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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.

STEELHEAD TROUT: OREGON: FF in Sandy River with cherry bobbers and red yarn best lures; North Santiam dropping steadily and clearing, FF with cluster eggs and spoons, OG; most coast streams FP and OP until season closes Feb. 28.

CALIFORNIA: The big run has petered out in most coastal streams, with FP last week on Gualala, Van Duzen, Big Noyo and Ten Mile rivers (although the lower Eel produced a few big fish). If you fancy longshots try the Russian River this week; otherwise stay to home.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Despite number of unusually heavy steelhead this has been poorest season within memory of BC anglers, and fishing continues to be slow on all mainland and Vancouver Island streams; no one's sure why. Streams are low and clear, but ordinarily fresh winter fish will run through low water. There's still time for runs to show up in full force; meanwhile best prospects are Qualicum streams and Cowichan on Vancouver Island—on mainland, the Capilano should come to life when water is released from new dam. In general, OP.

BLACK BASS: CALIFORNIA: Clear Lake busted wide open last week with largemouths to 7 pounds coming thick and fast; should still be hot; try live bait or any standard plug. On lower Colorado River Topock Bay is best spot, and OG. Mohave Lake fishing slowed by winds.

NEVADA: Lake Mead bassing continues to improve daily and unseasonally; OG.

TENNESSEE: Last week Joe Dykstra fished Clinch River with Hadacol plug and took 13 bigmouth bass, 9 crappie, 13 "stripers." Most lakes report FP.

LOUISIANA: Herbert Bensel of New Orleans took a day off last Wednesday and went fishing at nearby Simoneau Ponds, where he caught 35 bass and kept legal limit of 15, including several over 3 pounds. For bass in 5-to 8-pound class try Anacoco Lake, 3,600-acre man-made lake west of Leesville, La. Skiffs are available at state-owned, no-fee lake; for last-minute dope check with John Brothers at Brothers-Word store in Leesville; take along popper plugs and river-runts

MISSOURI: Upper end of Lake Norfork is low but clear, FG last week with bass averaging 4 pounds (and some going to 7); wobbling plugs favored by fish and fishermen. Little North Fork of Lake Bull Shoals clear and rising, with good catches of largemouths to 7 pounds coming into Pontiac and Theodosia boat docks; OG next week.

FLORIDA: Terrible weather wrecked fishing in most of Florida last week and bass are still thawing out. Try Kissimmee River where Lake Wales-Vero Beach road crosses; retrieve deep-running plug slowly. Tamiami Trail culverts are still producing on fly-rod and spin lures. In NW Florida, Ochlockonee River just below Jackson Bluff Dam is best bet (with spoon-and-porkrind combination).

MARLIN: MEXICO: Acapulco anglers are raising fish but few are taking bait and fewer are hooked; OG. Mazatlan charter boats averaging ‚Öî marlin per trip; fish are 15 miles offshore and moving in.

FLORIDA: White marlin are showing up off Miami Beach, with trollers picking up occasional wahoo.

CHANNEL BASS: FLORIDA: Miami visitor Leo Samuels of Chicago took 22-pound 12-ounce redfish on spin tackle and 8-pound monofilament last week. 3 Tampa anglers caught 30 reds in Chassahowitzka River on plugs and live shrimp last Saturday. In NW Florida the fish are still up the rivers as far as head of tidewater.

TEXAS: Good catches of rat reds reported last Sunday from Padre Island channels (near Port Aransas), and bulls are expected to start feeding as water recovers from last week's norther.

LOUISIANA: Good catches reported from Terrebonne, Parish islands to Dixon's Bay (near mouth of the Mississippi) and OG at Sandy Point, Bastian Bay and Dixon's.