Hook Line and Sinker by Judy Van Put

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.

Hook, Line and Sinker: June 10, 2009

A check with the NYC DEP Web site on Monday morning showed that our Catskill reservoirs are at the following levels: Cannonsville, 101.6 percent; Pepacton, 100.4 percent; Neversink, 98.4 percent; Rondout, 97.6 percent; Ashokan, 99.2 percent; Schoharie, 89.4 percent.
Sonny Somelofski, of the Tremperskill Country Store, Andes, reported on the results of his May Trout Derby — 10 prizes in all were awarded! And the winning trout were all big, fat fish.

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 27, 2009

The weather was wonderful over the much-anticipated Memorial Day Weekend, the first unofficial weekend of the summer season. The heavy rains and thunderstorms that were predicted seemed to pass us by, and instead we were graced with sunny skies, warmer temperatures and a cooling breeze. Many trout fishers were out and about and reporting good success fishing the reservoirs.

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 20, 2009

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development hosted the first Public Forum on Brook Trout in the Catskill Mountain Region on Sunday, May 17. Trout fishers and interested members of the public filled the meeting room at the Erpf house and enjoyed the presentation given by the panel comprised of Trout Unlimited Fisheries Scientist Nat Gillespie; DEC Fisheries Manager Mike Flaherty and Ed Van Put, DEC Principal Habitat Technician and author of Trout Fishing in the Catskills.

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 13, 2009

Mark your calendar for this Sunday. The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in Arkville is host to the very first Public Forum on Brook Trout in the Catskill Mountain Region. The public is invited to come and learn about the Catskills’ most beautiful native fish. Topics will include information on the past and future of brook trout in the Catskills, including brook trout management, environmental threats to brook trout, and water quality indicators.

Hook, Line and Sinker: April 29, 2009

Flies have been hatching this past week – on trips to the East Branch of the Delaware River and the lower Beaverkill in Delaware County over the weekend there were great numbers of caddis flies in the air, on the water, and in the willows lining the banks. Some Hendricksons have made their appearance, resulting in good catches of trout, and just prior to the stocking of our area streams, reports of catches of good-sized wild and holdover trout have come in.

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