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: July 18, 2012

Weather extremes over this past week brought area rivers to dangerously low levels and then back to a more normal flow, thanks to heavy thunderstorms and driving rains on Sunday afternoon.
The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 195 cubic feet per second at about 5 a.m. Tuesday. This is above the average flow of 149 cfs over 98 years of record keeping. The highest flow recorded on this date was 2,250 in 2000; the lowest recorded flow was just 43 cfs back in 1965.


Hook, Line and Sinker: July 11, 2012

Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that the trout in Pepacton Reservoir are starting to ‘fatten up’ and that good numbers of trout are being caught, but many are still thin. The trout are starting to come up toward the surface but most fish are being seen at from 28- to 30-feet down.


Hook, Line and Sinker: July 3, 2012

The first “official” weekend of summer dawned with beautiful sunny skies, temperatures in the 70s to low 80s with just enough of a breeze, the kind of weather you wish could be bottled up and taken out from time to time!

As of Monday evening, the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 262 cubic feet per second (cfs.) This is just above the average flow of 210 cfs over 98 years of record keeping. The highest flow recorded on June 25 was 2,810 in 2011; the lowest recorded flow was back in 1991 when just 69 cubic feet of water trickled past the gauging station.


Hook, Line and Sinker: June 27, 2012

According to the NYC DEP website, our Catskill reservoirs are at about 96.4 percent of capacity. The average or “normal” capacity for late June is 97.3 percent. Our average rainfall for this past April was lower than the historical average – 2.83 inches as compared to 3.71; while May was higher. We received 4.89 inches of rain as compared to the historical average of 4.27. This June, however, we received significantly less – just 2.16 inches as compared to the historical average of 4.10 inches.


Hook, Line and Sinker: June 20, 2012

Recently Catskill Mountain News Publisher Dick Sanford drove along the Esopus Creek and reported to me that it still looked terribly scoured from last summer’s flood. He also said that that there was almost no vegetation growing along major stretches of the stream, making it look like a dead river. He wondered if any trout had survived the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, and asked if I knew of anyone who fished the Esopus regularly and might be able to report on his findings.