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 20th. For eight 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 100 volunteers participated. There were forty 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

On Wednesday September 5th we held our 35th annual fish fry. Since its beginning, the fish fry has been our way to carry our message directly to those individuals that help us protect and grow our fishery. The individuals who are invited to the fish were partners, stakeholders, friends and those who have helped us achieve our goals throughout the year. They include state and municipal officials, agency members, educators and vendors. This year 168 guests attended the fish fry which was put together by 28 hardworking volunteers who prepared, breaded and cooked 100 pounds of walleye filets, set up and served our guests. The picnic was held at the beautiful Bay Harbor East Marina thanks to its management who let us use the facility for the second year in the row. The day reached a record high of 93 degrees but there was a nice breeze that helped keep us cool. We owe a great vote of thanks to the fishermen who participated in the two Erie Pennsylvania Sport Fishing Association’s Summer Slam tournaments. Many of the tournament’s participants contributed fish for this fish fry and a second one that we provided at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen on September 14th.

Below are some photos from the day:



On Friday September 14th  twenty five SONS of Lake Erie volunteers gathered at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen in Erie where together with the Emmaus staff under the direction of Sister Mary Miller prepared and served fish dinners for over 220 people. This is the fourth year in a row that we have provided this fish dinner. The fish for the event were donated by fishermen who participated in the Erie PA Sport Fishing Association Summer Slam Walleye Tournaments. Below are some photos from that day. Note out of respect for the individuals that receive their meals at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen, we do not publish photos of them.