Lake Ontario-The season has started and the small boats which can launch at Bear Creek in Ontario are trolling for the browns close to shore. They are catching a lot of “cookie cutters” however some nice 10 pounders were also in the mix.
Most charter boats are gearing up for the season and some start fishing the first week in April. Most of the ice is broken-up in Sodus Bay, so as soon as they put the boats in it’s “fish-on.”
Streams-Some browns are still in Maxwell Creek and if you can make it to the lake shore by the mouth of the stream you can catch them by casting out with small spoons.
In the creek they are hitting egg sacs. The water flow is excellent, and some steelhead are also still in the stream.
Bays-Not too much happening in the bays because of remnant ice making it difficult for small boat angling. The perch are still there, and spring is the perfect time for crappie fishing in Sodus and Port Bays.
Next-up for anglers should be spring bullhead fishing in the bays.
Bay Bridge on the south end of Sodus is a great spot to catch bullheads.
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 still ice on Widewaters and other sections of the canal. Once the hard stuff disappears, canal waters will produce nice crappies.
This report was written on March 26, 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.