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.
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
TROUT: NEW YORK: Eight-day ban on use of woodlands, including all freshwater fishing, ended May 12. Beaverkill agent reports WT 58-64, and river VL but not critical. Dry fly fishing should be excellent through June 10, but rain is needed. Esopus Creek is in fine shape with Hendricksons, Quill Gordons and Light Cahills most productive dry flies. West Branch of Ausable recently restocked with 24,000 legal trout; WT 58-64 and OG for flycasters,
NEW HAMPSHIRE: At press time ban on woodlands travel was lifted. Lake Sunapee spy says rainbows to three pounds are being taken on trolled smelt and streamer flies. OVG now that ban is lifted.
MINNESOTA: FF/G generally; streams L, C, WT 52-58, worms still outproducing flies as trout are feeding mostly on bottom. OG for dry fly fishing when streams warm up a bit.
May 20, 1957
IDAHO: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shomshor of Kellogg, Idaho, boated 25-and 19-pound Kamloops trout respectively at Lake Pend Oreille last week. Best results have been on plugs and spinners trolled near surface. FG on Snake River below Strike Dam with bait men doing best. At Thousand Springs big wet flies are tempting trout late in the afternoon. FP/F at American Falls—"Too much water," says agent.
PENNSYLVANIA: Stream conditions ideal through Allegheny National Forest and northern tier counties as WT is in 60s every afternoon. Good dry fly action through most of day, best at dusk. Little Pine Creek, Lycoming County, and White Deer Creek, Union County, favored by SI informer who recommends Hare's Ear and Blue Quill, sizes 14 and 16, as best wet flies, Hendrickson best floater. Tionesta and Oil creeks and tributaries heavily stocked recently and fishing pressure fairly light. Most streams SL, WT 55-60, rain needed.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Paul and Pinantan lakes producing fine action on Green Sedge. OVG throughout interior. Coastal lakes also good with Mohun and various arms of lower Campbell among best bets. Streams generally poor except for upper reaches of Cowichan.
WISCONSIN: Fish and fishermen were in exodus last week as big rainbows have been dropping downstream to home grounds in Lake Superior after spawning. OF/P in central stretches.
OREGON: Wickiup Reservoir is hot spot with rainbows to 8 pounds and browns to 15 feeding on trolled flatfish and bucktails.
CALIFORNIA: OG/VG on both slopes of Sierra if weather holds. SO May 18 in counties of Plumas, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, Yuba, Eldorado and part of Butte; best bets South Fork of American, Truckee, Little Truckee, Prosser and Sagehen creeks, North Fork of Feather below Lake Almanor and Upper and Lower Salmon lakes.
COLORADO: All streams except those at highest elevations now SH and SD with heaviest runoff due last few days of May and throughout June. OF/G along Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Crystal and Colorado rivers in Glenwood Springs region. In general, OG for 1957 season because of heavy stocking and apparent end of long drought cycle.
ATLANTIC SALMON: MAINE: Leroy Sargent of South Acton, Mass., killed the season's first Atlantic salmon, a 33-inch, 14½ pounder on a No. 4 Silver Wilkerson at 9:30 a.m. May 11 from Stillwater Pool of the Narraguagus River. OG at Narraguagus, Machias and Dennys rivers although rain is needed.
BLACK BASS: MISSOURI: Gravois Arm of Lake of Ozarks again producing largemouths to 8 pounds; best baits live crawfish and lead-head-and-eel lures.
LOUISIANA: FP throughout most of state because of high water but ponds and coastal area still producing fair catches, with topwater plugs and bugs getting good results.
FLORIDA: Best spots in northwest Florida are Lake Talquin, Ochlockonee and Wakulla rivers. In northeast state St. Johns near Welaka produced 12-pound 4-ounce largemouth for R. J. Givens of Jacksonville last week; lunker ate wrong shiner. In central Florida windiest spring in years has plagued anglers but OVG when weather permits fishing.