Streams – Maxwell Creek still has a few openings and you can try your luck for steelhead. The snow predicted for tomorrow will not plug the stream and warmer weather is predicted for later this week. Use egg sacs or bright beads for the steelies.
Bays – The fishing continues to be excellent at Sodus Bay with the other bays in the county doing fair for pulling perch through the ice.
The perch have been caught in deeper water and the schooling big boys are in 30 to 40 feet in Sodus. The ice is 10 to 12 inches thick, however the Sodus Point loop area is open water all the way to the island.
There were reports of ATV’s going through the ice so make sure you know where you’re going.
The perch have been hitting larger presentations like the Swedish Pimple and Kastmaster spoons.
You can park by Second Creek which is Shaker Heights Road or if you fish the south end of the bay, park at Bay Bridge Sport Shop or Davenport’s Marina.
The south DEC Road to Port Bay is still open, however that can change with any significant snow which is predicted for tomorrow, Wednesday, February 7th.
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. The word is that there have been parking issues and litter left behind near the loop at Sodus Point. Make sure you respect where you are because the hospitality given to ice anglers can end quickly.
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- There is plenty of safe ice on the canal and you can catch panfish where the waterways were not drained. Widewaters is the ideal location to fish.
This report was written on February 6, 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.