Streams-Egg sacs and bright colored beads are catching steelhead from Maxwell Creek. The water flow is perfect, and the fish are coming from both sides of Lake Road.
The little Salmon Creek in Pultneyville also has a nice run of winter steelies. All of the smaller streams in the county have an excellent flow of water.
Bays-All the bays are locked-in with an ice cover, which means the wind can’t stop ice making. Of course, first ice is very unpredictable…just like last ice.
Where ever you choose to fish, start walking with a spud in your hand. Spud for ice safety. It’s the best tool when it’s first ice.
Sodus Bay usually has safe ice between LeRoy Island and along the north east side of the bay. As of yesterday, there was 4 inches near Skipper’s Landing. (East side.) Another location for first ice is Spiegel Drive near the Bay Bridge Sport Shop. (South end of Sodus).
Port Bay is solid; however, the north end can be tricky because of the current near the channel.
Another great place to fish first ice is Blind Sodus Bay located adjacent to Fair Haven Bay. (Little Sodus Bay.)
If you are new to the area, follow the crowds. It’s a good starting point and the ice should be thick enough. You’ll be walking. No machines yet!
The good news…as of today… is the temps are below freezing. The bad news is a predicted heavy snowfall this weekend. Snow is a great insulator which will slow down the ice making.
Be safe when ice fishing. Don’t take chances and remember early ice on Wayne County bays is never uniform in thickness.
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 safe ice straight out from the Widewaters park.
This report was written on January 15, 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.