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: June 24, 2009

By now just about everyone, with the exception of ducks and the fish, is tired of the weather; rain, clouds, scattered showers, thunderstorms and hail and the forecast isn’t much better! The reservoir levels were all up and full, if not spilling as of last Friday.


Hook, Line and Sinker: June 17, 2009

A check with the NYS DEP Web site on Monday morning revealed that the NYC reservoirs are at the following levels: Pepacton is at 99.6 percent capacity; Neversink, 96.6 percent; Rondout, 98.2 percent; Ashokan, 98.6 percent; Schoharie, 83.8 percent. Only Cannonsville is currently spilling, and registered as at 100.9 percent capacity.


Hook, Line and Sinker: June 10, 2009

A check with the NYC DEP Web site on Monday morning showed that our Catskill reservoirs are at the following levels: Cannonsville, 101.6 percent; Pepacton, 100.4 percent; Neversink, 98.4 percent; Rondout, 97.6 percent; Ashokan, 99.2 percent; Schoharie, 89.4 percent.
Sonny Somelofski, of the Tremperskill Country Store, Andes, reported on the results of his May Trout Derby — 10 prizes in all were awarded! And the winning trout were all big, fat fish.


Hook, Line and Sinker: May 27, 2009

The weather was wonderful over the much-anticipated Memorial Day Weekend, the first unofficial weekend of the summer season. The heavy rains and thunderstorms that were predicted seemed to pass us by, and instead we were graced with sunny skies, warmer temperatures and a cooling breeze. Many trout fishers were out and about and reporting good success fishing the reservoirs.


Hook, Line and Sinker: May 20, 2009

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development hosted the first Public Forum on Brook Trout in the Catskill Mountain Region on Sunday, May 17. Trout fishers and interested members of the public filled the meeting room at the Erpf house and enjoyed the presentation given by the panel comprised of Trout Unlimited Fisheries Scientist Nat Gillespie; DEC Fisheries Manager Mike Flaherty and Ed Van Put, DEC Principal Habitat Technician and author of Trout Fishing in the Catskills.