Streams – Maxwell Creek was open this past weekend and some steelhead were being caught using egg sacs. Today the temps are in the 20’s so the creek might freeze over. Remember, the best steelhead fishing is right now if you can locate open water.
Bays – The perch fishing continues to be the best in decades with Sodus Bay being the hot spot. Currently the fish are in deeper water around 30 to 40 feet. You can find the perch near Katlynn Marine (old trestle) at the Sodus Point Loop and by Second Creek, which is on Shaker Heights Road.
Try larger jigs for the perch. Swedish Pimples work well.
The ice is around 10 inches thick…just use caution where the different creeks enter the bay.
They’re also catching some nice pike near LeRoy Island on the east side of Sodus. The pike are hitting minnows.
The action at Port Bay has slowed. The 13-inch perch are in the bay, it’s just more difficult to catch them.
The south DEC Road to Port Bay is open, however that can change with any significant snow fall.
Remember, as ice anglers you are visiting the bays, so don’t trespass on land where you don’t have permission to park. And don’t leave stuff on the ice, like propane tanks. The word is that there have been parking issues and litter left behind near the loop at Sodus Point. Make sure you respect where you are because the hospitality given to ice anglers can end quickly.
Wayne County has an ice fishing guide which gives you the basics of fishing on our bays. Contact the tourism office if you would like the brochure.
Check out the rest of the Wayne County Tourism web page for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. www.waynecountytourism.com.
Erie Canal – Anglers are ice fishing the Widewaters section of the canal and they’re catching crappies, bluegills and some perch.
This report was written on January 30, 2018 by Chris Kenyon of Wolcott, NY, a regular columnist with the Finger Lakes Times, Sun and Record, Lake Ontario Outdoors and freelance writer with other publications, as well as Recreational Promotional Coordinator for Wayne County Tourism. Chris assists with the Wayne County Youth Derby and other outdoor events. He also takes time to work with the Montezuma Audobon Center on programs involving kids, including their Youth Pheasant Hunt. He is a constant presence at sportsmen’s events, shows, and anything involving the outdoors. Kenyon is a tireless advocate for enjoying the outdoors, preserving the environment, and sharing knowledge and skills.