Lake Outlook: Dec. 10, 2010

AGATE - Fishing for recently stocked legal and trophy sized rainbows is very good for those trolling Wedding Ring lures or fishing chartreuse PowerBait off the dam. The lake remains just a hair above 20 percent full. No gas motors are allowed.

APPLEGATE - Despite little fishing effort recently, trollers using Flatfish or Triple Teasers are still doing fair to good for the large and trophy trout stocked there in late October. The lake is very low, but the French Gulch boat ramp remains usable, while Hart-Tish Park is closed. Bank fishing is tough because the lake is so low. Focus off points and look for schools of land-locked chinook stocked there.

EMIGRANT - The lake is down to less than one-quarter full, hurting angling effort there. Poor weather has kept most trollers home. Trolling for trout should be good; most of the action remains on the lower third of the reservoir near the dam. Troll red Tazmanian Devils or Wedding Ring lures spiked with a piece of worm.

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

HOWARD PRAIRIE - The lake is closed to all angling until the fourth Saturday in April.

HYATT - The lake is closed to all angling until the fourth Saturday in April.

DIAMOND - The lake is closed to all angling until the fourth Saturday in April.

EXPO - The pond is open year-round, and fishing remains good for large and trophy rainbow trout stocked there in late October. Chartreuse PowerBait or worms under bobbers remain popular choices.

LAKE of the WOODS - Fishing for brown and rainbow trout has remained good amid cooler water conditions. No ice yet. Still-fishing with PowerBait off the bank has been good near the resort. A few brown trout are getting caught casting Castmasters or worms from shore or docks.

LOST CREEK - Trolling for trout 15 to 17 inches remains very good near the dam, where most of the action is. Troll Wedding Ring lures with worms or Triple Teasers. The lake is getting drawn down for flood-control purposes, and the Stewart State Park boat ramp is closed. The Takelma Ramp will remain open throughout the winter.

The lake remains under a public-health advisory against water contact because of a second blue-gree algae bloom there.

FISH - Fishing for large rainbow trout remains good with a few anglers fishing near the resort and the Forest Service boat ramp. Bank anglers and those anchored in boats are catching plenty of large trout on chartreuse or orange PowerBait floated off the bottom. Some small spring chinook have been stocked in the lake, and they are nearing legal size.

WILLOW LAKE - The lake remains under its second public-health advisory against water contact because of a blue-green algae bloom. The boat ramp and campground access remain closed, but anglers can park outside the gate for walk-in, day-use access.

FOURMILE - Fishing for rainbows is good for trollers fishing deep with Castmasters or other spoons. The lake is slightly less than one-third full and dropping fairly rapidly.

SELMAC - The lake's cooled waters have helped buoy the trout bite, but effort remains quite light. Another compliment of large and trophy rainbow trout were stocked recently in Selmac, and fishing for them continues to be very good with worms, Panther Martin lures, single salmon eggs floated off the bottom or PowerBait.

LEMOLO - The lake is closed to all angling until the fourth Saturday in April.

MEDCO - Fishing for rainbow trout is good off the bank with PowerBait thanks to cooling water temperatures. Effort has remained light.

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