SO—season opened (or opens); SC—season closed (or closes).
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; OF—outlook fair; OP-outlook poor.
POLLACK: MAINE: Fastest fishing in Maine at moment is light-weight tackle assault on Atlantic sea pollack off Petit Manan Light. Four-and 5-ounce spinning rigs taking fish averaging 10 pounds. Like a lot of drought-ridden trouters, Joe Coffin came down from Brewer after pollack for the first time and dragged home a 20½-pounder. Outlook terrific.
BLUEFISH: FLORIDA: Dog Island Reefs producing good takes on mullet or large spoons. MASSACHUSETTS: Blues seemed extremely reluctant last week to move up from massed position off Jersey coast. Some taken around Cape Cod. but spotty and nothing like last few years. Martha's Vineyard surf fishing uneven at Chappiquiddick, Squibnocket and Katama. But SI agent took a 9½-pounder on tin squid at Squibnocket, season's largest from local surf.
NEW JERSEY: Best three scenes of action off Jersey coast are: area 7 to 10 miles off Asbury Park, Barnegat Ridge about 18 miles east of Barnegat Light, and an area a short distance E by NE of Five Fathom Lightship off Cape May. Asbury Park fish continue to average more than 6 pounds each; southerly fish are mixed, 3 pounds and larger. Trolling and chumming both effective. OVG. Surf fishing slow.
July 31, 1955
STRIPED BASS: NOVA SCOTIA: Lots of stripers weighing 8-15 pounds being taken at Bear River. OG.
MASSACHUSETTS: Fair catches taken at Cape Cod Canal and at Nauset Beach in Orleans. Outer Cape beaches still dormant except for heroic few who launch small prams outside breaker line: a very tricky business. Cape Cod Bay showed recovery as one skipper took 48 fish on early morning tide from Billingsgate Shoal and Brewster Shoal. Vineyarders taking stray stripers to 20 pounds on squid and reverse atom plugs in surf. OG.
NEW JERSEY: Best fishing at night with calico crab bait on stone jetties at Long Branch, Deal, Bradley Beach and Avon. Some fine fishing last week by spin-casters and conventional squidders, tossing from skiffs to the edge of stone jetties from Highlands to Sea Bright. Fish numerous but of moderate size. OG.
SWORDFISH: MASSACHUSETTS: Five-foot-2-inch 117-pound Mrs. Helen Peters of Hackensack, N.J. took her first broadbill at week's end south of Cuttyhunk Island, and shortly after took her second, both on 24 thread. One weighed 195 pounds and the other 276.
CHANNEL BASS: NORTH CAROLINA: Fair-sized drum hitting well in surf on lower Hatteras Island and near Cape and Hatteras Inlet.
FLORIDA: New moon has produced encouraging results in Ten Thousand Islands sector of Everglades City.
TUNA: CALIFORNIA: Bluefin tuna run on off Catalina. OG.
MASSACHUSETTS: No school tuna have shown up yet and few big ones have been caught in traps for the latest start in some years.
NEW JERSEY: School fish reported 70 miles SE by E off Barnegat Lightship, too far to reach. No recent reports of giant tuna.
TROUT: OREGON: Streams on west slope of Cascades offering good fly-fishing with Santiam and McKinzie rivers best. Rainbows and cutthroats to 16 inches taking wet flies in afternoon, dry flies in evening. OG. Lower Columbia steelheading good with run of summer fish now being taken from sandbars.
COLORADO: All the news was not good for Ike last week, for it was revealed that in order to supply Denver with more water the President's favorite fishing spot, St. Louis Creek, just west of Fraser, will be virtually dried up, and Ike will have to get there before mid-August for one last go at the brawly little stream. Anyone looking for big ones might do well to try the Roaring Fork up near Aspen. Lee Holmes of Littleton got a 9½-pound brown near Carbon-dale on a salmon egg and a spinning outfit. Took him 45 minutes to land the lunker. State streams: Roaring Fork and Frying Pan C and FG, OG to excellent. All forks of South Platte L, C and F to G with OG. Gunnison L, C, FF, OG. Grand Mesa lakes FF and OG. Lower Colorado and tributaries affected by heavy general rain Saturday M, FP but clearing fast, FF higher up.
PENNSYLVANIA: SC July 31. going out with a whimper under one of worst heat waves ever.
WASHINGTON: Ross Lake again reported fine fishing this week with lures productive for big rainbows which were also reported snatching at pieces of steak. Pierce and Thurston county lakes FF, OF. High lakes still iced in above 5.000 feet. NE Washington good for rainbows in Waits. Williams, Badger and Curlew lakes. Tomyhoi will come out of snow coming week. Devotees here build rafts, push out from shore and fly-fish for well-stocked brookies. OG.
CALIFORNIA: Thundershowers, cloudbursts in some high Sierra regions, including Tioga Pass area, lessened forest fire hazards, raised streams, but OG. Hot spots Sierra East slope last week: Upper Big Pine Creek lakes near Palisade Glacier where fly-fishing belatedly at peak. Golden trout hitting flies at French Canyon lakes with easy limits to 16 inches. Summer steelhead run Klamath. Trinity rivers picking up. Middle Fork Eel sizzling for fair rainbows.
MICHIGAN: Upper Michigan agent reports experimenting with ice cubes on 5-X fished wet as worst drought since '36 has hit area. OP until considerable rain.
MAINE: Hot, humid weather drove fish down all over state and fishermen reported confined to cabins comforting themselves in usual way.
MONTANA: Madison F to G. Best flies red squirrel tail, black woolly worm. Grizzly and Wulff. Yellowstone F to G. Gallatin: Ginger Quill, Light Cahill and Lady Mite taking.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Island lakes and mountain streams producing. Steelheads having poorest run in some years with Stamp and Ash H but yielding a few fish.
ATLANTIC SALMON: NEW BRUNSWICK: Water L and WB above 80. Salmon scarce with showers improving catches in Miramichi.
NOVA SCOTIA: Water levels more favorable following heavy rain and Sheet Harbor River was top producer of the week with North River second best.
MAINE: Fishing generally poor for landlocks with Long Lake in uppermost Maine best.
PACIFIC SALMON: WASHINGTON: Westport reports FG and OG. Lapush FF, OG with big salmon expected at river's mouth any time. Neah Bay FG, OG with kings to 40 pounds. Not many kings taken at Hope, but those taken are lunkers. Big swing from Lummi Rocks to Waldron Island producing plentiful silvers on herring strips. Fisheries report more kings this year than in past 8, though fishermen not scoring too well. Skagit River is muddy. You can see big ones roll but can't catch them.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: F to G all along the coast with silvers up to 11 pounds and spring salmon up to 25. Rivers Inlet beginning to show big fish. Should be hot within a week or so. Best fish off Campbell River with 39 pounds from April Point. Big tides around August 1st should produce 50-pounders. Good reports from Little River, Kitty Coleman, Shelter Point, Comox Harbor in north, Howe Sound and Pender Harbor further south.