Fishing column by Judy Van Put

Hook, line and sinker: May 8, 2013

   Cheryl Myers of Pepacton Bait and Tackle in Arkville has announced the winner of their April Trout Derby. Jack Jordan of Pine Hill caught the prize-winning fish, a beauty of a brown trout that weighed 10 pounds, three and-one-half ounces. Full Story

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. Full Story

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. Full Story

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. Full Story

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. Full Story

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. Full Story

Hook, Line and Sinker: November 24, 2012

   This Saturday is the opening day of the regular big game season here in the Catskills. Full Story

Hook, Line and Sinker: September 25, 2012

   The second half of September can bring good fishing, given enough water in our rivers and streams. With the trees just beginning to preview the colorful fall foliage to come, and a cold snap in the air, it’s a great time to be out of doors. Full Story

Hook, Line and Sinker: August 1, 2012

   Al Carpenter of Al’s Sports Store in Downsville reported that trout fishermen on the Pepacton Reservoir have been seeing better numbers of fish, and that the fish are starting to look a little bit heavier; “fairly healthy, not fat, but a Full Story

Hook, Line and Sinker: July 25, 2012

   The last week has brought us showers and thunderstorms, with some much-needed rain. Our vegetable garden shot up appreciatively and lawns looked somewhat less parched. Full Story