Streams- Spring time fishing in Maxwell Creek is hot. The steelhead are still in the tribs and are hitting egg sacs. The water flow is perfect on both sides of Lake Road.
If there is no ice on the pier at Sodus Point, you can catch steelies and browns casting in the channel. Just use caution. You do not want to slip off the pier into the channel.
Bays-The crappies are hitting at Bay Bridge at the south end of Sodus Bay. You can fish the open water behind Bay Bridge Sport Shop. It’s still early for the bullhead bite, however when they start hitting, the best place to fish is off the bridge.
They are catching perch from the north shore of Port Bay…just watch out if you drive the bumpy barrier road.
You can also launch at Port Bay at the south end and catch crappies half-way up the narrows. Crappies are suspended and will hit small bright jigs tipped with spikes.
Remember, there is a 25-fish regulation on crappies and they need to be at least 9 inches in length.
You’ll need to wear a PFD and remember if you are dressing for cold weather, you’ll be extra heavy. Don’t take chances because hypothermia is quick and deadly.
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- The ice has covered Widewaters. Just a sheen, however enough to put a damper on any boat launches.
A bunch of anglers have been fishing near the locks between Lyons and Newark. They have been catching pan fish.
This report was written on March 20, 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.