Wayne County Fishing Report for May 20, 2019

Lake Ontario-Saturday and Sunday was a quiet day on the water, however today it’s cranking from the northwest. Maybe it will lay-down tomorrow. The mudline should be great for the next few days, however the charter boats are looking for kings, not browns.

Straight out from Sodus Bay has been a good starting point. They were in 100 to 130 feet of water down 20 to 30 feet. The spoons were the hot presentation with UV green, black and silver working the best.

Of course, that can and will change with today’s blow. Set-up in 150 feet and see what happens.

The pen-raised salmon were released last Thursday. All were healthy. They were 77 per pound and averaged 3.5 inches in length.

Bays- The high-water situation remains and that continues to leave the bays in 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.

If you fish Port Bay, make sure you troll to your hotspot. Obey the speed limit. The south end of Port Bay has still seen crappie action. Fish bright small jigs one mile north of the ramp on the east side of the bay.

The water level has not affected the pike bite near the islands on Sodus Bay. Troll or cast with spoons or use pike minnows, which can be bought at the Bay Bridge Sport Shop at the south end of the bay.

Anglers have been catching some perch in the Port Bay channel or fishing along the shore on the north 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- The canal is officially opened in Wayne County. Sections might be closed in different counties because of high water; however, Wayne is good to go.

They are still catching crappies near Port Gibson and along the southern section of the in Widewaters. They are also catching fish and release bass. The official season for keeping bass starts the third Saturday in June…June 15th.

This report was written on May 20, 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.