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A digest of last-minute reports from fishermen and other unreliable sources


SO=season opened (or opens); SC= season closed (or closes); SV= season varies by district or water.
C=clear water; D=water dirty or roily; M=water muddy.
N=water at normal height; SH= slightly high; H=high; VH=very high; L=low; R= rising; F=falling. WT50=water temperature 50°.
FG=fishing good; FF=fishing fair; FP=fishing poor. OG=outlook good; OP=outlook poor.

TROUT: TENNESSEE: Little Tennessee River producing good catches of rainbows to 21 inches, OG in Smokies thanks to rain, cooler weather. MAINE: Musquacook Lakes yielding big brookies; "Barrel Hole" at Fourth Musquacook best bet for dry fly, OG next ten days.

MONTANA: FG on all northern Rocky Mountain streams; best bets Madison, Gallatin, South and Middle Forks of Flathead. One-day National Trout Derby on Yellowstone River won by 4-pound, 5½ ounce brown last Saturday. OG on most streams through August.

OREGON: Santiam River near Salem L, C, FG for rainbows to 17 inches, some cutthroat; dry flies (variants, Light Cahill) best in evening.

COLORADO: 9 pound 7 ounce German brown from Antero Reservoir on casting rod and hardware last week, also 9-pound brown on spinning rig and wobbler. Most streams receding after recent rains. Gunnison River L, C, F, OF; North Fork of South Platte L, C, F, OP; St. Louis Creek (where Ike fishes) L, C, F, OP; COLORADO: (Middle Park area) L, C, FF, OF; (Glenwood Springs area) N, D, F, OF.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Lakes along Cariboo Highway producing limit catches of Kamloops trout to 3½ pounds. Vancouver Island lakes giving up nice cutthroat, with big trout off mouths of coastal rivers. Nile and Waterloo Creeks best bets; OG on all streams.

WASHINGTON: Sea-run cutthroat hitting well on Cowlitz and North Fort Lewis Rivers.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: PENNSYLVANIA: Susquehanna River up slightly with rains last week but still low, with FP in Harrisburg area, better upstream. Juniata River and Lycoming Creek producing well.

MISSOURI: Lower Gasconnade two feet below normal, muddy, but yielding limits of bass (mostly small). Big bass coming from Clearwater Lake on surface plugs, dawn and dusk.

MAINE: Spednic Lake still high with big fish scattered, but popping bugs producing.

CHINOOK SALMON: OREGON: Charter boats taking chinooks to 40 lbs. outside bar at Winchester Bay; light-tackle herring-moochers doing fine, but crossing bar in small boat is dangerous.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: 30-and 40-pounders showing at Brown's Bay, Campbell River, Nahmint and Alberni, with OG for bigger fish through next two weeks.

CALIFORNIA: Trolling good off Golden Gate and Monterey Bay; FG at mouth of Klamath.

WASHINGTON: Fishing slumped last week at most feeding banks; Neah Bay and Sekiu in Strait of Juan de Fuca way off; mid-Sound fishing very slow; lull will continue until new runs come in.

STRIPED BASS: MASSACHUSETTS: Night fishermen taking scattered 30- and 40-pound fish from Cape Cod beaches, but day fishing poor to awful. FP in Cape Cod Canal.

RHODE ISLAND: Ted Phelan of Block Island took a 52-pound bass from beach on 11-pound monafilament line on July 30th.

NOVA SCOTIA: Over 100 stripers daily being taken with rod and line at Big Bear River Bridge as huge schools of small herring in Annapolis basin attract gamefish.

CALIFORNIA: FG in San Francisco Bay district, Delta and Sacramento River mouths but bass are small, with 20-pounder top fish last week.

BLUEFIN TUNA: NEW YORK: School tuna (5-10 pounds) returned to Montauk area last Thursday, with charter boats taking up to 50 fish per trip.

NOVA SCOTIA: Herring coming into Wedgeport area with tuna following; three fish totaling 1594 pounds boated there last Friday making total catch so far this season 38, with prospects good for next two weeks.

MASSACHUSETTS: School tuna (15-25 pounds) abundant near tip of Cape and in Ipswich Bay but no big fish showing yet.

RHODE ISLAND: School tuna thick on Nebraska Shoals west of Point Judith and near Whale Rock at Narragansett Bay. Two large fish harpooned last week.

STEELHEAD TROUT: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Most streams down to summer level. Quatham River hot. Good bets: Stamp and Puntledge on Vancouver Island, Coquihalla, Morice and Kispio on mainland.

CALIFORNIA: Summer run starting in Klamath, with limits being taken on bait and spinners. 88-pound sturgeon (legal first year since 1917) landed by Klamath salmon fisherman.

WASHINGTON: North Fork of Skykomish producing fair to poor catches of summer steelhead; FF on Canyon Creek; FG at County Line and Kalama Bars in Columbia River.

OREGON: Deschutes River L, C, FG for fish in 5-pound class with spinning producing best; Umpqua River (Steamboat area) L, C, FG, best flies Umpqua Special, Golden Demon.

MUSKELLUNGE: WISCONSIN: Chippewa Flow-age producing well, with 48½-pound muskie reported from Hayward last week.

COBIA: NORTH CAROLINA: Excellent fishing from Cape Charles (Va.) to Cape Lookout area for cobia to 45 pounds.

TEXAS: Mrs. Ardell Thomas of Corpus Christi landed a 53-pound cobia last week on 27-pound line for possible new world light-tackle record.

MARLIN: TEXAS: 7½-foot white marlin, first in history of the area, boated 25 miles off Corpus Christi last week.

MEXICO: 395-pound striped marlin taken off Acapulco last week, with blue water near shore and OG for next two weeks.

CALIFORNIA: First marlin of year taken off San Diego; plenty in Catalina waters but none hooked so far.

ATLANTIC SALMON: NOVA SCOTIA: St. Mary's, North, Moser's and Salmon Rivers best producers with Medway lagging badly (4 fish reported week ending July 31).

NEW BRUNSWICK: Rains and cold have delayed season about 30 days, but St. John is down 2 feet in past 3 weeks; OG through September.