SO season opens
SC season closes
C dear 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 Sept. 9, 1957 issue
BLACK BASS: TENNESSEE: FG/OG at Center Hill Lake. Best omen for fall fishing last week was 10-pound 6-ounce largemouth taken by Finley Cass of Doyle in the Falling Water River section of Center Hill near Cookeville. Bass reappearing in Hurricane and Mine Lick creeks. Fly-fishing from banks and trolling now successful as bass move up from the deep.
PENNSYLVANIA: L, C water in the Juniata demands extreme caution, but live-bait anglers are catching bass above Amity Hall. Pittsburgh agent reports bass responsive to Flatfish in Lakes Edinboro and Le Boeuf, but FP in Allegheny and French creeks. OF until rains come.
NEW MEXICO: After several years of extremely L water, Elephant Butte Lake is slowly coming back and medium-size bass are now taking surface plugs.
CHANNEL BASS: LOUISIANA: Bull reds" to 35 pounds now populate passes east and west of Grand Isle. Countless 20-pounders taken last week off Hopedale, Delacroix Island and Coup Abel. OVG.
NORTH CAROLINA: Yearlings ranging from 12 to 20 pounds beginning to appear in Hatteras surf, and OG.
STRIPED BASS: CALIFORNIA: FVG last week in San Francisco Bay and neighboring beaches. Thirty stripers from 12 to 30 pounds were taken off Baker's Beach in one day. FVG for boats off Mission Rock, and FG trolling off Alcatraz. OG.
SOUTH CAROLINA: FVG in lower basin of the Santee-Cooper Reservoir as cool weather started fish schooling. Wildlife Resources Department now stocking Lakes Murray, Greenwood and Catawba-Wateree with 5,000 fingerlings from landlocked Santee-Cooper stock.
TARPON: LOUISIANA: Light tackle enthusiasts enjoying sport provided by huge school of baby tarpon in Little Pass off Timbalier Bay. Lester Plaisance of Golden Meadow boated a 12-pound miniature there last week. Larger tarpon are in Chef Menteur, as demonstrated by Fred Lincoln of New Orleans last week when he took a 116-pounder on a croaker. OVG.
TROUT: WISCONSIN: Large brown trout returning from summer grounds in Lake Superior have been seen, but not caught, in the Brule River. Run is earlier than usual despite L water. OG when rains raise water level.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: FVG in northern streams and ponds. FG on Upper Connecticut River below first Connecticut Lake, and near Pittsburg. FG at Scotts Bog and Round Pond for brookies up to one pound on small flies. Special fly-fishing season lasts from Sept. 3 until Oct. 31 in lakes, ponds, streams, but SC in Coos County, Oct. 15.
OREGON: Parts of Oregon Cascades had first snowstorm of season last week, and temperatures went below freezing in many high lakes including Paulina, East and Lava. Cold also hit Wickiup. Reservoir, but FG for both bait and fly-fishermen who own long underwear.
WASHINGTON: Sea-run cutthroats plentiful in Olympic Peninsula rivers, especially the Queets and Humptulips, on big bucktails fished early morning and dusk. Fly-fishermen scoring at Upper Conconully Lake in Okanogan where rainbows to 19 inches have been reported. FG also at Ross Lake on Upper Skagit, Curlew Lake in Ferry County.
NEW MEXICO: Fly-fishermen on Chama and Brazos rivers advised to rise early because streams C in morning, but R after frequent afternoon showers. FG at La Jara, Canjilon, Canones, Los Pinos and Trout lakes.
TUNA: RHODE ISLAND: Dr. John J. Vallone, Cranston, took the largest bluefin tuna of Atlantic coast season last week, fishing east of Block Island. His prize, a 720-pound giant, was taken on a live whiting in two hours. FVG.
MASSACHUSETTS: School tuna plentiful off Race Point at Provincetown as well as Pollock Rip where they average 80 to 110 pounds. Largest fish of Cape Cod Tuna Tournament, out of Barnstable Marina, was a 110-pounder caught by Lou Barker, Scituate. OG for schoolies.
NEWFOUNDLAND: Conception Bay near St. John's has yielded 12 giant bluefins to rod-and-reel sportsmen this season. Smallest 502 pounds, largest 871 pounds. The latter was caught, appropriately enough, by O. L. Vardy, director of tourist development.
NOVA SCOTIA: FF/P at Soldier's Rip off Wedge-port last week, as only three fish were caught. Sherman L. Siegel, Chicago, brought a 670-pounder to gaff in 40 minutes. Dr. Jan C. Nel, Transvaal, South Africa, a member of the British Commonwealth team at the 14th International Tuna Cup Match (Sept. 11-14), engaged in a little practice fishing, boated a 540-pounder in two hours, 10 minutes.
PACIFIC SALMON: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Heavy run of humpbacks reported from most areas, but silvers, though numerous, hard to catch. Best bets are Campbell River, Comox and Alberni. FG at Pender Harbor and Bates Beach for springs. Tyee season slowest for many years, but presence of many 20-pounders augurs a record return of big fish in 1958 from 1953 spawning. OG for silvers by Sept. 15.
OREGON: Salmon from 10 to 18 pounds striking with abandon at Newport. Small herring most irresistible to silvers. Anglers report fish are hitting lightly most of the time so that a light drag or even a free spool is needed for fish to run with bait. OVG.
WASHINGTON: Charter boats out of Westport returning by noon with limits for all hands, as kings and silvers continue to oblige eager anglers. Sekiu catch slacked off this week as commercial gill-netters moved into area, broke up schools. OG for a movement of silvers into Seattle areas as kings in 20-pound range coming into Elliott Bay and Ballard. FP at Hope Island, but FG for humpies at lower Skagit River. Schools of pilot whales and early morning pea-soup fogs hampered anglers in northern Puget Sound waters, but they failed to hamper anglers' mighty catches of silvers and springs. O still VG.