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: June 26, 2013

Free fishing this weekend! The NYS Department of Environmental Conservations announces that the last weekend in June, (June 29 – 30) will be a “free fishing weekend” – meaning that anyone can fish the fresh or marine waters of New York State with no fishing license required! This is a great opportunity for those who have never fished before, whether youngsters or adults, or those who haven’t fished in a while. It’s a great opportunity to take along a friend, spouse or ‘significant other’ who might like to try their hand at fishing.


Hook, line and sinker: June 5, 2013

Cheryl Myers of Pepacton Bait and Tackle in Arkville has announced that Mike Ford of Arkville brought in the winning fish in the store’s May Trout Derby. Mike’s winning brown tipped the scales at seven pounds, five ounces and was caught on May 7 using a sawbelly.
Second prize was won by Dave Zellner who hooked a brown trout that weighed in at almost six pounds and was also caught on a sawbelly.


Hook, line and sinker: May 8, 2013

Cheryl Myers of Pepacton Bait and Tackle in Arkville has announced the winner of their April Trout Derby. Jack Jordan of Pine Hill caught the prize-winning fish, a beauty of a brown trout that weighed 10 pounds, three and-one-half ounces. Jack caught his fish while fishing in the Pepacton Reservoir using a shiner for bail.

Cheryl and Tom are hosting a Trout Derby in May as well. For a $10 entry fee, anglers have a chance at a cash prize (and other prizes) to be awarded for the biggest trout brought in this month. Stop by Pepacton Bait & Tackle in Arkville, or call 845 750-5061.


Hook, line and sinker: April 23, 2013

Recent rains have brought some much-needed water to our rivers and streams; as there was a lack of significant snow in the woods and mountaintops that would normally have provided runoff in the early spring. Winter seems to be hanging on, as evidenced by the continued chilly temperatures we’ve had, especially at night. Many of us are still burning wood and reluctant to put our woolens away for the season.


Hook, line and sinker: April 9, 2013

The first week of the trout fishing season was a successful one for trout fishers, and the prospect of a good fishing season looks promising. Despite chilly temperatures this past week there have been a number of trout anglers fishing the rivers and streams, as well as casting from shore on the Pepacton Reservoir.

It will still be a while before boats are allowed on the reservoir, as the upper end is still covered with ice. In fact, on a drive over the Barkaboom Road this past week, Big Pond and a few other small lakes appeared to be covered with ice thick enough to fish on.