On December 11, 2005 Christian Klock caught this beautiful Steelhead from Maxwell Creek near Sodus NY. This fantastic steelhead was caught using a black crappie jig with a red collar, that was floated on small bobber in the lower part of the creek north of the orchard. This is a very popular method of catching brown trout and steelhead from the lower stretch of Maxwell Creek.
Maxwell Creek is located a couple miles west of Sodus Point NY. It is a small stream and not nearly as famous as the other tributaries of Lake Ontario. However the fish which swim in its water are just as big and fun to catch. Maxwell Creek has just under 2 miles of fishable waters and is divided into two sections the upper and lower.
The upper section is more of a stream bed cut in the shale with deep pools and some quick riffles. A severe storm in 2003 broke down many of the trees which line its banks and there are still lots of timber in the stream which can hold fish, but makes the fishing more difficult.
The lower section is a estuary environment with a slight current. The bottom is mostly mud and muck with lots of sticks and some stones. Wading here is a risky proposition you will sink in very quickly. Fishing here is mainly from shore with most fisherman fishing egg sacs or live bait under a small bobber. Some fisherman also fish streamers, flies, or jigs under a small float with great success. During low water periods many fisherman will wade in the lake where the stream enters and cast spoons for the steelhead, browns and salmon that are awaiting the fall rains.
Steelhead may be enticed to hit a variety of baits. Egg sacs or plastic imitation eggs are among the most common used. Sponge in various colors can also be very productive. Artificial flies and streamers will also entice fish to strike.
Major Lake Ontario tributaries having steelhead runs include the Salmon River, Oswego River, Genesee River, Black River, Niagara River, Oak Orchard Creek Maxwell Creek, and Eighteen Mile Creek.