Lake Outlook: May 27, 2010

AGATE - The lake was stocked recently with rainbow trout, and fishing is good trolling Wedding Rings slowly at the lake's lower half. Bass are moving in the shallows.

APPLEGATE - The lake was stocked last week with legal-sized and trophy rainbows, and trollers have been catching fish regularly on Tazmanian Devils, Triple Teasers and Wedding Rings. The fish are pretty well distributed. PowerBait or single salmon eggs are catching trout in the Seattle Bar area. The lake is full. Bass fishing is slow.

The Hart-Tish ramp is open on weekends, and the Copper Ramp also is open.

EMIGRANT - The lake is almost full, and trolling for trout has been very good in the lake's lower half. Most slow trolling with conventional lures is working. The bass and panfish are starting to move toward the shallows.

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 12 to 18 inches, as well as for legal-sized rainbows stocked there recently. Trollers continue to do best on 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 reservoir is now 77 percent full and edging up slowly as new rains come and irrigation needs are lax. The Willow Point boat ramp is closed for construction.

HYATT - Trout fishing the past two weeks has been good to very good for trollers catching legal-sized rainbows along the lake's southeast end, biting best from mid-morning until mid-afternoon. The lake was stocked last week with more legal-sized rainbows for the Memorial Day weekend, and they're figuring out what to bite. Bank anglers with PowerBait and worms are getting the larger fish, but very light leaders are needed. Trollers using Wedding Rings or Triple Teasers have caught limits of mostly smaller rainbows. The lake is now 84 percent full and rising.

DIAMOND - The lake is fishing very good to excellent for a mix of rainbow trout ranging from 11-inchers to 20-plus inchers. Remember, anglers can keep just one trout over 20 inches a day as part of their five-fish daily limit. Still-fishing is out-producing trollers, with most of the trout getting caught in 10 to 15 feet of water and closer to the surface. Chartreuse, rainbow or orange PowerBait is best. Worms six feet under bobbers also is a very good choice. The south end is fishing very well, but the south boat ramp remains closed, but it was scheduled to be open this weekend.

EXPO - The pond continues to be 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. Trollers using conventional hardware are also doing well.

LOST CREEK - Another batch of legals and lunker rainbows was released recently, and the best fishing remains near the dam or upstream of Peyton Bridge. Near the dam, slow trolling works best with Tazmanian Devils or Wedding Rings spiced with a piece of worm. Still fishing is best with PowerBait, worms, single salmon eggs or worms and marshmallows floated off the bottom. The lake is full, and the lake's surface temperature is 55 degrees. That has kept bass fishing slow.

FISH - Fishing is 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, and fishing activity remains slow due largely to the bloom of blue-green algae that has state and county health officials recommending no contact with lake water.

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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