Wayne County Fishing Update


Lake Ontario- After a rather long winter we are now trolling the lake. It took some time for the bays to shed the ice coat; however we are clear to send the boats in the big lake.

The browns are hitting close to shore and they are cruising the water near Maxwell and Bear Creek in Ontario.


Charter captains are reporting browns and steelhead and the numbers are running in the twenties and thirties for hits.


There are some mudlines near Sodus Point and east towards Port Bay. The trout are hitting the usual assortment of lures…spoons and stickbaits.




Streams- There are still fish in the creeks. Use egg sacs and bright flies. The water flow is perfect.


Maxwell is the most notable stream in Wayne County; however the smaller creeks will hold steelhead


Bays-Crappies and bullheads are the main attraction for bay fishing. It continues to be on the cold side, but when the warmer weather comes the bullhead action is intense.


The anglers line Bay Bridge at the south end of Sodus for this spring ritual.


Check out 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- Crappies are being caught in Widewaters near Newark. This section is never drained so you can launch on Route 31.














Fishing License Information


Boat Launch information

Erie Canal Boat Launches: www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/eriecanalbls.pdf

Lake Ontario Public Boat Launches: www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/lkontbls.pdf



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.