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Lake Outlook

AGATE - The lake is dropping fairly quickly, and is now down to 60-percent full, pulling water away from a lot of the near-shore structure that holds most of the bass and crappie. The fish are hanging deep near the middle, so fish plastic worms or grubs right off the bottom. Wind-drifting worms works well, too.

APPLEGATE - The lake has dropped another four feet this past week and is now 23 feet from full. Bass fishing is fair to good early and at dusk. Trolling for trout has been fair off points and in deeper water 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 held on despite hot weather, windy afternoons and dropping water levels. The reservoir now is 55-percent full and 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 best at dawn and dusk for trollers and still fishermen working deeper water or the water just off the dike. Trollers still prefer Wedding Ring or Triple Teasers with a piece of nightcrawler. Most of the action remains at the upper end of the lake for trout. Bass fishing has improved in the shallows and off points. The lake remains 88-percent full, which is high for mid-August.

HYATT - Bass activity remains very good near the dam in the Orchard and in the cove near the Bureau of Land Management campground. Trollers are working the weedline or deep along the old creek channel. The lake is 79-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 straight across from the resort, but the bite can be a short one. After-dark trolling for big brown trout is somewhat slow. Go slowly and deep. Bank anglers are catching mostly perch and bullheads.

LOST CREEK - Fishing has improved for rainbow trout, mainly upstream of Peyton Bridge as rainbows nose toward cooler in-flow water. The lake's surface temperature is down to 71 degrees. Drift single salmon eggs or worms where the in-flow reaches stagnant water. Bass fishing is good in coves and off points, with smallmouth dominating the catch. The largemouth have largely moved out of Catfish Cove, where they were released earlier this summer. The lake is 37 feet from full.

FISH - Still-fishing out of boats with worms or PowerBait remains very good for rainbow and brown trout 13 to 15 inches. The lake is down to 77 percent of full. Fishing is better around the springs and in the deeper sections of the lake straight out from the resort.

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

CRANE PRAIRIE - The public-health advisory for the lake is lifted as of Wednesday and fishing for bass should be good.