Lake Ontario-Water temps off Wayne County are running 42 to 47, depending where you are fishing. Currently, north winds are creating mudlines; however, they are also pushing colder water to the shore.
Fish the mouths of Sodus and Port Bays and Maxwell Creek. The browns are hitting Bay Rat stick baits and green spotted spoons. Some of the larger browns are hold-overs and have been five to eight pounds.
Charters are running the usual planer board set-ups and are trolling in 8 to 10 feet of water. Look for temp breaks.
Streams- Maxwell has a great flow and there are a few browns in the stream. Use egg sacs. Most trout will be in the lake, but you might have another week for stream fishing.
Bays- The DEC docks are in all bays, which makes for safer launches. The perch are still hitting southeast of Arneys’ Marina. There is a high-water situation, so be a responsible boater and watch your wake.
The pike season opens the first Saturday in May.
The bullhead fishing is now occurring with anglers lining Bay Bridge at the south end of Sodus Bay. The bullheads usually hit leeches.
Don’t forget to check-out Hughes’ Marina, which has an excellent boat launch protected from Lake Ontario. The perch are also hitting inside the cove. Use small jigs with spikes. Hughes’ is two miles east of Pultneyville on the Seaway Trail.
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- Crappies and perch are hitting in the canal, especially near the Widewaters section. You can also shore fish locations next to Route 31. Some canal sections never lower the water and the official opening is May 17th.