Our Native Species Inc.
S.O.N.S. publish a monthly newsletter, ('The Bucket") that is mailed
to its members. It contains articles and information that is of interest
to our readers.
November 2017 Bucket
NEXT MEETING: Monday, November 20th at the Polish Falcons Club, 431 E. 3rd St at 7:30 PM
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER MEETINGS TO BE ONE WEEK EARLY
Due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays we will hold our General Membership Meetings one week early on November 20th and December 18th.
PROGRAM: USCG Boson’s Mate Mike Gauther will talk about Ice Safety and Rescue and give a recap of the numerous rescues made on Lake Erie last summer.
FISHING REPORT: Steelhead fishing has been good, according to those anglers that I have talked to. The fish appear to be bigger this year and are migrating far inland in the tributaries. There has been some activity on the piers and the Presque Isle Marina docks
NOMINATIONS TO BE HELD AT NOVEMBER MEETING
Nominations will be taken at our November 20th General Membership Meeting for the offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer, as well as four directors positions. Our officers serve one year terms and the directors serve for three years.
Directors Rich Brine, Jack Klapthor, John Krupinski and Ken Plonski have reached the end of their terms.
Director Chuck Miller is heading our nominating committee. If you would like to run for one of the above positions you must be present at the November 20th meeting to accept the nomination. If you cannot attend you must state your intention to run in a written request prior to the meeting.
With great sadness we must report the passing of WCO Sgt. Brook Tolbert after a courageous battle with cancer. Brook was 45 years old. He was a PFBC WCO since 1999 being responsible for the West County fishery until his promotion to Sergeant when he took over law enforcement supervisory duties. He served our country as a Marine and acted as crew chief on Marine 1, President Clinton’s personal helicopter. He was named WCO of the year in 2011 by the PFBC. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer and sons Jake and Alex.
Brook was a frequent attendee at our meetings and many of our events. He brought with him an aura of professionalism and enthusiasm. It was an honor to know him. He was a fine young man and will be sadly missed. Our sympathy and prayers go out to his family and fellow PFBC colleagues.
WCO Sgt Brook Tolbert
PA STEELHEADERS HONOR S.O.N.S. AT FALL RUN BANQUET
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association held its annual Fall Run Banquet on Saturday November 4th at the Colony Banquet Center on West 12th St. There were around 100 guests in attendance. Steelheader’s President Mark Signorino led the program. There were several PSA members given honors including Marty Grzasko (PA Angler Award) and Dan Pastore (The Unsung Hero award). PFBC Executive Director, John Arway was present and offered words of praise for all the fine work the SONS do to support our fishery The PA Steelhead Association presented our club with a portable banner that proclaims all of our fine work. This will come in handy as we participate in shows and public events. There was a silent auction with over 100 items up for bid. It was a great banquet with great food. Thank you Steelheaders!
L-R J T Davis event co chairman, SONS VP Ed Kissell, Mary Kissell, Frank Scicchitano event co chairman, PSA Pres Mark Signorino, SONS Pres Jerry Skrypzak, Alma Jean Skrypzak, PFBC Exec Director John Airway , Roger Latimer and Skip Simmons pose with banner that was awarded to the SONS
S.O.N.S. STUFF MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS
If you need a nice Christmas Gift we have some hats ($10), T shirts (2 styles) ($10), towels ($5), back packs ($7), sun visors ($7), fishing vests (10) and insulated mugs ($6) . We also have some jackets ($25) and regular and hooded sweatshirts ($25) in limited sizes. SONS director John Krupinski will be bringing our inventory to our meetings where you can pick them up or call 814-453-2270 to order.
REMEMBER--- LIFE JACKETS MUST BE WORN ON ALL BOATS 16 Ft. AND UNDER NOV 1 to APR 1 !!
2018 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE TO BEGIN
We will be mailing out our 2018 membership renewal packet soon if you don’t receive one call 814-453-2270
BASS PRO SHOPS AND CABELAS COMPLETE MERGER
The years of speculation and rumors have come to an end. Bass Pro Shops completed their purchase of Cabela's. The $4 billion acquisition has been years in the making, so we expect the process to go very smoothly. As of right now, no stores will be closing and things should remain mostly the same for shoppers with some noticeable improvements listed below. What’s less certain is the fate of the 2,000 or so employees at Cabela’s Sidney, Nebraska, headquarters. Bass Pro stated they expect to move operations to Missouri, but they might keep some employees in Nebraska.
