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.
This is an article from the Sept. 12, 1955 issue
TROUT: IDAHO: Kamloops fishing in the north has been best in years with fish from 18 to 25 pounds common in Coeur D'Alene Lake. Here are streams classed as excellent at the moment: St. Joe, St. Mary's, Clearwater and Snake rivers. Flies and lures recommended. Spectacular fishing has been reported by fishermen using boats on Snake up to mouth of Salmon. FG all the high lakes. Eastern anglers getting excellent results from Swan Valley to Heise, drifting in rubber boats. FG Fort Hall Indian Reservation in the bottoms. Weather turned exceptionally warm at month's end, registering 105°, hottest for August 31st since 1875. Pacific steel-head beginning to take in Riggins area and mouth of Middle Fork on main Salmon River. Best bait fresh-water clams and spoons.
COLORADO: Less gifted fishermen had good news this week when the State Game and Fish Department got a bargain price as two big Colorado fish hatcheries decided to liquidate their stock. As a result an extra 20 tons of trout, some of them real lunkers, will be dumped into Colorado lakes early next week. (The bargain prices: nine tons of trout at 65¢ a pound and 11 tons at 60¢.) Yampa River L, C, FG/OG. Colorado River, Glenwood Springs area, N, SD and FF/OG. Roaring Fork L, C, FG/OG to excellent. North Platte H, C, FF OG. St. Louis Creek L, C, FP/FF, OF. Gunnison clearing, FF/FG, OG to excellent. Grand Mesa lakes generally L and C, FF and OG.
NOVA SCOTIA: Water levels near N again, OG.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Excellent reports from Lac Lejeune with 3-and 4-pounders coming to the fly. Other Kamloops lakes FF and improving. Coastal lakes generally slow except for trollers. Big cutthroats off mouths of most inland streams with Oyster River probably best. Good sport likely everywhere from loth on. Small, unsatisfactory runs of steelheads are making slow fishing on Stamp and Coquihalla rivers.
MISSOURI: Waters at Bennett Springs reported C and N with FG to excellent. A good many limit catches have been reported on flies with woolly worm a good one.
MONTANA: As usual, Montana fishing improved with arrival of September though weather was abnormally hot. Wulff types were taking well on Madison, Gallatin and South Fork Flathead rivers. Big Hole just starting to get good and Fire Hole in Park good as evening temperatures there near freezing. FP on Yellowstone River but sure to improve with cooler weather.
MICHIGAN: Fall-run rainbow devotees breaking out gear as regular SC Sept. 11. Bows are expected in several streams such as Manistee, Jordan, Pere Marquette and numerous lakes. OF, and streamer patterns have been taking well.
OREGON: Central Oregon FG/OG. Deschutes River, Crescent Creek, Crooked River, Metolius River all good on flies and spin lures. Water L and C. Wickiup Reservoir and Davis Lake FG with algae now clearing and large fish being taken on flies fished dry. Large browns gulping preserved minnows at Wickiup. McKenzie, Upper Willamette and north Santiam rivers G to VG on dry flies, gray and brown small-sized flies best. Coastal sea-run cutthroat fishing slow. Streams too low and OP.
WASHINGTON: Streams and upper rivers coming into own in early mornings when C; by noon time water's milked up with glacier melt. Warning: deerflies murderous. North fork Sauk River showing splendid catches rainbows, a few cutthroats on bait. Sulphur Creek above Suiattle, Cascade River, Marble Creek good for rainbows, some dollies.
CALIFORNIA: Half-million anglers deserted sweltering southland valleys for cool high country for long Labor Day weekend, and found heavy plants rainbows providing roadside fishing fair to good. Remote Sierra streams above 7,000 feet gave up limits of rainbows, brooks and goldens. OG for such eastern slope spots as Cascade and Fish creeks. FG with plenty fair-sized trout in northern region at west side Lake Al-manor, Mattole and Mad rivers. Forest-fire hazards in high areas.
BLACK BASS: FLORIDA: Fishing continues seasonally slow in fresh waters, although some good catches are reported occasionally. Little Lake Harris near Howey probably best this past week with several limit strings being brought in and some good-sized individual bass landed. Artificial eel still hot and taking most of the big ones—up to 6-12 pounds. Herbert Paul Duncan of Tampa caugnt the bass of the year so far in Prairie Lake in Ocala National Forest. Fishing from the shoreline with a live shiner, he hauled in a bass that weighed 14 pounds 12 ounces. The fish holds top spot in the Central Florida Bass Fishing Tournament of the Orlando Chamber of Commerce. Many Miami fishermen were trying Lake Okeechobee for bass over Labor Day weekend following report that black eel bait is fetching them up there.
TENNESSEE: As WT dropped, largemouths were becoming more active. On Cherokee Lake big bass being caught by trollers, smaller bass on fly and spinner, which was also true at Loudoun, where night fishing was especially good, and at Lake Cumberland in neighboring Kentucky.
MISSOURI: Current River (upper part) L and C, FG, with most fish being taken on live minnows.
MICHIGAN: Smallmouth remain excellent and OG throughout September and into October as season moves into its best cycle chiefly in waters tributary to Great Lakes.
