Wayne County Fishing Update

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

Updated April 6, 2021

Lake Ontario

The beginning on the Easter weekend held stained water and the browns were hitting in 20 to 25 feet of water. It calmed and left clear water on Sunday and the browns scattered.

Use the typical spring set-up and search for some warmer water. Straight-out from Sodus Bay in 10 feet of water was working yesterday. Also, out from Bear Creek in Ontario and in front of Hughes’ Marina.

Some cohos were caught along with the browns. DW UV spoons (bluefrog) were working along with the stickbaits. With clearer water set your downriggers back 50 plus feet down four feet.

If you are not used to the points along Wayne County waters use caution as the water level is low.

Rochester water temp is 41 degrees.

It is not too early to think about some competitive angling. The LOC Derby dates for 2021 are:

Spring-May 7th – May 16th

Summer June 26th– July 25th

Fall – Aug 20th– Sept 6


Port Bay water temps were 44 degrees yesterday which means the perch should start to spawn…slowing down the feeding frenzy. There have been some crappies caught at the north end of Port Bay.

The south end road is closed because DEC is putting in a new launch and dock. No word on the completion date.

Anglers were fishing along Bay Bridge trying for crappies and bullheads. The shallow water on the south end of Sodus Bay should warm faster this year, which bullheads favor. Dough balls or night crawlers both work.

For any inland stream anglers April 1st is the opening day for trout. The new regulations are a daily creel limit of five fish with no more than two longer than 12 inches.

The new guide can be found at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html for downloading and printing at home. Production of hard copies is underway, and DEC expects to have guides at License Issuing Agents no later than the second week of April. Hard copies can be requested by emailing FWFish@dec.ny.gov.

Erie Canal

Easter Sunday had a few kayak anglers plying the warmer water of the canal. The pan fish are hitting especially on the north side where the water is warmer.

Keep informed from the NYS Canal web for changes and restrictions with canal waters. Keep informed about 2021 canal hours.


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.