KEY TO SYMBOL
FG=fishing good; FF=fishing fair; FP=fishing poor. OG=outlook good; OP=outlook poor.
STEELHEAD TROUT: OREGON: FF in Sandy River with cherry bobbers and red yarn best lures; North Santiam dropping steadily and clearing, FF with cluster eggs and spoons, OG; most coast streams FP and OP until season closes Feb. 28.
CALIFORNIA: The big run has petered out in most coastal streams, with FP last week on Gualala, Van Duzen, Big Noyo and Ten Mile rivers (although the lower Eel produced a few big fish). If you fancy longshots try the Russian River this week; otherwise stay to home.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Despite number of unusually heavy steelhead this has been poorest season within memory of BC anglers, and fishing continues to be slow on all mainland and Vancouver Island streams; no one's sure why. Streams are low and clear, but ordinarily fresh winter fish will run through low water. There's still time for runs to show up in full force; meanwhile best prospects are Qualicum streams and Cowichan on Vancouver Island—on mainland, the Capilano should come to life when water is released from new dam. In general, OP.
BLACK BASS: CALIFORNIA: Clear Lake busted wide open last week with largemouths to 7 pounds coming thick and fast; should still be hot; try live bait or any standard plug. On lower Colorado River Topock Bay is best spot, and OG. Mohave Lake fishing slowed by winds.
NEVADA: Lake Mead bassing continues to improve daily and unseasonally; OG.
TENNESSEE: Last week Joe Dykstra fished Clinch River with Hadacol plug and took 13 bigmouth bass, 9 crappie, 13 "stripers." Most lakes report FP.
LOUISIANA: Herbert Bensel of New Orleans took a day off last Wednesday and went fishing at nearby Simoneau Ponds, where he caught 35 bass and kept legal limit of 15, including several over 3 pounds. For bass in 5-to 8-pound class try Anacoco Lake, 3,600-acre man-made lake west of Leesville, La. Skiffs are available at state-owned, no-fee lake; for last-minute dope check with John Brothers at Brothers-Word store in Leesville; take along popper plugs and river-runts
MISSOURI: Upper end of Lake Norfork is low but clear, FG last week with bass averaging 4 pounds (and some going to 7); wobbling plugs favored by fish and fishermen. Little North Fork of Lake Bull Shoals clear and rising, with good catches of largemouths to 7 pounds coming into Pontiac and Theodosia boat docks; OG next week.