Mexico, NY – Lake Ontario Report
The most productive water has been 25-40’
Browns have been taken consistently this week in “the Bay”. The high rocks to the buoy line or Selkirk to Sandy Pond. 2-6 color cores have been most productive, pulling pickleseed, uv seasick, circus freak frog and uv Johnny buster.
Lake trout are also starting their northward journey; if you target them, we recommend heading north to 130-150.’
Oswego, NY – Lake Ontario
Browns are starting to set up in the 25-50’ range. A combination of 5-8 color leadcore and slide divers have been the most productive.
Standard and Stingray sizes have been getting the job done and natural colors have been best.
A mixed bag of fish have been found offshore in 80-300.’
Spoons, flies or meat, they are eating it all right now. So run what you feel confident with.
Wayne County Fishing Update
It’s June transition time for trout and salmon in Lake Ontario. They are scattered; however, you can catch some nice kings in water 170 to 220 feet.
Use Dipsey Divers and cut bait is working better than spoons. The kings are in 80 to 100 fow. Look for your bait at those depths.
Charters are fishing straight-out from Sodus Bay or west to Hughes’ Marina.
The lake trout are on the bottom in 100fow and are hitting peanuts and cowbells or Gambler Rigs.
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 started June 15th with a five fish 12-inch limit. The weather looks excellent for opening day and because it’s the middle of the week there will be less recreational traffic.
Fish the south end of Sodus and Port Bays. Your set-up can vary what ever your preference. The wacky worm rig has proven lethal in bay fishing. Or go with the Texas or Carolina Rigs.
You can also use spoons and spinnerbaits.
DEC placed new docks at Port Bay last Thursday. They are wider than last years which gives more stability when launching your boat or casting from the dock.
Canal water levels have been slightly higher after flooding the waterway. In Wayne County you can launch boats in Clyde, Lyons, Newark, Palmyra, and Macedon.
It’s bass season time at Widewaters. Launch at the park and concentrate on the south side of the canal. Six pounders have been common every year.
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.