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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.
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  2. On Thursday September 9th at 7pm, the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) will be sponsoring a Seminar on Fall Stream Salmon and Trout Techniques with club members Scott Rohe and Wade Rowcliffe. They will be discussing techniques that they use to be successful in the fall and winter season fishing the tributaries on the western end of Lake Ontario. Wade grew up fishing Oatka Creek with his brother Vic as kids. He has been trib fishing for the last 15 years and has refined some of his fishing techniques he learned as a young adult and applies them to the fall and winter fishing season. He starts steam fishing in late October and goes through April until it is time to get the boat out and getting back on the lake. So if you already fish the steams or are thinking about starting to, you won’t want to miss this seminar that is sure to be very informative. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE BACK TO MEETING AT THE NORTH AMHERST FIRE COMPANY ON TONAWANDA CREEK ROAD AFTER BEING UNABLE TO BECAUSE OF COVID FOR THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF. 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. Submitted by John Suttell
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  4. LOTSA Members - We are changing the location for the Saturday weigh in and picnic location to accommodate the large number of boats and individuals who have already signed up. We were unable to get our usual large pavilion at Krull Park this year and we decided based upon the signups so far, that we need a larger location to make it work for us. We will now be at the Olcott Harbor Resort. This is located directly across the road from The Boat Doctors. There is a large parking lot there and two party tents which we will be using for the Saturday event. I want to throw out a big thank you to Nike and the Olcott Harbor Resort for helping us out last minute. Come and support this local campground and motel the same way they supported LOTSA.
  5. Hi LOTSA members! Our club tournament is approaching and just over a week away! I just want to remind everyone that the sign ups close on this upcoming Tuesday. Pleased get signed up and get ready to catch some of those big kings that are out there this year! I also want to inform everyone of a few things/ updates. We will be going back to the buffet style bbq dinner instead of the original prepackaged meal that we originally had planned. With this being said, a ticket will still be REQUIRED to eat. We also received a donation in honor of Harry Zimmerman. At his wife's request, it will go toward kids prizes. The kids (under 16 years of age) MUST fish to have a chance at winning the prizes. So please get the kids involved in this great sport and get them out fishing! We are also paying back at least 8 spots for the Saturday main tournament and possibly more if additional boats sign up. Lastly, I want to remind everyone that we will have a Big Fish payout on Friday along with the traditional top 3 spots receiving money. Please direct message me with questions!
  6. On Thursday July 8 at 7pm, the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) will be holding their June meeting at the Town of Newfane Marina in Olcott. PLEASE NOTE THE MEETING LOCATION CHANGE FOR OUR JULY MEETING. The meeting will feature Capt. Chris Petrucci on Fall LOC Derby Winning Techniques. Chris fishes out of Bootleggers Cove Marine at the port of Wilson aboard D Day his 27 ft Tiara. Chris has been quite successful the past few years placing in all of the late summer tournaments. Last year his teams finishes included LOC 16th& 19th in the Salmon division, Big fish of the day twice and LOTSA big fish award. The Fish Odyssey Salmon division 2nd & 3rd, Big fish of the day twice also the LOTSA big fish award. NYS Summer Classic the Salmon division and the LOTSA big fish award. Chris will be sharing his techniques and answering questions on what has made him successful fishing the western end of Lake Ontario during the late summer tournaments. Be sure to follow all CDC and N.Y. State Covid guidelines to help keep everyone safe. Hope to see everyone there. 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! Written by John Suttell
  7. The 2021 LOTSA tournament is a little over a month away! We are excited to get the tournament back to "normal" with the picnic and raffle back this year! Please get signed up and let's bounce back after covid with a bigger and even better tournament! The LOTSA tournament website is live and ready for sign ups! https://lotsa1.org/
  8. On Thursday June 3rd at 7pm, the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) will be holding their June meeting at the Town of Newfane Marina in Olcott. PLEASE NOTE THE MEETING LOCATION CHANGE FOR OUR JUNE MEETING. The meeting will feature a roundtable discussion of LOTSA captains featuring Marty Polovick, Steve Olay and Joe Yaeger. They will be speaking and answering questions on July Salmon Tournament Techniques. All three of them have consistently placed in our LOTSA and local tournaments throughout the years. Between them they have a lot of years and knowledge of fishing the western end of Lake Ontario. It’s a great time to pick up some helpful tips as we get ready for what should be another great year on the lake. Be sure to follow all CDC and N.Y. State Covid guidelines to help keep everyone safe. Hope to see everyone there. 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! Submitted by John Suttell
