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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: MAINE: Carol scared bass into deep water in big lakes but St. Croix River producing well and OG in Spednic and other usual hot spots throughout September.

PENNSYLVANIA: Big annual take of largemouths from Pymatuming Reservoir should get under way this week. Allegheny River L, C, FP with bass running puny but OG when weather cools. Susquehanna and other streams in central state H, D, FP but high water is cleaning out algae growths and OG for end of month.

MISSOURI: Lake Bull Shoals (upper end) VL, D, FF; Lake Taneycomo N, C, FF, OP.

NEW YORK: Chautauqua Lake bass fishing reported best in many years, with one six-pound smallmouth caught on bait last week. St. Lawrence River improving as smallmouths average two to two and a half pounds and OG through rest of month.

MICHIGAN: Lake Huron FG in Broken Rocks area and lower Saginaw Bay with worms doing the trick; FG at Waughoshance Point but bass averaging smallish.

TENNESSEE: FG, improving despite hot weather, OG, best bets are Dale Hollow and Center Hill Lakes.

FLORIDA: 69-pound Don Anderson of Tampa caught 15-pound, 6-ounce bigmouth bass on surface plug in Walker Lake last week to win $5,000 central Florida bassfest; 12-year-old angler will get oodles of loot as contest sponsors claim 1,669 bass (about four tons) entered.

ONTARIO: FG at all North Bay district lakes, OG and northeast arm of Lake Temagami best bet next week.

MUSKELLUNGE: PENNSYLVANIA: Tionesta Creek between dam and Allegheny River producing muskies to 42 inches on plugs; Conneaut Lake still sad and Lake LeBoeuf (Erie County) yielding smaller fish after rash of 30-inchers.

NEW YORK: Seven-year-old Bruce Rosendahl brought in his third Chautauqua muskie of the season last week as casting and trolling around weed beds produce many fish in 20-pound class, with OG as water cools; 40-pounder boated in Cape Vincent area (St. Lawrence River) with Clayton reporting muskies to 29 pounds; Alexandria Bay slow.

WISCONSIN: No whoppers reported but fishing in nothern sections approaching peak, OG in Flowage and Wisconsin River near Tomahawk and Rhinelander, Ballard, Pine, Sugar Camp Chain and North Pelican Chain Lakes, Fish Trip Flowage.

WALLEYED PIKE: TENNESSEE: FG on Norris and Cumberland Lakes, OG for rest of month.

ONTARIO: Walleye fishing will be at best in third week of Sept., with minnows best bait. Ironside Lake in Capreol area of Wolesley Bay of French River producing some 10-pounders, OG.

TROUT: MICHIGAN: SC Sept. 12 with most lower peninsula streams in doldrums; 60 streams open for special fall season on rainbows, with FG at Indian River on Sturgeon River and OG as migration of big fish picks up steam.

COLORADO: Colorado River (Eagle area) L, D, FF, OF; Big Thompson (Estes Park area). North Fork of the Thompson and Fall River VL, FP, OP; Gunnison River (Monstrose area), Big and Little Cimarron rivers L, C, FF, OF; small streams in the Hahn's Peak, Columbine and upper Elk River areas N, C, FG for pan-size fish, OG.

NEVADA: Truckee River producing big browns, OG through September.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Mahood and Big Bar Lakes producing good kamloops action. Phenomenal run of sockeye salmon to Adams River should produce great kamloops trout fishing at Shuswap Lake and Little River in 1955-56 migration seasons (for your bring-up file).

IDAHO: Lake Pend Oreille starting to show normal fall improvement; biggest recent catch was Bing Crosby's 25-pound Dolly Varden; OG through Oct. All forks of Salmon River L, WT55-60, FG with heavy hackle flies and/or spinners.

OREGON: Umpqua River below Roseburg L, C, FG for sea-run cutthroats with weighted wet flies, OG. Wickiup Reservoir (upper Deschutes River) reports browns and rainbows to 15 pounds hitting spinning lures and deerhair dry flies. OG.

STRIPED BASS: NORTH CAROLINA: Fish schooling in northeastern sounds with fishing improving toward October peak.

CALIFORNIA: FG in delta region of Bay area for small fish (4 to 12 pounds) with Carquinez Strait trollers hitting an occasional bull bass.

MASSACHUSETTS: OG at Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard as waters clear and fish move into beaches.

BLUEFIN TUNA: NEW YORK: School fish dispersed by storm and FP at Montauk but OG unless Carol has cousins.

RHODE ISLAND: Tuna tournament called off as 24 of 77 boats sank or washed ashore and all suffered some hurricane damage; OG next two weeks with big fish reported still in area.

NOVA SCOTIA: Week's catch at Wedgeport included seven tuna over 600 pounds, best 776 (2½ hours). Maurice Meyer of U.S. International Tuna Team boated 681-pound pre-match fish as British Empire team warmed up with seven.

TARPON: FLORIDA: Spin fishermen having fine time with 12/40-pound fish off bridges at Seven Mile, Spanish Harbor and Bahia Honda Keys; OG.