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
TROUT: NEW YORK: SO April 13 with day bitter cold, snowy and windy; judicious and/or conservative anglers abed. Most popular waters in Westchester and Putnam Counties Kensico Reservoir and East Branch of Croton, with patient worm-dunkers doing better than fly-fishers. Water H and C with expectation of further clearing and lowering, barring further rain. FP/F in main Esopus and side streams for spawning rainbows and brownies. Day's best catch there by Ralph Hoffman, Shandaken: four rainbows ranging from 15 to 20 inches. Streams in splendid condition, although Esopus is muddy and unwadable below portal. Bait fishermen accounted for sizable rainbows; streamers taking smaller browns. OF/G for fly casters if fair weather prevails. FP in Beaverkill and Willowemoc, with WT34/38 and a few hatchery fish taking wet flies and small streamers. FP East Branch of Delaware. Streams L and flowing at nearly midsummer rate in Adirondack foothills around Little Falls, with fish hungry and responding. West branch of Ausable L, but many limits on Saranac, with OG good for bait and spin fishing.
NEW JERSEY: Agent reports waters H and WT30s, with some streams D but FF/G for 264,450 hatchery-liberated fish. Best catch of April 13 opener: 3-pound rainbow creeled out of Manasquan by Gerry Nevad, 17, Holmdel. Stream restocking under way with goal set at 600,000. Governor Robert B. Meyner and bride joined throngs in Musconetcong near Saxton Falls. FG but governor luckless, left for Pequest to pursue fate. Bride didn't join in sport; said she had no license.
IDAHO: FG/OG at upper end of Lucky Peak Reservoir east of Boise which opened unusually early. Reservoir heavily stocked and single red eggs best bait. FG on Snake below American Falls with large wets. Holes directly below Snow Falls also producing with some anglers taking 2-and 3-pounders on nymphs. Bait casters doing nicely with cutthroats on entire stretch of middle fork of Salmon, upper main Salmon. Northern and eastern state closed.
WASHINGTON: SO April 14 with great transport and excitement. Six million catchable-size rainbows were planted for opener's put-and-take fishing, and 35 million fry planted in past provided backlog of growing trout to 4 pounds. Recent warmth has advanced season, hatched insects, increased activity for estimated half-million opening-day anglers. Best bet in northwest state, Skagit County's Cavanaugh Lake, rehabilitated with cutts and rainbows two years back and reopened this season.
PENNSYLVANIA: SO April 15 but FP due to LWT, H water in central state, torpid fish. No hatches in sight; fish that did respond were taken on natural bait. Uniontown operative reports two-inch snow blanket throughout Allegheny forest and northern tier with streams H, D and WT36/40.
CALIFORNIA: Big Bear Lake, heavily stocked after chemical treatment to kill stunted and trash fish last fall, now sizzling. Other roadside waters open year-round also delivering, including Littlerock Reservoir, west and east forks of the San Gabriel. Topaz Lake FVG for rainbows, cutthroats to 5 pounds.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Mixed bag, with Upper Cowichan, Shawnigan Lake and most island creek mouths going strong, interior not really thawed out.
MINNESOTA: FG as weather warms slowly for rainbows on 23 north-shore streams which opened April 1. Anglers using spinning and fly outfits with awesome lures of scarlet fluorescent yarn and hooks loaded with salmon eggs. Best rainbow run was in Knife River near Duluth. Streams farther along shore toward Grand Marais still ice-choked at mouths. Best catch: 28�-incher by Mike Radich, Duluth, in Knife on aforementioned yarn. OG.
PACIFIC SALMON: CALIFORNIA: FVG for trollers some five miles northeast of Farallones with many chinook limits reported. Freak catch of week: 33-pound chinook boated by Tom Younghusband, Santa Ana, on live-bait boat out of Newport Harbor while bottom-fishing for cod.