Lake Ontario-The 2017 LOC Derby gets underway this Friday, May 5th and will run through May 14th with the awards ceremony at Captain Jack’s Tavern, Sodus Point. Check out the leaderboard during the action www.loc.org
Currently, there is a brisk northwest wind 10 to 15. This is not a good wind for high water situations, however for fishing it does create a mudline.
Fish 8 to 10 feet of water at daybreak for the browns. You can set-up east or west of Sodus Bay. Put the planer boards ‘right on the shore’. Stickbaits, black and silver work.
There were some temp breaks out in 120 to140 fow. The surface was 46 degrees last Saturday.
The mix of fish is unbelievable. You will catch lakers, steelhead, brown trout, and Coho’s. Some kings have been taken, however it’s a little early for the big boys. Atlantic salmon are also being netted.
Most charters are using planer boards, wire and riggers to capture the fish.
Because of the high-water situation, the speed on the bays is idle. It’s a Wayne County Emergency condition. For launch sites use the public ramp at Margaretta Road for Sodus Bay. The other ramps at Sodus Point are under water, however they are still open. The Coast Guard ramp is available; however, the dock is under water.
Both the north and south DEC ramps at Port Bay are open. Again, the speed limit on all bays is idle.
Bays- Pike season opens this Saturday and Sodus Bay delivered some nice trophy’s during our limited ice fishing season. Fish the islands and use pike minnows. Walleye, which also opens May 6th will also been at the north end of Sodus, although they are a tough bite.
Bullheads and crappies are hitting at Bay Bridge.
Sodus Bay is the hot-spot for anglers.
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- They are still catching crappies near Port Gibson. The panfish bite is on with most fish coming from the shallow water on the north and south side. The official opening for the Erie Canal is May 17th.