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 >>

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2022 LOTSA Annual Year End Meeting

On Thursday December 8th at 7pm, the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) will be having our annual end of year meeting. Special guests for this meeting will be the New York State DEC including Steve Hurst DECs Chief of the Bureau of Fisheries. One of the ways that the DEC is managing the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Fishery is by participating in meetings where a significant number of Lake Ontario anglers will be in attendance. They want to hear directly from those anglers who heavily use the Fishery and their input about the 2022 season along with answering any questions they might have.

We highly encourage those anglers who are interested in the constant improvement of the fishery to attend and provide their input. Pizza and drinks will be available compliments of LOTSA. Rumor has it that Santa (our very own Marty Polovick) might make a special appearance; you sure don’t want to miss that. Hope to see everyone there as it should be a very informative meeting to end the year out.

Article written by John Suttell LOTSA

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!

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.

2023 LOTSA Salmon School

Attention Great Lakes Salmon Fishermen! The Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) is proud to (once again) host its well-known in-depth Salmon School on Saturday, February 18, 2023. This highly acclaimed school, now in its 13th year, has become the premier Salmon School anywhere in the Great Lakes. What started out as a local event now attracts many diehard salmon anglers from around the Great Lakes and Canada attending. The School, coupled with all the trout and salmon exhibitors at the Greater Niagara Fishing Expo (February 16 – 19), makes this a “must attend” winter event for many.

Each year the intense class is enhanced based upon the input from those who attended the previous School. Based upon that input, Capt. Vince Pierleoni (Lake Ontario west end and north shore), Capt. Russell Gahagan (Lake Michigan) and Capt. Rob Mallory (Lake Ontario east end) have been selected to be the main instructors for the 2023 School. The School again will be targeted for the experienced Lake Ontario Salmon Fisherman as Vince, Russell and Rob will do a “deep dive” into the specific tools and techniques they utilize to make them consistently successful chasing Kings. The focus will be on the 3 main (open lake) Lake Ontario Salmon fishing periods (May, July, and August) and dive into the more technical aspects for each of these months relating to location, the “right” water, deep-water King tactics, locating and catching offshore Kings and on fishing “meat” among many other tactics. This instruction will include some detailed video footage which should help the learning process.

Click here for more details on the School LOTSA Salmon School | Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo (niagarafishingexpo.com)

It’s not too early to start making you plans to attend with your fishing buddies.

LOTSA Membership

Register or Renew your LOTSA membership as well as view the current LOTSA Membership list.

Salmon School

The well-known, in-depth salmon school of detailed instruction taught by top captains.

LOTSA Tournament

A fun tournament with simple rules that encourages family participation & promotion of the fishery.

LOTSA Picnic

Picnic and raffle on for this year!

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!

323 Tournament

Fishing tournament with 3 fish weighed in over 2 days with 3 winners.

Quick Links

Below you will find a collection of links that the members of LOTSA have found useful, educational and entertaining over the years.

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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