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Lake Outlook

AGATE - Fishing activity is very slow at the lake, which has steadied at about half full. Cold water temperatures have kept bass and crappie off the bite. A few trout from the fall's planting are still swimming. Use PowerBait or worms.

APPLEGATE - Water levels have risen enough that the French Gulch boat ramp is operable, but the lower part is muddy and slippery, making access difficult. A few anglers have trailered their boats into the lake there, and they are doing well trolling off the first few points with Wedding Ring and Tasmanian Devil lures. Bass fishing is slow.

EMIGRANT - The lake remains about half full and angling effort remains light. Some bank angling has occurred around the Emigrant Arm, Songer Wayside and near the rowing docks during nice weather. Most bank anglers are using PowerBait, though a worm about 6 feet under a bobber also could work well.

A standing public-health advisory has been issued about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.

EXPO - Fishing for bluegill and other panfish is very slow. Very little effort has been seen here.

LAKE of the WOODS - The lake is iced-over, but there are no reports of thickness safe enough for ice-fishing. The resort access road remains blocked by snow. The only access now is off Dead Indian Memorial Road.

LOST CREEK - Trolling for trout has been good, especially on calm mornings. Look for weather conditions to deteriorate by Sunday. Wedding Ring lures with worms behind flashers are the winter troller's favorite weapons. Triple Teasers and Tasmanian Devils are also good back-up choices now. The lake is filling very slowly, with the water level at 1,830 feet elevation. The surface temperature Wednesday was a chilly 41.3 degrees. Bank angling is best around the Takelma boat ramp. Chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait are most common. Trout over 15 inches long are somewhat common off the bank.

SELMAC - The lake received its first complement of catchable rainbow trout Wednesday when 5,016 legal-sized trout were released at the boat ramp. These fish will bite a variety of baits and lures, with worms and PowerBait the easiest choices. The fish will concentrate at the ramp this week, then start to spread out.