CALIFORNIA: High-country brookies and rainbows are providing easy limits to console deer-less Sierra hunters. OG until SC Oct. 31 (or until early snow); top spots are Pit, Feather and Yuba rivers in north; Twin, Silver, Emigrant and Winnemucca lakes of American River watershed. June Lake chain producing well on bait. Lower reaches of Kings, Merced and Kaweah are 'way off; top billing on east slope shared by upper Owens River and Mammoth Creek above Lake Mary. Lakes above 7,000 feet are freezing fast.
ONTARIO: Open to Nov. 30, mouths of Wilmot and Barker's Creek in the Oshawa area are producing fine fishing for big rainbows, with OG through next two weeks. (These streams open only at mouths, as season on speckled trout is closed since Sept. 15.)
NEW MEXICO: Most mountain streams producing well as weather cools. In Jemez Mountain area, Rio Cabolla, Rio Vacas, San Antonio and East Fork creeks C, N, FF with flies and bait, OF. Jemez River C, FG, OG with best water from entrance of Santa Fe National Forest to La Cueva. Chama River C, N, FG, OG. Gila River (Silver City area) producing fair baskets on bait. Upper Rio Grande reports big browns taking woollies and bright patterns well, and OG.
COLORADO: 10-pound German brown in Gunnison River ate wrong worm last week. Cottonwood Creek and all forks L, C, FG with flies, OG. Arkansas River ( Salida area) L, C, FG especially at midday, OG. Gunnison River (Gunnison area) L, C, FG with salmon eggs and worms, dry flies effective in midday. Williams Fork Reservoir receding, FF with flies and lures from bank (no boats allowed), OF.
WALLEYED PIKE: MINNESOTA: Good walleye fishing should continue through next fortnight at Lake Minnewaska at Glenwood (west central section of state), Green Lake at Spicer (central section) and Upper Red Lake (far north) on eastern shore outside the Indian reservation.
PENNSYLVANIA: On-again, off-again weather had Delaware River walleyes off their feed last week but bigger fish should be on the make when Indian summer blows over. In eastern state, Shenango River, French Creek and Allegheny River are showing many fish in four-pound class along with delightful fall coloring; local talent leans to minnows but June bug spinners in slow pools should produce pike.
TARPON: FLORIDA: Small tarpon are bunched in big schools around Ten Thousand Islands and should give grand sport to fly-rod or light-spinning fishermen.
STEELHEAD TROUT: OREGON: FP in Gal-ice area of Rogue River but new run is expected any day as river is L, C, and rain could bring fish in.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Fish of 36 and 31 pounds reported from Little Rocky River near Hazelton; largest is new but unofficial world record for rod-caught searun rainbows. Coquille and Stamp rivers fishing poorly and OP as summer and fall runs pass upstream. Early winter fish are due in South Thompson any time now but until they show prospects are poor.
CALIFORNIA: Sacramento River is heating up with fast action to 10 miles above Red Bluff. Lower Eel producing between Pillsbury and Van Narsdale Reservoir for competent fly casters, but most fish are going to the bait brigade and spin-fishers. Lower Klamath is still sizzling from mouth to Blue Creek and upstream near Yreka (loud howls of sportsmen cleared up most logging abuses in this section). Trinity River VL, C, FP but new rains should start it producing; Mad, Van Duzen rivers are picking up, OG.