Upstate and Western New York Fishing Report-June 2, 2022

Greater Niagara Region

Frank Campbell

It’s a great time to celebrate fishing and boating in Western New York with National Fishing and Boating Week June 4-12. To help kick things off, there will be a free kid’s fishing derby on June 4 for youngsters from kindergarten to 8th grade at Wilson-Tuscarora State Park starting at 9:30 a.m. Pre-register by calling Jan Boyer at 799-3839. Also on June 11 is a Kids Fishing Derby at West Canal Marina, in North Tonawanda starting at 9 a.m. and ending at noon.

Rzucidlo smallmouth bass
Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls with a smallmouth bass

In the Upper Niagara River, walleye have arrived at the head of the upper river in better numbers as several limits showed up in past few days at the round house and along the break walls for both day and night fishing reports Tommy Ortolano of Lake Effect Bait and Tackle in Tonawanda. Bass are hitting just about everywhere right now, and they are considerably larger than last year. One good spot is off the break wall south of the peace bridge using Ned rigs or No. 11 Rapalas.

Rzucidlo white (silver) bass
White (silver) bass like these can be caught from boat and shore as Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls can attest.

Bass have been hitting around the Coast Guard station in the lower Niagara near the mouth of the river according to Lisa Drabczyk of Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston. Walleyes are hitting off Lewiston and all the way down to Youngstown. There are still some steelhead and trout hanging around, but they are nearly out of the system with the warmer water coming down from Erie. Mike Ziehm and Mike Rzucidlo, both of Niagara Falls, have noticed the transition to more warm water species of fish including white (silver) bass, smallmouth bass, sheepshead, and walleyes. Moss is showing up and it’s starting to become a bit of a hassle. However, it’s still manageable at this point.

Mike Ziehm sheepshead
Mike Ziehm of Niagara Falls with a big sheepshead caught from shore in the lower river gorge.

Remember that this is tournament week out of Wilson and Olcott, so information is hard to come by for salmon and trout fishing. On June 2, the Don Johannes/Pete DeAngelo Memorial 3-Fish/Big Fish contest will be going on and you can still register before 7 a.m. the morning of the contest. Entry fee is just $100 for the boat. Call Mike Johannes at 523-1727 for more information. The Skip Hartman Memorial Pro Am Tournament is June 3 and 4 with a bad weather day set aside for June 5. Stop down to Krull Park to check out the weigh-in starting around 1 p.m. each day. Tommy Ortolano with Lake Effect B&T heard that the salmon action was good last weekend in 210 feet of water and Wonderbread spoons were working well. However, it’s a whole different ball game when it comes to tournament fishing. We will have a full report for you next week. You can also check out the tournament website at

Oswego County

Spring Fishing – Sandy Pond

North Sandy Pond is a very popular bass fishing location with many local bass fishing tournaments held there each season, as largemouth bass are abundant and grow large in the ponds. Ice fishing for northern pike and yellow perch is very popular on the ponds with northern pike up to fifteen pounds being caught each year; pike can also be caught throughout the open water season. Walleye fishing is usually best in the spring before the aquatic vegetation gets too dense.

David Thomas brown trout
David Thomas, showing off a brown trout caught at sunrise.

Mexico, NY – Lake Ontario Report

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The following report is courteous of Captain Shane Thomas of The Salmon River Guide Service.
Brown trout fishing on the eastern shore has been decent to good. Trollers are fishing 8-40’, shallow early morning and then sliding out deeper as the day progresses. We’ve had the occasional “double digit big boy brown” thrown in the mix each week. There’s also been a good laker bite out deeper with a few kings as well.

We recommend small to medium size spoons in the glow green variety early then more natural uv black n silvers.

Oswego, NY – Lake Ontario

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The following report is courteous of Captain Kevin Keller of Fish Chopper Charters.
Overall, the fish remain scattered; so when you find some activity, stay on them! With the water column warming up some of the salmon have started to go deeper. Meat has been effective to target these deep kings.

Big paddles with twinkies have been getting the job done. The best baits for kings have been Stingray sized spoons on 2-6 color leadcores and slide divers. Mongoose, uv seasick , yellow tuxedo and NBK been the best colors.

When targeting Browns: UV Buster, frog circus freak , tuxedo, and uv Gator spoons are producing well. Tight lines everyone!

Spring Fishing – The Oswego River

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Bass, walleye, carp, and pan fish are all plentiful this time of year along the Oswego River. For walleye, the best spots are typically between the Utica Bridge and Bridge Street, as well as north of Bridge street.

Wayne County Fishing Update

Chris Kenyon

Lake Ontario

The clear water in Wayne County is not the place to troll; however, a cold front is due tomorrow which will create stained water…and trout love dirty water.

Currently, the fish can be found from 50 to 200 fow. The favorite color for spoons is black and silver. Some smaller browns have been in 50 fow and a few cohos were deeper over 200 fow.
Dipseys, riggers and straight back with copper has been the usual set-ups.

Don’t forget the LOC Summer Derby July 2nd-July 31st. Lake Ontario tributary regulations: Three fish in combination and not to include more than one Rainbow Trout (or Steelhead) and One Brown Trout.

Lake Ontario tributary regulations: Three fish in combination and not to include more than one Rainbow Trout (or Steelhead) and One Brown Trout.


Bass season starts June 15th with a five fish 12-inch limit. The bass in Sodus and Port Bays can be found at the southern sections of the bays. The largemouth will also be hiding under the docks.

It was a difficult weekend for fishing the bays. Recreational boating was the name of the game during the Memorial Day weekend.

Now that it is quiet, fish for perch in Sodus and Port Bays. They are still hitting white rubber bait. The 2-inch shad has been the most productive. Tip it with spikes or perch eyes.

The weed cover on the east side of LeRoy Island will produce pike. Use spoons like the iconic “Daredevle” or live bait.
Some walleye were caught at dusk near the buoy at the channel at Sodus Bay.

Erie Canal

Widewaters is the hotspot for anglers. You can fish from the shore or launch at the county park west of Newark on Route 31.

Widewaters has some of the largest bass in the county. The season opens in three weeks. Near the Port Gibson Bridge has always produce crappies and bluegills.

Keep informed from the NYS Canal web for changes and restrictions with canal waters. Keep informed about 2022 canal hours.

There are no tolls or fees for recreational use of the Canal system this year.

Notable Freshwater Fishing Regulation Changes

The following list offers a 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)
    • 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.

Orleans County

This week’s fishing report is by Capt. John Oravec from Tight Lines Charters:

The Orleans County waters of Point Breeze are providing an excellent mixed bag catch of late! I’ve heard from visiting “Rec” boats (AKA recreational) that west of the Point in 100-200 ft of water got ’em steelhead and coho salmon action. Fishing the surface to 30 ft down on orange spoons. The charter fleet has had king salmon action in 100-120 FOW using chrome glow flasher fly combinations down to 60 ft. I have been fishing my clients from 50-150 ft. Mainly with an old school program. With cool water temperatures, rig depths of 30 to 80 ft down are getting Troutman 2 anglers kings coho and some whopper lake trout! Typical more summer- like weather is setting in, including steady southwest to west breezes perfect for attracting even more fish to Orleans County/Lake Ontario waters off the Oak! Fish on! Troutman

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