In conclusion, Biologists Craighead and Stockstad offer a few statistics which indicate that goose hunters as well as geese have something to learn. During the 1954 season in Flathead Valley, only 6% of the wildfowlers shot 50% of all geese bagged. More than half of all the hunters went home altogether gooseless.
SO—season opened (or opens); SC—season closed (or closes).
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; OG—outlook good; OF—outlook fair; OP—outlook poor
TROUT: NEW JERSEY: Hatchery truck followers, traditional nuisances in this state, are now using airplanes to follow truck movements, says Game Warden Harry Morrison, who reports at least one private airplane being used to spot new plantings. Meanwhile warm weather has brought some fair hatches to Flatbrook and Pequest rivers, and OF/G for dry fly fishing this coming week.
WASHINGTON: Last week's hot spots were Trout Lake in Pend Oreille County, Amber Lake in Spokane County, Deer Springs in Lincoln County, Hidden, Pearygin, Patterson, Big Twin, Spectacle and Conconuloy Reservoir in Chelan-Okanogan area, Tanwax in Pierce County, Deep and Clear lakes in Thurston County, Buffalo, Blue and Park in Columbia basin. American Lake near Tacoma producing frequent limits of silver trout to still-fishermen. Lake Whatcom trollers taking occasional big cutthroats to 5� pounds, rainbows to 5 pounds, on plugs and spoons. Hummel Lake on Lopez Island continues fairly hot. Nights are still cold but OG as water warms. High lake and stream SO May 22.
CALIFORNIA: East slope of the Sierra continues tops for big trout after first week of open season; hot spots are Crowley Lake, Owens River and West Walker; biggest trout reported so far is 9-pound 7-ounce brown taken by Darwin Tockey of Bishop, near chalk bluffs in the lower Owens. FG and OG at June and Gull lakes. All high passes snowed in by late storms and won't be open until June. West slope Sierra streams reported H and FP. Merced, Tuolumne, San Joaquin, Kings and Tule rivers H, D, FP/F. High country still closed. Lower Kern River and Isabella Reservoir FG. In northern areas bait fishermen scoring despite roily water in heavily stocked streams; best are Battle and Cow creeks. Lake Almanor was too rough for boats most of last week but FG from shore. Main Trinity River SM and D but FF in smaller creeks throughout watershed. Season two weeks late in most northern waters, and OF. SO May 19 in Plumas, Sierra, Placer, Yuba, El Dorado, Alpine, Amador, Calaveras and part of Butte counties. OG for Truckee, American and Yuba rivers.
MAINE: At Eagle Lake on Mount Desert Island over 300 trout from 1 to 3 pounds have been taken by fly and spin fishermen at Nig's Cove since SO May 1. Moose River at Moosehead also hot.
PENNSYLVANIA: Despite some improvement in central Pennsylvania F still P. WT 50-55 with some Hendrickson hatches reported on the Yellow Breeches in Brandtsville area. Reports from Tuscarora Creek are poor and best spot seems to be Big Springs in Cumberland County.
MICHIGAN: All streams N, C, FF and OG when weather warms. Meanwhile experimental trout lakes are producing occasional lunkers (such as 11-pound 12-ounce rainbow caught on worm last week) in Starvation Lake, Kalkaska County.
NEW MEXICO: Upper Rio Grande, upper and lower Brazos and lower Chama FG and OG. OG for Pecos River above falls, by trail, and FF and OF for lower Pecos.