Wayne County Fishing Report for April 30, 2019

Lake Ontario-It’s the last day of April. Tomorrow is opening day of spring turkey hunting. But this is a fishing report so here we go.

Unfortunately, we have been dealing with winds. Today is nothing, however east wind is coming tonight. East wind and Lake Ontario fishing are not compatible. And now we have high water to deal with…but the fishing has been excellent, so let’s focus on that.

There is plenty of stained water, so fish the mudline. Sometimes you need to troll green water, so start your presentation in 10 feet of water and troll in and out of mud to 20 to 25 feet.

Most of the brown catches are on green stickbaits and black and green spoons. The king bite has been slow, however the browns and a few cohos are being caught.

Lake trout are also in the mix; however, most anglers are trolling for the close-to-shore browns.

Bays-Crappies are being caught at the south end of Port Bay in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs.

There have been some perch caught off the points in Sodus Bay. Pike season starts this Saturday, May 4th. Five fish and 18 inches are the regulations. Most of the pike in Sodus Bay are around the islands in shallow water.

Port Bay pike are usually at the south end in the weed beds.

You can rent a boat at Bay Bridge Sport Shop and won’t have far to go to catch crappies and bullheads.

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 is very popular in the canal, where the waters are calm. They are still catching crappies under the Port Gibson bridge.

This report was written on April 30, 2019 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.