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KEY TO SYMBOLS
FG=fishing good; FF=fishing fair; FP=fishing poor.
MISSISSIPPI: Ask Tony Ragusin of the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce to steer you to creeks and bayous emptying into back bay of Biloxi where you can take fresh-water bass and saltwater trout from same skiff. (Weaks are deeper, as heavier salt water underlies layer of fresh.)
FLORIDA: 13-pound bigmouth cane-poled from Lake Hatchineha on Kissimmee River last week and OG in that watershed next two weeks. Or try Lake Griffin north of Leesburg. In general cold windy weather put fish off feed last week and few spots are producing well throughout state. Best bets: Lake Rosalie (10 miles east of Lake Wales) and large sand ponds near Bay County and Washington County lines (northwest Florida) where mixed bags of chain pickerel and medium-sized bass provide action and fun. Shiners are surefire, but silver spoons and white maribou streamers should get results. And deepwater plug fished in front of Lake Talquin spillway will snag occasional nice-sized gars as side dish to fair passing.
CHANNEL BASS: FLORIDA: A few reds are still taking trolled lures in Ochlockonee, Aucilla and Apalachicola rivers (NW coast) but action slowing down. Try stakes #11 and 12 at mouth of St. Marks River with fiddler crab bait.
LOUISIANA: Along marshy coast redfish have moved into new canals dredged by oil companies, attracted by abundant food; they'll strike trolled or cast spoons or plugs, but bait is best bet. Fish are also in deeper bays and bayous; try lower Jefferson and Lafourche parishes.
STEELHEAD TROUT: OREGON: FP on almost all streams but improving and a good rain could start the joint jumping; OG.