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Lake Outlook

AGATE - Fishing could pick up this weekend when afternoon sun warms the shallows. Look for bass and crappie around submerged willows. No gas motors are allowed on the lake.

APPLEGATE - Trout fishing has stayed somewhat flat as the lake's elevation continues to rise dramatically each week. The surface rose to 1,913.7 feet above sea level as of Wednesday, more than 9 feet higher than a week before. The inflow is predominantly snow melt, keeping the lake's surface temperature stuck at a frigid 39 degrees. Trout are suspended at varying depths, so wind-drifting night crawlers or casting small spinners or streamer flies are the best options. 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 improved as water temperatures have warmed some in the shallows. Focus on water 6- to 10-feet deep and near tributary mouths. A few bass are starting to get caught, but crappie and perch catches remain light.

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 continue to show up in Tenmile Creek, with fish being caught in Spinreel Park and below. Spinreel park has good bank access. Bass and crappie fishing is improving on warm afternoons, with bass patrolling the shallows. Try frog fly patterns or small baitfish-looking lures. The upper and lower lakes are open year-round. Slowly retrieved crankbaits should produce a few sluggish bass.

LOST CREEK - Water temperatures have slid down a tad to 40 degrees as the snow-melt runoff has picked up slightly. That has a tendency to put teeth-chattering trout off the bite early in the morning. Trolling has been best near the dam, especially on calm days. Worms and Wedding Ring lures are the offerings of choice. Most of the trout are in the 10- to 12-inch range, with few bigger trout in the catch these days. The lake's elevation has remained fairly steady. Fresh legal-sized rainbow trout are set for stocking next week.

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.

PRINEVILLE - The reservoir is icing over and not available for safe fishing.