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.
BLACK BASS: NEW YORK: Ashokan Reservoir still producing nicely at dawn and dusk as smallmouths slam deerhair bugs or spin-lures fished along shore line, but few big bass reported; OF/G through August. Delaware River L, C. WT74-80 in Narrowsburg area and FF with bugs and bivisibles at tails of pools from dusk to dawn. Adirondack agent says drought has bass off feed but bug experts can coax them into action after sun is off water; asked for secret of success, one hair-frog specialist said, "I let it set too long."
FLORIDA: FVG in St. Johns River area last week and OG next 10 days (but some anglers at Little Lake Harris and Polk County lakes complained that bluegills hit bass-bugs so fast that bass didn't have chance to latch on).
PENNSYLVANIA: Rivers in central section were near record low last week after three weeks of hottest weather in local history; WT85-90 in Susquehanna and Juniata rivers and over 80 in many tribs. But try cove opposite Fort Hunter and Gerdy's Notch on the Susquehanna; or Tuscarora Creek near Newport; use noisy top water plug after dusk or before sunup.
August 7, 1955
TENNESSEE: Jimmy Graves of Rockwood removed three bigmouth bass that totaled 24½ pounds from Watts Bar Lake with assist from all-white wobbling plug. Subsurface lures getting best results at Cherokee and Douglas lakes; OF rest of month.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Blistering heat has slowed all fresh-water fishing but a few fishermen are taking nice bass from deep holes in reservoirs by jigging metal-and-nylon bucktails.
ARIZONA: Despite daytime temperatures to 112°, lunkers from 4 to 9 pounds are attacking surface plugs along Arizona side of Lake Havasu at dawn and dusk; old-timers say unusually heavy release of cold water from Davis Dam puts extra wallop in whoppers.
MAINE: Record high temperatures and below-normal rainfall last month have lowered levels in most lakes and rivers, but most sections report FG for bass; top producer last week was Messalonskee, where many anglers took smallmouths from 4 to 6 pounds; OG.
MISSOURI: Top water plugs are producing good catches of smallish bass from the James and upper Big Piney rivers despite hot weather; latter slightly murky; OF.
ONTARIO: Eight-year-old Nancy Goforth of Scarboro flipped a worm into Wallace's Cut near Bala in the Muskoka Lakes, hauled out a 4½-pound smallmouth. Other Muskoka anglers found bass hungry for crayfish, frogs and slow-trolled wobbling plugs; OF/G through August.
BROADBILL SWORDFISH: NEW YORK: Broadbill are fairly plentiful in Montauk area and north to Nantucket but few sports fishermen are going after them despite heavy commercial hauls; OG next two weeks.
MUSKELLUNGE: PENNSYLVANIA: Trunkeyville Eddy in Allegheny River produced six muskies last week; largest weighed 31 pounds; other eddies in Tionesta and Tidioute areas are worth a try too (at break of dawn, with deep-running plug or wobbling spoon).
NEW YORK: Fishing picked up at Lake Chautauqua last week, and OF/G for early morning and late evening trollers. FP on the St. Lawrence River and OP as heat wave continues.
WISCONSIN: Hot, dry weather has reduced musky activity to slowest of season. Hayward area reports 38-pounder from Chippewa River flowage, 28-pounder from Grindstone Lake; in Eagle River area, Deerskin Lake produced a 20-pounder. Some action in Rat, Riley, Twin, Kathan, Partridge, Pickerel, Pelican and Crescent lakes, Sugar Camp chain, Rainbow flowage, Lakes Thompson and George; yellow bucktails, bucktail and spoon combinations and big surface lures favored by experts. Water levels are holding well, but cool spell and rain are needed for good fishing.
ONTARIO: Over 70 muskies from 8 to 37 pounds reported this season from Canadian side of Lake St. Clair, between Riverside and Stony Point; FG and OG. In Lake Nipissing, weed beds off Oak Island are top spot for trolling.
TROUT: MAINE: Hilliard Buzzell of Belfast, Maine set fast pace for improved trouting with 6½-pound squaretail from unspecified northern lake (possibly Allagash, which was producing—a slew of big brookies and should still be hot); OVG for anyone flying into wilderness lakes.
CALIFORNIA: Twin Lakes in Mammoth region produced top Sierra trout for Robert O'Ryan, 15, of Los Angeles; he took the 11½-pound brown on Colorado spinner cast from rowboat. OG for higher waters on east slope of Sierra as weather warms after cold rains. Most roadside lakes and streams are heavily stocked. Best bets among high lakes are Pioneer Basin, Fourth Recess, Desolation Lake, Golden Trout Lakes, Woods, Rae and 60-Lake Basin. Airborne anglers taking easy limits of goldens in Tunnel Camp region, South Fork of Kern River. On west slope of Sierra hot spots are tribs of Kings, San Joaquin, Tule and Kaweah rivers. In northern part of state fire hazards are increasing and algae are murking the lower Eel and Pit rivers; upper Sacramento River is at standstill, and OP. Best bets are French and White lakes in upper Yuba region, west side of Lake Almanor, Willow Creek and Middle Fork of the Feather.
MONTANA: All streams flowing out of Yellowstone Park are clear again after heavy rains muddied them last week; cooler weather has improved daytime fishing on Madison and Yellowstone rivers, still SH. Big Hole River producing nice browns on Wulffs, Adamses and Irresistibles but still too high for top sport. Blackfoot, Little Blackfoot and Bitter Root rivers FG, wet and dry flies; FP in most lakes but Cliff, Ronan and Flathead producing well.
