Streams-Tis the day after Christmas and all through my house, not a creature is stirring, except my one resident mouse.
If you received some flies or small spoons for Christmas, try throwing them out in Maxwell Creek. The water flow is perfect for this time of year and there is no ice build-up along the shoreline. Later this week it might hit the 50’s which only means you don’t need a bunch of layers to stay warm.
There are some steelhead coming from Maxwell…on the south side of lake road. They are skittish, however will hit bright red beads or egg sacs.
The smaller creeks along Lake Road also have fish and Salmon Creek in Pultneyville had some anglers fishing near the bridge. I’m not sure what they were catching.
Bays-There was open water at the north end of Port Bay a few days ago, so if you still are using your boat, that’s a good place to launch. You can also launch at the Coast Guard Station at Sodus Bay, however the day after Christmas is the second half of the waterfowl season, so any open water at that section of Sodus Bay will have duck hunters.
Obviously, you need to be very careful if you are fishing from a boat this time of year. Wear your PFD and remember hypothermia is deadly.
Last Monday the perch were at the east side of Port Bay. The reports from Sodus have them scattered. They are in the bays, so if we get ice…or more open water they can be caught. Let’s hope for the ice.
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 canal is frozen, however there is open water at the locks between Newark and Lyons and anglers were casting out for fish. Not sure what they were targeting, however remember bass season is closed. You can only catch and release bass.
This report was written on December 26, 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.