Lake Ontario – The LOC Fall Derby awards were yesterday at Captain Jacks, Sodus Point. The Grand Prize Salmon was a 33.08-pound king that was caught the first day of the derby. Poor Codey Allen had to look at the leaderboard for 17 days to see if he was bumped.
However, Allen left Sodus Point with a whopping $25,500. It was worth the wait.
Wayne County produced the largest brown trout, adult division. Bruce Raggi caught a 15.13-pound brown near Bear Creek and the youth award went to Connor Vogt, who caught a 12-pound brown fishing Wayne County waters.
Currently, the salmon bite has been in 250 to 300 feet of water, down 90 feet. The kings are hitting everything; meat rigs, flasher flies, and mag spoons. There has been plenty bait being marked, so look for the hooks.
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.
The bass are still hitting at Sodus Bay. With less light and cooling temps, the fish are in the feeding mode. Throw out Senkos or other worm rigs and they have also hit spinnerbaits.
Some perch and bluegills are being caught in Port Bay. Use small rubber minnows tipped with spikes.
There have been largemouths at the south end of Port Bay, close to the DEC ramp. This launch is off West Port Bay Road.
If you need tackle Bay Bridge Sport Shop and Davenports at the south end of Sodus Bay are always opened. 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 – Canal fishing continues to be hot. The bass are typically in the 5-pound range. The kayak anglers were fishing Sunday. A few of them fish every Sunday, working the Widewaters area.
Catfish are still biting cut bait, worms or pieces of shrimp.
This report was written on September 3, 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.