Lake Ontario- “Hot time, summer in the city, back of my neck getting dirty and gritty.” That’s the Lovin Spoonful’s take on summer. We call it Summer slamming salmon time, and the fishing continues to be the best in decades.
Hit the water and leave the city because the fish are 25 pounds and they are hitting lake-wide. Straight out from Sodus Bay they are in 200 to 150 feet of water, down 70 feet. They have been hitting J-Plugs, spoons, and cut bait.
The set-up has been riggers, wire, and some lead core. The temperature breaks have been around 80 feet, however that changes daily.
Don’t forget the LOC Derby which starts August 17-September 3rd. The prize structure and information is at loc.org.
Bays- Port Bay has largemouth action along the entire shoreline of the bay. On a quiet day, without boat traffic, you can catch the hogs along the weedlines with crank bait, spinner bait, and rubber worms.
Sodus Bay also has action with largemouth, pike and perch. The perch are hitting near the channel, while some pike are being caught east of LeRoy Island. You need to get on these bays early as boat traffic will interfere with fishing. Or…you should fish during the week if you can.
There are some walleye coming next to the islands on Sodus Bay. The bay has three islands. Use bucktail jigs tipped with worms for walleye.
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 bass are huge in the canal, some going five to six pounds. You can also catch panfish and cats in canal waters. The catfish will hit shrimp or cut bait, or just throw out worms.
This report was written on August 7, 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.