Wayne County Fishing Update

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

Updated Sep 14, 2021

Lake Ontario

Salmon fishing was tough last week. Try 100 to 140 fow west of Sodus Bay. The kings that have been caught are turning darker which is a middle September color.

They have been hitting Mag spoons, Hammer Flies, and a few fish chomping on meat rigs. Temperatures were 70 degrees down to 100 fow.

Not too much happening in Maxwell Creek yet, however the flow is decent with recent rainfall.

Bays

Bay fishing has been excellent with smallmouth bass everywhere close to shore in Sodus Bay. Use the regular presentations like worm rigs and other rubber bait. The weeds are thick so make sure your line can haul them out of cover.

The perch are hitting at the north end of Port Bay. Use ultra-light rods and 2-inch shad rubber. There has been some pike caught at the south end of the bay. Cast-out Little Cleos or the “tried and true” Eppinger Dardevle.

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 bass boats were out competing near Widewaters on Saturday. The largemouths go six pounds in the canal. The water level is perfect for fishing the canal, either on the shore or from a boat.

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.

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.