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Lake Outlook: Sept. 2, 2010

AGATE - The lake is less than half full and bank fishing is poor except off the dam, where access to deeper, clearer water exists. Worms are out-producing everything for largemouth bass, crappie and perch.

APPLEGATE - The reservoir is down to 44 percent of full this week. Casting to shorelines from boats has been very good for smallmouth bass with crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Trollers are fishing deep for stocked rainbow 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 45 percent of 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. The lake has settled for now at two-thirds 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 still a hair under three-fourths full, which is great for September.

DIAMOND - The lake appears to have turned over and trout fishing remains very good to excellent. Still-fishers are out-producing trollers, with evenings and first light the best times with worms or PowerBait. The trout have dispersed well throughout the lake now.

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-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 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's surface temperature has dropped to 66 degrees. Smallmouth bass fishing remains good off points and rock outcroppings.

FISH - A public-health advisory was lifted last week, and anglers still-fishing in the middle of the lake are faring well for stocked rainbow trout.

WILLOW LAKE - The public advisory recommending no contact with the water by people and pets is 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 Kastmasters or other spoons. The lake is slightly less than 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.