Wayne County Fishing Update

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

December 1, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving


We have received some rain yesterday which helps the flow in streams, however we need a couple more inches to bring browns into Maxwell Creek looking for salmon eggs.

Currently stream fishing has been productive at the end of Bear Creek, under the bridge at Salmon Creek and at the north end of Maxwell.

Use egg sacs… artificial and real… green beads and bright colored flies. Fish the channel at Sodus Bay by throwing out heavy chartreuse spoons.


Perch fishing in Sodus and Port Bays has been exceptional this year. The Port Bay channel has closed with the bay level one foot above Lake Ontario level. The perch have no where to go so go get them.

You can launch at the north end of Port Bay where the ramp is in good shape. The perch have been caught on the east side of Port Bay near the points. Use small bright jigs, 2-inch rubber shad, or live perch minnows.

Sodus Bay also has seen some great catches of perch. Fish off the loop or at the south end of the bay on the east side.

The regular bass fishing season needed November 30th. You can still fish and release bass using artificial lures only.

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.Check -out your ice fishing gear. Wax the bottom of your shanty. Open the “Clam” up and see where the mice have been living during the summer. Put new blades on your auger. It will not be long until we are on the ice.Check -out your ice fishing gear. Wax the bottom of your shanty. Open the “Clam” up and see where the mice have been living during the summer. Put new blades on your auger. It will not be long until we are on the ice.

Erie Canal

The Widewaters area has not been drained and you can fish from a boat or 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:

  • 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.