Candy Chin, of the Tremperskill County Store, Andes, has reported on some early-season fishing success:
Toby Titch reported taking three nice brookies on the season’s opening day, April 1, and saw many fishermen above Downsville on Sunday morning.
Matt Fronckowiak, a freshman at Andes Central School and member of two fishing-hunting “Dynasty” families upheld tradition by taking three trout on April 2 (school was closed): the largest measured 15 3/4 ". Matt remarked that the fish was long, and not too big. According to Candy, Matt has been coming to her store with his grandma, Joann, since he was two feet tall.
Another “Fishing Dynasty” member reported having "a blast" on Monday afternoon around 4pm, stating that he “could not stop catching them.” The happy fisherman took a 23 1/2" brown that he said was thin; he attributed the abundance of fish as possibly being due to the recent full moon when they fed,and the cooling front that was coming, thus the hungry fish “blast”.
Our Catskill NYC reservoirs are open for trout fishing, at least from shore as of this writing; hopefully by next weekend the remaining ice will melt on Pepacton Reservoir so that boats will be allowed out.
Al Carpenter, of Al’s Sports Store, Downsville, reported on some nice trout taken from shore. David Homovich, of Downsville was fishing on the second day of the season and had luck catching a six-pound,13-ounce brown trout that measured 25 1/2 inches in length.
Jack McDowall, from Hancock, managed a five-pound, nine-ounce brown that measured 23 inches in length.
Charlie Mills, of Downsville, bagged a brown trout that weighed five pounds, seven ounces and measured 23 3/4 inches in length.
Some nice fish have been taken out of the river John and Joe Fay, of Downsville, managed three browns and a rainbow while fishing on Wednesday, April 4.
Water levels have alternated from just above to just below average over the past week. A check of the USGS website showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing 1230 cubic feet per second, which is just above the average level for April 6 of 1200 cfs over 104 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 235 cubic feet per second back in 1915, and the maximum flow recorded on April 6 was 6720 cfs in 1923. Water temperatures this past week ranged from a high of 43 degrees F on Sunday, Opening Day, to a low of just 34 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday morning.
The East Branch Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was flowing 1900 cubic feet per second, which is below the average level for April 6 of 2160 cfs over 62 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 510 cubic feet per second back in 1965, and the maximum flow recorded on April 6 was 12,500 cfs in 1960. Water temperatures this past week ranged from a low of 36 degrees F on Friday morning to a high of just about 44 degrees on Sunday, Opening Day of the season.