Streams-The snow is gone, and the temps were in the 40’s yesterday…then a cold front passed through. Currently, the temps are in the mid-20’s with no lake effect snow yet. The streams have a great flow and some anglers were catching steelhead in Maxwell over the weekend.
The trout are in the streams, however it’s the busiest season in the year, so fishing is not on the agenda for the casting or fly angler.
If you do get a chance, throw out egg sacs, imitation eggs, beads or any bright small jigs for the browns or steelhead. Fish both sides of Lake Road at Maxwell Creek.
Bays-Some perch anglers were able to launch their boats at the north end of Port Bay. The fish were off the points in 20 feet of water. It was tough fishing and a lot of moving around was necessary to catch some decent size perch.
Sodus Bay at the south end is skimmed over with ice, however you can still launch your boat at the Coast Guard station at Sodus Point.
Obviously, you need to be very careful if you are fishing from a boat this time of year. Wear your PFD and remember hypothermia is 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- Nothing occurring at canal waters. Just waiting for ice at Widewaters.
This report was written on December 18, 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.