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
STEELHEAD: WASHINGTON: Steelheading frozen out over most of state by record-breaking cold. Fish holed up, gone sluggish in L, C waters with WT at freezing point, drifting floes. Many fish noted off mouths of rivers awaiting freshets but current weather situation dour. Veteran and pertinacious anglers managing to glean an occasional limit but O only F.
OREGON: FP with regional freeze-up. OP.
IDAHO: Few fish taken at mouth of middle fork of Salmon by eggers, but general cold makes FP/OP.
February 4, 1957
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Streams L and C with edges iced up. Light leaders, small lures or single eggs are order of day. Fitful catches from Vedder on mainland with occasional 18-to-20-pounders. Quinsam, Puntledge, Little Qualicums and upper reaches of Cowichan best waters. OG only for most skilled.
CALIFORNIA: Rains opened streams all the way from San Lorenzo to Eel, but really good fishing waits on clearer water. Best bets are shorter streams which clear up quickly: Gualala, Ten-Mile, Big and Navarro.
PACIFIC SALMON: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Mighty chilly on salt water, but moochers have been doing business with springs in Horseshoe Bay, of! Bowen Island. FG in Oak Hay and Saanih Inlet for springs and jacks. OG.
WASHINGTON: Blackmouth performing nobly in Puget Sound for hardy. Plug cut herring, using two hooks (back hook trailing) best fish getter. FG/OG when weather permits around Tacoma, Bremerton and Edmonds, Black-mouth to 14 pounds taken on flood tide at Points Evans and Defiance, with whole herring most appetizing.
BLACK BASS: ARIZONA: FVG on Lower Colorado reservoirs with top catch 10½-pounder taken by J. C. Morse, Long Beach, out ol Cottonwood Cove, Mohave, to tie record for comparatively new lake. Weather cold but calm, and 5-and 6-pounders plentiful.
LOUISIANA: Colored bucktail proved ideal lure for Ted Cryer near Shreveport, who nabbed 11 bigmouths totaling 54 pounds at Lake Bristeneau. Despite cold weather 4-, 5-and 6-pounders are biting.
FLORIDA: Lakeland man says FG on nice warm days following rougher weather. Little Lake Harris at Howey, Lake Griffin at Leesburg, Lake Dora at Tavares and Lake Hatchineha on Kissimmee most provident spots, with shiners and deep-running lures bringing fish to hook.
BONEFISH: FLORIDA: FG all along the Keys flats. W. R. Kellett of Menasha, Wis. on first bonefishing trip, caught five. Biggest was 11½-pounder which he landed after 45-minute tussle on 8-pound spinning gear. OG.
TROUT: CALIFORNIA: Rain and snow continue to brighten early season prospects in drought-ridden Sierra and lowlands. Lake Isabella top all-round water, with 2-and 3-pounders plentiful despite cold, windy weather.
NEVADA: Pryamid and Walker lakes slowed down by freeze, but trolling G at Topaz.
TENNESSEE: Charlie Baker, Jonesboro, creeled 6-pound 4-ounce rainbow after 25-minute battle in Doe Creek.
STRIPED BASS: CALIFORNIA: FG with Frank's Tract still top hole on delta. 34½-and 32½-pounders hooked by H. Nakata of Morgan Hill. Upriver rain muddied Sacramento, but San Joaquin G. Week's biggest: 39-pounder snared by Louis Gerboni of San Francisco.
KINGFISH: FLORIDA: Miamian assays FVG for deep-sea anglers, with boats tying up at commercial docks reporting 10 and 12 big kings apiece. Balao top appetizer, but cut bait and whole mullet also producing.