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Blind Sodus Bay

Physical Features

Elevation: 247 feet
Area: 280 acres
Shoreline Length: 3 miles
Max Depth: 27 feet
Town: Wolcott

Access:

Two private campgrounds, Holiday Harbor (Blind Sodus Road) and Sandy Shores (West Bay Road) seasonally operate gravel ramps.

Fish Species:

Northern Pike, Brown Bullhead, Rock Bass, Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, Walleye, Yellow Perch. Last surveyed in 1996. Creel Survey conducted in 2012.

Fishing:

From 1988 to 1992, Blind Sodus Bay was annually stocked with fingerling Walleyes raised from fry by cooperating angler associations and from 1993 to 1997 it was annually stocked with fingerling Walleyes from DEC hatcheries. Since 2003, the stocking policy calls for bi-annual plantings of fingerling Walleyes. Assessment surveys have shown that these stocked fingerlings survive and grow to produce a fair adult Walleye population. Good Northern Pike and Yellow Perch fishing through the ice when safe ice develops. In most years, the early spring fishing for Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, and White Perch can be very good. Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Sunfish, and Yellow Perch can be caught during the open water season. A spinnerbait or stickbait, like a rapala, works well in shallow weedy water for the gamefish. For the panfish try worms fished under a bobber or small plastic tube baits or twister tails.

Aquatic Vegetation:

The bay shoreline is shallow with extensive beds of submersed, floating, and emergent aquatic vegetation. The nuisance invasive submergents Eurasian Watermilfoil and Curley Leaf Pondweed have been found in the bay. A mechanical harvester is operated annually by the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District to control the vegetation.

Regulations:

Great Lakes Angling Regulations apply. Please review the Special Regulations by County section in your Freshwater Fishing guide.


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