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 & Sinker: April 1, 2015

April 1, that special date that trout fishers dream of during those long cold winter days, seems to be pulling an April Fool’s joke on trout fishers here in the Catskills. Despite the calendar revealing that spring arrived more than a week ago, we are still feeling very much in the throes of winter, with single-digit wind chills over the past weekend and inches of freshly fallen snow during the beginning of the week.

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Hook, Line & Sinker: January 14, 2015

Ice Fishing Event!
I received a telephone call from Tom Phillips, of Pepacton Bait & Tackle, located at 43005 Route 28, Arkville. Tom was happy to report that this coming Saturday, Jan. 17, his store is sponsoring the third annual Ice Fishing Derby. The Derby will be held at Big Pond, which has lots of ice and lots of big trout! In recent years, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has stocked Big Pond with hundreds of large brown trout in sizes 16 to 21 inches. These were traditionally surplus breeders used at the Catskill hatchery in DeBruce.


Hook, Line & Sinker: January 7, 2015

A water report for the New Year from trout country starts with the encouraging news that on this date, January 5, the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls is recorded as flowing at 1,070 cubic feet per second (cfs), which is well above the average flow of 370 cfs for this date based on 99 years of record keeping. The water in the Beaverkill over the past week has been well above average, thankfully, as we recover from a drought in the beginning of winter.


Hook, Line & Sinker: Dec. 10, 2014

Presents for the Sportsman and Sportswoman in Your Life
I always remember watching the Thanksgiving Parade as a youngster, and anxiously awaiting the last and final float – featuring Santa Claus himself – and with him, the ‘official’ start of the Christmas (shopping) season. And now that Thanksgiving has passed and we’re already into December, it’s time to get your holiday shopping done!


Hook, Line & Sinker: August 27, 2014

The end of August seems to signal the end of summer, although the official date is almost a month away. The beautiful cool evenings and mornings, heavy dew on the grass and the changing colors of the leaves on the trees are a reminder of how fleeting these precious weeks of summer really are!