SO—season opens (or opened); SC—season closes (or closed).
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.
FG—fishing good; FF—fishing fair; FP—fishing poor; OVG—outlook very good; OG—outlook good; OF—outlook fair; OP—outlook poor
TROUT: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Most island and lower mainland rivers holding some cutthroats, although salmon fry not showing well as yet. FG on Salmon, FF on Campbell, Oyster and Puntledge. Island lakes open and producing with Mohun, Morton, Gosling and Gooseneck among good bets. OG.
PENNSYLVANIA: Rueful Harrisburg agent reports streams N, WT50-55 but fish just not hitting. Nymphs are top producers for the few interested trout and Big Spring best stream in central state. OG. OVG for Allegheny Forest and northern tier after recent siege of high water. FVG on Young Woman's Creek, Clinton County, with almost any wet pattern acceptable. Stream has splendid record of brown reproduction and gray palmer-tied pattern has been enticing them up to 17 inches. Large streams still SH but tributaries dandy.
ONTARIO: SO May 1 in most districts for brownies with water VL; OVG. Some lakes on line between North Bay and Sault Ste. Marie and north still iced, but all lakes in Algonquin Park, Haliburton Highlands. Kawarthas and Land of Lakes open with WT48-52.
May 5, 1957
WASHINGTON: Bellingham correspondent reports first great catchall now passed, anglers sweating for cagey rainbows. FG in eastern lakes. Columbia Basin seers report abundant limits on still-fished cheese eggs and jumbo Pautzkies. Deer Lake, Stevens County, continuing to turn out Mackinaws to 20 pounds on deep-fished plugs at lake's center. In Okanogan County, Spectacle and Aeneas lakes warmed up for dawn fly fisherman. Skagit County's Clear Lake turning out limits to mosquito dry flies, and though season still early for Lake Whatcom, response of big cutthroats fine to fast-trolled small spoons and plugs fished close to surface in warmer stratum.
CALIFORNIA: Crowley Lake hogged limelight on April 27 general opener with record 10,034 anglers and 1,200 weight limits. Other hot spots, Sierra June Lake loop and Bridgeport Reservoir. Good weather, heavy plants made for finest opening in years, with FG in northern and central area, and west Sierra streams such as Kaweah, Tule, Kings and Kern near midseason clarity and flow.
NEW YORK: Lovely weather improved fishing in Esopus region. Shandaken portal has been turned down to one-sixth flow and almost entire length of river below it is wadeable. Esopus SD but side streams C. WT40-44. Fish responding to wet flies, nymphs, bait with an occasional dry fly producing on feeders around 2 or 3 in afternoon. Hatches of small dark caddis, Hendrickson and grannom flies seen and fish responding in Beaverkill area. FG on Beaverkill and Willowemoc. East Branch of Delaware VL due to reduced flow from Pepacton Reservoir and trout spooking, but patient anglers taking them below dam. Schoharie spy most enthusiastic, reports numerous limits, WT56-62, so warm indeed, that some bass are moving on bucktails. Quill Gordons coming off now and effective but wets providing most of the action. Early stone fly hatches almost finished. Saranac and West Branch of Ausable N, WT46-52 and some limits reported with minnows most attractive bait. Lake Placid ice out and rainbows to five pounds biting there.
WISCONSIN: Brule booster reports OVG, water N, C, WT52-56 with many rainbows on spawning beds and plenty of fish traffic between redd and Lake Superior. Night crawlers still most successful bait. General SO May 1.
OREGON: SO April 27 found-fish cooperative from coastal cutthroat waters on inland where brownies and rainbows took over. Water L and C; OVG. Hatches are in evidence and trout feeding. Bait, spin fishing and trolling all taking fish. Detroit Reservoir promises to be hot spot for early-season anglers.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Brook trout SO April 22 and FG in southern half of state with bait nabbing them in tributary streams and ponds, flies in ponds after 11 a.m. Fish are running small, however. FP in larger streams. Because of forest fire threat, woods were closed in midweek, so all stream fishing just about shut down and anglers confined to boats and wharves on lakes and ponds that can be reached without going through timber. Ban will lift when rain comes. OG when rain comes. Manchester agent says to look for dry fly fishing by midmonth in southern streams.
NOVA SCOTIA : FG in Guysborough County, eastern Halifax, Mersey River and lakes of southwestern province. Otherwise FF with waters H and D. OG as weather now favorable.
MINNESOTA: FG as rainbow run continuing on north shore streams up to Grand Marais. Water N and C. OG. Backwoods lakes at Grand Marais still iced and some snow runoff yet to be accomplished, but cold nights keep it in bounds. Ninety percent of anglers using spinning gear with scarlet fluorescent yarn festooning bare hooks which are drifted through holes along bottom.
MICHIGAN: FP/F, water H, C in Au Sable, Au Gres, Thunder Bay, Rifle and other east state watershed streams but OG. West state streams such as Pere Marquette, Boardman, Betsy report FF, water H, C and, again, OG. FG on Manistee and Jordan with water N, C.
KINGFISH: FLORIDA: FVG in northwest state from Cedar Keys around to Carrabelle. Any variety of trolled feathers, spoons or mullet strips bring attacks from large schools. Average weight is from eight to 10 pounds but some iunkers scale up to 30 pounds. OVG.
CHANNEL BASS: SOUTH CAROLINA: Surf casters on islands around Charleston and boat fishermen in Georgetown area report fine hauls with catches to 30 pounds.
NORTH CAROLINA: Bass hitting surf from Kitty Hawk to Drum Inlet and OVG indeed with weather perfect. Fish also being taken on trolled spoons at Oregon Inlet, Hatteras Inlet from point of beach at Drum Inlet.
LANDLOCKED SALMON: NEW HAMPSHIRE: Woods ban has not affected fishing as all big lakes are reachable without going through forests. With smelt run at general peak, FG at Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam and Sunapee beginning to take hold.
ATLANTIC SALMON: NEW BRUNSWICK: Newcastle veteran opines FVG with salmon up to 20 pounds landed from main Miramichi, several much larger lost in vicinity of Blackville. Mickey Finn, Smelt, Rose of New England among best flies. Weather dark presently but forecast's clear and warm. OG.
BLUEFISH: NEW JERSEY: First fish of year—a school of two-and three-pounders—were sighted by coast guardsmen, reports Asbury Park agent. Several blues have been caught by casters at Gravelling Point below Tuckerton on Great Bay.
NORTH CAROLINA: Blues averaging pound and a quarter becoming plentiful in surf of Outer Banks. Anglers taking them near outer tip of Diamond Shoals report fish going to three pounds.