Hook Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

Hook, line and sinker: March 27, 2013

Opening Day Outlook
The opening day of the trout season in New York, April 1, will feel more like a traditional early-spring day as compared to the balmy 75-degree weather we experienced in 2012. The past month of March seemed more like February, with a bit of snow falling almost every day; evening temperatures in the teens and single digits, and days barely reaching into the 40s.

Hook, Line and Sinker: January 23, 2013

Big Pond Ice Fishing Contest
Big Pond was the destination for ice fishing enthusiasts on Saturday and Sunday, as well as for dozens of people participating in an ice fishing contest sponsored by Tom Phillips of Pepacton Bait & Tackle in Arkville.

Big Pond, located in the Town of Andes, is a 51-acre state-owned coldwater lake located along Big Pond Road. It is a unique fishery, in that ice fishermen have a chance at catching trout through the ice, and it is a popular choice for many ice fishermen.

Hook, Line and Sinker: January 9, 2013

Fishing is a pastime that is enjoyed by young and old – a lifetime sport that has no age limits – and one of the few outdoor sports that one can participate in all year long. Many are passionate about their favorite type of the sport, whether it is reservoir fishing, fly-fishing, salt-water fishing, bass fishing, trout fishing. There are some fishermen who only fish during the winter; and those whose passion enables them to walk on water (frozen water, to be sure!)

Hook, Line and Sinker: November 24, 2012

This Saturday is the opening day of the regular big game season here in the Catskills. It’s a day long anticipated by many who love to hunt, and venture out into the woods on a cold crisp morning, dressed warmly with a thermos of coffee in the backpack, and the prospect of a deer to provide the family with a freezer full of delicious and healthy meat for the long winter.

Hook, Line and Sinker: September 25, 2012

The second half of September can bring good fishing, given enough water in our rivers and streams. With the trees just beginning to preview the colorful fall foliage to come, and a cold snap in the air, it’s a great time to be out of doors. This year, however, has brought unusual weather conditions, in that we started with a drought, had some early summer rain, several days of thunderstorms and showers, and then receded back to a drought.

Hook, Line and Sinker: August 1, 2012

Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that trout fishermen on the Pepacton Reservoir have been seeing better numbers of fish, and that the fish are starting to look a little bit heavier; “fairly healthy, not fat, but a little bit better,” he said.

Hook, Line and Sinker: July 25, 2012

The last week has brought us showers and thunderstorms, with some much-needed rain. Our vegetable garden shot up appreciatively and lawns looked somewhat less parched. However, even the three inches of rain that fell last Sunday and additional inch or two this past week didn’t seem to do much as far as bringing up the water level in the Beaverkill and other free-flowing streams.

Hook, Line and Sinker: July 18, 2012

Weather extremes over this past week brought area rivers to dangerously low levels and then back to a more normal flow, thanks to heavy thunderstorms and driving rains on Sunday afternoon.
The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 195 cubic feet per second at about 5 a.m. Tuesday. This is above the average flow of 149 cfs over 98 years of record keeping. The highest flow recorded on this date was 2,250 in 2000; the lowest recorded flow was just 43 cfs back in 1965.

Hook, Line and Sinker: July 11, 2012

Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that the trout in Pepacton Reservoir are starting to ‘fatten up’ and that good numbers of trout are being caught, but many are still thin. The trout are starting to come up toward the surface but most fish are being seen at from 28- to 30-feet down.

Hook, Line and Sinker: July 3, 2012

The first “official” weekend of summer dawned with beautiful sunny skies, temperatures in the 70s to low 80s with just enough of a breeze, the kind of weather you wish could be bottled up and taken out from time to time!

As of Monday evening, the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 262 cubic feet per second (cfs.) This is just above the average flow of 210 cfs over 98 years of record keeping. The highest flow recorded on June 25 was 2,810 in 2011; the lowest recorded flow was back in 1991 when just 69 cubic feet of water trickled past the gauging station.

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