Lake Ontario- The LOC Derby is over and the Sodus Pro-Am is over, however the fishing is not over. The kings have been 20 to 25 pounds, a little on the smaller side. But…they are all very healthy fish.
Currently they are straight out from Hughes Marina and Sodus Bay in 120 to 140 feet of water down 65 to 85. They have been hitting spoons, cut bait and flasher flies. Purple has been the go-to color.
The water temps down 65 feet have been 55 degrees. There is a cold front right on top of Sodus this afternoon, so everything will change overnight.
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 should be finished by this weekend. They are building a 60 X 60-foot poly deck dock. So, if you have a bass tourney this weekend the docks should be finished.
The big mouth bass are still hitting all over Sodus Bay. The best bait is the Senko worms. It’s something about how they react in the water that attracts bass.
To launch at Port Bay, use the south end DEC launch off West Port Bay Road. The north end is closed.
If you need tackle Bay Bridge Sport Shop and Davenports at the south end of Sodus Bay are always open.
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 boats were launching at Widewaters over the weekend. You can catch just about any thing with fins in canal waters…except salmon.
The channel cats are hitting in the deeper pools near Palmyra. They are finished spawning and are on the bite. Use shrimp or cut bait.
This report was written on July 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.