Great Lakes Anglers and Stakeholders:
We are excited for season four of the Lake Ontario Championship Series. LOCS is the premiere championship series event for all of Lake Ontario.
Great Lakes Special Events was formed in early 2017 for the purpose of showcasing the unique fresh water angling opportunities on the Great Lakes, while supporting and promoting the many tournaments on Lake Ontario and eventually on Lake Erie.
Our first project is the introduction of “The Lake Ontario Championship Series”, which is an international salmon and trout fishing championship held lake wide. We also hope to unite the salmon and trout trolling team tournament and fishing community with this overall champonship.
In 2020, we will be keeping the format the same in DI and have added a Canadian DI which will consist of (5) events to choose from. This will require entry fees also and will pay back in US currency. GLSE will pay a 70/30 split of entries for 1st place and runner-up and will also pay the winner a bonus check of $500-US currency. DI runner up will receive 30% of entry fees. DII will be free again and no entry is required. Winners will receive $500 USD check and $200 in sponsor prizes. DII runner up will receive $200 USD check and $100 in sponsor prizes.
Why was GLSE formed:
Throughout the 2000’s we have watched our sport both grow in popularity and innovation. Tournament fishing slowly became all the rage and allowed Captains young and old to compete not only for cash but bragging rights as well. Over the years, teams honed their techniques, competitors purchased bigger and faster machines, and the level of excitement increased with each new event announced. Our Lake Ontario tournament schedule grew from 5 or 6 main events to 10 events not including many of the club tournaments and one day smaller shoot outs. With so many options suddenly available, many teams felt they no longer needed to travel or absorb the additional cost to get their “competitive” fix. So, participation in an overall lakewide champion became less desirable. The once sought after and desired Lake Ontario Championship Cup lost interest over the years and was not inviting to Canadian anglers.
Our Future Goal:
Our second objective is to attempt to unite many of the major tournaments on Ontario and Erie through a centralized web site. This site will be a one stop shopping center for those events that wish to be part of it. The site will also feature videos and manufacturer’s content for the anglers view.