  9. 2021 LOTSA Pen Rearing Wrap Up This year LOTSA’s Pen Rearing Project expanded again. For 21 days we held 111,000 Chinook salmon and 17,000 Steelhead in nine fish pens located at the Town of Newfane Marina in Olcott NY. The pens were assembled on March 27th LOTSA members and a few volunteers from Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers. The fish were received on April 6th and moved in pens to their temporary homes on “A” dock in Eighteen Mile Creek. At receipt, the Chinook salmon weighed 126 fish/lb and the Steelhead were 24 fish/lb. During their stay, they were fed continuously via belt feeders that were loaded every morning by Dennis Stabler, Capt. Vince Pierleoni and Marina Director Scott Scheffler. The warmer water temperatures and continuous feeding led to impressive growth during their stay and some of the best product that we have seen. On April 25th the Steelhead and April 28th the Chinook salmon were released into the harbor just before dusk to minimize risk of predation from birds and other fish. At release the Chinook averaged 67.4 fish per pound and the Steelhead averaged 15.97 fish per pound. NYDEC had “Hazers” working in the harbor for 2 days after the fish release to deter predation from birds as well. This project would not be possible without an incredible amount of help from volunteers and generosity from local businesses. I would like to thank Scott Scheffler and The Town of Newfane for support throughout the project, also The Boat Doctor/Tackle Barn and The East Side Market in Olcott. Please support these businesses and show them your appreciation too.
  10. On Thursday May 6 at 7pm, the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) will be sponsoring a Seminar by Capt Mike Johannes from the back of his boat at the Bootleggers Cove Marina at Wilson Harbor. Mike will be sharing his knowledge and techniques on fishing for spring King Salmon at the Niagara Bar and the port of Wilson. Mike will be doing his seminar from the back of his boat a 39 ft Sea Ray “On The Rocks IV with a hands on approach, going over boat set up and also proven techniques he has developed over his many years on the lake. Mike has been fishing Lake Ontario since the early 1970s. Mike started chartering in 1991as a first mate with his father then in 2000 he got his captain license and has continued on with the family tradition ever since. Some of his accomplishments include winning the 2000 Niagara Pro Am and 2nd place in 2018 Wilson Invitational plus many top 10s in other tournaments. Mike has also helped many of his customers place in the top 10 in the lakes different tournaments. As an added bonus Bay Rat Lures will be there to do a short presentation on their new Salmon and Trout product offerings for this year.The seminar is the day before the start of the spring LOC so you might be able to get some useful tips you could use to better your chances in the derby. Remember to wear your mask and practicing social distancing to help keep everyone safe. We hope to see you there to kick off the 2021 fishing season. 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 Seminar is open to the public and free to attend. See WWW.LOTSA1.ORG for any questions. Written by: John Suttell
  11. 2021 LOTSA Pen Rearing 2020 presented challenges for everyone, especially with Covid19 thrown into the mix. With the regulations set by the state and the uncertainty of how the virus would affect us and the process that we use to build and maintain the pen project, LOTSA decided not to put our members at risk of infection. Some local charter captains stepped up and decided to make sure that the project still took place. There were a total of 6 pens and 111,000 chinook salmon that were held for 4 weeks before being released. In 2021, LOTSA will be running the project again. The pens will be assembled on Saturday March 27th at 9:30am at the Town of Newfane Marina. We will be assembling a total of 9 pens as the project is expanding. 5 pens will hold the 111,392 chinook salmon, the other 4 pens will hold 17,000 steelhead. This is the first year that 100% of the chinook salmon and steelhead stocked in 18 mile creek will go through the pen project. This will give all of them the best start possible and hopefully provide a stronger staging salmon fishery in 2024 and into the future. Easter is early this year which complicates the timeline a bit, so we aren’t sure when the fish will arrive. This information will be circulated at a later date. As always when building the pens, dress warm and bring your side cutters to clip zip ties. This year however with the virus still hanging around, we ask that you wear a face covering/mask at all times and do your best to keep socially distant from one another. Hot coffee/chocolate and pastries will be available to help keep you warm.
