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Compiled by ED ZERN
May 16, 1955
A digest of last-minute reports from fishermen and other unreliable sources
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May 16, 1955

Fisherman's Calendar

A digest of last-minute reports from fishermen and other unreliable sources

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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.

TROUT: PENNSYLVANIA: Most streams in Allegheny National Forest and northern-tier counties were L, C last week but fly hatches were skimpy and bait-fishers had best of it (although nymph and streamer experts had fair-to-good sport). David Wallace of Lock Haven dangled a nightcrawler in Big Fishing Creek near his home town and spent 75 minutes subduing a 26�-inch brown trout. Cold spell slowed action in most Potter County waters but on Cross Fork (tributary of Kettle Creek) browns to 17 inches were rising to #12 Ginger Quill dry flies. In central counties. FG on West Branch of the Octoraro, Fishing and Quittapahilla creeks, and OF/G with streamers and wet flies; Yellow Breeches FP last week but upswing may have started.

NEW YORK: Beaverkill agent reports WT54-60 with heavy Hendrickson hatches on upper river, scattered Hendricksons and March Browns on "big river" below Roscoe, and March Brown hatch expected shortly; fishing was poor despite N, C water last weekend but should improve; larger "river fish" should be moving up B'kill and Willewemoc from winter holes in Delaware but few had shown at press time. West Branch of Ausable was N but too cold for fly hatches; bait and bucktail fishermen were taking a few good trout below Wilmington and a 24-inch 5�-pound brown was hauled from the dammed water at Wilmington after eating wrong worm; OF/G when warm days boost WT into mid 50s. Saranac is still VH and unfishable.

OREGON: FG in central and western areas; Deschutes reports best fishing in Bend area; Metolius and Crooked rivers L, C, FG with flies and worms; coastal streams H, C, FF with bait or troll, FP with fly, OG.

WISCONSIN: State enjoyed best trout opening in years, and Brule River still L, C, FG as some "steelhead" drop downriver to Lake Michigan.

IDAHO: SO May 1 in northern part of state but FP until weather warms. Snake River spy reports FG below Strike Dam and in American Falls area.

MONTANA: Most open streams starting into high-water period and OP; Canyon Ferry Lake still producing busters to 10 pounds on spinlures.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: FG for cutthroats in Oyster, Qualicum and Campbell tidewater. Trout showing well near surface in most lakes; 20-inchers frequent in both Campbells. FF on Cheakamus. Harrison and other mainland rivers; all interior waters should improve steadily.

MAINE: Rangeleys and Moosehead are ice free; OG for brook trout but landlocked salmon and lakers will get biggest play.

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