Lake Ontario- The warm water was pushed into shore with the west wind, however east winds could change that. The problem now is not the king bite or where to find temp breaks. The issue is the current warm front and pop-up Storms.
Be careful and always check your radar before and during anytime on Lake Ontario.
The salmon have been in 200 to 350 feet of water, down 60 to 80 feet. The spoon bite has been the best with meat rigs and flasher flies working.
Most of the ramps in Wayne County are open for business. You should not have any problems launching a boat. As of today, Monday August 19th there is still a no-wake restriction on Wayne County waters. That could change any day.
The Loc Fall Derby runs until Labor Day, so you have plenty of time to hook a $25,000 Grand Prize king. Currently, a 33 pounder leads. Hughes’ Marina has weighed some nice kings and browns.
No NYS fishing license is needed for the Fall Derby.
Check the leader board at www.loc.org
Bays- Wayne County still has a no-wake condition. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office declared a State of Emergency on Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday May 11.
SODUS BAY – IDLE SPEED ONLY CAUSING NO WAKE WITHIN 1000 FEET of shore.
PORT BAY, EAST BAY and BLIND SODUS BAY – IDLE SPEED ONLY CAUSING NO WAKE.
The docks at Margaretta Road launch are now finished. They are 60 X 60 foot poly deck dock.
To launch at Port Bay, use the south end DEC launch off West Port Bay Road. The north end road is still closed as of August 19th.
Port Bay waters have produced some perch at the channel. The perch stay out in the lake all summer and return to the bays in the autumn. They do hang-out in the channel where the water temps are mixed.
Sodus Bay has been the hotspot for bass this year. Tournament anglers are catching five pounders. The water level is lower so there is plenty of weedlines to throw out worm rigs, targeting big mouth bass.
If you need tackle Bay Bridge Sport Shop and Davenports at the south end of Sodus Bay are always open. B-E Fishing in Ontario has everything you need to put you on the water.
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- Bass are hitting at Widewaters and if you launch at the Clyde ramp and go east, you have plenty of water to fish before the next lock.
The catfish are still on the bite near deeper pools. Throw out shrimp. They love it!
This report was written on August 19, 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.