  12. 2021 LOTSA EVENTS WWW.LOTSA1.ORG SEMINARS & GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS: The dates of our meetings are listed below. They begin at 7pm at the North Amherst Fire Company, 2200 Tonawanda Creek Rd, Amherst, NY 14228. Please note May 6th meeting is in Wilson at Bootleggers Cove Marina. SEMINAR SERIES: Thursday April 8th - Canceled due to COVID Thursday May 6th - “At the Dock’ talking Kings With Captain Mike Johannes Thursday June 3rd - July Salmon Tournament Techniques Roundtable of LOTSA Captains Thursday July 8th - Fall LOC Derby Winning Techniques With Captain Chris Petrucci Thursday September 9th - Fall Stream Salmon Techniques With Scott Rohe and Wade Rowcl Thursday December 9th - Annual Christmas Party 18th Annual LOTSA King Salmon Tournaments & Free Picnic July 17th 11th Annual Curt Meddaugh Memorial Free Tournament Friday July 16th See LOTSA1.ORG to sign up and for the details on these 4 events LOTSA “Tournaments within a Tournament, free for LOTSA Members” Spring LOC Derby $1000 Cash Largest Salmon 5/7 – 5/16 Summer LOC Derby $750 Cash Largest Salmon 6/25 – 7/25 Fish Odyssey $700 Cash Largest Salmon 8/21 – 8/29 Fall LOC Derby Wk #1 $500 Cash Largest Salmon 8/20 – 8/28 Fall LOC Derby Wk #2 $500 Cash Largest Salmon 8/29 – 9/06 Salmon Pen Rearing Program: April at Olcott (Newfane Marina). See LOTSA1.ORG for the specifics.
  13. Just a reminder that Wednesday is the last day to sign up for the LOTSA tournament!!!
  14. We are less then a month away from the tournament. Make sure you get signed up!!
  15. LOTSA 2020 SALMON TOURNAMENT!! NEW RULES AND FORMAT SO MAKE SURE YOU READ EVERYTHING OVER CLOSELY!! The website is updated with tournament info and rules. Get your team signed up and enjoy our fantastic fishery! https://lotsa1.org/
  16. We regret to announce that due to virus concerns, we are canceling our April club meeting and Flea Market. Sorry for the inconvenience, hopefully this will be cleared up prior to the May meeting. Sent from my VS995 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  17. 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]
  18. PLEASE NOTE APRIL MEETING CHANGE 2020 LOTSA EVENTS WWW.LOTSA1.ORG SEMINARS & GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS: The dates of our meetings are listed below. They begin at 7pm at the North Amherst Fire Company, 2200 Tonawanda Creek Rd, Amherst, NY 14228. Please note May 7th meeting is in Wilson at Bootleggers Cove Marina. SEMINAR SERIES: Thursday April 2nd - Early Spring Kings on the Canadian side of the Niagara Bar With Captain Roy Hryckowian Thursday May 7th - “At the Dock’ talking Kings With Captain Mike Johannes Thursday June 11th - May Kings Recap Roundtable With multiple LOTSA Captains Thursday July 9th - A Simple Summertime King Program With Captain Joe Yaeger Thursday Sept. 10th - 2020 Hot Baits, Techniques, Winterazation Roundtable of LOTSA Captains Thursday Dec. 10th - Annual Christmas Party 17th Annual LOTSA King Salmon Tournaments & Free Picnic July 18th 10th Annual Curt Meddaugh Memorial Free Tournament Friday July 17th See LOTSA1.ORG to sign up and for the details on these 4 events 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 – 8/30 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 Salmon Pen Rearing Program: April at Olcott (Newfane Marina). See LOTSA1.ORG for the specifics.
