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  1. Lake Ontario- Thunderstorms came through the area during the day, however the wind didn’t end-up a problem. The browns are in 10 to 20 feet of water, but the action in Wayne County is spring kings. The fish are hitting in 90 to 100 feet of water straight out from Sodus Bay. The water temps are 48 to 49 on the surface. The kings are hitting, Hi Tech, Pirates, and Stingers with green dots being a hot one. The set-ups are off the wire, riggers and lead core running back 250 feet. The fish are bright silver and in excellent shape. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  2. Lake Ontario- The browns have been close to shore in 10 to 20 feet of water, the kings are in 40 and the lakers are in 100 fow. That’s the action occurring in the “Big O.” The temps are now running 48 to 50 degrees. Browns are hitting stickbaits and the lake trout are biting peanuts with cowbell attractors. Most of the charter captains from Sodus Bay are staying close to home port. There’s no need to run when the action is at home. LOC Derby action starts this Friday, May 11 and runs till May 20. Check out their web at www.loc.org/ for the prize structure. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  3. Lake Ontario- Once again lake anglers have been thwarted by winds. It’s an everyday happening. One day it blows from the north, the next it’s the south, and then west. And these are all 20 plus mph blows. Today it is flat, and yesterday’s blow has created some great mudlines. Browns are hitting along the shore in 8 feet of water. All stickbai­ts are working. There have been more spring kings caught this year. They are in 20 to 60 fow. Water temps today are 42 to 44 degrees. Some anglers were casting off the Sodus Point pier and there was one steelhead caught using a Kastmaster spoon. Bays- Bay fishing has been excellent with the perch bite continuing to be great. The perch are in Sodus Bay on the northwest section near Arney’s Marina. Bullheads are hitting off Bay Bridge at the south end of Sodus. The pike and walleye season starts the first Saturday in May, which is May 5th. Pike need to be 22 inches and you can keep three fish. You can keep three walleye and the minimum length is 18 inches. Those are Great Lakes regulations… which cover Wayne County waters… however, different bodies of water have different regs. 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-The crappies are hitting under the Port Gibson bridge in the Widewaters section of the canal. You can also fish near the locks east of Newark and catch just about any fish. This report was written on May 1, 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.
  4. Streams - Maxwell had a great flow yesterday and there were some anglers catching some hold-over steelhead, although most rainbows are now in the lake. You can still cast off the Sodus Bay pier for browns and steelhead. Use Kastmasters or Cleos. Lake Ontario - The lake finally calmed down after the relentless winds. One day it’s northeast, the next it’s west…then south and then east. Yesterday was calm and today’s south wind is not an issue for Lake Ontario anglers. The browns are hitting in 8 to 20 feet of water, anywhere along Wayne County's shoreline. Water temps today are 39 to 42 degrees. Charter captains are using stickbaits and the browns are running along the mudlines. There have been some kings caught in the mix of browns and steelhead. Near the power plant in Ontario has been a hotspot for browns. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  5. Streams- There are still steelhead in Maxwell Creek. Not sure if the latest rainfall will send them into the lake. Stream anglers are using egg sacs and beads. Fishing the Sodus Pier has been impossible with the constant gale-force wind. Today it’s cranking and tomorrow it might be a better chance to cast the pier. Lake Ontario-Lake conditions have been brutal, which is such a shame because the brown trout bite has been excellent. Last Tuesday was the last time the lake was flat. It’s like a broken record; Wed, blowing with 50 mph gust, Thursday still blowing. Over the weekend it was a north-east gale. When you do get out, use stickbaits and try to find warmer water, which will be difficult because of the constant wind. I guess the only positive point would be…mudlines should be everywhere. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  6. Don’t forget B-E Fishing Tackle’s Annual Spring Birthday sales happening Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15. The open house event is from 9 till 5 both days. There will be pro-staffers on hand and plenty of discounts on tons of “Fishing Stuff.” They are located at 6275 Dean Pkwy, Ontario, NY. Next to the windmill on Route 104. Streams- Anglers are still pulling steelhead out of Maxwell Creek. Temps are going to finally make it above 32 degrees this week, and the water level is excellent. Now is the time for some early spring rainbows. Lake Ontario- Some charters are already doing brown trout trips from Sodus Bay and Hughes’ Marina. Water temps are 37 to 39 degrees. There is an excellent mudline created by the latest blow we had on Wednesday and Thursday. If you can get out in the lake head east towards Chimney Bluffs or west past Maxwell Creek. You don’t have to go far to find browns. Fish in 10 to 15 feet of water. Stickbaits are working and spoons are not. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com. This report was written on April 10, 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.
