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Lake Outlook: Sept. 16, 2010

AGATE - Bank fishing is slow except for a few open-water areas along the dam. Wind-drifting worms for crappie and largemouth bass is good from boats. No gas motors allowed.

APPLEGATE - The reservoir is 57 feet from full this week. Casting to shorelines from boats has been very good for smallmouth bass with 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 ramp is closed, but the French Gulch and Copper ramps are open.

EMIGRANT - The lake is down to about one-third 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. Stay in deeper water near the dam. Look for catches to improve with the cooling weather. 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 continues to fish well, largely because of improved weather conditions and the fact that the lake remains three-fourths full. Still-fishers are scoring well with orange or chartreuse PowerBait for trout up to 18 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.

HYATT - Trout fishing is 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. Look for the bass bite to slow amid cooling water. The lake is still a hair under three-fourths full, which is great for September.

DIAMOND - Trout catches have fluctuated, thanks largely to the storm fronts moving through. Between fronts, the trout are feeding heavily in preparation for winter. Still-fishers are out-producing trollers, with evenings and first light the best times with worms or PowerBait. The trout have dispersed well in the lake, but good action has occurred in waters 10 to 20 feet deep.

EXPO - The pond has been almost cleaned out of this year's 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 is good with chartreuse or rainbow-colored PowerBait in about 15 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 near the dam's face has been good of late with red or green Triple Teasers or Wedding Rings spiced with a piece of worm. The lake's surface temperature has dropped to just under 65 degrees. Smallmouth bass fishing remains good off points and rock outcrops. The lake is two feet from its normal minimum pool.

FISH - Still-fishing with rainbow or chartreuse PowerBait has worked well in the middle of the lake and in the cove near the resort. Trolling has been fair.

WILLOW LAKE - Low lake levels have made it tough to launch boats at the campground, so trolling activity is non-existent. Still-fishers are faring OK in the early morning and evening off the bank with chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait.

FOURMILE - Fishing for rainbows is good for trollers fishing deep with Kastmasters or other spoons. The lake is slightly more than one-third full and dropping fairly rapidly.

SELMAC - The lake's starting to cool off, and that should help the trout bite. No fall trout stocking is planned for Selmac. 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.