Hook, Line and Sinker: August 12, 2009

The results of the Pepacton Trout Derby, which ran through the month of July, are in - Al Carpenter, of Al’s Sports Store, Downsville, was happy to report the winners of his contest:
First prize was won by John Rutkowski, of New Jersey, for his large brown trout that tipped the scales at 11 pounds, five ounces. The big fish measured 28 ½ inches in length.
Second prize was awarded to Mike Fulton, of New Jersey, who bagged a brown trout that weighed eight pounds, 15 ounces and measured 29 inches in length.
Third prize was taken by Joe McGuire, from Verplanck, NY, with a nice brown that weighed eight and three-quarters pounds and measured 27 7/8 inches in length.
All the winners caught their trout on sawbellies.
Over the past weekend fishermen were catching quite a few fish. Late mornings have been good; one Pepacton fisherman had such good luck on Friday, fishing between 8 and 10:30 am that he ran out of bait!
On Sunday a “nine pounder” came in – Joe Karboski, up from Pennsylvania, was fishing with a sawbelly when he netted a beauty of a brown that weighted nine and one half pounds and measured all of 29 ½ inches in length.
Reservoir anglers have reported finding fish between 38 to 44 feet down.
Since the heavy rains on Sunday night, the East Branch is now “rip- roaring, and the reservoir’s about 3/10 of a foot from spilling. It should peak Tuesday, with a couple of more thunderstorms in the area.” Al said that last week they were releasing the maximum amount of water that could be released, 750 cfs, out of the East Branch right through the weekend. Going into the weekend, the reservoir was almost three feet down, and is now so close to spilling despite the consistent maximum release – which shows how much water we’ve received. It will be interesting to see how the high water affects the fishing this week.
Dave Budin, of Del Sports, Inc., Margaretville reported that the fishing in the East Branch of the Delaware has been terrific lately due to all the rain we’ve had and the fact that the water temperatures have remained nice and cool. Usually, during July and August, most trout fishing activity in the river has petered out, but this year has been the exception. (However, after Sunday’s heavy rains, it will take a few days for things to calm back down.) Dave mentioned that there is “everything in the river, rainbows, browns, brooks. Also a lot of smallmouths (bass) in the river. And they seem to be taking most everything thrown at them – Light Cahills, Royal Wulffs, Blue Winged Olives.” He felt that between the cool water temperatures and the lack of hatches this time of year “if they see a bug, they’ll take it!”
He reported on a very exciting evening’s fishing he recently had – just before dark, at about 8 p.m. Dave was fishing with a Clauser minnow looking for a big brown when he hooked into a huge fish that he couldn’t identify. “it looked like a beached-out brook trout and I figured it must be some kind of a cross.” The fish, which measured all of 21 inches, turned out to be a Tiger Trout – a cross between a brook trout and a brown trout. It is now at the taxidermist’s and by next season, will be on display at Del-Sports, Inc. Margaretville for all to see.