SO season opens
SC season closes
C clear 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: MAINE: Big hauls of 1- to 6-pounders throughout state indicate liveliest smallmouth season in years. Anglers on Chemo Pond report popping bugs best bet. OVG.
MISSOURI: Ozark smallmouths hitting hard everywhere. Sam Welch, Bull Shoals, Ark., pulled in six bigmouths totaling 14 pounds using top-water lures. OG.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: State Fish and Game Pond Management Program producing excellent bass fishing at Bow Lake, Knights, Pleasant, Dudley, Forest and Odion ponds. Lake Wentworth at Wolfeboro reports catches heavy, OVG.
PENNSYLVANIA: Central state reports streams L, temperatures H, catches few and far between. Outlook brighter in Allegheny area, with fishing good in Warren and Forest counties, French Creek below Cochranton Bridge.
MARLIN: NORTH CAROLINA: Blue and white marlin fishing continues excellent off Oregon Inlet and Dare Coast, with large wahoo and sailfish showing regularly. Robert L. Kennedy, Washington, D.C., battled 176�-pound blue six hours, wearily landed ninth fish of season taken by anglers aboard boats based at Oregon Inlet. Dare Coast fleet still leads local race for total season catches with 13 big blues boated this summer, but Oregon Inlet way out front in white marlin race with 110 fish already in and promise of equally good angling next few weeks. Warning: Dry summer has produced serious fire hazard. Disastrous blaze on Dare mainland, still burning out of control, has already leveled 70,000 acres, killed uncountable deer, bear and other game.
NEW YORK: Excellent run of white marlin reported off Montauk with OG for coming week. 91-pound, 12-year-old William Aiken hooked into 101�-pounder on nine-thread line, boated prize in 18 minutes. 78 anglers on 31 boats scheduled for Montauk Yacht Club Open Tournament Aug. 19, with present fishing conditions promising plenty of action.
TEXAS: South coast reporting best fishing week of year, with fourth blue marlin of Port Aransas season taken by Mrs. Dan Braman, Victoria, who pioneered marlin fishing in this area. Same day, Colonel James P. Blakeney of Corpus Christi brought in small (7 foot 6 inch) white marlin off Port Isabel.
SPEARFISH: TEXAS: Biggest news in Port Aransas this week was probable identification of the first known spearfish ever taken on rod and reel. The 6-foot 6-inch, 33-pound rarity, first mistaken for sailfish, was pulled from 11 fathoms of water by Dr. Robert Ladd, Chicago, fishing with guide, Joe Kennon. Initial identification was made by marine scientists who termed spearfish "very rare everywhere."
MUSKELLUNGE: MINNESOTA: FF as lower temperatures cool off hot, humid areas. Al Mess, Keota, Iowa, landed a 53-inch, 41-pounder for a new Walker Bay record. On Little Boy Lake, Tom Schmidt, Longville, connected with a 34-pound, 6-ounce muskie while fishing for crappies, landed fighter on six-pound test line after a 45-minute battle.