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 28, 2012

The surprisingly warm and sunny weather we’ve enjoyed so far this year has brought eager fishermen out in the Special Regulations Catch and Release sections of the Beaverkill and Willowemoc since mid- March. In addition to early sightings of fishermen in the streams, we have seen good numbers of midges and stoneflies hatching and fish rising, even in the mornings. Water temperatures of at least as high as 49 degrees Fahrenheit have been recorded.


Hook, Line and Sinker: December 14, 2011

Last-minute gifts for the sportsmen sportswomen on your list

Are you one of those who waits till the 11th hour to do your holiday shopping? Take heart, there is still time to find just the right present for those on your list who love to spend time afield – whether fishing, hunting, hiking, biking or bird watching.


Hook, Line and Sinker: Nov. 16, 2011

November’s Bounty
After the surprise snowstorm on October 29, the weather has evened out and brought a number of welcoming warm days, added time to do more autumn activities usually relegated for earlier in the season, such as last-minute garden chores and….fishing!


Hook, Line and Sinker: August 24, 2011

August fishing has proven to be quite productive this year. Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville, reports better-than-average fishing for the month of August, especially for anglers who are trolling. Most successful Pepacton Reservoir trout fishers have been using plugs, Rapalas and Thundersticks, along with Sutton Spoons and Stingers and are doing a bit better with those lures than with bait. The catch rate is “better than average,” according to Al, with most fish being located at about 35 feet.


Hook, Line and Sinker: August 10, 2011

Fishing in the Pepacton Reservoir after the first week in August was pretty productive. Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Shop in Downsville reported that sawbellies still seem to be the bait of choice and that trout are being caught pretty much all during the day, with most fish being found at about 35-40 feet.

A few nice trout were brought into the store, the largest of which was a beautiful 11-pound, 13-ounce brown taken by John Zielinski, who was up from Pennsylvania. John used a sawbelly to catch the big fish.