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.
BLACK BASS: LOUISIANA: Ponds in the New Orleans area which were closed to fishermen during the duck season are now reopened and OG when weather warms.
MISSISSIPPI: Despite cold weather, FF/G in Chotard Lake, north of Vicksburg, and in private lakes of the Delta.
FLORIDA: Record cold spell spoiled sport for most fresh-water anglers, but weather and outlook should be better now. Hottest spots last week were stump-studded backwaters of the Withlacoochee River 70 miles north of Tampa (where bass to 10 pounds were taking deep-trolled gold spoons).
January 23, 1956
CALIFORNIA: FVG and OG at Mead, Mohave and Havasu reservoirs on lower Colorado River. Low water has stranded bass and catfish along the river, and sportsmen have asked Reclamation Bureau to release more water from Davis and Hoover dams.
TENNESSEE: Record low levels of some TVA lakes due to abnormal drought are hampering fishing. Douglas Lake is merely a wide place in the river; Norris is so low that many boat docks are almost a mile from water; fish rescue project is salvaging 200,000 bass and other game fish stranded at Cherokee Lake.
MISSOURI: Lake Taneycomo C, N, FF, OF. Agent says new pork-rind eel is producing big bass when fished close to bottom with only slight movement. Upper part of Lake Bull Shoals C, L, FG, but fish are smallish.
TROUT: NEW YORK: At request of fly-fishermen alarmed by heavy angling pressure on Beaverkill, conservation department has reduced creel limit on "big river" section (below junction pool at Roscoe) to five trout daily, and veteran fly-fishermen hope lower limit can be applied to other major streams.
NEW JERSEY: State Division of Fish and Game is acquiring land of 45-year-old Pequest Fishing Club with fishing rights to 2½ miles of Pequest River, may build a state fish hatchery with greater output of trout than Hackettstown.
STEELHEAD: WASHINGTON: Skagit River spy says FG, OG as 40,000 steelhead released from Marblemount hatchery in 1953 are returning to river, averaging 7 pounds and hungry for winged cherry bobbers. Whole river is productive to Rockport; hot spots are Guard Rail Hole, head of Dead Man's Slough, Tarheel Hole, stretch of river off Wildcat Steelhead Club Park and Young's Bar near Mt. Vernon. Anglers averaging two fish per trip and boaters having best luck. Bill Barrie hooked 8-pounder above Sedro Woolley, and while playing it his swivel tangled another leader with 14-pound fish attached; he landed both. In tributary Sauk River, Water Gauge Hole and Power Hole are top spots. Green River FG, OG above clay mine. Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Tilton and upper Cowlitz above Kosmos all C, SH, FG, OG. Fast action reported from lower Cowlitz near Castle Rock, Humptulips, Dosewallips and Duckabush rivers. Hoh, Queets, Salduc and Quinalt SH but clearing, FF, OG. Wynooche, Satsop and Samish FP, OP.
OREGON: New rains washed out sport on coastal streams, and OP/F through next week.
CALIFORNIA: FF on Gualala and other short streams despite rains last week, and OF. South of San Francisco, some fish reported in San Simeon and San Luis Obispo creeks and in lagoon of Santa Ynez, but rains are needed.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: FVG last week and should continue. Cowichan River reported hottest in recent years; Nanaimo, Qualicums, Puntledge and Oyster all producing well. Campbell good below Quinsam. On the mainland. Vedder is L but FG, Chehalis and Seymour FF, OF.