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Lake Outlook: Oct. 15, 2009

AGATE - The lake is down to about 20 percent full. Another 500 rainbow trout in the 14-inch range and 150 trophy trout will be stocked there next week. Catch them on PowerBait or worms. Focus on the boat ramp area. Bass and crappie fishing is fair, but best at dusk.

APPLEGATE - The lake dropped another 6 feet last week and is now 66 feet from full. The in-flow is up to 126 cubic feet per second, but trout are nosing into Carberry Creek's mouth. The lake is scheduled to get another 1,000 big trout and 200 trophy-sized trout next week. 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.

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 less than 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 colder nights should start cooling off the water enough that 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 about three-fourths full.

HYATT - Bass activity remains fair but will start to slow with cooler weather. The Orchard and the cove at the federal Bureau of Land Management campground are the best places to bass fish. Trout fishing is fair, but will improve today with the stocking of 1,000 rainbow trout about 14 inches long and another 50 trophy-sized rainbows. Trollers working the weed line or deep along the old creek channel are finding some big trout, but overall trout action remains light. The lake is still 71 percent full.

DIAMOND - Trout fishing remains good but cold weather and even a dusting of snow hit the lake again 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 are biting PowerBait in about 12-18 feet of water, especially near weed lines. Fishing is best in the morning, but catches have been consistent throughout the day. Trollers are not doing as well, but are still hitting fish on Flatfish or Needlefish trolled deep and slow. Last year's fingerlings are up to 12 inches, and some of this year's fingerlings are getting very close to the 8-inch minimum.

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 - Fishing is fair to good for legal-size and trophy-size trout stocked there last month. Bank-fishing with PowerBait has been effective during the day. Trolling Needlefish spiked with a piece of worm also is a good bet.

LOST CREEK - A public-health advisory against water contact and eating of fish from the lake has been lifted and the lake will be stocked with about 850 rainbow trout today. Fishing will be best for them near the Takelma and Stewart State Park boat ramps with spinners, worms and PowerBait. The lake's surface temperature has held steady at 55 degrees and the lake is a hair below normal fall level.

FISH - About 900 trophy-size rainbows were stocked in Fish Lake last week. Fishing for them has been 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. Fishing is better around the springs and in the deeper sections of the lake straight out from the resort.

SELMAC - Trout fishing is slow but will improve next week when 1,000 large trout and 150 trophy trout are scheduled to be stocked there. Fishing will be best near the boat ramp with PowerBait or worms. Crappie and bluegill are biting worms or small jigs beneath bobbers. Bass fishing is fair to good with rubber worms.

WILLOW - The lake level is low and fishing for trout is picking up. Anglers should try using floating bait or worms. Casting or trolling lures or flies can also be effective. Fishing for bass and crappie has been good.

TENMILE - A public-health advisory has been issued for the lakes warning people to avoid water contact because of an outbreak of blue-green algae there.

MEDCO POND - Trout fishing has been fair. Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill has been good.