SH—slightly high; FG—fishing good; FF—fishing fair; FP—fishing poor; OG—outlook
good: OF—outlook fair; OVG—outlook very good.
FLORIDA: Rain over most of state last week raised water levels and stirred bass
to fast action in lakes and rivers. Hottest spots reported were Big Lake George
near Welaka. Kissimmee River east of Lake Wales, Lake Tarpon northwest of
Tampa. Chassahowitzka River north of Tampa, and Lake Harris, all of which
should improve steadily from now until midsummer unless cold snap puts bass off
bass fishing in Tennessee this week is at Center Hill Lake, where both
large-and smallmouth show keen interest in large polar-bear hair flies fished
jerkily close to bottom in medium-deep waters. Rain last weekend halted falling
of levels at Norris. Douglas and other TVA lakes, and Dr. Glenn Gentry, fish
commission biologist, believes airing out of lake beds may be beneficial if
levels return to normal in near future.
Fontana Lake is yielding easy limits of largemouth and a few small-mouth from
deep channels on live bait. Last week's lunker: 9 pounds.
Clearwater C, N, FG with live bait, OG. Lake Wappapello C, SH, FF/G for
smallish bass on large minnows, OF.
LOUISIANA: OVG in
ponds and lakes throughout southern part of the state; several large-mouth in
5-to-7-pound class reported from Cheniere Lake at West Monroe and Black Bayou
WISCONSIN: Sturgeon-spearing season opened last Saturday on frozen lakes
Winnebago, Poygan. Winneconne and Butte des Morts in central Wisconsin, and
spearers reported good success, with 74-pounder from Lake Poygan topping the
list. Season closes March 1 on Winnebago, February 19 on other lakes.
OREGON: Fishing improved in most coastal streams last week, with best reports
from upper rivers, and new rains are needed now to bring in new runs. Best bets
at present are Wilson, Nestucca, Siletz, Alsea and Siuslaw rivers; Sixes, Elk
and Chetco rivers are fair to good. Best lures are cluster eggs and cherry
bobbers and, in general, OG.
Best rivers on Vancouver Island are Puntledge, Stamp and Cowichan; on the
mainland the Vedder is muddy but clearing, and OG. Coquihalla River at Hope has
produced some fish, as have Capilano and Seymour rivers, and OF generally, with
chance of sharp improvement if new fish move in.
"Bring your own rock and come in middle of week," says spy, as all
north coastal streams continue to sizzle after last week's red-hot fishing;
even South Fork of Eel, thought to be knocked out for at least a year by
floods, is back in production. Best bets are Gualala, Mattole, Big and Ten Mile
rivers, with 14-pounder from Gualala top fish of week. Most fish are spent
downstreamers, but bright fish are coming in. Surprise spot of week was Putah
Creek, tributary of Sacramento, which produced scads of steelhead to 12 pounds
on roe, despite silty water. Traffic terrific, warns agent, who says some
rivers look like New Year's Day in Pasadena.