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Wayne County Fishing Report for December 19, 2017

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Streams-Last week was brutally cold and today it is 46 degrees. It might be hard to figure out where to fish. Today, Maxwell was open, and the water flow was excellent because of the melting snow.


The steelhead are in the creek and they will hit anything bright if you can get your presentation in front of them. Use egg sacs.


Bays-The Sterling Pond, better known as the Fair Haven State Park pond had 4 inches of ice two days ago, however that was before the 50-degree front moved through. That Cayuga County body of water is the first place for ice fishing.


In Wayne, the first safe ice is at LeRoy Island, on the east side of Sodus Bay. Some anglers tried it, however they broke through at the shoreline. It’s not safe yet so don’t rush the season.


The southern half of Sodus has a coating which ruins any chance of launching a boat. That means we’re still between ice and open water making fishing impossible.


Stick with the streams until cold weather comes back in town.


DEC pulled the docks last week so use caution if you get a chance to put a boat in the water.


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- No fishing on the canal. The ice is covering the entire canal, but it’s not safe.

This report was written on December 19, 2017 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.
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