SO—season opened (or opens); SC—season closed (or closes).
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; OF—outlook fair; OP—outlook poor.
TROUT: WASHINGTON: Ice is rotten and going fast in high lakes of upper Skagit and Cascade rivers; Stillwell, Clear, Green, Monogram, Upper Falls, Lower Falls. Found, Slide, Jug, Upper Granite, Upper and Lower Jordan should be accessible now, but check trails before you pack in. Upper Yakima River FG, OG for big rainbows; American River FG, OG. Single eggs or worms will get you rainbows to 17 inches from Dosewallips River, 4 miles above end of road. Lower North, Naselle, Willapa, Humptulips FG, OG for sea-run cutts. (Best bet for cutthroat: Mosquito and Goodman creeks, fished with light tackle and small lures or flies; well worth the trouble you'll have getting there.)
OREGON: Almost all streams were at summer levels last week and fly-fishing should be at season's peak. Deschutes, Crooked, McKenzie and Santiam rivers are best bets (but for sea-run cutthroats, try tidal sections of Alsea, Siletz, Nestucca and Siuslaw rivers where fish are waiting for rain before moving upriver).
CALIFORNIA: Kern River above New Kernville producing most consistent accessible fishing on west slope of Sierra. FVG in Little Kern at Quaking Aspen region. Upper Rush Creek lakes producing nicely, and OG. On east slope Clark, Lager, Sullivan and Webber lakes are providing limits of golden trout. Northern and central Sierra fishing was slowed by hot weather but spin-and-bait fishermen were taking trout to 3 pounds from Fall River. South Fork of Yuba FG, main Tuolumne River FF/G and OF. Best "put-and-take" water close to Los Angeles is West Fork of the San Gabriel River.
MICHIGAN: Last week's rains stirred up some action on Pigeon, Jordan, Black and many other rivers; best fly patterns are Gray Squirrel, Beaverkill and Coachman, wet or dry; OF.
MINNESOTA: FF, OF at Park Rapids on Straight River and in headwater beaver ponds of Lake Superior's north-shore streams.
MONTANA: FP, OP until cooler weather.
NEW MEXICO: Heaviest rains in three years slowed trouting over most of state last week. Chama and Brazos rivers SH, FG, OG. Pecos and Jemez areas poor to fair, OF, with worms doing better than flies.
MAINE: FVG at Wadleigh Pond in northernmost section of state (where several anglers have reported catching bluebacks, almost extinct since 1912 but previously a popular Maine trout subspecies averaging about¾ pound).
IDAHO: Best streams in northern state are upper St. Joe River, Marble Creek and Little North Fork of Clearwater where FVG with flies. In central state Little Salmon River near New Meadows offers fine evening sport with dry flies, and OG. South Fork of Boise River near Danskin reports FVG last week and outlook dandy. In south-central area the Big Lost River is giving up 2- and 3-pound trout about ½ mile below the dam, but water is gin-clear and careful stalking and casting are essential.
COLORADO: Granby Reservoir filling; Shadow Mountain and Grand lakes full. Green Mountain Reservoir H, FG for trolling and from bank with bait, flies and lures (while boats make fair-to-excellent catches of Kokanee salmon). North, Middle and South forks of the south Platte SD, FP, OP. Colorado. Frying Pan and Roaring Fork rivers (in Glenwood Springs area) M, FP, OP. Yampa and Elk rivers (Steamboat Springs area) L, C, FF on flies and lures, OF/G. Snake River L, CL, FP, OP/F. Rio Grande C, FG with flies and lures; OG.
BROADBILL SWORDFISH: MASSACHUSETTS: Anne Clifton of Hyannis hooked a broadbill last week on 9-thread line in waters east of No Man's Land, played it for 7 hours, lost it, refused to estimate weight.
ATLANTIC SALMON: NEW BRUNSWICK: FP and OP, says spy, until rains raise rivers; meanwhile a few salmon and grilse are taking dry flies and small low-water dressings of Thunder and Lightning, Black Dose, Silver Grey and local patterns. Best (or least poor) sport is at heads of rivers.
NOVA SCOTIA: Sheet Harbor West, Liscomb, St. Marys and Margaree were last week's top producers as most streams continue L, FF, OF despite fairly heavy recent rains.
MUSKELLUNGE: PENNSYLVANIA: FP, OP, too hot, says agent.
NEW YORK: Last Sunday's rain cooled Chautauqua Lake enough to put a few resident muskies back on their feed, but outlook is still unpromising through August.
MINNESOTA: Leech Lake below Federal Dam FF, OF after terrific production last month (105 muskies to 40 pounds between July 17 and 30). FG, OG at Deer Lake; local experts advise black-feathered spoons or big pikie plugs cast from boat into shoreline, varying fast and slow retrieves.
WISCONSIN: Heat wave kept temperatures in 90s and muskies in retirement last week; cool air mass moved into northern state last Friday and may reduce WT. Some action reported from Roberts, Riley, Pioneer, Little St. Germain, Boulder, Plum, Presque Isle and Squirrel lakes. Minocqua Lakes, Tomahawk and Eagle River chains but fish are small. OF/G and improving through August.
BLACK BASS: PENNSYLVANIA: Susquehanna River was at lowest stage in history at Harris-burg and WT85-95 at press time; OP throughout central and western part of state until rains relieve drought (but Conneaut and Sandy lakes and Pymatuming Reservoir were producing splendid catches of largemouth and small-mouth on splashy surface lures and hair flies fished along shoreline in evening and after nightfall).
CALIFORNIA: Most reservoirs in San Diego County report improved bass fishing: best bets are El Capitan, lower Otay, San Vicente; OG.
FLORIDA: In NW Florida Lake Talquin is producing fine fat bigmouths on popping plugs and bugs almost every evening and OG. In central state almost all waters are in fine shape but Lakes Apopka, Washington and Little Lake Harris are standouts, with plugs, flies and artificial eels most-favored lures; OVG.
TENNESSEE: Lloyd Simmons of Shelbyville busted the bigmouth record for Center Hill Reservoir with an 11¾-pound bass last week; OF/G on Norris, Cherokee, Loudoun, Douglas and Watts Bar as catches are mainly crappie and striped bass.
PACIFIC SALMON: WASHINGTON: Lower Skagit jumping with outsize springs; hottest spot is near mouth of Gilligan Creek but you can get action all the way to Mt. Vernon; OVG. Silvers are on rampage at most points N of Orcas and west coast of Lummi Island. Neah Bay FG, OG but fish are scattered; Sekiu FF. Buoys 6 and 8 at Westport, whistler buoy at La Push. Skagway Rocks and the Cave at Sekiu are best spots. Polnell Point should be red-hot when water clears and jellyfish clear out. Possession Point. Scatchett Head and Point No Point FG, OG with smaller salmon and silvers predominating.
BLUEFISH: NEW JERSEY: Surf-fishing P, but FVG about 7 miles off Asbury Park, and off Shrewsbury Rocks; also just inside Sandy Hook where chumming gets big pay-off.
MARYLAND: Ocean City spy says blues are plentiful but small nearby, run huskier offshore on Jackspot; OG.