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; OVG—outlook very good; OG—outlook good; OF—outlook fair; OP—outlook poor
This is an article from the Oct. 15, 1956 issue
PACIFIC SALMON: WASHINGTON: FG and OG for silvers in Puget Sound waters. Commencement Bay around Brown's Point and mouth of Puyallup River producing good catches in early morning on trolled flasher and herring. Narrows area near Tacoma teeming with four-to six-pound silvers, but they are finicky. Active spots are Point Gibson, Fox Point and mouth of Chambers Creek where local spy advises thousands of fish can be seen jumping during evening. Fat kings are being taken in Westport area where Les Bonfield hooked fish from charter boat, fell overboard, and was subsequently boated with rod, reel and fish.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: A few late Tyees over 50 pounds reported at Campbell River. Silvers plentiful at most points. Excellent results also reported from Port Hardy with limits being taken from the beach. Fish now moving into streams and OVG.
IDAHO: Chinooks in Snake River from Swan Falls downstream to Marsing but even practised anglers having difficulty from underestimating weight of fish. Try deep hole at end of the first island below Murphy's Bridge, where fish to 32 pounds have been spotted; OG.
TROUT: MONTANA: Summer weather slowing usually excellent fall angling. Yellowstone now yielding most satisfying catches, with some four- to five-pounders being taken on streamers. Madison running too high for best results, but Georgetown and Canyon Ferry lakes advise FG as do Lewis and Shoshone lakes in-Yellowstone Park; OF/G until cooler weather.
IDAHO: Lucky Peak Reservoir L and offering limits of five-pounders on minnows. Payette River and tributaries FG as experts limit on Renegade dries. On Payette, below Millpond at Horseshoe Bend, Glen Ayers of Eagle, Idaho, last week made only 14 casts for his weight limit of seven pounds. Outlook for fly anglers, however, only fair until cooler weather prevails.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Cutthroats now in coastal streams and on Fraser Bar following salmon runs and OG.
STRIPED BASS: MARYLAND: Southern migration under way in Chesapeake and large schools of fish reported from Worton's Point 15 miles south to Bloody Point Light. Big fish sighted at Gum Thicket Shoal just north of Bloody Point Light where large spoons and yellowhead bucktails are consistently duping stripers to 30 pounds on early evening tide. Sharpe's Island Rock Pile also churning with 20-pounders; OVG but remember Maryland state law frowns on keeping stripers over 15 pounds.
BONEFISH: FLORIDA: With calm weather happy conch advises upper Keys are crawling with boners. Last week Don Hawley of Geneva, Ill. walloped six bonefish to nine pounds on spinning tackle and eight-pound test line; OVG, barring hurricanes.
BLUE MARLIN: NORTH CAROLINA: Cape Hatteras proving to be an excellent blue marlin area. Last week several fish raised and two boated. Walter Wilkins of Norfolk, Va. accounted for a 385-pounder and the next day his son Bill bested a 206-pounder; OVG, barring unhappy weather.