SO season opens
SC season closes
C dear water
D water dirty, roily
N water normal height
SH slightly high
VH very high
M water muddy
WT50 water 50�
FG fishing good
FVG fishing very good
FF fishing fair
FP fishing poor
OG outlook good
OVG outlook very good
OF outlook fair
OP outlook poor
BLACK BASS: TENNESSEE: FG/OG at Center Hill Lake. Best omen for fall fishing last week was 10-pound 6-ounce largemouth taken by Finley Cass of Doyle in the Falling Water River section of Center Hill near Cookeville. Bass reappearing in Hurricane and Mine Lick creeks. Fly-fishing from banks and trolling now successful as bass move up from the deep.
PENNSYLVANIA: L, C water in the Juniata demands extreme caution, but live-bait anglers are catching bass above Amity Hall. Pittsburgh agent reports bass responsive to Flatfish in Lakes Edinboro and Le Boeuf, but FP in Allegheny and French creeks. OF until rains come.
NEW MEXICO: After several years of extremely L water, Elephant Butte Lake is slowly coming back and medium-size bass are now taking surface plugs.
CHANNEL BASS: LOUISIANA: Bull reds" to 35 pounds now populate passes east and west of Grand Isle. Countless 20-pounders taken last week off Hopedale, Delacroix Island and Coup Abel. OVG.
NORTH CAROLINA: Yearlings ranging from 12 to 20 pounds beginning to appear in Hatteras surf, and OG.
STRIPED BASS: CALIFORNIA: FVG last week in San Francisco Bay and neighboring beaches. Thirty stripers from 12 to 30 pounds were taken off Baker's Beach in one day. FVG for boats off Mission Rock, and FG trolling off Alcatraz. OG.
SOUTH CAROLINA: FVG in lower basin of the Santee-Cooper Reservoir as cool weather started fish schooling. Wildlife Resources Department now stocking Lakes Murray, Greenwood and Catawba-Wateree with 5,000 fingerlings from landlocked Santee-Cooper stock.
TARPON: LOUISIANA: Light tackle enthusiasts enjoying sport provided by huge school of baby tarpon in Little Pass off Timbalier Bay. Lester Plaisance of Golden Meadow boated a 12-pound miniature there last week. Larger tarpon are in Chef Menteur, as demonstrated by Fred Lincoln of New Orleans last week when he took a 116-pounder on a croaker. OVG.
TROUT: WISCONSIN: Large brown trout returning from summer grounds in Lake Superior have been seen, but not caught, in the Brule River. Run is earlier than usual despite L water. OG when rains raise water level.