Lake Ontario-A beautiful Atlantic Salmon was among the catches last week in Wayne County waters. Most of the charter boats are now cruising the shoreline for browns…and the browns are hitting. Most charters are using stickbaits because they are on-shore fishing in very shallow water. Spoons tend to snag.
The trip out of Sodus Bay is a quick one. Rods are set-up as soon as you leave the channel.
The action is nearly everywhere along the shoreline. You can troll next to Maxwell or head east towards Port Bay. Today’s wind is switching to the west which will set-up a great mudline. Brown trout love stained water.
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-There are a few steelhead in Maxwell Creek. Some “hold-over” browns are also being caught in the creeks, however the focus for mid-April is Lake Ontario. You can also cast from the Sodus pier.
Bays-The perch are very close to spawning, so now is the time to fish the bays. The Port Bay action is towards the south end. You can launch at the DEC south end ramp off West Port Bay Road.
The pike season starts the first Saturday in May and Sodus Bay is known for its trophy northern pike.
Crappies are being caught near the south 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.
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 fishing for crappies at the Port Gibson Bridge. You can fish from the shore or launch at Widewaters. The crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small.
This report was written on April 9, 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.