SO—season opened (or opens); SC—season closed (or closes).
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; OF—outlook fair; OP—outlook poor.
BLACK BASS: TENNESSEE: D. L. Hayes of Leitchfield. Ky. recently caught world's record smallmouth (11 pounds, 15 ounces) in Dale Hollow Reservoir. State biologenius proclaimed fish 13 years of age. Was 27 inches long with 21? inch bust. Good catches reported last week on Cherokee, Douglas and Ft. Loudoun lakes. Fish apparently coming in later than usual with WT reaching ideal level. OG.
PENNSYLVANIA: Lady vacationer at Lake Edinboro, Erie County seeking fish dinner brought in largemouth that dropped local jaws. Alerted warden hustled to scene, wept when he found headless fish dressed for pan. Estimated length, 28 inches; weight, 10 pounds—possible Pa. record. Conneaut Lake still hot spot, with soft-shells and worm-spinner combo best by day; bugs over weed beds fine at night. Fishing generally slow in central part as streams are L and almost boiling. Juniata WT has been 89.
MISSOURI: Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua region) C, N, but WT up. FF and OF. Tunnel Dam Lake, C, N and some success on top water lures.
NEW YORK: Thousand Islands, Chautauqua, Ashokan and Adirondacks all report prime fishing with OG.
MAINE: Belgrade reports one of its best bass years.
MUSKELLUNGE: Ontario: Troll the French River at dusk. Fish plentiful but not outsized. Lake Nipissing FG, OG.
NEW YORK: Lake Chautauqua muskies have been off their feed past week but OG.
WISCONSIN: Action slowed by hot weather although fish are still around weed beds, on the bars and along shore lines. Lots raised but unhooked in Chippewa River flowage. 40-pounder taken in Lac Vieux Desert on underwater artificial. N, but need rain.
MICHIGAN: But in Lake St. Clair last week the muskies were still biting like perch.