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; SK—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 Oct. 24, 1955 issue
PACIFIC SALMON: CALIFORNIA: Salmon are fewer but heavier (to 25 pounds) at mouths of Klamath, Eel and Noyo rivers. Trinity River and upper Sacramento runs still waiting for rain at press time. Trolling outside Golden Gate spotty, but fair with right wind; OP/F.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Silvers still taking well in salt water off river mouths; FG at Campbell, Oyster and Qualicums, and OG through next week. Best silver taken in Cowichan derby was 20¾-pounder by C. W. Cowles of Ladysmith, B.C.; OG through October.
OREGON: Recent rains have moved big runs, into most coastal streams; Nestucca, Siletz, Alsea and Siuslaw rivers H, C and FG for silvers on trolled lures and herring.
WASHINGTON: FG for big silvers throughout entire Hood Canal area on fast-trolled coho fly. Inner waters of Puget Sound generally spotty, but FG and OG on west side of Whidbey Island. Some feeder kings to 19 pounds are being taken between Whidbey Island and Tacoma, but average weight is about 8 pounds and mooched herring best fish-getter. FG and OG at mouth of Skagit for silvers and humpies, with flasher-and-herring and flies both effective.
BLUEFISH: FLORIDA: Big runs still haven't shown in Miami area, despite occasional fast action, and OP. On Gulf coast, blues averaging 1 to 3 pounds are schooling just offshore and taking cut bait, plugs and feathered jigs; one angler caught 50 off gun mounts on Mullet Key at entrance to Tampa Bay; OF/G.
NEW JERSEY: Last week's storm probably washed up offshore blue fishing for the season, but beach fishermen may find a few fish in the surf through November; OP.
MUSKELLUNGE: WISCONSIN: SC Oct. 31, but meanwhile few fishermen are taking advantage of the season's top musky fishing as outsize plugs, black bucktails and live suckers get results in most waters. Only big fish reported last week was 37-pounder from Big St. Germain Lake on black bucktail, but other lunkers hooked and lost. OG rest of season.
PENNSYLVANIA: Spy says anybody who can toss a plug has fine chance for 10-or 12-pound musky at Cambridge Springs on French Creek or Tionesta on Allegheny River; OG.
TROUT: CALIFORNIA: Best bets in northern part of state on west slope of Sierra are Truckee River (best during early evening, with grey or cream wet flies), Hat Creek, east fork of Pit and upper branch of Feather River. On east slope FG at June Lake loop, Grant Lake and Rush Creek (big browns below Silver Lake).
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Vancouver Island and interior lakes are still producing but tapering off; sockeye salmon are now spawning in Adams River; this should move some big rainbows in at any time; otherwise OF/G and slowing down.
MISSOURI: FF at Bennett Springs, where flies and woolly worms are producing limits of trout, mostly under 10 inches; OG.
ONTARIO: Run of rainbows in streams flowing into Nottawasaga Bay is heavier than usual, but fish are smaller than in previous years, with 7 pounds tops. The big rainbows are going up the Manitou and Providence creeks on Manitoulin Island, where OG until SC Nov. 30.
IDAHO: Fine Indian summer revived trouting throughout central part of state last week, and Queen's and Roaring rivers (tribs of Middle Fork of Boise) were among hottest spots. FVG in Stanley Basin and high lakes in Sawtooths, with bait and flies; dry flies best on Malad River, where FG and OG; Snake River producing well at Thousand Springs and Massacre Rocks. General SC for trout Oct. 31.
WASHINGTON: SC Oct. 31 in most trout water but many lakes offer top fly fishing until then; good prospects are Pearygin, Kapowsin, American, Silver and Cushman lakes. OP/F generally for trout in eastern state.
BLACK BASS: FLORIDA: FG with topwater plugs and popping bugs at Lake Okeechobee. Best bass reported last week was 14-pounder from small lake at north city limits of Lakeland, on artificial eel. FG at Lake Tarpon, near Tarpon Springs, live shiners taking 8-fish limits averaging 3 pounds; OG through October.
CALIFORNIA: Bass nearing peak on lower Colorado River from Lake Mead to Havasu, with deep-running plugs outproducing bait, 7- and 8-pound largemouths not uncommon; OVG.
TENNESSEE: FVG at South Holston Lake, now producing 5-pounders at fastest rate since lake opened. Cherokee and Norris lakes giving up bass to 6½ pounds on minnows and trolled plugs. Loudon, Douglas, Center Hill and Dale Hollow spies say FF and should improve (but not for V. P. Madewell of Sparta, who removed 10-pound largemouth from Center Hill Lake last week). Kentucky Lake FG and OG.
LOUISIANA: Bass in Black Lake (near Campti) found white bucktail with small spinner irresistible last week, and. OVG for fish averaging 2 pounds.
MISSISSIPPI: On the Tchoutacabouffa River, Walter Fountain and Tony Ragusin agreed variety is the spice of fishing when they caught black bass, channel bass, sheepshead, weakfish, black drum, croaker and salt-water bream.
MARLIN: HAWAII: Kona spy says FG as fish brought to dock last week weighed 307 pounds (Art Hall, Long Beach, Calif.), 190 pounds (R. B. Vail, San Mateo, Calif.), 200 pounds (Dr. E. Dahlman, Hempstead, N.Y.).
NORTH CAROLINA: Sixth blue marlin of season landed off Hatteras last Saturday by Norfolk Dentist J. C. Overby first this season to weigh in at less than 200 pounds; OG into early November when weather permits going offshore.
STEELHEAD TROUT: OREGON: Fishing improving in Rogue River, with Galice area your best bet and OG for fly-and spin-fishermen.
IDAHO: FVG on Selway River and Middle Fork of Salmon; hot spot is mouth of Camas Creek and Tappen Falls; fish are 8-to-10-pounders.
CALIFORNIA : Terrific run of 6-and 8-pound steel-heads is in upper Sacramento River near Los Molinos, and local experts are taking easy limits from riffles on bait; OG.
CHANNEL BASS: FLORIDA: Lots of redfish along central sections of both coasts, with weights averaging 3 to 5 pounds on Gulf side from inlets and surf on east coast.
VIRGINIA: Unusual numbers of porpoises in Chesapeake Bay interfering with channel bass fishing but OF/G when they clear out.
NORTH CAROLINA: Channel bass in surf continue to build toward November peak and OG.