Upstate New York Fishing Report – July 16, 2020

Capt. Wally Blake
Capt. Wally Blake of Niagara Falls with a big Olcott salmon fishing with Capt. Nick Calandrelli of Lewiston.

Wayne County Fishing Update

Chris Kenyon

Lake Ontario

It is Pro-Am week in Wayne County and the usual contacts are tight-lipped about where the trout and salmon are located. Cannot imagine why!

For starters fish in 200 to 300 fow. The typical set-up has been working with riggers spaced at 85, 95 and 100 feet down over 250 fow.
Divers are back 150 to 175 feet and cut bait and flasher flies have been catching fish.
If you use spoons go with UV green or purple.

Head out straight from Sodus and Hughes’ Marina. The benefit of fishing Wayne County waters is you don’t need to travel far to be in 300 fow.

The catch has been a good mix of trout and salmon.

It is Pro-Am week and the Sodus contest will be featuring live feeds during the week. The long-running Pro-Am will be July 18-19th with the IK a Day starting Wednesday July15 through the19th.The web page is being updated daily.

Check out for current information.


Bass fishing on both Port and Sodus Bays has been hot. The largemouths are hitting Senko set-ups and top water baits in the thick weeds.

If you like panfish, both bays have bluegills, sunnies, and some perch. Most perch leave the bays and stay in Lake Ontario before returning in the autumn. You can find then in shallow water in the lake. Try 10 to 20 feet.

The south end of Port Bay has the best launch site with plenty of parking for trailers.

The Margaretta Road launch on Sodus Bay also has plenty of space.

Erie Canal

Some channel cats are being caught near Macedon and Palmyra. Find the deep pools and throw out shrimp pieces.

Largemouth are being caught near the Clyde launch site and in the Widewaters section of the canal.

Keep informed from the NYS Canal web for changes and restrictions with canal waters.

Charters in Wayne County are Opened for Business

Wayne County Charters are now opened for business. The Finger Lakes region has currently met all the necessary requirements during Phase One to operate their business. All steps and guidelines to ensure safety are listed HERE.

Charters in Wayne County are Opened for Business

Wayne County Charters are now opened for business. The Finger Lakes region has currently met all the necessary requirements during Phase One to operate their business. All steps and guidelines to ensure safety are listed HERE.

Boat Launches Opened

Privately-owned marinas, boat launches, and many other recreational marine locations are now opened.

The official statement from New York State is made in conjunction with similar ones from the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut, is the latest change to the guidance from Empire State Development on what is and isn’t affected by the governor’s Executive Order 202, which ordered employers to reduce the number of employees working at individual locations to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The guidance regarding privately-owned marinas, boatyards and recreational marine manufacturers allows for operations and boat repair/maintenance so long as the facilities ‘adhere to strict social distancing and sanitization protocols.’ However, watercraft cannot be used for charters or rentals, and any restaurant facilities there must remain take-out or delivery only.

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.

Charters and Guides

The “New York State on PAUSE” Executive Order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone during the COVID-19 response, includes a directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close effective at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, and temporarily bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason.

At this time, fishing guides or charters of any size have been determined to be not essential and are subject to workforce reduction requirements of the Executive Order. The full and updated guidance on which types of businesses are determined essential and other designations associated with the order can be found online. For more info

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