Save Our Native Species Inc.
S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie Fishing Club              
A 501 C (3) not for profit organization
Working To Improve the Fishery for 43 Years 1981-2024

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Who Are The S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie?

The S.O.N.S. (Save Our Native Species) of Lake Erie Fishing Club is an active organization of nearly 3000 members. Established in 1981, we are dedicated to the improvement of fishing on Lake Erie and its Pennsylvania tributaries. The organization has supported regulations that promote the growth and health of the Lake Erie fishery. We are a member of the Cooperative Nursery Branch of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Through this alliance we have established a fish hatchery that annually produces and stocks approximately 1 million Walleye and 2 million Yellow Perch into Presque Isle Bay. Steelhead and Brown Trout are also produced in the hatchery. The S.O.N.S. also participate in the P.F.B.C. adopt-a-stream program. We were active in the clean up and stocking of Cascade creek, a previously polluted stream which was a receptor of industrial out fall. The Club, partnered with the P.F.B.C., has annually built and placed appropriate structures in the waters of Presque Isle Bay which provide habitat for the fish that call these waters their home.

The S.O.N.S. have stood in the forefront to support free public access to the waters of Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. As a result of the clubs encouragement, ordinances and regulations have been enacted in the City of Erie that provide for free public access in all new developments on Presque Isle Bay.

The S.O.N.S. are always looking for more members and support. Please tour our web site for more information on how to become a member and for details on our current and past projects.

Click here for PDF of SONS History

Click here for a PDF file of the SONS Fortieth Anniversary Magazine

The General Membership Meetings are held at 7:00 PM  At the Polish Falcon's Club 431 East 3rd St.  Erie, PA on the fourth Monday of the month (unless in conflict with a national  holiday or the first day of deer hunting season). We do not meet during June, July and August instead:

 (We Go Fishing!)

SONS CO-SPONSOR WEB CAMS
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 TROUT RUN & THE WALNUT CREEK ACCESS AREA

The SONS of Lake Erie Fishing Club has entered into a partnership with Fairview Township, PA, Fish USA and the Pennsylvania Steelhead Association and have installed a web cam at the mouth of Lake Erie tributary stream, Trout Run at Avonia Beach and another camera at the the Walnut Creek Access Area in a partnership with the PA Fish and Boat Commission and Fish USA. The camera at was made possible through a grant from the PFBC's Lake Erie Access fund  

The cameras are  available for viewing 24/7 at:

THIS LINK-AVONIA BEACH WEB CAM

THIS LINK FOR THE WALNUT CREEK ACCESS AREA WEB CAM

READ MORE ABOUT THE SONS OF LAKE ERIE WEB CAMERAS

Recent Activities

For the first forty two years of our club's history we have been a very active organization. We built, taught, helped, hatched, stocked, served, advocated and enjoyed activities and interests that were directed to the improvement of fishing and the fishery of Lake Erie. We spend a lot of resources and time working with schools, groups and other programs throughout the area by providing a hands on fishing experience for the participants including their families. We try to document each of our events and post the pictures on our website. Below are links to many of these activities with the most recent on top.

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Kids Fishing Events-See Your Picture Here!

S.O.N.S. Sponsor 2023 Presque Isle Clean-Up

Girls Scout Millcreek Troop #27149Fishing

2024 First Day of Trout Season

2024 Ice Out Party was a great success

Hatchery Operations 2023-24

2024 Officers and Directors

S.O.N.S. Build More Fish Habitat

Cub Scout Pack 17

S.O.N.S. Take Vets Fishing

Emmaus Fish Fry

SONS Annual Outreach Fish Fry

McDowell High School English as 2nd Language Students

8 Great Tuesdays Family Fishing

S.O.N.S. Volunteers' Picnic

Barbara's Summer Camp

Discover Presque Isle Family Fishing Clinic

Charter School of Excellence July 20, 2023

Grover Cleveland Summer School Class

Sister Gus's Cafe Kids

Kids from the John Horan Housing complex

Waterford YMCA Kids

 COPPS program

Our Wext Bayfront Project

Charter School of Excellence

North East STEM and Vine  Program

EPSFA Kids Fishing Day

General McLane Grade School

Wild & Free Home Schooled Students' Fishing Outing

Fort LeBoeuf School District Life Skills Outing

Harborcreek Kids Trout Fishing Event

French Creek Council Boy Scouts

Girard HS Life Skills Fishing

S.O.N.S. Sponsor 2023 Presque Isle Clean-Up

2022-2023 Hatchery Operations

Erie County Public Library Fishing Clinic

Gem City Outdoorsmen Youth Field Days

Neighborhood Art House Fishing Outing

Winter 2020 Events- (Ice Fishing Clinics and Winterfest)

2021-2022 Hatchery Operations

2020-2021 Hatchery Operations

2019-2020 Hatchery Operations

2018-2019 Hatchery Operations

Holland St. Pier Completed and Dedicated

SONS Sponsor Harborcreek Park Pavilion

S.O.N.S. Receive Prophet of Peace Award

ERIE GETS WEATHER BUOY

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S.O.N.S. Past and On-Going Projects

Hatchery

Adopt a Stream

Habitat

Education

Handicapped Access

Safety

Adopt a Park

Schedule

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SON'S. Stuff

Angler
Resources

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Photo Gallery

SONS WEB CAMERAS

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Contact Information:
 President
Jerry Skrypzak

Vice President
Ed Kissell

Secretary
Don Tombaugh

Treasurer
John Krupinski


Mail: PO Box 3605
Erie, Pennsylvania 16508

Phone/Fax:
814-453-2270
E-Mail
sonslakeri@aol.com

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