Upstate and Western New York Fishing Report-June 9, 2022

king salmon
Bob Matje, 83 and his son Bob of Malvern, PA, hit the waters off Olcott as they have done for over 30 years with Capt. Vince Pierleoni and Thrillseeker Sportfishing. Their reward this time was this beautiful king salmon. The elder Matje is a proud veteran with 44 jumps under his belt.

Greater Niagara Region

Frank Campbell

The 37th Annual Skip Hartman Memorial Pro-Am Tournament ran into some inclement weather on Saturday, so the 42 competing teams needed Sunday to get the two-day tournament completed. In the end it was West End Sportfishing led by Capt. Taz Morrison of Wilson to win his first tournament with a score of 409.37 points to score over $10,000 in cash. The team narrowly defeated Dublin Up led by Capt. Carl Martin of Pendleton with a score of 396.33 points. In the Amateur Division, Kyle Hovak of East Amherst and his “Mean Machine” took top honors with a score of 205.53 points.

West End Sportfishing
West End Sportfishing won the Pro Division of the Niagara Pro-Am last weekend. From the left are Capt. Mike Johannes, Capt. Taz Morrison, Matt Tall and Dayton Campbell, all from Wilson.

For Morrison and his team (that also included Capt. Mike Johannes, Matt Tall and Dayton Campbell), they made the decision to fish straight out of Wilson in 400 feet of water. They caught their fish on a mix of neutral color spoons, flasher/fly, and a few cut bait rigs. Their focus was the top 60 feet of water as they ran riggers 30, 45 and 60 feet down. They also ran double divers back 80 to 160 feet and they took a few fish on 5-colors of lead core line too. Spoons at 30 and 45 took the most bites. When Saturday’s weather turned bad, Morrison thought he was in a good spot. The most stable water was out deep and they ran there Sunday to the same spot. Lo and behold the fish were still there.

Mean Machine
The Amateur winner in the Niagara Pro-Am was the Mean Machine. From the left are Tom Milleville of Sanborn, Mark Waselauskas of Broadalbin, John Bielicki of Clarence and Kyle Hovak of East Amherst. Missing was Steve Warren of Lake George.

In the Amateur Division, Mean Machine dedicated this tournament to Hovak’s father, George, who passed away last fall. The first day they ended up in 8th place using a mix of divers, riggers and 300/400 foot coppers. They had some good hits on 10 colors of lead so the next day they ran six long lines – lead core and copper. All spoons included Magnum NBK’s, Mag Frostbite, Mag Pro King, and Stingray NBK to collect the fish they needed to take over first place. “We won it for Dad,” said Hovak.

Mark Plennert of Niagara Falls had a surprise catch in the upper Niagara River this week, a chunky steelhead. He was using a Super Vibrax spinner.
white bass
Mark Plennert of Niagara Falls was one ounce shy of the white bass record with this lower Niagara fish.

Throughout the lower Niagara River, Lisa Drabczyk of Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston reports action has been slower due to building moss problems. A few bass are being caught around Fort Niagara and Youngstown on swim baits and Ned rigs. Some steelhead are still hanging around Devil’s Hole. Mark Plennert of Niagara Falls hit both the upper and lower river sections recently. In the upper river, he caught a nice steelhead at Burnt Ship Bay near Navy Island using his all-time favorite lure, a blue fox super vibrax spinner. The next day in the gorge, he caught a near-record white bass that tipped the scales at 3 pounds, 7 ounces – just one ounce shy of the mark set by Morgan Fonzi of Gasport in the same general location in May of 2020. Plennert was tossing a Zoom fluke to take fish there. Mike Ziehm of Niagara Falls noted that white (silver) bass numbers seem to be down this year in the gorge and the smallmouth bass bite has been a bit thin. He has hooked into a few muskies while targeting those bass and there could be a direct correlation with fish numbers.

As National Fishing and Boating Week ends, there will be another Kids Fishing Derby on June 11 at West Canal Marina on Tonawanda Creek Road in North Tonawanda starting at 9 a.m. and ending at noon.

Oswego County

Travis, from Clifton NJ
Travis, from Clifton NJ, proudly holding a big king caught while fishing with ColdSteel Sportfishing.

Oswego, NY – Lake Ontario

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The fishing out of Oswego has really picked up after the big west blow earlier this week. Browns have been active in the 20-50’ range with Kings showing up in better numbers.

The best salmon activity has been from 120-350’ of water. Bait is starting to move in and the kings are following.

Our recommended presentations are: 250-400’ ATOMMIK copper, Wire Divers 150-250’, and Riggers 60-90.’

Cut bait is doing well. White green dot, kryptonite, Valium and Hammertime clean and warship or steel gator twinkies have been great! Mag spoons in frostbite and SSW have been good on the coppers.

Mr. Jones
Mr. Jones caught this massive Lake Trout (33lbs.4oz) while fishing with Northeastern Charters.

Mexico, NY – Lake Ontario Report

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Transition mode has continued in Mexico. Brown trout have been scattered out. Salmon have been harder to find unless you head to Deep water around the plant. Plus, the lake trout are on the move north.

The most consistent action right now is targeting Lake Trout in 130-165’ north of the Salmon R. We’ve seen some some real trophies around right now!

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.

For more information on fishing the Oswego River, see page 50-51 in our free Fishing Guide.

Spring fishing video

Spring Fishing – North Sandy Pond

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North Sandy Pond is a popular bass fishing location with several tournaments held there each season, as largemouth bass are abundant and grow large in the ponds. Large pike can also be caught throughout the spring and summer as well as walleye, pan fish, and other species.

Wayne County Fishing Update

Chris Kenyon

Lake Ontario

A strong blow from the south today should change lake temperatures. Tomorrow is predicted to have west winds so the charters from Wayne County will be searching for trout and salmon.

Today’s routine has some boats trolling between 140 and 240 fow west of Sodus Bay. The riggers are set to 80 fow and copper is out 300 fow.
Spoons are working the best. Michigan Stingers, NK’s, Dreamweaver’s, and many more brands of spoons work.
UV green has been a productive color and black glow has been catching some late spring kings.

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 in eight days: 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.

Perch are still in the bays and are feeding on shad so “match the hatch” with 2-inch white rubber. Tip your lure with perch eyes or spikes. They have been in deeper water at 30 to 35 feet.

Fish and release bass have been under docks and at the swampy section of Port and Sodus Bays.

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.

Erie Canal

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.

Widewaters is the most popular location for anglers. You can fish quite a distance between locks and this location is known for hefty largemouth bass.

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:

With the upcoming Orleans County Open this weekend, charter captains are being careful to disclose any “trade secrets”! I did see a few captains posting on Facebook since the weekend:

Capt. Bob Songin of Reel Excitement Charters posted this video on 6/6/22

Capt. Mike Grager of Get Hooked Sportfishing reported that with only 2 anglers on board Sunday morning, they caught their limit by 10 AM including releasing several small salmon. The largest Salmon they caught weighed in at 21 lbs! (Pictured below.) Get Hooked Sportfishing | Facebook


Oak Orchard Open, June 11-12, 2022

This weekend, June 11-12 is the Oak Orchard Open Fishing Tourney (aka Orleans County Open) preceded by the 1st installment of the King of the Oak series – the Condor Memorial June 10th.

The Oak Orchard Open is a combined Salmon and Trout team event to showcase Lake Ontario’s tournament teams, and recreational anglers. Tournament Entry – $400.

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Observers are needed! If you are interested in being an observer for a team during the Open, please contact and I will put you in touch with a team captain.

Read the Orleans County Open Official PRO Rules
Orleans County Open Official AM Rules 2022

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