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Lake Outlook

AGATE - Water conditions are improving but fishing for bass and crappie remains slow for this time of year. Bass anglers using top-water baits continue to work the lake's edges, and a few crappie are biting at the far upper end of the lake in the willows. Small black flies and jigs work best. Try red, purple and chartreuse jigs. Remember, no gas motors are allowed on the lake.

APPLEGATE - Both the Hart-Tish and Copper boat ramps are open, and fishing around them with worms or PowerBait has been good for recently released trout. Bass fishing is starting to pick up as fish are moving into the shallows. High inflows have made bass fishing best in the lower section of the reservoir.

Anglers can keep up to five rainbow trout or stocked salmon a day, but only one fish can be more than 20 inches long. Also, no bass between 12 and 15 inches can be kept, and only one bass larger than 15 inches can be kept.

EMIGRANT - The lake was stocked again recently with legal-sized rainbow trout, and fishing for them has been good around the county boat ramp at the bottom end of the lake. PowerBait or worms off the bottom have been best. Bass and crappie anglers should work the willows along the upper edges of the lake, but catches are light. Bait is best now because the water remains cold and murky. A health advisory has been issued about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.

EXPO - The pond was stocked recently with legal-sized rainbow trout and fishing for them is good. Angling for bass and panfish should be good as well. Fishing bait, either from a bobber or on the bottom with weight, is the easiest presentation here.

DIAMOND - Most of the ice melted off the lake last weekend and fishing greatly improved Sunday as the lake turned over. About 13,000 rainbow trout were stocked over the weekend at the north boat ramp, and they were quickly getting caught on worms, small Rooster Tail lures and PowerBait. Most of the fish were hanging in the top half of the water column. The shrimp beds also were fishing well, but the Cheese Hole was a little slow. The south end contained some ice, but it was quickly melting amid mid-week rains.

FISH - The lake is ice-free and fishing fairly well for trout near the Forest Service boat ramp near the resort, where all the stocking has occurred. Fly-fishing is starting to improve with woolly buggers and large leeches.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - Trolling and still-fishing for trout is picking up and catches have been good for a range of rainbow trout from recent stockings of legal-sized fish to 18-inch holdovers. A few anglers trolling Triple Teasers also have done well. Focus on waters 15 feet or less.

HYATT - Trout fishing is starting to pick up as water temperatures are warming. Wind-drifting worms or small Flatfish has been good for some boaters, while slowly trolling Triple Teasers near the weed lines is a good bet, as well. Bait fishing is good, with worms and Rainbow PowerBait the top choices.

Bass fishing is slow but catches of smaller largemouth should pick up after this weekend's hot weather.

LEMOLO - The lake is ice-free and freshly stocked with legal-sized rainbows to complement brown trout. Catches are decent but should be better once water temperatures warm.

LOST CREEK - The lake has been drawn down by more than seven feet to make room for high inflows expected over the next few weeks as snowmelt has shot up. Flows into the reservoir were almost 4,000 cubic feet per second, and that pushes the fishing lower in the reservoir.

Fishing for stocked rainbow trout is good off the bank and for trollers. Bank anglers are using worms and PowerBait, while trollers are doing best with Wedding Ring lures spiced with a small piece of worm. Don't use a whole worm; it triggers short-strikes and frustration.

Water surface temperatures have been fluctuating dramatically, and that has slowed the bass bite. Mid-day bass fishing can been good in shallows with jigs and grubs. Fly-fishing for rainbow trout is good with streamer flies near the Takelma boat ramp.

TENMILE - Crappie and bluegill fishing has been excellent on worms, small jigs and small nymph flies. Bass fishing is very good with jigs around shallow-water structures, but look for crankbaits and top-water baits to be good choices as water temperatures continue to rise.