Who Are The S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie?
The S.O.N.S. (Save Our Native Species) of Lake Erie Fishing Club is an active organization of nearly 3000 members. Established in 1981, we are dedicated to the improvement of fishing on Lake Erie and its Pennsylvania tributaries. The organization has supported regulations that promote the growth and health of the Lake Erie fishery. We are a member of the Cooperative Nursery Branch of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Through this alliance we have established a fish hatchery that annually produces and stocks approximately 1 million Walleye and 2 million Yellow Perch into Presque Isle Bay. Steelhead and Brown Trout are also produced in the hatchery. The S.O.N.S. also participate in the P.F.B.C. adopt-a-stream program. We were active in the clean up and stocking of Cascade creek, a previously polluted stream which was a receptor of industrial out fall. The Club, partnered with the P.F.B.C., has annually built and placed appropriate structures in the waters of Presque Isle Bay which provide habitat for the fish that call these waters their home.
The S.O.N.S. have stood in the forefront to support free public access to the waters of Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. As a result of the clubs encouragement, ordinances and regulations have been enacted in the City of Erie that provide for free public access in all new developments on Presque Isle Bay.
The S.O.N.S. are always looking for more members and support. Please tour our web site for more information on how to become a member and for details on our current and past projects.
Click here for PDF of SONS History
Click here for a PDF file of the SONS Fortieth Anniversary Magazine
The General Membership Meetings are held at 7:00 PM At the Polish Falcon's Club 431 East 3rd St. Erie, PA on the fourth Monday of the month (unless in conflict with a national holiday or the first day of deer hunting season). We do not meet during June, July and August instead:
(We Go Fishing!)
For the first thirty eight years of our club's history we have been a very active organization. We built, taught, helped, hatched, stocked, served, advocated and enjoyed activities and interests that were directed to the improvement of fishing and the fishery of Lake Erie. Then in 2019 Co-vid19 came into our lives as well as yours and put up a stop sign in our path causing us to curtail our public activities but we were still able to operate our hatchery, attend meetings via Zoom, publish our monthly newsletter the "Bucket"and conduct raffles.
As the pandemic eases a little we are slowly getting back to normal with many public activities being organized including holding in person membership meetings as permitted by the dictates of the Erie County Health Dept., family and children's fishing clinics.
The Friends of Fish Foundation Continues Their Support for the 17th Year in a Row
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Habitat Building October 12, 2022
Erie County Public Library Fishing Clinic
Gem City Outdoorsmen Youth Field Days
8 Great Tuesdays Family Fishing
Discover Presque Isle Family Fishing Clinic
Neighborhood Art House Fishing Outing
Kids from the John Horan Housing complex
Northwest Tri County Immigrant Student Summer Program
Edinboro YMCA Day Camp Fishing Fun
Fort LeBoeuf School District Life Skills Outing
Blessed Sacrament Grade School
Home Schooled Students' Fishing Outing
Harborcreek Kids Trout Fishing Event
Gannon U. Fishing Club"Reel in the Community" program
Scout Fishing Outing April 30, 2022
S.O.N.S. Sponsor 2022 Presque Isle Clean-Up
2022 First Day of Trout Season
2022 Ice Out Party was a great success
S.O.N.S. Build More Fish Habitat
Holland St. Pier Completed and Dedicated
SONS Sponsor Harborcreek Park Pavilion
Cascade Creek Clean Up April 6, 2019
S.O.N.S. Volunteers build more fish habitat
S.O.N.S. Receive Prophet of Peace Award