Lake Ontario’s premier charter boat captains association including information on salmon and trout stocking / pen rearing, fishery issues, club information, events and more can all be found within our website. Browse through our site or attend a club meeting and you will see that we do more than just catch fish….we help make Lake Ontario a “World Class Fishery!”
Pen rearing was first implemented on Lake Ontario in 1999. In 2000 the Genesee Charter Boat Association, in conjunction with the New York State DEC, began a second pen rearing site located right in our back yard…. the Genesee River. Each year we raise 85,000 Chinook (king) salmon and 10,000 steelhead trout.
Trout and salmon, by nature return to their “native” streams to reproduce. Other than Atlantic Salmon and Lake Trout all of the other species of trout and salmon, in Lake Ontario, are stocked by hatcheries. Pen rearing projects allow hatchery produced fish to “smolt” in other locations and get the “scent” of the tributaries that they are pen raised in. In turn these fish will return in a few years as adults to these locations to spawn.
GCBA Mission Statement
The Genesee Charter Boat Association, Inc. was formed in 1984 as a non-for profit corporation. Our mission is to advance the charter boat industry and fishing on Lake Ontario and connecting waterways in the following ways. First, acting as a mechanism for education of the angling public and for information exchange among charter boat operators. Second, by setting standards of conduct to insure the integrity and quality of the charter boat industry. Finally, interacting with governmental regulatory and management agencies whose policies and programs impact the Lake Ontario fishery.
Genesee Charter Association Involvements
Pen Rearing Project
Red Cross Casting for Caring
National Association Of Charter Boat Operators
Lake Ontario Sport Fishing Stakeholders Coalition (LOSSC)
Monroe County Fish Advisory Board
Assist and advise County and local governments on how to plan for increased access to shoreline and the need for related facilities and services such as boat launches and public fishing access
Provide information on fishing in Monroe County to the general public, including working with tourism agencies to provide information and promote the fishery
Work with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Fish and Wildlife Management Act (FWMA) Board, as well as other agencies, including, but not limited to: the New York State Legislature, Congressional representatives, United States Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and New York Sea Grant, on issues affecting Monroe County’s fishery.
Provide a public forum for sportsmen, businessmen and government officials to address the problems and potential of the County’s fishery resource