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Lake Outlook

AGATE - The scorching weather this week means early morning and dusk will be best 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 3 feet this past week and is now 16 feet from full, taking Seattle Bar out of the good fishing opportunities. Trout fishing has been fair with worms and PowerBait. Trolling with wedding ring lures has been good in the mornings and evenings. Smallmouth bass fishing has been fair, as well. 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, as is the Copper boat ramp.

EMIGRANT - Bass and perch fishing have stayed steady with the warming water. The lake level is sliding downward quickly as irrigation needs sap up 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 - Trout fishing has slowed with the hot weather. Fishing deeper water is the best bet. Bank anglers have reported success using PowerBait and worms, especially at Grizzly campground and at the resort off the jetty. Boat anglers are having some success trolling with flashers, crankbaits and wedding ring lures. Fishing is good for largemouth and smallmouth bass.

HYATT - Fishing has been fair for rainbow trout, with some good-sized fish being landed. Trolling off the weed lines and in the old creek channel at dusk is a good bet. Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent.

DIAMOND - Trout fishing is fair to slow. 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 can also scare up some fish. Most of the trout are 12-15 inches, with plenty up to 19 inches long. The biggest fish landed at the lake this year has been 7 pounds.

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 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 beefed up now that the lake remains algae-free. The surface temperature is up to 78.4 degrees and likely will rise another notch with this week's scorching weather. Troll deep with flashers for trout. Smallmouth will be off points. Some decent size largemouth have been caught. The ODFW, along with several local bass angling clubs, recently transferred more than 2,500 largemouth bass into the reservoir. While it is legal to harvest these fish as part of the regular bass bag limit, anglers are encouraged to release the largemouth bass.

FISH - Fishing for rainbow and brook trout has been good, with a number of larger fish being landed. With the water getting warmer, look for trout in the areas around the springs. On June 25, 10,000 juvenile steelhead were stocked, and anglers report fair to good catches.

MEDCO POND - Trout fishing is slow. Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill has been good. Fishing a worm just off the bottom, casting lures and trolling have all been productive.

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.