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Lake Outlook

AGATE - Bass and crappie fishing has waned during the recent string of storms, but some good evening fishing is happening when lightning doesn't chase boats off the water. Plastic worms and grubs are working along shoreline structure. The crappie are most active near the willows, and the largemouth are prowling the shorelines. You can catch crappie on red or pink jigs.

APPLEGATE - The lake is full and was stocked again recently with 9,000 legal-sized trout and 500 trophy-sized trout. Still-fishing around Hart-Tish boat ramp for these stocked fish is fair to good. The fish seem to have scattered rather quickly. Trolling for trout remains good in early mornings and evenings with Wedding Ring lures and worms, and the slower the better. Fishing is good with worms and PowerBait in the Seattle Bar area.

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.

EMIGRANT - Fishing for bass and perch is slow in the upper end of the reservoir because of cool water. Evening fishing has been poor thanks to the storms that have moved in nightly. Trolling Wedding Rings for trout has been fair to good. The fish are starting to move deep.

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

HOWARD PRAIRIE - Trolling Wedding Ring or Triple Teasers with a piece of night crawler remains the best bet at the lake, with wind-drifting worms also good. Bank fishing with chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait is best in the early morning 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 fishing is fair to good, for 15- to 20-inch 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.

DIAMOND - Trout fishing has slowed a bit but remains very good early in the morning and around dusk. Rainbow PowerBait is best in the Cheese Hole, the shrimp beds and the south end of the lake. Trolling and wind-drifting worms also is good throughout the day. Most of the catches are in 15 to 25 feet of water. Most of the trout are 13- to 18-inches long.

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

LAKE of the WOODS - Trout fishing is fair to good, with rainbow catches best in the early morning. Brown trout fishing at night has been fair but catches should improve with warmer conditions.

LOST CREEK - Trolling for trout remains good for a mix of legal-sized rainbows and 15-inch holdover trout from last year's stocking. The lake is full. The surface temperature has jumped to 62 degrees, and that should jump this weekend under smallmouth-friendly conditions.

FISH - Still-fishing out of boats with worms or PowerBait has been very good for trout 13 to 15 inches.

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 late last month with 1,200 legal-sized rainbow trout and fishing should be good with bait and small lures around the ramp. Bass fishing is very good now that the lake has warmed.

WILLOW LAKE -The lake has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. The county park and boat ramp are open. Crappie and bass fishing remain a bit slow but look for catches to improve as water conditions warm amid this week's warm fronts. Casting or trolling lures or flies can be effective here.