Wayne County Fishing Update

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

Updated January 11, 2022

Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario tributary regulations:

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


Lake effect snow has made area streams slippery and with temperatures in the single numbers, casting for steelhead will be difficult. Look for the pools in Maxwell Creek and use egg sacs.

It is predicted to be a cold week so stream fishing might be a challenge.


Just a week ago the perch were hitting, and anglers were launching boats. That has changed. Today the temperatures will not even break double numbers.

This is all great news for the ice fishing crowd. Currently Port and Sodus Bays are iced over, however not enough to walk-on. But, with temperatures again hitting low digits the ice making machine is starting.

It might be possible to drag your shanty on the bays by this weekend. Of course, early, and late ice is very unpredictable. You need to spud your way out…step by step.

Next week’s report might be able to give the thickness. Do not jump the gun with ice fishing.

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.

Erie Canal

Widewaters is iced-over, however not thick enough for ice fishing. It is possible to make an inch or so per day if the winds are calm and the temperatures stay in the teens.

The 2021 New York State fishing guide can be found at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html for downloading and printing at home. Production of hard copies is finished and have been delivered to License Issuing Agents. Hard copies can be requested by emailing FWFish@dec.ny.gov.

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.