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Lake Outlook: Aug. 5, 2010

AGATE - The reservoir is getting low at 64 percent of capacity, and bank angling may be difficult due to weeds and algae. Where there is open water, fishing for largemouth bass and black crappie has been good.

APPLEGATE - The lake is fishing good to very good for a mix of rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. Trout are hovering off points and in the Seattle Bar area. Troll with Wedding Rings and green or blue Tazmanian Devils. Smallmouth are biting crank baits and rubber worms near the dam's face and in warmer arms. The Hart-Tish and Copper ramps are open. The lake is 70 percent full.

EMIGRANT - The lake is down to 68 percent full and dropping fast. Trolling for trout is decent early in the morning in the lake's lower half, mostly with Wedding Ring lures spiked with a piece of worm. The bass and panfish are dispersed among the willows on the lake's upper end, and fishing for them remains very good. Bluegill and other panfish are taking worms, while bass anglers are throwing spinnerbaits, crankbaits and grubs.

A public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - The lake continues to be decent for trout despite the hot weather that is pushing rainbows deep. The lake is 72 percent full. Still-fishers using yellow or chartreuse PowerBait have done well for trout 12 to15 inches long, mostly in the morning. Anglers last week averaged slightly more than one trout every two hours of fishing. Trollers working the deepest part of the lake are getting trout early and around dusk, with the midday bite very slow. Green-and-brass Wedding Rings and Tazmanian Devils are best. The Willow Point boat ramp is closed.

HYATT - Trout fishing remains fair to good for evening trollers catching legal-sized rainbows along the lake's underwater channel, especially around dusk. Bank anglers with PowerBait and worms are still picking up a few big rainbows early. Bass fishing is fast and furious, but most of the fish are small. Any red lure works. The lake is about 81 percent full.

DIAMOND - The lake continues to fish well, and the health advisory due to algae was lifted Tuesday. PowerBait in 12 to 18 feet of water has worked best, but a worm 6 feet under a bobber is still working.

EXPO - The pond continues to fish fair to good for recently stocked rainbow trout. Most anglers are using a mix of PowerBait, small Panther Martin lures, streamer flies or worms.

LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing for kokanee and rainbow trout remains good with chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait in about 20 feet of water. A few brown trout are getting caught early in the morning or at night by trollers using large Rapalas or Kastmasters in the deepest sections of the lake.

LOST CREEK - The upper end of the lake was stocked last week with 1,000 larger rainbow trout, and this should get more interest in fishing above Peyton Bridge in the no-wake zone. Trolling upstream of Peyton Bridge remains very good with red or green Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings with a piece of worm. Trollers near the dam are doing well, particularly in the morning. The reservoir is 76 percent full and the surface temperature is 72 degrees. Smallmouth bass fishing remains good off points and rock outcroppings.

FISH - Fishing remains fair to good for legal-sized rainbows, with most fishing near the middle of the lake around the resort and the Forest Service boat ramp, which is open. Most of the rainbows are running 12 to 15 inches. The lake is 58 percent full.

WILLOW LAKE - The public advisory recommending no contact with water by people and pets remains in effect due to blue-green algae levels.

FOURMILE - Fishing for rainbows is fair to good with PowerBait or worms off the bottom. The lake is 77 percent full and dropping fairly rapidly.

SELMAC - The lake has warmed significantly, and that has slowed the trout bite. Largemouth bass fishing is good with worms and grubs near structure, especially early in the morning. Use single salmon eggs, smallish Panther Martin lures and PowerBait.

KLAMATH - Fishing for big rainbow trout is improving for those trolling spoons near the mouths of the Wood and Williamson rivers, as well as the springs near Rocky Point.