TROUT: MAINE: Ice is out on Moosehead and other key waters such as Rangeley, Fish River, Chain O'Lakes and Grand Lakes. WT low with FF, but early anglers have target in Guide Jim Heath's 17-pound 8-ounce brown trout taken at Sebago while trolling a Moose-look Wobbler in 8 feet of water; OF/G.
WASHINGTON: FG/OG but state game officials aghast at epidemic of civilian depredations against trout. In past two weeks officers manning roadblock in Okanogan-Methow district in central Washington apprehended 115 violators. In one car were 140 trout over legal limit. In another was 30-gallon barrel packed with rainbows. All in all, over 1,000 pounds of illegal trout confiscated. Meanwhile in western state hoggish anglers have spoiled fishing by chumming with such varied fare as canned corn, peas, salmon eggs, pancake flour mixed with ground liver, and crumbled eggshells. Fish full, creels empty.
OREGON: FG in Deschutes River above mouth of Crooked River. Water C with rainbows and browns to 20 inches taking flies and bait. Metolius River also good for rainbows to 4 pounds on Caddis flies, Blue Duns and Wick-. ham's Fancies. Other waters H and R but clearing rapidly and OG.
SHAD: MARYLAND: Run peaking, with white and hickory shad boiling in Choptank and Susquehanna rivers. Mouth of Octoraro Creek and west bank of Susquehanna below Deer Creek particularly active for anglers using red, yellow or white Dil-Lures; OVG.
BONEFISH: BAHAMAS: FG out of Lighthouse Club and Bang Bang Club on Andros Island, where recently General Carl (Tooey) Spaatz, former Chief of Air Force Staff, and General Frank O'D. Hunter, once Commanding General of the U.S. 1st Air Force, defeated 10 bonefish in one day; OG.
FLORIDA: FG/OVG as all Keys guides report armies of bonefish marching across flats. Last week Islamorada Guide Everett Carey poled Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Smith of Palm Beach, Florida for five days during which they took 17 bonefish from 8 to 11 pounds on 8-pound spinning tackle.
BLUEFIN TUNA: BAHAMAS: Bellwethers of annual massive tuna migration past Bimini and Cat Cay now in evidence, with 437-pound fish already docked; OG from now until mid-June.
SAILFISH: FLORIDA: After eight days of fishing off Miami. Samuel Heilner III, son of famed sporting author Van Campen Heilner, sadly admitted that he had lost a bet and handed his father $100. Young Heilner wagered that he could land a 60-pound sail fish on 4-pound test line. During eight days Heilner estimated he lost over 1,000 yards of line. Sometimes it broke as it left outrigger. Often it parted in choppy seas. Heilner did manage to boat 10-pound dolphin and lost 15-pound bonito at boat, never did hook a sail-fish. On basis of experience, however, Heilner willing to concede 60-pound sailfish cannot be landed on 4-pound test line. Any bets?
CHANNEL BASS: NORTH CAROLINA: One month late due to extreme winter, channel bass now showing in surf at Hatteras Island. Kitty Hawk, Nags Head and Ocracoke Island. Fish running from 35 to 50 pounds and anglers taking legal limit of two without difficulty, especially in Oregon Inlet where fish are hitting trolled Pflueger No. 7 spoons; OG.
STEELHEAD: IDAHO: FG at Flying B Ranch on Middle Fork of Salmon at ranch's front door and below pack bridge where fresh roe is challenging fish to 18 pounds. Last week Carl Riley of Boise waded chest-deep in icy water to battle 17-pound female on 6-pound test spinning tackle, finally tailed fish, found all loose tackle in pockets plus wallet had floated off during engagement. Said Riley: "Let's keep fishing. Those fish will be stuffed with greenbacks."