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


Attention Great Lakes Salmon Fishermen! On Saturday, January 20, 2018 the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) is proud to (once again) host its well-known in-depth Salmon School. This highly acclaimed school, now in its 11thyear, has become the premier Salmon School anywhere in the Great Lakes. What started out as a local event 10 years ago now sees many diehard salmon anglers from across the Great Lakes and Canada attending. The School, coupled with all of the trout and salmon exhibitors at the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo, makes this a “must attend” three-day winter event for many.

The School consists of six hours of detailed instruction taught by three expert captains and this year they are:

Capt. Captain Richard Hajecki (Crazy Yankee Sportfishing out of the ports of Oak Orchard, Wilson & Rochester NY); Capt. Greg Amiel (Fishing 4 Tails guiding service out of multiple Canadian Lake Ontario ports and Capt. Jason Coslow (KC-1 Sport Fishing out of numerous eastern Lake Michigan ports).

These three captains offer a huge amount of on-the-water experience trolling for trout and salmon along with a proven tournament track record of high placement in the most prestigious tournaments over many years. They are a much diversified set of instructors and will provide a class full of insights and details that no one single instructor would be able to provide. They are all skilled communicators and very well known for sharing their fishing knowledge and daily fishing trips with anglers to help them to be more successful fishing the lake. Each brings their own unique set of trolling skills, techniques and knowledge to the class. Given the depth of the knowledge base of these instructors and their proven ability to educate anglers, we expect this school to be another high quality, comprehensive, in-depth, information-packed event that our attendees have come to expect from this annual day-long instruction.


Captain Richard Hajecki

Captain Richard Hajecki has been fishing Lake Ontario for 30 years. His father introduced him and his brother, Captain Craig Hajecki, to salmon and trout fishing when they were just six or seven years old. The addiction took hold and Captain Richard became the household alarm clock every weekend of the season! Captain Richard started out fishing the ESLO Derby, which changed hands and became the LOC Derby with family and friends. Around 2004, the Hajecki family decided to give tournaments a try on the amateur side, and they had some success. In 2007, they switched over to the Pro side of tournament fishing and they won their first event – the Orleans County Pro-Am! Since then Captain Richard has led team Yankee Troller to 10 tournament wins, 36 Top 5 placings, and 16 Top 10 placings since 2007. Each season he participates in tournaments held in both countries and on both ends of Lake Ontario. One of Captain Richard’s biggest accomplishments was in 2013 when he led team Yankee Troller onto winning the Lake Ontario Challenge Cup Championship. When Captain Richard isn’t tournament fishing he is chartering under his business Crazy Yankee Sportfishing. He is generally the first boat in during late March as he probes the waters off Rochester for Spring Brown Trout. Around May 1st he can be found off the Niagara Bar catching Spring King Salmon out of the Port of Wilson. Once the West end tournaments are over he heads back to the Port he calls home at Pt. Breeze on the Oak Orchard River. You can follow Captain Richard’s fishing reports on his blog as well as his business’s Facebook page – Crazy Yankee Sportfishing. He is sponsored by Cannon Downriggers | Humminbird Electronics | Bay Rat Lures | Dreamweaver Lures | A-TOM-MIK Manufacturing | Daiwa Rods and Reels | Smart Troll | FishUSA | McCoy Fishing Line | Familiar Bite | Under Armour.


Greg Amiel

Greg Amiel is a 44 year old Richmond Hill, Ontario resident, owner of Fishing 4 Tails guiding service. As a Multi-Species Pro Angling Specialist, Greg fishes on average 150 days a year on the water. His character is driven to fish, with always wanting to gain more knowledge in a better bite, new techniques and figuring out daily fish patterns. Greg has won many tournaments and derbies throughout Lake Ontario for salmon and other species in the past 10 years. Greg and his family currently hold 11 IGFA World Records.

Greg targets fish of all species from musky to salmon in his surrounding waters. Ontario is a goldmine in terms of the many lakes and multi species all within a couple hours drive. With his salt water background, he is able to apply many different strategies, to increase his odds in tournaments and keeping his clients busy reeling in fish. He is able to teach anglers various techniques with his broad knowledge of seasonal patterns, lunar phases, water quality, baitfish movement and the when and where of fishing. He is sponsored by Lund, Mercury, Scotty, Gibbs Delta, Smooth Moves Seats, Shimano, J.B.’s Fishing Depot, Off Shore Tackle and Wack ‘M Tackle.


Jason Coslow

Jason Coslow has been chasing salmon and trout in Michigan waters (rivers, streams and Lake Michigan) since he was old enough to hold a fishing pole. His addiction to tournament fishing started over 20 years ago and he has become one of the most successful and most respected captains on the Tournament Trail. Jason is a charter captain and leads one of the winningest teams, KC-1, on Lake Michigan. He is well known by his clients as a great teacher that will take the time to share his knowledge and experience with anyone who asks. Lastly, Jason and his team took the title of Salmon Showdown Broadcast Champions in 2016.

The Salmon School is not meant for novices to the Lake Ontario fishery. It is a “hard core” salmon class targeted toward providing the “experienced weekend warrior” with additional insights and details to improve their catch in the limited time they have on the water. As the Great Lakes continue to change and become a much more challenging fishery, knowledge is often the difference between having a couple of bites or having steady bites throughout the day.

The LOTSA Salmon School is a custom class built from the input from the attendees on what is most important to them to cover. It is not an “off the shelf” class for the masses. Each attendee will have the opportunity to submit their top three topics that they want to have covered in the class. The instructors will then use this input to customize the curriculum to cover these particular areas.


The registration price includes free admission to the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo on Saturday and Sunday, your 2018 LOTSA Membership, a hot buffet lunch on Saturday with beverages available throughout the class and a “goodie” bag consisting of the “go to” baits of the instructors. The class (and Expo) is held at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls in a “state of the art” conference room with a large screen, stage, good seating with tables and a good sound system that all make for a comfortable venue throughout the day for everyone attending. Given the quality of what you will be taught, coupled with the lunch, “goodie bag” and free admissions, it is a terrific value and a great way to start your 2018 season. Where else would you want to be in the Great Lakes on a Saturday in January than at a nice and comfortable venue talking salmon fishing with a room full of individuals with the same common interest that you have?  Doors open at 730 for check in and the class runs from 830 to 330.

The School sells out every year as many of the attendees come back year after year which is the ultimate testimony to the value of attending the school. Early signups are encouraged to give the instructors enough time to build the curriculum for the desired topics and so that you are guaranteed a seat to avoid being left out in the cold.



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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Local Weather

Lockport, NY

Lakeshore Flood Warning

6:51 AM EST on November 19, 2017
1:00 AM EST on November 20, 2017
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Windy. Mostly cloudy skies with a few rain or snow showers this afternoon. High 38F. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precip 50%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
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