Monroe County Fishing Report as of January 19, 2018

As part of this week’s fishing report, we’d like to share this news release regarding Public Access to Genesee River at Lower Falls Closed:

City of Rochester (Friday, January 12, 2018) – Rochester Gas and Electric has closed public access to the Lower Falls/Genesee River from its Brewer Street Hydro Station due to the possibility of a sudden flow of water. The recent cold snaps followed by historic warm temperatures and snow melt could cause a sudden increase in the river flow from its spill gates. 

The temporary closure is from Middle Falls to the Veterans Memorial Bridge (Route 104 Overpass) at Genesee River (Keeler Expressway). The City has closed the entrances at the top of Hastings Street and the stairs in Maplewood Park.

Rochester Gas and Electric is installing a temporary dam to help ease the flow of water while upgrades are conducted on the spill gates. The City urges all fishermen and others who access the river via the affected entrances to heed these warnings until river access reopens, which is expected to happen by the end of the month.

In other news, Mitchel’s Live Bait and Tackle reports that the yellow perch fishing is still very good on Cranberry Pond and on Long Pond. Over 8” of ice. (Fresh minnows and live bait and jigs, which are available at Mitchel’s.)

Braddocks Bay – Northern pike are biting and so are the yellow perch. Good ice in the 8″ range.

South Bay Boat and Tackle – Reports are that yellow perch still are being caught by Bayside restaurant at the north end of the Irondequoit Bay. Also big perch are biting near the fish and game club on the southwest side of Irondequoit Bay. We are also hearing reports of northern pike being caught. (Minnows and Bait are available at Bay Side).