TRAIL — Trout anglers trickled back to a Lost Creek Lake free of blue-green algae this week after a 41/2;-month public-health advisory against water contact ended.

TRAIL — Trout anglers trickled back to a Lost Creek Lake free of blue-green algae this week after a 41/2;-month public-health advisory against water contact ended.

The Jackson County Health Department lifted its voluntary advisory Monday, and the state Department of Human Services followed suit Tuesday after tests of water taken two weeks ago showed virtually no presence of the anabaena flos-aquae.

Anabaena flos-aquae is a potentially toxic form of bacteria that can be harmful to people or pets if they ingest or inhale it.

Only a handful of anglers were seen in boats Monday and Tuesday trolling the lake, which can be a popular and productive trout-fishing lake on calm winter days, said Ron Howard of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which built and operates the reservoir.

Reservoir anglers and area businesses joined Howard in collectively bidding adieu to the advisory, which has scared most fall and winter anglers away from the lake since the advisory went into effect Sept. 16.