Wayne County Fishing Update

September 15, 2020                


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


Lake Ontario-It’s transition time for trout and salmon and it changes daily. Cold water came to shore this weekend…then it turned warm. I doubt staging salmon care about water temps; however, bait fish do.

The kings are scattered with some coming from 100 fow down 30 to 50 feet. They are straight out of Sodus Bay and west of Hughes’ Marina.

Use glow spoons for the kings and meat rigs for kings and some browns.

Nothing really happening in Maxwell Creek; however, some browns were caught off the Sodus pier. The pier is long, and you can cast out spoons near the Coast Guard Station all the way to the lighthouse.

Bays-Bass fishing continues to be excellent in Sodus and Port Bays. The season ends November 30th with a 5 fish 12-inch minimum current regulation.

The water is cooling which puts the bass in a feeding frenzy. Use spinnerbaits and worm rigs.

Launch sites for Sodus are at Margaretta Road (north) and Bay Bridge Sport Shop (south).

The DEC launch site for Port Bay is at the south end of the bay on West Port Bay Road.

Erie Canal-The canal waters have every fish except trout and salmon. Fish for lunker bass in the weeds on the south side of the canal. Panfish can be caught on any section of the waterway. Autumn is a great time to fish. All species have the feeding bags on, preparing for the colder season ahead.

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

Charters in Wayne County are Opened 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.


Charters and Guides


The "New York State on PAUSE" Executive Order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone during the COVID-19 response, includes a directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close effective at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, and temporarily bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason.


At this time, fishing guides or charters of any size have been determined to be not essential and are subject to workforce reduction requirements of the Executive Order. The full and updated guidance on which types of businesses are determined essential and other designations associated with the order can be found online. For more info https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026



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