  19. As we did last year, LOTSA will be able to offer LOTSA themed clothing items to our members. In order to avoid the upfront costs associated with producing the merchandise and carrying the inventory, LOTSA will continue our arrangement with “Special Tees” located in Geneseo, New York. Special Tees has created a website where our members can go online and purchase LOTSA merchandise; such as hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jacket, and UV protective shirts in men and women styles. The LOTSA member pays for the merchandise, applicable tax and shipping costs. Your order will be shipped directly to you. There is no cost to the club. Please be advised that this is not an on demand ordering system. There is a deadline in which you can place your order. Once the deadline expires, the website will not allow you to place an order. The reason for this is because Special Tees has to set up the printing equipment and will run all of our orders at the same time. This helps keep costs down. Bottom line –Do Not Procrastinate if you want to place an order! The website will be as follows: https://lota20.itemorder.com The website will be open from January 16, 2020-February 3, 2020. Thus, the last day to order is February 3, 2020.
  20. LOTSA 2020 Salmon School The Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) is proud to (once again) host its well-known in-depth Salmon School on Saturday January 18, 2020. This highly acclaimed school, now in its 13th year, has become the premier Salmon School anywhere in the Great Lakes. What started out as a local event 12 years ago now sees many diehard salmon anglers from across the Great Lakes and Canada attending. New for this year will be a “State of Lake Ontario” session put on by the DEC on Friday evening. This will offer the opportunity for Anglers who aren’t able to attend this session held on week nights during the winter, to receive this valuable information. It will be held just prior to the Salmon School “Meet & Greet” 7 pm Friday session where the Salmon School presenters along with the top DEC Fishery managers including Fishery Bureau Chief Steve Hurst will be available to discuss fishing in a casual setting. On Saturday, during the Salmon School lunch break. The DEC will be hosting an “Open House” providing the opportunity for additional 1 on 1 time with the key DEC Fishery decision makers and DEC Law Enforcement officers. Additional free Salmon seminars by well-known Salmon anglers including Bob Songin and Vince Pierleoni among others will be offered on Sunday. The School, coupled with all of the trout and salmon exhibitors, $69 Hotel rooms and additional education offerings at the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo (January 17 – 19), makes this a “must attend” three-day winter event for many. Each year the class is enhanced based upon the survey input provided by those that attended the previous School. Based upon that input, Pete Alex, Andy Bliss and Matt Yablonsky will return to take the class to the next level. They will do a much deeper dive into the specific tools and techniques they utilize that they didn’t have time to cover in their previous school. The focus will be on the 3 main Lake Ontario Salmon fishing months (May, July and August) and dive into the more technical aspects for each of these months relating to location, the “right” water, deep king tactics, locating and catching offshore Kings and on fishing “meat” among many others. The presentation will be geared toward experienced Salmon Recreational Anglers fishing from a 20 – 24 ft boat. The instruction will include some detailed video footage taken during the 2019 season which should help the learning process. Pete will cover the West End and North Shore fisheries, Andy will focus on the Eastern End fishery and Matt will focus on the Niagara Bar fishery. In addition, guest instructors Karl Chmilnitzky, who is a well-known highly successful recreational Canadian tournament fisherman, will cover north and south shore Canadian locations and King catching techniques for the “weekend warriors. Marine Electronics guru, Lance Valentine, will also make a guest appearance focusing on using your Sonar/GPS to put more kings in the boat. For those that attended the school in 2019, consider this the next step. For those desiring a deeper detailed presentation, you will want to be with us in 2020. Salmon School Details The School consists of six hours of detailed Salmon catching instruction. The registration price of $85 includes free admission to the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo for all 3 days, your 2020 LOTSA Membership, a hot buffet lunch (or alternative for dietary needs) on Saturday with beverages available throughout the class, a “goodie” bag consisting of the “go to” baits of the instructors and free door prizes. Also included this year is a Friday night “Meet & Greet” with the instructors that includes free drinks and food. 