Hook, Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

Hook, Line and Sinker is a (seasonal) weekly column by Judy Van Put that provides information on local fishing conditions and activities, primarily focusing on the trout fisheries of Pepacton Reservoir and nearby streams and rivers./p>

Hook, Line and Sinker: August 7, 2013

The results are in from the July Pepacton Trout Derby sponsored by Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville. Three cash prizes were awarded for the largest trout entered in the contest, and the happy winners are as follows:

First prize went to Joe McGuire of Verplanck for his big brown trout that tipped the scales at 11 pounds, 13 ounces. Joe was fishing with sawbellies when he caught his prize, which measured 29 and-a-quarter inches.


Hook, Line and Sinker: July 3, 2013

Despite the rainy weather and warmer temperatures we’ve had over the past weekend, the Pepacton Reservoir has been fishing terrifically well. Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville, reported on a party of three, Dave and Darren D’Olivo and their cousin Paul from New Jersey, who had the best fishing in a four day trip that they’ve ever had. The D’Olivos have fished the Pepacton for years, and wound up staying over an extra day after the weekend. They reported that in two days of fishing, they caught and released 70 brown trout!


Hook, Line and Sinker: June 26, 2013

Free fishing this weekend! The NYS Department of Environmental Conservations announces that the last weekend in June, (June 29 – 30) will be a “free fishing weekend” – meaning that anyone can fish the fresh or marine waters of New York State with no fishing license required! This is a great opportunity for those who have never fished before, whether youngsters or adults, or those who haven’t fished in a while. It’s a great opportunity to take along a friend, spouse or ‘significant other’ who might like to try their hand at fishing.


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.


Hook, line and sinker: May 8, 2013

Cheryl Myers of Pepacton Bait and Tackle in Arkville has announced the winner of their April Trout Derby. Jack Jordan of Pine Hill caught the prize-winning fish, a beauty of a brown trout that weighed 10 pounds, three and-one-half ounces. Jack caught his fish while fishing in the Pepacton Reservoir using a shiner for bail.

Cheryl and Tom are hosting a Trout Derby in May as well. For a $10 entry fee, anglers have a chance at a cash prize (and other prizes) to be awarded for the biggest trout brought in this month. Stop by Pepacton Bait & Tackle in Arkville, or call 845 750-5061.