Wayne County Fishing Update

 July 21, 2020                            



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


Lake Ontario-It was a great Sodus Pro-Am week. First place in the Pro Division was “Mister Squirrely” from Oswego. They took home $7000 for their effort. They came to the weigh-in with 12 fish Saturday and Sunday. They fished both days straight out from Port Bay.

In the Amateur Division Team Knot-4-Profit boxed-out both days and took home $2,500.

For the complete leaderboard check-out https://sodusproam.com/ 

Currently the kings are hitting east of Sodus Bay in 130 to 160 fow. They are hitting spoons…all UV. They have been mostly of the riggers down 50 to 60 feet.

The summer kings are back.

Some charters are also throwing out cut bait, however the spoons are working the best.

Bays-Bass fishing has been hot on both Port and Sodus Bays. Fish the docks and weed lines. Use heavy tackle with worm rigs. The largemouths have been four and five pounds from Sodus Bay.

Bluegills and sunfish are everywhere and easy to catch. “Take a Kid Fishing.” 

Erie Canal- The bass boats were at Widewaters Sunday. The anglers usually fish the south side of the canal where the weed beds are located. If you launch at Widewaters you have a large area to fish between the locks.

You can also fish along the canal trail between Port Gibson and Newark or try next to the locks from Route 31.

Keep informed from the NYS Canal web for changes and restrictions with canal waters.


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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