Lake Ontario- Lake fishing is just about over for the season…and what a year it was with great catches and healthy-looking trout and salmon. Hardly any lamprey marks.
Currently the kings are staging in less than 100 feet of water and are hitting spoons and stickbaits. Some two-year-old kings have been in 200 feet of water.
We need rain to open-up Maxwell Creek at the mouth and to produce a nice flow of water. October is the month to catch the browns which follow the kings up the streams. Egg sacs…real or artificial…are your best bets for catching browns.
Pier fishing is another option. Use heavy spoons and cast out into the Sodus channel. Just be very careful. It’s not like you are standing and casting into two feet of water like Maxwell. The outlets are deep, and the current is flowing all the time. Be cautious…you don’t want to fall in the water.
Bays-The perch are in Sodus Bay. They are being caught near the channel in 20 feet of water. If they hit like last year, we will be having another fantastic ice fishing season.
Bass season is open until November 30th, the last Friday in the month. Currently, the largemouths are all along the shoreline of Port and Sodus Bays. Use your favorite bait. The bass will hit just about anything during the autumn season.
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- Crappie action was reported near the Port Gibson bridge. Usually, they are targeted in the spring. Largemouth bass are being caught anywhere in the canal. Just cast near the weedlines on the south shore of the canal.
The launch sites along the Erie are all open. The canal officially closes October 10th for the season, however not all sections will be drained for the year. The water at Widewaters will remain at the current level.
This report was written on September 25, 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.