Streams-Maxwell Creek is open with a great flow. There are sections with ice on the shore, however most of the creek is flowing. That of course can change very quickly.
Salmon Creek in Pultneyville is also open as of today.
The steelhead are hitting egg sacs both imitation and real. Just use caution as the banks are slippery.
Bays-The weekend blow was a doozy…with winds gusting at 60 mph. Lake Ontario had 15-foot waves, and the wind naturally kept every one off the bays for ice fishing.
Today it is calm and there is no snow build-up on most of Port and Sodus Bays. Ice thickness varies on Sodus Bay. There are locations with 12 inches and others with four to six. March ice thickness is never consistent, so always use caution.
The perch are schooling by size and are hitting jigs with spikes or perch eyes. They are in 20 feet of water off the points and near the south end of Port Bay.
The Sodus action seems to be near Shaker Heights Road near Third Creek. You need to start out about a half-a-mile. There is also action on east side of the bay near Skipper’s Landing Restaurant.
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 is plenty of solid ice on canal waters where the waterway was not drained. Widewaters, west of Newark, is the best place for ice fishing.
This report was written on February 26, 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.