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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Contact Information:
Jerry Skrypzak

Vice President
Ed Kissell

Don Tombaugh

Terry Pfeffer

Mail: PO Box 3605
Erie, Pennsylvania 16508

Phone/Fax: 814-453-2270


Newsletter The 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. 

August 2018 Bucket


FISHING REPORT: Walleye fishing has been great most of the fish are 18-22 in. Perch fishing is still slow but a few lucky anglers have been successful. It appears that we are in a pattern that is similar to last year with more perch being caught on into the fall. Pier fishermen are also still catching a few perch and walleye.


On August 6th 121 dedicated SONS of Lake Erie Volunteers gathered at the Shade’s Beach picnic area to celebrate a years’ worth of volunteerism and service to our club. As we posted in
our July Bucket “Since July 2017 our super team of volunteers has generously donated their time and hard work on at least 55 different occasions.  163 different individuals volunteered at least once during that 12 month period working over 4800 hours at family fishing events, hatchery operations, shows, habitat building, kids’ events and more.”

Sadly not all of the eligible volunteers attended the picnic. They missed a great event thanks to the expert preparation by SONS Director, Ron Lubak and his family including his wife Audrey, son Kevin and his wife Leslie and several Lubak granddaughters.” Team Lubak” as we like to call them has provided us with great picnics for so long I can’t remember. They hired Trawka’s market to furnish the food and as usual it was outstanding
and there were plenty of beverages to wash it down.

Directors Jack Klapthor, Bill Henderson and Rich Brine were given the task of selecting a gift for all of our dedicated volunteers. This year they chose to give them a new T-shirt with the SONS logo a perch and “Let’s Go Fishing”. We like to update our shirts every two years as they get worn out.

Amongst all of our volunteers there are some that go above and beyond. This year we would like to declare that SONS Director Joe Springer was our Volunteer of the Year. He responded 176 times to our request for volunteers. Thanks Joe! Director Bob Zawadzki came in second logging in with 142 events. Following these two outstanding individuals was another group  that volunteered on 50 or more occasions. We like to call them the over 50 club they are: Rich, Smith, Jack Hartman, Chuck Miller, Rich Brine, Larry Lipinski, Jack Bock, Don Tombaugh and Ralph Friend. We had another 43 members who volunteered more than 8 times. There was another gift of a shirt and hat for each of 54 volunteers that responded 8 or more times.

Our member volunteers are the greatest bunch of people that I have had the privilege to work with. I am so proud of what we have accomplished thanks to them and the rest of our membership.



Back of our 2018 T-shirt. It’s light gray with black lettering


U.S. Congressman Mike Kelley (5th from left) stopped by Waterworks Pond on Saturday July 28th during Discover Presque Isle weekend while the SONS of Lake Erie were hosting a free family fishing event. Congressman Kelley posed with our volunteers and spent quite a bit of time working with some of the kids and talking with the participants.


A second showing of the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” will be held at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center ( TREC) on Friday, September 14th   at 7:00 PM. Admission is free.  The documentary is about the huge problem and impact that is being caused by improper disposal of plastic garbage into the Earth’s waterways. The SONS of Lake Erie sponsored a prior showing on July 20th. It was so powerful that we felt that it should be shown again so more people can learn from it.


Fish USA is offering a $ 20 discount with a $100 purchase to SONS members from August 22 to August 31, 2018. It can be used at the store at 6960 West Ridge Rd or on line by using the code on the coupon above.


Thanks to a generous grant from the Friends of Fish Foundation, some needed repairs and upgrades are taking place at the SONS of Lake Erie Hatchery. In the above photo on the left are electricians, Jason Kuhn and Mike Fox from Connecto Electric Contactors are shown installing new L.E.D. lights. The lights are not only brighter and more energy efficient but have been known to aid in the growth of fish in hatcheries. The electricians also installed new GFI circuits to provide more safety to the operation. This is only one phase in our efforts to upgrade the facility. Our hatchery crew has spent countless hours cleaning and reorganizing. Volunteers also installed new exterior doors and anew folding access ladder to the attic. The photo on the right shows how bright the room is now.


Capitol Update,  Thursday, July 12, 2018     

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced this week it would postpone action on a proposal to close the Oswayo and Union City hatcheries.

