Streams-Water levels are now perfect for some stream fishing. The flow on Maxwell Creek is perfect. Both parking lots were packed last week. Maxwell is small so the best time to fish is during the week.
Browns were hitting egg sacs and beads on the north side of Lake Road. The salmon run is over, however there are still fish porpoising the flat water on the north side.
Some steelhead were in Salmon Creek in Pultneyville and you can try the launch site at Bear Creek in Ontario.
Pier fishing is an option if you want less crowded conditions. Casting spoons off the Sodus Bay pier has produced some nice browns. Just use caution because the current and cold water temps are very dangerous. You do not want to slip and fall in the channel.
Bays- We are experiencing some of the best perch fishing in years. And that’s on all the Wayne County bays. If we have a cold winter the ice fishing will be fantastic.
The perch are all over Sodus Bay…near the outlet, and the south end, and over on the east side. They are usually schooling on drop-offs.
It’s the same situation on Port Bay and there are also lots of crappies. The perch have been hitting artificial minnow two or three inches. Put five spikes on the end and use a number 4 hook.
Don’t forget you need to wear your PFD until May.
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- They are starting to drain the canal, especially in Orleans County. The water level at Widewaters is not lowered so you can fish that region the entire year.
The bass season is finished November 30 and some of the best times to catch smallies is late autumn.
This report was written 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.