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 23, 2013

Recent rains have brought some much-needed water to our rivers and streams; as there was a lack of significant snow in the woods and mountaintops that would normally have provided runoff in the early spring. Winter seems to be hanging on, as evidenced by the continued chilly temperatures we’ve had, especially at night. Many of us are still burning wood and reluctant to put our woolens away for the season.


Hook, line and sinker: April 9, 2013

The first week of the trout fishing season was a successful one for trout fishers, and the prospect of a good fishing season looks promising. Despite chilly temperatures this past week there have been a number of trout anglers fishing the rivers and streams, as well as casting from shore on the Pepacton Reservoir.

It will still be a while before boats are allowed on the reservoir, as the upper end is still covered with ice. In fact, on a drive over the Barkaboom Road this past week, Big Pond and a few other small lakes appeared to be covered with ice thick enough to fish on.


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!)