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
PACIFIC SALMON: CALIFORNIA: Fishery head count at Fremont weir on Sacramento tabulated 3,000 fish, a 300% increase over 1956. Presently the best bet for chinooks to 38 pounds on Sacramento is near Corning. Farallones, Santa Cruz-Moss Landing area lackluster but should pick up with better weather. Substantial early run of chinooks off mouth of Klamath, and limits being taken in Trinity on spinners, but real big run there waits on rain.
WASHINGTON: FVG in Tacoma area. Sekiu producing silvers to 12 pounds, kings to 45, with The Coal Mine and Pillar Point also enjoying furious activity. OVG as local chinooks should be starting to move inside harbor. Bellingham booster reports Neah Bay and straits waters hot spot, because, for one, Gypsy Rose Lee is fishing there (she took her limit of silvers) and also because silvers are running to 13 pounds, with kings topping 30. When wind abates, anglers ought to find sizable schools just off West port at La Push. Possession Bar at south end of Whidbey Island claiming finest king and black-mouth fishing in five years, with deep-fished dodger and herring doing quite nicely in early morning. In north sound, Point Doughty, northwest tip of Orcas Island, all along north shore to Point Lawrence first rate for silvers, humpies and several massive springs.
OREGON: Salem correspondent reports FVG in grounds off Coos Bay, Winchester, Newport, Haystack Rock and mouth of Columbia, with all yielding limit hauls. Newport is class location with silvers exceeding 15 pounds, chinooks averaging 20. Mooched or slow-trolled herring is wherewithal, but some enterprising anglers are nabbing silvers with fast-trolled Coho flies. OG as weather becomes more favorable.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: FP on account of bad weather, indifferent fish, but OG as fish are bound to appear presently.
STRIPED BASS: CALIFORNIA: Trolling off Alcatraz remains best bet, with stripers now running at 20-pound average. Beaches are also holding up. Upper Bay improving as wind subsides, with skiff trollers doing splendidly on twin spreaders with spoons, no weights. FG in San Pablo Bay for bait-fisherman; Martinez-Benecia area improving and OG. Fish hitting in freakish run far up Sacramento River at Battle Creek for first time in years.
NEW JERSEY: FF/G on rock jetties from Ocean Grove north through Long Branch, with best results coming at night. Rigged eels are preferred temptation.
MASSACHUSETTS: FF, though good tides in Cape Cod Canal this week should provide suitable action. Dawn fishing with eelskins and plugs best bet. Nauset Beach showing some action after 2 a.m. on plugs. Some fish being taken in Cape Cod Bay in Church Spire area of Brewster and along Dennis shore.
MARLIN: BAHAMAS: Blues finning all along western edge of Great Bahama Bank from Bimini north to Grand Bahama Island and occasionally walloping a rigged mullet. Week's heaviest was 480-pounder subdued off West End, Grand Bahama by W. C. Bonenberger, St. Petersburg, Fla.
NEW JERSEY: Third annual Atlantic City white marlin tournament wound up three-day competition with 36 whites boated by 300 anglers. Mrs. Maida Gordon, Great Egg Harbor ( N.J.) YC, was individual winner, taking 62- and 66-pounders on 20-pound test. Tournament's largest fish was 106-pounder gaffed by Jack Soble, South Jersey Anglers Club. First blue of year was 173-pounder landed by Edward Hrabina, Quakerstown, Pa. while fishing out of Barnegat Light Yacht Basin on Doris May II.