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: CALIFORNIA: Best fishing in San Diego County is in Santa Ysibel Creek and San Luis Rey River; other spots poor. Heavy rains through southern California last week raised water levels and brightened summer fishing prospects. Statewide trout SO April 28 and OF/G.
NEW JERSEY: Most streams VH, D, WT 36/40, FP, OP for next week.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: All lakes below thousand-foot level now open and producing, as last week's sunny weather made spring a reality. Streams generally rising as snow melts, but most are fishable now, and OG unless warm weather brings fast run-off. Fry run starting in Puntledge and other lower Vancouver Island streams, and cutthroats are moving in. McIvor and Lower Campbell rivers producing good catches to 20 inches.
April 23, 1956
PENNSYLVANIA: Bait fishermen doing well in central Pennsylvania streams, with best report from Yellow Breeches in Boiling Springs area. Washed-out streams in Poconos have increased pressure on central Pennsylvania and northern tier waters. Best brown reported was 21-incher from First Fork of Sinnemahoning. Allegheny Forest streams are C, SH, WT 42/50, FP/F, OG. In general OF/G, with possibility of good Quill Gordon hatches and fair dry-fly fishing this week.
MINNESOTA: Rainbow runs up Lake Superior north-shore trout streams improving daily, and OG/VG as streams are still high but clearing. Knife River, near Duluth, best producer so far (see Fish Box). Statewide stream trout SO April 28, and OG for Root, Whitewater and other rivers in southeast section. In northern part of state OF for Straight River near Park Rapids; this brown-trout stream will be H and R.
NEW YORK: Beaverkill was medium high and wadeable last Sunday, but WT 35/40 and OP for fly-fishing in "big river" until end of month. Above Roscoe and on the Willowemoc some nice browns to 17 inches were caught on minnows last Sunday. FP on the Esopus River last weekend, and although portal will remain closed for several weeks main river is high and wading is difficult. WT 36/39 last week and OVP for fly-fishing until water warms.
MICHIGAN: Anglers lined banks of Betsy, Au Gres, Bear, Au Sable and Pere Marquette rivers as SO last week under sunny skies, but few fish were caught; runs have not yet reached peak, says spy. Five-pounder from Au Gres was top fish.
MASSACHUSETTS: Western Massachusetts streams H, C, and run-off from heavy snows still in woods may continue through April. Stocking behind schedule due to flood threat. Deerfield and Konkapot are scheduled for stocking before SO April 21. Eastern and central Massachusetts streams and ponds should be in good shape for opener, with stocking completed.
ONTARIO: General SO April 28, and OVP for northern part of province, but Algonquin Park streams and creeks in Levack area, west of Sudbury, should be ice-free and in fair shape.
WASHINGTON: Lowland Lake SO April 22, and forecast is for WT 46/50 and good fly hatches. Okanogan drainage lakes report OG, and Columbia basin waters look good. Pearygin, Big and Little Twin and Patterson lakes all have ice yet and probably won't thaw in time for opener. Jamieson Lake, popular spot last year, is free of ice, but total winterkill left no fish; 70,000 four-inch rainbows planted recently and may be catchable size by September. Probably hottest spot on opening day will be Kahlotus Lake in Franklin County; upper end is stiff with 13- to 14-inch rainbows. Western-side lakes mostly stocked now; if weather permits, pressure and take should be high. Hottest spots in northwest Washington are Beaver Lake and adjoining Clear Lake in Skagit County, with heavy carry-over from last year's plant. In Whatcom County best bets are Silver, Mirror, Cain and Squalicum lakes.
ATLANTIC SALMON: NEW BRUNSWICK: Main southwest Miramichi is partially open, and some kelts were taken last week; OF, as ice should move out any day. No open water on northwest Miramichi.
STRIPED BASS: CALIFORNIA: Trollers and bait fishermen found FF/G last week off China Camp on west side of San Pablo Bay and Sherman's Island near Antioch Bridge. Napa River picking up, with top fish a 38-pounder. OVG as weather was clearing at press time.
