Lake Ontario- After yesterday’s blow, Lake Ontario has settled. The kings are hitting straight out from Sodus Bay in 90 to 120 feet of water. The temps on the top are 51 degrees with 48 down 72 feet.
Charter captains are starting to see a thermocline setting-up which should put the kings in a specific column of water.
The catch this morning has been with UV spoons, bright and black colors, and there have been kings, cohos, lakers and steelhead all hitting off riggers, boards and dipseys.
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.
Flooding has made launching a challenge; however, you can still get your boat in the water on Sodus and Port Bays. Currently, the Margaretta Road launch on Sodus is open and you can use the ramp at Bay Bridge Sport Shop.
The south end of Port Bay at the DEC site is the best location for launching. The docks are under water; however, the ramp is still safe. And the road is smooth, unlike the launch site at the north end.
Anglers were casting in the high water south of the ramp. They were targeting pike.
The pike catch has also been decent between the islands in Sodus Bay. Anglers fishing from canoes caught some nice fish last week. The fish hit pike minnows. Not the cheapest bait, but it works.
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- Canal water is high … however, the fishing has been excellent. Widewaters is the best place to launch and the largest area of water between the locks. You can also fish from shore.
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 4, 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.