Lake Outlook

AGATE - Fishing activity is very slow at the lake, which has steadied at about half-full now. Cold water temperatures have kept bass and crappie off the bite. A few trout from the fall's planting are still swimming. Use PowerBait or worms.

APPLEGATE - Water levels remain too low for boat access at the lake, which has severely curbed fishing effort, and in-flows have increased. Bank anglers around French Gulch were catching rainbow trout and a few bass during warmer afternoons last weekend. Anglers can keep up to five 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 longer than 15 inches can be kept.

EMIGRANT - The lake remains half-full, and angling effort remains light. Some trout are being caught in the Emigrant Arm by bank anglers fishing with worms or PowerBait. Boaters wind-drifting worms along the willows are getting a mix of perch, trout and crappie. A standing public-health advisory has been issued about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.

EXPO - Fishing for bluegill and other panfish is very slow. Very little effort has been seen here.

LAKE of the WOODS - The lake is iced over, but there are no reports of thickness safe enough for ice fishing. The resort road access remains blocked by snow.

LOST CREEK - A public-health advisory is set to be lifted Monday as the bloom of blue-green algae present since September has dissipated. Anglers will do best for good-sized trout by slowly trolling Wedding Ring lures with a piece of worm behind a small set of flashers. Bank fishing with PowerBait will be hit-and-miss near the Takelma day-use area. The trout should be somewhat close to shore.

SELMAC - Trout and bass fishing are slow amid cold water conditions and snow.

TENMILE - Largemouth bass fishing is slowing down amid cold and wet weather. The bass are moving into deeper waters, especially around structure. Try fishing plastic worms or grubs walked very slowly along the bottom and watch for very light strikes.

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