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Lake Outlook: Aug. 26, 2010

AGATE - The lake is fishing fairly well for largemouth bass with nightcrawlers, purple rubber worms and grubs.

APPLEGATE - The reservoir is down to 58 percent of full. Casting toward shorelines from boats with crankbaits and spinnerbaits has been very productive for smallmouth bass. Trollers are fishing deep for stocked trout and chinook. Troll with Wedding Rings and green or blue Tazmanian Devils. The Hart-Tish and Copper ramps are open.

EMIGRANT - The lake is down to exactly half-full. Trolling for trout remains fair 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 and near Songer Wayside.

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

HOWARD PRAIRIE - The lake is fishing fairly well for trout despite the hot weather and is still two-thirds full. Still-fishers using yellow or chartreuse PowerBait have done well for trout 12-15 inches long, mostly in the morning. 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 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 still slightly more than three-fourths full.

DIAMOND - The lake is fishing well for rainbows despite warm water. Trollers are out-producing still-fishers, with evenings and first light best. Most of the trout are suspended about two-thirds of the way down in deep water.

EXPO - The pond continues to fish fair to good for recently stocked rainbows. 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 Kastmasters in the deepest sections of the lake.

LOST CREEK - 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 mornings. The lake is a hair under 29 feet from full and falling. Smallmouth bass fishing remains good off points and rock outcroppings.

FISH - A toxic algae advisory was lifted, and anglers are heading back to troll or fish with PowerBait for rainbows in the middle of the lake.

WILLOW LAKE - The toxic algae advisory is finally over, and trout anglers are heading back to the lake. Troll deep for rainbows.

FOURMILE - Fishing for rainbows is good for trollers fishing deep with spoons. The lake is slightly less than half-full and dropping.

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.

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.