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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 President
Jerry Skrypzak

Vice President
Ed Kissell

Secretary
Don Tombaugh

Treasurer
Terry Pfeffer

Mail: PO Box 3605
Erie, Pennsylvania 16508

Phone/Fax: 814-453-2270
Email:
sonslakeri@aol.com

 

S.O.N.S. BUILD FISH HABITAT STRUCTURES AGAIN

Since 1995 the SONS of Lake Erie has been in a continuing partnership with the Habitat Unit of the PA Fish and Boat Commission and the PA DCNR. This year on October 9th Twenty five SONS volunteers gathered at the West Boat Launch at the Presque Isle Marina along with Ben Page, leader, and five members of the PFBC Habitat team. We were joined by 12 sixth graders and two faculty members from Fairview. Together we attached precut brush to 60 pre-assembled short vertical plank fish habitat structures. The structures were loaded onto two specially equipped boats by a high lift supplied by Presque Isle State Park. The boats which were operated by the PFBC team and crewed by some of the students from Fairview transported the structures to an area on the north side of the Marina Lake and placed in about 12 ft of water.

This year the  PFBC purchased 60 pre-built vertical plank habitat structures which were already staged in the parking lot. In other years we assembled the structures on sight with materials provided by the SONS. These pre-assembled structures cost $80 each and were paid for through our Lake Erie Stamp monies. The structures were weighted down with 8 concrete blocks. .

See shaded area on the drawing below for their rough location. A map showing all of the locations where structures have been placed since 1995 and their GPS coordinates can be seen on the PFBC web site at https://www.fishandboat.com/Resource/Habitat/Documents/lakePlans/presque_isle.pdf   There is also a link on our web site - sonsoflakeerie.org.

Since 1995 this partnership with PFBC and DCNR has placed 659 fish habitat structures in and around Presque Isle Bay. We also financed the placement of rubble mound reef type structure in Stink Hole in Presque Isle Bay.

Click Here for the Habitat Page

VIDEOS OF FISH HABITAT STRUCTURES ARE ON YouTube

The Habitat Team from the PFBC recently posted videos that they took around the fish habitat structures in Presque Isle Bay. The above are screen grabs taken from those videos. To see them go to YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7IGRcE6cx8  There is another video that was taken at Beltzville Lake in Pennsylvania in 2018. It can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVVGvr3bmxo  you can see that they are obviously working by attracting fish.

Below are some screen shots from YOU TUBE