Save Our Native Species Inc.
S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie Fishing Club
(A501C (3) not for profit organization)






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Contact Information:
Jerry Skrypzak

Vice President
Ed Kissell

Don Tombaugh

Terry Pfeffer

Mail: PO Box 3605
Erie, Pennsylvania 16508

Phone/Fax: 814-453-2270




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The Friends of Fish Foundation Continues Their Support

For 15 years in a row the Friends of Fish Foundation, a Philadelphia based philanthropic organization, has again made a significant contribution to the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie. Total contributions from this generous group over the last 15 years have exceeded $100,000.00. We have used these funds over the years to support our programs including land acquisition at Trout Run, the building of the Liberty Pier fishing area, handicapped accessible ramp at the North Pier and so on.

We are truly grateful for this great show of support by the Friends of Fish Foundation


The Friends of Fish Foundation President, Bruce Garland, is an avid steelhead fisherman who travels all the way from Philadelphia to fish Lake Erie. He caught this 35 inch beauty while fishing on 20 Mile Creek in December of 2015.

The S.O.N.S. Receive the Prophet of Peace Award

 The Benedictine Sisters of Erie presented their 2015 Prophet of Peace Award to the S.O.N.S. of Lake for their extraordinary efforts to improve fishing on Lake Erie and its Pennsylvania tributaries. Their dedication to promoting the growth and health of the Lake Erie Fishery has resulted in a contribution that is both significant and far-reaching. Their work is indeed a pursuit of justice and peace that is rooted in reverence and respect for all of God’s creation  

“This award recognizes an individual or group that embodies some aspect of the community’s corporate commitment and its concerns for prophetic witness, peace and justice, sustainability, and the needs of women and children,” said Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress. “By their very example and their efforts, the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie stand before us as an example of what prophets do: call attention to central and pressing issues of their day.”  

The S.O.N.S. received the award at a special Evening Prayer held at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery on the feast of St. Scholastica with a reception following. President of the organization, Jerry Skrypzak, who accepted the award along with Vice President, Ed Kissell, expressed how honored the group was to be chosen: "Wow! I don’t think there are any words to express what I am feeling right now ... thank you for this great honor. It is our pleasure to accept it for doing something we love."




The S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie has been a Co-Sponsor of the Clean Up at Presque Isle State Park for over 10 years. For the last 4 years we have provided and prepared the lunch for the clean-up volunteers. This year, fifty S.O.N.S. volunteers showed up to get the job done. Chuck and Diane Miller along with Jack Bock and John Krupinski and the rest of the crew cooked and served 600 hot dogs for the 250 clean up volunteers. They also served hundreds of bags of donated UTZ potato chips and gallons of hot chocolate and coffee.

Cold weather was a factor that kept the turnout down but those who participated with the Presque Isle staff led by Presque Isle State Park Environmental Education Specialist, Stacy Marendt, seemed to be happy with the experience. We all had a great time and enjoyed working with the PISP staff and the other volunteers

S.O.N.S. Annual Outreach Fish Fry

Our thirty fifth annual fish fry was held on Wednesday September 7th at the Pilot House café in the EWPPA building at the foot of Holland St. The fish fry has been a tradition since our founding members first had them at Bob Zawadzki’s boat house. The purpose of the fish fry was so that our members could meet with the leaders of our community and pass on ideas that would support our fishery. The tradition continues today. Our guest list this year included state and local officials, representatives from DEP, DCNR,CZM, PFBC, Environment Erie, local media, Sea Grant and many of our friends. Everyone on our guest list had in some way worked with us to help improve fishing and the fishery.  

There were 235 guests that signed in. Twenty seven volunteers prepared 140 lbs of walleye which were coated with our secret recipe beer batter and served in sandwiches. We joined 90 new members. Thanks to everybody for a great job and especially Bob Zawadzki for his great planning


Thanks to the generous donation of fish by our members and the participants of the Erie Pennsylvania Sport Fishing Association’s Summer Walleye tournaments, we were able to hold another fish fry.

The fish fry was held at the Emmaus Soup kitchen on August 19th. Chuck Miller led a crew of over 20 S.O.N.S volunteers who worked with Sister Mary Miller and her staff to prepare over a 90 pounds of perch and walleye which fed over 200 of Erie’s homeless citizens. Many of those who were fed that day commented what a great treat this meal was.