Winter has arrived a bit early this year - judging by the snow on the ground that has fallen since Sunday (at least a foot in our area) and the near-freezing temperatures predicted for the rest of the week.

    Despite the amount of snow we have received, water levels are still very low; our rivers, streams and reservoirs continue to suffer from the effects of the drought we’ve experienced over the past year. A check with the USGS website on Monday morning showed that the Beaverkill and Willowemoc remain quite low; the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was recorded as flowing at 102 cubic feet per second. The average flow for this date over 102 years of record-keeping is 457 cfs. 

    Pepacton Reservoir is extremely low, measuring just 52.9 percent of capacity; and there is little water being released into the East Branch of the Delaware. The East at Fishs Eddy was recorded at 333, cfs on Monday morning, which is just above one/third the average flow of 914 cfs over 61 years of record-keeping.

    On a positive note, the bass fishing in the Pepacton Reservoir has been very good over the past month, probably due to the low water levels, at least according to one bass fisherman I spoke with. 

The bass fishing season in Pepacton is still open until November 30 for boat fishermen; after the 30th you are allowed to fish catch-and-release only…for those who do not mind a long walk through almost knee-deep snow, there is some great fishing to be enjoyed!