Sodus Bay Ice Fishing Winter 2021-2022
January 19, 2022- ice season is just kicking off, and there is about 4-5 inches of ice so far. There is a fair amount of heavy snow on top, so expect some slush and even some uneven areas around the edges. The extended forecast looks great with very cold weather. As is always the case with ice fishing, caution is best. Those guys who have been out have done well on perch and pike. Please be respectful of parking areas and public access points! Bad behavior by a few can ruin things for everyone! for up to date information, it is always best to contact the local tackle shops- the bay bridge and davenports on the south end are best.
November 30- perch fishing has been good this fall, and plenty of nice fish around. They are deep in the bay now and will be on weed flats, off points and drops. remember- you must wear a life jacket in any small boat!
November 2- the weather is cooling down quickly (finally) and the fish are settling in to their normal fall patterns. Perch have made their way into all of the major bays. They are anywhere from the mouth to the south end, in their typical haunts. The size is a bit better this year, and a lot more keepers. They’re taking minnows, worms, plastic, jigs- all of the typical choices. bay bridge and davenports should be able to fill all of your needs on the bait front! There are also pike to be had, and you can still get bass if you want. Remember, the law is that you must wear a life jacket from now until May 1- and it could save your life! Also- there still should be a few salmon in the tribs, and browns and steel are getting fired up too.
august 14- fishing has picked up a bit. There are kings both near shore and offshore, depending on the day. Chris and victor, from hell yeah charter, boated this 31 lb beauty today!
august 10- the bite has been up and down, for the most part. Some days guys get the kings right where they should be, 100-200 fow, and some days they just don’t cooperate. There has been a decent offshore bite for kings/steel. Spoons and dodger/fly are getting most of the bites.
July 19, 2021- The fishing has actually been quite good. Guys were catching nice kings offshore all last week, including for the Sodus Pro Am. A pack of 64 boats chased the trout and salmon, and most of them found kings. There were some very nice boxes out there, and kings up to 29 pounds weighed in almost every day. There are fish scattered from 100 feet of water all the way out past 300. The bite has been mostly on spoons and cut bait. Also, a few Browns are starting to show up, and can be had when the conditions are right. Haven’t heard much about lake trout, but why catch those when there’s other stuff around?
July 5, 2021- After a slow start to the summer season, things are finally heating up on the lake. There has been a good salmon and steelhead bite in the near and offshore areas. Fishing has been good from 100 FOW all the way out to 500+, depending on the day. The fish are taking the typical offerings of spoons, dodger/fly, and meat rigs. There are a few browns around in 100 FOW or less, but they’re cagy and a lot less numerous than years past. The ones you get are dandies, and tend to be at least a dozen miles from port.
In the bay, bass fishing has been good along weed-lines, but I expect them to inhabit their mid summer haunts in deeper water soon. Panfish are more than willing to play, as well.