About This Club

LOTSA is a group of mainly weekend recreational fishermen who are dedicated to the enhancement and promotion of the Lake Ontario Sport-Fishery and a strong proponent of Catch & Release.

  1. What's new in this club
  2. When we received our fish on April 9th, the plan was to keep them for 21 days. Due to the cold water in the Harbor the fish have grown slower than we have seen in past years with warmer water in the harbor. As a result, we will be holding them for a week longer than we have in the past to give them the opportunity to grow a little larger prior to their release. The pens will be removed, cleaned and prepared for storage on Wednesday May 9th. We will meet at The Town Of Newfane Marina at 9am and git-er-done. This evolution takes quite a bit of help and we normally run short. So, if you can please come out and help get the nets ready for storage. Bring rain suits for pressure washing and side cutters for zip ties. We will be weighing the fish this Tuesday evening at 5:30pm and again on the 7th. If you would like to check it out, please feel free to join us. Thanks to everyone who has made this project a success.
  3. The LOTSA Tournament Committee will be meeting 1 hour prior to this Thursday's club meeting. They will be discussing the upcoming tournament and any changes or additions that may be considered. This meeting is open to all who are interested. So, that's 6:00pm for the tournament committee and 7:00pm for the LOTSA Club meeting. The Club meeting should be very good this month, tons of information will be given. Don't miss this one!
  4. Thanks to everyone that came out on this cold blustery day to prepare our pens for the salmon and steelhead that are coming Monday. I didn't get a firm count, but I believe there were over 40 volunteers. Thanks to the Town Of Newfane Marina and it's employees for their continued help with this project they are truly professionals. Also a big thanks to Roy Letcher and the East Side Market for providing coffee all morning and Pizza for lunch. The food and service at the East Side Market is top notch. Remember, our fish are being delivered this Monday the 9th around 1:00pm. Come on out and help fill our pens. Hopefully it will be a little warmer than today.
  5. Don't forget, Pens go in this Saturday morning at 9:30 am. Our fish will be delivered On Monday April 9th at approximately 1:00 pm. So come on down for one or both days, we need as much help as we can get. Dress warm and bring side cutters on Saturday. Town Of Newfane Marina in Olcott NY.
  6. On Thursday APRIL 12 at 7pm, the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) will be sponsoring a Seminar featuring Capt. Vince Pierleoni on tournament spring king techniques. Vince has been in the charter business for 31 years consistently filling the box with kings for very satisfied customers. He is also one of the top tournament fishermen along with his Team Thrillseeker placing at or near the top of the leader board tournament after tournament. He has put together 12 pro wins along with 6 Challenge Cup wins. You will also find him as a guest speaker at many fishing seminars across the area. Also speaking that night will be Shawn Considine from the US Customs and Border Protection. He will be there to talk and answer questions about the laws and requirements when crossing over to fish in Canadian waters. 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.
  7. Great News! Today we received notice that our fish will be delivered April 9th around 1:00 pm. So make plans to come out and help put our fish in the pens. We will meet at the Town Of Newfane Marina at 12:30 to get ready for the delivery. Don't forget that the pens will be assembled on Saturday April 7th at 9:30 at the Town of Newfane Marina. Dress for the conditions and bring side cutters to trim zip ties.
  8. On Saturday April 7th, LOTSA will be assembling the net pens for our 67,100 chinook salmon and 3,500 steelhead. We will be meeting at the Town of Newfane Marina in Olcott NY at 9:30am. Please dress warm and bring side cutters to clip zip ties. Come out and help a great cause, make and meet new friends. There will be donuts and coffee provided.
  9. Nice job guys! Great report and nice to see the tournament was big success
  10. 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! Sent from my VS995 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  11. Tournament Update Reminder: This year we are having a 6am shotgun start for both tournaments. You must check in each day with the "Port Boat" from the port you are starting from. This will be done on channel 10 or by cell phone prior to the 6am shotgun start. If you leave port after 6am, check in with your "Port Boat" as you leave port. If you are not checked in, you will be disqualified and your catch for the day will not be weighed. The "Port Boats" are as follows: Fort Niagara - Ray Mahtook - 973-919-0090 Wilson - Matt Dunn - 716-531-1153 Olcott - Anthony Ellis - 716-801-1020 Oak - John Suttell - 585-813-4066 Sent from my VS995 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
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  16. On Thursday July 13 at 7pm, the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) will be sponsoring a Seminar by Master Capt Matt Yablonsky of Wet Net Charters on small boat tactics for summer time King Salmon. Matt has been fishing Lake Ontario and the Niagra River for 17 years, chartering for the last 11 years, 4 of which were as a full time charter business. Matt fishes out of his 21 ft Lund Tyee Magnum which he trailers allowing him to go where the fish are while fishing up to 250 days each year. He has been very successful on the tournament trail with 38 top 20 finishes in the LOC derbies including 2 grand prize and 6 first place division finishes. He is also a 2 time winner of the Niagra Pro Am in 2006 & 2012. He will be talking about his techniques and answering questions on ways you can be successful while fishing from a smaller boat. 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. Sent from my SM-G900V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  17. LOTSA Tournament Time is just around the corner!! Friday July 21st and Saturday July 22nd! Have you thought about fishing a salmon tournament in the past? Not interested in a high stress, high entry fee tournament? Do you fish alone?? – Not a problem here! Then the LOTSA Tournaments are for you! We offer options that cater to all anglers from small boats to large, offer 4 ports to launch from (Niagara River, Wilson, Olcott and Oak Orchard) with a shotgun start from each; our Curt Meddaugh Memorial Tournament is FREE, open communication and a chance to make some new friends while you’re at. On Saturday July 22nd we even offer a free catered picnic to ALL LOTSA members and family. We have had over 30 boats the last 2 years and hope to grow the tournament again this year! The Curt Meddaugh Memorial Tournament is FREE Pays back 3 places! Link to register and rules below! Rules and registration details provided at this link à https://lotsa1.org/sign-up-curt-meddaugh-tournament/ Food Bank of Western NY will be accepting fish donations following the tournament – please keep your fish on ice if you are donating! Interested in putting a little more skin in the game?? We offer 2 additional options! Saturday July 22nd – LOTSA Tournament - $60 entry - link provided below Rules and registration details provided at this link à https://lotsa1.org/sign-up-lotsa-tournament/ Friday/Saturday – LOTSA 323 - $50 entry – MUST BE REGISTERED IN THE LOTSA Tournament – our spin off of the famous 333 out of Lake Michigan! Rules and registration details provided at this link à https://lotsa1.org/sign-up-323-tournament/ LOTSA Picnic – Saturday July 22nd – RAIN or SHINE – regardless if day is a wash due to weather and winds. Krull Park – Lion’s Pavilion – all details at link below Raffle drawings for tackle 50/50 Raffle Picnic will be catered for food and drinks! Bring your family Must register at this link à https://lotsa1.org/sign-up-lotsa-picnic/ We look forward to seeing you all there!! Please let us know if you have any questions!
