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.
January 2019 Bucket
Next Meeting – Monday, January 28, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Polish Falcons Club 431 E. 3rd St.
PROGRAM: Expert angler Jeremy Scott will talk about the tactics he uses while ice fishing.
FISHING REPORT: The temperature is hovering in the low 20 degrees as this report is being drafted hopefully it will bring on some ice fishing opportunities. Perch are being taken off of the piers and steelhead anglers are doing well.
S.O.N.S. DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS
An election for the four open positions of the office of Director was held at our December 2018 General Membership meeting. Bob Zawadzki, Ron Lubak, Mike Felege and Rich Smith were reelected for the office of director. They will serve in that position for 3 years. .
President Jerry Skrypzak, VP Ed Kissell, Secretary Don Tombaugh and Treasurer Terry Pfeffer were nominated to serve another term for 2019. There were no other nominations for the officers’ positions so these individuals will continue to serve our club in their present offices respectively. Our officers serve one year terms.
NOTE: IF YOU HAVE NOT RENEWED YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2019, THIS WILL BE YOUR LAST ISSUE OF THE BUCKET YOU WILL RECEIVE
RAFFLE TO BE HELD AT OUR JANUARY MEETING
Included in your 2019 membership renewal were six raffle tickets for a drawing to be held at our Jan 26, 2019 meeting when ten $100.00 prizes will be awarded. The raffle helps to defray the cost of our printing and mailing. If you have not yet mailed in your returns, you may bring your tickets to the meeting in order to be eligible for the drawing.
FISHING CLUBS SHOW APPRECIATION TO LAND OWNERS
On December 22nd , 12 club members from 3-CU, the PA Steelhead Association, Trout Unlimited, Gem City Outdoorsmen’s Club and the SONS of Lake Erie distributed 85 fruit baskets to land owners who have generously opened areas of their properties that border streams allowing access to fisherman. The fruit baskets are given to show our appreciation for this kindness. The program was started in 2009. The baskets are purchased with monies donated by the above clubs as well as individual donations.
Club reps pose before delivering the thank you fruit baskets.
PRESIDENT SIGNS BILL TO COMBAT INASIVE SPECIES
By Tom Jackson Sandusky Register 12/6 Tom Jackson
President Donald Trump signed a new law that will create national new ballast water rules to protect the Great Lakes from invasive species.
The measure also creates a new EPA monitoring program, funded at $50 billion a year, to watch the Great Lakes for invasive species.
Trump signed S. 140, the “Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018,” on Tuesday, the White House press office said in a brief statement.
Ohio’s two senators, Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, both sought the protections for the Great Lakes included in the bill.
“This law helps protects the Great Lakes against the spread of invasive species and pollution while ensuring that our shipping industry in Ohio and across the region is competitive,” Portman said. “It is the product of bipartisan work and is a balanced legislative solution to ensure the regulations regarding vessel discharges protect the ecosystem in the Great Lakes.”
Portman argued that national rules, rather than a patchwork of state rules, were needed to encourage commerce in the Great Lakes.
Brown argued an earlier draft of the bill threatened to weaken protections in state ballast water rules. He said he helped block that earlier measure so that a stronger bill could be enacted into law.
A fact sheet issued by Brown’s office states one of the changes that made the bill stronger is a provision that new EPA rules must be at least as strong as current rules. State laws will stay in effect until new federal rules are final and enforceable for every type of vessel.
Ballast water is held aboard tanks in ships to help keep them stable and can be loaded or unloaded as needed, and as dictated by how the loading and unloading of cargo is affecting the ship. The discharge of ballast water has been a major source for putting invasive species into the Great Lakes.
LONG SERVING- DIRECTOR, KEN PLONSKI RETIRES
Ken Plonski has tendered his resignation from the office of director after serving in that position since 1993. Ken has been a director a year longer than I have served as president. He has been plagued with some health issues and his recovery and rehabilitation has been taking longer than expected and has requested that he be relieved of his duties so as to concentrate on getting well.
For 25 years as a board member Ken has held a major role in paving the way for the growth and success of this great organization. We reluctantly accept his resignation and thank him for his years of dedicated service and pray that he achieves a speedy and complete recovery.
Ken Plonski had two years left on his term as director the board of
directors unanimously voted to appoint Bill Stewart to take his place. Bill
Stewart was a runner up in our December election and we are glad to welcome
him on board.
THE SONS HONOR FishUSA
FishUSA founder and CEO Dan Pastore was in attendance at our December General Membership meeting where he was presented with a plaque from the SONS of Lake in grateful appreciation for all of the support that FishUSA has provided to our local fishery and our club as well as others like us.