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”, door prizes and free Show admissions, it is a terrific value and a great way to start your 2020 season. Doors open at 7 a.m. for check in and the class runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional time will be available at 9am Sunday morning with the instructors for any questions that you have that weren’t answered during the class. 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. This 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 when they register, will have the opportunity to submit their most important questions/ topics that they want covered in the class. The instructors will then use this input to customize the curriculum to cover these particular areas. This will allow the instructors to limit the questions during the School and make sure that they cover all of the details that they have prepared. The instructors have 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. 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. To sign up for the class and submit your questions go to the LOTSA web site www.LOTSA1.Org. Early signups are encouraged to give the instructors enough time to build the curriculum for the desired topics Captain Pete Alex Captain Pete is a 54 year old salmon and trout fishing addict and reached his 31st year as a licensed charter captain in 2019. Pete has always had a passion for fishing and especially tournament fishing which helps feed his competitive side. He has accumulated fishing experience on Lakes Ontario, Erie, Michigan and Huron. Captain Pete and his Vision Quest Fishing Teams have won over 20 events on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie and have amassed over 100 Top 10 finishes since 2006. He ended the 2017 and 2018 seasons by winning the 2017 Fall King of The Lake event, then both the FishUSA Overall Championship and the annual Lake Ontario Championship Series back to back. He feels that tournament fishing helps him fish harder and think outside the box. Pete enjoys doing seminars, educating and helping other anglers improve their fish catching ability. He believes he is a very diverse angler and can consistently catch both salmon and trout species by applying what he has learned over the years. He regularly fishes Lake Ontario from the end of April to third week of June then returns occasionally to fish throughout the remainder of the season. He really considers himself a part time angler on Lake Ontario because of that and must figure things out each time he returns. He believes that there are reasons some anglers locate and catch fish consistently, while some do not. He hopes he can provide some of that knowledge to you at this year’s Salmon School. Pete represents these companies: FishUSA, Team Dreamweaver, Shark Cannonballs, Silver Horde, Fish Hawk, A-TOM-MIK Trolling Flies, Costa Sunglasses, Big Jon Sports, GAMMA Fishing Line, Pautzke and Atlas Mike’s, AFTCO and Shimano. Captain Andy Bliss Capt. Andy first fished Lake Ontario in 1987 at the age of 7. He was hooked salmon fishing ever since! Since his early start he was able to work on many charters from Sodus Bay and Oswego learning many different styles and techniques from a variety of Captains. In ‘99 he started fishing full time aboard the Cold Steel out of Oswego with Capt. Tom Burke. Since then they have competed in many tournaments from the East end to the West end of the lake. With over 20 first place finishes and numerous Top Ten finishes, they know what it takes to be the best! They have won the Lake Ontario Challenge Cup 5 times and they were runner up another 5 times! This experience has taught them how to fish in many different conditions and produce results. Capt. Andy love fishing the open waters of Lake Ontario and typically compares it to a chess match. He enjoys teaching the techniques to become successful at catching these special fish to anyone who is willing to learn. Capt. Andy represents these companies: Michigan Stinger, A-TOM-MIK, Pautzke Bait Co., Atlas Mikes , Pro-Troll, Cannon Downriggers, Humminbird electronics, BayRats Lures, Shark Cannonballs Captain Matt Yablonsky Captain Matt has been a charter captain for 12 years and has have been fishing the Niagara Region for 18 years. He has been a full time charter captain for the last 6 years. On average he’s on the water 250 days a year. He runs charters on Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the Lower Niagara River. A lot of people refer to him as “the small boat guy.” He has been operating his business out of a 21-foot Lund boat since he started chartering. It has allowed him to operate charters on both lakes and the Niagara River comfortably and safely. On Lake Erie he fishes for smallmouth bass, walleye and perch. On Lake Ontario he trolls for all species of trout and salmon. He also fishes the Lower Niagara River from September through May for trout and salmon. Captain Matt fishes many tournaments and derbies throughout the