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 20, 2011

The ice is finally off the Pepacton and boats are now allowed on the reservoir as of last Tuesday. Fishing is slow, as it’s been cold and rainy. However, a few good catches this past week are worth mentioning, courtesy of Al Carpenter, of Al’s Sports Store, Downsville.


Hook, Line and Sinker: April 6, 2011

The trout season got off to a frosty start Friday. A combination of cold temperatures and rain mixed with snow, which really isn’t that unusual for April 1, made for tough fishing conditions. Surprisingly, after the winter that seems to never end, and snowpack still evident on the north slopes of the mountains, river levels are fairly low for this time of year (probably due to the cold temperatures that are still hanging on) and provided easier wading conditions than on opening days in years past.


Hook, Line and Sinker: March 30, 2011

Opening Day Outlook


Hook, Line and Sinker: Jan. 19, 2011

It’s mid-January, a time when many folks are stoking up their wood stoves, and counting down the days until spring. But for others, it’s a time that is much-anticipated, no matter what the weather – it’s time for ice fishing!


Hook, Line and Sinker: Dec. 8, 2010

’Tis the Season!
Last Sunday morning as I was putting out hay for the horses, I heard a far-off sound that gave me pause – a haunting sound that slowly increased in magnitude and caused my pulse to quicken as well. It stopped me in my tracks and carried me back, momentarily, to the days of my childhood as