Lake Ontario- Earlier last week the trout and salmon were swimming some where besides the south shore of Lake Ontario. However, as it frequently happens on the “big lake”…they are back.
The king bite is on and they are in 100 to 150 feet of water. Spoons are still what’s working. Colors have been black and green or orange. Use your favorite spoon: Moonshine, NK’s, Stingers, etc.
The browns and some steelhead are also hitting. Charter boats are using boards, downriggers, and divers and are fishing straight out from Sodus Bay or straight out from Hughes’ Marina.
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 pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy.
The Port Bay crappies are still being caught at the narrows, which is 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- 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.
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 May 28, 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.