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: COLORADO: Streams were slightly roily but clearing last weekend with OG throughout the state. In Gunnison area the high lakes are open. Taylor Reservoir. Cottonwood and Twin lakes are clear with FF-FG flies, bait and lures. The Gunnison, Lark Fork, East and Taylor rivers are C, FG. The Snake, Yampa and Elk rivers in Steamboat Springs region are L, R, FF. Whitefish aficionados are doing business with live nymphs. In North Park area the North Platte River is H, C with FF. Big Creek and Delaney Butte lakes N, G for trolling.
MONTANA: Many near-record catches made as season approaches peak, including 11-pounder from Gallatin River on Joe's Hopper fly, and 5-, 7-, 9-pounders from Missouri River, all on lures. Gallatin River is VG; lakes generally poor but FG on Mary Ronan. Best fishing still to come after first cool evenings.
MAINE: Fly-fishermen considered adding pistols to their gear last week when shocking new regulations went into effect on Aug. 20 permitting spinning, bait-casting, and trolling on certain waters. Big Sourdnahunk, a gem at the foot of Mt. Katahdin, was chief victim. There's a run of 3-to 4-pound squaretails in the Barrel Hole in northernmost Musquacook, according to Dana McNally of Portage. Spears, anyone?
WASHINGTON: Early in week sea-run cutthroats went mad in the Nooksack River, which then got roily. FG continues on Ross Lake for rainbows, big dollies. Inside tip: logging road into Canyon Lake out of Welcome is newly bulldozed, removing hazard of reaching top trout lake. Johnny Bishop and son Bruce, 13, of Bellingham, took easy limits of rainbows to 12 inches on bucktails and still-fishing worms at east end. Take warmest sleeping bags; there's snow on north slopes. FVG now for brook trout in Tomyhoi Lake.
MICHIGAN: Big brown trout are concentrated in midchannel pools of Tobacco, Maple, Platte rivers with FG for knowledgeable night fishermen. The 80-day drought has made water VL and some canoe liveries on south branch of Au Sable have stopped operating. Forest fire hazard high, with 95° temps. OG because things can't get any worse.
BONEFISH: LOUISIANA: Edgar Miller of Lake Charles, who has caught bonefish in Florida, went fishing in the surf off Grand Isle, and this man says he caught several 3-to 5-pound bone-fish on a silver spoon with a yellow bucktail. Next thing someone will hang a sail while casting for sea trout.
CHANNEL BASS: FLORIDA: The bay fisherman's beloved junior-size redfish, or "puppy drum," have made a midsummer reappearance in northwest with FG for fish up to 10 pounds at Panacea, Carrabelle and Ochlockonee Bay. Casters are using mullet or shiner tails; trollers find yellow jigs sure fire, with silver spoons good too.
LOUISIANA: The fall run has begun in the Barataria Bay-Little Lake area. Walter Pelegrin and son caught 14 from 5 to 9 pounds. OVG.
NORTH CAROLINA: Now that Connie and Diane are memories, channel bass are again being caught from the surf along the Dare County coast.
TUNA: MASSACHUSETTS: Big fish are in Cape Cod Bay, intermingled with smaller school fish, and they are being fussy. Only eight fish boated during four-day Cape Cod tuna matches with 71 pounds the top weight; most caught on Jap red or green and yellow feathers. Best school tuna off Pollock Rip Lightship. Sewed-on mackerel merely elicit stares from big fish. Richard Hanna, 18, of Newton, Mass. hooked a fish estimated at 400 pounds while using a dinky 4/0 reel and 36-pound test line and held it for an hour and a half before it broke off.
CALIFORNIA: Bluefin tuna are congregated off Catalina, according to our seagoing spy; and albacore. the tuna's smaller cousins, are running like crazy with easy limits a couple of hours out of Los Angeles. The fish are small, indicating a long run and OG.
ATLANTIC SALMON: NEW BRUNSWICK: Fishing greatly improved and OG at Hartland Pool on St. John River. No salmon showing on Nashwaak because water L, R, OP. Some fish killed on main southwest branch of Miramichi from Renous to upper stretches. FF on northwest Tobique but FP on southwest branch. Drift-netters ceased operating Aug. 15, accounting for fall run of large salmon now appearing in lower Miramichi. OG from now to season's end.
NOVA SCOTIA: Sheet Harbor River with kill of 58 salmon last week continues as the top water in province. Margaree second but with only 17 fish. OG following recent heavy rains.
BLACK BASS: PENNSYLVANIA: Streams flooded and no fishing in central and eastern areas, but OG as soon as waters recede. Diane missed the west, but August doldrums have slowed the fishing except at Conneaut where thermometer-dunking anglers have found fish 10 to 15 feet deep. Let your hardware sink before retrieving and then sta-a-a-nd back. A few cool nights will make OG elsewhere.
FLORIDA: You've got to get up early or stay till evening to find good fishing spots in St. Johns River near Lake Washington, Lake Harris at Howey, Lake Panasoffkee north of Bushnell and the phosphate pits in Polk County. Some wallopers are being taken from deep holes with artificial eels, of all things—the hottest lure in years in this area. Elsewhere OF. FG also reported with eels at Lake Jackson near Tallahassee.
TENNESSEE: Bill Martin of Oak Ridge got a 7-pound 7-ounce largemouth at Watts Bar Lake. FG but most catches made early and late. Largemouths also hitting again at Cherokee and Douglas lakes. You just have to wait out the heat and wind, then cast the banks. Small-mouth anglers report better-than-average trips to Holston and Pigeon rivers. Top-water lures are a bit more productive than spoons and spinners.
MICHIGAN: Smallmouths have gone berserk and are hitting at practically anything in most waters, at present the only bright spot in the state's fishing picture.
MINNESOTA: FF/FG on Maple Lake at Alexandria. Little Long Lake at Ely, Clearwater Lake at Bemidji. Frogs good in daytime with surface splashing plugs and popping bugs best in late evening, early morning. Basswood Lake at Ely is best in state for smallmouths.
PACIFIC SALMON: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Recent big tides brought in large fish and plenty of them. The Campbell River gave up a 64½- pounder to W. R. Fifter of Portland, Ore.; a 61-pounder to Dr. James Petray of Stockton, Calif.; plus plenty from 40 to 50 pounds. Big salmon will carry through until Labor Day at least. Silvers hot everywhere along east coast Vancouver Island and should continue for several weeks. Flies and small spoons best. FG on the beach.
CALIFORNIA: Few big fish to 40 pounds from Sacramento River near Chico, but big runs slacking off Golden Gate, Humboldt Bay. Few small fish off mouth Klamath River but OG as major run approaches.
OREGON: Mooching best method for salmon on lower Columbia. Strong afternoon winds cause rough water near bars but O is definitely G.