Lake Ontario-It’s blowing today with west winds clocking-in at 15 to 17 with gusts plus 20 mph. This is a blow-off day.
Before the latest wind, the salmon were in 140 to 160 feet of water down 50 to 60 feet. The kings have still been favoring spoons, however cut bait has been working.
Riggers, wire and planer boards have been the set-ups for charter boats.
Bait fish are scattered so it has been a search and fish routine. Straight out from Sodus Bay and Hughes’ Marina have been the best starting points.
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.
Bay fishing has been excellent. There are challenges launching with the high water. You can still put your boat in at Bay Bridge at the south end of Sodus and Margaretta Road at the north end on Route 14.
If you are fishing Port Bay…put-in at the south end DEC access. Just be careful because the docks are under water. The ramps are not completely flooded; however, it can be a tricky launch.
Crappies are still being caught at the south end of Port Bay. The pike are also at the end of the bay.
Pike fishing between the islands of Sodus Bay has been productive. Some walleye are also being caught, although Sodus is not defined as a walleye 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- The bass boats were fishing near the Port Gibson Bridge on the north side of the canal. They were targeting “anything that bites.” The temps were in the 80’s Sunday so everyone was fishing.
The official season for keeping bass starts the third Saturday in June…June 15th. And DEC’s free fishing weekend is June 29-30th. No license is required for fishing in New York State.
This report was written on June 11, 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.