Wayne County Fishing Report for August 27, 2019: Fall LOC Derby, Free Fishing, and More

Lake Ontario- The king salmon bites have been scattered with the fish out to 500 fow and in at 120 fow. Look for the marks at 500 then fish into 120. Or reverse your troll and start close to shore.

In 240 fow they were hitting flasher flies down 80. The spoon bite still works with Blue-green mags working.

Today the south wind is cranking and predicted to blow for a couple of days so that will push warmer water out and bring cold water closer to shore. Look for the marks to catch salmon.

All the ramps in Wayne County are open for business. You should not have any problems launching a boat.

As of today, Tuesday August 27, 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. Hughes’ Marina has weighed some nice kings and browns and still holds first place for the largest brown.

No NYS fishing license is needed for the Fall Derby.

Check the leader board at www.loc.org

Awards ceremony is Monday at Captain Jacks, Sodus Point.

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 now opened for launching.

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.

There have also been some extra-large blue gills being caught at the channel.

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- The kayak anglers were paddling around Widewaters, casting for some largemouth bass. The fishing has been excellent this year, with bass, catfish, bluegills and sunfish. There are plenty of access points for launching a boat or fishing from shore.

This report was written on August 27, 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.