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C—clear water; SH—slightly high; FG—fishing good; FF—fishing fair; FP—fishing poor; OG—outlook good; OF—outlook fair; OVG—outlook very good.
STRIPED BASS: NEW JERSEY: One of best fall runs in years is under way from tip of Sandy Hook clear through to Beach Haven, and surf casters and trollers are taking many bass in 35-pound class. Most trolling now is by daylight, with big Jersey bunker spoons favored lure. Fastest surf action last week was from Seaside Park through Island Beach, but trolling in tide rip below Sandy Hook produced some big fish: OG/VG next 10 days.
MASSACHUSETTS : FVP last week and OP as most bass headed southward, but some school-stripers should remain in rivers through December.
VIRGINIA: Stripers to 17 pounds are striking nicely in the lower Rappahannock, and OG.
SOUTH CAROLINA: FG in both Santee-Cooper Lakes, with heavy concentration at tailrace of canal below sanctuary area; OG through November.
STEELHEAD TROUT: IDAHO: OVG for November and December as fishing hits full stride in most steelhead waters.
OREGON: FG on Rogue River; fastest action in Agness area and fly-fishermen taking one to five fish daily; river L, C but R, as some larger fish move in; OG as long as river stays clear. Rains in northern Oregon have sparked a minor steelhead run, and a few were taken last week from the Nestucca, Siletz, Salmon and Alsea rivers; OF/G.
CALIFORNIA: Upper Klamath FVG as second fall run brings in bigger steelhead; best fishing is on weekends when Copco Dam flow is shut off. Tom Kemp, Los Angeles broker, took limits to 9� pounds last week on brand-new local fly called "Burlap" (on size-4 hook); Royal Coachman on same size gets fish. OVG for all coastal streams where sand bars are open. Heavy rains in headwaters of the Eel River last week should start new run. Winter steelhead SO Nov. 1, SC Feb. 28.
MUSKELLUNGE: WISCONSIN: FG/VG in most musky waters despite cold, snowy weather, but only hairy-chested fishermen are having any. Spy says two Milwaukee anglers took 175 pounds of muskellunge from Big Round Lake in Sawyer County in four days last week.
PENNSYLVANIA: Experts say unsettled weather has driven muskies into deeper water, advise deep-diving plugs or minnows fished near bottom; FP, OF.