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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.

BLACK BASS: PENNSYLVANIA: FG on Allegheny River (Forest County) but most fish under 12"; Conneaut Lake producing a few whoppers on bait; Juniata, Susquehanna, Conodoguinet and other central-state waters report FP as weeds & algae thrive; OG as weather cools; FG, improving on Delaware from Port Jervis to Hankins.

MISSOURI: Lake of Ozarks (Gravois Arm area) N, C but FP; Lake Wappapello N, C, FF.

FLORIDA: Cane-polers hoisting bigmouths from Tamiami Canal on worms, crickets, cut shrimp; bassbugs deadly early a.m. and late p.m.

TENNESSEE: FP throughout eastern part of state and OP as hot weather continues.

STEELHEAD TROUT: OREGON: FG on Columbia below McNary Dam with orange flat-fish best lure, river L, C, OG as fishing improves daily.

CALIFORNIA: FG in Klamath River, OG.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Stamp and Ash rivers on Vancouver Island report FG, and Brem River hot; Morice and Kispiox runs are in, and Coquihalla fishing nicely, OG through next two weeks.

WASHINGTON: FF in Klickitat, Wind rivers and Drano Lake but heavy rains have slowed action in most coastal rivers.

PACIFIC SALMON: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Chinooks due at Nimkish and OG next two weeks; FG at most other spots and OG through Labor Day, then starting to taper off gradually; last week's top fish 58 pounds (Comox), 56 (Campbell), 53 (Nahmint); fall run of cohoes starting to show, with FG off Cape Mudge, Pender Harbor, Qualicum Beach and parts of Texada Island; should improve steadily next two weeks as northern fish of 15 pounds and over show up in catches.

OREGON: Columbia in good condition with salmon now inside in good numbers and many chinooks topping 40 pounds, trollers and herring-moochers doing well and OG despite unsettled weather.

CALIFORNIA: OG off Klamath River as 1,500 fishermen checked in at landings last week and trollers did big business. Golden Gate waters produced average of two salmon (to 30 pounds) per angler and OG; FF off Eureka and Monterey, spotty in Sacramento River.

BLUEFISH: NEW YORK: Montauk surf fishermen taking three- to seven-pound blues from south-shore beaches on chrome squids and plugs but no action at North Bar yet; OG.

RHODE ISLAND: Blues showing offshore in good numbers but playing hard to get with surf casters; OG if/when bait moves in to beach.

STRIPED BASS: MASSACHUSETTS: Night tides producing at Cape spots as fishing has eased off; OG through September.

OREGON: FF in Coos Bay area with trolled yellow jigs killing many bass in 40-pound class; fly-fishing with streamers and poppers also producing, and OG as runs increase; weather squally and rain gear essential.

NEW YORK: Nine Montauk bass (17 to 45 pounds) weighed in at Johnny's Tackle Shop last weekend but fishing is still slow and spotty; OF.

CALIFORNIA: Trollers doing best in Carquinez Straits but no bragging fish reported; OF.

NORTH CALIFORNIA: Schooling bass appearing in brackish northeast Carolina sounds near Wanchese, Manteo and Kitty Hawk and fish to eight pounds showing in tidal rivers along coast; OG.

TROUT: NEW YORK: Esopus N, C, WT60-62 but even small rainbows are laying low; OF if frost before SC Sept. 11.

CALIFORNIA: Fly-fishing red-hot in most high lakes and streams (especially lakes over Piute and Duck passes) and Sierra fishing at season's peak; Virginia Lake producing big goldens; lower Owens River gorge yielding big browns; all Sierra streams L, C, OG.

WYOMING: Most streams in state L, C, WT 50-55, caddis and damsel flies on water, fly-fishing at peak. Willow flies and white streamers producing on Platte and other northwest Wyoming streams, and OG next two weeks.

COLORADO: Gunnison River, L, C, FF, OF; Colorado (Glenwood area) dingy but clearing, OF; Big and Little Blue and Big and Little Cimarron are L, C, FF with flies, OF; Big Thompson (Loveland area) L, FP, OP; Green Mountain Reservoir L, C, fair-to-good trolling, OG.

MAINE: 7-pound brown trout caught last week at China Lake by Mrs. Winifred Dean of Roxbury, Mass., who revealed secret formula: Keep fishing.

MONTANA: FG and improving as waters get cooler; Yellowstone, Madison, Big Hole, Black-foot, Bitterroot and Flathead Rivers good and OG through September; Missouri River at Toston producing trout in 5-pound class, some on dry flies.

WASHINGTON: Most mountain lakes producing well: Waptus, Curlew and Deep Lakes are best bets for trophy fish.

MUSKELLUNGE: WISCONSIN: All state water levels slightly high; FG on Potato Lake, Flambeau, Presque Isle, Clear and Boulder Lakes with Rhinelander area at peak action; sucker-soakers getting most of the play but nobody setting new size records.

PENNSYLVANIA: Midget muskies (8 to 20 pounds) taking plugs and spoons on Cussawago Creek (Crawford County) but FP in Allegheny River; FG at Lake LeBoeuf (Erie County) with four fish to 33 pounds taken in one evening last week.

ATLANTIC SALMON: NEW BRUNSWICK: SC last Tuesday on Upsalquitch, Kedgwick and Restigouche; St. John H, F, FG at McIntosh Bar, Chokoe Bar and Curry's Mountain Pools, OG through September for 18-to 20-pound fish; 21-pound salmon is best of season in Doaktown area on Miramichi, with OG as high water eases off.