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 >>
Latest Club News & Happenings
September 10th Meeting is Canceled due to COVID-19
Attention, The General Membership Meetings will be held at 7pm at the North Amherst Fire Company, 2200 Tonawanda Creek Rd, Amherst, NY 14228
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).
SEMINARS & GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS:
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”
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
LOTSA LOC Summer LOC Derby Winner:
Cindy Culverwell of Ransomville won the LOTSA LOC Derby prize of $750 and took first place
in the Salmon Division for the Summer LOC Derby on the final weekend of the derby. Fishing
with her husband, Wayne, aboard their 21-foot Fish Hawk Celebrity named “All In,” they were
fishing 5 miles west of Wilson (Niagara County) in 60 feet of water.
“We were getting ready to quit for the day and came into shallow water, running a wire diver
108 feet back on a No. 3 setting with an 8-inch Dreamweaver 2-face Spin Doctor with a
Diabolical meat rig and N & D cut bait,” Culverwell said. We were in the process of pulling rods
when the fish hit. It took over 300′ of line out and 30 minutes to reel in. “And at 29 pounds, 12
ounces, it was the biggest salmon that I have ever reeled in.” It came at a good time to win the
$1,000 first-place prize as well as a $500 check for the big salmon of the week.
Register or Renew your LOTSA membership as well as view the current LOTSA Membership list.
A fun tournament with simple rules that encourages family participation & promotion of the fishery.
Below you will find a collection of links that the members of LOTSA have found useful, educational and entertaining over the years.
- Officers & Board of Directors
- LOTSA Facebook Page
- At the Oak
- Lake Ontario United
- Olcott Fishing
- Fish Odyssey
- Bill Hilts' Fishfinder
- Greater Niagara Outdoor Expo
- Bill Hilts Jr. Outdoor Beat TV
- Lake Ontario Buoy Data Map
- Oak Orchard Weather Buoy
- Olcott Harbor Web Cam
- Sandy Creek Web Cam
- LOC Leaderboard
- Marine Forecast Lake Ontario
- Lake Ontario Surface Currents
- Lake Ontario Suface Temp
- Satellite View - Lake Ontario
- Satellite View - Lake Erie
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.
"Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers... "
– Herbert Hoover
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