Lake Outlook: Oct. 29, 2010

AGATE - The lake was stocked recently with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout and fishing for them is very good with worms and PowerBait. The water is extremely low. The best bank fishing is off the dam. Trolling is good with Wedding Ring lures spiced with a piece of worm. No gas motors are allowed.

APPLEGATE - Trollers using Flatfish or Triple Teasers are doing well for the large and trophy trout stocked there earlier this month. The lake is very low but the French Gulch boat ramp is usable, while Hart-Tish Park is closed. Bank fishing is tough because the lake is so low. Smallmouth bass are getting caught near the dam and off points in shallower water.

EMIGRANT - The lake is down to about one-quarter full, hurting angling effort there. Trolling for trout has improved with the cooler water, and most of the action is on the lower third of the reservoir near the dam. Troll red Tazmanian Devils or Wedding Ring lures spiked with a piece of worm. The bass and panfish are dispersed among the willows and near Songer Wayside but getting less active.

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

HOWARD PRAIRIE - This is the last weekend of angling at the lake, and those fishing can expect cold temperatures but good catches, particularly of the 1,000 large and 200 trophy rainbow trout stocked there earlier this month. Trollers should stay out of the shallow north end, where a few propellers were broken recently in the low water. Still-fishing and trolling have both produced good catches, with rainbow or chartreuse PowerBait best when fished near changes in the lake bottom.

HYATT - The lake closes to fishing Sunday evening. The water is down to two-thirds full and boat access is poor now that the Bureau of Land Management has closed access to its campground and boat ramp on the lake's southeast end. Another 1,000 large and 200 trophy trout were stocked there recently, and fishing for them has been very good with PowerBait for those anchored near The Orchard.

DIAMOND - The lake closes to fishing Sunday evening. Last-minute trout anglers should find cold, snowy weather but great catches of rainbows fishing with worms and bobbers or PowerBait. The trout have dispersed well throughout the lake, but good action has occurred in water 10-20 feet deep.

EXPO - The pond continues to fish fair for stocked rainbow trout and a few bass. Most anglers are using a mix of PowerBait, small Panther Martin lures, streamer flies or worms.

LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing for brown and rainbow trout was very good again the past week as cooler weather jump-started the bite. Still-fishing remains best with chartreuse or rainbow-colored PowerBait in about 10-15 feet of water. A few brown trout are getting caught early in the morning or at night by trollers using large Rapalas or Kastmasters in the deepest sections of the lake.

LOST CREEK - Another 900 trophy trout were stocked recently at the lake, split between the marina ramp at Stewart State Park and the Takelma Ramp. Fishing has been good for them either trolling or still-fishing, particularly near the Takelma side. The lake remains under a public-health advisory against water contact because of a blue-green algae bloom.

FISH - The lake last week received another 900 trophy trout, and there's been good action near the resort and the Forest Service boat ramp. Catches are better for those trolling Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings than for those still-fishing off the bank.

WILLOW LAKE - The lake remains under a public-health advisory against water contact because of a blue-green algae bloom.

FOURMILE - Fishing for rainbows is good for trollers fishing deep with Kastmasters or other spoons. The lake is slightly less than one-third full.

SELMAC - The lake's starting to cool off, and that should help the trout bite. No fall trout stocking is planned for Selmac.

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