IDAHO: Lake Pend Oreille opened last week but wind and weather kept boats off lake; Don Butler, Sandpoint high school senior, nailed a 26-pounder on spinning tackle from shore in Samowen Bay. Warmer weather and settled conditions needed for FG; trolling will get most and biggest trout. On Snake River FG at Hagerman-Indian Springs and below Strike Dam.
VIRGINIA: As SO May 1 with 100,000 anglers fishing 150 stocked streams, spot check on Smith River above Basset showed that 100 fishermen fished for 256 hours on opening day to catch an average of 2.4 trout averaging 9 inches.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: OF for brook trout in southern half of state but weather is still too cold for peak fishing and northern New Hampshire is still ice-bound.
KINGFISH: BAHAMA ISLANDS: A 44-pounder was caught last week as kingfish are putting in an early summer appearance; OF/G.
FLORIDA: On west coast a few stragglers are still being taken off Sarasota and Venice but main schools are off northwest Florida in deep water 20 miles off shore; OG when they move landward, probably within next 10 days.
ATLANTIC SALMON: MAINE: Over 50 Atlantic salmon have been killed in Pleasant River in state's easternmost county, Washington, and OF/G.
NOVA SCOTIA: SO April 15 except in Hants County, Colchester and Cumberland waters flowing into Bay of Fundy and north Cumberland Strait, and Antigonish, Pictou and Inverness counties; five salmon reported last week (two from Lahave River and one each from Lequille, Round Hill and Medway). Water levels range from SH to VH all WT low but next two weeks should see marked improvement.
BLUEFISH: LOUISIANA: When an east wind isn't piling muddy water from the Mississippi River into the Gulf off Grand Isle 2� to 3-pound bluefish have been clobbering trolled lures near the outer oil rigs. One party brought in 127 blues last Sunday taken on No. 2 and 3 drone spoons.
NORTH CAROLINA: Blues are plentiful from Virginia state line to Morehead City area; trollers and surf casters in Hatteras area have been catching hundreds of snappers and oldtimers predict a run of larger fish by mid-May.
TARPON: LOUISIANA: For second consecutive year first tarpon of season off Louisiana coast has been caught by a woman: Mrs. Lester Plaisance of Golden Meadow, La., took a 120-pounder in the Gulf four miles below Timbalier Island on a trolled spoon. OG in proven waters all along the Louisiana coast.