Wayne County Fishing Report for July 16, 2019

Lake Ontario- It’s the Sodus Pro-Am week. During the entire week starting July 17 you can fish the IK a day, or Captain Jack’s Big Fish Friday with the main event July 20-21st. For more information check their Facebook page at Sodus Pro-Am. 

Yesterday the kings were straight-out from Hughes’ Marina and Sodus Bay. The bite was in water 120 to 150 feet, down 50 to 75. Spoons still dominate; however, the meat rigs are taking some nice kings.

Obviously, the Pro-Am teams are not giving away their secret locations, but the king bite has been lake wide…so go get them.

Remember, the LOC Summer Derby continues through July 28. All the info is at www.loc.org/

Currently, a 29-pound king leads the contest.

The largest BT’s on the leaderboard are from Wayne County, with Hughes’ Marina the exciting weigh station.

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.

There has been some excellent bass fishing from Sodus Bay. There was a contest Saturday with the boats launching from the Margaretta Road (Rte. 14) ramp.

The largemouths have been hitting top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay.

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- It’s been a catfish bonanza on the canal. The water temps are in the 70’s and the cats are finished spawning. The bite is on. Use cut bait, worms, or shrimp.

This report was written on July 16, 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.