Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA)
LOTSA is a Not-For-Profit group of mainly weekend recreational fishermen who are dedicated to the enhancement and promotion of the Lake Ontario Sport-Fishery. LOTSA places a heavy emphasis on Education including recruiting new Anglers to the Lake Ontario Fishery and providing continual Education opportunities for the experienced Anglers.
LOTSA meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of certain months (see events below) at 7:00 p.m. at the North Amherst Fire Company, 2200 Tonawanda Creek Rd, Amherst, NY 14228 and usually feature an informational seminar on a particular topic relating to the Lake Ontario fishery. Each meeting also features a sharing of information on the current fishing conditions. Get Directions >>
Latest Club News & Happenings
2023 LOTSA Pen Rearing Assembly Day, Saturday April 1st
Spring is almost here! With that brings the LOTSA Pen Rearing events. This years Pen assembly day is
Saturday, April 1 st . We will be meeting at the Town of Newfane Marina at 9:30am to begin assembling
the net/pens. Refreshments will be provided from East Side Market in Olcott.
Good news, we will be getting about 13,000 more Chinook salmon which takes the total to 126,000
Chinook and 15,000 Steelhead.
Come out and see old friends or make new friends and support this fishery that we all love. Please
remember to dress warm and bring side cutters to trim zip ties.
LOTSA places a heavy emphasis on Education including recruiting new Anglers to the Lake Ontario
Fishery and providing continual Education opportunities for the experienced Anglers. If you haven’t
renewed your membership this would be a great time to do that. At only $10 membership fee this is a
great way to support the local fishery and learn from some of the most experienced fishermen and
women on Lake Ontario. We will have membership sheets available.
LOTSA Meeting April, 20. West End Spring Kings with Capt. Joe Oaks “Salmon Boy”
On Thursday April 20 at 7pm, the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) will be sponsoring a Seminar by Capt. Joe Oaks on spring King Salmon fishing on the west end of Lake Ontario. Joe has been fishing the lake for 30 plus years with the last 6 years chartering clients aboard his 29ft Blackfin named Salmon Boy out of the Port of Wilson. Joe has competed in many tournaments through the years. Some of his wins are first place in the amateur division in the Niagara Pro Am and winning the 2021 Reeling For A Cure Tournament. He has also placed numerous times in the LOC winning first place in the Salmon division and also winning the Fish Odyssey. Joe will be sharing his knowledge and techniques while also taking your questions on what has made him successful fishing the east end of the lake in the spring season. This should be a great meeting to kick off the 2023 fishing season on Lake Ontario.
LOTSA is a group of mainly weekend recreational fishermen who are dedicated to the enhancement of the Lake Ontario Sport-Fishery including the pen rearing project at Olcott. Each meeting also features a sharing of information on the current fishing conditions. So come join us and become more successful at fishing Lake Ontario!
The meeting will be held at the new location for our LOTSA meetings, The North Amherst Fire Company, 2200 Tonawanda Creek Rd. Amherst, N.Y. The Seminar is open to the public and free to attend. See WWW.LOTSA1.ORG for any questions.
Article written by John Suttell LOTSA
Register or Renew your LOTSA membership as well as view the current LOTSA Membership list.
The well-known, in-depth salmon school of detailed instruction taught by top captains.
A fun tournament with simple rules that encourages family participation & promotion of the fishery.
Curt Meddaugh Tournament
Free tournament for LOTSA Members only. 3 Fish tournament – Salmon Only! NEW- BIG FISH FRIDAY! $150 payout to largest salmon weighed in!
Below you will find a collection of links that the members of LOTSA have found useful, educational and entertaining over the years.
- Officers & Board of Directors
- LOTSA Facebook Page
- At the Oak
- Lake Ontario United
- Olcott Fishing
- Fish Odyssey
- Bill Hilts' Fishfinder
- Greater Niagara Outdoor Expo
- Bill Hilts Jr. Outdoor Beat TV
- Lake Ontario Buoy Data Map
- Oak Orchard Weather Buoy
- Olcott Harbor Web Cam
- Sandy Creek Web Cam
- LOC Leaderboard
- Marine Forecast Lake Ontario
- Lake Ontario Surface Currents
- Lake Ontario Suface Temp
- Satellite View - Lake Ontario
- Satellite View - Lake Erie
If you would like to see additional links added to this section, please let us know. We will be happy to review the suggested link with the board for inclusion.
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– Herbert Hoover
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