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Lake Outlook

AGATE - Bass and crappie fishing has been on-again, off-again due to the various storm fronts that have moved through the region. But it will steadily improve for both species.

Top-water fishing around shoreline structure is best in the evening for bass. The crappie are getting active near the willows, and the largemouth are prowling the shorelines. You can catch crappie on red or pink jigs, and the bass are taking various colors of plastic worms and grubs.

APPLEGATE - The lake was just seven feet from full Wednesday and ramping up quickly as the recent storm has pushed water into the reservoir. The action has slowed fishing in the upper areas of the reservoir.

The Hart-Tish Park ramp and facilities are open, improving access to the lower regions of the reservoir favored by smallmouth bass. The Copper boat ramp also is open.

The lake was stocked recently with 12,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and that should jump-start the trout fishery. Trolling Tasmanian Devils with flashers will work, as will wind-drifting worms.

Smallmouth bass are starting to move toward shore and catches are improving.

DIAMOND - Ice-fishing has tapered off as recent rains have left the ice thin and unsafe. About five acres of open water exists at the mouth of Silent Creek behind the pizza parlor. Anglers walking into this area are doing very well for trout 12 to 15 inches, with the best catches coming on PowerBait. The ice is melting quickly.

EMIGRANT - The lake was stocked recently with 3,500 legal-sized trout, and most of the fishing activity remains near shore around the ramp at Emigrant Lake County Park. Use worms or PowerBait, testing at various depths.

Bass and perch fishing is picking up in the willows around Songer Wayside, and trout fishing for holdover trout was improving with PowerBait in the Emigrant Arm.

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

EXPO - The pond was stocked recently with 1,300 legal-sized trout and fishing for them is good on worms, PowerBait and small spinners.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - Trolling Wedding Rings or Triple Teasers spiked with a piece of night crawler remains the best bet at the lake, with wind-drifting worms good, as well. Bank fishing is fair off the resort jetty, but catch rates remain higher for boat anglers.

The majority of the trout are running 10 to 15 inches. About 10,000 legal-sized rainbows were stocked there recently and are plentiful.

HYATT - The lake is ice-free and fishing fair to good for nice-sized rainbow trout on worms and PowerBait. Trolling has been slow, but bank anglers using PowerBait or night crawlers have done well along the lake's southeastern areas and near the dam.

Largemouth bass fishing will remain slow until the water warms.

LAKE of the WOODS - The lake's ice remains thick in the middle but melted around the edges, making ice fishing highly dangerous. Some anglers are finding rainbow trout while fishing in open spots around the edges, but pressure remains light.

LOST CREEK - Trolling for trout remains good for a mix of legal-sized rainbows and 15-inch holdover trout from last year's stocking. Fishing upstream of Peyton Bridge has been a bust for much of this week as heavy in-flows have moved the trout further down into the reservoir. That should change next week once the storm fronts subside.

Tasmanian Devils, Triple Teasers and Wedding Rings are the trolling lures of choice, mostly with flashers. The lake level is a hair under full.

MEDCO POND - The lake was stocked with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout recently. Trout fishing over the weekend was good. Fishing for bluegill was good, as well. Fishing a worm on the bottom was the most productive technique.

SELMAC - The lake was stocked two weeks ago with another 1,200 legal-sized rainbow trout and fishing should be good with bait and small lures around the ramp.

WILLOW LAKE - The lake has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. The county park and boat ramp are open. Try using floating bait or worms. Casting or trolling lures or flies can also be effective. Bass and panfish are getting more active with the warmer weather.