SO—season opens (or opened); SC—season closes (or closed).
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; OVG—outlook very good; OG—outlook good; OF—outlook fair; OP—outlook poor
STRIPED BASS: NEW JERSEY: Spring run of big stripers on Sandy Hook trolling grounds is nicely under way as four bass in 25-pound class were taken on trolled spoons. Elsewhere along Jersey coast FP.
CALIFORNIA: Trollers in San Pablo Bay report FF/G; bait fishing best off China Camp. Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers improved last week, and 24-pounder taken last Friday off False River.
NEW YORK: FVP for surf fishermen, says Montauk agent. Bass are in area, but only a few small fish coming in to the beaches. Picture should improve by about June 10 as new schools move into area.
TROUT: NEW MEXICO: The Rev. Thomas J. Miller of Albuquerque took 26-inch 9�-Pound brown trout from Cebolla River last week to establish possible state record. In counteraction, game and fish department planted over 70,000 legal trout in same week. Gila River FF; east fork of Gila FF; middle fork VG and OG; west fork OG; bait getting best results, with spin-fishing second and flies a poor third. Cimarron River FF and OF despite below-freezing night temperatures in canyons. Pecos River FF/P; lower stretches best.
PENNSYLVANIA: Famous Fisherman's Paradise on Spring Creek opened last week with 2,000 anglers on hand and limit of one trout per fisherman. Heaviest trout was a 7-pound 7-ounce brown; longest, a 28�-inch brown. All trout must be hooked on unweighted flies in this Fish Commission project which attracts visitors from every state in the Union. FF/P throughout central Pennsylvania and northern tier of counties, as weather has been unsettled and fly hatches sparse.
WASHINGTON: Silver trout lakes producing well on trolled flatfish and spinners, but FP at rainbow lakes with exception of Skagit County's Cavanaugh. Some high lakes on west side were ice-free for last week's opener, and OG for Hancock and Calligan lakes in King County, Lost and Echo lakes in Greenwater area out of Enumclaw. Skagit County's Day Lake, Lone Lake on Whidbey Island, Canyon Lake in Whatcom County, high lakes in northeast corner of state full of fat and sassy eastern brooks; Marshall and Mystic are best bets. Spy advises trip to Cascade and Mountain lakes on Orcas Island before vacation hordes take over. Lowland lake season now in decline and will remain poor until early fall.
MINNESOTA: Dr. Wayne Woodbury of Zumbrota set local statisticians on ears with 9-pound brown trout from Hay Creek near Zumbrota, largest in 34 years in southeastern counties. Stocked quarry pools near St. Cloud producing easy limits of rainbows to 14 inches. FG for browns in Straight River near Park Rapids, with many fish 2 to 4 pounds. Limits of brookies being taken in small inland lakes back of Grand Marais. Spring rainbow run on north shore slacking off, but Sam Miller of Minneapolis took limit of 10 rainbows from 5 to 7 pounds on bottom-fished night crawlers in Knife River last week.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Streams still L despite rains that ended woods ban. Reports from First Connecticut Lake at Pittsburg show trout in ponds hitting well on streamer flies and spin-cast lures.
VERMONT: Fly-fishermen moving into limelight as warmer water and good hatches have trout looking to surface for food. FG/VG on West Branch of Battenkill in Bennington County and Winooski River between Montpelier and Burlington along Route 2. In general OG for streams, OVG for ponds.