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TROUT: COLORADO: Streams were slightly roily but clearing last weekend with OG throughout the state. In Gunnison area the high lakes are open. Taylor Reservoir. Cottonwood and Twin lakes are clear with FF-FG flies, bait and lures. The Gunnison, Lark Fork, East and Taylor rivers are C, FG. The Snake, Yampa and Elk rivers in Steamboat Springs region are L, R, FF. Whitefish aficionados are doing business with live nymphs. In North Park area the North Platte River is H, C with FF. Big Creek and Delaney Butte lakes N, G for trolling.
MONTANA: Many near-record catches made as season approaches peak, including 11-pounder from Gallatin River on Joe's Hopper fly, and 5-, 7-, 9-pounders from Missouri River, all on lures. Gallatin River is VG; lakes generally poor but FG on Mary Ronan. Best fishing still to come after first cool evenings.
MAINE: Fly-fishermen considered adding pistols to their gear last week when shocking new regulations went into effect on Aug. 20 permitting spinning, bait-casting, and trolling on certain waters. Big Sourdnahunk, a gem at the foot of Mt. Katahdin, was chief victim. There's a run of 3-to 4-pound squaretails in the Barrel Hole in northernmost Musquacook, according to Dana McNally of Portage. Spears, anyone?
WASHINGTON: Early in week sea-run cutthroats went mad in the Nooksack River, which then got roily. FG continues on Ross Lake for rainbows, big dollies. Inside tip: logging road into Canyon Lake out of Welcome is newly bulldozed, removing hazard of reaching top trout lake. Johnny Bishop and son Bruce, 13, of Bellingham, took easy limits of rainbows to 12 inches on bucktails and still-fishing worms at east end. Take warmest sleeping bags; there's snow on north slopes. FVG now for brook trout in Tomyhoi Lake.
MICHIGAN: Big brown trout are concentrated in midchannel pools of Tobacco, Maple, Platte rivers with FG for knowledgeable night fishermen. The 80-day drought has made water VL and some canoe liveries on south branch of Au Sable have stopped operating. Forest fire hazard high, with 95� temps. OG because things can't get any worse.
BONEFISH: LOUISIANA: Edgar Miller of Lake Charles, who has caught bonefish in Florida, went fishing in the surf off Grand Isle, and this man says he caught several 3-to 5-pound bone-fish on a silver spoon with a yellow bucktail. Next thing someone will hang a sail while casting for sea trout.
CHANNEL BASS: FLORIDA: The bay fisherman's beloved junior-size redfish, or "puppy drum," have made a midsummer reappearance in northwest with FG for fish up to 10 pounds at Panacea, Carrabelle and Ochlockonee Bay. Casters are using mullet or shiner tails; trollers find yellow jigs sure fire, with silver spoons good too.
LOUISIANA: The fall run has begun in the Barataria Bay-Little Lake area. Walter Pelegrin and son caught 14 from 5 to 9 pounds. OVG.
NORTH CAROLINA: Now that Connie and Diane are memories, channel bass are again being caught from the surf along the Dare County coast.