Streams- Stream fishing has slowed; however, the rainbow will be hitting during the winter months. If Maxwell can stay open from ice the steelhead fishing is great.
There are some steelies being caught off the Sodus Pier. Anglers are casting out heavy spoons. The browns are still coming from Maxwell and Bear Creek in Ontario, however that fishing has slowed considerably.
Bays- Port Bay surface water temps are in the high 30’s. Maybe we can get some safe ice this season. The outside temperature now is 56 degrees, so that certainly is not good for ice.
The perch fishing in Sodus and Port Bays continues to be the best in years. They are hitting 2 or 3-inch minnows or jigs with spikes. They have been 8 to 10 inches, which makes for a nice fillet.
Crappies are still in Port Bay and the bite has been the south end of the bay. Again…this fall season has been great for perch and crappies.
A nice 5-pound smallmouth was released last week from Port Bay. That’s a big fish. Bass season closes this Thursday, November 30.
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- You can still fish the Widewaters section of the canal or next to the locks near Lyons and Newark. Sections of the canal are drawn-down for the season, however Widewaters is not lowered.
This report was written 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.