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.
TROUT: MAINE: Allagash teeming with squaretails ascending to spawn. Not too anxious to take fly, yet experts doing well.
ONTARIO: Speckled season closes Sept. 15, and anglers are turning to rainbows. Giants have started up Manitou and Bluejay creeks. (Trout Lake in White River area produced 22½-pound laker for Bill Black of White River.)
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Hot weather has slowed action at Vancouver Island and lower mainland, but a fair run of steelheads is reported on the Stamp. Coquihalla, FP. OF.
September 18, 1955
MINNESOTA: No rainbows have showed up in streams along north shore of Lake Superior yet.
MONTANA: Rosy weather has brought fine flyfishing in Madison, Yellowstone, Blackfoot, Missouri and Sun rivers. Big Hole still lags. Several 7-10-pound trout recently taken from Canyon Ferry Lake. OVG until late Oct.
COLORADO: Fishing continues to improve. Colorado River (Glenwood Springs area) N, SD, FG/OG. Yampa L, C, FG/OVG. Same is true for San Juan, Roaring Fork and Michigan. St. Louis Creek L, C, FP/OP.
CALIFORNIA: Fierce forest fires closed waters in Klamath, Sequoia and Los Padres forests. With Army and Marine aid week-long fight's won and closures may be lifted this week. Weather cooler after 8 days 102-112°, and trout have become more than diffident. Cooler weather will wake them up, and veteran packers expect year's best catches next two weeks.
WASHINGTON: Check your fire warden before entering any lowland area until needed soaking rains arrive. High country fishing excellent.
IDAHO: Terrible forest fires in Boise National Forest destroyed about 6,000 acres but fire under control after about six days. Lake Pend Oreille blueback fishing good and two excellent weeks are anticipated.
MUSKELLUNGE: ONTARIO: FG/OG Lake Nipissing still best bet with Callandar Bay giving up a 34-pound 12-ounce monster. Bay of the French Rivers, Sheguiandah and McGregor Bay by Birch Island are current hot spots.
MINNESOTA: FP/FF and OF as WT drops to low 40s in North. Best recent catch: 31-pounder from Sucker Bay in Leech Lake.
NEW YORK: Scout reports many over-20-pound muskies caught near Cape Vincent last week and any number of great northern pike. Harold Sanford and Richard Roos, Jamestown, landed the year's largest muskellunge from Chautauqua Lake while trolling Ashville Bay. Weight: 36 pounds, length 54 inches. With colder nights, OG.
WISCONSIN: Some light frost and rain have brought on biggest catches of the season and a 38-pounder was taken in Whitefish Lake on a black bucktail. Thus far in season 34 legal muskies have been caught off one dock in the Chippewa River flowage. OVG.
PENNSYLVANIA: Fishing picking up in Conneaut and French creeks with fish taking chubs and artificials.
BLACK BASS: FLORIDA: Bass fishermen beginning to take limit catches in north as cooler weather puts fish on move. Upper reaches Ochlockonee and Apalachicola considered best bets. H. C. Brown, Lutz, Fla., took a 15-pound 6-ouncer in central Florida's Lake Hancock, Florida's bass of the year. OG.
MISSISSIPPI: OVG in streams emptying into the Bay of Biloxi and in the Pascagoula River system.
TENNESSEE: FG/OG for both large-and small-mouth. Ray Morgan of Rockwood brought home the limit from Watts Bar Lake. Largest of his 10 bass was 6 pounds 14 ounces.
MISSOURI: Fishing's been pretty poor in Lake of the Ozarks, but nothing wrong that a few cool days won't correct.
CALIFORNIA: Millerton near Fresno very good on bait despite heat; Henshaw good if you know the spots.
MICHIGAN: State winding up one of its greatest bass seasons. OVG.
CHANNEL BASS: LOUISIANA: Big reds are moving to inside waters and business is picking up in Coup Abel, Four Bayou Pass, Redfish Bay, Fort Livingston Pass and others below New Orleans.
NORTH CAROLINA: Surf casting prospects are improving as autumn comes on, and Willie Newsome of Hatteras village reports some down there going up to 25 pounds.
FLORIDA: OP for all fish generally around Tampa but some redfish taken at Venice and Punta Gorda.
STRIPED BASS: MASSACHUSETTS: Best fishing of the year in the back beach section from Truro around to Chatham Inlet, with 20-50-pound fish hitting well on tin squids or plugs around the clock. A few beginning to appear off Scorton Creek in Cape Cod Bay as schools begin to assemble after first cool nights.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Stripers schooling well in both Santee, Cooper lakes with jigs and surface plugs.
NEW JERSEY: Sporadic forays along entire Jersey coast but not plentiful anywhere yet. A few taken off Long Branch jetties.
ATLANTIC SALMON: NEW BRUNSWICK: Biggest run of large salmon in Main Southwest Miramichi in over 10 years. Flies: Black Bear-hair, Squirrel Tail. Renous, FP, Dungarvon, FF, FG/OVG Hartt's Pool on St. John. Nash-waak L, cool and OG. Hartland FG/OG. Good landlocked fishing on the St. Croix.
MAINE: Landlocked fishermen scoring excellently at Moosehead.
PACIFIC SALMON: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Campbell River came up with another 71½-pounder caught by Mrs. K. A. Wilkinson of Drummondville, Que., taken on non-regulation tackle (multiple hooks), which otherwise would have been a new Tyee Club record. Silver fishing now very good, especially off Cape Mudge and Quathiaski on bucktails and small spoons.
CALIFORNIA: Trolling outside Golden Gate slow; Bodega Bay still hot. Top Chinook past week 38 pounds. Spawning run on through Gate. Fishing off Humboldt and Klamath slowed by rough water. Trinity picking up as Chinooks less shy.
WASHINGTON: Fishing for kings slowing down but terrific runs of silvers furnishing excellent sport many areas. Neah Bay, Sekiu, Westport and La Push FG/OG while nearly every spot in inner Puget Sound waters also excellent. North Puget Sound OG, especially on high slack tide. Hot spot for hook-nosed silvers to 15 pounds along rock slides off north shore Orcas Island on herring strips. Lummi Rocks still tops for springs. Skagit and Nooksack rivers fairly C, recurrently hot for humpies, sea-run cutts, some silvers.
MARLIN: NEW YORK: Montauk Point has been having the best run of white marlin in about 35 years. Most fish taken in areas south and southeast of the point. Last week Mrs. Robert Fisher of Patchogue took one weighing 104 pounds (most fish running 50-70 pounds). It is rare for boats to come in without fish while many boats have two or three fish. Fish generally taken while trolling for school tuna, and the prospects of good fishing seem fine until autumnal storms set in.