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Compiled by ED ZERN
September 12, 1955
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.
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September 12, 1955

Fisherman's Calendar

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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.

TROUT: IDAHO: Kamloops fishing in the north has been best in years with fish from 18 to 25 pounds common in Coeur D'Alene Lake. Here are streams classed as excellent at the moment: St. Joe, St. Mary's, Clearwater and Snake rivers. Flies and lures recommended. Spectacular fishing has been reported by fishermen using boats on Snake up to mouth of Salmon. FG all the high lakes. Eastern anglers getting excellent results from Swan Valley to Heise, drifting in rubber boats. FG Fort Hall Indian Reservation in the bottoms. Weather turned exceptionally warm at month's end, registering 105�, hottest for August 31st since 1875. Pacific steel-head beginning to take in Riggins area and mouth of Middle Fork on main Salmon River. Best bait fresh-water clams and spoons.

COLORADO: Less gifted fishermen had good news this week when the State Game and Fish Department got a bargain price as two big Colorado fish hatcheries decided to liquidate their stock. As a result an extra 20 tons of trout, some of them real lunkers, will be dumped into Colorado lakes early next week. (The bargain prices: nine tons of trout at 65� a pound and 11 tons at 60�.) Yampa River L, C, FG/OG. Colorado River, Glenwood Springs area, N, SD and FF/OG. Roaring Fork L, C, FG/OG to excellent. North Platte H, C, FF OG. St. Louis Creek L, C, FP/FF, OF. Gunnison clearing, FF/FG, OG to excellent. Grand Mesa lakes generally L and C, FF and OG.

NOVA SCOTIA: Water levels near N again, OG.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Excellent reports from Lac Lejeune with 3-and 4-pounders coming to the fly. Other Kamloops lakes FF and improving. Coastal lakes generally slow except for trollers. Big cutthroats off mouths of most inland streams with Oyster River probably best. Good sport likely everywhere from loth on. Small, unsatisfactory runs of steelheads are making slow fishing on Stamp and Coquihalla rivers.

MISSOURI: Waters at Bennett Springs reported C and N with FG to excellent. A good many limit catches have been reported on flies with woolly worm a good one.

MONTANA: As usual, Montana fishing improved with arrival of September though weather was abnormally hot. Wulff types were taking well on Madison, Gallatin and South Fork Flathead rivers. Big Hole just starting to get good and Fire Hole in Park good as evening temperatures there near freezing. FP on Yellowstone River but sure to improve with cooler weather.

MICHIGAN: Fall-run rainbow devotees breaking out gear as regular SC Sept. 11. Bows are expected in several streams such as Manistee, Jordan, Pere Marquette and numerous lakes. OF, and streamer patterns have been taking well.

OREGON: Central Oregon FG/OG. Deschutes River, Crescent Creek, Crooked River, Metolius River all good on flies and spin lures. Water L and C. Wickiup Reservoir and Davis Lake FG with algae now clearing and large fish being taken on flies fished dry. Large browns gulping preserved minnows at Wickiup. McKenzie, Upper Willamette and north Santiam rivers G to VG on dry flies, gray and brown small-sized flies best. Coastal sea-run cutthroat fishing slow. Streams too low and OP.

WASHINGTON: Streams and upper rivers coming into own in early mornings when C; by noon time water's milked up with glacier melt. Warning: deerflies murderous. North fork Sauk River showing splendid catches rainbows, a few cutthroats on bait. Sulphur Creek above Suiattle, Cascade River, Marble Creek good for rainbows, some dollies.

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