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ATLANTIC SALMON: MAINE: First salmon of season killed on Narraguagus River last week. Norman Hathaway of Brewer who flies own plane to interior took 31-inch, 12-pound salmon from Academy Pool on No. 2 Hathaway-designed-and-tied fly. Few hours later Albert La Casse of Williamsburg, Mass. killed 35½-inch, 16-pound 7-ounce salmon in Stillwater Pool with No. 4 Mickey Finn. State of Maine's nine salmon rivers now C and approaching N with OVG.

NOVA SCOTIA: Catch total soaring as provincial waters are N and C. Anglers last week reported 95 fish over 20 pounds taken. Lahave was in lead with 25. Medway yielded 14, St. Mary's 13, Round Hill 12, Salmon River and Musquodoboit 6 each; OVG.

PACIFIC SALMON: CALIFORNIA: FG in Morro Bay as biggest school in years has moved within half mile of pier. Fish running from 14 to 22 pounds and OG. Trolling spotty off Golden Gate Bridge thanks to winds, but moderation makes OG here also.

WASHINGTON: Fat herring have finned into inner Puget Sound and fine run of early fat spring salmon sticking right with them. FG particularly at Point Lawrence on Orcas Island where 20-pounders are rule on herring.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: OG but results patchy. Kings moving into Comox and Pender Harbor on mainland. Spanish Inlet FG. Mcnab Creek best bet with some springs to 30 pounds.

TARPON: FLORIDA: Less than three hours after St. Petersburg Tarpon Roundup got under way, Wally Lawrence of Sarasota squelched a 157-pound tarpon, the seventh-largest in 24-year tournament history and only 13 pounds under 170-pound alltime behemoth; FG/OG.

BONEFISH: FLORIDA :Keys at best with many fine bonefish bags reported. Recently Herbert Stone, chairman of the board of the York-Hoover Corporation, York, Pa. took 13 boners in five days ranging from 7 to 12½ ponderous pounds.

CHANNEL BASS: NORTH CAROLINA: Largest channel bass of past week taken in Oregon Inlet by Vernon Tuttle Jr. of Norfolk, Va. It weighed 50 pounds. FG in surf as well as inlet with Pflueger No. 7 spoons and cut bait still effective.

WEAKFISH: LOUISIANA: Speckles running furiously in Lake Pontchartrain, where spoons and live croakers are taking catches of a hundred or more. FG too at Cocodrie below Houma and in Grande Isle surf; OG.

MISSISSIPPI: All along coast from Bay St. Louis to Pascagoula weaks are swarming after plugs and shrimp. Ship Island, Deer Island, Cat Island and the Reefs all advise FVG/OG.

STRIPED BASS: NEW JERSEY: FG in surf in Long Branch environs for 15-pounders but best news is that 40-pound stripers are being taken at Highlands; OG.

MARYLAND: Forty-pounders now at Brick House Bar in Chesapeake and will strike No. 17, 18, 19 Tony Accetta spoons trolled deep.

BLUE MARLIN: NORTH CAROLINA: Captain Edgar Styron of Hatteras last week raised first blue marlin of season. No strike, but OG.

TROUT: MINNESOTA: FG, water L and C and first hatches now emerging. Beaver ponds in lower reaches of Blackhoff River offering browns from 2 to 5 pounds, while Straight River at Park Rapids, a famous brown trout river, switched form and awarded George Ulschmidt of Frazee a 2-pound 4-ounce brook; OG, however, for brown trout.

OREGON: High lakes season open May 24 and OG as warm weather has reduced snow pack and uncovered lakes up to 6,000-foot level. Crane Prairie Reservoir on Upper Deschutes expected to produce excellent catches of brooks, rainbows and Kokanee. Some snow drifts cover trail leading to Marion Lake, but anglers who mush will find lake ice-free and FG. Coastal streams also open May 24 and sportsmen trolling tide water should creel fat, downstream cutthroat. Nestucca, Siletz, Alsea, Siuslaw and Coquille rivers all N and OG.

C—water clear
N—water normal height
H—water high
L—water low
R—water roily
WT50—water 50°
FG—fishing good
FF—fishing fair
FP—fishing poor
OVG—outlook very good
OG—outlook good
OP—outlook poor


FINE WAHOO which weighed 51 pounds brightened Bermuda holiday for Prince Bijan Esfandiary-Bakhtiary, 20-year-old angling brother of Iran's Princess Soraya.