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: NEW YORK: Ashokan Reservoir busted wide open last week with small-mouths herding minnows near surface and socking spin-lures, bucktails and high-riding plugs (permit from N.Y. City Dept. of Water Supply required); OG through October. Chautauqua Lake reports FG with bait and artificials; bug experts doing nicely at west end of lake. Cape Vincent bass are still in deep water but boat fishermen are taking limits on minnows.
TENNESSEE: Smallmouth fishing at season's peak on Norris Lake and OG rest of month; live bait most effective but cool weather should start surface plugs producing soon. Bigmouths are on rampage in Cherokee Lake and OG.
MISSOURI: Meramec River VL, C, FG especially with near-surface plugs but floating is difficult in upper reaches. Lower Gasconade clearing with FG and OG through October.
NEVADA: Lake Mead low but bass fishing on upgrade; Boulder City and Overton docks moved to new shore line as cooler nights start largemouths foraging; best spots are Temple Bar and Iceberg Canyon; OG through October.
ONTARIO: Provincial record for smallmouth bass fractured last week by nine-pound 13-ounce monster from Birch Lake in Kawartha Lake district as SC Oct. 16 in most waters.
PENNSYLVANIA : Pymatuning Reservoir producing well in Linesville area with evenings best and bass coming big and hungry for surface plugs. Half-inch rain freshened upper Allegheny River and OG next week; in smaller streams leaves are cluttering surface, driving plug-casters to bait. Best bets on North Branch of Susquehanna are Towanda, Wysox and Wyalusing areas, with OG until SC Nov. 30; FP along entire length of main river but Turnpike bridge area (below New Cumberland) is producing a few worthwhile fish.
MUSKELLUNGE: MICHIGAN: FG on Lake St. Clair last week with top fish a 32-pounder.
NEW YORK: St. Lawrence River agent reports local farmer perch fishing with wife near Clayton hooked monster musky, played it three hours until wife got glimpse of estimated 50-pounder and said don't you dare bring that ugly thing into this boat, and husband said yes dear and broke off, but agent was evasive during cross examination. Fishing picking up in Cape Vincent area but fish smallish. Henry Lindquist, 8, of Jamestown, landed 34-pound 48-inch Chautauqua Lake muskellunge last week; weather still too mild for live-bait action, but OG and improving.