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HAWAII: Twenty-seven blues were boated off Kona from July 22 to Aug. 1, totaling 9,655 pounds. Mightiest was 675-pounder tranquilized by John Honl of Kailua, Kona, T.H. after hour-and-a-half battle. OVG.
MUSKELLUNGE: MINNESOTA: FG on Leech Lake, with five muskies over 24 pounds taken there last week from Portage Bay. Best was 26-pounder snared by Jimmy Litzel, Ames, Iowa. Opportune areas now include Walker and Trading Post bays near Walker. OG.
NEW YORK: Sherman's Bay tops in Chautauqua Lake, confides Jamestown agent, with Carl Neal, Warren, Pa., taking week's honors with 32-pounder. OG as excellent weather prevails and muskies apparently in heavy feeding cycle.
TROUT: NEW HAMPSHIRE: Some good rainbows (and a smattering of landlocked salmon) have been taken recently below Errol Dam at Errol, the Pontook Rips below Pontook Reservoir, and Milan on the Androscoggin. Several White Mountain ponds continuing to offer good fishing on the evening rise. Little Millsfield Pond near Errol and Lonesome Lake near Franconia have brookies going for dry flies from mid-afternoon until dusk. A number of White Mountain rainbow streams are surprisingly good with water at nice level, WT excellent. Size 16 Grey Fox (Jennings), combination of ginger and Plymouth Rock hackle with body color of fly optional, all working well.
VERMONT: FG in all but southeast section of state, where drought has lowered water level. With exception of lower half of Windsor County and all of Windham County, stream and pond conditions are favorable and stocking continues. FG for brookies in upper section of White River near Hancock, first and second branches of White at Chelsea and Tunbridge. Plenty of water reported in Orleans, Essex counties.
IDAHO: Silver Creek opened Aug. 2 with 2,000 anglers reporting for opening. Northern part of state fell off past week with advent of soaring temperatures, a condition which has been general on lowland streams. But thermometer fell over weekend and fly-fishermen were out in most areas at evening. FG from 6 p.m. to dusk on Upper Coeur d'Alene River, Cougar and Graham creeks, Northern Mountain Lake, Hazard Lake and Seven Devils Lake. Indeed, FG/OG on all high mountain streams and lakes. Fire danger extreme at present, however.
CALIFORNIA: Heavily stocked roadside lakes such as Isabella, Big Bear, June Lake loop and Bridgeport Lake providing finest fishing. Peak of season near in high country as vacationists are packing and hiking to wilderness waters. Best bets are headwaters of Kings, San Joaquin, Tule, Kaweah, Ker, Sacramento and Trinity.
WASHINGTON: Lowland lakes dormant except for those with August silver run, like Stevens County's Loon Lake, where slow troll with 120 feet of leaded line and flashers and worms will take limits averaging 15 inches. This is season of know-how and know-where as lakes at 5,000-foot level become accessible. In Olympic National Park there are more than 500 miles of trails ready for horse and hiker. Hot tip: logging roads extending west of Baker Lake Road in Mount Baker National Forest have brought fabulous rainbow country into easy hiking distance. Wanlick Creek and upper waters of south fork of Nooksack River extending to Elbow Lake are full of ravenous 'bows. Fish are so eager for flies, in fact, that a game protector there collared two characters with illegal catch of 130.
OREGON: Diamond Lake suddenly blossoming into hottest fishing hole in state. Kamloops rainbow now in fat, scrappy shape and running to 4 pounds. Most trollers are getting limits, with fly-fishermen doing well at evening on streamer flies. Best producer is multiple-bladed lake troll with small triple-teaser placed some 12 inches behind. Ultraslow trolling is making for dandiest catches. OG as fish increase in size weekly on abundant food supply.