Lake Ontario-The LOC Derby starts this Saturday, June 29 and will run until July 28th, which will give anglers plenty of time to catch the big ones. And the salmon fishing has been excellent.
The high water has made launching a challenge, however in Wayne County you can put in at Bay Bridge at the south end of Sodus and the town launch at Margaretta Road next to Arneys’ Marina.
Hughes’ Marina, one mile east of Pultneyville has an excellent ramp for launching.
At Port Bay you can put-in at the south DEC site off West Port Bay Road.
Currently the salmon have been in water 140 to 200 feet, down 60 to 70 feet. Most charters are running spoons off the wire and riggers. The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140.
Straight-out from Port Bay, Sodus and Hughes’ Marina have been the most popular trolling areas.
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.
Bass fishing on Sodus Bay has been excellent with largemouths hitting off the points and near 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- Widewaters has been muddy and the current is strong. If we get a few dry days, you can throw-out jigs and swim baits on both sides of the canal.
DEC’s free fishing weekend is June 29-30th. No license is required for fishing in New York State. That’s this weekend, so grab a youngster and fish.
The limit for bass is five fish over 12 inches in length.
This report was written on June 25, 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.