Streams- The streams are flowing; however, the salmon run is slowing down… not completely over yet. There have been some browns coming out of Maxwell and Salmon Creek in Pultneyville. They are hitting egg sacs and green beads.
Some browns hit Cleos off the Port Bay pier and channel, however the 40-mph northwest wind from the weekend could have closed the channel opening.
Sodus Bay pier fishing has also been impossible with the constant wind. Predicted snow fall and cold temperatures will be an end to casting off the pier. If it doesn’t ice-up, try your luck casting out for browns and possibly some steelhead.
Bays- Starting November 1st you need to be wearing a PFD while in your boat. You need to wear it…not just have it on your boat.
Perch fishing has been excellent in Port and Sodus Bays. There are still the hardy anglers fishing from boats. The launch sites can be tricky with any ice, but there are places to put-in. Bay Bridge Sport Shop has a protected launch site and you can put a boat-in at the ramp on Route 14 next to Arney’s Marina.
Port Bay has ramps at the south and north end of the bay. (West Port Bay Rd.)
The perch are off the points in 20 feet of water and are hitting small jigs or rubber minnows tipped with spikes.
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- Canal waters are still high in sections that were not drawn-down. The safest place to launch a boat is Widewaters…west of Newark. Bass season closes in three weeks, November 30, 2018.
This report was written on November 13, 2018 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.