  7. Streams- The trout opener for inland streams was Easter Sunday. Naples Creek was running high, however there were plenty of rainbows caught, although it was a challenge for many anglers. An 8.8 lb. trout won the Naples Rotary Trout Derby. But we are talking Wayne County where the season never closes. Maxwell still has steelhead and they're hitting egg sacs and beads. The streams are not running as high as last week…we’ll see what rain comes our way the next few days. Lake Ontario- The brown trout action is ferocious with catch rates in the teens and twenties for half-day trips. Fish out of Sodus and head east or west. Near Pultneyville the bt action is the best. If you have a smaller boat launch at Bear Creek. The trout are in 10 to 20 feet of water…real close to shore. Stickbaits are Rapala, Smithwick, and Bay Rats. Tomorrow’s blow will put an end to lake fishing for a few days, however wave action should create some fantastic mudlines. Water temps are currently 38 to 40 degrees. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  8. Streams- Steelhead are still in Maxwell Creek. There is rainfall today and if the temperatures get warmer they might enter the lake, however right now they are hitting bright beads and egg sacs. Both sides of Lake Road are productive. Anglers were also casting off the Sodus Bay pier, catching some browns. Some of the smaller boats have been catching browns out in the lake, trolling close to shore with planer boards. The charter fleet usually starts around April 1st. Bays-The crappies are still hitting at Bay Bridge at the south end of Sodus Bay. You can fish the open water behind Bay Bridge Sport Shop. It’s still early for the bullhead bite, however when they start hitting, the best place to fish is off the bridge. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  9. Streams- Spring time fishing in Maxwell Creek is hot. The steelhead are still in the tribs and are hitting egg sacs. The water flow is perfect on both sides of Lake Road. If there is no ice on the pier at Sodus Point, you can catch steelies and browns casting in the channel. Just use caution. You do not want to slip off the pier into the channel. Bays-The crappies are hitting at Bay Bridge at the south end of Sodus Bay. You can fish the open water behind Bay Bridge Sport Shop. It’s still early for the bullhead bite, however when they start hitting, the best place to fish is off the bridge. They are catching perch from the north shore of Port Bay…just watch out if you drive the bumpy barrier road. You can also launch at Port Bay at the south end and catch crappies half-way up the narrows. Crappies are suspended and will hit small bright jigs tipped with spikes. Remember, there is a 25-fish regulation on crappies and they need to be at least 9 inches in length. You’ll need to wear a PFD and remember if you are dressing for cold weather, you’ll be extra heavy. Don’t take chances because hypothermia is quick and deadly. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  10. Streams- Maxwell Creek was producing some nice steelhead, however the predicted snow fall might make streamside fishing a little messy, but the fish don’t care. Use egg sacs and fish both sides of Lake Road. The slower water is on the north side. You can also fish the Lake Ontario shoreline if the winds are light…and that condition will change with the windy predictions. So, just wait-out the weather and target the steelies later this week. Bays- All the bays are open, and you can launch at the ramps on Sodus and Port Bay. The DEC docks are not in so be careful. Some anglers were out a few days ago catching perch in Sodus Bay. If the winds subside you can fish the Sodus Bay channel for browns. Cast Cleo’s or other heavy spoons into the channel. You can also throw a line in at Bay Bridge, on the south end of Sodus Bay. Anglers were catching perch from the north shore of Port Bay. Use caution if you drive on the barrier road. It’s very rough going. You’ll need to wear a PFD and remember if you are dressing for cold weather, you’ll be extra heavy. Don’t take chances because hypothermia is quick and deadly. