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Lake Outlook

AGATE - The hot weather this week should make for a good bite on bass and crappie early in the morning and at dusk. Red or pink jigs for crappie, white, black or purple rubber worms or crankbaits for bass.

APPLEGATE - The lake has dropped to 10 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 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.

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 around the BLM campground and the Orchard.

DIAMOND - Trout fishing has slowed a bit, with the trout chasing damsel flies and dragon flies. The better catches are now in 30 to 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 and a few up to 22 inches still swimming around.

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, but the bite can be a short one. The brown trout are deep.

Bank anglers are catching mostly perch and bullheads.

LOST CREEK Lake- Fishing pressure has beefed up now that the lake is algae-free. The lake is 24 feet from full and dropping fairly quickly as inflows are about 60 percent of the out-flow at 2,000 cubic feet per second. The surface temperature is up to 72 degrees and will rise from this week's hot weather. Troll deep with flashers for trout. Smallmouth will be off points.

FISH - Still-fishing out of boats with worms or PowerBait remains good for rainbow and brown trout 13 to 15 inches. The lake is down a tad from full, but the water is warming and the trout are moving toward springs. On June 25, 10,000 juvenile steelhead, about eight inches long, were stocked. Anglers report fair to good catches of those fish.

MEDCO POND - Trout fishing is slow. Bass fishing should pick up with the heat. Fishing for bluegill is good, as well. Fishing a worm on the bottom has been the most productive technique.

WILLOW LAKE - PowerBait or worms floated off the bottom with marshmallows are good bets for trout. Trolling leeches or woolly buggers from float tubes can be great at dusk. Crappie and bass fishing are good. The county park and boat ramp are open.

LEMOLO - Fishing is moderate to slow for brown trout. The lake was stocked with 5,000 legal-sized trout and anglers have been catching rainbows from 10 to 12 inches. The resort and Poole Creek boat ramps are open. There has been no algae bloom so far this year.