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Original Issue

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.

BLACK BASS: SOUTH CAROLINA: High winds have abated and settling weather has brought improved catches in Santee-Cooper lakes and rivers. Some limit catches by waders in shallows of diversion canal. OG.

TENNESSEE: Streams are clear but lakes muddy and Norris disappointing. Warm April weather should bring peak fishing in next two weeks.

FLORIDA: Live shiners effective in Little Lake Harris, which yielded an 11-pounder, and in Lake Baipon, north of Clearwater, where a string of seven fish totaled 47 pounds including one 10½-pounder. Dead Lakes, Kissimmee River and the Withlacoochee also hot. OG.

MISSOURI: Lake of the Ozarks hot and 16-year-old Don Belcher of Gravois Mills took a 9-pounder on red and white spoon. Lake Clearwater is about two feet above normal with lots of action from medium-sized fish or minnows. OG.

LOUISIANA: FG, OG in North Louisiana waters. Outstanding results reported in Cross Lake, Lakes Bistineau, Caddo, Black, Saline and Bruin on plugs and minnows.

STRIPED BASS: SOUTH CAROLINA: Spawnbent "rocks" are driving up the Wateree and Congaree rivers and some have been caught as far up as Columbia. Poor luck in lower basin due possibly to heavy herring and shad runs providing food surplus.

NORTH CAROLINA: Schooling stripers are being taken in Roanoke and Croatan Island areas with migrating fish taking cut bait in inland bays and rivers. OG.

FLORIDA: A. J. Hill, of Chattahoochee, spoon-casting in Apalachicola River, several hundred yards below Jim Woodruff Dam, landed a 48-pound striper.

CALIFORNIA: End of winds should spell easy limits in San Pablo Bay, Lower Sacramento and San Joaquin areas. Harry Wiegandt of Antioch boated a 39-pounder off Blind Point.

LOUISIANA: Stripers are moving from the Gulf into the rivers and streams flowing into Lake Pontchartrain from the north.

SALMON: CALIFORNIA: Big chinooks showing up off Morro Bay. Top fish of 58 pounds was taken out of Virg's Landing. OG.

OREGON: Rivers high and muddy. FP, OP.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Fine catches of young silver salmon continue at south end of Saanich Inlet. Flies doing well. Spring salmon and young silvers fair to good off Campbell River, Qualicum and Horseshoe Bay. OG. Heavy rains have nixed the trout picture for a spell.

KINGFISH: FLORIDA: Big West Coast news this week was huge kingfish run from Naples to Tarpon Springs. Using No. 10 spoons with strip mullet and feathers appended catches have been running to 40 and 50 for a party.