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Lake Outlook

AGATE — Crappie and bass fishing remain slow.

APPLEGATE - Trout fishing has been fair on spinners, worms and streamer flies. The only boat access is at the French Gulch boat ramp. Wind-drifting worms is working fairly well in the French Gulch cove and near the water intake tower. Effort is light.

The lake has risen about two feet in the past week because of recent storms. That has scattered the fish somewhat.

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 good from the bank and from boats. Wind-drifting worms off the bottom can be good for boat anglers. Bank fishing is best with 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 and the water remains clear. Slowly retrieved crankbaits should produce a few sluggish bass.

LOST CREEK - The lake rose slightly more than a foot in the past week, which can temporarily turn off trout fishing. Wind-drifting worms or trolling a Wedding Ring lure with a worm trailer is working upstream of Peyton Bridge. Some trollers and bank anglers near the dam have found success at varying depths. Troll slowly and be patient.

The lake's temperature was hovering under 41 degrees. Fish from the surface down to 30 feet. Trolling for trout upstream of the bridge has been fair to good, as well. Most of the trout are in the 10- to 12-inch range, with a few bigger trout in the catch these days. Recent heavy rains have caused some fluctuation in lake levels and water releases, with the lake at 1,813 feet above sea level Wednesday.

SELMAC — Trout fishing can be fair after a few warm days. Fish PowerBait near woody debris.

KLAMATH - Upper Klamath and Agency lakes are mostly frozen, which greatly reduces the fishing pressure.

TOKATEE — Fishing for brown trout remains slow.

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. A few bull trout and kokanee have been caught by trollers in recent weeks. The Metolius arm remains closed to fishing. The best boat ramp for use now is the upper Deschutes arm ramp of the reservoir.