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: 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.


Hook, Line & Sinker: July 15, 2009

By Judy Van Put
Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that Pepacton Reservoir fishing has been good if you are out at the right time. One fisherman caught ‘a fair number of fish’ during the late afternoon, while his buddies were not at all successful fishing all morning. Al said that with a full moon, things change - and while the best fishing is traditionally early morning and late evening, fishing has been spotty during the full moon period. He predicted that conditions should be getting more predictable and improved this next week coming up; that a new moon fishes better than a full moon.


Hook, Line & Sinker: July 8, 2009

by Judy Van Put
No doubt that the July 4th weekend was the absolute best so far this summer as far as weather is concerned. Finally, two days of glorious sun, blue skies and warm breezes! Families were able to set up and picnic out-of-doors without the fear of rain to dampen their spirits. We celebrated the Fourth on both weekend nights and spent a perfect Sunday evening with friends along the small stream that runs below their horse pasture, cooking hot dogs over an open fire, racing homemade stick-and-moss boats downstream and then finishing off the evening with S’mores!


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.