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: March 25, 2009

Opening Day Outlook
Opening day, Wednesday, April 1, of the trout-fishing season here in the Catskill Mountain region looks promising! Despite a very (almost record-breaking) cold and snowy winter, we dodged a bullet in seeing the snow melt gradually, without the torrential rains that could have brought about massive flooding.


Hook, Line and Sinker: August 27, 2008

Sonny Somelofski of the Tremperskill Country Store reports that he saw a nice fish on Saturday. It was caught by Skip Vezetti who summers in Andes. The trout was 24 inches long and probably weighed about six pounds. Skip was fishing from shore with sawbelly, “right on the bottom” when the fish took.


Hook, Line and Sinker: August 13, 2008

The month of August has been pretty slow so far for trout fishermen, at least in the Pepacton Reservoir. Neither Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville or Sonny Somelofski of the Tremperskill Country Store weighed in a trout over the past week. Reservoir fishermen will be happy to learn that Cat Hollow, which has been closed since the flood of July 23, reopened Saturday.


Hook, Line and Sinker: August 6, 2008

The results of the Pepacton Trout Derby are in! Sponsored by Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville, the July Derby was a great success and brought in some nice entries. The winning fish was caught by Joe Lacomis, from Pennsylvania. Joe bagged a brown trout that weighed 13 pounds, nine ounces, and measured 29 inches in length.


Hook, Line and Sinker: July 23, 2008

Mike Cornwell of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported Monday that fishing in the Pepacton Reservoir this past week has been productive. There are two new leaders in the Pepacton Trout Derby as of Monday. In first place is Joe Lacomis of New Jersey who caught a 13-pound, 9-ounce brown that measured 29 inches in length. The big fish was caught on a sawbelly. Currently holding the second place spot is Al Lutkins, also from New Jersey, with a 12-pound, six-ounce brown trout that measured just 28 inches. Moving into third place is another New Jersey fisherman, Mike Fulton, with his 11-pound, 14-ounce brown trout that measured 28 inches in length.