Wayne County Fishing Update

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

Updated June 14, 2021

Lake Ontario

There have been reports of temperature breaks down 40 to 50 fow over 250 feet. Some cohos were caught in that water column east of Port Bay. There has also been steelhead and a few kings caught working that water.

Glow orange and green spoons have been the go-to color.

 Lakers are near the bottom and have been hitting the typical set-up of cowbells with spoons or peanuts.


Sodus Bay was busy this weekend with anglers fishing for just about anything with fins. Bass season opens this Saturday, June 19th with a 12-inch 5 fish regulation. The bass have been hitting spinnerbaits and rubber.

There are weeds close to shore and near the south end, so concentrate on those areas this weekend.

The water levels continue to be low, and you need to use caution while launching. The Bay Bridge Sport Shop ramp is safe for launching, and the north end of Port Bay. The southern launch at Port Bay is still closed for repairs.

Crappies are being caught off Bay Bridge at the south end of Sodus for shore anglers that don’t have a boat. Or you can rent one at the sport shop.

The 2021 New York State fishing guide can be found at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html for downloading and printing at home. Production of hard copies is finished and have been delivered to License Issuing Agents. Hard copies can be requested by emailing FWFish@dec.ny.gov.

Erie Canal

The water level near Widewaters is perfect for boat launching. There is heavy weed growth on the south side of the canal, however that is where you cast for largemouth bass. You can also shore fish near the locks. Route 31 has pull-off locations. Now that the canal is open the locks will stir-up the bottom, which is a great place to throw out bait.

Keep informed from the NYS Canal web for changes, canal hours and restrictions with canal waters. (There will be no fees for the 2021 canal boating season.)


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.