COLORADO: After 31 years with Colorado Fish and Game Department, during which he was too busy helping to stock streams to do much fishing, A. L. Dumont of Glenwood Springs retired last January. Last week Dumont decided to go fishing, drove to the Colorado River a few miles from his home, pulled out a 7-pound 12-ounce rainbow trout, drove home. But Mrs. Ruth Kenney of Carbondale, who never stocked a trout in her life, fly-rodded a 9-pound 13-ounce brown trout from the Roaring Fork River same day. Meanwhile heavy state-wide rains roiled many streams last week; Gunnison River H, D, FF with bait and lures, OF; Arkansas River H, D, FF, OF; all three forks of South Platte SH, D, OF; Clear Creek H, SD, FP, OP; Frying Pan D but clearing fast, FF/G with bait, OG; Yampa River L, C, FG and OVG; White River L, C, FG, OVG; San Juan H, M, FP, OP; Rio Grande (in Creede area) L, C, FG, OG; Colorado River fluctuating but should be clear now, FF/G with bait and lures, FP with flies, OF. In N W Colorado, Beaver, Mad Creek, Ptarmigan, Buffalo Pass, Three Island and Gold lakes are in top shape and producing excellent fishing; OVG.
MICHIGAN: Trout streams in northern state deserted and drying up fast as near-100° temperatures persist up to press time (but local showers provide slight relief in some areas, as Maple River in Emmet County which has been state's most consistent producer this season). OVP for fish and fishermen.
WASHINGTON: Rock Lake is top bet for big rainbows with trolled spinner-and worm-taking fish at lower end but biggest trout coming to lures cast from shore and log booms at Canadian end of lake. FG and OG for sea-run cutthroat in Naselle River (tidewater), lower ends of Mosquito and Goodman creeks, Skokomish, Satsop, Wynoochee and Humptulips rivers. Rainbows are taking flies nicely in the upper stretches of Skokomish and Snoqualmie rivers, and OG.
OREGON: Trout fishing improving as snow runoff peters out: Wickiup Reservoir on upper Deschutes producing fish to 15 pounds on flies and spin-lures and OG. Deschutes, Crooked, Metolius, McKenzie and Santiam rivers L, C, FG with dry flies and OG. Sea-run cutthroats are in coastal streams; best bets are Wilson, Nestucca, Siletz, Alsea, Siuslaw, Umpqua, Sixes and Elk rivers, all L and C, OG.
IDAHO: FG for trout throughout state; top waters are (north) Mojie River above Bonners Ferry, Spokane River below power dam falls, (central) Big Lost River and Silver Creek, upper end of Little Wood, Snake River near Burley, (southwest) MacKay Reservoir, Seven Devils area. In general outlook is excellent as days are hot and nights cool (in 50s).
BLUEFISH: MASSACHUSETTS: First blues taken from Cape Cod Canal last week weighed 6 to 8 pounds; best-producing lures are eelskins and Barracuda jigs with pork rind attached. FF/G and improving along Cape south shore from Wianno to Chatham. FG last week at Great Point on south shore of Nantucket and should still be good. Continues spotty at Martha's Vineyard, and OP. Cuttyhunk ditto.
LOUISIANA: You can catch enough bluefish to fill that big new freezer any night this week, by the light of the flares on the oil rigs off Grand Isle; OVG.
NEW JERSEY: Excellent trolling and chumming continues off Asbury Park; FG on the Shrewsbury Rocks off Monmouth Beach; Barnegat Ridge is fine trolling and chumming spot; outlook is excellent for offshore fishing through August 15, with large fish the rule. Surf fishing is fair to poor, with Shark River Inlet last week's best spot for squidders.
MARLIN: NEW JERSEY: Occasional whites are reported along entire coast, with best area on or near Barnegat Ridge; OF.
MASSACHUSETTS: Five whites ironed by commercial fishermen SE of Cuttyhunk last week; OF.
MARYLAND: Second run of whites is due off Ocean City this week or next; OF/G but check by phone before planning trip.
ATLANTIC SALMON: NOVA SCOTIA: Sheet Harbor, Moser, Liscomb and Ecum Secum rivers were top producers last week, which was best this season; OF and improving.
NEW BRUNSWICK: Warm weather and water slowed Miramichi fishing last week as salmon congregated in pools where cold brooks joined rivers; pool at Mile 42 on Northwest Miramichi is good bet. Upper Main Southwest Miramichi, Upsalquitch, Restigouche and their tribs report FF, OF. On St. John, tag ends of pulpwood drive, still affecting Hartland Pool area, and outlook is poor as salmon sulk in deep spring holes. Heavy rain is needed.
TARPON: TEXAS: Fish are plentiful in Port Aransas waters but few have been landed; OF.
SOUTH CAROLINA: First good schools have arrived, with 85-pounder off Charleston biggest reported to date. Several good fish hooked off Georgetown jetties but none landed.
FLORIDA: Mantanzas Inlet near St. Augustine was producing tarpon to 90 pounds last week on trolled mullet; OG. But Edward Van Horn of Tampa did his tarpon fishing last week from park bench in front of city's municipal hospital, dunking cut mullet in Hillsboro Canal; after 40 minutes and five jumps he landed 99-pound fish, explained he had lost several others.
PACIFIC SALMON: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Last week's stormy weather slowed fishing but prospects are good, with some fine catches of silvers reported off French Creek, Brown's Bay, April Point, Cape Mudge, Pender Harbor and many other spots. Big springs are starting to show up: 68-pounder from Rivers Inlet, 54-pounder at Campbell River, 51-pounder from Brittania Beach. Good fall run of silvers is indicated, with fish of 10-12 pounds showing; OG.
CALIFORNIA: Bodega Bay continues sensational with easy limits of fair to big chinooks to private and charter boats. Humboldt Bay is hot with moochers and trollers in bay and outside taking salmon to 20 pounds. Fort Bragg area good and OG.