Lake Ontario-The king bite is phenomenal with spring fishing the best in decades. The browns are still close to shore, however everyone on the lake is targeting spring kings.
Kings have been in 100 to 250 feet of water, down 50 to 70 feet. Straight out from Sodus Bay has been the “go to” location, however spring kings are being caught along the entire south shore of the lake.
The basic set-up has been the same; riggers, boards, wire and lead core. Bright spoons have been catching most of the kings. Flasher flies have also filled the boxes. Straight out from Hughes’ Marina has also been a great place to start your troll.
Bays-Perch, pike and walleye have been caught in Sodus Bay and the bullheads are hitting near Bay Bridge.
Port Bay action has been at the south end with crappies still hitting on the east side in 18 feet of water.
The channel at Port Bay has been a great place for bullhead fishing and perch are still in the bay hitting minnows. Fish from shore at the north end barrier road or launch and fish the north cove.
The DEC docks are in place, so launching is a simple process.
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-The canal has been flooded. Some smaller boats were launching at the Clyde ramp and the anglers were targeting, “anything that bites.”
There are plenty of launch sites along Route 31, or you can fish from shore near the locks in Lyons and Newark.
This report was written on May 29, 2018 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.