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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; OVG—outlook very good; OG—outlook good; OF—outlook fair; OP—outlook poor

STEELHEAD: IDAHO: FG in most streams. Fish starting to show at Taylor's Ranch in Big Creek Primitive Area, but one angler the worse for wear for it. Last week Larry Williams of Boise dispatched a 10-pound steelie and laid it on the gravel bar where he was fishing. Forthwith he hooked another and while fighting it just happened to notice a large otter munching on the deceased fish. Williams chased otter, slipped on rocks, broke rod, lost second fish, sprained shoulder, broke ankle and went home with half a steelhead. OVG for everyone else.

WASHINGTON: Heartbroken spy reports that usual March runs have failed to materialize with the Skagit barren in spite of perfect conditions; OP.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Water C after heavy rains and FG. On Vancouver Island the Salmon River is best provider with steelhead to 20 pounds nipping flies. Stamp, Ash, Big Qualicum and Englishman's River boiling with excellent late runs. Timber cruiser also advises FG on Punt-ledge, Oyster, Qualicum, Cowichan, Nanaimo, Vedder, Thompson and Cheakamus rivers. Late fish are bright though close to spawning and OVG.

BLACK BASS: FLORIDA: FG with warm weather and Little Lake Harris at Howey along with other central-state lakes showing fish from eight to 11 pounds on live shiners. Bass are on beds in Apalachicola and Wakulla rivers and OVG for next two weeks. Near Bay area best bet on Apalachicola while on Wakulla old hands prefer holes upriver from lower bridge. Northeast state agent reports St. Johns, Ortega and Oklawaha torrid on surface lures with A. W. Weber of Jacksonville horsing a 10-pounder from the Oklawaha; OVG.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Area north of Santee-Cooper diversion canal sizzling. Incredulous agent advises that last week four men wading and casting Johnson spoons snagged 240 bass in one day and released all but eight of them. FVG there, but don't neglect Lake Murray, Clarks Hill, Catawba and Wateree.

TROUT: IDAHO: On Snake River at Thousand Springs last week large fish were hitting N o. 8 and 10 Mickey Finns. Bait anglers also scored with single eggs and clusters below Strike Dam and at American Falls with trout running to 8 pounds. OVG.

NEW MEXICO: Upper Rio Grande from Taos to Colorado state line FG for big ones. All drain canals of the Rio Grande Valley offering fat rainbows with spoons and bigger flies being awarded the action. OG.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: FF on Cowichan and Suggans Lake which is now open. Other lakes still frozen, but worm dunkers are getting some results at Fraser Sloughs; OP/F for next two weeks.

BONEFISH: BRITISH WEST INDIES: FVG as fish stay pleasantly plentiful. A. Richard of Poughkeepsie, New York out of the Bang Bang Club at Andros Town last week collared 32 fish in two days and increased the possibility that this week will see some angler take the season's 2,000th bonefish from the area; OVG.