Lake Outlook: Aug. 12, 2010
AGATE - The lake is fishing well for largemouth bass with real worms, purple rubber worms and grubs. Crappie are hitting white jigs or wind-drifted worms. Fish deep and near the dam.
APPLEGATE - Anglers are working on the 2,200 largemouth bass stocked there from Hyatt Lake in an effort to replenish the depleted stock there. Casting toward shorelines from boats has been very good with crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Trollers are fishing deep for stocked rainbow trout and chinook salmon. Troll with Wedding Rings and green or blue Tazmanian Devils. The Hart-Tish and Copper ramps are open.
EMIGRANT - The lake is down to less than two-thirds full and dropping fast. Trolling for trout remains good 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 standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.
HOWARD PRAIRIE - Trout are still being caught despite the hot weather that has pushed the rainbows deep. The lake is 70 percent full. Still fishers using yellow or chartreuse PowerBait have done well for trout 12 to 15 inches long, mostly in the morning. Trollers working the deepest part of the lake are getting trout early and around dusk, with the mid-day bite very slow. Green-and-brass Wedding Rings and Tazmanian Devils are best. The Willow Point boat ramp is closed for construction.
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 70 percent full.
DIAMOND - Fishing has been good for rainbow trout 8 to 20 inches. Most of the fish have moved to deeper water and are suspended off the bottom. Trollers are out-producing still fishers.
EXPO - The pond continues to fish fair to good for recently stocked 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-colored 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 Castmasters in the deepest sections of the lake.
LOST CREEK - The upper end of the lake was stocked recently with 1,000 larger rainbows, and this has increased angling pressure 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 spiced with a piece of worm. Trollers near the dam are doing well, particularly in the morning. The lake is a hair under 29 feet from full and falling rather quickly. Smallmouth bass fishing remains good off points and rock croppings.
FISH - A public-health advisory is in place against water contact due to a blue-green algae bloom. That has curbed most action at the lake.
WILLOW LAKE - The public advisory recommending no contact with the water by people and pets remains in effect over blue-green algae levels. However, more people are starting to fish at the lake, with catches of rainbow trout good for evening trollers and still-fishers in deeper water with chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait.
FOURMILE - Fishing for rainbows is fair to good with PowerBait or worms off the bottom. The lake is almost half-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.