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: April 28, 2010

Fishing conditions these past two weeks have been more like mid-May than mid-April. The trees and flowers have also followed suit. We’ve seen several flowering cherry trees along Route 17 on our way to Binghamton. Also out are the tiny but perky Coltsfoot, whose cheery yellow flowers are open around the same time that the Hendricksons hatch.


Hook Line and Sinker: April 21, 2010

Early season fishing has been spurred on by the unseasonably warm weather we were greeted with during the first week in April. Despite high water conditions, air temperatures that reached the 70s have encouraged trees and flowers to bud and blossom, and have helped warm the normally-chilly waters a bit.


Hook, Line and Sinker: March 31, 2010

Trout fishers are eagerly anticipating the opening day of the season on Thursday, April 1. Depending on how much rain we receive these next couple of days, the outlook for the season opener is a sunny one, with temperatures predicted to soar into the 60s and even 70s by the weekend.


Hook, Line and Sinker: August 26, 2009

With a week of hot summer weather under our belts, fishing has held up well, due to the rains that have kept area rivers and streams and reservoirs filled. Trout fishers are finding good numbers of hungry trout, and smallmouth bass have been hitting “really well.” Sonny Somelofski of the Tremperskill Country Store reported bass anglers have had success using jointed Rapalas.


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.