Lake Ontario-Yesterday was another windy affair. The relentless wind seems to appear every other day. The good news is yesterday’s west blow created a nice mudline on the lake. Browns love stained water.
The set-up has been the usual stick baits trolled in 8 to 20 feet of water. The warm pockets have been in front of the Port Bay channel and straight out from Sodus.
The browns are also hitting out from Hughes’ Marina and west towards the power plant.
The most popular plug has been the Bay Rat stick baits, perch color.
The pen rearing kings are due this week and the brown hatchery truck will be dumping 25,000 browns in the lake near the Sodus Channel near the end of this month.
Streams-The water flow in all the streams is excellent and although many steelhead and browns are now in the lake, there are some hold-overs. And there are no crowds fishing the creeks.
Bays-Perch and crappies are hitting at the south end of Port Bay. The access ramps are at the north and south end of Port Bay and Sodus has ramps at Margaretta Road, Arneys, and Bay Bridge Sport Shop.
The bullhead fishing has slowed a bit, however warmer temperatures should heat the water. You can fish them off Bay Bridge, the southern end of Sodus Bay.
You can rent a boat at Bay Bridge Sport Shop and won’t have far to go to catch crappies and bullheads.
Erie Canal- It has been great spring fishing in the canal. You can set-up near the locks close to Route 31 for shore fishing or launch in Lyons, Clyde or Widewaters in Newark. The crappies continue to hit near the Port Gibson bridge.
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.
This report was written on April 16, 2019 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.