Wayne County Fishing Update


Streams- Steelhead are hitting all sorts of presentations in Maxwell Creek. The stream is opening-up. It’s the first time since January you can actually see water.

Use egg sacs and a heavy weight because the current is very rapid. The steellies will stay in the stream for another 2 or 3 weeks and then swim to Lake Ontario. Just think…browns and steelhead fishing close to shore. It won’t be long!

Bays- Everyone is betting on the ice-out date for Wayne County bays. Warm weather and rain is predicted today and tomorrow which will eat away the ice. My prediction is April 13th.

Currently it is still 15 to 20 inches thick, however that varies for the different bays.

Sodus Bay action still remains on the east side of the bay near the north end. Follow the shanties. The perch have been 12 inches plus and the crappies are schooling over 15 to 20 feet of water.

Late season ice fishing really turns on with perch, bluegills and crappies; but you need to remain informed about late ice conditions. That’s when the accidents occur. Stay safe!

Pike and walleye fishing ended March 15th so don’t be targeting those two fish. That season will again open the first Saturday in 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.

We have a brand new Wayne County Fishing Brochure. This publication features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call our office for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. 1-800-527-6510. We also have a new publication on Great Lakes fishing.

Erie Canal- Ice is still thick but spring sunshine can melt it very fast. Make sure you know the thickness before you walk around and drill holes.







Chris Kenyon

Chris Kenyon of Wolcott, NY is 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 Grandslam 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.