Wayne County Fishing Update

Updated November 29, 2022


There are some browns and steelhead in Maxwell Creek, although the outlet to the lake has closed because of the gale winds we had a week ago.

Fish the pools at Maxwell with egg sacs, bright orange beads or bright glo jigs.

You can also fish at Hughes’ Marina before the ponds freeze.

Salmon Creek has a nice flow. There are locations along the shoreline for public access.

Pier fishing works at the Sodus channel, however if its ice coated stay away. You do not want to slip into the water.

Cast out heavy spoons like Kastmasters, Cleo’s and Suttons.

Lake Ontario tributary regulations:

Three fish in combination and not to include more than one Rainbow Trout (or Steelhead) and One Brown Trout.


The perch are in both Sodus and Port Bays. At Sodus, fish the north end between the islands. They are also hitting close to the Bonnie Castle B&B, which has a sign on the shore. It’s on southwest side of the bay.

The Port Bay perch have been off the points and the northeast side of the bay.

The shad are in abundance so use white 2-inch rubber with a tail. Tip with fresh spikes. Bait should be about 12 inches from the bottom.

The south DEC ramp for Port Bay can be used because the outlet to the lake is closed. The water level in the bay increased by 14 inches over the weekend

On Sodus Bay, Bay Bridge Sport Shop located at the south end, has a good launch. The Margaretta Road launch is closed.

Erie Canal

Widewaters has a skim of ice Sunday. Today’s temperatures are going to be in the 30’s so launching a boat is not an option. Perch. The regular season for bass ends November 30.th which is this Wednesday.


Notable Freshwater Fishing Regulation Changes

The following list offers a brief summary of the most notable fishing regulation changes resulting from the adopted rulemakings described above. 

  • New statewide regulation for rainbow trout, brown trout, and splake in lakes and ponds. The season will now be open year-round, with a five-fish daily limit, any size, with a “no more than two longer than 12 inches” harvest rule.
  • Statewide Atlantic salmon regulations will now allow for a year-round open season.
  • Ice fishing is permitted on all waters in New York unless specifically prohibited with the exception of Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren, and Washington counties where previous rules remain.
  • New specific dates replaced floating dates for statewide season openers to include:
    • May 1 – Walleye, Northern Pike, Pickerel, and Tiger Muskellunge.
    • June 1 – Muskellunge. (Note that in 2022, DEC will allow for the fishing of muskellunge beginning the last Saturday in May to accommodate previously planned fishing trips); and
    • June 15 – Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.
  • A five-fish daily walleye limit in Oneida Lake.
  • A new regulation to limit the growth of the walleye population in Skaneateles Lake. No daily possession limit; 12-inch minimum size limit, open year-round.
  • The statewide sunfish daily harvest limit has been reduced from 50 to 25 fish: and
  • The statewide minimum size limit for crappie has been increased from nine inches to ten inches.