Lake Ontario- New York State’s Free Fishing Weekend is this coming Saturday and Sunday. No license is needed to fish in New York waters.
The king bite continues. The front that came through last night will change everything, especially with today’s northeast wind… Supposed to change to west later.
Try 120 to 150 feet of water, straight out from both Hughes’ Marina and Sodus Bay. The kings were down 50 to 80 feet and they were hitting off the wire and riggers.
Cut bait and flasher/flies were working, along with green spoons.
Bays- The bass season had a fantastic start with boats covering the entire shoreline of Sodus Bay. Both smallies and largemouths were hitting…Zoom was the popular bait. The new Fluke Zoom was the hot rubber.
Port Bay produced some largemouths in the 5-pound class. Some smallmouths were caught near the channel.
The south end of Port Bay is the best place to launch. The DEC road is in good shape and there is plenty of space for trailers.
The pike fishing was also great in Sodus; however, you need to fish when there is less recreational boat traffic. Pike will hit large jigs with rubber tails or the common Daredevle spoon.
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- Kayak fishing the canal has become very popular. The protected waterways don’t have all the boat waves like the Wayne County bays.
The cats are hitting the deep poles and the largemouths are the biggest bass in the county.
This report was written on June 19, 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.