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.
TROUT: NEVADA: Walker Lake still producing whoppers for anyone willing to brave near-zero weather, and OG.
COLORADO: State Fish and Game Department handed anglers unexpected Christmas present last week with announcement that round-the-clock trouting will be allowed during 1956 season. Director Kimball also announced that 10 brook trout under eight inches will be allowed in addition to regular limits, as many state waters are stiff with stunted brookies.
STRIPED BASS: CALIFORNIA: Delta plug casters hit striper jackpot last week despite rains; Indian Slough best location. Top fish was 29-pounder and OVG.
SOUTH CAROLINA: FP during extreme cold, but a few limits reported; upstream migration from Lake Moultrie should be underway by Jan. 1.
BLACK BASS: FLORIDA: In northwest Florida hottest bass fishing is at Big Lake George near Palatka where spin fishermen are taking large-mouths to eight pounds on lures. In central section, Lakes Panasoffkee and Little Harris are among top producers with live minnows best bait, and cane-polers are taking occasional 7-and 8-pounders. Some fair catches reported from Kissimmee River and Lake Hatchineha.
MISSOURI: Lake Bull Shoals (upper part) C, N, FG despite cold weather which kept many fishermen off water; Jess Wood, of Springfield, brought back six bass that weighed 28¼ pounds. Lake Norfork (upper part) C, N, FG, OG.
TENNESSEE: Center Hill and Dale Hollow reservoirs are closing out calendar year with some lovely lunkers including 10½-pound bigmouth that took Yellow Doll Fly cast by A. J. Hayes Jr. at Center Hill near the dam, and many smallmouths over five pounds reported last week from Dale Hollow.
LOUISIANA: Cajun agent names Anacoco Lake (near Leesville), Lake Bisteneau (Shreveport area) and Lakes Providence and Gassoway and Old River in East Carroll Parish among best bets for bass action.
STEELHEAD TROUT: IDAHO: Hottest fishing in recent years reported on Snake River from mouth of Weiser up to Galloway Dam, with cherry-bobbers and wobbling spoons producing plentiful strikes. FVG at mouth of Middle Fork of Salmon and downstream on main Salmon; hottest spot is just below Lantz's Bar, and OVG.
CALIFORNIA: Most steelhead streams were clearing at presstime and OG if no rain.
WASHINGTON: All rivers H, but F and clearing fast. Quinalt, Dosewallips, Duckabush rivers, Samish Slough, Green River above Auburn, Skagit above Baker and upper Puyallup all FG and OG; lower Cowlitz and Toutle producing nicely for both bank and drift fishermen, with spoons and cherry-bobbers most popular lures. In eastern Washington some good fishing reported from Wenatchee, Tucannon, Snake and Grande Ronde rivers. Continued cold weather should have streams in top condition and producing splendidly this week.
OREGON: All coastal waters still dropping and clearing at presstime. In north coast area Wilson, Nestucca, Siletz, Alsea and Siuslaw rivers are rated best; Elk, Chetco and Sixes favorites on south coast. In general OG.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Clear, cold weather has put all streams in fine shape and although run has not yet reached peak there are fish in all the Vancouver Island and lower mainland streams, and outlook continues good and improving; for best results fish slow and deep, and work the larger pools.