Streams-Stream fishing has been fairly consistent with steelhead coming from Maxwell and Salmon Creek. The water flow is excellent; however, the wind is once again picking up and snow is on the way.
The anglers fishing are using the usual bright lures to attract the steelies, and egg sacs. Some browns are being caught but January is a steelhead fishery in the streams.
Bays-Here we go again with the volatile weather patterns. Currently the bays are open, however the winds are too strong for boat fishing.
The only good thing is “cold temps” are coming. If we can get some calm winds and the temps stay in the 20’s ice will form.
Last year at this time there were hundreds of shanties on our embayments. Anyway…the perch are in the bays. Last week they were on the east side of the bay. They were hitting spikes and small jigs.
The perch are starting to school-up in Sodus and the fishing was better than a few weeks ago. Later today and through the weekend cold temperatures are predicted. If the wind subsides, the ice making will begin.
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- Nothing happening at the canal. If the ice becomes thicker try fishing the Widewaters.
This report was written on January 9, 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.