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MISSOURI: Current River VL, C, FG and OG for daytime fishing but deep-running plugs are essential. Jacks Fork float-fishing is suspended by abnormally low water despite rain last week, and OP.
FLORIDA: High water from Okeechobee to Tamiami Canal is keeping bass active, with cane-polers knocking them dead. In Tallahassee area best bets are Jackson, Talquin and Iamonia lakes and Dead Lake near Wewahitchka.
STEELHEAD TROUT: OREGON: FF in Galice area on lower Rogue River with wobbling lures best; OF as fish are not plentiful upstream and no new runs are reported. Other Oregon streams VL, C, OP as rain is needed to raise and warm rivers before new runs will come in.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: South Thompson still producing well at Spence's Bridge and downriver, with top fish 26-pounder; big runs of dog salmon discouraging early steelhead fans on lower mainland streams and Vancouver Island and OP until last week of November.
CALIFORNIA: Sacramento River still sizzling, and riffles near Tehama Bridge are loaded; streamer flies are best bet. Trinity River producing between Weaverville and Hoopa Reservation, thanks to rains that opened sandbars and brought fish surging into Gualala and Garzas rivers. You can't miss on South Fork of Eel, and OG all along coast.
COBIA: MISSISSIPPI: Lionel Holley of Biloxi boated a 60-pound "lemon fish" off Ship Island 14 miles below Biloxi last week; old-timers say abundance of giant mantas in area indicates lots of cobia as this species is always found with devilfish (but cobia will be gone within next two weeks, mantas or no mantas).
FLORIDA: Indian River trollers taking weaks to five pounds from Fort Pierce to Vero Beach, and Lake Worth reports night fishermen making fair catches. But best trout spot in Florida is estuary of the Chassahowitzka River 60 miles north of Tampa (with fine black bass fishing above estuary); one angler last week took 83 weaks in this water on bucktails, then moved up to bass water and took six largemouths before wrist gave out.
MUSKELLUNGE: PENNSYLVANIA: Conneaut Lake is deserted, but old-timers say now's best musky fishing of the season (closes Nov. 30).