The Latest Information for Launch Sites, Marinas and Charter Services Listed Below
November 24, 2020
There still is not a great flow of water in Maxwell Creek. Fish the north side of Lake Road where there have been some browns caught. Fish under a torpedo bobber with egg sac…real or artificial. Or use bright beads.
Hughes Marina, one mile east of Pultneyville, has small ponds that are connected to the lake. There have been browns caught throwing out bright spoons or egg sacs.
Pier fishing is an option at the Sodus channel and the small outlet to Port Bay located at the end of West Port Bay Road. Cast out heavy spoons. Anything that is bright, and glows works the best.
If the wind ever subsides pier fishing can be fun and productive. The fall of 2020 has seen some nasty blows. Use caution casting from piers.
Perch fishing in Sodus and Port Bays has been exceptional this year. You just need to find the largest fish by moving around. Use live bait or rubber shad. The perch are feeding on tiny shad. Look for them off the points in both bays.
If we receive cold temperatures this winter, ice fishing on Wayne County Bays will be excellent.
The largemouth bass are still hitting in Sodus Bay. It’s been tough fishing because of the constant wind.
The regular season for bass ends Monday, November 30th.
Remember the important regulation regarding life jackets. (PFD’s) Use must wear your PFD from November 1st through May 1st if your boat is less than 21 feet. This means it must be worn…not lying in the bow of your boat.
The official rule-All persons on board a recreational vessel less than 21 feet in length (including canoes, kayaks, and rowboats) must wear a USCG–approved PFD from November 1 to May 1.
Water levels on the canal have been extremely low because of repairs being made on the locks.
Widewaters is not drained so you can fish for panfish and bass. You can still launch a boat or fish from the shore.
Keep informed from the NYS Canal web for changes and restrictions with canal waters.
Safety Precautions from DEC
While enjoying the outdoors, please continue to follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines (leaves DEC’s website) for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:
When fishing, DEC recommends avoiding busy waters and following the guidelines on DEC’s website about fishing responsibly in New York State. If an angler arrives at a parking lot and there are several cars, they should consider going to another parking lot. If an angler is fishing upstream, they should fish downstream of the other angler or consider fishing another day. Anglers fishing from boats should be able to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another. For more information about the benefits of being outdoors safely and responsibly, go to DEC’s website.
New York State is open for fishing and DEC encourages anglers to recreate locally at a nearby waterbody. New York’s lakes and streams offer great opportunities for fishing in a wide array of settings across the state. Even during the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outdoors and connecting with nature while angling in New York’s waters is a great way to help maintain mental and physical health.