KEY TO SYMBOLS
FG=fishing good; FF=fishing fair; FP=fishing poor.
OG=outlook good; OP=outlook poor
BONEFISH: FLORIDA: 7-to 11-pounders were being taken in Norris Cut (near Miami) last week and should still be there.
BAHAMAS: Best bonefish areas now are Andros Island and Green Turtle Cay; both producing fish to 7 pounds on spin lures and flies; OG.
BLACK BASS: FLORIDA: Three Tampa anglers took limits (8) to 8 pounds from Withlacoochee River last week using 4-to-6-inch live eels with buckshot weight 3 inches above bait. Many limit catches reported from Homosassa River, with live bait best. North end of Lake Tarpon (20 miles NW of Tampa) yielded 12½-pound bigmouth on live shiner last week. Kissimmee River (east of Lake Wales) reports big bass on rampage. Much-neglected sand ponds on Washington County line are good bets for limits of bass in 3-to-4-pound class; try Gap Pond (east of Wausau) and Hicks and' Lucas ponds (south of Vernon) with shiners fished deep. Schooling bass in Lake Talquin are hitting plugs, spoons, spinning and fly-rod lures with impartial enthusiasm, and OG through this week. In central Florida, Lake Hatchineha (NE of Lake Wales) was hot last week. In lower Florida, Tamiami and side canals continue to give phenomenally fast action (two Miamians using surface lures took and released 91 bass in one day last week) and OG through March.
MISSOURI: Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua region) is at normal level but murky; OF. OG at Gravois Creek area where water is clearing.
CALIFORNIA: Sloughs off lower Colorado River from Palo Verde to Parker Dam should produce well this week; try live bait or medium-deep plugs. Mead, Mohave and Havasu lakes still spotty but end of cold and winds should start bass on big spree.
LOUISIANA: Stranger walked into the Sports Mart in Lake Charles last week and asked for a couple of plugs. "What kind?" said Max McFatter. "Don't matter," said the stranger. "Them crazy bass in Willow Lake are hitting anything and everything." And if you're at the other side of Louisiana, near Mississippi line, try the small bayous off Little Lake, down the Rigolets, with live shrimp bait. In the interior, plug and fly casters are getting good action in Chicot Bayou, and OG.
STRIPED BASS: CALIFORNIA: End of steel-head season (Feb. 28th) freed army of San Francisco anglers for campaign against stripers; many limits of medium-size fish taken in Delta, Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, and OF.
PACIFIC SALMON: BRITISH COLUMBIA : Young silvers are still rambunctious in Saanichton Inlet, Oak Bay and other south Vancouver Island spots; spring salmon continue to be brawny, bright and abundant, with most in 10-pound class but some to 20. FG at Horseshoe Bay with herring plug or strip, and OG.
CALIFORNIA: As winds let up. a fleet of trollers went to work off Slide Ranch near Sausalito and almost all got two or three fish from 9 to 14 pounds; OG.
SAILFISH: FLORIDA: FG from Palm Beach through Florida Keys; S.V.R. Spaulding of Buffalo took Miami tourney lead with 75-pounder hooked off Alligator Reef.
MEXICO: FF at Acapulco with charter boats averaging slightly better than one sailfish daily; blue water is close inshore but cold.
WEAKFISH: MISSISSIPPI: Trout are showing in fair numbers around islands off Biloxi and in Bay of Biloxi; OF and improving.
TEXAS: Night fishermen are taking many good catches of weaks in Aransas Pass and Rockport Basin; OG through March.
FLORIDA: On west coast, best bet is Gulf flats off Anclote River and Ozona (between Clearwater and Tarpon Springs) with live shrimp or nylon jigs getting results.
WAHOO: FLORIDA: Ed Glasco and Earl Kreiner, mates on deep-sea party boat Miss Judy out of Johns Pass, caught a 48½-pound wahoo last week. They saw the fish in shallow water near their dock, jumped in and cornered it with hands and feet, lugged it ashore. "Very strong men," said some; "Very sick fish," said others.