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: CALIFORNIA: Sierra roadside fishing spotty but hikers and horse-borne anglers getting easy limits. Hot spots on east slope: Mildred and Genevieve lakes (Convict Creek basin); Tyee, Marie. Chocolate. Bishop and Saddlerock (Bishop Creek basin); Twin lakes, Robinson Creek, East Walker River and Green Lakes (Bridgeport area). Saddlebag, Tioga and other waters off Tioga Pass road FF/G, OF. Best bets on west slope: upper reaches of Kaweah, Kern, Kings and Merced rivers. In northern and central regions, lower waters are slow because of hot weather and algae but hard-to-reach waters are good (best is east side of Lake Almanor and near Hamilton branch mouth, with flies). Twin, Silver lakes in American River headwaters FF/G; tribs of Cow, Cedar and Natchet creeks in Pit River region FF, OF.
MAINE: Heavy rains last week came too late to help trouters as SC Aug. 15, but saved thousands of brookies trapped in trickling tribs.
TENNESSEE: When General Mark Clark prepared to fish for trout in fast water below dam at Norris Lake, Guide Eddie George fetched felt-soled wading shoes; when the General started to put them on he found size right but both for left foot. Eddie thought about this, said, "General, now you know how I felt for three years in the Army." Clark wore shoes, found FG, OG.
NEW MEXICO: Lower Pecos River FF. Johnson Lake FG. Most streams D or SD and in general OF. Chama and Brazos rivers recently stocked and improved by rains, OG. Jemez area reports FF, OP, Fenton Lake poor. Navajo and Zuni Indian reservations offer FG for fly-fishers.
OREGON: All streams L, C. Fly-fishing good on Deschutes, Crooked. McKenzie and Santiam rivers, and OG next 10 days. Sea-run cutthroat OG: trolling best in tidewater, spinning most productive in upper streams.
MICHIGAN: Although cold front was moving in last Sunday and promised relief to drought-damaged streams, veteran trouters are already writing 1955 season into records as stinkeroo; OVP.
WASHINGTON: Creeks of upper Skagit are in good shape, and OVG for rainbows and dollies on eggs, flies and worms at Bacon. Goodell, Marble, Damnation. Jordan and Granite creeks. Most high lakes now well defrosted and OVG for first parties in. Icicle River area lakes FG, OG. Dosewallips. Hamma Hamma ditto. (For rainbows to 22 inches try dunking brown hackle, caddis larva or Coachman bucktail in canyon potholes of Hamma Hamma River 3½ miles above mouth.)
COLORADO: Steamboat Springs area spy says Elk, Yampa and Snake rivers L but SD, FF with flies, bait and spinners; all small streams L, C, FF/G. In Glenwood Springs area, the Colorado, Frying Pan, Roaring Fork and Crystal rivers are muddy, FP, OP. At Canon City, Arkansas River FP, OP.
SAILFISH: FLORIDA: As a few sails were reported last week from the Keys, Tampa charter boats reported sailfish (rarely seen in Gulf waters) 25 to 30 miles off Pinellas beaches; William Lairson of Dayton, Ohio boated 35-pounder after 43 minutes, 12 jumps.
WEAKFISH: FLORIDA: Sea trout are news again on west coast, with fine catches from Piney Point, Cockroach Bay, Bishop's Harbor and other grassy spots in Tampa area; best bet is Mullet Key Light shoal.
NEW JERSEY: OG for small fish in Barnegat Bay (using shrimp chum); OF for big fish at night (still-fishing with shedder crab bait). OF for surfers at Long Beach Island, Wildwood, Ocean City and Cape May.
LOUISIANA: Speckle fishing has slowed a bit in Lake Pontchartrain, but along most of the Louisiana coast there's fine sport at high tide. FG in Barataria Bay, and OG through next week. Oil rigs in Empire area are still popular with fish and fishermen.
BLACK BASS: PENNSYLVANIA: No ill wind, Connie dumped 2 inches of rain to brighten bass prospects all over state. Allegheny River (especially National Forest area) should be producing well this week; Lake Canadohta and Conneaut Lake agents say FG, OG for large and smallmouth bass to 3 pounds, with some of best action between 10 a.m. and noon. In central Pennsylvania, rivers were over banks at press time but OG as water recedes. Newly appointed Fish Commissioner John Grenoble proved there are still bass to be caught when he removed 21-inch 5-pound smallmouth from Juniata River using spinning rod and -ounce top water plug and helped preserve hallowed traditions of the sport by declining to reveal lucky spot.
FLORIDA: In northern state, St. Johns River and Lake George near Welaka are best bets for big bass (try fly rod and popping bugs at daybreak). In NW Florida, Dead Lakes near Wewahitchka and Apalachicola River are top producers. Old reliable Little Lake Harris near Leesburg still burning up the league with big-mouths averaging close to 5 pounds. And Tommy Tomberlin, camp operator at Hernando (75 miles N of Tampa), tosses dead shiners to pet bass under his dock. When they grab them, he says FG, OG; when they spurn them, he predicts FP.
MISSOURI: Current River L, FG with plugs and live bait, OG. Jacks Fork too low to float except after heavy rain. FP except in deep holes.
TARPON: FLORIDA: When tarpon-fisherman John Wallace of St. Petersburg tried his luck at Mullet Key in mouth of Tampa harbor he hooked something heavy, after 70 minutes landed 250-pound jewfish.
LOUISIANA: Donald James of New Orleans went out on Lake Pontchartrain last Wednesday in his new boat, made one cast with spoon, landed 90-pound tarpon; FG and OG rest of August. Spy reports Old Wine Island Pass in lower Terrebonne Parish is hot spot and OVG.
MARLIN: TEXAS: Mrs. Dan Braman of Victoria raised temperatures in coastal-bend area with catch of 10-foot 6-inch, 310-pound blue marlin, first of season, near Port Aransas.
MUSKELLUNGE: PENNSYLVANIA: OG in upper Allegheny as high water and cool nights put muskies in mind of a square meal.
WISCONSIN: OG as cooler weather sets in; best reports from Sawyer and Oneida counties. (Two 38-pounders removed from Lake Chippewa last week, one 30-pounder from Dam Lake.)
MINNESOTA: Action slowed last week despite cooler weather but 30 big fish (to 40 pounds) caught in Leech Lake at Walker; action has shifted from Federal Dam end of lake to Walker Bay and Pelican Island; pikie-minnow plugs best producers.
NEW YORK: Chautauqua Lake muskies are beginning to sit up and take interest in plugs and spoons, and outlook is promising.
BLUEFISH: NEW JERSEY: At press time our spy said nobody knew how Connie had affected schools but predicted good offshore fishing through September 20, with best surf spots Island Beach and Long Beach Island.
MASSACHUSETTS: Hurricane backlash loused all Cape and north shore fishing except at Cape Cod Canal where blues are starting to cut up, with fastest action at dawn, using eelskins; OG.