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.
BLACK BASS: MICHIGAN: FG at Bay Port on Saginaw Bay in Lake. Huron and OG rest of month.
MINNESOTA: St. Croix River north of Otisville gets hotter as waters get colder; OG through October.
MISSOURI: Lake of the Ozarks N, C, FG in Niangua region with plugs and bait, OG next 10 days.
NEW YORK: Ashokan Reservoir still producing fine catches as bass ride herd on schools of bait; bucktails, bugs and spinning lures are effective and outlook continues good; watershed permit needed. Adirondack ponds producing well with forenoon fishing best and bass partial to near-surface plugs. Cape Vincent-Clayton stretch of St. Lawrence reported slow as muggy weather makes bass moody but rising barometer should set off fast action; SC Oct. 15 on Canadian side, so check your bearings. SC Oct. 15 on Lake Chautauqua, Nov. 30 most other N. Y. waters.
NORTH CAROLINA: Fontana and Santeetlah lakes report FG, OG next two weeks.
TENNESSEE: Good catches of bigmouth bass coming from Cherokee Lake (one of TVA mainstream reservoirs) and FG on all TVA lakes as cool winds "turn water over"; early-morning bug-slingers doing fine along shoreline shallows. Norris and Loudoun are best bets in eastern state, Center Hill best in middle region.
KENTUCKY: Dale Hollow and Lake Cumberland providing fair bass action with OG through October.
CALIFORNIA: Fishing upset of the week is Big Bear Lake, now producing bronzebacks to five pounds after slowest summer in a decade; plugs and fuzzy flies doing brisk business. Havasu and Mohave lakes on lower Colorado picking up and OG for fine winter season; diving plugs and live bait most productive.