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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 doses); 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.

PACIFIC SALMON: CALIFORNIA: Cohoes still running off Smith and Klamath rivers. Trollers off Golden Gate went chinookless last week as the big spawners moved into the bay and Sacramento River, and prospects are excellent.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: FP generally but some magnificent winter springs are showing at Horseshoe Bay, off the Qualicum and Campbell River, and taking herring and herring strip; also catches of fat and sassy grilse silvers averaging two pounds have been made off French Creek and at Saanichton Inlet; OG for both these types.

CHANNEL BASS: NORTH CAROLINA: Surfcasters scoring on 35- to 45-pound bass from Kitty Hawk to Ocracoke Inlet along outer banks; 51-pounder landed last week near wreck of old LST abreast village of Rodanthe, and OG for entire area through November.

FLORIDA: Good schools of three-to seven-pound redfish with weakness for cut mullet reported in Ochlockonee, St. Marks, Withlacoochee, Waccasassa and Steinhatchee rivers; OG with best results nearest Gulf and in deep holes.

BLACK BASS: PENNSYLVANIA: FP in most central state streams as high water drowned hopes for upturn; Allegheny River SH, F, C, FP, OP.

ARIZONA: Bigmouths taking surface plugs at Havasu and Mohave lakes on lower Colorado as cool nights have started the grandpas prowling.

TENNESSEE: Douglas Lake producing good bass despite low water and Cherokee Lake is turning up some fair fish on spoons and spinners cast from the points, but most east Tennessee lakes are quiet; OP as freezing weather numbs bass.

LOUISIANA: A streetcar named City Park will haul you from downtown New Orleans to one of this state's hottest black bass spots, the eight-mile-long park lagoon; regular license and $1 fee entitles you to try for abundant three-pounders, with OG through most of winter.

MISSOURI: Current River VL, C, FG and OG for daytime fishing but deep-running plugs are essential. Jacks Fork float-fishing is suspended by abnormally low water despite rain last week, and OP.

FLORIDA: High water from Okeechobee to Tamiami Canal is keeping bass active, with cane-polers knocking them dead. In Tallahassee area best bets are Jackson, Talquin and Iamonia lakes and Dead Lake near Wewahitchka.

STEELHEAD TROUT: OREGON: FF in Galice area on lower Rogue River with wobbling lures best; OF as fish are not plentiful upstream and no new runs are reported. Other Oregon streams VL, C, OP as rain is needed to raise and warm rivers before new runs will come in.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: South Thompson still producing well at Spence's Bridge and downriver, with top fish 26-pounder; big runs of dog salmon discouraging early steelhead fans on lower mainland streams and Vancouver Island and OP until last week of November.

CALIFORNIA: Sacramento River still sizzling, and riffles near Tehama Bridge are loaded; streamer flies are best bet. Trinity River producing between Weaverville and Hoopa Reservation, thanks to rains that opened sandbars and brought fish surging into Gualala and Garzas rivers. You can't miss on South Fork of Eel, and OG all along coast.

COBIA: MISSISSIPPI: Lionel Holley of Biloxi boated a 60-pound "lemon fish" off Ship Island 14 miles below Biloxi last week; old-timers say abundance of giant mantas in area indicates lots of cobia as this species is always found with devilfish (but cobia will be gone within next two weeks, mantas or no mantas).

WEAKFISH: NORTH CAROLINA: Gray and spotted trout taking shrimp bait fished near bottom at mouths of tidal rivers; Swanquarter area near west shore of Pamlico Sound is hottest spot.

FLORIDA: Indian River trollers taking weaks to five pounds from Fort Pierce to Vero Beach, and Lake Worth reports night fishermen making fair catches. But best trout spot in Florida is estuary of the Chassahowitzka River 60 miles north of Tampa (with fine black bass fishing above estuary); one angler last week took 83 weaks in this water on bucktails, then moved up to bass water and took six largemouths before wrist gave out.

MISSISSIPPI: OG for sea trout in Pascagoula River system and along the Mississippi Gulf coastal area; live shrimp or artificial wiggler should produce through next fortnight.

MUSKELLUNGE: PENNSYLVANIA: Conneaut Lake is deserted, but old-timers say now's best musky fishing of the season (closes Nov. 30).

MICHIGAN: Lake St. Clair muskies still biting and so are cold winds.

BLUEFISH: FLORIDA: Big school of blues invaded Tampa Bay last Saturday; fish averaged three to four pounds and should still be in area, taking feathered lures and spinning stuff. Blues are abundant off Miami Beach and moving southward through Biscayne Bay, but run is still showing strong in surf at Jensen Beach; OG through next 10 days.

WALLEYED PIKE: PENNSYLVANIA: Allegheny River eddies in Franklin area should produce good walleye fishing on minnow next two weeks. Delaware River above Port Jervis is giving up walleyes to six pounds from deep slow pools on slow-trolled junebug spinner-and-worm rig or deep-drifted live lamprey eel.

SAILFISH: MEXICO: Acapulco reports season getting under way with 10 to 15 strikes daily and OG (but marlin are scarce). Guaymas is hottest spot with more than 50 sails boated so far this season.

FLORIDA: FG and improving from St. Lucie Inlet to Key Largo.