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; It—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 Nov. 5, 1956 issue
BLACK BASS: LOUISIANA: FG in Black Bayou and streams and lakes around Monroe as crisp mornings spark action; OB.
CALIFORNIA: Season's peak near in all lakes, and plug casters report FG, especially at Clear Lake. Havasu Lake best of lower Colorado reservoirs, and many limits to 5 pounds being creeled as weather cools; OVG.
TENNESSEE: FG on Douglas and Norris lakes as bass work shad schools. Holston productive also, but Fort Patrick Henry Lake near Bristol on Tennessee-Virginia border hottest spot, with fish averaging better than 3 pounds; OVG.
MISSOURI: State lakes producing limits generally, but FF on streams which are L. Lake Taneycomo C and just right. Best catch of week by Hollis Wilson of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, who yanked a 7-pound 4-ouncer from the quarry area of Lake Norfork on a spinner; OVG all over.
CATFISH: TENNESSEE: Chickamauga yielding fine catfish as Ed Talley and Ray Johnson of Chattanooga hauled out a 15½-pound fish which had swallowed a pop bottle complete with Nashville stamp on the bottom. OVG for litterbugs.
BONEFISH: FLORIDA: FG/OVG on Keys during excellent fall weather. Last week Ted Williams and Mickey McDermott, both ballplayers of some repute, took 17 bonefish in one morning. That afternoon, with the assistance of Mrs. McDermott, they took six more; OVG.
STEELHEAD: WASHINGTON: Good run of fish showing in Samish, Skagit and Nooksak rivers, where extended season continues through Nov. 15. Most water H and D but clearing during crisp dry spell. Most anglers using winged bobbers and half-ounce brass spoons; OG.
IDAHO: FG on main Salmon, Middle Fork of Salmon and Clearwater. Fresh-water clams best bait and OG.
OREGON: Rogue River H, but F and FG from Grant's Pass to Agness, with large fish now in and standard fly patterns working for fly anglers and small spinners and spoons for spin fishermen; OG.
PACIFIC SALMON: IDAHO: Crazy chinooks pulverizing tackle on Snake River above Murphy Bridge as they start on to spawning beds. Most anglers launching boats at Swan Falls and fishing down to Murphy Bridge. Using this system last week Bob Getchell of Boise, one of Idaho's finest salmon anglers, hooked six fish, lost them all, finally boated 31-pound male after 45-minute scrap on spinning tackle and 12-pound test line. OVG.