Bays-The ice is here and let’s hope it stays. Sodus Bay has 8 inches, Port Bay the same and Blind Sodus a little thicker. This is an average thickness as ice never freezes uniformly.
The action on Sodus is over by the docks out from Katlynn Marina. That would be the area known as the old trestle where the coal boats used to dock in the 60s. Just follow the shanties.
Another hot spot is at the south-east part of Sodus. The perch are in 18 feet of water and hitting artificial small rubber or perch colored jigs. The fish are schooling so you might have to move around for the jumbos.
The pike are hitting between LeRoy Island and the east shore of the bay.
Port Bay anglers are finding perch off the points and close to the channel. Some trucks drove down the barrier road, however you’re on your own if you get stuck. It might be better to walk out to the ice.
Remember, as ice anglers you are visiting the bays, so don’t trespass on land where you don’t have permission to park. And don’t leave stuff on the ice, like propane tanks.
Wayne County has an ice fishing guide which gives you the basics of fishing on our bays. Contact the tourism office if you would like the brochure.
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- Anglers were catching pan fish near Widewaters in Newark. The ice is 8 inches thick. Just beware the canal still has current and not all ice is uniform.
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.