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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: OREGON: Willamette River L, C, FG in Salem area with bigmouths to eight pounds partial to surface plugs; OG until rains raise and rile river.

PENNSYLVANIA: Hazel filled long-low Pymatuning, Tionesta and Youghiogheny reservoirs and OG as bass recover from astonishment. Allegheny River still H, D but OG as runoff passes.

FLORIDA: Lake Okeechobee and Tamiami Canal producing largemouths to seven pounds but average is 1½ pounds; worms, crickets and cut shrimp baits favored by local talent but city slickers doing well with bass-bugs and popper plugs.

CALIFORNIA: Lunkers moving out of deep holes in lower Colorado River reservoirs and starting to hit surface plugs.

MISSOURI: James River was up two feet last week but should be right for floating now, and clear. Lake Taneycoma N, C, OG but a heavy rain could louse it.

TENNESSEE: Norris Lake spy says smallmouths taking minnows briskly off shallow banks. Some largemouth action on Loudon but generally FP; best bass bet in middle Tennessee still Center Hill.

NORTH CAROLINA: Santeetlah and Fontana lakes producing well, and OG until cold weather.

NEW MEXICO: Caballo, Conchas and Elephant Butte lakes providing fair action on plugs; deer season is taking pressure off most state waters.

STEELHEAD TROUT: OREGON: New run of steelies showed up last week in lower Rogue River above Gold Beach and OG from Grant's Pass to Galice; river SH but C, and standard steelhead patterns on #6 and #8 hooks should get results.

CALIFORNIA: Best bet is Trinity River near Weaverville, with big fish due after one good rain. Upper Klamath reports spotty.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Stamp River H, FP but should improve. A run of big bright fish reported at Spence's Bridge on South Thompson River; OG next 10 days.

TROUT: MONTANA: SC Nov. 15 on most streams but, except in middle of rare warm days, there's little trout action.

ONTARIO: Providence Bay and Bluejay Creek (Manitoulin Island) report OG for rainbows, with season open until Nov. 30. Nottawasaga, Sturgeon and Thornbury rivers in southern Ontario producing good creels of rainbows and OG.

CALIFORNIA: Unseasonable hot spell slowed Sierra fly-fishing last week below 7,000 feet but high lakes are producing nicely. Best bets on east slope are upper Owens and Rock creek, Hilton lakes, and lakes off Tioga Pass road. Kern River above Isabella Dam is hot and OG next 10 days. Upper Sacramento and McCloud rivers are top prospects in northern California.

NEVADA: Upset of week is Pyramid Lake near Reno, with over 100 rainbows to eight pounds reported. Believed troutless since droughts of '40s, lake was apparently restocked with Truckee trout during floods three years ago.

COLORADO: Five-pound rainbow reported from Granby Reservoir last week; Gunnison River (Gunnison area) L, C, FF, OG; East, Tomichi and Cebolla creeks VL, FG with flies, FF with bait, OG.

IDAHO: Salmon River and tributaries producing good creels with brown woolly worm most-favored fly; Snake River at Thousand Springs still good; Sun Valley area, Little Wood and Big Wood rivers, middle fork of Payette and Little Salmon. (Trout SC Oct. 31.)

MICHIGAN: Run of rainbows has started on the Betsie River, with nightcrawlers and Colorado spinners taking fish to 4½ pounds.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: FG in coastal streams as cutthroats tag along after incoming salmon. Salmon, Oyster, Qualicum and Cowichan rivers are top prospects.

NEW MEXICO: Cutthroat and rainbows coming well to bait and flies on Charette lakes (in Turkey Mountains, NW of Wagon Mound). High meadows (reached by trail) above Cowles in Pecos River area producing good Loch Levens and rainbows on fly and bait, but middle and lower river just so-so. Big browns still showing in upper Rio Grande (Taos area), and OG.

MUSKELLUNGE: WISCONSIN: Nasty weather kept most muskymen off the water last week, but sucker-soakers in Couderay and Round lakes (Hayward area) took a few smallish fish.

MICHIGAN: Cold rain kept most Lake St. Clair fishermen on shore last week. OG however through October if weather clears.

PACIFIC SALMON: OREGON: Recent rains along coast have given salmon fishing a shot in the arm. Silvers and chinook are in good numbers in Nestucca River and Bay, with best lures mooched herring in lower bay, flatfish and spinners in upper bay and river.

CALIFORNIA: SF anglers were taking limits of chinook to 45 pounds from millpondish Golden Gate water last week and OG next two weeks.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Cowichan Bay is best salmon bet, with FG and OG most spots from Salmon River to Saaniditon Inlet.

STRIPED BASS: RHODE ISLAND: Fish are running big and plentiful off Charlestown, with school bass tapering off in Westerly and Point Judith areas; OG from boats, OF from beaches.

MASSACHUSETTS: Hurricane Hazel didn't faze Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard stripers, still showing well.

CALIFORNIA: Upper west side of San Pablo Bay is sizzling hot as skiff fishermen took 800-plus bass to 25 pounds off Rodeo last week.

OREGON: FG in Coos Bay and isthmus slough, with trolled jigs best bay lure, pilchard bait best for slough. School fish to 20 pounds giving top sport on large streamer flies.