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: May 7, 2008

Again this past week we had our wood stove fired up to take the chill out of the house, caused by those cold early May nights. On Thursday, May 1 (the opening of the turkey season) the thermometer registered a chilly 23 degrees! And mixed in with the rain showers were some snow flurries over the weekend…we’re about out of good seasoned wood and are looking forward to some warmer temperatures for the middle of May.

Hook, Line and Sinker: April 30, 2008

Typical of our Catskill weather (which is that you can pretty much count on it to be atypical!) we went from a week of 70- to 80-degree temperatures, during which time we shut down our wood stove, back down to the 40s and 50s, with our furnace coming on at night.

Hook, Line and Sinker: April 16, 2008


Spring has finally sprung. Last week I finally saw some daffodils blooming. And those beautiful days of temperatures in the 60s and 70s really do a lot to raise spirits As soon as the water warms up, we can anticipate good fishing again.

Hook, Line and Sinker: April 9, 2008

Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that the first week of the trout season was very busy. He saw a “fair amount of fish” come through the store and said that both the East Branch of the Delaware River and Pepacton Reservoir had fished well.

Hook, Line and Sinker: April 2, 2008

Mild temperatures this weekend have spurred early trout fishers into action; thanks to catch and release (no kill) sections along some of our streams (the West Branch of the Delaware, Beaverkill and Willowemoc) a number of preseason anglers were already out fishing.