SO season opens
SC season closes
C clear water
D water dirty, roily
N water normal height
SH slightly high
VH very high
M water muddy
WT50 water 50°
FG fishing good
FVG fishing very good
FF fishing fair
FP fishing poor
OG outlook good
OVG outlook very good
OF outlook fair
OP outlook poor
This is an article from the Aug. 12, 1957 issue
PACIFIC SALMON: CALIFORNIA: Fishery head count at Fremont weir on Sacramento tabulated 3,000 fish, a 300% increase over 1956. Presently the best bet for chinooks to 38 pounds on Sacramento is near Corning. Farallones, Santa Cruz-Moss Landing area lackluster but should pick up with better weather. Substantial early run of chinooks off mouth of Klamath, and limits being taken in Trinity on spinners, but real big run there waits on rain.
WASHINGTON: FVG in Tacoma area. Sekiu producing silvers to 12 pounds, kings to 45, with The Coal Mine and Pillar Point also enjoying furious activity. OVG as local chinooks should be starting to move inside harbor. Bellingham booster reports Neah Bay and straits waters hot spot, because, for one, Gypsy Rose Lee is fishing there (she took her limit of silvers) and also because silvers are running to 13 pounds, with kings topping 30. When wind abates, anglers ought to find sizable schools just off West port at La Push. Possession Bar at south end of Whidbey Island claiming finest king and black-mouth fishing in five years, with deep-fished dodger and herring doing quite nicely in early morning. In north sound, Point Doughty, northwest tip of Orcas Island, all along north shore to Point Lawrence first rate for silvers, humpies and several massive springs.
OREGON: Salem correspondent reports FVG in grounds off Coos Bay, Winchester, Newport, Haystack Rock and mouth of Columbia, with all yielding limit hauls. Newport is class location with silvers exceeding 15 pounds, chinooks averaging 20. Mooched or slow-trolled herring is wherewithal, but some enterprising anglers are nabbing silvers with fast-trolled Coho flies. OG as weather becomes more favorable.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: FP on account of bad weather, indifferent fish, but OG as fish are bound to appear presently.
STRIPED BASS: CALIFORNIA: Trolling off Alcatraz remains best bet, with stripers now running at 20-pound average. Beaches are also holding up. Upper Bay improving as wind subsides, with skiff trollers doing splendidly on twin spreaders with spoons, no weights. FG in San Pablo Bay for bait-fisherman; Martinez-Benecia area improving and OG. Fish hitting in freakish run far up Sacramento River at Battle Creek for first time in years.
NEW JERSEY: FF/G on rock jetties from Ocean Grove north through Long Branch, with best results coming at night. Rigged eels are preferred temptation.
MASSACHUSETTS: FF, though good tides in Cape Cod Canal this week should provide suitable action. Dawn fishing with eelskins and plugs best bet. Nauset Beach showing some action after 2 a.m. on plugs. Some fish being taken in Cape Cod Bay in Church Spire area of Brewster and along Dennis shore.
MARLIN: BAHAMAS: Blues finning all along western edge of Great Bahama Bank from Bimini north to Grand Bahama Island and occasionally walloping a rigged mullet. Week's heaviest was 480-pounder subdued off West End, Grand Bahama by W. C. Bonenberger, St. Petersburg, Fla.
NEW JERSEY: Third annual Atlantic City white marlin tournament wound up three-day competition with 36 whites boated by 300 anglers. Mrs. Maida Gordon, Great Egg Harbor (N.J.) YC, was individual winner, taking 62- and 66-pounders on 20-pound test. Tournament's largest fish was 106-pounder gaffed by Jack Soble, South Jersey Anglers Club. First blue of year was 173-pounder landed by Edward Hrabina, Quakerstown, Pa. while fishing out of Barnegat Light Yacht Basin on Doris May II.
HAWAII: Twenty-seven blues were boated off Kona from July 22 to Aug. 1, totaling 9,655 pounds. Mightiest was 675-pounder tranquilized by John Honl of Kailua, Kona, T.H. after hour-and-a-half battle. OVG.
NORTH CAROLINA: July billfish score off Oregon Inlet, Nags Head comprised 91 whites, eight blues and 12 sailfish for new record. Best bet for August is off outer banks between Nags Head and Ocracoke.
MUSKELLUNGE: MINNESOTA: FG on Leech Lake, with five muskies over 24 pounds taken there last week from Portage Bay. Best was 26-pounder snared by Jimmy Litzel, Ames, Iowa. Opportune areas now include Walker and Trading Post bays near Walker. OG.
NEW YORK: Sherman's Bay tops in Chautauqua Lake, confides Jamestown agent, with Carl Neal, Warren, Pa., taking week's honors with 32-pounder. OG as excellent weather prevails and muskies apparently in heavy feeding cycle.
