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Lake Outlook

AGATE - Bass and crappie fishing remain good in the mornings and evenings around structure, and the far upper end of the reservoir has improved with the warming weather. Continue to work the structure around the far side of the lake and the far upper end. The lake is at 92 percent full.

APPLEGATE - The lake has dropped to 4 feet from full, and that has slowed fishing for trout in the Seattle Bar area. Trolling woolly buggers slowly in the upper end of the lake is good for rainbow trout, mostly in the mornings and evenings. Bank fishing with worms and PowerBait is fair for trout in the Copper and Hart-Tish Park areas. Bass fishing is fair and the bass are moving closer to shore.

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 warmed. 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. The lake was 87 percent full Wednesday, thanks to some aggressive drawing down for irrigators in recent hot weather. Bass fishing is picking up in the shallows and off rocky points.

HYATT - The lake is fishing 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. Largemouth bass are on the bite, with anything red working well.

DIAMOND - Trout fishing had slowed a bit, with slow trollers and still fishers doing best. Weed growth has made PowerBait difficult to fish effectively. Worms fished about 7 feet under a bobber is a good choice, particularly before the sun hits the water.

Trollers are finding fish with F-4 frog Flat Fish or Triple Teasers, mostly in deep water.

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 in waters straight across from the resort. Once the sun hits the water, the kokanee go deep and seem to scatter. The brown trout are hovering beneath the kokanee and catches for them on bait is fair early in the morning. Bank anglers are catching mostly perch and bullheads.

LOST CREEK - Fishing pressure has beefed up now that the algae-related health advisories have been lifted. The lake is about 15 feet from full. Smallmouth bass fishing is best in the mornings and evenings off points and submerged rocks. Trolling for trout is fair, and anglers working the dam area are finding some fish in the 15- to 18-inch range.

FISH - Still-fishing out of boats with worms or PowerBait remains good for rainbow and brown trout 13 to 15 inches. The lake was down a tad from full, but the water is warming and the trout are moving toward springs.

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.

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 good on warm days. Casting or trolling lures or flies can also be effective for rainbows.