C—clear water; SH—slightly high; FG—fishing good; FF—fishing fair; FP—fishing poor; OG—outlook good; OF—outlook fair; OVG—outlook very good.
This is an article from the Jan. 2, 1956 issue
STEELHEAD TROUT: WASHINGTON: All coastal rivers running wild and OVP generally through next week. But Samish River is so stiff with steelhead they're taking eggs and cherry bobbers despite high, muddy waters. Nearly all rivers hold good supply of fish and outlook is excellent as soon as streams return to normal.
IDAHO: Four days of rain last week raised streams and ruined fishing. A freeze should clear waters but OP now; when current run ends, local steelheaders will put aside tackle until the spring run starts.
OREGON: All steelheading knocked out by floods, and OVP as more rain is forecast.
CALIFORNIA: OP until January 15 or 20 in coastal streams north of San Francisco, even if no further storms—but Garcia and Gualala may be local exceptions as they clear quickly. In southern California coastal streams are low and dry and no runs are expected unless heavy rains hit area.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Icy roads and some snowfall slowed fishermen last week, but nearly all streams are in fine shape and producing well; in general OG.
WEAKFISH: FLORIDA: In northwest Florida speckles to 5 pounds tearing up tackle in the Crooked River and off the old Lighthouse Pier at Carrabelle: live shrimp and cut mullet best baits. FG in Tampa Bay area with live shrimp and plugs. Tampa agent advises bouncing a small jig slowly along bottom along edge of grassy patches. Good catches reported from the Anclote River and flats off Honeymoon Island five miles south of Anclote estuary.
LOUISIANA: Horace Tribou and Webb Bollinger came back to New Orleans last week from trip down river with four washtubs full of weakfish, including several over 6 pounds caught in the Pointe √† la Hache area; and, on trip to Oak River, H. C. Moore of New Orleans made 28 casts with spin lure, caught 27 speckles.
PICKEREL: NEW JERSEY: Cold wave that kept salt water fishermen home last week roused interest in ice fishing season, January 1 to 31. Pickerel will average about 1½ pounds but 5-pounders occur regularly and 30-inch-long 9-pounder was taken from Green Pond in 1948.
BLACK BASS: SOUTH CAROLINA: After an Edisto River duck hunter filled his limit last week he broke out spinning rod, bounced weighted rubber bug on bottom in 25 feet of water, went home with four ducks and eight largemouth bass to 7½ pounds.
MISSOURI: Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua region) in ideal shape and OVG as bass averaging 3 pounds rip into deep-running plugs and spin lures. Tunnel Dam Lake spy says FF, OG.
TENNESSEE: Fishing should improve with warmer weather but hardy anglers were taking small-mouths to 3 pounds from Center Hill Lake last week, with bottom-bumping lures accounting for biggest bass.
CALIFORNIA: As weather warms, lower Colorado River reservoirs are improving and OG at Havasu and Palo Verde Canal and sloughs.
FLORIDA: Best bets in central state are Kissimmee River, Withlacoochee River west of Bushnell and Little Lake Harris.
PACIFIC SALMON: WASHINGTON: Fishing for blackmouth and early springs has started off Chuckanut from railway tunnel to yellow buoy south of Pacific American Fisheries and OG through February as trolled plugs and spoons should pick up fish just off shore on calm days.