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: January 1, 2014

It’s hard to believe that January is upon us, the beginning of the New Year of 2014! Perhaps because of the later date of Thanksgiving this year, resulting in one less week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the holidays seemed to have rushed upon us and raced on by. And so far, with the exception of one unusually warm December weekend, it appears that we can enjoy a good winter and all the great sports that go along with snow, ice and cold weather.


Holiday shopping for the sportsman

As December settles in, preparations are in full swing for the holiday season. It’s hard to believe how quickly the month is going already – and many of us haven’t yet finished making up our gift lists, much less completing our holiday shopping. For those who are shopping for gift ideas for friends and loved ones who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, here are a few suggestions on what that special gal or guy might appreciate.


Hook, Line and Sinker: August 7, 2013

The results are in from the July Pepacton Trout Derby sponsored by Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville. Three cash prizes were awarded for the largest trout entered in the contest, and the happy winners are as follows:

First prize went to Joe McGuire of Verplanck for his big brown trout that tipped the scales at 11 pounds, 13 ounces. Joe was fishing with sawbellies when he caught his prize, which measured 29 and-a-quarter inches.


Hook, Line and Sinker: July 3, 2013

Despite the rainy weather and warmer temperatures we’ve had over the past weekend, the Pepacton Reservoir has been fishing terrifically well. Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville, reported on a party of three, Dave and Darren D’Olivo and their cousin Paul from New Jersey, who had the best fishing in a four day trip that they’ve ever had. The D’Olivos have fished the Pepacton for years, and wound up staying over an extra day after the weekend. They reported that in two days of fishing, they caught and released 70 brown trout!


Hook, Line and Sinker: June 26, 2013

Free fishing this weekend! The NYS Department of Environmental Conservations announces that the last weekend in June, (June 29 – 30) will be a “free fishing weekend” – meaning that anyone can fish the fresh or marine waters of New York State with no fishing license required! This is a great opportunity for those who have never fished before, whether youngsters or adults, or those who haven’t fished in a while. It’s a great opportunity to take along a friend, spouse or ‘significant other’ who might like to try their hand at fishing.