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: May 19, 2010

Area rivers and streams are a bit low for this time of year, but have been fishing well. According to the United States Geological Survey website, the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls is flowing at 300 cubic feet per second (cfs). The average flow on this date is 519 cfs.


Hook, Line and Sinker: May 12, 2010

The first weekend of May had many local residents shaking their heads in disbelief, especially those of us who awoke on Saturday morning with the wood stove still relieving the chilly temperatures of the night before, and then feeling a midsummer-like wave of heat the very next morning and watching the thermometer reach 90 degrees before noon!


Hook, Line and Sinker: April 28, 2010

Fishing conditions these past two weeks have been more like mid-May than mid-April. The trees and flowers have also followed suit. We’ve seen several flowering cherry trees along Route 17 on our way to Binghamton. Also out are the tiny but perky Coltsfoot, whose cheery yellow flowers are open around the same time that the Hendricksons hatch.


Hook Line and Sinker: April 21, 2010

Early season fishing has been spurred on by the unseasonably warm weather we were greeted with during the first week in April. Despite high water conditions, air temperatures that reached the 70s have encouraged trees and flowers to bud and blossom, and have helped warm the normally-chilly waters a bit.


Hook, Line and Sinker: March 31, 2010

Trout fishers are eagerly anticipating the opening day of the season on Thursday, April 1. Depending on how much rain we receive these next couple of days, the outlook for the season opener is a sunny one, with temperatures predicted to soar into the 60s and even 70s by the weekend.