TROUT: NEW HAMPSHIRE: Some good rainbows (and a smattering of landlocked salmon) have been taken recently below Errol Dam at Errol, the Pontook Rips below Pontook Reservoir, and Milan on the Androscoggin. Several White Mountain ponds continuing to offer good fishing on the evening rise. Little Millsfield Pond near Errol and Lonesome Lake near Franconia have brookies going for dry flies from mid-afternoon until dusk. A number of White Mountain rainbow streams are surprisingly good with water at nice level, WT excellent. Size 16 Grey Fox (Jennings), combination of ginger and Plymouth Rock hackle with body color of fly optional, all working well.
VERMONT: FG in all but southeast section of state, where drought has lowered water level. With exception of lower half of Windsor County and all of Windham County, stream and pond conditions are favorable and stocking continues. FG for brookies in upper section of White River near Hancock, first and second branches of White at Chelsea and Tunbridge. Plenty of water reported in Orleans, Essex counties.
IDAHO: Silver Creek opened Aug. 2 with 2,000 anglers reporting for opening. Northern part of state fell off past week with advent of soaring temperatures, a condition which has been general on lowland streams. But thermometer fell over weekend and fly-fishermen were out in most areas at evening. FG from 6 p.m. to dusk on Upper Coeur d'Alene River, Cougar and Graham creeks, Northern Mountain Lake, Hazard Lake and Seven Devils Lake. Indeed, FG/OG on all high mountain streams and lakes. Fire danger extreme at present, however.
CALIFORNIA: Heavily stocked roadside lakes such as Isabella, Big Bear, June Lake loop and Bridgeport Lake providing finest fishing. Peak of season near in high country as vacationists are packing and hiking to wilderness waters. Best bets are headwaters of Kings, San Joaquin, Tule, Kaweah, Ker, Sacramento and Trinity.
WASHINGTON: Lowland lakes dormant except for those with August silver run, like Stevens County's Loon Lake, where slow troll with 120 feet of leaded line and flashers and worms will take limits averaging 15 inches. This is season of know-how and know-where as lakes at 5,000-foot level become accessible. In Olympic National Park there are more than 500 miles of trails ready for horse and hiker. Hot tip: logging roads extending west of Baker Lake Road in Mount Baker National Forest have brought fabulous rainbow country into easy hiking distance. Wanlick Creek and upper waters of south fork of Nooksack River extending to Elbow Lake are full of ravenous 'bows. Fish are so eager for flies, in fact, that a game protector there collared two characters with illegal catch of 130.
OREGON: Diamond Lake suddenly blossoming into hottest fishing hole in state. Kamloops rainbow now in fat, scrappy shape and running to 4 pounds. Most trollers are getting limits, with fly-fishermen doing well at evening on streamer flies. Best producer is multiple-bladed lake troll with small triple-teaser placed some 12 inches behind. Ultraslow trolling is making for dandiest catches. OG as fish increase in size weekly on abundant food supply.
PENNSYLVANIA: Fishing in doldrums, with water in all streams extremely L and WT high. Those anglers who do venture out find going tough, as most streams are clogged with algae. Commission announced that season would be extended to Oct. 31 on 29 lakes in commonwealth, including Wallenpaupack, Pike County, and Harvey's, Luzerne County.
NEW MEXICO: FVG in early morning in northern mountains but daily afternoon showers keep most streams M. Majority of bait-fishermen are getting limits along Chama, Brazos and Red rivers, but size not braggable. Streams are so heavily stocked that Albuquerque agent advises that any serious angler can catch quantity if not quality. Fly-fishermen beginning to get good results in high lakes. Water C at Blue, Houseshoe, Latir and Bear lakes, with an hour spent both at dawn and sundown recommended. Continued rains, however, mean that anglers should make local inquiries concerning road conditions.
MICHIGAN: All streams L and C with FP for browns on Manistee, Au Sable, Pere Marquette, Boardman during daylight, FG at evening with variations due to local hatches. FF for rainbows on Manistee and Whiskey Run through Fife Lake Forest.
COLORADO: OG with finest reports from Pagosa Springs, Bayfield and Durango areas where streams have receded from recent flood conditions. Steamboat Springs, Gunnison, Salida-Leadville, Grand Mesa and Eagle areas also have submitted heartening forecasts.
ATLANTIC SALMON: NEW BRUNSWICK: Veteran observer reports FG on main south, northwest and little southwest Miramichi past week. Restigouche kill poor early in week on account of heavy rains and peaty water but OG. Bonaventure and Upsalquitch providing many fine fish. Water H.
TARPON: LOUISIANA: Local enthusiast reports tarpon plentiful along eastern coast and in Lake Pontchartrain but nobody having much luck with them. Offshore fish apparently sated by big run of bait fish and spurning even most ingenious lures and talented means.
FLORIDA: Fishing from Carrabelle to Apalachicola best ever, with monstrous schools hitting anything remotely resembling a lure. Anglers out for blues and mackerel on flats have been most agreeably surprised at sudden attacks of silverkings. Top tarpon in St. Augustine contest was 171-pounder caught in North River by Leighton Capo, Mayport.