PFBC Executive Director John Arway had proposed closing the Oswayo hatchery, along with the Union City hatchery in Erie County and the VanDyke Research Station in Juniata County, last September as a means to save about $2 million in the commission’s budget. Since then the Commission decided to tap into the $50 million in uncommitted reserve funds available within the agency, to cover these hatcheries operating expenses thus keeping them in operation.


On July 31 we received the following E-mail from PFBC Executive Director, John Arway-

Retired friends have told me that you will know when the time has come to retire.  I now understand.  I have advised Board leadership that I will be retiring from the position of Executive Director of the PA Fish and Boat Commission effective 02 November 2018.  I would like to take this opportunity to inform the Board of Commissioners, Boating Advisory Board members and fellow PFBC staff of my planned retirement.   Today’s announcement should provide the Board sufficient time to conduct the necessary search for qualified individuals and appoint someone before my departure.  I have advised President Hussar that I will do everything I can to make the transition to a new Director as simple as possible. 

I have been with the agency for over 38 years, during which time I have had many motivating and rewarding experiences. Working for the PFBC has been a privilege, nothing less.  Never did I think, back in the fall of 1979 when I stopped by the PFBC’s Pleasant Gap Office and visited with Jack Miller and Ronni Tibbott to discuss a possible semi-skilled laborer position working on fish habitat projects, that I would wake up 38 years later as the retiring Executive Director of an agency I always respected and admired.  I would like to thank all of the people both inside and outside the agency for their support and assistance over the years. I have worked with the best of the best.  I feel truly blessed to have been able to serve by your sides while we worked to protect, conserve and enhance our Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide Commonwealth anglers and boaters with first class fishing and boating opportunities.  Our list of accomplishments is long and will be remembered in the next history book as our legacy in the proud tradition of the second oldest fish or wildlife agency in the nation.

Thank you all very much for the wonderful memories. I look forward to following the continued successes of this great agency.  It has been a true privilege and honor to end my professional career as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and boat Commission.

We will sadly miss John Arway. He has been a great friend to the SONS and a dedicated protector of our fishery. We wish him a long and happy retirement and hope that he will visit us often when he comes here to go fishing.


On Tuesday August 7th, 18 military veterans were treated to a free fishing trip aboard the “Perch Pirate”. They were accompanied by SONS volunteers to give them a hand. This was the first trip that day. A second trip went out at 3:00 pm on the same day with another 8 vets on board. The funds for the trips were provided by donations to the SONS from vets and social clubs through their Small Games of Chance programs.


Bob Einodshofer sent us this picture of  32 1/8 inch 13 pound walleye that he caught using an Erie Deerie while casting from a boat in 40ft of water off of Walnut Creek.

Tues Aug 21st
 5-8 Liberty Pier 8 Great Tuesdays Family Fishing Volunteers needed
Thurs Aug 23rd  11-3 Waterworks Pond Union City Community Outing  Volunteers needed
Sat Aug 25th  9-1 Gem City Outdoorsmen’s Club Youth Field Days Volunteers Needed
Sat Sept 8th  10 to 2 Frontier Park Annual LEAF Festival Volunteers Needed




Boat: 1990 Carver Montego 26 ft  Model 2557, Fiberglass hull, Merc Cruiser 350, galley, head, shower, radio, power trim tabs, AC/DC refrigerator, nice, low hours, Asking $8,500.00 Call Dennis at 814-450-0190 Can be seen at Lampe Marina.

Boat: 2015 Lund Rebel  16 ½ ft 60hp four stroke Merc. With trailer, mooring cover, fish finders, marine radio and many extras asking $15,000 call Ed at 724-567-7103 or weekends at 724-216-7457

Outboard Motor: 6 hp Johnson asking $475 Call Ron at 814-455-8343 or cell 814-431-5711

Canoe  Old Town Discovery solo canoe, 11 feet 9 inches, 32.5 inch width, weight 50 lbs, capacity 500 lbs, polyethylene hull color red, molded plastic foldable seat,  Purchased 4 years ago, minimally used.  Current new price $700.  Will sell for $300.  Contact Bob at 814-397-4949


16 foot inboard or outboard Call 724-504-7561

Wanted Old photographs of Erie’s Waterfront-Ships, Boats, Buildings, Fishing, and Fishermen, Railroads etc. Call Jerry at 814-452-6291. I would like to borrow and scan them for my slide presentations.

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