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Lake Outlook: Oct. 27, 2009

AGATE - The lake continues to remain very low, but fishing is good for the 500 large rainbows and 150 trophy rainbows stocked there last week. Bank access is good. The trout are taking Rainbow PowerBait, worms and small spinners. The boat ramp is usable. The trout already have scattered throughout the lower end of the lake.

APPLEGATE - The lake dropped another six feet last week and is now 79 feet from full, but fishing is good for trout and bass. The lake last week received another 1,000 big trout and 200 trophy-sized trout, and catches were good on them with worms and Power Bait. Trolling small spoons with a piece of worm should work well, too. Bass fishing has been very good. Smallmouth bass are staging off points and aggressively hitting crankbaits.

EMIGRANT - Fishing for bass and perch is fair to good. Trout fishing is fair to good off the bank with worms or PowerBait for anglers fishing lower in the system. 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 to good throughout the day as the trout fatten up for winter. The lake was stocked recently with trout slightly larger than fingerling, and they should be of keepable size next spring. The lake closes for the winter on Saturday evening.

HYATT - Trout fishing has been good for those trolling Wedding Ring lures spiked with a tiny piece of worm. Slower trollers are hitting 18-inch fish. The trout are fattening up for the long winter beneath the ice. Trout anglers are focusing on the 1,000 trout about 14 inches long and another 50 trophy-sized rainbows stocked there last week. Early success has been near the BLM boat ramp with worms and PowerBait, but look for these fish to start hitting spinners and flies. Bass activity remains fair but will drop off as cooler weather hits the Dead Indian Plateau. The Orchard and the cove at the federal Bureau of Land Management campground are the most popular places to bass fish. The lake closes to angling Saturday evening.

DIAMOND - The lake closes to angling Saturday evening, and anglers will work the lake until the bitter end of the season. Trout fishing remains good for a combination of trout 12 to 22 inches long, and this year's fingerlings already are plump and running about 8 to 10 inches. Fishing is good with spinners and woolly bugger flies, with PowerBait and worms also working. Fishing remains best in the south end near the weedlines. Trollers are not doing as well, but they are still hitting fish on Flatfish or Needlefish trolled deep and slow.

EXPO - The pond was stocked with 150 fresh rainbow trout last week and early catches for them have been good on PowerBait and fair to good on spinners. The fish are well scattered throughout the pond.

LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing is fair to good for legal- 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. Bank anglers are catching bullheads, perch and some nice rainbows.

LOST CREEK - Anglers are mainly trolling or still-fishing for some of the 850 good-size rainbow trout stocked there two weeks ago. Fishing has been best for them near the Takelma and Stewart State Park boat ramps with spinners, worms and PowerBait. The lake's surface temperature has dropped to 53.6 degrees, down almost 3 degrees in the past week. The lake remains open for angling year-round.

FISH - About 900 trophy-size rainbows were stocked recently. 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. The lake remains open for angling year-round.

SELMAC - Trout fishing is very good for the 1,000 large trout and 150 trophy trout stocked there last week. Fishing is best near the boat ramp with PowerBait or worms. Small spinners and flies are likely to be good this weekend. 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.