Lake Outlook

AGATE - Fishing activity is starting to pick up on warm afternoons and evenings as bass start to rummage around shoreline structure looking for food. Worms and grubs fished away from shore are good. Crappie fishing remains slow, but it will improve at the upper end of the lake. Red, pink and black jigs or small flies work best.

APPLEGATE - Water levels have risen lately and this week's cold fronts have conspired to put the bass and trout slightly off the bite. The low-water ramp at French Gulch is now closed but the Copper Ramp is open. That will entice anglers to venture further up the reservoir in search of schools of trout off points. When storm fronts stabilize, look for good trout fishing straight across the lake from Copper for those trolling or wind-drifting night crawlers off points near French Gulch. Trollers should use Wedding Ring and Tasmanian Devil lures. Bass fishing will pick up as the water warms.

EMIGRANT - The lake was stocked last week 4,000 legal-sized trout, and most of the fishing activity remains near shore around the ramp at Emigrant Lake County Park. Use worms or PowerBait, testing at various depths. Bass and perch fishing is picking up in the willows around Songer Wayside, and trout fishing was improving with PowerBait in the Emigrant Arm.

A standing public-health advisory continues against eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.

EXPO - The ponds were stocked last week with legal-sized rainbows. Fishing for bluegill and other panfish remains very slow.

LOST CREEK - Trolling for trout has improved for a mix of freshly stocked legal-sized rainbows and 15-inch hold-over trout. Tasmanian Devils, Triple Teasers and Wedding Rings are the trolling lures of choice. The lake level is about 18 feet from full. The bite has started early on calm days. Most of the fishing is around the marina and the Takelma Ramp, both places that received this week's trout releases.

SELMAC - Trout fishing has remained good on worms, PowerBait and leech flies, with anglers still targeting a mix of holdover trout and the 5,000 rainbows planted there last week.

TENMILE - Cooler temperatures this past week have slowed the largemouth bass bite, but work jigs and plastic worms slowly in shallow water near cover. Crankbaits run deep and slow have been working during the day.

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