Wayne County Fishing Update

July 23, 2024

Lake Ontario



Erie Canal

2024 LOC Derby

Home Page (loc.org)

Sodus Point Pro AM – July 13th – 14th, 2024 SODUS POINT, NY (sodusproam.com)

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Fishing in Wayne County

Blind Sodus Bay – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

East Bay – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Port Bay – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Sodus Bay – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

New York Angler Achievement Awards Program – NYDEC

Boat Launch Sites in Wayne County

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

Scam Alert for Fishing Licenses Online

It has come to our attention that fraudulent websites claiming to sell NYS Freshwater Fishing Licenses are scamming users into providing personal information. While we work to resolve this issue, please be advised that the ONLY legitimate method to purchase your NYS fishing license online is through the official DECALS website .

You can purchase them locally in Wayne County at our town offices, Bay Bridge Sport Shop, Davenport & Son Marina, & Walmart.

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.
  • The statewide minimum size limit for crappie has been increased from nine inches to ten inches.