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SO—season opens (or opened); SC—season closes (or closed).
TROUT: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Most island and lower mainland rivers holding some cutthroats, although salmon fry not showing well as yet. FG on Salmon, FF on Campbell, Oyster and Puntledge. Island lakes open and producing with Mohun, Morton, Gosling and Gooseneck among good bets. OG.
PENNSYLVANIA: Rueful Harrisburg agent reports streams N, WT50-55 but fish just not hitting. Nymphs are top producers for the few interested trout and Big Spring best stream in central state. OG. OVG for Allegheny Forest and northern tier after recent siege of high water. FVG on Young Woman's Creek, Clinton County, with almost any wet pattern acceptable. Stream has splendid record of brown reproduction and gray palmer-tied pattern has been enticing them up to 17 inches. Large streams still SH but tributaries dandy.
ONTARIO: SO May 1 in most districts for brownies with water VL; OVG. Some lakes on line between North Bay and Sault Ste. Marie and north still iced, but all lakes in Algonquin Park, Haliburton Highlands. Kawarthas and Land of Lakes open with WT48-52.
WASHINGTON: Bellingham correspondent reports first great catchall now passed, anglers sweating for cagey rainbows. FG in eastern lakes. Columbia Basin seers report abundant limits on still-fished cheese eggs and jumbo Pautzkies. Deer Lake, Stevens County, continuing to turn out Mackinaws to 20 pounds on deep-fished plugs at lake's center. In Okanogan County, Spectacle and Aeneas lakes warmed up for dawn fly fisherman. Skagit County's Clear Lake turning out limits to mosquito dry flies, and though season still early for Lake Whatcom, response of big cutthroats fine to fast-trolled small spoons and plugs fished close to surface in warmer stratum.
CALIFORNIA: Crowley Lake hogged limelight on April 27 general opener with record 10,034 anglers and 1,200 weight limits. Other hot spots, Sierra June Lake loop and Bridgeport Reservoir. Good weather, heavy plants made for finest opening in years, with FG in northern and central area, and west Sierra streams such as Kaweah, Tule, Kings and Kern near midseason clarity and flow.
NEW YORK: Lovely weather improved fishing in Esopus region. Shandaken portal has been turned down to one-sixth flow and almost entire length of river below it is wadeable. Esopus SD but side streams C. WT40-44. Fish responding to wet flies, nymphs, bait with an occasional dry fly producing on feeders around 2 or 3 in afternoon. Hatches of small dark caddis, Hendrickson and grannom flies seen and fish responding in Beaverkill area. FG on Beaverkill and Willowemoc. East Branch of Delaware VL due to reduced flow from Pepacton Reservoir and trout spooking, but patient anglers taking them below dam. Schoharie spy most enthusiastic, reports numerous limits, WT56-62, so warm indeed, that some bass are moving on bucktails. Quill Gordons coming off now and effective but wets providing most of the action. Early stone fly hatches almost finished. Saranac and West Branch of Ausable N, WT46-52 and some limits reported with minnows most attractive bait. Lake Placid ice out and rainbows to five pounds biting there.
WISCONSIN: Brule booster reports OVG, water N, C, WT52-56 with many rainbows on spawning beds and plenty of fish traffic between redd and Lake Superior. Night crawlers still most successful bait. General SO May 1.
OREGON: SO April 27 found-fish cooperative from coastal cutthroat waters on inland where brownies and rainbows took over. Water L and C; OVG. Hatches are in evidence and trout feeding. Bait, spin fishing and trolling all taking fish. Detroit Reservoir promises to be hot spot for early-season anglers.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Brook trout SO April 22 and FG in southern half of state with bait nabbing them in tributary streams and ponds, flies in ponds after 11 a.m. Fish are running small, however. FP in larger streams. Because of forest fire threat, woods were closed in midweek, so all stream fishing just about shut down and anglers confined to boats and wharves on lakes and ponds that can be reached without going through timber. Ban will lift when rain comes. OG when rain comes. Manchester agent says to look for dry fly fishing by midmonth in southern streams.