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



Since 1995 the SONS of Lake Erie has been in a continuing partnership with the Habitat Unit of the PA Fish and Boat Commission and the PA DCNR. In 2019 ( pre pandemic)  on October 9th Twenty five SONS volunteers gathered at the West Boat Launch at the Presque Isle Marina along with Ben Page, leader, and five members of the PFBC Habitat team. We were joined by 12 sixth graders and two faculty members from Fairview. Together we attached precut brush to 60 pre-assembled short vertical plank fish habitat structures. The structures were loaded onto two specially equipped boats by a high lift supplied by Presque Isle State Park. The boats which were operated by the PFBC team and crewed by some of the students from Fairview transported the structures to an area on the north side of the Marina Lake and placed in about 12 ft of water.

That year the  PFBC purchased 60 pre-built vertical plank habitat structures which were already staged in the parking lot. In other years we assembled the structures on sight with materials provided by the SONS. These pre-assembled structures cost $80 each and were paid for through our Lake Erie Stamp monies. The structures were weighted down with 8 concrete blocks.

In 2020 the program continued without our help due to the pandemic however, the Fish Commission team placed another 60 pre constructed vertical plank fish structures into the Presque Isle marina Lake.

In 2021the PFBC  Fish Habitat team headed by Ben Ford came to Erie on Wednesday October 13th and continued the  placement of fish habitat structures in Presque Isle Bay. They set up at the West boat launch in the Presque Isle Marina. The team brought two especially equipped boats for placing habitat structures in the water to Erie. Twenty- two SONS volunteers came to assist in the project.

70 pre-assembled short vertical plank fish habitat structures were placed into Presque Isle  Bay waters just east of the marina channel.

In 2022 on October 12, the habitat team from the PFBC led by Ben Ford again came to Erie where we met them at a parking lot on Misery Bay on Presque Isle State Park. They were met by 15 SONS volunteers where they readied 80 pre fabricated vertical plank fish habitat structures for placement into the waters of Misery Bay. The used banding tools to attach pre cut brush to the assemblies to provide more hiding places for the fish. When the structures were completed, a high lift which was furnished by the DCNR, was used to move them onto two PFBC specially equipped boats which were used to transport them to the deployment area. 

In 2023
On Thursday October 26, 2023 seventeen SONS  of Lake Erie volunteers joined in with a team of six PFBC habitat specialists led by Ben Page for the purpose of placing more habitat structures into Presque isle Bay. We have partnered with PFBC every year since 1995. During that period  more than 800 structures have been built and placed into Presque Isle Bay and adjacent waters as part of he program. This year there were an additional 84 vertical plank structures placed into the waters off of the area of the Niagara boat launch on PI State Park.

 The structures were purchased pre built using funds from the Lake Erie Access program. In the past the SONS supplied the material and volunteers assembled them. All that was needed to be completed this year called for the volunteers to attach bundles of brush to the assembled structures. A back hoe and driver from DCNR moved the structures into position for the attachments. 

The completed assemblies were then placed into a specially equipped PFBC boat and carried out into their final placement area. 

SONS volunteers prepared a lunch for all of the participants which also included volunteers from FishUSA and three out of town attendees from the North American Lake Management conference which was being held in Erie.

The funding to pay for the assemblies was secured from the Lake Erie Access fund which is paid for by a special stamp which is purchased by anglers as a license to fish the waters of Lake Erie and its tributaries.

Lunch was prepared and provided for all those who participated.

 A map showing all of the locations where structures have been placed since 1995 and their GPS coordinates can be seen on the PFBC web site at 

Since 1995 this partnership with PFBC and DCNR has placed more than 800 fish habitat structures in and around Presque Isle Bay. We also financed the placement of rubble mound reef type structure in Stink Hole in Presque Isle Bay.

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The Habitat Team from the PFBC recently posted videos that they took around the fish habitat structures in Presque Isle Bay. The above are screen grabs taken from those videos. To see them go to YouTube at  There is another video that was taken at Beltzville Lake in Pennsylvania in 2018. It can be seen at  you can see that they are obviously working by attracting fish.

Below are some screen shots from YOU TUBE