Aug. 16, 1954
Aug. 16, 1954

Table of Contents
Aug. 16, 1954

Pat On The Back
  • Herewith a salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good opinion of the world of sport, regardless of whether they have yet earned tallest headlines

Table of Contents
The Wonderful World Of Sport
New Golden Age
Western Trout
Under 21
  • An Australian bumarin—better known as boomerang—can outfly a Mickey Mantle home run. But unlike a baseball, this sickle-shaped piece of wood will twirl right back to you

  • Hikers and golfers are among its many victims and the blistering itch can be cured only by time

A Place To Be
Horse Racing
Sport In Art
Column Of The Week
Fisherman's Calendar
Sporting Look
  • By William F. Talbert

    He's had plenty this season and it's nobody's fault but his own

Last Laugh


A digest of last-minute reports from fishermen and other unreliable sources



This is an article from the Aug. 16, 1954 issue Original Layout

SO=season opened (or opens); SC= season closed (or closes); SV= season varies by district or water.
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. OG=outlook good; OP=outlook poor.

TROUT: TENNESSEE: Little Tennessee River producing good catches of rainbows to 21 inches, OG in Smokies thanks to rain, cooler weather. MAINE: Musquacook Lakes yielding big brookies; "Barrel Hole" at Fourth Musquacook best bet for dry fly, OG next ten days.

MONTANA: FG on all northern Rocky Mountain streams; best bets Madison, Gallatin, South and Middle Forks of Flathead. One-day National Trout Derby on Yellowstone River won by 4-pound, 5½ ounce brown last Saturday. OG on most streams through August.

OREGON: Santiam River near Salem L, C, FG for rainbows to 17 inches, some cutthroat; dry flies (variants, Light Cahill) best in evening.

COLORADO: 9 pound 7 ounce German brown from Antero Reservoir on casting rod and hardware last week, also 9-pound brown on spinning rig and wobbler. Most streams receding after recent rains. Gunnison River L, C, F, OF; North Fork of South Platte L, C, F, OP; St. Louis Creek (where Ike fishes) L, C, F, OP; COLORADO: (Middle Park area) L, C, FF, OF; (Glenwood Springs area) N, D, F, OF.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Lakes along Cariboo Highway producing limit catches of Kamloops trout to 3½ pounds. Vancouver Island lakes giving up nice cutthroat, with big trout off mouths of coastal rivers. Nile and Waterloo Creeks best bets; OG on all streams.

WASHINGTON: Sea-run cutthroat hitting well on Cowlitz and North Fort Lewis Rivers.

SMALLMOUTH BASS: PENNSYLVANIA: Susquehanna River up slightly with rains last week but still low, with FP in Harrisburg area, better upstream. Juniata River and Lycoming Creek producing well.

MISSOURI: Lower Gasconnade two feet below normal, muddy, but yielding limits of bass (mostly small). Big bass coming from Clearwater Lake on surface plugs, dawn and dusk.

MAINE: Spednic Lake still high with big fish scattered, but popping bugs producing.

CHINOOK SALMON: OREGON: Charter boats taking chinooks to 40 lbs. outside bar at Winchester Bay; light-tackle herring-moochers doing fine, but crossing bar in small boat is dangerous.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: 30-and 40-pounders showing at Brown's Bay, Campbell River, Nahmint and Alberni, with OG for bigger fish through next two weeks.

CALIFORNIA: Trolling good off Golden Gate and Monterey Bay; FG at mouth of Klamath.

WASHINGTON: Fishing slumped last week at most feeding banks; Neah Bay and Sekiu in Strait of Juan de Fuca way off; mid-Sound fishing very slow; lull will continue until new runs come in.

STRIPED BASS: MASSACHUSETTS: Night fishermen taking scattered 30- and 40-pound fish from Cape Cod beaches, but day fishing poor to awful. FP in Cape Cod Canal.

RHODE ISLAND: Ted Phelan of Block Island took a 52-pound bass from beach on 11-pound monafilament line on July 30th.

NOVA SCOTIA: Over 100 stripers daily being taken with rod and line at Big Bear River Bridge as huge schools of small herring in Annapolis basin attract gamefish.

CALIFORNIA: FG in San Francisco Bay district, Delta and Sacramento River mouths but bass are small, with 20-pounder top fish last week.

BLUEFIN TUNA: NEW YORK: School tuna (5-10 pounds) returned to Montauk area last Thursday, with charter boats taking up to 50 fish per trip.

NOVA SCOTIA: Herring coming into Wedgeport area with tuna following; three fish totaling 1594 pounds boated there last Friday making total catch so far this season 38, with prospects good for next two weeks.

MASSACHUSETTS: School tuna (15-25 pounds) abundant near tip of Cape and in Ipswich Bay but no big fish showing yet.

RHODE ISLAND: School tuna thick on Nebraska Shoals west of Point Judith and near Whale Rock at Narragansett Bay. Two large fish harpooned last week.

STEELHEAD TROUT: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Most streams down to summer level. Quatham River hot. Good bets: Stamp and Puntledge on Vancouver Island, Coquihalla, Morice and Kispio on mainland.

CALIFORNIA: Summer run starting in Klamath, with limits being taken on bait and spinners. 88-pound sturgeon (legal first year since 1917) landed by Klamath salmon fisherman.

WASHINGTON: North Fork of Skykomish producing fair to poor catches of summer steelhead; FF on Canyon Creek; FG at County Line and Kalama Bars in Columbia River.

OREGON: Deschutes River L, C, FG for fish in 5-pound class with spinning producing best; Umpqua River (Steamboat area) L, C, FG, best flies Umpqua Special, Golden Demon.

MUSKELLUNGE: WISCONSIN: Chippewa Flow-age producing well, with 48½-pound muskie reported from Hayward last week.

COBIA: NORTH CAROLINA: Excellent fishing from Cape Charles (Va.) to Cape Lookout area for cobia to 45 pounds.

TEXAS: Mrs. Ardell Thomas of Corpus Christi landed a 53-pound cobia last week on 27-pound line for possible new world light-tackle record.

MARLIN: TEXAS: 7½-foot white marlin, first in history of the area, boated 25 miles off Corpus Christi last week.

MEXICO: 395-pound striped marlin taken off Acapulco last week, with blue water near shore and OG for next two weeks.

CALIFORNIA: First marlin of year taken off San Diego; plenty in Catalina waters but none hooked so far.

ATLANTIC SALMON: NOVA SCOTIA: St. Mary's, North, Moser's and Salmon Rivers best producers with Medway lagging badly (4 fish reported week ending July 31).

NEW BRUNSWICK: Rains and cold have delayed season about 30 days, but St. John is down 2 feet in past 3 weeks; OG through September.