Streams-Streams fishing has been hot and cold. Maxwell is flowing and there are some browns being caught. A few steelhead are also hitting egg sacs, and that’s a good thing. Water flow is perfect, and the shoreline of Maxwell is ice free. That could change overnight, however today the temps are in the mid-30’s.
Pier fishing is difficult at the end of the Sodus Bay; however, you can still cast out next to the Coast Guard station. Use Kastmasters and Cleos. Use the Little Cleo Glows. They are great spoons to cast and they catch trout.
Bays-Starting November 1st you need to be wearing a PFD while in your boat. You need to wear it…not just have it on your boat.
The transition time continues in the bays. There is no solid ice yet, and the skim coat has made launching the boats difficult.
The perch are there and waiting. You can still launch at Sodus Bay’s north end. The current from the channel has kept open water next to the Coast Guard station’s ramp.
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- It’s the same transition time at the south end of the county. No solid ice…just enough to make launching a boat very difficult. Let’s hope for a deep freeze.
This report was written on December 11, 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.