the largemouth are prowling the shorelines. You can catch crappie on red or pink jigs, and the bass are taking various colors of plastic worms and grubs.

APPLEGATE - The lake was 17 feet from full Wednesday and creeping up as cooler weather has dropped the in-flow in half over the past week.

The Hart-Tish Park ramp and facilities are scheduled to open Friday, improving access to the lower regions of the reservoir favored by smallmouth bass.

The lake was stocked last 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.

EMIGRANT - The lake was stocked last 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 continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - The lake is fishing best for anglers trolling Wedding Ring or Triple Teaser lures spiced with a worm or PowerBait. Wind-drifting worms also is good.

The majority of the trout are running 10 to 15 inches. About 10,000 legal-sized rainbows were stocked two weeks ago and are plentiful.

Bank-fishing is fair off the resort access jetty.

HYATT - The lake is ice-free and fishing fair to good for nice-sized rainbow trout on worms and PowerBait. Trolling has been slow.

Largemouth bass fishing will remain slow until the water warms.

DIAMOND - Ice-fishing was good near the resort for anglers dangling PowerBait or worms a few feet under the ice. Holes should not be larger than 12 inches in diameter for safety.

The water near Silent Creek is open and fishing there has been good on bait.

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

LAKE of the WOODS - The lake's ice remains thick in the middle 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 two feet from full.

Bigger trout are biting worms and single salmon eggs upstream of Peyton Bridge, where a no-wake zone remains.

MEDCO POND - The lake was stocked with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout last week. Trout fishing over the weekend was good. Fishing for bluegill was good as well. Fishing a worm on the bottom was the most productive technique.

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.

WILLOW LAKE -The lake has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. The county park and boat ramp are open. Try using floating bait or worms. Casting or trolling lures or flies can also be effective. Bass and panfish are getting more active with the warmer weather.

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