Lake Ontario-It’s a holiday week, however boat traffic on the lake will not affect the excellent salmon fishing. It continues to be another great season with kings, lakers, cohos, browns and steelhead all being boated.
There are reports of the thermal setting-up in 50 to 60 feet of water over 100 to 140 feet. The kings are hitting straight out from Sodus Bay and Hughes’ Marina.
It is still a spoon catch for the kings and cowbells and peanuts for lake trout. A monster 30-pound laker was caught off Hughes’ a couple of days ago.
Remember, the LOC Summer Derby continues through July 28. All the info is at www.loc.org
Currently, a 27-pound king leads the contest.
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.
Bass season started last Saturday, the 15th of June. Sodus Bay has launch sites and although it’s a challenge, you can put-in at Route 14 near Arneys or Bay Bridge at the south end of the bay.
Boat traffic will be on the bays this holiday week, however the speed limits will keep the wave action down, so you will be able to fish the weedlines and docks quietly.
The largemouths are hitting spinnerbaits and wacky worm rigs near the points on Sodus Bay. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bay, so keep your nautical eyes open.
Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes.
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 anglers were casting at the north shoreline near Widewaters. The largemouths are in the canal, especially at Widewaters.
In a few weeks the channel cats will have spawned and they will be ready to bite.
Fish the deep pools near Palmyra using cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight.
This report was written on July 2, 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.