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SO—season opens (or opened); SC—season closes (or closed).
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

TROUT: NEW YORK: SO April 13 with day bitter cold, snowy and windy; judicious and/or conservative anglers abed. Most popular waters in Westchester and Putnam Counties Kensico Reservoir and East Branch of Croton, with patient worm-dunkers doing better than fly-fishers. Water H and C with expectation of further clearing and lowering, barring further rain. FP/F in main Esopus and side streams for spawning rainbows and brownies. Day's best catch there by Ralph Hoffman, Shandaken: four rainbows ranging from 15 to 20 inches. Streams in splendid condition, although Esopus is muddy and unwadable below portal. Bait fishermen accounted for sizable rainbows; streamers taking smaller browns. OF/G for fly casters if fair weather prevails. FP in Beaverkill and Willowemoc, with WT34/38 and a few hatchery fish taking wet flies and small streamers. FP East Branch of Delaware. Streams L and flowing at nearly midsummer rate in Adirondack foothills around Little Falls, with fish hungry and responding. West branch of Ausable L, but many limits on Saranac, with OG good for bait and spin fishing.

NEW JERSEY: Agent reports waters H and WT30s, with some streams D but FF/G for 264,450 hatchery-liberated fish. Best catch of April 13 opener: 3-pound rainbow creeled out of Manasquan by Gerry Nevad, 17, Holmdel. Stream restocking under way with goal set at 600,000. Governor Robert B. Meyner and bride joined throngs in Musconetcong near Saxton Falls. FG but governor luckless, left for Pequest to pursue fate. Bride didn't join in sport; said she had no license.

IDAHO: FG/OG at upper end of Lucky Peak Reservoir east of Boise which opened unusually early. Reservoir heavily stocked and single red eggs best bait. FG on Snake below American Falls with large wets. Holes directly below Snow Falls also producing with some anglers taking 2-and 3-pounders on nymphs. Bait casters doing nicely with cutthroats on entire stretch of middle fork of Salmon, upper main Salmon. Northern and eastern state closed.

WASHINGTON: SO April 14 with great transport and excitement. Six million catchable-size rainbows were planted for opener's put-and-take fishing, and 35 million fry planted in past provided backlog of growing trout to 4 pounds. Recent warmth has advanced season, hatched insects, increased activity for estimated half-million opening-day anglers. Best bet in northwest state, Skagit County's Cavanaugh Lake, rehabilitated with cutts and rainbows two years back and reopened this season.

PENNSYLVANIA: SO April 15 but FP due to LWT, H water in central state, torpid fish. No hatches in sight; fish that did respond were taken on natural bait. Uniontown operative reports two-inch snow blanket throughout Allegheny forest and northern tier with streams H, D and WT36/40.

CALIFORNIA: Big Bear Lake, heavily stocked after chemical treatment to kill stunted and trash fish last fall, now sizzling. Other roadside waters open year-round also delivering, including Littlerock Reservoir, west and east forks of the San Gabriel. Topaz Lake FVG for rainbows, cutthroats to 5 pounds.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Mixed bag, with Upper Cowichan, Shawnigan Lake and most island creek mouths going strong, interior not really thawed out.

MINNESOTA: FG as weather warms slowly for rainbows on 23 north-shore streams which opened April 1. Anglers using spinning and fly outfits with awesome lures of scarlet fluorescent yarn and hooks loaded with salmon eggs. Best rainbow run was in Knife River near Duluth. Streams farther along shore toward Grand Marais still ice-choked at mouths. Best catch: 28½-incher by Mike Radich, Duluth, in Knife on aforementioned yarn. OG.

PACIFIC SALMON: CALIFORNIA: FVG for trollers some five miles northeast of Farallones with many chinook limits reported. Freak catch of week: 33-pound chinook boated by Tom Younghusband, Santa Ana, on live-bait boat out of Newport Harbor while bottom-fishing for cod.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Some dandy springs striking along Sunset Beach and in Horseshoe Bay: largest, 20-pounder who couldn't resist mooched herring strip.

LANDLOCKED SALMON: MAINE: FVG on just-out lakes and ponds, with excellent strings taken from Tunk Lake, Green Lake, Branch Pond, Phillips Lake and at freshet-raging big eddy on west branch of Penobscot. Bangor spy mourns that big casinos such as Rangeley, Moosehead, East and West Grand Lakes still under icy wraps.

STRIPED BASS: NEW JERSEY: FP except for Island Beach surf where school fish are feeding greedily. Man claims the way is with bloodworms from late afternoon until dark.

CALIFORNIA: FVG, best in recent years, for April. Hot spots are San Joaquin River from Buoy 21 to mouth of Potato Slough where one landing weighed in 204 stripers to 17 pounds from 28 boats. Top fish, 34-pounder taken in Seven-Mile Slough by H. O. Cali, Vallejo.

SOUTH CAROLINA: FP as water H and D. Anglers after fish on annual spawning run up Congaree and Wateree thoroughly disheartened. Few fish fell for cut shad fished on bottom of Diversion Canal and Santee bed. FP/F.

STEELHEAD: IDAHO: Informant says steelie season approaching peak. Water fairly C but runoff slow to start as cold nights in back country hold back fast thaw. FG on Middle Fork of Salmon from Flying B to mouth of Marble Creek, mouths of Camas, Loon creeks. South Fork of Salmon starting to produce. Bait clusters, large wobblers, fresh clams, best lures. OG.

TARPON: FLORIDA: Keys correspondent reports Frank J. Goyler, Middletown, Ohio, out of Marathon, landed 112-pounder on 63-pound test after 45-minute battle. Fishing picked up considerably in Miami area with omnivorous fish hitting in bays and inlets from Hollywood south. Fish also showing in bayous and bays as far north as St. Petersburg, Mullet Key area.

YELLOWTAIL: CALIFORNIA: Warm weather, better bait producing heaviest run in recent years with season's catch already surpassing mark set Sept. 1, 1956. Catches out of San Diego running almost 1,000 daily. Paul Neuenschwander, San Gabriel, a blind angler, boated 30-pound 10-ouncer off Coronado Islands to gain second place in continuing derby.

BLACK BASS: CALIFORNIA: FVG on reservoirs of Lower Colorado, Havasu Lake finest. Largemouths to 9 pounds being taken on deep-trolled plugs.

TENNESSEE: FF with week's best 9½-pounder taken from Center Hill Lake on Black Doll fly. Big bass also lurking and apparently famished in Norris Lake.

LOUISIANA: Fourteen-year-old Clyde Cooms took Bass Rodeo in New Orleans City Park with 5-pound 7-ounce largemouth on spinning tackle. Of 570 anglers entered, 289 used spinning gear, 188 plugs, 93 fly-fishing tackle. Weather generally hampered fishing.

FLORIDA: Tallahassee touter reports Lake Talquin yielding fish to surface plugs. Fish also hitting in most all central waters and shell-crackers giving limit catches to all. OG due to heavy rains.