Streams-The steelhead fishing in Maxwell Creek was great over the holiday. It can be hot and cold, however the last few days have been very productive for steelies.
Egg sacs, bright beads, flies, and small red spoons have all worked. Both sides of Lake Road work. There is plenty of parking and the flow is excellent.
Salmon Creek in Pultneyville and Bear Creek in Ontario also have steelhead.
The Sodus Bay Pier didn’t have any ice build-up towards the south end, and now that the winds have calmed you can cast off the pier. Use small bright glow Little Cleos.
Bays-All the bays have open water and if the temps stay where they are there will be no ice making. The surface temp on Port Bay is 34 degrees so it will freeze fast if there is no wind and below freezing temperatures.
The perch are in the bays, although no one has been fishing from boats. Now that the holidays are over, we should see some action. It is supposed to be in the 40s towards the end of the week, so prepare the boat for open water fishing.
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- The canal is frozen with a skim of the ice. Too thin for ice fishing.
This report was written on January 2, 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.