CALIFORNIA: Half-million anglers deserted sweltering southland valleys for cool high country for long Labor Day weekend, and found heavy plants rainbows providing roadside fishing fair to good. Remote Sierra streams above 7,000 feet gave up limits of rainbows, brooks and goldens. OG for such eastern slope spots as Cascade and Fish creeks. FG with plenty fair-sized trout in northern region at west side Lake Al-manor, Mattole and Mad rivers. Forest-fire hazards in high areas.
BLACK BASS: FLORIDA: Fishing continues seasonally slow in fresh waters, although some good catches are reported occasionally. Little Lake Harris near Howey probably best this past week with several limit strings being brought in and some good-sized individual bass landed. Artificial eel still hot and taking most of the big ones—up to 6-12 pounds. Herbert Paul Duncan of Tampa caugnt the bass of the year so far in Prairie Lake in Ocala National Forest. Fishing from the shoreline with a live shiner, he hauled in a bass that weighed 14 pounds 12 ounces. The fish holds top spot in the Central Florida Bass Fishing Tournament of the Orlando Chamber of Commerce. Many Miami fishermen were trying Lake Okeechobee for bass over Labor Day weekend following report that black eel bait is fetching them up there.
TENNESSEE: As WT dropped, largemouths were becoming more active. On Cherokee Lake big bass being caught by trollers, smaller bass on fly and spinner, which was also true at Loudoun, where night fishing was especially good, and at Lake Cumberland in neighboring Kentucky.
MISSOURI: Current River (upper part) L and C, FG, with most fish being taken on live minnows.
MICHIGAN: Smallmouth remain excellent and OG throughout September and into October as season moves into its best cycle chiefly in waters tributary to Great Lakes.
ONTARIO: FG and OG. Parry Sound region is tops for bait casters using worms or frogs. Pointe Au Baril or Shawanaga Basin are good spots in that area for worms and Moon River black bass are favoring frogs.
CALIFORNIA and ARIZONA: Best fishing in years reported in Colorado River near Topock, Ariz, and in Mohave Lake. Daytime temperatures 100� plus, but morning and evening anglers connecting. Mead and Havasu slow as bronze-backs go in deep holes. Murray Lake best of San Diego county reservoirs. Henshaw only fair. Most lakes pretty L. Cooler weather needed.
LOUISIANA: Bass are schooling in Saline Lake near Winnfield and Black River cutoff near Jonesville. Fishermen in central Louisiana are looking forward to banner fall season beginning next week when the nights and early mornings turn cool. It's been raining all summer, messing up the waters; and the streams are loaded with bass just waiting to be caught.
MUSKELLUNGE: WISCONSIN: Muskie fishing still at its peak in Vilas and Sawyer counties. Fisherman caught a 46-pounder with a buck-tail on North Twin Lake in Vilas County and several other muskies weighing more than 20 pounds were taken in Pioneer, Catfish and Pickerel lakes. In Couderay Lake, Sawyer County, John Parker of Cable, Ohio caught a 28-pound muskie on a spinner spoon.
NEW YORK: After slow August muskie fishing beginning to pick up on Chautauqua with a bang. LeRoy Cook was fly casting for bass off his dock at Sunnyside last week. He hooked a blue gill and was bringing it in when a 33-inch muskie grabbed it. After a 33-minute struggle Cook landed both fish. Cape Vincent also reports increasing activity.