year including the Lake Ontario Pro-Am series, LOC Derby, Lower Niagara Sport Fishing Challenge, Niagara Basseye and Reeling for a Cure. In the LOC Derby alone he has 40 top 20 places since 2009, of which 2 are grand prize, 6 are first place and 4 are second place. He was on the winning team for the Niagara Pro-Am in 2006 and won the Trophy division of the Niagara Pro-Am in 2012 as a captain. He has had the grand champion team 3 times and grand champion angler 4 times in the as had multiple articles written about his derby wins and techniques of fishing the various bodies of water in the Erie-Niagara region. You can find these articles in the Great Lakes Angler, Lake Ontario Outdoors, The Fisherman magazine, Salmon-Trout-Steelheader magazine and New York Outdoor News. Captain Matt has provided footage for various television shows. One of the shows was filmed on the Lower Niagara River for Illinois Outdoors. Other television shows were filmed on Lake Ontario for CRCS OUTDOORS. So far he has filmed 6 episodes for CRCS Outdoors. Matt represents these companies: Yakima Bait Co., A-TOM-MIK Trolling flies Silver Streak spoons, Torpedo, Tuf-Line and Shimano. So, signup early so that you are guaranteed a seat to avoid being left out in the cold. If you love to fish the Great Lakes for Kings, this is a great way to “Kick Off” your 2020 Season. Where else would you want to be in the Great Lakes on a Saturday in January than learning how to increase your catch from 3 expert Captains along with Karl and Lance, sitting in a comfortable venue talking salmon fishing with a room full of individuals with the same common interest that you have? Tickets are pre-sale only and have sold out every year (early December sellout for the 2019 School).
  21. On Thursday September 12th at 7:00pm we will hold a general membership meeting at The North Amherst Fire Company, 2200 Tonawanda Creek Rd. Amherst, NY. The meeting topic is “Season Wrap Up Roundtable” with multiple LOTSA Captains. Come share your insight from the 2019 season and maybe learn a thing or two. These discussions are information packed and full of useful tid-bits. Bring your favorite rig to show and share with the group if you wish. Bay Rat Lures will be onsite to unveil a custom bait that will be on sale during the Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo that will be held in January. A portion of the proceeds from this bait will be donated to the Niagara County Salmon Pen Projects. Big Thank You to Bay Rat Lures for doing this. See you Thursday at 7!
  22. After looking over the LOTSA tournament weights for the 3 tournaments, wow what a weekend of big fish! The fishing and class of fish we had for the tournament on the western end of the lake was fantastic! Our tournament once again hit 40 boats which is great! This tournament is possible by all of the great LOTSA members that participate and support the club in the raffle and 50/50. I want to throw a huge shout out to all our sponsors that donated product and supported the club.Thank you! Without the sponsors this tournament would be extremely hard to keep running to the quality or affordability that we currently have. Please support these guys as much as possible!! Dreamweaver, Bootleggers Cove Marina, Chinook Divers, Ito Flies, Greater Niagara Fishing Expo, Traxtech, Instigator Sportfishing, Town of Newfane Marina, Lake Ontario United, Wolverine Tackle, A-Tom-Mik, Nick's Sporting Goods, Muzzelhead Tackle, Torpedo Divers, Anglers Avenue, FishUSA, Bay Rat Lures, Pro Troll, Cisco, Fish Thief, Magnum Metals, Addya Hooks, Finn Tackle, Len Thompson, Old Fort Niagara, Milwaukee, Lazy Larry Beads, The Boat Doctors and N&D Cut Bait
  23. On Thursday July 11 at 7pm, the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) will be sponsoring a Seminar by Capt. Rob Wescott of Legacy Sportfishing on Lake Ontario western basin summer time King Salmon fishing. Rob fishes out of Sandy Creek aboard the Legacy his 29 ft. Penn Yan Prowler. Rob has been fishing Lake Ontario for over 30 years with the last 12 years as a successful charter captain. He has placed in many tournaments including this years 2 nd place finish in the Niagara Pro Am and also 1 st place at the King of the Oak the day before finishing 3 rd at the Orleans County Open. Many of you might recognize Rob from his many posts on the Lake Ontario United website always giving valuable information to help fellow anglers. Rob will be discussing his techniques and answering questions on fishing the western end of the lake for summer time King Salmon that he has learned over the many years fishing the lake. With our LOTSA Tournament the weekend of July 19 th and 20 th Rob will be able to give some tips that should help you in putting more fish in your box and maybe an edge over others that will not be there for his seminar. This for sure is one meeting 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 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.
