Lake Outlook: July 22, 2010

AGATE - Largemouth bass are biting well on real worms, purple rubber worms and grubs. Crappie are hitting white jigs or wind-drifted worms. Trout fishing is slow. The surface temperature is above 70 degrees.

APPLEGATE - The lake is fishing good to very good for a mix of rainbow trout and smallmouth bass as the lake starts to drop. Trout are hovering off points and in the Seattle Bar area. Troll with Wedding Rings and green or blue Tazmanian Devils. Smallmouth are biting crank baits and rubber worms near the dam's face and in warmer arms like French Gulch. The Hart-Tish and Copper ramps are open.

EMIGRANT - The lake is down to 82 percent full and dropping. Trolling for trout is good early in the morning in the lake's lower half, mostly with Wedding Ring lures spiked with a piece of worm. Bass and panfish are dispersed among the willows on the lake's upper end.

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

HOWARD PRAIRIE - The lake continues to produce trout despite hot weather that is starting to push the rainbows deep. The lake is still three-fourths full. Trollers working the deepest part of the lake are getting trout early and around dusk, with the mid-day bite very slow. Green-and-brass Wedding Rings and Tazmanian Devils are best. Bank fishers off the jetty are doing well in the mornings and evenings using chartreuse PowerBait or worms with single salmon eggs. The Willow Point boat ramp is closed for construction.

HYATT - Trout fishing remains fair to good for evening trollers catching legal-sized rainbows along the lake's underwater channel, especially around dusk. Bank anglers with PowerBait and worms are still picking up a few big rainbows early. Bass fishing is fast and furious, but most of the fish are small. Any red lure works. The lake remains more than 80 percent full.

DIAMOND - The lake continues to fish very well for rainbows despite a public-health advisory against water contact because of a potentially toxic bloom of algae. Algae levels are lower near the north end of the lake, so anglers are focusing their efforts there. The south end has algae levels considered unhealthful. PowerBait in 12 to 18 feet of water has worked best. A heavy insect hatch has the rainbows focusing on larvae, so fly fishing with leeches and dragonfly nymphs is very good. The Cheese Hole has fished well for rainbows of late with PowerBait or worms under a bobber. Anglers can keep just one trout over 20 inches a day as part of their five-fish daily limit. The north and south ramps are open.

EXPO - The pond continues to fish fair to good for recently stocked rainbow trout with a variety of methods working. Most anglers are using a mix of PowerBait, small Panther Martin lures, streamer flies or worms. Also try single salmon eggs.

LAKE of the WOODS - Kokanee fishing is slowly picking up, but the majority of the catches have been rainbow trout on PowerBait fished near the bank. A few brown trout are getting caught at night by trollers.

LOST CREEK - The lake was stocked with legal-sized trout recently, and catches of them remain good near both boat ramps. Trolling upstream of Peyton Bridge remains very good with red or green Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings spiced with a piece of worm.

The lake's in-flow is down below 1,300 cubic feet per second, and that drop has improved trolling upstream of Peyton Bridge. Trollers near the dam are doing well. The lake is a hair under six feet from full.

FISH - Fishing remains fair to good for legal-sized rainbows, with most fishing near the middle of the lake around the resort and the Forest Service boat ramp. Rainbows are running 12 to 15 inches, with some in the 18-inch range.

WILLOW LAKE - The lake's blue-green algae levels are still hovering above levels considered safe. As a result, trout fishers have been largely non-existent. The water sources for the campground are not touched by the algae bloom and are safe for consumption.

FOURMILE - Fishing for rainbows is fair to good with PowerBait or worms off the bottom. The lake is now 77 percent full and dropping fairly rapidly.

SELMAC - The lake has warmed significantly, which has slowed the trout bite. Largemouth bass fishing is good with worms and grubs near structure, especially early in the morning. Use single salmon eggs, smallish spinners and PowerBait.

KLAMATH - Fishing for big rainbow trout is improving for those trolling spoons near the mouths of the Wood and Williamson rivers, as well as the springs near Rocky Point.

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