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Lake Outlook

AGATE - Warmwater fish were starting to bite before Wednesday's storm front moved in. Action and effort remain light, but a few fish have been caught around the willows. Try small spinners, black streamer flies or wind-drifting night crawlers. No gas motors are allowed on the lake.

APPLEGATE - Trout fishing has stagnated some this week as increased flows into the reservoir caused the surface elevation rise. Water temperatures are hovering around 44 degrees, which should be fine for rainbow trout fishing, yet still a little cold for bass fishing. Fish trout off points and in coves, while bass fishermen using crankbaits or plastic worms should be able to catch fish near the dam. Keep the presentation 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 trout on the bite in shallow waters near the lower end of the lake. The lake was stocked with fresh rainbow trout this week in time for some extra fishing during the spring break. Fishing is best near the county park boat ramp, where the trout were released. Those fish likely will hover around in that area through the weekend. Focus on water 6- to 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 in fish.

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. Another complement of 25,000 rainbow trout are set for stocking next week. For trollers, focus along points near the marina and 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 set to be stocked again next week with legal-sized rainbow trout and catches should be 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.

SELMAC - The lake was stocked this past week with legal-sized rainbow trout in time for spring break anglers who will be fishing around the boat ramp. That's where the trout were released and they likely will hover there through most of the next week. Worms and PowerBait are good choices. Fly-fishing could be slow until the trout learn what real food looks like.

REINHART PARK POND - This is the former All Sports Pond in Grants Pass. Fresh legal-sized rainbow trout were stocked this week in time for spring break. Catches should be good on worms and PowerBait through the vacation. Largemouth bass and bluegill are starting to bite small jigs and grubs on warmer afternoons in shallow water.