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Lake Outlook

AGATE - Fishing remains slow for crappie because of cold water, snow and harsh winds.

Catches likely won't pick up until March. Until then, fish deep with worms for crappie and perch. No gas motors are allowed on the lake.

APPLEGATE - Trout fishing has remained sluggish amid cold temperatures and winds.

Flows have increased at the reservoir as last week's snows melt, and the lake has risen 7 feet in the past week to an elevation holding at 1,898.5 feet above sea level.

The French Gulch ramp is open, and wind-drifting night crawlers in the gulch arm away from the winds could be the best bet for anglers intent upon fishing the lake. Fish varying depths to prospect for trout, especially off points and feeder streams. Crappie and bass fishing is very 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.

EMIGRANT - Winter trout fishing has remained slow in cold-water conditions, but some trout can be found in the afternoons fishing the shallows, especially near tributary mouths. Try casting small spinners or streamer flies for trout near creek mouths and along submerged shelves. Fishing for warmwater species is slow.

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

TENMILE - Fresh winter steelhead have been showing up in Tenmile Creek with fish being caught in Spinreel Park and below. Spinreel park has good bank access.

Anglers willing to walk the sand dunes downstream will find additional space and good chances of catching fish. The upper and lower lakes are open year-round. Slowly retrieved crankbaits should produce a few sluggish bass.

LOST CREEK - Water temperatures have dipped to 39 degrees amid continued cold weather conditions. Flows into the reservoir remain light at 1,504 cubic feet per second, but that should change today with rains in the forecast. Effort has been light since recent snowfalls. Expect inflows to rise this weekend as snowmelt and more rain increases runoff, pushing the trout lower in the upper lake toward Peyton Bridge.

Trolling for trout in the afternoons near the dam could be productive. The trout will remain suspended at varying levels. Most of the trout are in the 10- to 12-inch range, with few bigger trout in the catch these days. The lake has risen to a surface elevation of 1,821 feet above sea level.

GALESVILLE - The reservoir is open to angling year-round, with trout fishing fair. Some of the trout have external copepods. These worm-like parasites occur naturally in the watershed, and the copepods can be removed and the fish can be consumed safely when properly prepared.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK - Angling is slow for bull trout. A few anglers are having some success for rainbow trout and brown trout on the Deschutes River arm. The Metolius arm remains closed to fishing. The best boat ramp for use now is the upper Deschutes arm ramp of the reservoir.