KEY TO SYMBOLS
SO=season opened (or opens); SC= season closed (or closes); SV=season varies by district or water.
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; OP=outlook poor.
STRIPED BASS: NEW YORK: "Them big winds blowed us no good," lamented one Montauk boatman as even diehard surf fishermen put striper tackle away for winter; there'll be a few flurries, but by and large Long Island's bass season has had it.
CALIFORNIA: Suisun Bay, Napa River and lower Delta report FG and OG if good weather holds; Sacramento River picking up as some sections report best striper fishing since '49 and several bruisers caught on bullheads. Yup, bullheads.
NORTH CAROLINA: Huge schools of striped bass in Roanoke- Nags Head area since Nov. 10 with average weight about 4 pounds but occasional 15-pounders reported. Charter and private boats making big catches in waters of Croatan, Albemarle and Roanoke sounds and OG through next week; best lures are bucktails and chromium drones or spoons.
SNOOK: FLORIDA: Myakka River (on west coast above Punta Gorda) was hot last week with snook tearing into topwater plugs and should be productive now; fish are mostly in 5-pound class and fine size for flyrod and buck-tail. Night trollers at Fort Pierce taking big snook on large spoons and plugs near South Bridge, and OG next ten days. Most inland waterway spots producing well, but little action by daylight.
BLACK BASS: LOUISIANA: Bigmouths to 4 pounds were taking minnows and plugs in Saline Bayou in the Catahoula Lake country of central Louisiana last week and OG unless a heavy rain has mucked up the water; stop at Walker's bait shop in Jena for lowdown on local conditions.
MISSOURI: Lake Norfork still far below normal and FP, but heavy rains last week brightened outlook as several 5-to 7-pound largemouths and a few limit catches are reported and may herald overdue return. Bull Shoals still low despite 12-foot rise in past month; FG and OG. NEW MEXICO: Elephant Butte and Conchas lakes producing well on plugs, with OG next two weeks.
NEVADA: Lake Mead bass action slowed in last few days but experts still coldcocking whoppers on salamander bait; OF.
ARIZONA: Havasu Lake producing fair catches but high winds make fishing difficult.