They have generously supported us in many ways, including donations of gift certificates and merchandise, advertising in our newsletter, hosting our web site, offering special promotions for our members and providing expert speakers for our meetings. They have also maintained an online informational website “fisherie.com” that provides updated fishing and other info beneficial to our members. They are a leading online retailer of fishing tackle but also have a retail store at their facility at 6960 West Ridge Road, Fairview, PA 16415. Hopefully they will display the plaque at the store so their customers can see how important they are to the SONS of Lake Erie and how grateful we are for their support.
ONTARIO SETS SITES ON CORMORANTS
The Province of Ontario is proposing to list the double-crested cormorant as a game bird and create a hunting season in Ontario for population management. Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) have increased rapidly from the 1970s to the early 2000s, causing concerns to some groups like the commercial fishing industry, property owners and individuals that cormorants have been detrimental to fish populations, island forest habitats, other species and aesthetics. To respond to these concerns, the Ministry is proposing to create a hunting season for double-crested cormorants in Ontario. This new population management tool would allow persons who hold a small game license to hunt these birds. The following changes are being proposed to create a hunting season for cormorants beginning in 2019: by listing the double-crested cormorant as a “Game Bird.” Create an open hunting season for double-crested cormorant from March 15 to December 31 each year across the province with a daily bag limit of 50 and allow hunting from a stationary motorboat and more.
Michigan has already gone forward with a control program why not Pennsylvania?
HIGH WINDS CAUSE SIECH ON LAKE ERIE ON NEWS YEAR DAY
Because Lake Erie is the shallowest of all the Great Lakes, it is possible for strong winds to literally push the entire lake from one end to the other.
The night of New Year’s Eve there was extremely high, gale force, winds blowing from the west to the east, gusting to 50 miles an hour being strong enough to push the water level lower in Toledo and higher in Buffalo.
A seiche (pronounced say-shh) is exactly the same as storm surge except the surface water oscillates by sloshing between opposing shores within the lake basin, decreasing in height with each rocking back and forth until it reaches equilibrium. At about 5:00 AM at its highest point the water level in Buffalo was up 4.3 feet. Erie saw a rise of about 2 ft according to the NOAA gauge recording at the North Pier. On Jan 29, 2008 a similar event occurred causing the water level in Erie to go up by 5 ft. Currently Lake Erie is 3ft higher than average.
Former SONS Director, Leo B. Ul of Penn Valley, Calif., died on December 26, 2018, at the age of 97. Leo was born in Erie, on May 11, 1921. He served in WWII volunteering to be a waist gunner flying in B24's over Southern Europe taking only nine months to complete his 50 missions. . Leo served as a SONS Director from 1999 to 2002. He was a great guy and will be sadly missed.
EXCEPTIONAL WALLEYE HATCH RECORDED FOR LAKE ERIE’S BASIN (From the GLSFC Newsletter)
COLUMBUS, OH – Preliminary results from the fall trawl survey in Ohio’s portion of the central basin of Lake Erie show an exceptional hatch of walleye and an average hatch of yellow perch, according to the Ohio DNR. ODNR results from the 2018 survey indicate that young-of-the-year walleye catch rates were the highest recorded in the past 20 years of the central basin trawl survey (32 fish per hectare). This year’s results, combined with the excellent 2015 year-class, will ensure adult walleye abundance in the central basin will continue to increase. Trawl survey results for yellow perch indicate the hatch was the highest observed since 2014 (40 fish per hectare) and just below the long term average (45 fish per hectare) for the central basin. In the individual management units, the western portion of the central basin (Huron to Fairport) index was 28 fish per hectare, below the average of 42 per hectare. The index in the eastern portion of the central basin (Fairport to Conneaut) was 51 fish per hectare, above the average of 41 per hectare. Because of low oxygen conditions that are often present in the central basin, trawl surveys are conducted later in the year than in the western basin of Lake Erie. Annual trawl surveys assess fish communities from Vermilion to Conneaut. Specific target species for the fall surveys include young-of-the-year and yearling yellow perch and walleye. Ohio central basin survey results, along with data collected by agencies
The PFBC conducts the same type of Fall surveys. The results for the Pennsylvania portion of Lake Erie have not been published yet.
Sign up sheets will be circulated at our meetings for volunteers to help out setting up and manning our booth at the above events in order to support our longtime partner-Erie Promotions and Expos.
GUN RAFFLE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
would like to volunteer to sell raffle tickets and SONS memberships at gun
raffles please contact Director Rich Brine at our January 28th
meeting or call Rich at 814-833-5007.
Consider attending the above gun raffles not only for something to do this winter but to support those organizations that support us.
ICE FISHING REFERENCE CHART:
Sat. January 26th
10-2 Presque Isle Snow Days Ice Fishing event at Waterworks pond. Volunteers
COTTAGE FOR SALE on Crooked Creek in North Springfield, PA Call David at 814-882-2927.
Panther T5 Steering Unit with wireless remote. Asking $400.00. Call Les at 412-931-1278.
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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