Streams- The trout opener for inland streams was Easter Sunday. Naples Creek was running high, however there were plenty of rainbows caught, although it was a challenge for many anglers. An 8.8 lb. trout won the Naples Rotary Trout Derby.
But we are talking Wayne County where the season never closes. Maxwell still has steelhead and they’re hitting egg sacs and beads.
The streams are not running as high as last week…we’ll see what rain comes our way the next few days.
Lake Ontario- The brown trout action is ferocious with catch rates in the teens and twenties for half-day trips.
Fish out of Sodus and head east or west. Near Pultneyville the bt action is the best. If you have a smaller boat launch at Bear Creek. The trout are in 10 to 20 feet of water…real close to shore. Stickbaits are Rapala, Smithwick, and Bay Rats.
Tomorrow’s blow will put an end to lake fishing for a few days, however wave action should create some fantastic mudlines. Water temps are currently 38 to 40 degrees.
Bays- Crappie action is still at Bay Bridge and at Port Bay. The perch have scattered, but you can still locate schools if you hunt for them.
Remember, there is a 25-fish regulation on crappies and they need to be at least 9 inches in length. Perch have a 50-fish regulation.
You’ll need to wear a PFD until May 1st and remember if you are dressing for cold weather, you’ll be extra heavy. Don’t take chances because hypothermia is quick and deadly.
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- It’s open water on the canal. You can fish near the locks between Lyons and Newark, or you can launch at Widewaters Park.
This report was written on April 3, 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.