Streams- Steelhead are still in Maxwell Creek. There is rainfall today and if the temperatures get warmer they might enter the lake, however right now they are hitting bright beads and egg sacs.
Both sides of Lake Road are productive. Anglers were also casting off the Sodus Bay pier, catching some browns.
Some of the smaller boats have been catching browns out in the lake, trolling close to shore with planer boards. The charter fleet usually starts around April 1st.
Bays-The crappies are still 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.
This week some of the crappies were hitting off Bay Bridge.
The perch are in Port Bay; however, you need to take some time to find them. They have been scattered, however once you find them you’ll be in for a fun time.
Crappies are also in Port Bay suspended in four feet of water. Crappies take anything that’s bright as long as it’s small jigs or small minnows.
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 until May 1st 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- Anglers were catching pan fish near Widewaters and near the open water by the locks between Newark and Lyons. The water level is not lowered at Widewaters, so you can launch at the county park.
This report was written on March 27, 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.