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Lake Outlook

AGATE - Bass and crappie have been somewhat active in the shallows of the lower end of the lake, but warmwater fish action remains light. Some trout are being caught, but trout fishing is slow. Try small spinners, black streamer flies or wind-drifting night crawlers. No gas motors are allowed on the lake.

APPLEGATE - Trout fishing has started to pick up as last week's warm weather pushed the surface temperature up to just a hair shy of 44 degrees. That's still cold, but the 3-degree up-tic helps improve the trout's willingness to move around. The lake's in-flow has dropped to 104 cfs as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking to make up ground on filling the reservoir. The French Gulch ramp is open. Fish varying depths to prospect for trout, especially off points and near the dam, where bass continue to congregate.

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 longer than 20 inches. Also, no bass between 12 and 15 inches can be kept, and only one bass larger than 15 inches can be kept.

EMIGRANT - Warming weather has helped get the trout on the bite in shallow waters near the lower end of the lake. Temperatures are coldest in the Emigrant Arm, so fish more around Songer Wayside and near the dam. Focus on water 6-10 feet deep and near tributary mouths. A few bass are starting to be 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.

TENMILE - 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 - The lake is fishing well to very well for recently stocked legal-sized trout. For trollers, focus along points near the marina as well as along the dam. Wedding Ring lures with a little worm behind flashers is a lake stalwart. Bank anglers continue to do well with chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait off the bank near the southwest corner of the lake. The lake is starting to rise quickly as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hastens the filling rate of the reservoir.

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.

WILLOW - The lake was stocked recently with 4,500 legal-sized rainbow trout and catches have been good for the few anglers targeting them. The county park and boat ramp will open April 1. Until then, bank anglers should try using various colored PowerBait or worms, while others can cast small spinners or woolly bugger flies, floating bait or worms.

SELMAC - The lake was recently stocked with legal-sized trout that are biting PowerBait well. Because of weeds, float the PowerBait about two feet off the sinker for best success.

REINHART PARK POND - This is the former All Sports Pond in Grants Pass. Fresh legal-sized rainbow trout were stocked here last week and catches are very good near the boat ramp. Try worms or small spinners. Largemouth bass and bluegill are starting to bite small jigs and grubs on warmer afternoons in shallow water.