Hook, Line and Sinker: April 16, 2008


Spring has finally sprung. Last week I finally saw some daffodils blooming. And those beautiful days of temperatures in the 60s and 70s really do a lot to raise spirits As soon as the water warms up, we can anticipate good fishing again.

There is good news for Delaware County trout fishers. A number of streams have already been stocked with brown trout. Last week, 6,080 browns were stocked in Carr’s Creek in the towns of Sidney and Franklin, Ouleout Creek in the Town of Franklin and Charlotte Creek in the Town of Davenport. Of these, 450 were two-year-olds that averaged 13.5 inches in length. The remainder were yearlings, averaging nine-and-one-half inches. 

The West Branch of the Delaware was stocked in the towns of Delhi, Hamden, Harpersfield, Kortright and Walton. Another 11,450 browns were stocked in five sections of the West Branch; as well as two sites on the Little Delaware River in Bovina and Delhi. 

This Friday the East Branch of the Delaware will be stocked in the towns of Roxbury and Middletown. Four sections of the river will be stocked with 2,760 yearlings and 600 two-year-old brown trout.

Next Wednesday the Beaverkill in the Town of Colchester will receive 1,160 two-year-olds and 5,600 yearling browns.

And on Wednesday, April 30, the lower East Branch of the Delaware in Colchester will receive 1,200 yearlings and 370 two-year-old browns in one section of the river; another section of the East Branch will receive 400 two-year-old browns.


Boating open

Mike Cornwell of Al’s Sports Store Downsville reported that as of last week boats were again allowed on Pepacton Reservoir. Although fishing success has been a little slow, one happy angler from Pennsylvania brought a whopper of a brown trout into the store over the weekend that weighed 11 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 28 inches. Unfortunately, it was not revealed what Gerard was fishing with, or whether he was fishing from shore or a boat. Nor did we have any additional information on a four-pound, 14-ounce brown brought in over the weekend by a fisherman named Jack.

The East Branch of the Delaware River is running quite high and fast but is clear. Dave Budin of Del-Sports, Inc. in Margaretville was fishing in the East Branch above the reservoir with a Clauser Minnow fly (a big streamer) and took a nice rainbow trout on his third or fourth cast. Dave said that the river was fishable and in beautiful condition. Once water temperatures rise into the 50s (hopefully by the end of this week, with the warmer weather forecast) he’s looking forward to “a few good hatches popping out.” He did notice a small Blue Winged Olive on his windshield over the weekend.

Sonny Somelofski of the Tremperskill Country Store reported that the water at the upper end of the reservoir is still very cold. A fisherman who was out most of the week reported that the water temperature last Friday was just 42 degrees on the surface! Not a lot of fishing success has been reported so far. Everyone is just waiting for the water to warm up. Sonny mentioned that his store is fully stocked with tackle – rods are already rigged up with slip bobbers and swivels, etc. and ready to go out on the reservoir – just add lures! Krocodiles, “Hot” Phoebes, and bait (golden shiners) are selling well.