BLACK BASS: NEW YORK: You could catch a lot of fish last week in Chautauqua on soft shell crabs but they were really scarce.
FLORIDA: Two men fishing Lake Talquin last week caught 53 bass weighing from 1� to 3� pounds in three hours using shiners for bait. A top bass spot in state is Rainbow River, a branch of almost pure spring water leading from Rainbow Springs to its outlet in the Withlacoochee River about 70 miles north of Tampa. Local fishermen explain it this way: heavy summer rains caused drainage of the swamps along Withlacoochee resulting in an acid condition which bass don't like and they crowded into the lower Rainbow. Last week lots of people caught their limits using shiners. Kissimee Lake closed to boats for three months by low water level has been raised by rains and FG again.
PENNSYLVANIA: Smallmouths running to 2 pounds in French Creek and smaller in Allegheny on plugs or soft shells. WT still too high for best fishing. Lower reaches of the Yellow Breeches down last week and some good catches reported on jitterbugs. OG if no more rain.
LOUISIANA: Fish have been dozing for last six weeks but John Brothers reported catching half a dozen last week in Anacoco Lake near Leesville, several weighing over 5 pounds.
MINNESOTA: FG/FVG for smallmouths in Rainy Lake at International Falls and Basswood and Burntside lakes at Ely; FG/FVG for largemouths at Lake Minnetonka near Minneapolis, Pelican Lake at Backus, Lake Belle Taine near Park Rapids, Detroit lakes and Alexandria area. Live frogs and popper flies still producing best.
TENNESSEE: Big ones are biting in Cherokee Lake with deep trolling taking them on the bottom. Harold Reiland of Morristown got a good string topped by two weighing over 5 pounds last week. OG.
MISSOURI: Meremec River, C and N for most of its entire length, is M in lower part. Many limit catches in last few days and OG with best luck on plugs. Gasconade River C, N all the way and FG, OG on artificial lures.
NORTH CAROLINA: Terrific sound tides caused by Connie and Diane backed up into state rivers and killed quantities of largemouth bass.
MICHIGAN: Smallmouth fishing magnificent throughout all north state waters and around thumb coastline areas as anglers continue making limit catches using everything in the box and fish running above average weight up to 6 pounds. OG.
ONTARIO: FF/OG as end of heat wave puts fresh life into bass. Bay of Quinte near Big Island now producing good catches off rocky points and sand bars with worms favored bait. Bait casting with live minnows or frogs is getting evening catches at Jones Falls on the Rideau River.