KEY TO SYMBOLS
FG=fishing good; FF=fishing fair; FP=fishing poor.
OG=outlook good; OP=outlook poor.
STEELHEAD TROUT: IDAHO: After two weeks of fast fishing, Snake River slowed to a wiggle last weekend; OG when weather warms, for steelhead to 9 pounds. Little Salmon was in good shape and producing nicely last week; OG, with egg clusters favored by local talent.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: As dry weather and low water continue, light runs of 6- to 7-pound fish have entered Salmon, Quinsam, Campbell and Puntledge rivers; Cowichan reports FF. On mainland the Vedder has a sprinkling of fresh fish but most are dark. In general FP and OP.
OREGON: Our steelhead spy was captured last Sunday; asked if he had statement to make before execution he sneered at firing squad and said, "FP, OP."
CHANNEL BASS: NORTH CAROLINA: Big schools should show up in Oregon and Hatteras inlets and in surf between Kitty Hawk and Ocracoke Inlet within next 10 days, when cut bait fished from beaches should pay off.
BLACK BASS: NORTH CAROLINA: Slight fall in level of Fontana Lake last week caused by removal of two 12-pound largemouth caught on bait: smallmouth also active, but few fish or fishermen have time for artificial lures.
TENNESSEE: Watts Bar, Cherokee and Center Hill lakes are producing good catches, with skillful bait-casters striking it rich on spinner-and-pork-rind combination.
CALIFORNIA: Clear Lake and Shasta in northern California should be worth fishing within next two or three weeks; meanwhile lower Colorado River reservoirs continue to provide fine sport from Mead to Martinez, and OG.
LOUISIANA: Limit bass catches were the rule last week in the New Orleans area, with many topping 4 pounds; ponds along Highway 90 west of the city and slips adjacent to the intercoastal waterway east of the city are good bets, but almost any pond is worth flipping a spoon into, and OG through March.
MISSOURI: Bad weather kept most fishermen off Lake Clearwater last week but outlook is excellent now; diving lures should produce. Lake Taneycomo is giving up frequent limits on wobbling plugs but few big fish reported.
FLORIDA: In central Florida, Lake Hatchineha, east of Dundee, and little Lake Harris at Howey are top bets but with continued good weather most water in this area should provide good-to-excellent action with top-water plugs or popping bugs. To the south, Tamiami and other canals continue to yield limits with flyrodders, spin-fishers and cane-polers all doing brisk business. In NW Florida best bassing is in upper Shoal and Yellow rivers, both near Crestview; local experts favor crayfish but a deer-hair or cork bug will get action.
TROUT: NEVADA: Afternoon winds are hampering anglers on Walker Lake but the big cutthroats are cooperative when offered wobbling plugs behind twin-spinner rig.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Bright sun and mild nights have de-iced most Vancouver Island lakes; in Campbell River area Mohun, Morton and Lower Campbell lakes and Head Pond are producing well to trolled spoons.