Lake Ontario- After the last north-east blow, things are settling down with the kings in 90 to 140 fow, down 50 to 60 feet.
They have been hitting spoons and meat rigs off the riggers and wire. The immatures are bright silver, while the older kings are dark. There have been some browns caught at the same depth.
All in all, the Lake Ontario fishery is seeing some of the best fishing in decades and it continues.
Pier fishing is starting to pick-up with king catches and some steelhead also being netted in the Sodus Bay channel. You can cast out heavy spoons…Kastmasters and Little Cleos.
Maxwell Creek is starting to flow, however there are no reports of trout and salmon catches.
Bays- Autumn is the best time of year for bass fishing. All the bays in the county have excellent bass populations. Fish the weedlines with your favorite artificial bait.
Panfish have been caught off the points in Port Bay. The perch are also starting to enter the bays from Lake Ontario.
The bays are now quiet with most recreational boats gone for the season. Now is the perfect time to launch your boat and catch some fish.
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 waters are starting to cool down which means the fish will start to feed and hit any lure you throw at them. The bass in the canal easily hit the scales at six points.
The launch sites along the Erie are all open. The canal officially closes October 10 for the season, however not all sections will be drained for the year. The water at Widewaters will remain at the current level.
This report was written on September 11, 2018 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.