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Lake Outlook: Dec. 17, 2009

AGATE - The lake remains very low, and fishing is fair for rainbow trout stocked there last month. Bass fishing is slow. Electric motors are legal, but gas motors are banned.

APPLEGATE - The lake remains low enough that the French Gulch boat ramp is unusable for trailered boats. However, Forest Service officials expect the lake to rise enough with the next decent rainstorm to render it usable again. Anglers slowly trolling Panther Martins or Needlefish about 20 to 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 despite cold water.

EMIGRANT - Trout fishing effort has been low during the recent stormy weather. Trolling slowly in deeper water might scare up a few rainbow.

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. A few of the bigger rainbow trout from the October releases there remain in the north pond.

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. The lake remains at low winter pool, and the surface temperature is down to 43 degrees.

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

SELMAC - Rainbows are eating worms or single salmon eggs for anglers fishing off the bank on the Lake Shore Drive side. Casting or trolling small Little Cleo's or Panther Martins also is working during sunny afternoons.