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C—clear water; SH—slightly high; FG—fishing good; FF—fishing fair; FP—fishing poor; OG—outlook good; OF—outlook fair; OVG—outlook very good.

STRIPED BASS: SOUTH CAROLINA: OF for Santee-Cooper stripers through Dec. 15 as fish move up lower basin to diversion canal, where limits are usual on live bait and cut shad.

VIRGINIA: Stripers are showing in vast numbers in upper Chesapeake Bay, with most of those reported averaging 15 pounds, and OG through November.

OREGON: Coos Bay FG in Isthmus slough; best method is still-fishing with live bullhead or cut pilchard bait, as fish run to 45 pounds; rain gear is essential because of severe storms common at this season. OG for bait fishermen through November.

NEW JERSEY: Seasonal storms have cut numbers of striper anglers along the coast but bass are still there in force, including some lunkers trading along the beaches. Largest striper entered in Long Beach Island derby so far is 44½-pounder by Albert Speier of Philadelphia.

TARPON: FLORIDA: Milton Klein of Chicago caught 122-pound tarpon on 10-pound test spinning outfit and cut mullet bait at Lostmans Bay in Everglades last week after 3-hour tussle; OF/G in rivers and brackish bays on lower west coast.

STEELHEAD TROUT: CALIFORNIA: F still G in Klamath almost to Copco Dam; Happy Camp region is best. Sacramento River tapering off but FF/G at Los Molinos, Balls Ferry and Battle Creek areas. Trinity River L, FP. New storms will help.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Some steelhead activity reported from Quinsam, Alouette, Seymour and other streams but cold weather and icy roads have kept most fishermen at home. Streams in fine shape now but thaw and rains may bring high, dirty water; otherwise OG.

WASHINGTON: Cowlitz River (open year around) H and D, but good run is in and OG when fishable.

OREGON: All steelhead fishing on entire Oregon coast is knocked out as melting snows and heavy rains raise rivers to near-flood stage; prior to high water, leading streams were Nestucca, Alsea and Siuslaw in the north and the Rogue in the south. If rains subside, fishing should be good to excellent by Thanksgiving weekend; present high water should bring in first major run of big fish in all streams but peak will not be reached before early January.

BLACK BASS: TENNESSEE: Although many anglers have set aside tackle in favor of duck guns, most lakes are still being worked over with good results: at Center Hill, A. J. Hayes returned to dock with 10 bass topped by 6½-pound largemouth, all on fly; at Dale Hollow, Ed Jones of Dayton, Ohio, took a 7-pounder on a plug and E. C. Zolla of Chicago removed a 5-pound smallmouth. At Watts Bar Lake, FG and OG.

FLORIDA: FP in most central Florida lakes, but several limits to 9½-pounds reported from Little Lake Harris near Howey, and FG in Kissimmee River east of Lake Wales.

MISSOURI: Meramec and lower Gasconade rivers both N, but cold weather has kept most fishermen off water; OG as temperature rises.

CHANNEL BASS: NORTH CAROLINA: Big schools of big bass hit surf at Hatteras Island last week with heaviest concentrations at Buxton and point of beach on north side of inlet near Hatteras village; more than 200 fish from 30 to 52 pounds landed last Tuesday afternoon at Cape Hatteras point; OVG for big bass in surf along Dare County coast well into December.