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: March 27, 2013

Opening Day Outlook
The opening day of the trout season in New York, April 1, will feel more like a traditional early-spring day as compared to the balmy 75-degree weather we experienced in 2012. The past month of March seemed more like February, with a bit of snow falling almost every day; evening temperatures in the teens and single digits, and days barely reaching into the 40s.


Hook, Line and Sinker: January 23, 2013

Big Pond Ice Fishing Contest
Big Pond was the destination for ice fishing enthusiasts on Saturday and Sunday, as well as for dozens of people participating in an ice fishing contest sponsored by Tom Phillips of Pepacton Bait & Tackle in Arkville.

Big Pond, located in the Town of Andes, is a 51-acre state-owned coldwater lake located along Big Pond Road. It is a unique fishery, in that ice fishermen have a chance at catching trout through the ice, and it is a popular choice for many ice fishermen.


Hook, Line and Sinker: January 9, 2013

Fishing is a pastime that is enjoyed by young and old – a lifetime sport that has no age limits – and one of the few outdoor sports that one can participate in all year long. Many are passionate about their favorite type of the sport, whether it is reservoir fishing, fly-fishing, salt-water fishing, bass fishing, trout fishing. There are some fishermen who only fish during the winter; and those whose passion enables them to walk on water (frozen water, to be sure!)


Hook, Line and Sinker: November 24, 2012

This Saturday is the opening day of the regular big game season here in the Catskills. It’s a day long anticipated by many who love to hunt, and venture out into the woods on a cold crisp morning, dressed warmly with a thermos of coffee in the backpack, and the prospect of a deer to provide the family with a freezer full of delicious and healthy meat for the long winter.


Hook, Line and Sinker: September 25, 2012

The second half of September can bring good fishing, given enough water in our rivers and streams. With the trees just beginning to preview the colorful fall foliage to come, and a cold snap in the air, it’s a great time to be out of doors. This year, however, has brought unusual weather conditions, in that we started with a drought, had some early summer rain, several days of thunderstorms and showers, and then receded back to a drought.