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Lake Outlook: Dec. 3, 2009

AGATE - The lake continues to remain very low, and fishing is fair for rainbow trout stocked there last month. Bass fishing is slow because of the cold weather. Electric motors are legal, but gas motors are banned.

APPLEGATE - The lake is hovering around bottom pool now that out-flows have been reduced. Anglers slowly trolling Panther Martins or Needlefish about 20-30 feet deep are catching trout between French Gulch and the Squaw Creek Arm. Bank anglers are catching fish on nightcrawlers with a small red egg on the hook. Largemouth bass are holding along submerged stumps and logs, so working jigs or plastics through the wood may work.

EMIGRANT - Trout are getting caught on trolled, small, jointed Rapalas in brown colors at a depth of 15 to 20 feet, but don't shy away from trying Triple Teasers or other small, shiny lures. Trout fishing has improved off the bank using worms. Bass anglers working crayfish-pattern crankbaits off points are faring well.

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

EXPO - The pond is fishing fair for rainbow trout. Try casting Panther Martin lures or still-fishing with PowerBait.

LOST CREEK - Trout fishing is fair to good along the dam face for those trolling deep with Tazmanian Devils or Wedding Ring lures spiced with a worm. Small flashers and Rooster Tails are good. Slow trolling upstream of Peyton Bridge can yield some bigger rainbows.

WILLOW - The lake is low, and fishing for trout is picking up. Anglers should try using floating bait or worms.

SELMAC - Rainbow trout are eating worms or single salmon eggs fished off the bank on the Lake Shore Drive side. Casting or trolling small Little Cleo's or Panther Martins also is working.