Lake Ontario- The browns have been close to shore in 10 to 20 feet of water, the kings are in 40 and the lakers are in 100 fow. That’s the action occurring in the “Big O.” The temps are now running 48 to 50 degrees.
Browns are hitting stickbaits and the lake trout are biting peanuts with cowbell attractors. Most of the charter captains from Sodus Bay are staying close to home port. There’s no need to run when the action is at home.
LOC Derby action starts this Friday, May 11 and runs till May 20. Check out their web at www.loc.org/ for the prize structure.
Bays- A few nice walleye were caught in Sodus Bay between the islands on the north side. One was a five-pounder caught by casting a blade spoon.
The bullhead action has been very slow. Anglers fishing Bay Bridge are not catching much. Maybe a warm rain later this week will fire-up the bullhead fishing.
Pike fishing has been productive at the north end of Sodus. You can use live bait or cast bright red spoons.
Crappies were still hitting at the south end of Port Bay, suspended in eight feet of water. You can launch at the DEC site off West Port Bay Road.
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 water level will be raised on May 18. You can launch boats in Clyde, Lyons, and Newark. The Widewaters section is never drawn-down so you can launch there anytime. They are catching crappies near Port Gibson.
This report was written on May 8, 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.