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
BLUEFISH: LOUISIANA: 2- to 4-pounders are hitting feather jigs and plugs as fast as you can cast them around the oil rigs off Grand Isle; one party on Charles Sebastian's charter boat caught 104 last week, and OVG.
NORTH CAROLINA: Trawlers off Cape Hatteras have been netting huge bluefish, and oldtimers predict cyclical return of big blues, last seen here in large numbers about 20 years ago.
BLACK BASS: VIRGINIA: Recent warm spell has bass on prowl in coastal ponds and rivers, with fair action reported from Chickahominy River, and OG.
NORTH CAROLINA: Largemouths are beginning to show interest in live bait in most fresh waters of coastal areas. At other end of state, Fontana Lake agent says water is rising and so are bass; local experts favor minnows over lures, and fishing should improve steadily until summer.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Most reservoirs in coastal area muddy last week but should be clear and providing fair sport now.
CALIFORNIA: FF and improving at Lakes Mead, Havasu and Mojave; weather is mild with subsiding winds and spy says season's peak may come two or three weeks early this year.
FLORIDA: 25-acre Lake Morton in downtown Lakeland (two blocks from city hall) produced a 9�-pound largemouth and a 7-pounder last week; both took an artificial eel. At Little Lake Harris, at Howey and Lake Tarpon, north of Clearwater, bass in 5-pound class are taking plugs and live shiners. On east coast, best bass fishing is in St. John's River near Doctor's Inlet, with spoons and plugs favored lures. As weather warms, fly rodders look forward to excellent sport with popping bugs and deer-hair flies.
LOUISIANA: Cajun agent names Lake Penchant in Terrebonne Parish, Grand Bay at Marksville and Calcasieu River as worthwhile bass spots, but says OG generally for hundreds of other lakes and ponds throughout the state; he recommends black-and-white wobbling spoon or canary-yellow plug for fastest action.
PACIFIC SALMON: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Springs to 22 pounds plentiful off Campbell River; big schools of herring reported nearby and OVG (but Horseshoe Bay agent says FP). 1955 salmon spawning reports indicate silver and chinook (spring) salmon escaped worst of early flood losses.