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: 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.

Hook, Line and Sinker: April 22, 2009

Fishing this past week was a bit slow. Mike Cornwell, of Al’s Sports Store, Downsville, reported one nice brown trout taken by Gary Skiba of Binghamton. Gary used a Gold Krocodile to catch his fish, which weighed six pounds, 10 ounces. Mike also noticed a good number of flies hatching along the river, and hitting his windshield as he drove home.

Hook, Line & Sinker by Judy Van Put: April 15, 2009

A check with the NYC DEP Web site shows that current reservoir levels are as follows: Pepacton, 98.3 percent capacity; Cannonsville, 99.3 percent (no longer spilling – which is good news for West Branch anglers); Schoharie, 90.3 percent capacity; Ashokan, 94.6 percent; Rondout, 96.3 percent; and Neversink, 98.1 percent.

Hook, Line and Sinker: April 8, 2009

Reservoir levels (as of March 27) were as follows: Pepacton Reservoir, 96.3 percent capacity of 140.2 billion gallons; Ashokan Reservoir, 90.5 percent capacity of 122.9 billion gallons; Cannonsville Reservoir, 100.3 percent capacity of 95.7 billion gallons. West Branch Delaware River anglers will need to take care while wading, as Cannonsville is currently spilling.

Hook, Line and Sinker: March 25, 2009

Opening Day Outlook
Opening day, Wednesday, April 1, of the trout-fishing season here in the Catskill Mountain region looks promising! Despite a very (almost record-breaking) cold and snowy winter, we dodged a bullet in seeing the snow melt gradually, without the torrential rains that could have brought about massive flooding.