Hook Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 12, 2010

The first weekend of May had many local residents shaking their heads in disbelief, especially those of us who awoke on Saturday morning with the wood stove still relieving the chilly temperatures of the night before, and then feeling a midsummer-like wave of heat the very next morning and watching the thermometer reach 90 degrees before noon!


Hook, Line and Sinker: April 28, 2010

Fishing conditions these past two weeks have been more like mid-May than mid-April. The trees and flowers have also followed suit. We’ve seen several flowering cherry trees along Route 17 on our way to Binghamton. Also out are the tiny but perky Coltsfoot, whose cheery yellow flowers are open around the same time that the Hendricksons hatch.


Hook Line and Sinker: April 21, 2010

Early season fishing has been spurred on by the unseasonably warm weather we were greeted with during the first week in April. Despite high water conditions, air temperatures that reached the 70s have encouraged trees and flowers to bud and blossom, and have helped warm the normally-chilly waters a bit.


Hook, Line and Sinker: March 31, 2010

Trout fishers are eagerly anticipating the opening day of the season on Thursday, April 1. Depending on how much rain we receive these next couple of days, the outlook for the season opener is a sunny one, with temperatures predicted to soar into the 60s and even 70s by the weekend.


Hook, Line and Sinker: August 26, 2009

With a week of hot summer weather under our belts, fishing has held up well, due to the rains that have kept area rivers and streams and reservoirs filled. Trout fishers are finding good numbers of hungry trout, and smallmouth bass have been hitting “really well.” Sonny Somelofski of the Tremperskill Country Store reported bass anglers have had success using jointed Rapalas.


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.


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