Upstate and Western New York Fishing Report-July 14, 2022

Greater Niagara Region

Frank Campbell

The Summer Lake Ontario Counties Derby is still going strong. The current Grand Prize leader is a 28-pound salmon reeled in by Bruce Raggi, Jr. of Farmington. In the lake trout division, the leader is still a huge 29-pound, 3-ounce fish out of Henderson Harbor. Craig O’Brien of Rochester is tops in the brown trout division with an 18-pound, 5-ounce fish and leading steelhead is 13 pounds, 2 ounces, reeled in by Jeremiah Shepperson of PA. Capt. Arnie Jonathan of Lockport is tops in the walleye division with an 11-pound, 10-ounce Niagara Bar fish. The derby ends July 31st. For a complete leaderboard check out

Paul Wachowicz
Paul Wachowicz of North Tonawanda is all smiles after catching this king salmon in Lake Ontario with Capt. Tim Sylvester of Tough Duty Charters.

Capt. Tim Sylvester of Tough Duty Sportfishing reports that there is an inside bite in 100 to 300 feet of water off Olcott. The best fishing is in the top 50 feet. Mainly spoons are being used with a mix of standard size and magnum spoons working best according to Sylvester. Alewife are ranging in size from small to big and there seems to be plenty of them. There are fish offshore on the 27 line and out. The northeast wind last Friday night moved the lake a bit.

Lima Porter
Lima Porter of Hamlin caught this salmon while fishing with Capt. Joe Oakes of Salmon Boy Charters.

Capt. Tom Pearse with Reel Adventures Sport Fishing reports the bite on Lake Ontario is still going strong. A good class of big salmon are taking baits from 70 to 100 feet down and can be caught in pockets from 100 feet of water all the way out to 500 feet of water off Wilson and Olcott. There is no better time than right now to target big kings on the lake. The best bait right now are spoons with green and reds being the preferred colors. Flasher-fly and meat rigs are still taking their fair share of salmon, too. Steelhead are also hitting consistently from 250 feet out to 500 feet of water with the bite getting better the further out you go.

Blake Kowalski
Blake Kowalski of Tonawanda hoists up a 25-pound salmon he caught aboard Tough Duty II with his father Dave. They were fishing out of Olcott.

Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors in Olcott reports that the east pier is now open, so both piers are good to fish. Big carp are there, but you must figure out what will get them to cooperate. Pike, bluegill, and bass fishing has been decent off the pier. Plenty of fish are hiding under those rocks but the rocks are getting slimy. In Olcott Harbor, rock bass, crappie, and bluegill mostly; occasional northern pike are being caught, too. Minnows and crawlers for live bait; plastics for artificials.

Capt. Arnie Jonathan
Capt. Arnie Jonathan of AJ’s Guide Service has been catching walleyes on the Niagara Bar in his new walleye fishing outfit.

Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island reports that there is a decent bass bite in the river on shiners. From the head of Strawberry Island down river. Bass are starting to hit crabs. It’s still mossy, but Cinelli insists that it is the tail end of it. Clear waters have been making it tough for walleye in the river. Good schools of walleye are showing up on the line in front of Crystal Beach off the head of the river. Try 45 to 55 feet of water. Cinelli is using light sinkers in the river. Target sandy weed patches for the bass.

Jack Ozyp
Jack Ozyp of Wilson with a nice steelhead he caught out of his home port this past week.

Lisa Drabczyk with Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston reports that the moss situation seems to be getting better in the lower river, too, which means that the fishing is getting better, as well. The best place for bass is around Fort Niagara and Youngstown with shiners and crayfish topping the list of live bait and Ned rigs and swim baits topping the list of artificials. Walleyes are hitting on the Niagara Bar at the mouth and jigs are working best right now for them. Yes, the first-place walleye for the LOC Derby comes from the Bar, as well as the number two fish.

Oswego County

Mark F, from Massachusetts
Mark F, from Massachusetts, holds up this 21+ lb brown. Caught fishing with Trout One Charters.

Lake Ontario Report – Mexico, NY

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The bay has producing some great catches of brown trout. You can find the browns where the 58-63 degree water meets the bottom.

Fish Standard and Stingray sized spoons our the “go-to” this time of year. Mix it up; the fish can be very picky on the size spoons. Dark colors are best when it’s early or overcast conditions, but go with bright colors in the sun.

Our favorites this week are: Nbk, Diehard, Widow, Yellow Killer, Mongoose and Frogs.

Greg A., from Port Charlotte FL
Greg A., from Port Charlotte FL, holds a king that fell to a flasher pulling meat.

Lake Ontario – Oswego

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The salmon are here and are feeding. They can be found from 120-450 feet of water. They’ve been most active in 42-53 degree water. Find that range in the column and you’ll find feeding kings.

Flashers and Meat rigs have been the best option. 2 Face, Kryptonite, and Hammertime have all been good, pulling Stud and Steel Gator twinkies.

The salmon have also been readily taking mag spoons. Our recommendations are Carbon 14, Chart Tux, and Green Dolphin.

Wayne County Fishing Update

Chris Kenyon

Lake Ontario

It’s a “Wild Week” in Sodus Point with the Sodus Pro-Am coming to town. Sixty plus teams will be competing for big cash during the annual team competition. Boats from Oswego, Niagara, Oak Orchard, and Rochester will be fishing for trout and salmon, using their expert skills.

Stop down for daily weigh-ins to take a peek at some giant king salmon. It’s exciting.

Currently, most of the summer kings are swimming around in 180 to 250 fow. Temp breaks have been 60 to 80 feet down.

Flasher flies and cut bait work, however it has been the spoon bite that dominates.

Don’t forget the LOC Summer Derby which continues through July 31st.

The 28 lb. Grand prize salmon from Wayne County waters is currently leading.

Lake Ontario tributary regulations:

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


There was a bass contest on Port Bay over the weekend and most fish were caught around docks using worm rigs.
Some spinner baits were working on the south end of the bay early in the day.

The Sodus Bay action has been everywhere. Fish the south end for bass or try your luck with perch at the breach next to the channel.

Pike are being caught at the northeast end of the bay next to LeRoy Island.

Erie Canal

Kayak anglers were targeting sun fish and blue gills at Widewaters, while bass casters were netting largemouths on the south side of the canal.

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.

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