Lake Ontario- The big derbies are over; however, the big fishing continues. The kings are not staging yet, so they have been scattered. Try deep (500 fow) then work closer to shore.
Straight out from Hughes’ Marina and Sodus Bay kings were in 200 fow down 70 to 90 feet. Flasher fly rigs have worked, mostly off the wire.
Some nice steelhead were being caught at that depth, hitting spoons.
Bays- The wake restrictions have been lifted. Just remember it is currently 5 mph 500 feet from shore.
The docks at Margaretta Road launch are now finished. They are 60 X 60-foot poly deck dock.
All launch sites are open in Wayne County.
Largemouths are hitting in Sodus Bay. Cast under docks with worms or drop-shot rigs. You should also fish close to the south end of the bay near the weeds. If the machines are out cutting weeds, go to another section of the bay.
Some perch were being caught at the channel at Port Bay. This is the time of year where they enter bays from Lake Ontario. Use spikes on small jigs or cast out 2-inch rubber shad bait.
Autumn is the ideal time for fishing bays. There is less boat traffic and all fish are on a feeding frenzy because of lower water temperatures.
If you need tackle Bay Bridge Sport Shop and Davenports at the south end of Sodus Bay are always open. B-E Fishing in Ontario has everything you need to put you on the water.
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 officially closes the second week in October for locking boats. Section are drained, however Widewaters is not.
Currently, the bass are hitting along the south side of Widewaters and the section in Lyons. The largemouths in canal waters are 5 plus pounds.
This report was written on September 10, 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.