Wayne County Fishing Report

Streams – Maxwell had a great flow yesterday and there were some anglers catching some hold-over steelhead, although most rainbows are now in the lake.

You can still cast off the Sodus Bay pier for browns and steelhead. Use Kastmasters or Cleos.

Lake Ontario – The lake finally calmed down after the relentless winds. One day it’s northeast, the next it’s west…then south and then east.

Yesterday was calm and today’s south wind is not an issue for Lake Ontario anglers. The browns are hitting in 8 to 20 feet of water, anywhere along Wayne County’s shoreline.

Water temps today are 39 to 42 degrees. Charter captains are using stickbaits and the browns are running along the mudlines.

There have been some kings caught in the mix of browns and steelhead.

Near the power plant in Ontario has been a hotspot for browns.

Bays – The bullheads are finally starting to hit at Bay Bridge, the south end of Sodus Bay. Temperatures were in the 70’s yesterday, which helps the run. Rain predicted for later this week should also start the bite.

The perch fishing has still been good in Sodus Bay. Try the west side…out from Arney’s Marina.

Crappies are hitting near the south end of Port Bay. They are suspended in 12 feet of water. You can also catch crappies at the launch site, casting out from the shore. They are also catching some perch from the north barrier bar shoreline.

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 kayak anglers were fishing near Widewaters on Sunday. They were casting for anything that bites. The crappie fishing is excellent in the canal, especially during the spring.

The canal opener, when they flood the entire water way, is scheduled for May 18th.

This report was written on April 24, 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.