Streams-There are a few more openings in Maxwell Creek and the flow is decent. It’s a small stream however the steelhead are there. Another warm-up this weekend might produce more open water.
Bays-The ice on Port Bay is a solid 9 inches. Sodus Bay has 8 to 10, however it’s not black ice so use caution where you fish. Carrying a spud…even in February…is always a good thing.
The perch in Port Bay are moving away from the points. They are still in 25 feet of water; however, they could be moving to the shallower south end, ready for the spring spawn.
The Sodus hotspots are the Trestle, Third Creek, and the east side in 20 to 30 feet of water. They are hitting wax worms and spikes on any bright jig you drop down. They are running 10 to 12 inches in length.
Any significant warm-up will make 10 inches of ice disappear fast, so pay attention to the weather. Currently, it’s go get the “slammer perch” conditions.
If we can keep the ice… this year will be as exciting as last year’s phenomenal season.
If you need bait or equipment go to B-E Fishing Tackle in Ontario or Bay Bridge Sport Shop and Davenports at the south end of Sodus.
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 were a few shanties on Widewaters this past weekend. When the wind blows you off Lake Ontario bays, try the canal.
This report was written on February 19, 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.