KEY TO SYMBOLS
FG=fishing good; FF=fishing fair; FP=fishing poor.
OG=outlook good; OP=outlook poor.
BLACK BASS: FLORIDA: Largemouths are still moody in most northwest Florida waters but warmer weather should perk them up; FG at Lake Talquin with dry flies, popper bugs or shallow-running spin lure. FF and improving in central section; OG at small lakes in Lakeland- Winter Haven area. Little Lake Harris produced limits to 5 pounds on live shiners last week and OG. Gene Horn of Hialeah hauled 10-pound 13-ounce bigmouth from Tamiami Canal last week while plug casting; because of red-hot fishing, wardens are patrolling the Canal warning of catch limit (eight bass) and nabbing violators; OG through next two weeks.
NORTH CAROLINA: Bass fishing has started in Nags Head freshwater ponds and Dare County lakes with live bait best and fish averaging� pound.
MISSOURI: Lake Clearwater high but clear despite recent rain; FG with live bait and OG but most bass are small. Lake Wappapello produced fair catches despite cold weather; OG.
LOUISIANA: Try Bayou Bartholomew (near Monroe) by the dark of the moon with popper plugs or cork bugs worked slow along shoreline and weedbeds. FG and OG in Bayou Desiard and Black Lake Bayou in same area; live shad get best results. In residential New Orleans, Bayou St. John has been providing sport and bass; try small spoon or shallow-running spinlure. Also in New Orleans area bass have been hungry and sassy in Churchill Farms lagoon back of Westwego and in Simoneaux, Dufrene's and Pleasure ponds off Highway 90 west of city.
TENNESSEE: FF on Norris Lake; local talent is taking bass to 5 pounds at creek mouths from Shoffner's dock on up to Lone Mountain; live bait is best, and OG. Sparta football coach Tom Brixey took 6�-pound smallmouth from Center Hill Lake last week (see Walleyed Pike).
CALIFORNIA: Havasu Lake (on Colorado River) produced an 8-pounder last week, and outlook is fair.
NEVADA: With warmer weather and lessened winds Lake Mead is starting to pay off; try live bait or deep-trolled plugs at gypsum beds above Boulder Canyon and Overton arm.
TROUT: NEVADA: Walker Lake trollers starting to take cutthroats to 13 pounds; this lake yielded record 14�-pounder last year and season peak is due about March 15; OG.