KEY TO SYMBOLS
FG=fishing good; FF=fishing fair; FP=fishing poor. OG=outlook good; OP=outlook poor.
MARLIN: MEXICO: Mazatlan charter boats took 19 marlin during 47 trips last week. 390-pounder boated at Acapulco last Saturday and OG as many anglers report strikes and following fish.
FLORIDA: Russell Perry of Logan, W.Va. took 122½-pound white marlin last week fishing Gulf Stream out of Haulover Beach; OG for whites all along SE coast.
BAHAMAS: FG as moderate breezes are providing ideal surface conditions along drop-offs; hottest spot is at upper end of Exuma Sound 35 miles SE of Nassau but good schools are in Tongue of Ocean off Andros Island (40 miles SW of Nassau) and off Bimini and Cat Cay, and OG through March.
STEELHEAD TROUT: WASHINGTON: FP, OP. OREGON: Subfreezing temperatures have chilled waters and warm-up might start fish moving; meanwhile FP, OP.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: All streams are low as cold weather continues. A few fresh fish are in the Cowichan and Vedder but OP generally.
BLACK BASS: FLORIDA: Epidemic of big bass broke out last week: Rex Sullivan of Hartford City, Ind. took two 10½-pounders, one 8½ and one 5 from Lake Carlton (at Tangerine) in two days last week, on shiners; 10¾ pound bigmouth hauled from Lake Jackson at Sebring had ¾-pound bass in its stomach; six bass of over 10 pounds (including one 15-pounder) were caught in Lake Tarpon, north of Clearwater; etc., etc. Lake Washington, west of Melbourne, is good bet in eastern Florida; on west coast Lake Tsala Apopka, 70 miles north of Tampa on Rt. 41 is moderately hot; on east coast St. Johns River and Lake George (west shore) should produce top fishing. In NW Florida, St. Marks, Wakulla, Ochlockonee and Apalachicola rivers are producing well on top-water plugs. OG and improving throughout state as spring approaches.
NORTH CAROLINA: Largemouths from 1 to 2 pounds are taking live bait in Currituck Sound and freshwater creeks and lakes around Nags Head and Kitty Hawk, and OG as water warms.
NEVADA: FF and improving at Lake Mead as Lon Chancy Jr. took 8½-pounder from Overton arm last week and Gary Cooper caught a limit from the Iceberg Canyon region.
MISSOURI: FP in Lake of Ozarks (Osage and headwaters area) as chalky silt has discolored water. Lake Taneycomo is murky but FG and OG through next week.
DOLPHIN: BAHAMAS: Mrs. Joan Lightbourn of Nassau claimed new women's record for tackle class after boating 34-pound 4-ounce dolphin on 20-pound line; OG throughout islands as large schools are migrating through area waters.
FLORIDA: C. D. Steiner of Shamokin, Pa. caught 72-pound 12-ounce bull dolphin on 15-thread line last week and data has been sent to IGFA as new world record in line class.
WEAKFISH: FLORIDA: FG and OG all along west coast. Best spots are grass flats off Yankeetown (80 miles north of Tampa), lower Crystal River (40 miles NE of Tampa), Anclote flats off Tarpon Springs, Bunces Pass off St. Pete and adjacent grassfields, and Tampa Bay; fish and fishermen favor live shrimp.
MISSISSIPPI: Spring weather has trout feeling frisky; try live shrimp or plugs along leeward side of Ship Island 13 miles off Biloxi; OG.