Save Our Native Species Inc.
S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie Fishing Club
(A 501 C (3) not for profit organization)





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Contact Information:
Jerry Skrypzak

Vice President    
Ed Kissell

Don Tombaugh  

John Krupinski

Mail: PO Box 3605
Erie, Pennsylvania 16508

Phone/Fax: 814-453-2270



Our hatchery committee composed of Chairman, Jack Bock,  members Bob Zawadzki, Joe Springer, Don Tombaugh, Jack Bock, Ron Morrow, John Krupinski  and Rich Smith started readying the hatchery for the 2021 arrival of our allotment of brown trout fry from the PA Fish Commission through the Co- Operative Nursery program.

In preparation there were some maintenance issues that required attention including the cleaning out the intake pipe whish is located in a boat slip west of the hatchery as well as some electrical issues and pump adjustments. Also there was some erosion damage to the sidewalk leading to our intake pipes putting them at risk to damage by a loose piece of concrete. Thanks to a crew from Erie Waterworks along with other SONS volunteers the huge chunk of broken concrete was removed and the path to our intake was re contoured for safe access.

Then on November 15, 2020 the PA Fish and Boat Commission truck from the Linesville Hatchery delivered 533 brown trout fry to our Chestnut St. Hatchery where they were met by our hatchery crew members and volunteers who placed them into our 5 rearing tanks.

Most of the fish averaged 6 inches long. They were brought to us for the seventh consecutive year for rearing in our facility. Hopefully by being allowed to grow in our hatchery they will become imprinted with Presque Isle Bay waters and will return to the Bay to spawn.

The arrival of the brown trout requires daily attention including the feeding, cleaning of the tanks as well as the monitoring of  the water temperature and flow. by our  hatchery crew and other volunteers.


Brown Trout Arrive November 15, 2021