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

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

No August Meeting
Just a reminder that there will be NO AUGUST MEETING.  Thank you.

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 Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Avenue (Route 78 two miles north of Lockport), Lockport, NY 14094. The Seminar is open to the public and free to attend. See WWW.LOTSA1.ORG for any questions.


The LOTSA Tournament Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the tournaments and picnic!  It was a great time as usual!

Congratulations to Captain Adam Gearich of Team Diversion II on their LOTSA Saturday Tourney Win!  Tim Bromund who was a team member was able to bring in a 26.04lb King caught between Wilson and Olcott in 100 feet of water on a wire diver with a flasher fly combination!

2nd Place winner was Captain Tom Danaher with Team Reel Nauti!  Tom found a good concentration of fish in 300 to 350 feet of water in front of Olcott.  Tom pulled out one of his secret spoons he painted up black, orange and red.  He put it down 90 feet and said it wasn’t down there more than a few minutes when a 24.49lb king hit!

3rd Place winner was Captain Marlowe Beis with Team Leviathan!  Marlowe’s team motto – “Last team to leave the docks and first to return” proved to work well!  After going against that rule on Friday and getting on the water “early” at 8:30 they decided to take their time Saturday setting the first line at 10:45!  A flasher with a big weenie uv flie took their fish which weighed 24.43lbs!  Congratulations!

323 Winners
1st Place Captain Joe Yaeger and team Salmonella leveraging a 32.04lb giant Sandy Brown landed Friday a flasher attomik fly combo!  Team Salmonella ended up with a 3 fish box of 72.46lbs!

2nd Place Captain Matt Dunn of Team Streaker with a weight of 70.99lbs!  Matt picked up a nice 23lber early on Saturday on a flasher attomik fly combo with first mate Doug Parker handling the rod!

3rd Place Captain Marty Polovick of Team 4-Poles!  Marty who is no stranger to the tournament scene had another great showing with a 3 fish total of 65.11!  Deckhand Kevin Flaherty was able to land some nice fish with Marty providing expert advice.
Congratulations to all the winners!  We were actually able to pay out 9 slots in the LOTSA Tournament due to the number of boats!  Maybe next year we will finally break the 40 mark!  Thank you again to everyone who participated in this year’s event.



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

A free family picnic with great food and company held along side the LOTSA Tournament.

Curt Meddaugh Tournament

Tournament to catch and weight three largest fish; the combined weight determining the winner.

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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"Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers... "

– Herbert Hoover

Local Weather

Lockport, NY

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