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

John Krupinski

Mail: PO Box 3605
Erie, Pennsylvania 16508

Phone/Fax: 814-453-2270


S.O.N.S. Take Vets Out Fishing


Several years ago the Pennsylvania Legislature enacted the Small Games of Chance Program that allows social clubs to do fund raising by selling raffle tickets, tip boards, bingo games and other small games of chance on the condition that a portion of the proceeds be donated to non-profit organizations like the S.O.N.S. Over the years we have been a beneficiary of these donations. Some of these donations to us come from veterans clubs like the VFW and the American Legion. We have set aside these contributions and working with other organizations like Veteran’s Administration Hospital, the Soldiers and Sailors Home and others we have sponsored free fishing trips for our brave military veterans.  In 2023 we sponsored 3 separate fishing outings.



On April 17th, 2023 a smal group of veterans fro the Veteran's Outreach Center  came out to Presque Isle to fish in the East Waterworks pond. The day was cold and drizzly but the fishing was pretty good. There wrre even a few trout caught


On Tuesday July 11, 2023 a group of military veterans from Erie Veterans Medical Center and the Vets Center enjoyed a fishing trip on Lake Erie aboard the Perch Pirate head boat. The trip sponsored by the SONS of lLake Erie fishing club. This sponsorship has been a long standing tradition of our club. We set aside donations we receive from veteran social clubs such as the American Legion and the VFW and use the money exclusively to sponsor these fishing outings. There was were some nice fish caught on what was a beautiful summer day and even a prize given for the largest fish.

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Veterans Fishing September 21, 2023

The SONS of Lake Erie has over 2500 members spread throughout the country many of whom are military veterans which give us a complete admiration and respect for the sacrifices of our vets. In appreciation for their service we sponsor fishing trips for their enjoyment. On September 21, 2023 we organized another trip. Twenty One veterans from our local Veterans Administration facility and the Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors home joined a group of our volunteers at the ferry dock on Presque Isle State Park. There they boarded the JoAnn M which is owned and operated by the At the Lake Ministries branch of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.

An excerpt from the Ministries web site best describes the program--“At The Lake Ministries offers people living with disabilities and their caregivers a fun, family-oriented experience aboard The Jo-Ann M on Lake Erie and/or Presque Isle Bay. Participants can fish or simply experience the wonderful natural resources the region has to offer. The Jo-Ann M is wheelchair friendly with a ramp to board the boat and removable seats to accommodate for any wheelchair size.” For more information visit the site at

The trip was commenced with a brief prayer and blessing prior to boarding the vessel. Sept. 21 was an absolutely perfect day sunny and warm with waves at less than a foot. Captain Rob Wilson who is also a minister, piloted the JoAnn M, a converted former fish tug, onto the Lake where those aboard tried their hand at drift fishing. There were no fish caught that day but polling the veterans we were told that they had a good time. After the trip all of the veterans and their caregivers were treated to a picnic at the PI cook house.