Wayne County Fishing Update

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

Boat Launch Sites for Wayne County – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Updated June 27, 2022

Happy Holiday Time!

Lake Ontario

The LOC Summer Derby starts this Saturday July 2nd. It’s a great derby for all that fish for trout and salmon in Lake Ontario.

Currently, it’s a spoon bite for steelhead and kings. Cut bait was working last week…now it’s a spoon presentation.

Straight-out from Sodus Bay troll in 120 to 150 fow. Put the spoons down 80 to 90 feet.

Out of Hughes’ Marina the king bite was in deeper water. Fish over 180 to 250 fow.

Lakers are still hitting on the bottom using cowbells and peanuts.

Don’t forget the LOC Summer Derby July 2nd-July 31st. loc.org

Lake Ontario tributary regulations:

Three fish in combination and not to include more than one Rainbow Trout (or Steelhead) and One Brown Trout.


Extra largemouth bass are being caught from Sodus Bay. Fish the docks and cast into the weedy areas of the bay. The largemouths are hitting the scales at 7 to 9 lbs.

Fish the breach at the northeast section of Sodus Bay for perch.

Pike are hitting spoons between LeRoy Island and the east side of Sodus.

Port Bay would be another place to throw out worm rigs for bass. Try the weedy south end or near the outlet to Beaver Creek. Great launch sites are of West Port Road. Use the south DEC launch or the barrier bar on the north section.

Perch and some smallmouths have been caught in the channel of Port Bay.

Fish this week before recreational boat traffic over the holiday weekend will make it a challenge for anglers.

Erie Canal

 Launch a boat at the county park at Widewaters and fish the south side of the canal.

The water is heating-up and the largemouths are in the weeds.

Crappies are still hitting under the Port Gibson Bridge. They are suspended in 15 fow. Large bluegills are also being caught in the canal.

Notable Freshwater Fishing Regulation Changes

The following list offers a brief summary of the most notable fishing regulation changes resulting from the adopted rulemakings described above. 

  • New statewide regulation for rainbow trout, brown trout, and splake in lakes and ponds. The season will now be open year-round, with a five-fish daily limit, any size, with a “no more than two longer than 12 inches” harvest rule.
  • Statewide Atlantic salmon regulations will now allow for a year-round open season.
  • Ice fishing is permitted on all waters in New York unless specifically prohibited with the exception of Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren, and Washington counties where previous rules remain.
  • New specific dates replaced floating dates for statewide season openers to include:
    • May 1 – Walleye, Northern Pike, Pickerel, and Tiger Muskellunge.
    • June 1 – Muskellunge. (Note that in 2022, DEC will allow for the fishing of muskellunge beginning the last Saturday in May to accommodate previously planned fishing trips); and
    • June 15 – Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.
  • A five-fish daily walleye limit in Oneida Lake.
  • A new regulation to limit the growth of the walleye population in Skaneateles Lake. No daily possession limit; 12-inch minimum size limit, open year-round.
  • The statewide sunfish daily harvest limit has been reduced from 50 to 25 fish: and
  • The statewide minimum size limit for crappie has been increased from nine inches to ten inches.