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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: NEW YORK: Ashokan Reservoir busted wide open last week with small-mouths herding minnows near surface and socking spin-lures, bucktails and high-riding plugs (permit from N.Y. City Dept. of Water Supply required); OG through October. Chautauqua Lake reports FG with bait and artificials; bug experts doing nicely at west end of lake. Cape Vincent bass are still in deep water but boat fishermen are taking limits on minnows.

TENNESSEE: Smallmouth fishing at season's peak on Norris Lake and OG rest of month; live bait most effective but cool weather should start surface plugs producing soon. Bigmouths are on rampage in Cherokee Lake and OG.

MISSOURI: Meramec River VL, C, FG especially with near-surface plugs but floating is difficult in upper reaches. Lower Gasconade clearing with FG and OG through October.

NEVADA: Lake Mead low but bass fishing on upgrade; Boulder City and Overton docks moved to new shore line as cooler nights start largemouths foraging; best spots are Temple Bar and Iceberg Canyon; OG through October.

ONTARIO: Provincial record for smallmouth bass fractured last week by nine-pound 13-ounce monster from Birch Lake in Kawartha Lake district as SC Oct. 16 in most waters.

PENNSYLVANIA : Pymatuning Reservoir producing well in Linesville area with evenings best and bass coming big and hungry for surface plugs. Half-inch rain freshened upper Allegheny River and OG next week; in smaller streams leaves are cluttering surface, driving plug-casters to bait. Best bets on North Branch of Susquehanna are Towanda, Wysox and Wyalusing areas, with OG until SC Nov. 30; FP along entire length of main river but Turnpike bridge area (below New Cumberland) is producing a few worthwhile fish.

MUSKELLUNGE: MICHIGAN: FG on Lake St. Clair last week with top fish a 32-pounder.

NEW YORK: St. Lawrence River agent reports local farmer perch fishing with wife near Clayton hooked monster musky, played it three hours until wife got glimpse of estimated 50-pounder and said don't you dare bring that ugly thing into this boat, and husband said yes dear and broke off, but agent was evasive during cross examination. Fishing picking up in Cape Vincent area but fish smallish. Henry Lindquist, 8, of Jamestown, landed 34-pound 48-inch Chautauqua Lake muskellunge last week; weather still too mild for live-bait action, but OG and improving.

WISCONSIN: Lots of musky action in Hayward area on bucktails and sucker plugs but no fish over 25 pounds; lunkers laying low in Eagle River area but many muskies to 18 pounds reported from Rhinelander area waters.

PENNSYLVANIA: Lake Le Boeuf still yielding muskies in 20-pound class; best bet in Allegheny River is a mile above and below mouth of Tionesta Creek (Forest County).

WHALE: NORTH CAROLINA: 15-foot baby stranded last Sunday in shallow surf at Duck Village near Kitty Hawk was bulldozed across dunes to Currituck Sound after vain efforts to shove it back into deeper ocean water; mammal revived temporarily in brackish water but died after two hours.

TROUT: COLORADO: Yampa, Snake and Elk rivers (Steamboat Springs area) FG with flies, bait and hardware, OF; Buffalo and Rabbit Ears lakes, FF with flies and spinners, OF; Hayden area producing biggest trout, with 8-pounder weighed in last week; Scott, Geneva and Duck lakes L, C, FG with flies and bait, OF; Indian Creek L, C, FG for smallish fish, OF; 11½-pound rainbow reported from Antero Reservoir with several five-pounders taken during last month, OG.

IDAHO: FG in Salmon River and tributaries and OG next week; Snake River at Thousand Springs, Sun Valley area, Big and Little Wood report FG and OG; Lost River watershed is hot. Grouse Creek producing well on Moats Special #10 fished wet. Cagey Boise fishermen taking two- to three-pound trout from Boise River under Broadway bridge within city limits on single light-colored salmon eggs. OG throughout state for rest of month.

MONTANA: FG on warm days in Yellowstone, Madison, Big Hole and Missouri Rivers but weather is uncertain. Most successful flies are Adams, Quill Gordon, Light Cahill, #12 or smaller; OG on all warm days through October.

CALIFORNIA: Eastern brook trout fishing in High Sierra streams and lakes is sizzling hot as crowds thin and spawners gobble wobblers, woollyworms and cluster eggs; all west slope waters delivering. Kern River above Durrwood producing big natives on streamers and hair flies; Mammoth Lakes chain best of still waters; June Lake best of roadside spots.

