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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Attention, The General Membership Meetings will be held at 7pm at the North Amherst Fire Company, 2200 Tonawanda Creek Rd, Amherst, NY 14228



Thursday April 2 – Early Spring King Techniques on the Canadian side of the Niagara Bar with Captain Roy Hryckowian

Thursday May 7 – “At the Dock’ talking Kings with Captain Mike Johannes

Thursday June 11 – May Kings Recap Roundtable with multiple LOTSA Captains

Thursday July 9 –  A Simple Summertime King Program with Captain Joe Yaeger

Thursday September 10 – 2020 Hot Baits, Techniques, Winterazation Roundtable of LOTSA Captains

Thursday December 10 – Annual Christmas Party

17th Annual LOTSA King Salmon Tournaments & Free Picnic July 18

10th Annual Curt Meddaugh Memorial Free Tournament Friday July 17

Salmon Pen Rearing Program:  April at Olcott (Newfane Marina).



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.


LOTSA “Tournaments within a Tournament, free for LOTSA Members” 

Spring LOC Derby            $1000 Cash Largest Salmon         5/8 – 5/17

Summer LOC Derby        $750   Cash Largest Salmon          6/27 – 7/26

NYS Summer Classic      $250   Cash Largest Salmon          7/1 – 8/31

Fish Odyssey                    $700   Cash Largest Salmon         8/22 – 8/29

Fall LOC Derby Wk #1      $500   Cash Largest Salmon         8/21 – 8/29

Fall LOC Derby Wk #2      $500 Cash Largest Salmon           8/30 – 9/07



New offering for 2020 is a LOTSA Flea Market:
We have had some members inquiring about having a flea market where LOTSA members would be able to sell some of their used fishing tackle and equipment. We are sending this out to see how much interest we have into putting one together. We would be holding this on April 2nd from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm before our first scheduled meeting of 2020. Tables would be provided for your set up. You would be responsible for selling your items and taking home what you have left. LOTSA will not be collecting any money from you. If you are interested in a table, please contact Board Member John Suttell no later than February 29th at (585) 813-4066 or email [email protected]

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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