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CALIFORNIA: As SO April 30 an estimated half-million anglers braved rain below 5,000 feet, snow above, and many lugged limits before opening day closed. Top spot on eastern slope of Sierras was Crowley Lake, despite gales that blew most anglers off water by 9:30 a.m. and snow flurries later; top fish was 13�-pound brown taken on wobbler spoon cast from shore after snowstorm started.
WISCONSIN: As SO April 30 the Brule River produced many limit catches of small rainbows and browns, with a few fish in 4-to-6 pound class. River is C, N, with upper stream most productive, and OG.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Fair runs of cutthroats are in most lower mainland and Vancouver Island streams; coastal lakes are producing well despite frosts. Best lakes are the Campbells, McIvor, Mohun and Roberts; OG.
ATLANTIC SALMON: NEW BRUNSWICK: After high water spoiled most of last week, fishing for Miramichi blacks was picking up and best flies are Mickey Finn, Rose of New England and local bear-hair patterns; OG.
MAINE: SO May 1. Spring runoff wrecked opener on Narraguagus and Dennys, with no salmon killed on either river. Fishing for blacks is illegal in these rivers, but bright fish should be in the streams before May 10, and OG.
BLACK BASS: NEW MEXICO: Last week was best of year at Elephant Butte and Conchas lakes and OG through May 15 with plugs your best bet for big fish.
MISSOURI: Lake Clearwater C, N, FG with live bait and plugs and OG. Lake Wappapello (upper section) reports FG, OG despite slight murk in water.
TENNESSEE: Charles Welch of Speedwell, Tenn. hauled a 7-pound 3-ounce smallmouth from Norris Lake last week to set local record. Center Hill Lake producing large- and smallmouth bass in carload lots, while Dale Hollow has given up several smallmouth in 6-pound class, and OG. On Douglas, Cherokee, Fort Loudoun, Watts Bar and Chickamauga lakes most anglers are crappie-happy but bassing reported fair.