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 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.

Hook, Line and Sinker: June 6, 2012

Recent rains continue to keep our area rivers and streams at higher than normal levels for this time of year. However, trout fishing continues to be productive.

The East Branch of the Delaware River was flowing at 1,260 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday. This is above the average flow on this date of 554 cfs over 57 years of record keeping. The highest flow on the East Branch during this period was 2,890 cfs in 1968; the lowest recorded flow was 220 cfs in 1977.

Hook, Line and Sinker: May 23, 2012

Tom Phillips of the Pepacton Bait & Tackle Store on Route 28 in Arkville reminds us that beginning this Friday the City of New York is allowing canoes, kayaks and sailboats on the Pepacton Reservoir.
Interested boaters need to bring a valid DEP permit and have their watercraft steam cleaned and a sticker affixed. Pepacton Bait & Tackle is one of the locations that offers steam cleaning and stickers from 6:00 a.m. on. Watercraft may be put in at Margaretville (the public parking area near the Freshtown store and bridge) and travel all the way down to the reservoir.