SO—season opens SC—season closes C—clear water D—water dirty, roily N—water normal height SH—slightly high H—high VH—very high M—water muddy L—low R—rising 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
SAILFISH: FLORIDA: FG/OG in Stuart area where last week Mrs. Dorothea Dean of Palm Beach, Fla. and Woodstock, Vt. took top honors in Third Annual Sailfish Tournament sponsored by International Women's Fishing Association. On second day of two-day tournament, using 10-pound test line, Mrs. Dean caught and released two sailfish, won event by some 500 points. During same week, Mrs. Dean received news that Internationa Gamelfish Association had recognized her 384-pound blue marlin, taken on 45-pound test line last summer off Bimini in Bahamas, as new women's world record in 50-pound test line category.
STEELHEAD: OREGON: OVG with streams approaching N and C condition after heavy rains. Excellent runs reported in all coastal rivers and streams south of Columbia River to California border. Sixes River on southern coast last week yielded 14 steelhead to angler Elton Lafky of Salem who released them all. FG also in Elk, Chetco and Coquille rivers while Siuslaw River, Big Creek, Tenmile Creek, Alsea River and Drift Creek advise FVG for fish to 15 pounds. Anglers also scoring on northern coast rivers such as the Nehalem, Trask, Miami, Wilson, Nestucca, Salmon and Siletz. Egg clusters now most popular bait.
WASHINGTON: OG as streams almost N. FVG in Humptulips River. Large number of marked fish caught so far indicate 30% were hatchery raised. FG on Hoh, Queets, Quinault, Green, Upper and Lower Snoqualmie, Puyallup and North Fork of Stillaguamish. Eggs and fluorescent yarn favored on Skagit where William Hoffman of Bellingham last week grassed a 14-and a 12-pound hen steelhead on yarn. FVG on Skykomish which produced a 21-pounder for Tony Jonker of Sultan, and record run in Samish indicated.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Streams H and R but OF with fish running. Colder weather needed.
BONEFISH: FLORIDA: Weather moderating and Key Largo Guide Calvin Albury reports that Clyde Speer, president of Speer Coal Corp., Pittsburgh, garnered seven bonefish to 6 pounds on spinning tackle in one day last week.
STRIPED BASS: NEW JERSEY: SC until March 1 but OG for spring as number of 8-pound fish, along with heavy run of 14- to 16-inch stripers are wintering in Mullica River and Great Egg Harbor Bay.
CALIFORNIA: FG as always-reliable Frank's Tract rewarded neophyte Ina Mauck of Ingle-wood with a 44-pounder, weightiest of California's current winter season.