Wayne County Fishing Report

Lake Ontario- Salmon are becoming scattered…typical for the early July pattern. Off of Sodus Bay they have been between 90 and 200 feet, down 50 feet. That changes by the day and wind.

Hughes’ Marina has weighed some nice browns for the LOC Summer Derby, so you can try for the bt’s straight-out from the marina.

The kings are hitting mag spoons and cut bait off riggers and the wire.

The LOC Derby runs until July 29th and the total pay-out, including all divisions is a cool $29,000 cash.

There have been some reports that smallmouths are hitting in the lake. The perch are in 10 to 15 feet of water. You can catch them with small jigs tipped with spikes…just use your ice fishing lures.

Bays- The holiday boat traffic has disappeared, so now is the time to catch largemouths in Wayne County bays.

Fish the weedlines around Sodus and Port Bays. The weeds are thick this year so use heavy leaders.

Port Bay still has crappies action at the south end. The DEC road is open and there is an excellent ramp and a large parking lot for your trailer.

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- Widewaters was busy with a bass tournament on Sunday. Now that it is quiet you can find the fish near the south shore of the canal.

Catfish are in pools near Clyde (which has a boat ramp) or the other end of the county at Swifts Landing park.

This report was written on July 10, 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.