The Latest Information for Launch Sites, Marinas and Charter Services Listed Below
Blowing today, however it was calm enough to troll for browns over the weekend. Wayne County is of course, the Brown Trout capital on Lake Ontario. The proof is in the pudding.
The LOC Derby leaderboard features bt’s caught out from Hughes’ Marina. The top five were caught in Wayne County with the first-place brute weighing 20 lbs. Pictures of those browns and others are on the LOC Derby Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/LOCderby/
Fish close to shore for bt’s using glow spoons. Today’s wind will create mudlines for fishing the next couple of days. The browns love the stained water.
Lakers are out deeper in 150 feet of water. They hit cowbells and peanuts near the bottom. The spring kings are starting to show-up, but they have been few and are scattered.
Some perch have been caught in Port Bay, however this time of year they head for the lake. Crappies are being caught at the south end of Port Bay. You’ll have to launch at the north end until the south ramp is opened.
Sodus Bay fishing has seen pike caught at the north east section of the bay. Troll spoons or fish with live bait next to the islands.
Crappies and bullheads are hitting off Bay Bridge at the south end of Sodus on Ridge Road.
The 2021 New York State fishing guide can be found at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html for downloading and printing at home. Production of hard copies is finished and have been delivered to License Issuing Agents. Hard copies can be requested by emailing FWFish@dec.ny.gov.
Canal waters remain high because of recent precipitation which means a faster current if you are launching a boat.
Crappies and other panfish are being targeted. When the waters warm and the regular bass season begins, canal angling is the place to be for five pounders.
Keep informed from the NYS Canal web for changes, canal hours and restrictions with canal waters. (There will be no fees for the 2021 canal boating season.)
Safety Precautions from DEC
While enjoying the outdoors, please continue to follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines (leaves DEC’s website) for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:
When fishing, DEC recommends avoiding busy waters and following the guidelines on DEC’s website about fishing responsibly in New York State. If an angler arrives at a parking lot and there are several cars, they should consider going to another parking lot. If an angler is fishing upstream, they should fish downstream of the other angler or consider fishing another day. Anglers fishing from boats should be able to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another. For more information about the benefits of being outdoors safely and responsibly, go to DEC’s website.
New York State is open for fishing and DEC encourages anglers to recreate locally at a nearby waterbody. New York’s lakes and streams offer great opportunities for fishing in a wide array of settings across the state. Even during the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outdoors and connecting with nature while angling in New York’s waters is a great way to help maintain mental and physical health.