SEA LAMPREY POPULATION IN LAKE ERIE ON INCREASE
From GLFC news letter
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – The Great Lakes Fishery Commission reported that populations of the invasive sea lamprey remain at near historic lows in Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Ontario, though the destructive, parasitic pest has increased in abundance in Lakes Superior and Erie. Sea lamprey population increases in Lakes Superior and Erie were greater compared to the other lakes even as abundances are generally holding steady. The Commission and its partners believe sea lamprey populations across the basin may be rebounding from the harsh winters of 2013/2014 and 2014/2015, though other factors such as prey availability and warmer water temperature may be factors as well. In response to the increased numbers, the Commission and its partners have ratcheted up control in problem areas and heightened monitoring and assessment so that future control efforts will be targeted effectively.
Sea lampreys remain a constant battle in the Great Lakes, as the invader, native to the Atlantic Ocean, reproduces in the lakes and destroys many species of fish. Today, the Great Lakes fishery is worth $7 billion annually to the people of Canada and the United States. Without sea lamprey control, the fishery would suffer significant ecological and economic harm. Before control, sea lampreys killed an estimated 103 million pounds (47 million kilograms) of fish per year. Today, because of control, sea lampreys kill less than 10 million pounds (4.5 million kilograms) of fish per year.
The sea lamprey is one of the worst human-caused ecological disasters ever inflicted upon the Great Lakes. Sea lampreys invaded through shipping canals and, by 1939, were present throughout the system. They attach to Great Lakes fish with a tooth-filled, suction cup mouth and file a hole through the fish’s scales and skin with a razorsharp tongue. The average sea lamprey will kill up to 40 pounds (18 kg) of fish during its parasitic stage. Sea lampreys prefer trout, salmon, whitefish, and sturgeon, but they also attack smaller fish like walleye and perch.
Given the tremendous damage sea lampreys caused, Canada and the United States, through the 1954 Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries, charged the Great Lakes Fishery Commission with implementing sea lamprey control and research; the commission partners with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey to deliver the program. Sea lamprey control consists of several techniques including lampricides, barriers, and traps. The commission also is experimenting with chemosensory cues as a way to disrupt spawning behavior. For more information, visit www.glfc.org/sealamprey.php.
The reasons for the relatively high abundances in Lake Erie are not apparent. Sources to watch include the St. Clair River, the only known source of sea lamprey not treated regularly. Intensive larval survey efforts recently conducted to identify previously undetected populations did not reveal any untreated tributaries. Preliminary acoustic telemetry results indicate that adult sea lamprey are exploring tributaries not currently treated, however, that does not necessarily mean the tributaries are producing sea lamprey. Larval assessment surveys will be conducted to look for recruitment in these tributaries.
PFBC VOTES TO REDUCE SPENDING BY $2M
ERIE, Pa. – Facing escalating costs and declining revenues after 12 years without an increase in the price of a fishing license, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission voted to reduce spending by $2 million in fiscal year 2018-19 if the legislature does not act on legislation to raise license fees. The action came during the agency’s quarterly business meeting. The current plan for achieving the $2 million reduction in operating expenses would involve closing two warm water hatcheries and one trout hatchery. The plan would reduce the number of trout stocked in 2019 by 7.5 percent and would result in severe reductions to the PFBC’s cooperative nursery program. PFBC Executive Director John Arway said that, barring a price increase established by the state legislature, the agency must begin to take these steps to remain financially solvent and provide basic services to the nearly 850,000 anglers who purchase a license each year. “The price of a general fishing license was last raised in 2005,” he said. “Since then, we have continued to provide the same level of services to our customers, while seeking a price increase from the state legislature. The Senate has acted twice and passed legislation in 2016 and 2017 to give the Commission the authority to set license fees. But the House has failed to vote on Senate Bill 30. Until they do, we must cut expenses to pay our bills.” Closing the hatcheries would result in the elimination of 240,000 adult stocked trout in 61 streams and four lakes. (See the PFBC website for specific waters – map, list.) The production and stocking of warm water species would also be affected, including walleye, American shad, Musky, Northern Pike and Channel Catfish. “The three hatcheries won’t be fully closed until late 2018 or early 2019, so there is still time remaining this year for a legislative solution,” added Arway. “It is imperative that the House of Representatives act now and pass Senate Bill 30.”
JURRIED ART SHOW SUPPORTS THE SONS
Eliza Wolfe, proprietress of the Main Street Art Gallery in Girard, PA held an art show/contest called “Something Fishy” were artists were invited to submit artwork with a fishing theme. The exhibit was from Sept 1 to 28. There were some beautiful and clever works of art including paintings sculptures, prints and crafts on display. A portion of the profits from the sale of the art was donated to the SONS. Eliza is planning to make this an annual event. The first-place winner was a Mary Miller watercolor “Another Cold Catch,” depicting a colorful mess of ice-caught perch and blue gills resting on the pristine snow. A photo is shown below. It’s too bad we don’t print in color. It was beautiful.
Try Something Different---Kayak Fishing
Bryan Kelley in his kayak rigged for fishing.
12 ft Crestliner Aluminum
Boat asking $300 call Tom at 814-864-1886 after 3PM