MICHIGAN: Manistee River below Tippy and Sturgeon River below Wolverine produced steadily last week as fall run of rainbows surged upstream to spawning beds, and OG.
IDAHO: In eastern part of state, Coffee Pot Rapids on Snake River was hot spot last week: with trout taking fly or bait, and OG; Island Park Reservoir and Henry's Lake offer fairly fast action to trollers. In northern Idaho, FF in Pend Oreille Lake for Kamloops, with few trophy fish reported; OF. In south and central areas, FVG on Middle and South forks of Boise River as rains damped fire hazard; No. 12 Mc-Ginty Bee was best fly for this area. Silver Creek closed and all of Owyhee County closed except Snake River.
WASHINGTON: Sea-run cutthroats offering grand sport in Graves, Tilton, Cowlitz, Humptulips, Duckabush, Stillaquamish and Dicky rivers, but approach of hunting season (Oct. 9) has lessened pressure on waters. In general, this is best time of year for Washington fresh-water fishing, and OVG in almost all trout lakes and streams.
MONTANA: Cold weather arrived in Montana last week, and fly-fishing is at peak in most streams; Big Hole River offers sensational sport on dry fly after so-so summer. Cold spell will be followed by Indian summer and even better fly-fishing, prophesies spy.
OREGON: SC Oct. 12 but until then the upper Deschutes River should provide good sport and some outsize browns and rainbows with flies or spinners.
NEW MEXICO: Upper Rio Grande N, C, FG with large white and gray woolly worms and dry flies, and OG. Red and Cimarron rivers FF, OG.
STRIPED BASS: NEW YORK: Veteran surf fishermen are taking stripers from 15 to 45 pounds on south side of Montauk Point from lighthouse to Ditch Plains on plugs, but only at night; SI spy reports mullet are in surf, says daylight fishing should be fair to good by latter part of October.
CALIFORNIA: Eastern San Pablo Bay and Napa River started coming to life last week, and outlook is good; Frank's Tract is fairly hot but bass are small. OG for big bass in Carquinez Strait near Antioch Bridge.
MASSACHUSETTS: Fishing spotty at all Cape spots last week, with flurries of fast action at Nauset Beach, Scituate, Plum Island and Martha's Vineyard beaches; OP/F.
NEW JERSEY: Best surf fishing in 10 years is reported in Long Branch sector, with Bradley Beach and Ocean Grove also fairly hot; frequent catches of over-30-pounders reported. Most of larger fish are taken on rigged eels but plugs work too. OG through Oct. 10.