ONTARIO: FG and OG. Parry Sound region is tops for bait casters using worms or frogs. Pointe Au Baril or Shawanaga Basin are good spots in that area for worms and Moon River black bass are favoring frogs.
CALIFORNIA and ARIZONA: Best fishing in years reported in Colorado River near Topock, Ariz, and in Mohave Lake. Daytime temperatures 100° plus, but morning and evening anglers connecting. Mead and Havasu slow as bronze-backs go in deep holes. Murray Lake best of San Diego county reservoirs. Henshaw only fair. Most lakes pretty L. Cooler weather needed.
LOUISIANA: Bass are schooling in Saline Lake near Winnfield and Black River cutoff near Jonesville. Fishermen in central Louisiana are looking forward to banner fall season beginning next week when the nights and early mornings turn cool. It's been raining all summer, messing up the waters; and the streams are loaded with bass just waiting to be caught.
MUSKELLUNGE: WISCONSIN: Muskie fishing still at its peak in Vilas and Sawyer counties. Fisherman caught a 46-pounder with a buck-tail on North Twin Lake in Vilas County and several other muskies weighing more than 20 pounds were taken in Pioneer, Catfish and Pickerel lakes. In Couderay Lake, Sawyer County, John Parker of Cable, Ohio caught a 28-pound muskie on a spinner spoon.
NEW YORK: After slow August muskie fishing beginning to pick up on Chautauqua with a bang. LeRoy Cook was fly casting for bass off his dock at Sunnyside last week. He hooked a blue gill and was bringing it in when a 33-inch muskie grabbed it. After a 33-minute struggle Cook landed both fish. Cape Vincent also reports increasing activity.
ONTARIO: FG/OG. Starting to pick up with cooler weather. Mrs. John Haines of Hubbard, Ohio landed a 35-pound muskie from Callander Bay near North Bay on a plug. It was her first cast of the season. Callander Bay as well as west arm of Lake Nipissing is picking up. along with French River. Lake Chemong is another muskie spot worth visiting.
ATLANTIC SALMON: NOVA SCOTIA: Sheet Harbor west again high river of province last week with Margaree and St. Marys following. FG/OG.
NEW BRUNSWICK: Black fly accounted for best catches last week in Lower Main Miramichi where several limits were taken in Blackville vicinity.
MAINE: Landlocked fishing VG on surface at West Grand and Fish River Lakes producing some fine catches.
PACIFIC SALMON: BRITISH COLUMBIA: The famous Campbell River is putting on a big year; well over 200 fish registered to date at the Tyee Club averaging 40 pounds plus, and at least as many unregistered fish have been taken. Silvers have been good from Oak Bay north with fish coming well to bucktail flies at Cape Mudge. The big fish will fade out during the next couple of weeks as they go up the rivers, but silvers should improve steadily.
OREGON: Columbia River Salmon Derby at Astoria off to bad start. Nine persons drowned to date, others in hospital and numerous boats capsized and lost. Water rough and dangerous and FP.
WASHINGTON: Soothsayers sighted moon, measured tides, predict first half September will be season's best here. Week's fishing broken by heavy chop but some pickup after departure pilot whale school.
CALIFORNIA: Fort Bragg continues tops. Skiff fishermen taking chinooks to 40 pounds half mile off shore. Albion Bay also good. Fishing off Humboldt Bay, Golden Gate spotty, but foggy days and calm seas winning combo. Advance guard mouth Klamath hints big run on way. Numerous but pretty spooky in Sacramento River from Hamilton City to Colusa.
BLUEFISH: NEW JERSEY: Big blues have reappeared off Jersey shore with lots of 5-to 8-pounders being taken at Asbury Park, Shrewsbury Rocks and Barnegat Ridge. Surf fishing has been particularly good at Island Beach and Seaside Park.
LOUISIANA: Happy hunting ground for blues still is around the offshore oil rigs by the light of the flares. OG.
FLORIDA: FF in Miami area and in northwest. Fish seem to be working in wide traveling schools from Ochlockonee Bay west to St. George Island with most fish being taken on cut bait and small spoons.
MARLIN: HAWAII: Black marlin fishing excellent last week and Kona reports a 503-pounder caught by Dick Welsh of Honolulu and a 379-pounder taken by Mrs. Marshall Field Jr. of Chicago.
NEW JERSEY: Tuna fishermen daily are picking up white marlin, and chances of improvement are good until equinoctial rains.
NORTH CAROLINA: Bill fishing coming to peak off banks with outlook excellent for blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish at Gulf Stream's edge.
COBIA: SOUTH CAROLINA: Bottom fishing anglers on Capt. Sam Vereen's Ocean Queen spotted three cobia on surface 15 miles off Ocean City Beach. Shrimp-baited hook of Chester Mowry, Fort Plain, N.Y. ignored, but biggest cobia swallowed Mowry's sun glasses when they fell overboard. Experimenter Roy Spears, San-ford, N.C. tried unsuccessfully with cut bait, pork chop and wieners until biggest cobia took hook baited with hunk of country ham from boat's snack bar. Mowry's glasses recovered from stomach of 53-pounder. Brothers H. I. and Herman Attaway, Newberry, S.C., took hint, baited with ham and caught other two-weighing 38 and 18 pounds.