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

Seminar by Capt. Matt Dunn – Spring Salmon Techniques
On Thursday  April  13 at 7pm, the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) will be sponsoring a Seminar by Capt Matt Dunn on techniques for spring  Salmon fishing on Lake Ontario. Matt has been fishing on Lake Ontario for the past 15 years out of the ports of Wilson and Olcott. The last 4 years Matt and his fishing team have put together  some big tournament wins on the west end of the lake. In 2013 they won the  amateur division in The King of Lake.2014 saw them take the win in the salmon division in the spring Loc.2016 saw them not only win the spring Loc grand prize they also won the fall Fish Odessey aboard his 27 ft Tiara. In both of those tournaments they also captured the first place award for the largest King caught by a LOTSA member. Matt is also a LOTSA board member where he is on the tournament and picnic committees helping to keep the Lake Ontario fishery at the top of the Great Lakes.

As an added bonus Ron Morcio Daiwa pro staffer along with Roy Hryckowian owner of Nick’s Sporting Goods, and Capt. Rich Hajecki will be there telling us about the new Diawa rods and reels for trolling on the Great Lakes. They will also have them for sale so be sure to bring extra money  so you can take advantage of some great deals.

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.

2017 LOTSA Pen Rearing Program:
For the last several years, LOTSA’s net pen project located in Olcott NY has been one of the most successful pen projects in New York, producing some of the largest and healthiest young salmon and steelhead seen on the south shore of Lake Ontario.

One of the keys to the success of this project is largely due to the cooperation and participation of the Town of Newfane Marina employees.  Over the years they have ensured that almost every scheduled feeding has taken place.  This has resulted in consistent growth and a high quality end product for all of us to enjoy.  They have done a great job, and we thank them for their tireless efffort.  Through 2016, the baby fish have been fed five times per day by broadcasting the feed little bits at a time over the top of the pens.  The food drops through the net on top of the pens falling to the waiting fish.  Depending on how the food is spread and the size of handful used, food could possibly make it all the way through the pen without being eaten.  This year (2017) we have purchased automatic feeders (pictured below) for the pens.  There will be two feeders suspended over each pen.  Over the course of twelve hours food will be trickled very slowly into the pens allowing for a more consistent feed and hopefully no waste.

Volunteers are always needed and welcomed.  Please come out and help the club and the fishery.

Some key dates to remember for 2017 are:

  • April 8 – The pens will be assembled and placed into the water.  Lots of help is needed for this, Bring side cutters.
  • April 9-15 – At some point yet to be determined this week the fish will be delivered.  Very fun and interesting.  Bring the kids!
  • May 4 – Pens will be removed and cleaned.  There is never enough help for this evolution. Lunch will be provided.

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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