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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.
STEELHEAD TROUT: 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.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: 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.
CALIFORNIA: 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.
OREGON: FVP, OVP.
CHANNEL BASS: FLORIDA: This species dominating northwest as cold snap chases reds up fresh-water rivers; St. Mark's, Waccasassa and Ochlockonee best, live shrimp best bait.
OCTOPUS: FLORIDA: 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 OF/G.
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 OF.
NEVADA: Lower 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.