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Lake 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.

EMIGRANT - Winter trout fishing can be very good here. The reservoir is deep enough for holdover trout. Try fishing with bait and lures and spinners near cover, underwater ledges and near the mouths of tributaries like Emigrant Creek. 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.

FISH - Very little fishing activity has occurred, but the lake fishes well in late fall for rainbow trout on PowerBait or small lures.

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.

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.