Streams-All streams are still frozen over and they haven’t really opened-up …even with 60-degree temps.
Bays-Yesterday the temperatures hit 62 degrees, and the past few nights have been in the 50’s. However, that hasn’t really melted much ice. Port Bay still has a solid ten inches and Sodus Bay has the same.
There are soft areas near docks and near the channels, however the ice remains safe.
Predicted rain later this week could change the thickness, but as of today most ice is safe.
The perch are hitting off the points in Port Bay and seem to be gobbling-up spikes. Use bright jigs and perch minnows under tip-ups are working well.
There is limited parking at Bay Front Restaurant near the end of West Port Bay Road.
The crappies and bluegills are hitting at Sodus Center pond (Metz Pond), a small body of water off South Geneva Road in Sodus.
Currently the temperatures have dropped to 34 degrees with overnight lows predicted to be below freezing.
They are still catching jumbo perch over by the loop and at the trestle near the old malt house. The perch are hitting bright jigs and the smaller lures seem to be working better. That area has been the most consistent location for perch.
If you need bait or equipment go to B-E Fishing Tackle in Ontario or Bay Bridge Sport Shop 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- A few ice anglers were fishing Widewaters over the weekend. Not sure what they were catching.
This report was written on February 5, 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.