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Lake Outlook

AGATE - The hot weather this week and recent storms mean 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 nightcrawlers now works well for all species. The lake is dropping quickly and is now 64 percent full.

APPLEGATE - The lake dropped another 3 feet this past week and is now 19 feet from full. 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 nightcrawlers. 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 stayed steadily good, especially in the evening. The lake has dropped to 60 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 - Trout fishing is fair to good at dusk for trollers and still fishermen working deeper water. Trolling Wedding Ring or Triple Teasers with a piece of nightcrawler remains the best bet at dusk. Most of the action remains at the upper end of the lake for trout. Bass fishing has improved. The lake remains 90 percent full.

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. The lake is now 81 percent full.

DIAMOND - Trout fishing has remained fair to good despite hot weather. 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 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 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 bullhead.

LOST CREEK - Fishing pressure remains strong, and the reservoir is still algae-free. The lake is 34 feet from full now. The surface temperature is up to 75 degrees and likely to stay high during hot weather and storm fronts that are moving through the region. Troll deep with flashers for trout. Smallmouth will be off points. The largemouth bass stocked earlier this summer in Catfish Cove have spread out.

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 is now 80 percent full. Fishing is better around the springs and in the deeper sections of the lake.

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

WILLOW LAKE - PowerBait or worms floated off the bottom with marshmallows remain good bets for trout. Trolling leeches or woolly buggers from float tubes can be great at dusk. Crappie and bass fishing are a little slow, chiefly because yellow perch are dominating the catch. The county park and boat ramp are open.