Hook, line and sinker: June 5, 2013

Cheryl Myers of Pepacton Bait and Tackle in Arkville has announced that Mike Ford of Arkville brought in the winning fish in the store’s May Trout Derby. Mike’s winning brown tipped the scales at seven pounds, five ounces and was caught on May 7 using a sawbelly.
Second prize was won by Dave Zellner who hooked a brown trout that weighed in at almost six pounds and was also caught on a sawbelly.

Cheryl added that fishing in Pepacton Reservoir “is in full force” and reported that there were “lots of fish being caught.” She reminds reservoir fishermen to sign up for the June Derby at Pepacton Bait and Tackle. Registration is just $10 per person. And with bass season opening on June 15 “at that point we will also do a bass derby,” with first, second and third prizes awarded for the largest bass caught.

Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville also reports good fishing on the Pepacton Reservoir with anglers catching lots of fish in very good condition, “nothing huge but fat and in good shape.” Many reservoir fishermen are finding the trout down at about 26 to 28 feet.
Helmut Lemmele from New Jersey was fishing with sawbellies when he caught a nice brown trout that weighed eight pounds, 14 ounces and measured 26 inches in length.

Young Halle Banker of Downsville was fishing with sawbellies when she managed to catch a nice brown trout that weighed five pounds, 10 ounces, and measured 22 inches in length.
Chris Fecko was also using a sawbelly when he bagged a brown that weighed eight pounds, five ounces and measured 26 inches. And Charlie Mills, of Downsville was trolling bait behind a Christmas Tree rig and managed a beauty of a brown that weighed seven pounds, six ounces.
Currently leading Al’s June Trout Derby is “Stevie-O” of Highmount, whose seven-pound, six-ounce brown measured 25 and-a-quarter inches. Stevie-O was fishing with sawbellies.
The Trout Derby is sponsored by Al’s Sports Store and a $10 entry fee will get you entered in the contest.

Al reports that the Pepacton Reservoir continues to spill since a week ago Monday, and with the river flowing at about 1,900 cubic feet per second it is too high for canoes to go out. This compares to an average flow of about 95 cfs for early June. The river is challenging to wade but drift boats have been out in force, reporting great fishing with good numbers of trout being caught. There are still some Green Drakes about, with Blue-Winged Olives hatching in the mornings, Gray Foxes in the afternoons and Sulphurs in the evenings.