NORTH CAROLINA: OP, says Dare County agent, but a few stripers are still taking bucktails in Croatan Sound and tributaries of other coastal sounds.
NEW JERSEY: Surf fishing is still centered at Island Beach to Seaside Park, with a few fish reported in Long Beach Island surf, where OF. River and bay fishing still slow.
SOUTH CAROLINA: A few (8) limit catches averaging about 8 pounds reported from Congaree-Wateree junction above Santee-Cooper but muddy water blamed for generally slow fishing.
YELLOWTAIL: MEXICO: Charter boats and outboards out of Guaymas were taking 20- to 30-pound yellowtails on trolled drone spoons last week, and OVG.
CALIFORNIA: FG and OVG in San Diego area as calmer seas are forecast (see Fish Box).
BLACK BASS: NORTH CAROLINA: Fresh ponds and coastal lakes of northeastern Carolina were producing easy limits of largemouth bass last week, and you could name your bait or lure; OG.
FLORIDA: In central state best reports are from Little Lake Harris at Howey, where bass to 12½ pounds were hitting all types of lures and bait, and from Lake Pierce in Polk County east of Dundee. Kissimmee River east of Lake Wales is yielding good catches of large bass despite near-record low water levels; fish are in deep holes. In northwest Florida, Wakaula River is producing well to spoons and pork rind. Rain still needed all over state to improve fishing.
MISSOURI : Lake of the Ozarks spy says bass action in Gravois Arm area is fastest in 10 years. Best lure is deep-running plug, and best catches are made by literally bouncing plug along bottom of lake. Catches have been averaging four pounds (see Fish Box).
TENNESSEE: High wind and heavy rain muddied waters and kept most anglers at home last week, but hardier sportsmen found FVG (see Fish Box). If weather remains clear, OG/VG for Dale Hollow, Center Hill and Kentucky lakes. Douglas Lake agent says FVG, OVG.
LOUISIANA: Last year the state wildlife and fisheries commission used rotenone to kill 370,499 pounds of fish, mostly of trash species, in 35-mile Cane River Lake in Natchitoches Parish, then restocked lake with 40,000 bass finger-lings. Now Wildlife Director L. D. Young Jr. reports record catches of bass and bream, and sportsmen are happy to have a great fishing spot restored.
SOUTH CAROLINA: After five years of low water recent heavy rains have brought most reservoirs to near-normal level, and bass fishing OG when water clears.
TEXAS: Despite wind and cold, Texoma Lake produced several fish in 7- and 8-pound class, and fishing should improve steadily.
TARPON: TEXAS: Rough Gulf is holding boats close to jetties, with few tarpon being located; jackfish are bothering baits, and OP.
FLORIDA: OG for Keys as weather forecast is favorable. Several large schools of tarpon reported from Ten Thousand Island area and Shark River, with scattered singles as far north as Sarasota.
STEELHEAD TROUT: IDAHO: McKay Bar, on main Salmon River, is hot spot as big spawners move upstream; Dr. John Moser of Cascade, Idaho landed 17¾-pound female steelie here on spinning tackle last week. FF in most of Primitive Area. Brown's logging camp on South Fork of Salmon should be at peak this week.
WASHINGTON: Cowlitz River has good run of spring fish to 21 pounds, with sprinkling of chinooks. Kalama River run is due this week and OG through May.
THE BEAVERKILL CLEANUP BEGINS
Along the jumbled banks of the Beaverkill (above) workers last week began burying assorted garbage in holes gouged by state crews. This action came after Governor Harriman signed a bill (SI, April 16) outlawing the dumping of refuse in any New York trout stream. By way of a postscript to this welcome action, Harriman commented: "A short while ago I was shocked to find that the dumping of refuse at a number of locations along the Beaverkill Creek...was turning part of this stream into an eyesore and endangering the fishing.... This state-maintained stream, renowned as the birthplace of dry fly-fishing, must be preserved.... The state police have been alerted to keep a careful watch and take appropriate steps....