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.
July 2019 Bucket
NO MEETINGS UNTIL SEPTEMBER- HAVE A FUN AND SAFE SUMMER
Fishing Report: Walleye fishing has been phenomenal. Perch ok when you can find them.
SONS VOLUNTEERS PICNIC SET FOR AUGUST 5th
Since July 2018 our super team of volunteers has generously donated their time and hard work on at least 55 different occasions. 166 different individuals volunteered at least once during that 12 month period working over 5000 hours at family fishing events, hatchery operations, shows, habitat building, kids’ events and more. 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. As an expression of our gratitude we would like to invite those individuals listed below to attend our Volunteers’ Picnic on Monday, August 5th starting at 5:00 PM at Shade’s Beach in Harborcreek Township. The list below contains the names of those volunteers who have participated at least 3 times since last July. There are some special guests included on the list who have gone out of their way to help our club.
IF YOU VOLUNTEERED AT LEAST THREE TIMES SINCE LAST JULY AND YOUR NAME WAS LEFT OFF OF THE LIST CALL 814-453-2270. IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE PICNIC PLEASE CALL 814-453-2270 NO LATER THAN AUGUST 1
GOVERNOR APPOINTS LOCAL SPORTSMAN TO FISH & BOAT COMMISSION
On June 3rd Governor Tom Wolf appointed Dan Pastore as the PA Fish and Boat Commissioner for District 1 replacing recently retired Ed Mascharka. District 1 covers Erie, Crawford, Forest, Mercer, Warren, Venango Clarion, Butler and Lawrence Counties.
Dan Pastore is an attorney and co-founder and chairman of FishUSA. He is an avid fisherman and has provided immeasurable support to our fishery. Dan has been a great supporter of the SONS and we are looking forward to working with him. We are fortunate to have our last four commissioners for District 1 who know the needs of this unique fishery. Dan’s appointment was confirmed by the State Senate on June 18th. State Senator Dan Laughlin who is a member of the Fish and Game Committee endorsed Mr. Pastore’s appointment.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is an independent administrative commission consisting of ten competent citizens of the Commonwealth who are appointed by the Governor by and with the advice and consent of a majority of the Pennsylvania Senate. Commissioners serve for terms of four years.
Two members of the Commission serve at large and are experienced in boating and water safety education. The remaining eight members each represent a specific geographic district. They are persons well informed on the subjects of conservation, restoration, fish and fishing, and boats and boating.
Also appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate were:
Charlie Charlesworth of Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County, was confirmed as one of two boating-at-large commissioners on the board.
William Gibney of Honesdale, Wayne County, was confirmed as the District 7 commissioner, representing Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.
Eric Hussar of Lewisburg, Union County, was confirmed as the District 5 commissioner, representing Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties. Hussar served a previous 4-year term representing District 5 and served as board president.
Richard Kauffman of Leesport, Berks County, was confirmed as the District 8 commissioner, representing Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill counties. Kauffman previously represented District 8 for two years, filling the remaining term of a former commissioner who had resigned
FISH STORIES from Jeremy Scott - Attached is a picture of a Walleye my dad John Scott caught on 06-23-19 while fishing with me in 47 feet off the point using a #4 Bagley Bango in Silver & Chartreuse Green on 12lb mono line 120 feet back off of big boards going 2.4 mph. We did not measure or weigh it but I estimate it to have been over 30” long and 10lbs. We limited out w/ 18 fish from 630 am to 10am and threw back another four while trying to clear lines at the end.
Another Story by Jeremy Scott-Jack Klapthor and I were out fishing last weekend and one of the fish we caught was a 31.5 inch walley that we caught in 40 feet of water off the Lighthouse on the planer boards with 12# test line and a #4 Bango lure 120-200 feet back going 2.3 mph.
FISH USA– AFTCO JOIN FORCES IN SUPPORT
On June 19th at a special media event FISH USA’s president and CEO announced that his company and the American Fishing Tackle Co.(AFTCO) have joined together and contributed $10,000.00 to the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS). This is not new for either company. It is all part of their plans to support our fishery. If you recall, the SONS of Lake Erie, the Erie Charter Captains Assoc. and the Erie Sport Fishing Assoc. as well as others contributed initially contributed to the program to get it started. The PFBC followed up this year by purchasing more transmitters and receivers.
The Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS) is a network of researchers on both the American and Canadian borders of the Great Lakes who study how different fish species behave in these expansive bodies of water. Through various projects, researchers work to track the movements and understand the migration patterns of sport fish and other species in the Great Lakes. This information is used by fisheries managers to set fishing season dates, creel and size limits to create a sustainable fishery for anglers.
Twenty more walleye were implanted with transmitters and tagged and released on April 23rd this year. Coincidently fish #21 (the first fish tagged this year) was caught in 45 foot of water off of the Brocton Water Tower out of Dunkirk New York on a fishing Charter. This male has traveled roughly 57 miles (if it were a straight line) in 56 days! Another fish was caught last year off of Raccoon Creek within weeks of bein released. The transmitters were recovered and will be re -deployed. The receivers were pulled and data recovered in June of 2018.They “pinged” our walleye more than 3000 time however it was too soon to really give us a firm picture of the walleye’s migration. We should know more when the receivers are pulled this year. The whole purpose of the program is to track migration and determine whether we have a local population. For more information go to the GLATOS web site at: https://glatos.glos.us/
Lto R President and CEO of Fish USA Jeff Parnell, Glatos Director, Chris Vandrrgoot, AFTO Regional Rep., Rob Ruckman an FISH USA Community Outreach Manager, Justin DiRado pose with a facsimile of the $10,000 check
FIN AND FUR WINNER GOES FISHING on the Charter boat, the ‘Water Bok’ along with Captains Steve Skrypzak and Tom Mascharka. Scott Esser of Gibsonia, PAwon the third prize at our 2019 Fin and Fur drawing. It was for a fishing trip donated by Captains Steve and Tom. On Fri June 21 Matt Esser boarded the Water Bok along with 5 companions. By the end of the day they caught 30 walleye.
Photo of Fin and Fur Winner Scott Esser and his guests taken on the Water Bok prior to departure.
CURRENT LEADERS IN SONS SUMMER FISHING EVENT
As of July 8th the following fish are leading in the SONS Summer Fishing contest;
Fri. July 19th
Waterworks Pond PISP Union City family Support Center Outing Vol. needed
Watch for changes in the upcoming summer issues of the Bucket
16 ft Bass boat w/ 40 hp Merc & trolling motor and fish finder Call Dan
Dock Grip: Attaches to boat dock to aid getting on and off your boat. See web site at dockgrip.com. Used 2 years. Asking $100.00. Please call 814-833-4581 for details.
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.
Version January 2019 Bucket