Stream fishing not looking so promising for some

With the extremely nice weather from over the weekend, I headed down to Sodus Point to check out all the waterfronts to see how the fishing has been.

First stop, a small creek that leads to Lake Ontario. There were four vehicles in the parking lot, and out of the four cars I only saw one person fishing at the start of the creek. I asked if he had caught anything or saw any fish and his response, “Not yet”. Although that could have been his response because he didn’t want me to know the fish were there or it was the truth. However, I went to the next fishing spot, the pier in Sodus Point.

Sodus Bay has finally melted after a long winter of about 30 inches of thick ice. There are still some big chunks of ice floating on the bay, but the pier was clear.

I pulled into the parking lot by the pier and I saw about six people fishing. I tried anxiously for about an hour and didn’t see a fish nor did I get a bite. That was the end of that. As I was leaving, as fisherman do, we’re always curious to see how others are doing. A man stopped me and my boyfriend and asked us if we had caught anything. We simply replied “no”.

The man said he just came from fishing by Arney’s Marina in Sodus Point which is a small bridge where you can fit no more than five people per side. Some people even get on the edge of land beneath the bridge to fish. The fisherman said it was too crowded there so he left. He mentioned that his nephews who were fishing at the marina weren’t even catching any fish.

The spring weather has brought many people out fishing, but it hasn’t brought the fish out to be caught.

How to prepare for stream fishing

Before any fishing trip, you must always check to make sure you have everything you need for a day worth of fishing. Since it’s the season for stream fishing, I want to let you know how to prepare for a day of stream fishing for steelhead or trout according to what my boyfriend would bring.

It’s not necessary, but I would recommend getting waders.

“You will need waders to get in the water and stay dry,” said Zac.

Having waders allows you to have more leeway when and if you decide to step into the water. Waders come in a variation of styles,. There are some that are similar to boots and go up to your knees, there are waders that are similar to pants and come up to your waist, and there are waders that are similar to overalls and go over your clothes in which you can walk in water up to your chest.

“For stream fishing you will also need a medium weight fishing rod,” said Zac.

You don’t want a pole that’s too large to handle especially for small fishing areas, like when stream fishing. You also don’t want to use a small fishing pole that wouldn’t be able to hold onto a large fish without snapping in half.

“You will need seven to 10 pound line,” said Zac.

“It’s not required, but it is a good idea to have a small net. I also suggest a number six hook with a couple 1/8 ounce split shots for stream fishing,” said Zac.

Brown trout especially like egg sacks so Zac uses them store bought or you can create your own.

“You can use an egg sack with a bobber if you want, but you don’t have to. If you don’t want to use a hook with an egg sack, you could put small spinners on the line instead” said Zac.

One last thing Zac mentioned to bring when stream fishing is a camera to take pictures.

Next fishing season…stream fishing

Even though there are still a few people who have been ice fishing before the ice melts, I’ve decided to call it quits for this season. On to the next fishing season which is stream fishing particularly for steelhead.

There’s a small creek in my hometown that eventually leads to a mouth into Lake Ontario. This particular creek is very popular in the spring and late fall. This past weekend there were about 25 parked cars in between the three parking lots. Seeing that, I assumed that the frozen creek has now melted.

Another place I like to fish at in the spring is at the pier in Sodus Point where you can fish the channel which is the main travel way from Sodus Bay to Lake Ontario, or on the beach side which is Lake Ontario.