Streams-The streams in Wayne County are all fishable with no ice or snow on the banks. Steelhead and holdover browns are still in the creeks.
The steelies are hitting red small spoons, bright beads and egg sacs. The water flow is perfect on both sides of Maxwell at Lake Road.
The ice should be melted on the Sodus Pier. If not today, then tomorrow when the temps will hit 50 degrees. You can cast out heavy spoons from the pier. Just be extra careful because the water temperatures are in the low 40’s which is lethal if you fall in the channel.
Bays-The ice season is over. We just experienced the second consecutive best ice fishing season on record. The perch catch from Sodus and Port Bay was phenomenal. But…it’s over.
Don’t even try to go on the ice. Even if it’s 8 inches thick in the middle, the shoreline ice heats first and it is now breaking-up. Put the shanties away and wait for open water to launch boats.
As soon as the ice disappears go after the perch using your boat. Remember, you need to wear your pfd if you are in a boat. That safety law is in effect until May 1st.
Next-up for anglers should be spring bullhead fishing in the bays.
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- All the ice in the canal is breaking-up. Anglers were casting in open water near the locks in Newark…not sure what they were targeting.
This report was written on March 19, 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.