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SO—season open: (or opened); SC—season closes (or closed).
TARPON: FLORIDA: First fish, a 50-pounder, entered in Crystal River Tarpon Tournament last week, and FG all along west coast from Keys to northwest Florida. Top fish in St. Pete tournament is 160-pounder caught by Harold LeMaster of Clearwater who hooked fish on a plug his company makes. It took LeMaster six hours to boat the fish on light tackle.
TEXAS: Pier fishermen enjoying good tarpon fishing at Port Aransas and Padre Island, but ratio of fish landed to hooked is about 1 to 5. Most of fish hooked are six-footers. OF.
PACIFIC SALMON: WASHINGTON: Bellingham season off to best start in years, and SI agent credits legislation banning all net fishing in ocean west of Tatoosh Island off Cape Flattery and delaying opening of commercial season in Strait of Juan de Fuca between Angeles Point and Tatoosh Island until July 22. Charter boats out of Westport are finding fish at No. 2 and 4 buoys, report steadily increasing catches. At Neah Bay, Randy Kemp of Silverdale took 64-pound king near Mushroom Rock. In same area Emil Robino of Seattle took 50-pounder on mooched herring. Other Neah Bay hot spots are Waddah, Skagway and Midway. Sekiu, enjoying same run, averaged two fish per boat last week. Kings showing on east side of Whidbey Island from Possession Point to Langley. Possession Point and Scatchet Head at south end of Whidbey continue as silver salmon concentrations. Mutiny Bay's Windmill Hole, fished late in evening, good for blackmouth to 13 pounds. In North Sound biggest run of kings in four years is swirling off Orcas Island in Waldron Island vicinity, with hottest stretch from Point Lawrence up north shore of Orcas to I tie slide. Evening tide off Waldron Island and morning tide off Point Lawrence most productive. Another king run reported on way up Skagit River, with fair action reported around Tarheel Hole as river is dropping and clearing.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: FF/G for springs and small silvers in most B.C. areas, and OG.
OREGON: FVG, says Coos Bay spy, with Chinook and small silvers abundant in area and hungry for mooched herring. Winchester Bay agent reports excellent catches of Chinook across the bar. Newport on Yaquina Bay also reported good salmon mooching last week, and OVG as season drives toward peak.
BLACK BASS: MISSOURI: FVP, says morose agent, blaming lack of action on heavy rain.
PENNSYLVANIA: SO June 15, and OG as streams are in fine shape after last week's heavy rains.
TENNESSEE: 9-pound 4-ounce largemouth tried to eat a White Doll fly with pork rind attached last week, thus set new record for TVA's South Holslon Lake. FG at Norris Lake, with equally good results reported by day and night shifts. In general, OG until hot weather drives bass into deep water.