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
This is an article from the May 27, 1957 issue
STRIPED BASS: NEW JERSEY: Spring run of big stripers on Sandy Hook trolling grounds is nicely under way as four bass in 25-pound class were taken on trolled spoons. Elsewhere along Jersey coast FP.
CALIFORNIA: Trollers in San Pablo Bay report FF/G; bait fishing best off China Camp. Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers improved last week, and 24-pounder taken last Friday off False River.
NEW YORK: FVP for surf fishermen, says Montauk agent. Bass are in area, but only a few small fish coming in to the beaches. Picture should improve by about June 10 as new schools move into area.
TROUT: NEW MEXICO: The Rev. Thomas J. Miller of Albuquerque took 26-inch 9½-Pound brown trout from Cebolla River last week to establish possible state record. In counteraction, game and fish department planted over 70,000 legal trout in same week. Gila River FF; east fork of Gila FF; middle fork VG and OG; west fork OG; bait getting best results, with spin-fishing second and flies a poor third. Cimarron River FF and OF despite below-freezing night temperatures in canyons. Pecos River FF/P; lower stretches best.
PENNSYLVANIA: Famous Fisherman's Paradise on Spring Creek opened last week with 2,000 anglers on hand and limit of one trout per fisherman. Heaviest trout was a 7-pound 7-ounce brown; longest, a 28¾-inch brown. All trout must be hooked on unweighted flies in this Fish Commission project which attracts visitors from every state in the Union. FF/P throughout central Pennsylvania and northern tier of counties, as weather has been unsettled and fly hatches sparse.
WASHINGTON: Silver trout lakes producing well on trolled flatfish and spinners, but FP at rainbow lakes with exception of Skagit County's Cavanaugh. Some high lakes on west side were ice-free for last week's opener, and OG for Hancock and Calligan lakes in King County, Lost and Echo lakes in Greenwater area out of Enumclaw. Skagit County's Day Lake, Lone Lake on Whidbey Island, Canyon Lake in Whatcom County, high lakes in northeast corner of state full of fat and sassy eastern brooks; Marshall and Mystic are best bets. Spy advises trip to Cascade and Mountain lakes on Orcas Island before vacation hordes take over. Lowland lake season now in decline and will remain poor until early fall.
MINNESOTA: Dr. Wayne Woodbury of Zumbrota set local statisticians on ears with 9-pound brown trout from Hay Creek near Zumbrota, largest in 34 years in southeastern counties. Stocked quarry pools near St. Cloud producing easy limits of rainbows to 14 inches. FG for browns in Straight River near Park Rapids, with many fish 2 to 4 pounds. Limits of brookies being taken in small inland lakes back of Grand Marais. Spring rainbow run on north shore slacking off, but Sam Miller of Minneapolis took limit of 10 rainbows from 5 to 7 pounds on bottom-fished night crawlers in Knife River last week.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Streams still L despite rains that ended woods ban. Reports from First Connecticut Lake at Pittsburg show trout in ponds hitting well on streamer flies and spin-cast lures.
VERMONT: Fly-fishermen moving into limelight as warmer water and good hatches have trout looking to surface for food. FG/VG on West Branch of Battenkill in Bennington County and Winooski River between Montpelier and Burlington along Route 2. In general OG for streams, OVG for ponds.
WISCONSIN: Spring spawning run ended on Brule last week, although a few fish still lingered in lower stretches, and Brule specialists were putting away trout tackle until fall run starts about Sept. 15.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: A good spell of warm weather has brought interior lakes into fine shape, and there should be excellent fishing over the Queen's birthday weekend. Paul, Pinantan, Knouff, Peterhope, Jacko, Taweel, Pavilion, Hyas, Pillar and other favorite spots all good bets. Le Jeune and other higher-altitude lakes should come in nicely. The big rainbows of Little Shuswap will be hitting hard on sockeye migrants. Vancouver Island lakes also producing to fly and troll. Streams generally slow except Cowichan, where big browns are to be taken in spring runoff. Interior OVG, coastal lakes OG.
IDAHO: 90-pound Calvin Sanger of Spokane wrestled 32-pound Kamloops rainbow trout from Lake Pend Oreille last week; lure was surface plug. Small lakes in northern Idaho report FF, but OVP for rest of state as continued rains and melting snow have water H and M.
MAINE: FVG and OVG throughout northern Maine, says spy, too busy fishing to provide particulars.
OREGON: Thunder showers and melting snows have most streams in poor condition; Metolius River in central Oregon is an exception, with expert fly-fishermen doing nicely on sunken wets and stone fly nymphs. OP/F for stream fishing next 10 days. SO May 25 for lakes, and Diamond in southern Oregon looms as hot spot for opener. In general, OVG.
CALIFORNIA: Eight mid-Sierra counties opened last Saturday, with FG in lower-elevation streams; higher lakes still iced in. Best bets are Lake Almanor, and Truckee, Yuba, American and Stanislaus rivers. Sacramento between Redding and Tehama is roily, but several trout in 5-pound class reported creeled near Redding. West slope streams H but clearing and OG; best are Tule, Kaweah and upper Kern.
COLORADO: An estimated 150,000 anglers braved muddy roads, rock and snow slides, rain, sleet, hail and cold to celebrate opening of Colorado season last Saturday. Almost all streams H and D, but lakes and reservoirs provided fair fishing.
NEW YORK: Beaverkill spy reports DDT spraying for gypsy moth control on Neversink and Main Delaware near Kellam's Bridge has apparently killed considerable insect life in rivers. Other reports indicate damage to fish life in smaller streams in area. West Branch of Ausable reports FF/G on wet flies and nymphs; dry fly action should be fair by June 1, and Green Drake expected about June 8. Schoharie Creek is about two weeks ahead of schedule, and dry fly fishing is productive; WT 64-66 last week but colder since rains. FG and OVG for Esopus as oldtimers say fishing is best in several years.
TARPON: FLORIDA: Tarpon tournaments busting out all over west coast, with silver kings cooperating as far north as mouth of Homosassa River and Crystal River. Top fish in St. Pete tourney is 130-pounder taken on cut mullet near Anna Maria Island.
BLUEFISH: NEW JERSEY: Trollers doing well with blues to 3 pounds in Beach Haven Inlet. Still plenty of small fish in Barnegat Bay, but none are in surf yet and no schools off shore.
NORTH CAROLINA: Several blues in 10-pound class reported from Gulf Stream off Hatteras, and local seers are talking about outsize "Hatteras blues" of middle 1930s, predicting similar outbreak this summer. Snapper blues abundant off shore and in surf, and OG all along Outer Banks.
FLORIDA: Blues to 4 pounds hitting yellow and red-and-white feathers at Ochlockonee Shoals in northwest area, and OG.