Streams-All streams are frozen over and they certainly won’t thaw this week. Temps will be single digits.
Bays-All of Sodus Bay has 8 plus inches. There is snow cover on most sections of the bay. The going is tough getting to the hotspot. There are machines on the ice…just beware of the dock bubblers.
Not too many are fishing the south end, probably because of the slushy top. All that will change when temperatures drop to “zero” on Thursday.
They are 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.
They are also catching perch out from Second Creek near Shaker Heights Road.
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.
Port Bay had some action at the north end of the bay. Parking is not the easiest. Make sure you don’t block the turnaround at the end of West Port Bay Road.
Be safe when ice fishing. Don’t take chances and remember early ice on Wayne County bays is never uniform in thickness, especially where bubblers are used to keep ice from the docks.
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 ice is safe at Widewaters Park east of Newark on Route 31. Not too many anglers fish there, and they should. It has plenty of tasty panfish.
This report was written on January 29, 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.