Have a Safe Labor Day
Lake Ontario- Another 34-pound king made the recent LOC leaderboard. This was caught north of Fair Haven Bay. The bite is on and the kings are staging…well somewhat.
They have been in water from 150 to 400, so I guess that’s not staging. Look for the bait is the advice from most anglers fishing the LOC. Copper out 450 feet is hot with cut bait. Flasher flies are also working off the dipsy divers and spoons off the riggers.
The set-ups haven’t really changed. You just need to pick away and hope for a 35-pound king.
Straight out from Hughes and Sodus Bay is a great starting point.
If you think you have a leading fish, weigh it at Hughes’ Marina, Bay Bridge Sport Shop, or B-E Fishing in Ontario.
The smallmouth bass are still hitting in 20 to 30 feet of water. Try out from East Bay, just east of Chimney Bluff. Make sure your hook is 30 inches above the sinker. That way you are eliminated the pesky bait stealing gobies.
The bass have been in the 5-pound class and there have been smaller ones, which is a good sign for year of class populations.
Bays- Largemouth bass fishing has been hot on Sodus Bay. Just fish the weedlines, throwing out any rig you have. There have been some smallmouths caught near the Sodus channel using minnows.
There are crappies in Port Bay, however they are small. Some smallmouths are in the Port Bay channel.
As of August 29, the no wake conditions remain on all Wayne County bays, so that will make getting to your preferred location very difficult. The speed limit is 5 mph.
Check out the rest of the Wayne County Tourism web page for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. www.waynecountytourism.com.
Erie Canal- There was a bass tournament on the canal this past Sunday. The boats started from Widewaters and worked the shoreline where the canal narrows. The bass were everywhere and they were hitting top-water bait and Zoom worms. Five-pound bass are the norm for the Erie/Barge Canal.
This report was provided by Chris Kenyon of Wolcott, NY, a regular columnist with the Finger Lakes Times, Sun and Record, Lake Ontario Outdoors and freelance writer with other publications, as well as Recreational Promotional Coordinator for Wayne County Tourism. Chris assists with the Wayne County Youth Derby and other outdoor events. He also takes time to work with the Montezuma Audobon Center on programs involving kids, including their Youth Pheasant Hunt. He is a constant presence at sportsmen’s events, shows, and anything involving the outdoors. Kenyon is a tireless advocate for enjoying the outdoors, preserving the environment, and sharing knowledge and skills.