Wayne County Fishing Update


October 20, 2020


The Latest Information for Launch Sites, Marinas and Charter Services Listed Below


Lake Ontario-The Lake Ontario water is low, so there are shoreline access points where you can cast for browns. You might also entice a strike from the steelhead.

Streams-Because Wayne County streams are of the smaller variety, rainfall is required for any productive flow to the lake. The browns are close to shore in the lake and as soon as creeks and streams flow, they will enter the waterways.

Cast out spoons while fishing the lake shoreline. Use the same colors as early spring bt fishing.

Hughes’ Marina in Williamson has some smaller ponds that are connected to the lake, and browns will follow any salmon looking for the eggs.

Some steelhead were caught in the Sodus Channel. Be very careful fishing the piers because the current is always strong…especially Sodus Point. Cast the heavy stuff like Little Cleo’s, Krocodiles, Eppingers and Kastmasters.

Bays-The perch are hitting in Port and Sodus Bays. Find the drop-offs and move around until you find the schooling fish. Live minnows work and small white rubber bait 2 inches. The perch have been 10 plus inches which I describe as “Thumpers.”

Use caution at launch sites and section of the bays you are not familiar with. The water level is extremely low.

Erie Canal-Canal anglers are still catching largemouths anywhere the waterway has not been drained for the season. Widewaters is not drained. The canal was scheduled to close October 14.

Keep informed from the NYS Canal web for changes and restrictions with canal waters. http://www.canals.ny.gov/boating/hours.htm



Charters in Wayne County are Open for Business

Wayne County Charters are now opened for business. The Finger Lakes region has currently met all the necessary requirements during Phase One to operate their business. All steps and guidelines to ensure safety are listed below.


Boat Launches Opened

Privately-owned marinas, boat launches, and many other recreational marine locations are now opened.

The official statement from New York State is made in conjunction with similar ones from the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut, is the latest change to the guidance from Empire State Development on what is and isn't affected by the governor's Executive Order 202, which ordered employers to reduce the number of employees working at individual locations to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The guidance regarding privately-owned marinas, boatyards and recreational marine manufacturers allows for operations and boat repair/maintenance so long as the facilities 'adhere to strict social distancing and sanitization protocols.' However, watercraft cannot be used for charters or rentals, and any restaurant facilities there must remain take-out or delivery only.

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:

  • Try to keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others.
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.
  • Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and playground equipment.

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.


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