Lake Outlook: June 24, 2010

AGATE - The lake is fishing well for largemouth bass. Rubber worms and grubs are working. Focus near structure close to shore. Trolling for trout is fair to good on Wedding Ring lures.

APPLEGATE - The lake is fishing very well for a mix of rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. Trout are scattered throughout the lake, with trolling of Wedding Rings and Tazmanian Devils working well off points and in the upper stretches. Smallmouth are biting crank baits and rubber worms near the dam's face and in warmer arms like French Gulch. The lake is full.

EMIGRANT - The lake is 97 percent full, and trolling for trout remains very good in the lake's lower half. Most slow trolling with conventional lures is working, with Wedding Ring lures spiked with a piece of work working best. Bass and panfish are starting to move toward the shallows, and catches of them have improved.

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 be very good for rainbow trout in the 11- to 14-inch range. Trollers continue to do best on green-and-brass Wedding Rings and Tazmanian Devils. Still fishers, however, seem to be doing better using chartreuse PowerBait or worms with single salmon eggs. Bank activity continues to be best off the marina jetty and off points on the lake's northwest end. The Willow Point boat ramp is closed for construction. The lake is 80 percent full.

HYATT - Trout fishing remains good to very good for trollers catching legal-sized rainbows along the lake's southeast end. Fishing is best from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Bank anglers with PowerBait and worms are getting the larger fish, but very light leaders are needed. Trollers using green-and-brass Wedding Rings or Triple Teasers have caught limits of mostly smaller rainbows. The lake is 89 percent full.

DIAMOND - The lake continues to fish very well for a mix of rainbow trout ranging from 11 to 20-plus inches. A few six-pounders are caught weekly. Anglers can keep just one trout over 20 inches a day as part of their five-fish daily limit. Still-fishing is outproducing trolling, with most of trout getting caught in 15 to 20 feet of water and closer to the surface. Fly-fishermen using midges and leech patterns are starting to pick up fish, but wind conditions have been difficult this week. The north and south ramps are open.

EXPO - The pond continues to fish fair to good for recently stocked rainbow trout. A variety of methods are working. Most anglers are using PowerBait, small spinners, 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. Trollers using conventional hardware also are doing well.

LOST CREEK - A blue-green algae bloom at the lake has ended, and trollers are starting to pick up rainbows near the dam and upstream of Peyton Bridge. That stretch is a no-wake zone, so slow down. Triple Teasers and Wedding Rings spiced with a piece of worm have remained fan favorites there. Ford Fenders are helping attract the trout.

FISH - Fishing is very good for legal-sized rainbows, with good catches near the shore around the resort and the Forest Service boat ramp, which is open. Rainbows are running 12 to 15 inches, with some in the 18-inch range.

WILLOW LAKE - The lake was stocked recently with rainbow trout, but fishing activity remains slow due to the bloom of blue-green algae that has health state and county health officials recommending no contact with lake water.

FOURMILE - Fishing for rainbow trout is fair to good with PowerBait or worms off the bottom.

SELMAC - The lake was stocked recently with more legal-sized rainbow trout, and catches were good on worms and single salmon eggs, smallish Panther Martin lures and PowerBait.

KLAMATH - Fishing for big rainbow trout is improving for those trolling spoons.

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