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Lake Outlook

AGATE - The lake is dropping fast now and that has slowed the bass and crappie bite a little. The lake has dropped to 82 percent full. Evenings still are best for bass and crappie. Continue to focus on the woody structure at the lake's upper end.

APPLEGATE - The lake has dropped to seven 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 morning and evening. 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 improved with the warming water. Jigs, plastic worms and crankbaits are all working for bass. Perch are biting worms and small jigs. A perch tournament planned for Saturday is centered off Highway 66 near the northwest corner of the lake.

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

HOWARD PRAIRIE - The mid-July slowdown on trout fishing has hit the lake. Trolling Wedding Ring or Triple Teasers with a piece of night crawler remains the best bet at dusk. Bass fishing has improved.

The lake was 96 percent full Wednesday.

HYATT - The lake is fishing fairly well 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 around the BLM campground and the Orchard.

DIAMOND - Trout fishing has slowed a bit as the trout are chasing damsel flies and dragon flies. The better catches are now in 30-40 feet of water with PowerBait or worms. Trolling in 20 to 25 feet of water with Flatfish or Needlefish also is good.

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 the area 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 was lifted last week. The lake is 20 feet from full now, dropping fairly quickly as inflows have failed to keep up with outflows. Smallmouth bass fishing is best in the mornings and evenings off points and submerged rocks.

Trolling for trout is fair, but 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 long. 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 last month's 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.