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Wayne County Fishing Update for August 22, 2017

Lake Ontario - A 34-pound king is leading the LOC Fall Derby and that’s just the beginning. The iconic Lake Ontario contest runs through Labor Day. The anglers are catching kings all along the southern shores of the “Big O”.


In Wayne County, start in 100 fow and work it to 150, fishing 80 to 90 feet down.


Everything is working: spoons, flasher/flies, and cut bait. The kings are coming off copper, riggers, and dips divers.


If you think you have a leading fish, weigh it at Hughes’ Marina, Bay Bridge Sport Shop, or B-E Fishing in Ontario.


With the fantastic fishing, the LOC leaderboard should be dominated with some Wayne County kings. Don’t make the mistake of fishing and not signing up for the derby.


An exciting development is happening on Lake Ontario. Wayne County waters are now holding smallmouth bass. After a few years of no bass, the smallies are coming back and they are weighing close to five pounds because they are gobbling up gobies. They have been in 25 to 30 feet of water straight out from Sodus and Port Bays. Use artificial minnows tipped with spikes and place your hook 18 inches above the sinker. That will help you avoid the bottom feeding bait stealing gobies.


Bays - Largemouth bass fishing has been hot on Sodus Bay. Just fish the weedlines, throwing out any rig you have. There have been some smallmouths caught near the Sodus channel using minnows.


Crappies have been suspended near the south end of Sodus. Fish the edge of the heavy weedline and use bright small jigs tipped with spikes. The crappies are down three feet over eight feet of water.


The heavy weeds between LeRoy and Newark Island have been the perfect habitat for pike. Fish the four to five-foot water using pike minnows or troll with spoons. Use weedless lures.


The no wake conditions remain on all Wayne County bays, so that will make getting to your preferred location very difficult.


It sounds like a broken record, however, the speed on the bays is still idle. It’s a Wayne County Emergency condition.


Check out the rest of the Wayne County Tourism web page for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops at


Erie Canal - The warm canal waters are producing some nice catfish near Palmyra, while the bass fishing is excellent in the Widewaters section. Fish from the shore if you don’t have a boat.

This report was provided by Chris Kenyon of Wolcott, NY - a regular columnist with the Finger Lakes Times, Sun and Record, Lake Ontario Outdoors and freelance writer with other publications, as well as Recreational Promotional Coordinator for Wayne County Tourism. Chris assists with the Wayne County Youth Derby and other outdoor events. He also takes time to work with the Montezuma Audobon Center on programs involving kids, including their Youth Pheasant Hunt. He is a constant presence at sportsmen's events, shows, and anything involving the outdoors. Kenyon is a tireless advocate for enjoying the outdoors, preserving the environment, and sharing knowledge and skills.

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