Wayne County Fishing Update

The Latest Information for Launch Sites, Marinas and Charter Services Listed Below

Updated February 23, 2021

Lake Ontario

The countdown continues for BT fishing the lake. April 1st is now only five weeks and three days away. Many charters will be plying lake waters by April 1st.  Ya hooo!

Bays

The ice is safe, however with the recent snow and mild temps predicted you will probably be pulling your shanty through slush…which is not fun.

The east side of Sodus has seen perch action in 15 feet of water. That would be straight out from the south side of Skipper’s Landing restaurant.

Third Creek, which is Shaker Road has also been a good spot for perch fishing. You’ll have to hike a tough walk to get to 20-30 fow.

If you use your ATV be careful of thin ice close to shore.

The perch are hitting bright perch-colored jigs and live bait. The fish have been in 25 fow with the larger ones suspended two feet off the bottom.

On the north west side of Sodus there has been some action in the deeper water. If you go out from the “trestle” you can park across the street next to the old malt house.

Port Bay action has been on the east side of the bay in 20 fow. The south DEC road is closed, which is unfortunate because there is a large parking lot at that location. Parking is always a challenge for ice anglers.

On the ice “take-out what you bring-in.” There has been trash left on the ice and near the parking areas. Keep it clean.

Erie Canal

Widewaters has safe ice. If you set-up on the south side of the canal you can fish the weedbed.

Keep informed from the NYS Canal web for changes and restrictions with canal waters.

http://www.canals.ny.gov/boating/hours.html

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:

  • Try to keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others.
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.
  • Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and playground equipment.

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.