Still hot out there for trout

This heat-wave-plagued summer has been hard on Catskills trout. Paul's Angling Journal brings us a brief update from the DEC: The Esopus is still hot.

At the start of each summer, there is typically a limited supply of cold water in the Schoharie Reservoir. This year, construction activities at the Gilboa Dam to maintain public safety and improve operations combined with the hot-dry hydrological conditions experienced in the Catskills depleted the cold water supply by the second week of August. Currently, the water temperature of releases have rose to the mid-70′s, which causes stress in trout and can be lethal if temperatures persist over 75 degrees F.

Bah, indeed.