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Lake Outlook

AGATE - The hot weather this week should mean that early morning and dusk will be the best times to go for bass and crappie. Look for the fish to hold around structure and in deeper sections of the lake. Wind-drifting night crawlers now works well for all species.

APPLEGATE - The lake has dropped another three feet this past week and is now 13 feet from full, taking Seattle Bar out of the mix for good fishing opportunities. Bass fishing is fair to good early and at dusk. Trolling for trout has been fair off points and in deeper waters with flashers and Needlefish or night crawlers. Bank fishing with worms and PowerBait is fair for trout in the Copper and Hart-Tish Park areas.

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 improved with the warming water. The lake has dropped to 71 percent of full and is sliding downward quickly as irrigation needs sap the 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 slow-down on trout fishing continues at the lake. Trolling Wedding Ring or Triple Teasers with a piece of night crawler remains the best bet at dusk. Most of the action remains at the upper end of the lake for trout. Bass fishing has improved.

HYATT - Rainbow trout fishing is fair 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 are still gorging themselves on underwater insects. The better catches remain 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 and a few to 22 inches.

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 fair 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.

After-dark trolling for big brown trout is fair. Go slowly and deep. Bank anglers are catching mostly perch and bullheads.

LOST CREEK - Fishing pressure has increased now that the lake remains algae-free. The lake is 27 feet from full now. The surface temperature is up to 74 degrees and likely will rise from this week's scorching weather. Troll deep with flashers for trout. Smallmouth will be off points.

FISH - Still-fishing out of boats with worms or PowerBait remains fair to good for rainbow and brown trout 13 to 15 inches. The lake was down significantly this past week, and now it is 89 percent full. Fishing is better around the springs.

MEDCO POND - Trout fishing is slow. Bass fishing should pick up with the heat. Fishing for bluegill was 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.