Lake Outlook

AGATE - The recent storm front has put the kibosh on the bass and crappie bite. Slow jigging with small jigs had been decent in the afternoons for crappie. Fly-fishing in the afternoons with small black nymphs has been good for crappie, and it should pick up again soon.

APPLEGATE - Trout fishing will stall during the newest storm fronts as inflows to the reservoir are expected to jump. Water temperatures had increased to 45 degrees and that had helped trout fishing and gotten bass a little more active. Both the French Gulch and Copper boat ramps are open, and Hart-Tish Park remains closed. Fish trout off points and in coves, while bass fishermen using crankbaits or plastic worms should be able to catch fish near the dam. Keep the presentation 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 - Warming weather has helped get the trout on the bite in shallow waters near the lower end of the lake. The lake was stocked with fresh rainbow trout last week and spring break fishing has been hit-and-miss due to the weather. Fishing is best near the county park boat ramp, where the trout were released. The lake already is 92 percent full. Focus on water 6-10 feet deep and near tributary mouths. A few bass are starting to get 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.

TENMILE - Bass and crappie fishing is improving in 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 is fishing well for recently stocked legal-sized trout. Another 25,000 rainbow trout were released at the marina and Takelma boat ramps Tuesday, with a half-dozen boats getting a quick boost to their fishing day. Worms, PowerBait and small spinners work best. The lake's inflows were expected to jump this weekend from rain and snowmelt. That could put a damper on the trolling upstream of Peyton Bridge. The lake's surface elevation was 1,856 feet Wednesday, or just 16 feet from full.

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 was stocked late last week with legal-sized rainbow trout and catches have been good for the few anglers targeting them. The county park and boat ramp will open Tuesday, and look for some very good trolling right away with Wedding Ring lures spiced with a nightcrawler. Until then, bank anglers should try using various colored PowerBait or worms, while others can cast small spinners or woolly bugger flies.

SELMAC - The lake was stocked last week with legal-sized rainbow trout in time for spring break anglers who have been catching these trout on worms and PowerBait near the boat ramp.

REINHART PARK POND - The former All Sports Pond in Grants Pass was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in time for spring break. Catches should be good on worms and PowerBait through the vacation. Largemouth bass and bluegill are starting to bite small jigs and grubs on warmer afternoons in shallow water.

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