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 Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave. (Route 78, two miles north of Lockport), Lockport, NY 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 >>
2017 LOTSA Events
The dates of our meetings are listed below. They begin at 7pm at the 4H Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Avenue (Rt 78 two miles north of Lockport), Lockport, NY 14094
Thursday April 13 – Tournament Spring Kings Techniques With Captain Matt Dunn
Thursday May 11 – LOC Derby Round Table With multiple LOTSA Captains
Thursday June 8 – How to Catch Big Walleyes With Captain Marty Polovick
Thursday July 13 – Summer Kings Small Boat Tactics With Captain Matt Yablonsky
Thursday Sep 14 – Season Wrap Up Roundtable With multiple LOTSA Captains
Thursday Dec 14 – Annual Christmas Party
14th Annual LOTSA King Salmon Tournament & Free Picnic:
Saturday July 22nd at Olcott. 8th Annual Curt Meddaugh Memorial Tournament Friday July 21.
LOTSA “Tournaments within a Tournament, free for LOTSA Members”
Spring LOC Derby $1000 Cash Largest Salmon 5/05 – 5/14
Summer LOC Derby $500 Cash Largest Salmon 7/01 – 7/31
Fish Odyssey $700 Cash Largest Salmon 8/19 – 8/27
Fall LOC Derby $500 Cash Largest Salmon 8/18 – 9/04
Latest Club News & Happenings
On Thursday June 8th at 7pm the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) will be hosting a seminar by Captain Marty Polovick on catching big Walleyes. Captain Marty has been fishing and catching big Walleyes for 33 years on Lake Erie. He is currently fishing out of his 20 ft Starcraft rightly named 4 Poles. Marty fishes out of various ports such as The Small Boat Harbor, Barcelona, Dunkirk and Cattaraugus creek. He has placed many times in the Southtowns Walleye Tournament using his years of experience to consistently land big Walleyes. He will be sharing some of his tactics along with answering any questions you may have to increase your chances of putting more Walleyes in your boat. This is one seminar you don’t want to miss.
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 the current fishing conditions. So come join us and become more successful at fishing Lake Ontario!
LOTSA Spring LOC Derby Results
LOTSA would like to congratulate Mark Kephart who won the LOTSA prize money for catching the biggest salmon weighed by a club member in the Spring LOC Derby.
Mark and his father in law Gene Johnson launched their 19 foot Quintrex center console boat named “Music Maker” from Fort Niagara May 10th and headed west out of the thick muddy water that the Niagara River was pumping into Lake Ontario. While trolling in 80 feet of water just east of the Welland Canal the 23.12 lb king salmon was fooled by a flasher/fly combo on a wire diver rig. The initial run was in excess of 300 feet. Once brought to the boat, the fish tried to weave through the downrigger cables and wrap the other diver, it finally made its way to the net after a 20 minute battle.
Congratulations Mark and Gene!
2017 LOTSA Pen Rearing Program:
Register or Renew your LOTSA membership as well as view the current LOTSA Membership list.
A fun tournament with simple rules that encourages family participation & promotion of the fishery.
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
- Olcott Harbor Web Cam
- Sandy Creek Web Cam
- LOC Leaderboard
- Marine Forecast Niagara to Sodus
- Marine Forecase Niagara to Hamlin
- 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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