Lake Outlook: Dec. 24, 2009
AGATE - Fishing is fair for rainbow trout stocked there this fall, but water conditions are low, and they will remain low through the winter. Bass fishing is slow, but bass will take a grub fished near structure or a slow crankbait fished deep. Electric motors are legal, but gas motors are banned.
APPLEGATE - The lake remains low enough that the French Gulch boat ramp currently 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 20-30 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 very light during the cold days, but look for a little activity in the lake's lower end near the county park once a few warm days are strung together. Bass fishing is slow. A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.
EXPO - The pond is still fishing fair for trout for those casting Panther Martins or still-fishing with PowerBait. A few of the bigger hold-over rainbows 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. Try different depths in the water column as the current storm fronts get the fish changing locations. The lake remains at low winter pool, and the surface temperature has dropped to 43 degrees.
WILLOW - The lake is low, and fishing for trout is fair. Anglers should try using floating bait or worms.
SELMAC - Rainbow trout are taking worms or single salmon eggs from anglers fishing from the bank off the Lake Shore Drive side. Casting or trolling small Little Cleo's or Panther Martins also is working during sunny afternoons.