Spring 2018 fishing report

Spring 2018 Fishing Report

April 6 2017- for those brave enough to launch their boat, and when weather permits, the fishing has been good near shore. Our launch date got pushed back to next weekend, with a bunch of nights forecast to be in the mid 20s the next few days.

April 3rd, 2018- the bay and lake are entirely ice free; now we just need warm weather!  Perch are biting, and crappie are being taken at night at the bay bridge.  The big lake fishing for brown trout, for those brave enough to get out, has been good.  Most big boats will go in the water this week and next.  We are hoping to splash this weekend, weather permitting, so hopefully will have more to report soon.  FWIW, there are definitely steelhead and browns in the tribs, and they will be spawning and dropping back over the upcoming month.  Lots to do and Catch right now!

March 26, 2018- The ice on the lake and bay much gone.  Guys with small boats are getting out and catching browns and big boats will start going in the water in the next 1-2 weeks.   Water temp still cold at 34-35 F.  The key for early season browns is finding warm water and color changes.  As I start getting more reports, so will you!  Our boat is ready to splash, just need consistent warm weather!

Perch and crappie fishing are good right now, and should only improve as the water warms.  Bullhead fishing should also really get cranked up with the warm weather this week

According to the DEC, last year was a record salmon fishing year, despite the high water.  And in another bit of good news, we had a record large bait hatch from 2016 (known as YOY in 2017).  With an average hatch from 2017, and good survival of the 2016 year class, we will start to get “out of the woods” with our bait situation.  They will start doing bait trawls the 2nd week of April, and we should have some preliminary data early summer.  Sounds like there is a lot more reason for optimism!

February 28, 21018-

Sorry all, my reports have been absent lately.  Sodus bay had a great fall perch bite, and that continued right into the ice season with good early ice.  With lake Fishing, I can be pretty quick with my updates- however, the bay is small and can get crowded VERY quickly, so out of respect I need to be more careful with my reports in the fall and winter.  Frankly, I didn’t report recently because Sodus Bay was a zoo, and the word was already very clearly out.  With the warm weather of the last few weeks the ice is sketchy, and I don’t suspect many people will be out until we get some good consistent cold again- if we do at all…  Please be smart, and check in with local tackle shops like the bay bridge tackle shop for updated reports.    We are close to the spring now, and that means open water!  I will be updating more frequently when the ice starts to leave- then we are ready for trout, salmon and perch!

September 2017


Interestingly, the lake fishing for kings and cohos is still very good.  I am hearing that they are spread from shore out to about 90 fow, in typical stager patterns.  I’ve heard of some really really good catches still (10+ matures).  A lot of guys will start to target perch now, and they will be in deeper water for now.


Hearing mixed reports on the lake- some days it is good, others not.  I guess yesterday the bite was great for kings and coho.  Fish will be found from the pier heads to about 80 fow.  You can catch the fish that are starting to run on the pier now, using egg sacks and cleos.  Also, perch fishing is steadily picking up, both in the lake and now in the bay.  That should get progressively better as we progress into October.

Sept 7, 2017- the lake boat season is about to wrap up- stagers are inside of 80 fow, but inconsistent.  Jplugs and large sticks off boards should work on the right day.  There is a good offshore bite 180+ for immature kings  and steelies.  I expect the pier and stream season to ramp up in the next week or so!  Cleos and stickbaits off the pier and egg sacks and skein in the streams will be the best option.  Of note, some of the major tributaries are already seeing a siginifant run of kings and cohos. That should only get better for the next month or so!

  Also, perch are starting to show in the bay, and will fall for any presentation with a minnow at the end of it. 

August 2017

Sept 5- decent king fishing for stagers, which will be anywhere from shore to 100 fow from now on.  Jplugs, mag spoons, and flasher fly will dominate the next few weeks.

August 29- check out this absolute beast taken out of Sodus today, on a meat rig!  39 lbs 3 oz, taken on the why not out of arneys marina!  Congrats guys!

August 27- my boat got out late today (set up at 10:30) and did fair action on mature salmon, but a lot of drops.  We fished mostly 100-120 for stagers, and there was another line of fish in 150-200.  Flasher and fly and mag spoons worked well for us, 90-110 down.  A lot of guys did very well today on the early bite.  I heard meat rigs were good early.  Temp was 50 down 100 to start, but that had moved up to about 85-90 down by 5 pm when we left.  Expect the ne wind to continue to bring the temp up.

August 21- our boat was at oak orchard this week, but I heard from several guys that the kings are starting to stage in Sodus.  Expect them to be near bottom in 80-120 fow.  Mag spoons and flasher fly have been good, and it’s always a good idea to run at least one meat rig.  Also, mag Jplugs can be great this time of year…  there has been a good offshore bite in 400-500, but the smaller fish will probably dominate out there from now on

August 13- decent fishing in 120-140 today for kings- truly a mixed class, but very few 3 year olds.  You are hearing of a few majors here and there, but nothing consistent.  We Did find one major and a big laker today in that same water.  All spoons for us today, mags in green and white seemed best.  I have a buddy who did well in 200-250.  Fishing has generally been good.