Wayne County Fishing Update

March 26, 2020

Let’s have a little update in case you have cabin fever. Outdoors is healthy…physically and mentally.

Streams- The steelhead are still in the streams. It won’t be long until that swim to the lake. Maxwell and the other smaller stream in the county have been producing some gorgeous fish.

Use bright red beads or egg sacs…the usual bait.

You can fly fish or use your spinning outfit.

Lake Ontario-Some smaller boats have been fishing for browns close to shore. Charters usually start the season the first week in April.

Reports are coming in that the trout are hitting stickbaits; Bay Rat shallow divers, Southwick and Rapala. From Sodus Bay head west and troll in 20 feet of water.

Bays- Perch are in Port and Sodus Bays. Schools are in 20 feet of water and some are shallower, three to ten feet. The best bait right now is white minnow rubber bait, 2 inches. Tip it with spikes. The most productive presentation is a sinker on the bottom with your hook tied 15 inches above.

Remember while your fishing from your boat, that you need to wear your pfd until May 1st.

If you need tackle and bait Bay Bridge Sport Shop and Davenports at the south end of Sodus Bay are always opened. They both have live bait if you like fishing with small minnows.

They also have plenty of fresh spikes.

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- Crappies are being caught near the Port Gibson Bridge. You can launch a boat at Widewaters or fish the canal from the shore.