March 21, 1955
March 21, 1955

Table of Contents
March 21, 1955

Pat On The Back
Events & Discoveries
  • RHINO! 17

    Few exclamations suggest more terrifying African sights than those shown in these rare pictures of the infuriated charge of a rhino

The Wonderful World Of Sport
Bird Watch
Snow Patrol
Fisherman's Calendar
Sporting Look
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over


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

Compiled by Ed Zern


This is an article from the March 21, 1955 issue Original Layout

FG=fishing good; FF = fishing fair; FP=fishing poor.
OG=outlook good; OP=outlook poor.

STEELHEAD TROUT: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Fresh runs and fair fishing reported from Salmon, Bear and Cowichan rivers on Vancouver Island. On the mainland, Vedder has been producing limits of fish to 18 pounds. Outlook patchy, with fair late fishing still to come.


WASHINGTON: FP generally but Satsop, Wynoochee and lower Cowlitz expect new runs.

TARPON: FLORIDA: Advance platoons of west coast migration have arrived at Boca Grande; Robert E. Strawbridge of Philadelphia and Cloetis Keating of Locust Valley, N.Y. led last week's early-bird anglers with 70-and 73-pounders respectively; OG and improving through April. Ten Thousand Island area reports tarpon on the move and smacking trolled baits.

BLACK BASS: CALIFORNIA: Havasu Lake is hot, with live bait best bet and bass running to 8 pounds. With high winds slacked off and shirtsleeve weather, OG on all Colorado River reservoirs from Mead to Martinez.

NORTH CAROLINA: FG with live bait in Currituck and Albemarle sounds, especially Kitty Hawk area, and coastal ponds. OG.

MISSOURI: Upper part of Lake Bull Shoals produced several limits last Saturday with most big bass still in deep water; outlook is excellent. FG and OG at Lake Norfork (upper end), with deep-running plugs favored by local experts.

TENNESSEE: Lakes which have been low for three years are rising with recent rains, and OG throughout state. Norris, Fort Loudoun, Watts Bar, South Holston, Cherokee and Douglas lakes also report FG, OG.

LOUISIANA: FG generally throughout state: Black Bayou and Horseshoe Lake were hot last week. Calcasieu River, Lake Misere, Lacasine Bayou, Anacoco Bayou and overflow lakes along Louisiana banks of the Sabine are all yielding fine string with some in 4-pound class.

FLORIDA: Best bet in central Florida is little Lake Harris at Howey, where Elmer Carpenter caught 27 bass over 4 pounds in six days last week. FG Kissimmee River with top fish last week shading 9 pounds. In northwest Florida the Florida River and River Styx are best-bet contenders.

TROUT: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Ice is going out of upper Vancouver Island lakes but most are still slushy; OG for end of month. A few good catches reported from upper Cowichan River. Humpback fry were free-swimming on the Somass last week; OG.

NEVADA: Colorado River below Davis Dam is producing limits of 12-to-13-inch trout from last year's plant, and OG next two weeks. Pyramid Lake is improving as weather warms; Walker Lake close to season's peak as trollers boated a 14-pound cutthroat last week.

PACIFIC SALMON: CALIFORNIA: With best run of spring chinooks in years off Golden Gate, most fishermen going out come home with limits of small fish (to Impounds); best spot is midway between Rock Point and Middleground. Favored method employs 12-pound monofilament with sinkers to get lures or bait to proper depth. New regulations opening Sacramento River to salmon and trout fishing all year from Keswick Dam to Carquinez Bridge go into effect April 1, with new limit three trout and/or salmon daily from Nov. 1 to April 29; rest of year it's 10 fish or 10 pounds and one fish.

MARLIN: FLORIDA: Whites still in Gulf Stream from Palm Beach to upper keys, and OG.

MEXICO: Acapulco boats averaged one sail daily last week, but no marlin were taken—possibly because they were all at Mazatlan, where 102 were caught last week and outlook continues excellent.