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 Jan. 21, 1957 issue
BONEFISH : FLORIDA: FP, but former President Herbert Hoover, a venerable angler with a high disdain for new-fangled spinning tackle, reeled in 8-pounder on 18-pound test in 20-minute set-to. Mrs. Edward B. Mallory of New York City boated 9-pound 12-ouncer on spinning gear at Marathon.
BAHAMAS: Never, but never, gleefully chorus local guides, have so many fish thronged the flats as this season. Clubs and camps on Andros Island and Abaco report daily hauls of 12 to 20 per skiff. OVG.
STEELHEAD: OREGON: FG with Sandy River producing nice catches in 7-to-8-pound class. Coastal streams D but clearing and F. Nestucca and Siletz rivers providing top yields for north coast waters. Cluster eggs apparently most appetizing fare. OG.
WASHINGTON: Bellingham booster mournfully reports FF, puts onus on falling WT, ice in rivers. Best of western waters is Skagit, where occasional lunkers are being gaffed up-river from Mount Vernon to Hamilton. Hamilton drifter took 24-and 18-pounders on cherry bobbers, brought hopefuls to mouth of Cumberland Creek, only to net disappointment.
CALIFORNIA: Hands eagerly await reports of heavy rain runoff which is opening mouths of bars on all coastal streams north of San Francisco. First decent runs ought to appear this week. Chub Swan of Eureka landed 22½-pounder at Fernbridge Pool on Eel for season's weightiest catch.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Fish are in and river conditions fine in most areas, but heavy snowfall has made access rugged to favorite spots, particularly northerly Vancouver Island. FG on Quinsam, Oyster, Puntledge, Little Qualicums, Nanaimo, Cowichan on island; Vedder and Chehalis on mainland. OVG.
IDAHO: Steelies on move in Snake River with fish taken below Galloway Dam near Indian Cove by anglers using wobblers. Diehard eggers doing well in morning in deep holes near Boise. Little Salmon commencing to produce on lures as weather warms. OF.
BLACK BASS: LOUISIANA: FG on Calcasieu. J. D. Courtney of Lake Charles pulled out 4-pound 5-ounce bigmouth for week's top prize.
MISSISSIPPI: Yucatan Lake yielding 5-pounders with plugs most tempting.
FLORIDA: Lakeland spy reports FF/G on deep shiners and plugs. Phosphate pits south of Lakeland furnishing strings of 2-to 6-pounders.
TEXAS: They're hitting on minnows fished deep at Possum Kingdom and Lake Whitney. Ed Winter of Denison cast out spoon, reeled in 7-pound 4-ounce largemouth at Lake Texoma's Grandpappy Point.
TENNESSEE: Mild weather brought fishermen out with catches F/G. Ed Haun of Bristol, Va., raised 6-pound smallmouth at Friendship Dock, South Holston Lake.
PACIFIC SALMON: WASHINGTON: Immature springs showing in Eastsound, Orcas Island as hardy folk put their boats to sea. Obstruction Pass resort on Orcas, Hawley's on Lummi Island, and Fisherman's Cove on Gooseberry Point open weekends in anything like reasonable weather for eager beavers. Blackmouths are running to 20 pounds and prime bait is small whole herring or cut spinner.