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NEW MEXICO: After lowest level in history Elephant Butte Lake now has 62,000 acre feet and is rising; FF with best spots Kettle Butte, Long Point and Rock Canyon, OF and should improve. Chonchas Lake C, N, FG as cold nights stir bass's interest in spin-lures and live bait.
PENNSYLVANIA: Fishing improving on all central Pennsylvania streams but still dismal; north branch of Susquehanna (Towanda, Wysox and Wyalusing sections) is best bet in north central area, Allegheny River best in western area with Warren and Forest counties reporting fast action as rains restore normal levels and frost puts zip in fish.
MUSKELLUNGE: PENNSYLVANIA: A 49-inch musky tagged last spring in seine survey of Lake LeBoeuf inhaled wrong sucker last week and got a boat ride. Conneaut Lake producing a few muskies to 20 pounds with side-dishes of bass, walleyes and northerns, mostly on minnows. Shenango River (Mercer County) and French Creek report FG for smallish 'lunge, and Allegheny River is yielding fish to 18 pounds, with big minnows most favored bait.
WISCONSIN: FG in Hayward area with four 40-pounders reported from Round Lake and suckersoakers in their glory. Some action in Chippewa Flowage but no trophies boated. Despite clear brisk weather few fishermen are in the Rhinelander area; OG through October. Eagle River area is below par but may erupt any day now.
TROUT: MISSOURI: Niangua River (Bennett Springs area) N, C, FF and improving, OG as trout are taking flies enthusiastically, averaging 12 ounces.
IDAHO: FG in Salmon River and tributaries with brown bivisibles on #12 hook raising good fish. Payette River and tributaries producing well as warm weather stimulates fly hatches. Snake still providing fine sport. OG if good weather holds.
MONTANA: Fishing is excellent on Yellowstone, Madison, Big Hole, Blackfoot and Flathead rivers as mild weather returned last week; most streams are at lowest level and most fishable with fly but local talent is starting to get itchy about hunting.