SH—slightly high; FG—fishing good; FF—fishing fair; FP—fishing poor; OG—outlook
good; OF—outlook fair; OVG—outlook very good.
WASHINGTON: Weatherman holds all aces as all rivers were bank-high at presstime
and may be unfishable now. In coastal area best bets are Skagit River above
Baker River, Sauk River near mouth at Rock-port, Dakota Creek, Fisher Slough
near Conway-Stanwood highway crossing, Nooksack River below Guide-Meridian
Bridge. Hot streams last weekend were Humptulips. Snoqualmie, Toutle and Green
rivers. Lower Puyallup, Chehalis and Willapa should produce well for plunkers
if water levels permit fishing. Central and eastern Washington still iced in,
but some steelhead taken from Columbia River near Pasco and at mouth of Yakima
and Wenatchee rivers last Sunday, and OF/G.
Cowichan, Qualicums, Puntledge, Quinsam and Campbell rivers on Vancouver Island
and Vedder on the mainland all showed good fishing last week until heavy rains
brought short rises and muddy water. Most rivers have good runs but outlook is
uncertain unless cold weather stabilizes levels.
Garcia, Navarro, Noyo and Gualala may be fishable and producing by now, but
picture is dismal elsewhere. Flood damage to steelhead habitat, spawn and young
fish won't be known accurately for months.
FLORIDA: This species dominating northwest as cold snap chases reds up
fresh-water rivers; St. Mark's, Waccasassa and Ochlockonee best, live shrimp
Party boaters fishing for groupers in Gulf west of Clearwater are bringing in
as many as 50 octopi to the boat. Normally a party boat might get one or two a
month, and outbreak has skippers baffled.
BLACK BASS: SOUTH
CAROLINA: Many limit catches reported from Cooper River above Charleston,
particularly in Rice Hope section. Plug casters doing especially well, and
MISSOURI: Lake of
the Ozarks (Gravois Arm area) C, N, FG, but small fish are rule. Live bait
best, and OG. Osage region about same, except that water is slightly murky, and
Colorado River reservoirs fairly hot, as Mrs. George Mueller of Los Angeles
landed 10� pounder to set new Mohave Lake record last week, and several limits
to 7 pounds taken from Cottonwood Cove near Searchlight. With temperature in
70s and air calm, OVG.