Wayne County Fishing Report for June 18, 2019

Lake Ontario-Out of Sodus Bay and in water northwest of the chute was the action location yesterday. Also, straight out from Hughes’ Marina.

Use spoons and work water from 140 to 200 feet, down 40 to 60 fow. Riggers and wire are working the best.

The catch has been steelies and kings with lakers on the bottom. Cut bait has also been working.

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.

The bass are in the weeds at the south end of Sodus. You can’t run fast to get to any hotspots, so keep your bass boats moving slowly.

You can launch at the south end of Port Bay, off West Port Bay Road. The north end DEC site is closed.

The bass have been hitting Hack Attack jigs and swim baits like the Strike King or Storm lures. Working structure and fishing near docks has worked on Port and Sodus Bays.

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 plying the Widewaters section of the canal. The fishing was on the slow side because of colder water entering the canal.

Anglers were catching the largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway.

DEC’s free fishing weekend is June 29-30th. No license is required for fishing in New York State.

The limit for bass is five fish over 12 inches in length.

This report was written on June 18, 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.