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Lake Outlook

AGATE - Bass and crappie fishing have improved with the warming weather and the lack of recent storm fronts. Continue to work the structure around the far side of the lake and the far upper end. The lake remains 94-percent full. 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 remains slightly more than one foot below full, and that makes for good fishing in the upper end. The Seattle Bar area has been good in the mornings and evenings. Try trolling a woolly bugger in a float tube under the bridge. Watch for falling teenagers jumping from the bridge.

Still-fishing with PowerBait or worms around Hart-Tish boat ramp is fair to good. 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 has picked up as the weather has heated up. Worms and night crawlers are best for trout now, and the action is fair. The lake was 91-percent full Wednesday.

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, where trout catches have slowed as the lake hits its typical end-of-June lull. Bait fishing with rainbow PowerBait or night crawlers is consistently decent, especially those working flats right next to drop-offs in the lake bottom. The lake was 97-percent full Wednesday. Bass fishing is picking up in the shallows and off rocky points.

HYATT - Fishing is fair for rainbow trout on worms and PowerBait. Trolling at dusk is good just off the weed lines and deep in the old creek channel. The largemouth bass are on the bite, with anything red working well.

DIAMOND - Trout fishing had slowed a bit from storm fronts and snow actually fell on the lake Tuesday, but this weekend's steady weather patterns should be good for the Rainbow $5,000 fishing derby Saturday.

Worms 7 feet under bobbers near the weeds are good, as is rainbow PowerBait. Small black flies wind-drifted under the surface also are good. Trollers are finding fish with F-4 frog Flat Fish or Triple Teasers.

The Cheese Hole is fair to good for bait fishermen, as is the shrimp beds.

Most of the trout are 12 to 15 inches, with plenty up to 19 inches long.

EXPO - The pond remains fair for stocked rainbow trout on worms, small spinners or PowerBait.

LAKE of the WOODS - Early-morning fishing for kokanee is good for trollers working the top 10 feet of water. The brown trout are hovering beneath the kokanee and catches for them on bait is fair.

LOST CREEK - Fishing pressure remains light thanks to another volunteer advisory against water contact because of a new blue-green algae outbreak that started last week.

The lake remains almost 10 feet from full.

FISH - Still-fishing out of boats with worms or PowerBait remains good for trout 13 to 15 inches. The lake was still listed Wednesday as full.

MEDCO POND - Some fresh holdover trout remain from Free Fishing Weekend. 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 - Holdover trout from Free Fishing Weekend are still biting PowerBait around the boat 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 are improving slightly as water conditions warm amid this week's warm fronts. Casting or trolling lures or flies can also be effective.