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: May 25, 2011

The rain seems unending – day after day – the ground is so soggy it’s almost impossible to mow the grass. The rivers are still high and full even after the trees have leafed out (which usually results in a drawdown of the water levels) but the good news is – the trout in our rivers and streams are doing very well with all the extra water and resulting food being washed in, and are having a great growth spurt.

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 18, 2011

There’s no dispute that the spring of 2011 has been cool and wet with rain or showers almost every day. Water temperatures have remained cool as well, and mayfly activity has been behind schedule and fairly slow when hatches do occur. Although these conditions aren’t the best for trout fishers, the trout themselves will benefit and we should see good trout growth this year as a result.

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 11, 2011

Mother’s Day weekend turned out to be the best fishing weekend yet, and trout fishers rejoiced at a couple of days without rain, mostly sunny skies and air temperatures in the 60s. There were lots of fishermen around, because of the good weather and also due to the fact that the reservoir, which had been spilling until Saturday (and was three feet higher than normal) has now dropped about two feet – making the East Branch of the Delaware wadeable again.

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 3, 2011

Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that fishing in Pepacton Reservoir has still been slow and that the trout are ‘scattered all over’ as can be attested to by the father and son team of Tim McAleese Sr. and Jr. They took two brown trout, one weighed six-and-one-half pounds, the other a four-pounder. One was caught on the surface, the other at 40 feet. Two Binghamton fishermen, Dick and Dave Langstaff also caught a couple of trout while fishing from shore. Both parties used sawbellies to catch their fish.

Hook, Line and Sinker: April 20, 2011

The ice is finally off the Pepacton and boats are now allowed on the reservoir as of last Tuesday. Fishing is slow, as it’s been cold and rainy. However, a few good catches this past week are worth mentioning, courtesy of Al Carpenter, of Al’s Sports Store, Downsville.