Upstate and Western New York Fishing Report-July 21, 2022

Greater Niagara Region

Frank Campbell

John Van Hoff
John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda caught a personal best 15-pound, 14-ounce brown trout on the Niagara Bar last Friday fishing in the Curt Meddaugh Memorial 3-fish contest with LOTSA.

In the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s club tournament last weekend, there were plenty of winners to be recognized in the Lake Ontario contests. In the Curt Meddaugh Memorial for best 3 salmon on Friday, Team Redemption led by Capt. Anthony Ellis of Salamanca won with a total of 63.79 pounds. Ellis was teamed with his father, John Ellis of Livonia, Uncle Joe Ellis of Mount Morris, and his two sons Trevor and Trente of Salamanca. Their winning program was fishing straight out of Olcott at the 29 to 32 lines, using 5 Musslehead tackle meat rigs and 5 spoons 40 to 90 feet down. Friday fish came scattered across a 3-mile square and they were 24 for 30 on fish. On Saturday, the fish were more concentrated in a much smaller area, and they were 18 for 20 on fish. The Redemption team also won the 3-2-3 contest by strategically weighing their best 3 fish over two days totaling 71.14 pounds. Big Fish on Friday was a 24-pound king by team Pole-Lock led by Ed Dlugozima of Mercer, PA. That fish can from 305 feet of water northeast of Olcott, 70 feet down on a rigger. They were using a 10-inch spin doctor, white with green spots and an A-Tom-Mik green glow meat rig. They also found a good number of steelhead and younger class fish out at the 29 line in 500-plus feet of water. Mike Altman from New Castle, PA reeled in the 24-pound king. On Saturday it was Capt. Forrest Reukauf’s Got My Mojo with a 24-pound salmon. The Mojo squad caught its winning fish in 80 feet of water with a salmon slasher flasher with the original twinkie rig.

Joe Ellis of Mount Morris
Joe Ellis of Mount Morris with a 26-pound Olcott king caught with the Redemption team during the LOTSA contest.

Paul Bortnick
Paul Bortnick of Cleveland, OH with a nice Olcott king caught on Tuesday.

One week left in the Summer LOC Derby. There is a new Grand Prize leader, Joe Snook of Sterling with a 31 lb. 3 oz. Fair Haven king. There is also a new leading steelhead — Tom Christen of Depew with a 15-1/2 lb. Wilson fish. Capt. Arnie Jonathan’s Niagara River walleye is still leading with a 11-pound, 10-ounce fish he jigged up from the bottom. For a complete leaderboard, check out

Mike Altman
Mike Altman of New Castle, Pa. with a 24-pound king salmon during the Curt Meddaugh Memorial Tournament to take big fish.

Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors in Olcott reports decent king action in front in 350-400 feet of water. It was mostly a meat and spoon bite. Steelhead have been hitting offshore on orange spoons. In the harbor, there were reports of decent yellow perch action and some nice largemouth bass being caught on plastics.

Brian Graham
Brian Graham of Cambria with a lower Niagara River walleye he caught Sunday.

In the river, bass fishing is picking up according to Lisa Drabczyk of Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston. Moss is starting to clear up. Walleye on the Niagara Bar and in the river. Jigs for walleye, but harnesses will work. Jon Holden of Lockport and Brian Graham of Cambria caught four keeper walleye this week in the lower river on worm harnesses. Got them mostly on chartreuse, but one hit a red bladed harness.

Oswego County

It’s July and the salmon and brown trout fishing has been on fire – don’t miss some of the best fishing of the Summer! In the words of Capt. Creasy, “Lake Ontario never disappoints. And you will never get bored – the conditions just don’t change by the day, they change by the hour.”

  • Dark colors early and in overcast conditions and brighter colors in the sun
  • In Oswego, there have been active groups of salmon in 100-200’ and another in 500-600′
  • Salmon have been most active at 46-58 degree water
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Debbie P., from East Durham NY
Debbie P., from East Durham NY, holds a big king salmon caught aboard High Adventure.

Lake Ontario – Oswego

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Salmon are on the feed – bulking up for the salmon run. They can be found from 100-600’ There have been active groups of salmon in 100-200’ and another in 500-600’

Overall, the salmon have been most active at 46-58 degree water. Find that range in the column and you’ll find feeding kings.

They’ve been eating a few mag spoons. Chart Tux and dirty broomstick have been good. Flashers and Meat rigs have been another good option. Lances 2 face, uv frog, and scumilne have all been producing. Pulling Davis destroyer, shenster and Primetime twinkies.

Jessica from Saratoga
Jessica, from Saratoga, is all smiles holding up this big king. Caught fishing with Northeastern Charters.

Lake Ontario Report – Mexico, NY

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Brown trout fishing in Mexico bay remains top-notch. There are a decent number of kings to target there now as well. You can find the browns where the 58-63 degree water meets the bottom.

Fish Standard and Stingray sized spoons. Mix it up as they can be very picky on the size spoons they will hit – and that changes too. Overall, we recommend dark colors early and in overcast conditions and brighter colors in the sun.

Blk widow, golden shiner, tux early. Yellow tux, doctor and uv circus frog in the sun.

Wayne County Fishing Update

Chris Kenyon

Lake Ontario

Sixty-five boats fished the Sodus Pro-Am this past weekend. The Thrillseeker team took first place in the Pro Division while the Great Lakes Lures team took the honors for the Am teams.

Many teams in the tournament fished straight-out from Sodus Bay. Some ran east towards Fair Haven and other west to Hughes’ Marina.

The early bite was in 135 fow. As the sun rose many fished 500 fow. The bite was down 60 to 80 fow.

Spoons, meat, and flasher-flies were the common presentation among the competitors.

Check out the Sodus Pro Am web for sponsors and final scores. It was a great tourney.

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

Currently, four out of the top five salmon in the LOC contest were caught in Wayne County waters.

Lake Ontario tributary regulations:

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


The Port Bay water is cloudy which makes fishing bass a challenge. If you fish the channel, you might hook-up with some smallmouths.

The Sodus Bay action is largemouths under the docks and in the thick weeds at the south end of the bay.

There have been some perch caught at the breach located at the north end of the bay. Or you can fish near the channel. The recreational boat traffic heading towards the lake will be later in the morning, so fish that area early.

If you like casting for panfish stay on the south end of the bay. Use spinners or small jigs tipped with spikes.

Erie Canal

Some bass anglers were fishing Widewaters on Sunday. You can launch at the Wayne County Park west of Newark on Route 31.

Some largemouths were caught in the canal west of the launch site in Clyde.

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 from Capt. John Oravec from Tight Lines Charters:

It’s been a windy week on Lake Ontario off the Orleans County, NY coastline. That being said, the fish holding thermocline is yoyoing between 30′ to over 100′ down. Both inshore structure, mid water and offshore has a mixed bag catch available. King salmon with browns inside of 100′ – kings and steelhead out to 500′ – the bite is good. Flasher/fly and spoons are doin’ it but trout species are favoring spoons. One note: the spiny water flea bloom is in progress so rig your rods with 30-50# mono on riggers and be prepared to check rods often.

All our boat ramps are open. Breakfast is available at Boone & Crocketts Riverside Cafe at Ernst’s Lake Breeze Marina. My anglers have been relaying positive feedback from restaurants from the Point thru Albion and Medina. We are in the high season for visiting fishermen so click here to find lodging. Special note: we now have a 58 room hotel in Medina, Comfort Inn & Suites. A recent charter group from Cleveland, Ohio enjoyed a terrific stay in Medina – along with great dining too.

Orleans County has the total package and the Big Fish! See you on the water!

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