Streams- The steelhead are hitting in Maxwell Creek. The creek is open, however there is shoreline ice. Maxwell is only a two-mile stream and not as wide as the Salmon River…so it does freeze over.
Steelhead are hitting egg sacs and beads. Use anything that’s bright.
Bays- Bay fishing continues to be hot with 12 to 14-inch perch coming through the holes in Port and Sodus Bays.
Beware of open water near the Sodus Point loop and anywhere close to the channel. Solid ice is running 10 to 12 inches thick at the south end of the bay, over on the east side and straight-out from Oak Park Marina.
The perch are eating eyes on jigs or if they slow down on that presentation, use spikes on small jigs. Tip-downs with minnows are also catching the larger fish.
You can park on Shaker Heights Road near Third Creek 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 and if you have four-wheel drive you can get to the north end of the bay. Perch fishing has picked-up from last week with some nice catches off the points in 20 feet of water.
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. 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- Ice anglers were fishing the Widewaters on Sunday. Not sure what they were catching, however the canal is loaded with bluegills, sunnies, and perch.
This report was written on February 13, 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.