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 16 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 16 years have exceeded $110,000.00.

We have used their generous donations to accomplish significant projects including land acquisition at Trout Run, a handicapped accessible ramp at the North Pier, fishing access at the Liberty Pier, hatchery up grades and last year we used it for an engineering study to build a fishing platform on the north end of the Holland St. pier and more.  We are very grateful for their generosity and wish them success in their endeavors.


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 Annual Spring Clean-up at Presque Isle State Park took place on Saturday April 28th. For seven years in a row, the S.O.N.S. have co-sponsored the event along with the Presque Isle Partnership. We do so by organizing and serving lunch to the volunteers. This year due to inclement weather only about 300 volunteers participated. There were thirty S.O.N.S. volunteers who prepared and served over 300 hot dogs and gallons of coffee and hot chocolate. We always have a great time doing this event.

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

For 35 years, the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie has put on a fish fry on the first Wednesday of September. Our guest list over the years have included governors, mayors, senators, congressmen, scientists, educators, and numerous other individuals that have worked with us during our long history of dedicated service to the fishery. The purpose of the event is to allow our partners to meet our volunteers and directors.

This year the fish fry was held on September 6th at the Bay Harbor East marina located on Erie’s Bayfront. This was a change of venue from last year which was the EWPPA building. The space was rented and no longer available to us. The management staff of Bay Harbor East made their beautiful facility available for our use. It was a sunny and cool day tied into a first class facility with a beautiful picnic shelter, kitchen and other amenities, good food prepared by our expert fish cookers, Giant Eagle catering and served by 22 of our great volunteers, it was a great event.

We had about 160 guests from about 20 different government, environmental and public agencies and organizations. We signed up 82 new members and made a host of new friends.

Below are some photos from the day:


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

The fish fry was held at the Emmaus Soup kitchen on September 15th. 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.