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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: NEW YORK: Ashokan Reservoir still producing nicely at dawn and dusk as smallmouths slam deerhair bugs or spin-lures fished along shore line, but few big bass reported; OF/G through August. Delaware River L, C. WT74-80 in Narrowsburg area and FF with bugs and bivisibles at tails of pools from dusk to dawn. Adirondack agent says drought has bass off feed but bug experts can coax them into action after sun is off water; asked for secret of success, one hair-frog specialist said, "I let it set too long."
FLORIDA: FVG in St. Johns River area last week and OG next 10 days (but some anglers at Little Lake Harris and Polk County lakes complained that bluegills hit bass-bugs so fast that bass didn't have chance to latch on).
PENNSYLVANIA: Rivers in central section were near record low last week after three weeks of hottest weather in local history; WT85-90 in Susquehanna and Juniata rivers and over 80 in many tribs. But try cove opposite Fort Hunter and Gerdy's Notch on the Susquehanna; or Tuscarora Creek near Newport; use noisy top water plug after dusk or before sunup.
TENNESSEE: Jimmy Graves of Rockwood removed three bigmouth bass that totaled 24� pounds from Watts Bar Lake with assist from all-white wobbling plug. Subsurface lures getting best results at Cherokee and Douglas lakes; OF rest of month.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Blistering heat has slowed all fresh-water fishing but a few fishermen are taking nice bass from deep holes in reservoirs by jigging metal-and-nylon bucktails.
ARIZONA: Despite daytime temperatures to 112�, lunkers from 4 to 9 pounds are attacking surface plugs along Arizona side of Lake Havasu at dawn and dusk; old-timers say unusually heavy release of cold water from Davis Dam puts extra wallop in whoppers.
MAINE: Record high temperatures and below-normal rainfall last month have lowered levels in most lakes and rivers, but most sections report FG for bass; top producer last week was Messalonskee, where many anglers took smallmouths from 4 to 6 pounds; OG.
MISSOURI: Top water plugs are producing good catches of smallish bass from the James and upper Big Piney rivers despite hot weather; latter slightly murky; OF.
ONTARIO: Eight-year-old Nancy Goforth of Scarboro flipped a worm into Wallace's Cut near Bala in the Muskoka Lakes, hauled out a 4�-pound smallmouth. Other Muskoka anglers found bass hungry for crayfish, frogs and slow-trolled wobbling plugs; OF/G through August.