Lake Ontario-The browns are close to shore in 20 feet of water. Temps were @35 to 37 degrees off Sodus Bay. Remnant ice in the bay has delayed a few charter trips, however this week should see more trout action on the lake. The season has started and already the fishing has been phenomenal.
You can launch smaller boats at the Marquetta Road launch on Route 14. You can also launch at Port Bay at the south and north end of the bay. The Port Bay channel is now open.
Streams-Holdover browns and steelhead are being caught in Maxwell. Josh Black and Matt Simmons fish many of the tribs near Lake Ontario. The two heavy equipment operators are from the Corning area and were fishing Naples Creek on opening day for inland trout. Black caught a nice steelhead in Maxwell last Friday. There is no closed season for trout from Lake Ontario tributaries.
Bays-Most of the ice has left Port Bay and the perch have been hitting in 20 feet of water at the south end of the bay.
There has been some bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay, however the water temperatures need to be warmer for a good bite. This week’s temperatures are predicted to be in the 50’s so anglers should be catching plenty of bullheads off Bay 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.
Erie Canal- There is still ice on Widewaters and other sections of the canal. Once the hard stuff disappears, canal waters will produce nice crappies.
This report was written on April 5, 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.