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.
MUSKELLUNGE: NEW YORK: Night fishing with live bait is starting to get worthwhile results in Chautauqua Lake, but trollers are still taking good muskies (such as Eric Anderson's 31-pound 50-incher from Sherman's Bay last week); OG. In Cape Vincent section of St. Lawrence River huskiest musky reported was Melvin Hall's 44-pound 55-inch monster hooked while Hall was casting a small spoon for pike; OG in all usual St. Lawrence musky waters.
ONTARIO: FG and OVG in most musky haunts, but west arm of Lake Nipissing seems hottest spot, with many catches in 30-pound class reliably reported, several off islands at mouth of Sturgeon River.
PENNSYLVANIA: Two better-than-30-pounders in Conneaut Lake couldn't resist frogs skipped along edge of weed beds last week; OF/G these cooler nights.
MINNESOTA: Musky fishing was lousy last week, says plain-spoken spy, and OP as winds howl and mercury dives.
WISCONSIN: Despite fairly warm weather, musky fishing perked up last week and outlook is VG with prospect of cooler nights. In Hay-ward area best waters are Chippewa River flowage, Round and Couderay lakes, with several muskies in 30-pound class reported; strong winds blew fishermen off most larger lakes in this section. In Eagle River area muskies were doing a lot of following and not much taking last week; OF/G. In Rhinelander area, Virgin Lake was producing small fish on buck-tails; OF.
TROUT: MINNESOTA: FP, OP in streams along Lake Superior north shore as fall-running rainbows decline to play ball with anglers. Weather, maybe.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Interior lakes now producing beautifully, with Paul and Pinantan yielding limit catches to 6 pounds on artificial nymphs; Peterhope and Lejeune also hot, with some large trout coming to the; fly. Harvest cutthroats haven't appeared in strength yet; in general, OG.
COLORADO: There's snow in the mountains, and high-country trout are moving into the deep, quiet pools. On the Crystal River that flows near his Carbondale home, 13-year-old Lew Thompson watched a group of fishing-contest winners whip the waters to a froth; when they took a 5-pound rainbow, Lew hurried home, borrowed his father's fly rod and came back to join them. They'd left, but Lew cast a Pink Lady into an eddy, got a hard strike, 20 minutes later landed a 5-pound 15-ounce rainbow, took it home to help explain how the rod tip got broken. In general, Colorado trouting is terrific, with nearly all streams low and clear, and rainbows, browns and natives smashing dry flies with abandon during midday hours. High lakes that haven't yet frozen are producing limit of lunkers, especially in Grand Mesa area. Colorado River (near Glenwood Springs) N, SD, FG, OG; (near Kremling) L, C, FG, OVG. Blue River L, C, FVG, OVG. Gunnison River L, C, FVG, OG. Yampa, Michigan and South Platte rivers L, C, FVG, OVG.
CALIFORNIA: 25-pound rainbow rumored taken from Owens River turned out to be a chinook salmon shipped to Bishop ice plant by playful resident vacationing at Smith River. No hoax are big (to 7 pounds) spawning browns now starting up Owens River. On west slope of Sierra, northern area, best bets are West Branch of Feather River, North and Middle forks of Stanislaus, Pit River tributaries, South Fork of the Yuba, and upper waters of the Kaweah, Merced and Kern rivers.