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SO—season opened (or opens); SC—season closed (or closes).
STRIPED BASS: NEW JERSEY: Joseph Nemeth of Manasquan caught 61-pound 4-ounce striper off Manasquan jetty on metal squid and pork-rind lure, to break former state record by 2 pounds, last Saturday; 47-pounder taken from surf at Seaside Park last week, also on metal. Surf fishing is fairly hot between Ortley Beach and Long Beach Island (where 1,500 entrants in local derby stand shoulder to shoulder at best holes, inspired by tang of salt air in their nostrils and vision of first-prize, 20-foot motorboat in their heads); bass are running big, and best daylight lure is tin or chrome squid, with feathers or pork-rind optional; OG through November and possibly until SC Dec. 31.
VIRGINIA: Stripers are being taken in good numbers in Potomac and Rappahannock rivers, with best sport in lower Rappahannock and OG next two weeks.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Prof. Jack Crawford of University of South Carolina caught over 20 stripers to 12 pounds from the Congaree River in front of his Columbia home last summer; last week he tried his luck again, landed one 35-pounder and lost bigger one when it busted line. Many limits reported from Santee-Cooper diversion canal on fresh shad bait; FF, OF at Lake Moultrie for trollers and bait casters.
CALIFORNIA: Bass have moved out of San Pablo Bay into San Joaquin River; hot spots upstream from Antioch Bridge are at Big Break and Napa River; most fish are under 12 pounds but sprinkling of 25-to 30-pounders reported, with bullhead bait doing briskest business. Party boats out of Crockett and Vallejo limiting, and OVG.
TROUT: ONTARIO: All streams flowing into Lake Ontario in Durham and Northumberland counties now open for rainbow fishing, and big spawners should provide fast action. Manitou River spy says rainbows still taking spin lures when they can get them.
CALIFORNIA: General SC Oct. 31 but OG in year-round lakes, especially Shasta, Tahoe, Isabella and Almanor.
NEVADA: FF/G after summer lull at Pyramid and Walker lakes; wobblers cast from shore taking sizable rainbows at Pyramid while trolled wobblers are producing outsize cutthroats at Walker; OVG at both.