Don’t forget B-E Fishing Tackle’s Annual Spring Birthday sales happening Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15. The open house event is from 9 till 5 both days. There will be pro-staffers on hand and plenty of discounts on tons of “Fishing Stuff.” They are located at 6275 Dean Pkwy, Ontario, NY. Next to the windmill on Route 104.
Streams- Anglers are still pulling steelhead out of Maxwell Creek. Temps are going to finally make it above 32 degrees this week, and the water level is excellent. Now is the time for some early spring rainbows.
Lake Ontario- Some charters are already doing brown trout trips from Sodus Bay and Hughes’ Marina. Water temps are 37 to 39 degrees. There is an excellent mudline created by the latest blow we had on Wednesday and Thursday.
If you can get out in the lake head east towards Chimney Bluffs or west past Maxwell Creek. You don’t have to go far to find browns. Fish in 10 to 15 feet of water.
Stickbaits are working and spoons are not.
Bays- Crappies are still hitting near Bay Bridge, however this continuing cold weather has stopped the spring bullhead run.
Perch are in Port Bay; however, they are moving around and only schooling in limited areas. You’ll need to move around to find them.
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.
The canal opener, when they flood the entire water way, is scheduled for May 18th.
This report was written on April 10, 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.