Lake Outlook

AGATE - Recent warm afternoons have spurred some bass and crappie activity near the willows. Try small spinners, black streamer flies or wind-drifted night crawlers. No gas motors are allowed on the lake.

APPLEGATE - Trout fishing has started to pick up as warmer weather has boosted the lake's surface temperature over 40 degrees.

The lake rose another 9 feet over the past week, and these changes in surface levels have caused the bite to yo-yo, as well. Trout are suspended at varying depths, so wind-drifting night crawlers or casting small spinners or streamer flies are the best options.

The French Gulch ramp is open. Fish varying depths to prospect for trout, especially off points and feeder streams.

Crappie and bass fishing is very slow. Anglers can keep up to five rainbow trout or stocked salmon a day, but only one fish can be more than 20 inches long. Also, no bass between 12 and 15 inches can be kept, and only one bass larger than 15 inches can be kept.

EMIGRANT - Winter trout fishing has improved as water temperatures continue to warm in the shallows. Temperatures are coldest in the Emigrant Arm, so fish more around Songer Wayside and near the dam. Focus on water 6 to 10 feet deep and near tributary mouths. A few bass are starting to be caught, but crappie and perch catches remain light.

A health advisory has been issued about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels in fish sampled from the lake.

TENMILE - Bass and crappie fishing is improving during warm afternoons, with bass patrolling the shallows. Try frog fly patterns or small baitfish-looking lures. The upper and lower lakes are open year-round. Slowly retrieved crankbaits should produce a few sluggish bass.

LOST CREEK - The lake will get its latest complement of rainbow trout when 25,000 legal-sized rainbows are stocked either today or Friday. They are right at 8 inches and should be hungry right away after their trip by truck from the Wizard Falls Hatchery. Water temperatures are climbing daily and were up to 43.5 degrees Wednesday, making for improving fishing conditions.

Trolling off points or still-fishing with worms or PowerBait near the boat ramps undoubtedly will be very popular for the next week. The lake's elevation has remained fairly steady. Fresh legal-sized rainbow trout are set for stocking next week.

GALESVILLE - The reservoir is open to angling year-round, with trout fishing fair. Some of the trout have external copepods. These worm-like parasites occur naturally in the watershed, and the copepods can be removed and the fish can be consumed safely when properly prepared.

WILLOW - The lake gets its first complement of fresh rainbow trout for the season this week, and fishing should be good for the 4,500 legal-sized rainbows that will be stocked by Friday. Trolling worms and Wedding Rings at varying depths should work well.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK - Angling is slow for bull trout. A few anglers are having some success for rainbow trout and brown trout on the Deschutes River arm.

The Metolius arm remains closed to fishing. The best boat ramp for use now is the upper Deschutes arm ramp of the reservoir.

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