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A digest of last-minute reports from fishermen and other unreliable sources


FG=fishing good
FF=fishing fair
FP=fishing poor
OG=outlook good
OP=outlook poor

STRIPED BASS: OREGON: FG, OG at Coos Bay; best bait is pilchard.

CALIFORNIA: Tackle-busters to 41 pounds jamming SF deepfreezes as upper San Francisco Bay, Carquinez Strait and Suisun are still hot; frozen sardines best bait; bank fishermen getting fast action on Cache, Lisbon, Hog and other upper sloughs and OG.

TROUT: NEW MEXICO: Rio Grande Normal, Clear; FG from Chamita to Colorado line for browns and rainbows on bait (but few are over a pound); OG through next week.

NEVADA: Planted rainbows taking nicely in Pyramid Lake; average is 16 inches but several over 8 pounds reported. Colorado River near Willow Beach producing 2- to 3-pounders.

BLACK BASS: MISSOURI: Meramec Low, Clear; FG, OG. Lower Gasconade still producing well, with outlook excellent.

NORTH CAROLINA: Deep-trollers taking a few bass in Fontana Lake but generally FP.

TENNESSEE: TVA bass are on feeding spree; best lakes are Cherokee and Douglas, best lures are silver and copper spoons.

LOUISIANA: 72-year-old C. Neeley Black of Lake Charles went to Old Dan's Bay on the Calcasieu River last week, came home with seven bass weighing 15 pounds. "Threw the others back," said Mr. Black.

FLORIDA: Want a big bass? Go to Orange, Fla., find Ross Summers, ask him how to get to one of sand ponds in Apalachicola National Forest. Take a fly rod and a fistful of popping bugs. Kissimmee River and Lake Kissimmee producing bigmouths to 8 pounds; try it north from bridge on Highway 60 east of Lake Wales. Lake Seminole (north of Clearwater) and most other central Florida lakes producing well, and three ladies trolling with plugs in Lake Lena near Auburndale last week took four unladylike bass weighing 42 pounds.

STEELHEAD TROUT: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Winter runs are in most Vancouver Island and lower mainland streams but until floods abate there's no fishing; Englishman's River, Qualicum, Quinsam and Capilano rivers may be fishable by Dec. 10.

OREGON: Nestucca River high and roily but falling, with new runs in and fishing fair, OG. Sandy River normal and clear, FG, OG.

CALIFORNIA: Eel River paid off last week with 18-pound steelhead taken by Dr. John Ball. Good bet: Sacramento near Los Molinos.

SAILFISH: MEXICO: 103 sails caught, tagged and released last Friday and Saturday at Acapulco as U.S. and Mexican anglers hold tournament; Ward Line prexy George Brown tagged 10 in two days, Dr. Ernesto Chavez took nine on 6-thread. OG indefinitely.

WEAKFISH: LOUISIANA: With dry weather, salt water and speckled trout are invading Lake Charles and should stay there until heavy rains freshen water; local anglers knocking them dead with live shrimp, spoons, dudes, plugs.

NORTH CAROLINA: 2- to 5-pound weaks working in surf from Kitty Hawk to Hatteras Inlet.

FLORIDA: Trout have moved into area from Card Sound to Buttonwood in the upper keys, and are partial to yellow bucktails.