Hook Line and Sinker: April 21, 2010

Early season fishing has been spurred on by the unseasonably warm weather we were greeted with during the first week in April. Despite high water conditions, air temperatures that reached the 70s have encouraged trees and flowers to bud and blossom, and have helped warm the normally-chilly waters a bit. A water temperature of 54 degrees Fahrenheit on the Beaverkill provided some decent trout fishing on Monday. Numerous dark caddis flies were seen hatching, along with some Blue Quills, which correspond with the blooming of the lemony-colored forsythia. The red maples have budded and the cheery daffodils are adding their brightness to the countryside, making this April a month to remember.

During the early season, those who fish the rivers and streams will find their best fishing during the afternoon, when the sun is on the water. And once water temperatures reach that magic number of 50 degrees, you can look for fly hatches and rising fish. You might even have success with a dry fly.

Fishing on Pepacton Reservoir has been productive during the early season. For the first time in recent years, the April 1 opener saw boats out on the reservoir, as all the ice was gone. Shore fishermen were also successful, with good numbers of trout being taken.
Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville was happy to say that sawbellies are now in his shop, a bit early this year.

Successful early-season reservoir fishermen include Joe Solomon of Binghamton who used a Krocodile for his catch, a seven-pound, six-ounce brown trout and Ed Brown of Walton who managed a six-pound brown while trolling Stinger spoons.

Ryan Fitzpatrick came over from Wilkes Barre for some excellent early-season fishing. While fishing from shore, Ryan managed a nice 27-inch, five-pound brown trout, as well as a seven-pound, one-ounce brown using a Kastmaster. Switching to a boat the next day, and fishing near the dam, he found great success catching a number of browns from 18 to 30 feet down.
Joe May, of Fishs Eddy, was fishing off shore with a Krocodile and caught the longest trout of the week, a nice brown that measured 29 and-a-half inches and weighed eight and one-quarter pounds.

The East Branch Delaware River has produced some nice fish as well. Jack Venterola, from North Carolina, used a Rapala with good success; his trout measured 21-and-one-half inches and weighed three and three-quarters pounds.