  18. LOTSA TOURNAMENT/PICNIC Just a reminder to get signed up for the LOTSA TOURNAMENT/PICNIC on July 22. We also have a the FREE Friday tournament an our second year 323 tournament! Check out the LOTSA website to sign up and details!!
  19. If you've evet seen yellow spots on late season salmon and wondered what they are, here's an article explaining what we are seeing. http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364_52259_48361-316009--,00.html Sent from my VS995 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  20. 2017 Pen Rearing Wrapup LOTSA had another successful Pen Rearing year despite the late arrival of our fish from the DEC and the high water problems. We want to thank all of the volunteers who gave up their time to help with this project. We had enough volunteers for every task of the project that allowed us to complete them in a timely manner. I want to thank Bob Fishlock for the great job he has done managing this project over the past 5 years. It’s due to his leadership and hard work that our pen project has been so successful. Bob will be transitioning his role to Alan Sauerland for our 2018 project. I encourage you all to thank both Bob and Alan when you see them for doing this project as we all enjoy catching many of the Kings & Steelhead from our Pen Project. We also want to extend a warm "thank you" to Niagara County Legislature Chairman Keith McNall and Legislators Will Collins and John Syracuse for their recent contributions to the LOTSA net pen project in Olcott, assisting with the purchase of automatic feeders to the Olcott and Wilson projects. Syracuse reached out to his colleagues to come up with $1,000 in Casino Funds. In addition, like last year, $500 from the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Charity Fishing Contest held May 17 will also be given to LOTSA. An agreement was made with Syracuse and Bill Hilts, Jr. that if LOTSA helped with the weigh in and other tasks for the day, a minimum of $500 would be contributed to the pen efforts. Thank you for being important community partners and helping to enhance our Lake Ontario fishery. Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry Comment Share
  21. On Thursday June 8th at 7pm the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) will be hosting a seminar by Captain Marty Polovick on catching big Walleyes. Captain Marty has been fishing and catching big Walleyes for 33 years on Lake Erie. He is currently fishing out of his 20 ft Starcraft rightly named 4 Poles. Marty fishes out of various ports such as The Small Boat Harbor, Barcelona, Dunkirk and Cattaraugus creek. He has placed many times in the Southtowns Walleye Tournament using his years of experience to consistently land big Walleyes. He will be sharing some of his tactics along with answering any questions you may have to increase your chances of putting more Walleyes in your boat. This is one seminar you don’t want to miss. 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. Sent from my VS995 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  22. That fish looks bigger than 23 lbs. great photo and congratulations! vic
  23. Nice fish Mark & Gene - congrats!
  24. LOTSA would like to congratulate Mark Kephart who won the $1000 LOTSA prize money for catching the biggest salmon weighed by a club member in the Spring LOC Derby. Mark and his father in law Gene Johnson launched their 19 foot Quintrex center console boat named “Music Maker” from Fort Niagara May 10th and headed west out of the thick muddy water that the Niagara River was pumping into Lake Ontario. While trolling in 80 feet of water just east of the Welland Canal the 23.12 lb king salmon was fooled by a flasher/fly combo on a wire diver rig. The initial run was in excess of 300 feet. Once brought to the boat, the fish tried to weave through the downrigger cables and wrap the other diver, it finally made its way to the net after a 20 minute battle. Congratulations Mark and Gene! Sent from my VS995 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  25. Last Thursday May 4th we pulled the LOTSA pens from Olcott Harbor. The fish were a little smaller than normal, but were only held for 17 days this year. The feeders worked well and we thank the Town of Newfane Marina for making sure the feeders were filled every day. We would also like to thank all who helped throughout the duration of this years project. Here are a few pictures from Thursday. Sent from my VS995 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  26. That was a absolute fantastic well organized group of people that responding to this event that provides to all those with a line in the water. I take care of the fish for our gun club, we raise our own also. It's truly amazing how fast these fish grow. Even the hatchery guys were annoyed that our fish were bigger than theres. It's to bad that I live so far from the lake, being disabled I could do a lot of the stuff other don't care for, but that's not the case. But to guys and gals that gave their time!!
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