Hook, Line & Sinker: April 23, 2014

Easter weekend brought beautiful sunny weather to the Catskills. Streams and rivers are still high and cold, due to continuing snow runoff from the higher elevations. However, the reservoirs are now open to boat fishing, as the ice has finally melted.
Candy Cho of the Tremperskill Country Store in Andes was happy to report on the fishing success of some of her customers. On opening day of the trout season, Alex Wilson of Delh caught two nice trout that measured 15 inches and 13 inches while fishing the West Branch of the Delaware in his town.
And while fishing a small brook on opening day, Toby Titch of Andes managed to catch his limit in just 10 minutes. He reported that all of the trout he caught were fat, with their bellies filled with caddis flies. Toby returned to the stream for another successful outing on April 5. Fishing at night he caught five nice brookies.
Eric Reed of Andes was fishing in Pepacton Reservoir from shore with a lure and caught a beautiful rainbow trout that measured 21 inches in length and weighed six and three-quarter pounds. Candy remarked that the rainbow’s belly was so fat she measured it and found it was seven inches on one side.
The Tremperskill Country Store is sponsoring an April Fishing Pool and the first person to sign up with his $5 entry fee was eight-year-old Matt Fronckowiak of Andes, the youngest member of that fishing family. Matt was beaming when he returned an hour later with a two-and-one-half-pound rainbow trout he’d caught while fishing near Andes.
Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downs­ville reported that fishing on the Pepacton Reservoir has been “pretty good this past week.” Most successful fishermen had been using lures. Al has just gotten in his first sawbellies of the season, a bit early this year.
Dan Smith of Walton was fishing on Sunday and hooked a seven-pound, 10-ounce brown. He caught a five-pound brown the day before that Al described as a “beautiful fish, with nice brown color and yellow belly” while trolling.
Mark Lord, also of Walton, brought in an eight and-one-half brown trout that measured 28 inches in length that he caught on a glow-in-the-dark Stinger. He was fishing with a buddy who caught a five pounder. The two returned by 9 a.m. after catching 10 fish on Monday.
Charlie Mills of Downsville was fishing from shore on Monday and netted a six-pound, six-ounce brown that measured 26 inches. His companion, Walter Mills, bagged a five-pound, 10-ounce brown. On Sunday they were out with another angler and had a successful day catching 20 fish. They noted that the trout were hitting well on Kastmasters.