Lake Outlook: Sept. 30, 2010

AGATE - Bank fishing is slow, and the lake is just 29 percent full. Wind-drifting worms for crappie and largemouth bass remains good from boats. No gas motors allowed.

APPLEGATE - The reservoir is down 69 feet from full. Trolling for planted juvenile chinook salmon has been good off points, especially with Wedding Rings spiced with a piece of worm. Water levels are low enough that just the French Gulch ramp remains usable.

EMIGRANT - The lake is down to about one-third full. Trolling for trout remains fair early in the morning in the lake's lower half, mostly with Wedding Ring lures spiked with a piece of worm. Stay in deeper water near the dam. Look for catches to improve with the cooling weather. Bass and panfish are dispersed among the willows and near Songer Wayside.

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

HOWARD PRAIRIE - Trout fishing has heated up now that the water has cooled, and the lake was stocked recently with 1,000 large and 200 trophy rainbow trout. Still-fishing and trolling have produced good catches, with rainbow or chartreuse PowerBait best when fished near lake-bed shelves. Trollers working the deepest part of the lake with green-and-brass Wedding Rings and Tazmanian Devils are doing well.

HYATT - Another 1,000 large and 200 trophy trout were stocked here recently, and coupled with cooling water temperatures, the trout fishing has really picked up. Still-fishing and trolling have worked equally well, with rainbows well distributed throughout the lake.

DIAMOND - Trout fishing has continued to improve throughout the lake now that the water has cooled. Still-fishers are doing better with worms and bobbers because it's tough to find weedless areas to fish PowerBait. The trout have dispersed well in the lake, but good action has occurred in waters 10-20 feet deep.

EXPO - The pond has almost been cleaned out of this year's stocked trout. Most anglers are using a mix of PowerBait, small Panther Martin lures, streamer flies and worms.

LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing for kokanee and rainbow trout has improved with cooler water conditions. Still-fishing is best with chartreuse or rainbow-colored PowerBait in about 10 to 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 is under a public-health advisory against water contact because of a blue-green algae bloom.

FISH - The lake this week was infused with 900 trophy trout, with good action near the resort and the Forest Service boat ramp. Still-fishing with rainbow or chartreuse PowerBait has worked best.

WILLOW LAKE - Low lake levels have made it tough to launch boats at the campground, so trolling activity is nonexistent. Still-fishers are faring OK in the early morning and evening off the bank with chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait.

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

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

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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