Wayne County Fishing Report

Lake Ontario- It’s Sodus Pro-Am week and the fishing is fantastic so there will be some big kings coming to the weigh station on July 21-22. All the action will be at Sodus Point.

There is still time to sign-up for Captain Jack’s Big Fish Friday. Registration forms are located at Captain Jack’s Goodtime Tavern at Sodus Point.

You can also be a part of the IK a day during Pro-Am week.


Dates: July 18-22, 2018

Entry fee: $100.00 per boat payable to Sodus Sportsman Club (cover all 5 days). May enter anytime by 8pm the night before. Get money to Matt Leclair, or Krenzer Marine P.O. 249, Sodus Point, NY 14555. You must completely fill out the entry form and include it with your money.

Location: U.S waters of Lake Ontario, Boats are to fish into Sodus Point (may start elsewhere but operate by water into Sodus Bay)

Don’t forget the LOC Summer Derby which runs until July 28th. The leaderboard is at www.loc.org and if you look at the Brown Trout Division you’ll see Wayne County waters dominate.

Currently, the kings are scattered with most catches coming in 60 to 90 over 300 to 500 feet of water. They are hitting flasher flies, cut bait, and mag spoons, however the usual contacts are not telling me anything. (surprise)

Bays- Sodus Bay has been the hotspot for some extra-large bass. The bucket mouths have been everywhere. Look for the weedlines and fish between the islands on the east side of the bay.

Port Bay is also home of the largemouth, with the most action at the south end of the bay. Now that the holiday boat traffic is gone, you can have quiet waters to cast. The bass are hitting spinnerbait and worm rigs.

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 is probably the best place to fish if trout and salmon are not your favorite catches. Everything else swims canal waters. Bass are in Widewaters, catfish are in Clyde and Palmyra, and the crappies are still hitting under the Port Gibson bridge.

This report was written on July 17, 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.