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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: PENNSYLVANIA: OG for month ahead. FG now at Cranberry Lake in Somerset County where early morning and late evening anglers are taking big fish on poppers and Jitterbugs.

TENNESSEE: FG/OG in Watts Bar Lake between Knoxville and Chattanooga. Top-water lures tempting at night, live bait during day. Last week C. H. Oaks of Oak Ridge afforded a good example of current prospects when he whipped a 7-pound 12-ounce largemouth at the mouth of Little Emory River in Watts Bar Lake.

MISSISSIPPI: FVG in McIntyre "scatters," a sump area of low woods and brakes, as heavy discharge of water from Grenada Reservoir has encouraged bass to 6 pounds to take top-water lures.

FLORIDA: FVG in Lake Okeechobee in Belle Glade area where Guide Slim Corbin reports largemouths around edges of islands and over peppergrass are famished and attacking plugs. FG also in Clewiston area where fish in heavy cover prefer spoon and porkrind rig.

CHANNEL BASS: NORTH CAROLINA: FVG/OVG. Last week Miss Amelia Ballance of Buxton, N.C. took a 63-pound bass from the surf at Cape Hatteras on 36-pound test line. The fish was 4 feet 4 inches in length, 30 inches in girth and the International Game Fish Association will be asked to recognize it as a new Women's All Tackle World's Record. Miss Ballance's trophy weighed almost 9 pounds more than previous women's record taken in 1953. The All Tackle record for both men and women is an 83-pound fish caught at Cape Charles, Va. in 1949. In addition to potential record of last week, over 150 other bass were hauled from surf along Outer Banks. Many were in 40-pound class, some over 50, and November OVG from Nags Head to Ocracoke Inlet.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Cut mullet bringing nice catches to anglers all along coast from Georgia state line north to Horry County beaches. Last week Fred Oxley of Laurens and R. L. Holmes of North Charleston casting the surf at Raccoon Key near McClellanville beached five bass over 35 pounds. Liveliest areas between Charleston and Georgetown, but regular OVG.

STEELHEAD: IDAHO: FVG on main Salmon and Middle Fork of Salmon. FVG at Riggins on main Salmon on red and white Dardevles. Anglers headquartering at Sulphur Creek Ranch on Middle Fork of Salmon battling 12- to 14-pound fish and swearing by Wob-L-Rite lure. Steelhead also reported in Clearwater River in northern state as far up as Orofino; OVG.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Thompson River FVG and getting better. Water is L and C and pools are full of fishermen and fish. Last week, in three days, Jim Gilland and Art Agnew of Seattle grassed a 23½-pound steelhead and five others almost as impressive. Two other steelheaders reported 14 fish in four days. OVG as weather holds warm and bright. Spy recommends areas around Spences Bridge and Nicola. Kispiox and Morice FVP and these Skeena tributaries must be counted as serious 1957 failures.

PACIFIC SALMON: IDAHO: OF/FG with chinooks to 35 pounds being taken below Brownlee Dam and at Swan Falls on Snake River.

OREGON: OG in coastal streams. FVG in Siltcoos narrows where game commission dynamited channel from ocean into Siltcoos Lake. Low water had prevented spawners from running into lake, but OVG from now until Thanksgiving for both silvers and chinooks. Siuslaw, Alsea and Siletz rivers are choked with silvers and sportsmen are limiting on red fluorescent Flatfish and Hot-Shots trolled slowly near surface. Water L and C in upper rivers and tidewater stretches offer best angling until rivers become H and fish move to spawning beds.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Fish now spawning in most streams. Campbell River run after appearing to be total flop has picked up and FG although below average. Cowichan Bay still yielding silvers to bucktail-spinner combinations and some jacks, springs and grilse are also present. Fraser Bar and sloughs FG/FVG and OVG.