Lake Ontario-It’s the last day of July and the salmon fishing is still fantastic. From the first troll in the spring till the last day of July…it’s been the best in decades. And it continues.
Today there is a south breeze which will continue to push the temps around. The word from the charter fleet is to troll 180 to 250 feet of water, down 85 to 110. Just west of Sodus Bay has been productive, however the entire south shore of Lake Ontario is hot.
Cut bait, flasher flies, and spoons are all working. Black spotted spoons have been especially attractive to hungry kings.
Some cohos and steelhead have been caught straight out from Hughes’ Marina, however it’s the kings that are ruling.
Bays- Largemouth bass fishing has been great in Sodus and Port Bays. They are hitting rubber and spinnerbaits. Fish the weedlines and try to get on the bays early.
Perch have been hitting on the east side of the Sodus Bay channel. Use small 2-inch rubber minnows. Hook them on #4 hooks with a few spikes with the split shot down 12 inches. You can cast them out or just jig under the boat.
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-Another bass tournament was held at Widewaters this past Sunday. These are not the sanctioned events… just bunch of anglers fishing for fun.
The cats are hitting in deeper poles near Palmyra. Use shrimp or worms for the channel cats. They are all tail and give a great fight on light gear.
This report was written 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.