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Lake Outlook: Oct. 1, 2009

AGATE - The lake continues to drop and is down to one-quarter full. Bass and crappie fishing is fair, but best at dusk. Rubber worms fished around structure has been best. Wind-drifting worms in deep water remains good for a mix of warmwater fish.

APPLEGATE - The lake dropped another five feet last week and is now 55 feet from full. The in-flow is only a trickle, but trout are nosing into Carberry Creek's mouth. 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 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.

EMIGRANT - Fishing for bass and perch is fair to good in the mornings and evenings. Some large crappie have been caught around dusk along the lower end of the lake. Trout fishing is fair. The lake is down to just 25 percent of full and dropping.

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 at dawn and dusk for trollers and still fishermen. The lake was stocked this week with trout slightly larger than fingerling, and they should be of keepable size next spring. For now, the colder nights should start cooling off the water enough that the rainbows will start working their way toward shore. Bank fishing is best with PowerBait off the resort dike. Trollers still prefer Wedding Rings or Triple Teasers with a piece of nightcrawler. Most of the action remains at the upper end of the lake for trout. Bass fishing remains good in the shallows and off points. The lake is down to 78 percent full but it's been dropping quickly all month.

HYATT - Bass activity remains fair but it will start to drop off as the cooler weather moves into the Dead Indian Plateau. The Orchard and the cove at the federal Bureau of Land Management campground are the best and most popular places to bass fish. Most of the largemouth are 7 inches and under. Trout fishing is fair, but a few big fish are getting caught daily. Trollers working the weed line or deep along the old creek channel are finding some big trout, but the overall trout action remains light. The lake is still 72 percent full.

DIAMOND - Trout fishing remains good, but cold weather and even a dusting of snow hit the lake this week. Still-fishing around the lake's south end is best, with worms or PowerBait the top choices. Most of the trout are 18-20 inches, and they are biting PowerBait in 30 feet of water. Fishing is best early in the morning, but catches have been consistent throughout the day. Trollers are not doing as well, but they are still hitting fish on Flatfish or Needlefish trolled deep and slow. Last year's fingerlings are up to 12 inches now, and some of this year's fingerlings are starting to get at or very close to the 8-inch minimum. Double-measure the smaller fish before keeping them.

EXPO - The pond remains fair for stocked rainbow trout on worms, small spinners or PowerBait. Catches have been good for a mix of bass and bluegill.

LAKE of the WOODS - Brown trout fishing is a little slow, and fishing after sunset has been slow. 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, perch and some nice rainbows.

LOST CREEK - A public-health advisory against water contact and eating of fish from the lake remains in effect from a bloom of blue-green algae. The lake's surface temperature has dropped to 62 degrees and the lake is a hair below normal fall level.

FISH - About 900 trophy-size rainbows will be stocked in Fish Lake this week. Fishing for them should be good. Also try the North Fork of Little Butte Creek for brook trout just below the outflow of Fish Lake. 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.

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