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Lake Outlook

AGATE - The lake is still dropping rapidly and is now down to 54 percent of full, pushing water away from a lot of the near-shore structure that holds most of the bass and crappie. Working the deep portions of the lake with worms or rubber grubs is best for bass, crappie and bluegill.

APPLEGATE - The lake has dropped another four feet this past week and is now 27 feet from full. Bass fishing is fair to good early and at dusk. Worms are working well for smallmouth near the dam. 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 part of the reservoir favored by smallmouth bass. The Copper boat ramp also is open.

EMIGRANT - Fishing for bass and perch has tapered off a bit during the recent spate of 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, the lake's far side across from the resort, and 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 is 87 percent full and relatively stable.

HYATT - Bass fishing is very good near the dam in the Orchard and in the cove near the BLM campground. Red lures or red PowerBait work well. The fish are mostly under 7 inches but the action is heavy. Trollers working the weedline or along the old creek channel are finding a few big trout, but trout action remains light overall. The lake is still 77 percent full.

DIAMOND - Trout fishing has remained good to very good despite hot weather. The best action remains in 30 feet of water near the south end, where rainbows are hitting rainbow-colored PowerBait throughout the day. Fishing is best early in the morning. Trollers are not doing as well, but are still catching fish on Flatfish or Needlefish trolled deep and slowly.

Last year's fingerlings are up to 12 inches now. Lots of 18-inchers are in the mix.

EXPO - The pond remains fair for stocked rainbow trout on worms, small spinners or PowerBait.

LAKE of the WOODS - Brown trout fishing is fairly good for those trolling deep in the few hours after sunset. Early-morning fishing for kokanee is fair for trollers working the top 15 feet of water before the sun hits the water and the kokanee go deep. Bank anglers are catching bullheads and perch.

LOST CREEK - Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout, mainly early in the morning and upstream of Peyton Bridge as rainbows nose toward cooler in-flow water. The lake's surface temperature is up to 73 degrees again and likely to rise. Drift single salmon eggs or worms where the in-flow reaches stagnant water. Bass fishing is good in coves and 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 77 percent full. Fishing is better around the springs and in the deeper sections of the lake straight out from the resort.

SELMAC - Trout fishing is slow amid hot water conditions. Crappie and bluegill are biting worms or small jigs beneath bobbers. Bass fishing is fair to good with rubber worms.

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 last week and fishing for bass should be good.