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Lakes Outlook

AGATE - Fishing is slow for crappie because of cold water. 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 been fair on spinners, worms and streamer flies. Fish varying depths to prospect for trout, especially off points and feeder streams. Crappie and bass fishing is very slow. The lake elevation has dropped to 1,887 feet above sea level, meaning the Hart-Tish Boat Ramp still is operable. 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 remains fair to good from the bank and from boats. Wind-drifting worms off the bottom is good for boat anglers, while shore anglers can use worms or PowerBait near tributary mouths and ledges. Fly-casters can try woolly buggers or leeches. 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 at catching fish. The upper and lower lakes are open year round. Slowly retrieved crankbaits should produce a few sluggish bass.

LOST CREEK - The lake has turned over, with the water holding at a steady but frigid 42 degrees. Trout can be at any level in the water column. Anglers have had some success recently trolling worms and Wedding Ring spinners behind Ford Fenders near the Highway 62 bridge. Fish from the surface down to 30 feet. Trolling for trout upstream of the bridge also is fair to good. Most of the trout are in the 10- to 12-inch range, with few bigger trout in the catch these days. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has dropped water releases to 1,300 cfs, and the lake remains about 1 foot higher than minimum flood-control pool.

KLAMATH - Upper Klamath and Agency lakes are mostly frozen, which greatly reduces the fishing pressure. Redband trout are slow to respond at this time of year, but you can still catch them. Angling for redband trout has slowed. Redband trout have reduced activity but still can be caught using minnow flies stripped slowly in the top half of the water column.

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.

WILLOW - Occasionally a good bet for winter trout angling. Try bait, lures, and flies fished near areas with cover and in deep waters where pockets of warmer water can attract trout.