Lake Ontario- Here’s the scoop from last week’s Sodus Pro-Am.
“During our pre-fishing, we found salmon out deep in 400 feet of water,” said Captain Tom Burke, from the Cold Steel Team, during the awards ceremony held Sunday afternoon at Marlins Restaurant in Sodus Point.
“We were straight-out from Sodus Bay and we boxed-out on day one,” Burke said. “All the fish were salmon and we were in second place with a score of 262.90.” Scores in the Sodus Pro-Am Tournament are ten points per fish and ten points per pound.
“On day two we worked the same depth,” Burke said. “We found the fish between 80 and 120 feet down over 400 feet of water. They were hitting cut bait, flasher flies and some spoons. Most of the fish were caught with Pro Troll E Chips and A-Tom-Mik twinky rig set-ups.”
The Cold Steel Team scored 246.00 on Sunday giving the team a score of 508.90, a very impressive score for any Pro-Am series.
Second place in the Pro Division went to Finders Keepers another Pro boat that fish’s tournament competition. Captain Tim Thomas and team tallied 469.50 proving once again how close the competition is for Lake Ontario fishing.
In the Amateur Davison Team Jolley Roger took the honors with a two-day score of 317.35. The Rochester team kept their 27-foot Tiara Pursuit in 105 feet of water. “We came to Sodus on Wednesday and fished the 105-foot depth every day,” said Roger Hollis. “We were 2.5 miles straight out from Sodus Bay and we stayed on it for four straight days.”
Hollis said the bite hit cut bait and spoons. “We were running copper back 400 feet and our riggers were back 60 to 80 feet,” Hollis said.
Bays- Bass and pike fishing has been excellent on Sodus Bay. Troll near the islands on the east side of bay. Spinner baits for the pike and top-water bait for the bass.
They are also still catching panfish off Bay Bridge. Crappies are hitting and some largemouths are in the thick weeds.
The no wake conditions remain on all Wayne County bays, so that will make getting to your preferred location very difficult.
Hughes Marina has a launch site, so you can head east on the lake and gain entrance to Sodus Bay or launch at Bay Bridge or Margaretta Road.
It sounds like a broken record however, the speed on the bays is still idle. It’s a Wayne County Emergency condition. There is no restriction on Lake Ontario.
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- Largemouth bass are being targeted during bass tournaments held at Widewaters. These are small private contests; however, they are a lot of fun. The Widewaters is the widest section of the canal and the most fishable waters between the locks.