Lakes Outlook

AGATE - The lake was recently stocked with 7,000 small rainbows that should be large enough to keep in the spring. Until then, fish deep with worms for crappie and perch. No gas motors are allowed on the lake.

APPLEGATE - Trout fishing has slowed and effort has dropped off. A few 16-plus-inch rainbow trout were caught the past week using streamer flies and woolly buggers, as well as by trolling Triple Teasers. Bass fishing is 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.

BABYFOOT - Recent snows have effectively shut the lake off for fishing access until spring.

DIAMOND - The lake is closed to fishing for the season.

EMIGRANT - The lake was recently stocked with 1,000 small rainbows that should be catchable by spring. Cold water conditions will keep warmwater fishing poor through winter. Trout catches remain fair in deeper water near the dam. Wind-drifting worms for any and all takers also is a good tactic.

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

FISH - The lake was stocked recently with almost 10,000 small rainbows that will be of catchable size in the spring. Fishing is still holding on for some of the rainbow trout stocked at the Forest Service ramp in late September. The fish are 17-19 inches long. They were taking chartreuse PowerBait as well as Mepps spinners cast from the bank.

GALESVILLE - Anglers are catching some of the 26,000 sub-legal sized trout stocked in early October. These fish, while still too small to keep, have grown nicely and are now about 6 inches long. A few stocked coho in the 10-inch range have been caught recently.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - The lake is closed to all fishing for the season.

HYATT - The lake is closed to all fishing for the season.

LOST CREEK - Trout fishing remains best upstream from Peyton Bridge, but the strong in-flows have moved the trout around. Wind-drifting or slow trolling works best. Anglers are using pink-, yellow-, or orange-colored PowerBait while focusing for trout near the rock face on the opposite side of the lake from the marina. Trolling for trout remains good near the dam and wind-drifting worms or eggs is good for trout. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has increased water releases to almost 2,300 cubic feet per second.

WILLOW - Bait-fishing with PowerBait has been good for larger rainbow trout.

SELMAC - Fishing remains slow for largemouth and trout.

KLAMATH - Streamer flies and spinners are working fairly well for large redband trout that are eating minnows. Angling has been good from shore near Howard Bay. Catch rates are typically one fish per 10 hours of fishing.

LAKE OF THE WOODS - Fishing is fair for largemouth bass, crappie, smallmouth bass, kokanee and brown trout.

TENMILE - Slow for bass and other warmwater species, but the bass bite can pick up with just a few warm days. Jigs and grubs fished slowly around structures are good bets during warm snaps.

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