  24. LOTSA TOURNAMENT! It's getting to be that time of year to get signed up for the LOTSA Salmon Tournament on July 20th. Also do some pre fishing on Friday for the Curt memorial tournament. I guarantee you won't find a better tournament that gives you the biggest bang for your buck!!! https://lotsa1.org/
  25. The 2019 Lotsa pen rearing project is progressing exceptionally well. This year we expanded the project by two pens. The NYDEC authorized us to increase our steelhead program from 3500 fish to 10,000, meaning we needed two more pens. DEC provided funding to have one pen built by the Orleans Niagara BOCES welding class. Progress on this pen fell a little behind and the pen was not able to be completed by the time we needed it, so Bootleggers Cove Marina in Wilson stepped up and loaned us 2 of their unused pens for 2019. The pens were assembled and placed in the water on April 6th. Nearly 50 LOTSA members were assisted by 15 or 16 members of the Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers, and the 6 pens were rigged and ready for the water in record time of 45 minutes. Our fish were received in Olcott on April 9th. The chinook were received in three pens and the average weight was 143 fish to the pound, which is a little smaller than we have received in the past but they looked good and healthy. The steelhead were received larger than normal at 21 fish to the pound. A small group of volunteers weighed the fish in Olcott on April 23rd to check growth rates. Due to the better food that has been provided by DEC and more stable creek temperatures this year, the fish are growing at an exceptional rate and will be well beyond the target weight when they are released. Some dates to keep in mind We plan on releasing the steelhead on April 29th. We will meet at 6:30 pm, weigh the fish and then cut them loose just before dark to reduce predation by birds and prey fish. On Wednesday May 1st, all 6 of the pens will be moved to the launch area where the 3 steelhead pens will be re-rigged to accept brown trout. The Brown trout will be held for 2 to 3 days and released. This will help acclimate them to the local water and hopefully help survival. They will be released just before dark on May 4th or 5th, date is yet to be determined. We have received an extension on the chinook release date, so this year we will hold them for and additional week provided water temperatures stay stable. May 7th the chinook will be weighed at 6:30 pm and released shortly before dark. The pens will be removed and cleaned on Saturday May 11th at 9:30, please come out and help as this is one of the most labor intensive operations that we have, and we rarely have enough help. Thank you to all of the LOTSA members that have volunteered, Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers, DEC, Town of Newfane, Town of Newfane Marina and their employees, Bootleggers Cove Marina in Wilson, The Boat Doctor, and everyone else that has volunteered and donated time and money to this project which has made it such and enormous success. These pen projects across Lake Ontario are the future of our salmon fishery.
  26. On Thursday May 9th at 7pm, the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) will be sponsoring a Seminar by Capt Bob Stevens of Sunrise II Sportfishing from the back of his boat at the Bootleggers Cove Marina at 6 O’Connell Dr. Wilson NY 14172. Bob will be sharing his knowledge and techniques on fishing for spring King Salmon at the Niagara Bar and also out of Oak Orchard. Bob is currently fishing out of his boat called the Sunrise II it’s a 1999 34 ft. Pursuit Express Fisherman. Bob has been one of the top charter captains on the western end of Lake Ontario for the past thirty years. Although he rarely fishes in tournaments now, in the past he has been quite successful placing in the top ten twenty-seven times in sixty tournaments. Bob will be doing his seminar from the back of his boat with a hands on approach, going over boat set up and also proven techniques he has developed over his many years on the lake. Be sure to arrive early and enjoy a hot dog and drink prepared by LOTSAs one and only famous griller Marty Polovick. 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 Seminar is open to the public and free to attend. See WWW.LOTSA1.ORG for any questions.
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