ARIZONA: Colorado River below Hoover Dam picking up as anglers snag outsize rainbows on cluster eggs and doughballs. So help me.

OREGON: FG on Wickiup Reservoir on upper Deschutes River for rainbows and browns in five- to 10-pound class on flies or spin-lures trolled deep as SC Oct. 10. FG for rainbows to 15 inches in Metolius River in central state; fly fishing only on upper part.

WASHINGTON: Sea-run cutthroats taking flies well in Stillaquamish, Skagit, Samish, Nook-sack and Snohomish rivers and OG until SC Oct. 31; best patterns Carey Special, Green Shrimp.

WALLEYED PIKE: MINNESOTA: Best bets are Lake of the Woods, Rainy and Whitefish lakes as walleyes are striking freely.

TENNESSEE: 14-pound walleye from the Little Tennessee river was last week's top catch as trollers start tangling with big fish moving out of deep holes; OG through October.

ONTARIO: FG in Parry Sound section of Georgian Bay; excellent in western Lake Nipissing; fair in French River. Red Cedar Lake and Marten River reported in top condition.

PENNSYLVANIA : Allegheny River FP in usually productive Oil City—Franklin area eddies; OP but if you come bring a minnow bucket. Upper Delaware eddies still below par as sultry weather put chill on fishing but frost should make it hot; Junebug spinners trailing lamprey eelets or night crawlers taking two- to four-pound walleyes in pool at Lackawaxen but fish are moody; Lake Wallenpaupack should bust wide open with first frosts, due any day.

ATLANTIC SALMON: NEW BRUNSWICK: FP on Nashwaak, Cains, Tracadie and Tabusintac rivers as heavy rains raised levels above good-fishing height but OG on Cains as fall run showed strongly last week with one 27-pounder killed; most successful flies are Copper Killer (local), Black Dose, Oriole and bear-hair patterns on #6 hook. Tabusintac fish are in river but taking poorly. SC Sept. 30 on most rivers.

STEELHEAD TROUT: CALIFORNIA: Tagging operations in lower Sacramento River indicate best runs of recent years in offing, and rains should start fast action as fish await high water in bottom pools. Klamath good near mouth; Trinity L, C, FG, OG; runs are expected momentarily in Eel, Gualala, Garcia and other minor coastal streams; SC March 1.

OREGON: Rogue River reports fair to good fishing from Grant's Pass downstream, with guide trips from the Pass to Gold Beach covering a lot of good water; river is L, C, OG with fly or spinning tackle. FG below McNary Dam at Umatilla on Columbia River which is L, C, OG for fly-fishing from bars.

WASHINGTON: Steelhead showing well in upper Columbia with 11-pound fish reported from mouth of Methow River.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Great fishing reported from Kispiox, including three steelhead over 30 pounds, many in 20s. Fish are thick in Stamp River but not much interested in flies or lures. Big fish taken in lower Fraser gill nets indicate South Thompson run will show shortly; try Spence's Bridge about Oct. 20.

STRIPED BASS: NEW YORK: Warm weather burned bass off Montauk beaches and into deep water but a southwest wind and cool weather should bring them back this week or next.

MASSACHUSETTS: Bait is abundant around the outer Cape, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard and the main fall run should start shortly, with FG through October.

RHODE ISLAND: 42-pound striper taken last week at Eastern Point, Newport; school bass to 15 pounds are loitering around the Narragansett side of the bay but fishing is so-so.

CALIFORNIA: Fall migration of stripers out of San Pablo and Suisun Bays into the Delta is nearing peak, with bass smallish but cooperative and OG through November.

PACIFIC SALMON: CALIFORNIA: Trollers off Smith and Klamath rivers taking big chi-nooks; party boats out of San Francisco scoring limits of fish to 40 pounds outside Golden Gate and in San Francisco Bay off Alcatraz; moochers doing only fair in lower Sacramento and San Pablo Bay.

WASHINGTON: Silver salmon run at fall peak in Straits of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound with OG next week.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Plenty of silvers off Campbell River and April Point but fishing is slow; Brown's Bay and Saanich Inlet producing well; Cowichan Bay is best prospect as outlook continues good in all areas.

MARLIN: NORTH CAROLINA: 39 fish reported raised off Hatteras last week as phenomenal billfish concentration continues off Dare County coast, with largest blue scaling 315 pounds at dock and total of 14 taken off Hatteras and Oregon Inlets to date this year.