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  11. Streams- Stream fishing is still producing steelhead. There is snow build-up on the shoreline of Maxwell, however that is melting fast. The water flow is perfect, and anglers are fishing both sides of Lake Road. The rainbows are hitting egg sacs and bright colored beads. Some hold over browns are still coming from the stream, but with the warming temps most are now out in the lake, roaming the shoreline of Wayne County waters. April 1st is of course the harbinger of spring for stream fishing, however any tributary that flows into the lake has no closed season for trout. Bays- Port Bay has open water on most of the bay with ice still on the south end. You can launch at the north…but beware… it’s a very bumpy road to the DEC launch. If you don’t have a boat, you can catch perch fishing from the shore. There are enough pull-over spots, so you don’t block the barrier road. Sodus Bay has the same situation. Most of the bay is open, however there are a few iced-over spots. The perch don’t really care if there’s no ice, so do some open water fishing. Some anglers were casting off Bay Bridge at the south end. They were catching crappies. It’s early for bullhead fishing, however we are already in the second week of March. It won’t be long before you’ll be eating bullheads for supper. DEC won’t have docks near their ramps so launching will be an effort. You’ll need to wear a PFD and remember if you are dressing for cold weather, you’ll be extra heavy. Don’t take chances because hypothermia is quick and deadly. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  12. Streams- The steelhead are in Maxwell Creek and hitting egg sacs. The water flow today is perfect, and you can fish both sides of Lake Road. Hughes’ Marina is another place to try and catch some hold-over browns. Currently you can cast Cleos off the Sodus Pier. The pier will ice over quickly if the temps drop and the wind picks-up. If there is no ice (like today) you can catch steelies in the channel. Bays- The ice cometh and the ice goeth away. This season goes on record for the best perch fishing in decades, however it’s over. None of the bays have safe ice, so don’t even think about dragging a shanty on what ice there is… it will be slush tomorrow. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  13. Streams - Stream fishing was great this past weekend with steelies coming from Maxwell Creek. Rainfall won’t be as bad as predicted, however the streams will be flowing. The best place for Maxwell might be the northern section where the current is slower. There is plenty of parking on both sides of Lake Road. Egg sacs are the best presentation for the steelhead. Bays - Sodus Bay has 8 to 10 inches of ice, however temps in the 60s plus rain will eat away solid ice. Stay away from the creeks and don’t even try to fish near open water near the loop. The south end is still safe… but again… that can change quickly. If you are not confident about where you haul your shanty, don’t fish. Breaking through ice can be a major problem and often fatal for ice anglers. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  14. Streams- The steelhead are hitting in Maxwell Creek. The creek is open, however there is shoreline ice. Maxwell is only a two-mile stream and not as wide as the Salmon River…so it does freeze over. Steelhead are hitting egg sacs and beads. Use anything that’s bright. Bays- Bay fishing continues to be hot with 12 to 14-inch perch coming through the holes in Port and Sodus Bays. Beware of open water near the Sodus Point loop and anywhere close to the channel. Solid ice is running 10 to 12 inches thick at the south end of the bay, over on the east side and straight-out from Oak Park Marina. The perch are eating eyes on jigs or if they slow down on that presentation, use spikes on small jigs. Tip-downs with minnows are also catching the larger fish. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  15. Streams - Maxwell Creek still has a few openings and you can try your luck for steelhead. The snow predicted for tomorrow will not plug the stream and warmer weather is predicted for later this week. Use egg sacs or bright beads for the steelies. Bays - The fishing continues to be excellent at Sodus Bay with the other bays in the county doing fair for pulling perch through the ice. The perch have been caught in deeper water and the schooling big boys are in 30 to 40 feet in Sodus. The ice is 10 to 12 inches thick, however the Sodus Point loop area is open water all the way to the island. There were reports of ATV’s going through the ice so make sure you know where you’re going. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.