Lake Outlook

AGATE - Bass and crappie fishing should pick up this weekend as warmer weather conditions get the warmwater fish more active. 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 full Wednesday and stocked again this week with 9,000 legal-sized trout and 500 trophy-sized trout. Still-fishing around Hart-Tish boat ramp for these stocked fish should be good. Trolling for trout is good with Wedding Ring lures and worms, and the slower the better. Fishing is fair to good with worms and PowerBait in the Seattle Bar area.

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

EMIGRANT - Fishing for trout, bass and perch have all picked up as the weather conditions have improved. The Emigrant Arm is fishing well for trout and perch, with a few big crappie in the mix. Trollers off points and along the shores at the lake's lower end are doing well for rainbow trout.

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

HOWARD PRAIRIE - Trolling Wedding Ring or Triple Teasers spiked with a piece of night crawler remains the best bet at the lake, with wind-drifting worms good, as well. Bank fishing is decent and improving off the resort jetty, but catch rates remain higher for boat anglers.

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

HYATT - The lake is fishing fair to good for nice-sized rainbow trout on worms and PowerBait. Trolling has been slow, but bank anglers using PowerBait or night crawlers have done well along the lake's southeastern areas and near the dam. Largemouth bass fishing will remain slow until the water warms.

DIAMOND - The ice has melted and fishing is good for those casting PowerBait off the bank near Diamond Lake Campground and for trollers working F-4 Flatfish or Needlefish. Focus on water about 15 feet deep, especially near weed lines. Most of the trout are 12-15 inches, with plenty up to 19 inches long.

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

LAKE of the WOODS - The lake's ice has melted off and early season trout fishing is good with worms and PowerBait. Still-fishing from boats or from the bank near the resort is best.

LOST CREEK - Trolling for trout remains good for a mix of legal-sized rainbows and 15-inch holdover trout from last year's stocking. Fishing upstream of Peyton Bridge has re-emerged as good despite in-flows of almost 4,500 cubic feet per second. The lake is full. The surface temperature has jumped above 59 degrees, which is getting the bass active and is perfect for trout trolling.

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

FISH - Still-fishing out of boats with worms or PowerBait has been very good for trout 13 to 15 inches.

MEDCO POND - The lake was stocked with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout recently. 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 late last month with 1,200 legal-sized rainbow trout and fishing should be good with bait and small lures around the ramp. Bass fishing is very good now that the lake has warmed.

WILLOW LAKE -The lake has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. The county park and boat ramp are open. Crappie and bass fishing is a bit slow but look for catches to improve as the water warms. Casting or trolling lures or flies can be effective.

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