SO—season opened (or opens); SC—season closed (or closes). C—clear water; D—water dirty or roily; M—water muddy. N—water abnormal 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.
PACIFIC SALMON: WASHINGTON: Limits of silvers to 16 pounds common at Sekiu, Port Angeles, Whidbey Island areas and north Hood Canal around Seal Rock; lower Hood Canal starting to get hot and run should peak during third week of October; OVG at above spots. At Westport, FG and OG for silvers and kings. FG, OF at La Push and Neah Bay for silvers. Lots of humpies and silvers loitering at mouth of Skagit River, and OG. Most Tacoma waters FF, OG. A few cohoes are being taken in North Sound off Eliza Island and at Point Francis in Bellingham Bay; OF/P.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Big cohoes in salt water at Sayward, Brown's Bay and the Campbell River on Vancouver Island and moving southward to Cowichan Bay and Gulf Islands—also starting to come to flies and small spoons in lower mainland rivers Nikomeki, Little Campbell, Vedder, Sumas and Fraser sloughs. Humpback salmon now in Cheakamus River, springs in the Thompson. Vancouver north-shore streams Seymour, Lynn and Capilano opened Oct. 1.
OREGON: FF/G in Nestucca, Siletz, Alsea and Siuslaw rivers; herring best bait, with flatfish and spinners also effective.
October 9, 1955
CALIFORNIA: Party boats outside Golden Gate report harvest chinooks to 24 pounds about two miles out from Muir Beach; seas are usually calm, and OF/G. Trinity River needs rain for top sport, as fish are plentiful but dispirited. Lower Eel River improving, and OG. Klamath River fishing is spotty, but a good rain should trigger the big push. OG.
LAKE TROUT: SASKATCHEWAN: 85¾-pound laker recently taken in commerical nets at Lake Athabasca is largest on verified record, and will be displayed in Provincial Museum of Natural History at Regina, to inspire honest fishermen and discombooberate others.
MUSKELLUNGE: ONTARIO: Lake Nosbonsing, just east of North Bay, is among top producers as big muskies hit solidly across the north country. Steady catches reported from weed beds of Lake Nipissing and French River, with fish to 40 pounds coming from Dry Pine Bay on latter.
PENNSYLVANIA: French Creek producing 12-, 14-pound muskies in Cambridge Springs area, with one 26-pounder from "narrows" above Cochranton. Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) provided A. H. Stenger of Pittsburgh with a 22-pounder; chubs only worthwhile bait as fish spurn lures; OF.
WISCONSIN: FF and OVG in northern waters as near-freezing night temperatures chill waters and improve musky appetite. Among big fish reported are 40-pounder from Lake Buckatabon in Eagle River area, 38-pounder from Razorback Lake, 37-pounder from Big St. Germaine Lake; in Hay ward area, 23-and 28-pounders from Round Lake, 22-pounder from Grindstone Lake.
NEW YORK: Live-bait fishing with suckers and chubs now at peak on Chautauqua Lake as season moves toward Oct. 15 closing, and OG as WT drops and night fishermen score consistently.
ATLANTIC SALMON: NEW BRUNSWICK: SC on most rivers, but open until Oct. 15 on Cains, Dungarvon, Nashwaak and a few others; Oct. 31 on Tabusintac and Big Tracadie.
TROUT: WYOMING: Snake River in Jackson Hole area at peak and outlook is positively terrific until SC Oct. 15.
IDAHO: FG and OG through Oct. 15 on South Fork of Payette and Middle Fork of Boise; Sheep Creek and Roaring River spy says FVG for small trout; Snake River producing well at American Falls. Clark Fork is providing trophy trout to bait fishermen. OG.
MINNESOTA: Fall-run rainbows now moving up 23 streams along north shore of Lake Superior, and OF/G until special SC Oct. 31.
MONTANA: Dry-fly FVG in Big Hole, Madison, Boulder, Ruby, Beaverhead, and spring creeks along Yellowstone River; Missouri River FG for big browns on spin-lures.
MICHIGAN: Rainbows on rampage in Bellows Lake and Lake Ann; OG. Manistee River below Tippy Dam producing 3-to 7-pounders as armada of boats drifts downstream; Guide Howard Redseal's 12-pounder is tops for season. OG.
WASHINGTON: FF/G on Sauk, Suiattle, Cascade rivers; Marble, Jordan, Boulder and Illabot creeks. FG and OG for sea-run cutthroats, with Wynoochee, north Toutle, Tilton, Cowlitz, Dungeness, Skokomish rivers among top producers.
CALIFORNIA: Snow flurries failed to slow fishing on the east slope of the Sierra last week, and outlook is still good. Mammoth Lakes region (especially upper lakes and streams) is tops for brookies and goldens; best roadside lake is Convict, now producing big brown trout on trolled lures; small grey flies, dry or wet, taking limits from Baker lakes and creeks. On west slope, northern area, Feather River tribs and Lake Al-manor picking up, and OG.
BLUEFISH: NEW JERSEY: Ecstatic agent reports red-hot surf-fishing from Lavallette to Barnegat Inlet, with catches of 30 fish per fisherman daily at spots in Seaside Park sector, and fish feeding on mullet so close to beach that experienced long-distance casters were occasionally outfished by novices; bait seemed more productive than lures, and fish averaged 2 pounds, with few topping 4 pounds.
MASSACHUSETTS: Blues are still thick along south shore of Cape Cod and plentiful at Martha's Vineyard, with 11-pounder largest reported to date.
FLORIDA: First onshore wind should bring blues to southeast Florida, and some fair catches have already been reported.
BLACK BASS: TENNESSEE: "Bass breaking out all over," says spy; cites improved fishing on Loudoun, Douglas, Cherokee, Watts Bar, Dale Hollow, Center Hill, Kentucky and other lakes; OG/VG.
VIRGINIA: FVG at Lee Hall Reservoir of Newport News waterworks. James River L, C near Richmond and smallmouths are amenable to small plugs, spin-lures and popping bugs.
MISSOURI: James River rose almost a foot last week but is still below normal; FF, OP. Buffalo River, L, D, FF on popping bugs, OF.
MICHIGAN: Bass are biting beautifully for fishermen who don't mind the No. 4 shot and spent wadding raining down as duck hunters, too, have good sport; OG.
STRIPED BASS: RHODE ISLAND: 16-year-old Ray Balkus of Providence, fishing at Monahan's Cove near Narragansett, found battered, rusty plug caught in rocks, tied it to his line to test action, hauled in 44-pound 8-ounce striper.