SO season opens
SC season closes
C clear water
D water dirty, roily
N water normal height
SH slightly high
VH very high
M water muddy
WT50 water 50°
FG fishing good
FVG fishing very good
FF fishing fair
FP fishing poor
OG outlook good
OVG outlook very good
OF outlook fair
OP outlook poor
BLACK BASS: MAINE: Big hauls of 1- to 6-pounders throughout state indicate liveliest smallmouth season in years. Anglers on Chemo Pond report popping bugs best bet. OVG.
MISSOURI: Ozark smallmouths hitting hard everywhere. Sam Welch, Bull Shoals, Ark., pulled in six bigmouths totaling 14 pounds using top-water lures. OG.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: State Fish and Game Pond Management Program producing excellent bass fishing at Bow Lake, Knights, Pleasant, Dudley, Forest and Odion ponds. Lake Wentworth at Wolfeboro reports catches heavy, OVG.
PENNSYLVANIA: Central state reports streams L, temperatures H, catches few and far between. Outlook brighter in Allegheny area, with fishing good in Warren and Forest counties, French Creek below Cochranton Bridge.
MARLIN: NORTH CAROLINA: Blue and white marlin fishing continues excellent off Oregon Inlet and Dare Coast, with large wahoo and sailfish showing regularly. Robert L. Kennedy, Washington, D.C., battled 176½-pound blue six hours, wearily landed ninth fish of season taken by anglers aboard boats based at Oregon Inlet. Dare Coast fleet still leads local race for total season catches with 13 big blues boated this summer, but Oregon Inlet way out front in white marlin race with 110 fish already in and promise of equally good angling next few weeks. Warning: Dry summer has produced serious fire hazard. Disastrous blaze on Dare mainland, still burning out of control, has already leveled 70,000 acres, killed uncountable deer, bear and other game.
NEW YORK: Excellent run of white marlin reported off Montauk with OG for coming week. 91-pound, 12-year-old William Aiken hooked into 101½-pounder on nine-thread line, boated prize in 18 minutes. 78 anglers on 31 boats scheduled for Montauk Yacht Club Open Tournament Aug. 19, with present fishing conditions promising plenty of action.
TEXAS: South coast reporting best fishing week of year, with fourth blue marlin of Port Aransas season taken by Mrs. Dan Braman, Victoria, who pioneered marlin fishing in this area. Same day, Colonel James P. Blakeney of Corpus Christi brought in small (7 foot 6 inch) white marlin off Port Isabel.
SPEARFISH: TEXAS: Biggest news in Port Aransas this week was probable identification of the first known spearfish ever taken on rod and reel. The 6-foot 6-inch, 33-pound rarity, first mistaken for sailfish, was pulled from 11 fathoms of water by Dr. Robert Ladd, Chicago, fishing with guide, Joe Kennon. Initial identification was made by marine scientists who termed spearfish "very rare everywhere."
MUSKELLUNGE: MINNESOTA: FF as lower temperatures cool off hot, humid areas. Al Mess, Keota, Iowa, landed a 53-inch, 41-pounder for a new Walker Bay record. On Little Boy Lake, Tom Schmidt, Longville, connected with a 34-pound, 6-ounce muskie while fishing for crappies, landed fighter on six-pound test line after a 45-minute battle.
NEW YORK: Chautauqua Lake gave up second 35-pounder in as many weeks to Gus Peterson, Jamestown, who thus hooked himself into a tie for first place in local race for biggest muskie of year. OG if weather continues.
ONTARIO: Don Cordy of Toronto caught 30½-pounder from Trent Canal east of Peterborough to brighten otherwise dull week of hot, unproductive fishing. OF
TROUT: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Fishing stabilized as high-altitude lakes in interior continue good, low-altitudes slow. Elk River on Vancouver Island and estuaries FG.
IDAHO: Fly-fishing hitting season's peak, with evening still best time for casting, but morning activity beginning to produce. Black Gnats taking lunkers on St. Joe River; Coachman and Renegade both hot on Deadwood River from reservoir downstream. As summer wanes, oldtimers watching waters below Magic Reservoir for first signs of big bruisers schooling up in deep pools. Outlook everywhere excellent.
MICHIGAN: Troutless Lake Michigan, where voracious lamprey eels wiped out 6½ million pounds of Lakers in 10 years, looked toward fishing revival this week as Fishery Biologist James W. Moffett announced new large-scale lamprey-killing program. Using a new selective poison called "Dowlap" by manufacturer, Dow Chemical Corporation, Moffett plans to begin concentrated extermination of lamprey larvae beds this fall, hopes eventually to clean out hitherto uncontrollable parasites.
VERMONT: Stream fishing getting slower, but Lamoille River, upper Missisquoi River near Canadian border, Barton River and branches of Nulhegan still producing. OF.
NEW MEXICO: OG for fly-fishermen as long rains end and muddy waters clear. Chama and Brazos rivers, Terra Amarillo, Canones, Chevez creeks producing limits for 75% of anglers. OP.
TUNA: MASSACHUSETTS: Charters out of Harwichport and Chatham killing schoolies in the 80- to 110-pound class on red and white or yellow feathers. Pollock Rip excellent in morning hours, but little activity in p.m. OG.
NEW JERSEY: Fishing dismal. Outlook worse.
NOVA SCOTIA: Wedgeport's "barren grounds" look brighter this week as International Tournament draws near. Giant bluefins reported plentiful at Soldier's Rip and Tusket River but anglers scarce. OG.
NEW YORK: Charters out of Hampton Bays averaging 10 to 15 school tuna daily, outlook excellent. Fishing out of Montauk, Bob Maytag tied into a 530-pounder, hauled the big blue aboard his boat Bimini Babe after only 20 minutes. FG, OG to Block Island.
TARPON: FLORIDA: Weather easing off in wake of Hurricane Bertha, FG. Airman Bob Pecan of the Homestead Base fishing from Seven Mile Bridge, latched onto a 30-pound tarpon, struggled hour and 10 minutes trying to drag it to end of bridge and onto beach, finally jumped in and bodily carried fish ashore.
TEXAS: Vacationing from golf after winning Oklahoma Women's Amateur Championship, pretty Tulsa College senior Dale Fleming boated 6-foot 8-inch sailfish off Port Aransas on first fishing venture; three days later landed 142-pound, 14-ounce tarpon on 25-pound test line to better women's world record.