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

Terry Pfeffer

Mail: PO Box 3605
Erie, Pennsylvania 16508

Phone/Fax: 814-453-2270


Newsletter The 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. 

September  2017  Bucket

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday  September 26th  at the Polish Falcons Club, 431 E. 3rd St. 

Note: MEETING DATE CHANGE: Our September meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 26th instead of Monday September 25th .

Program: A Look back on the past Summer.

FISHING REPORT: Walleye continue to be easy to catch. Perch however have been slow but seem to be improving.


Frederick Karash of North East was boating on Lake Erie in May of 2016 when he was stopped by PFBC’s Waterways Conservation Officers who after a safety inspection cited Karash for not having enough life jackets on board a summary violation. A trial was held at the District Justice level and he was found guilty. Representing himself Mr. Karash appealed his conviction to County court asking that the results of the WCO’s search be suppressed because the officer did not have reasonable suspicion to make the stop, a violation of his 4th Amendment rights. The County Court upheld the conviction.  He appealed again to the State Superior Court which ruled that safety checks are unconstitutional thereby reversing the conviction. Where the case goes from here is pending. The fine for the violation was $75.


For 35 years, the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie has put on a fish fry on the first Wednesday of September. Our guest list over the years have included governors, mayors, senators, congressmen, scientists, educators, and numerous other individuals that have worked with us during our long history of dedicated service to the fishery. The purpose of the event is to allow our partners to meet our volunteers and directors.

This year the fish fry was held on September 6th at the Bay Harbor East marina located on Erie’s Bayfront. This was a change of venue from last year which was the EWPPA building. The space was rented and no longer available to us. The management staff of Bay Harbor East made their beautiful facility available for our use. It was a sunny and cool day tied into a first class facility with a beautiful picnic shelter, kitchen and other amenities, good food prepared by our expert fish cookers, Giant Eagle catering and served by 22 of our great volunteers, it was a great event.

We had about 160 guests from about 20 different government, environmental and public agencies and organizations. We signed up 82 new members and made a host of new friends.


Below are some photos from the day:

Top Tom Pruzenski, Bill Henderson, Rick Nyberg and Sindee Lijewski signed in our gusts while Jack Klapthor greeted them.

Left  Rich Smith, Chuck Miller, Ralph Friend, Rich Muse and Jack Bock cooked over 100 lbs of fish,

Right Don Tombaugh, Jim Mattson, Terry Pfeffer  and Ken Plonski served beans, potato, macaroni and pasta salads

Left  Mike Felege, Larry Lipinski Sandy and Bill Brown served hundreds of pieces of fish.

The rest of the photos are of  some of our 150 guests.


The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association has announced that they will be honoring the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie at a dinner that will be held on November 4th at the Colony Restaurant and Banquet Center at 3014 West 8th St.

Festivities will begin at 3 PM Activities will include a silent auction, raffles, door prizes, fly tying and a good time. Dinner will be served at 5 PM.  Awards and silent auction will begin at 7 PM.

If you would like to attend, tickets are now on sale, at Poor Richard’s Bait and Tackle, Folly’s, End Campgrounds, Elk Creek Sports Store and Anderson Vacuum Cleaner Shop., See ads in the bucket for locations of these businesses. The tickets are $20.00 each before Oct 27th and $25.00  after that. Seating is limited.


The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold their Fall meeting in Erie on September 25 and 26 in Erie at the Bay Front Convention Center. The meeting on Sept. 26th start at 11 AM and are open to the public.


My granddaughters Lauren and Rebecca recently traveled to South Africa with their parents Steve and Linda Skrypzak. They again made me proud with their hunting skills. Below (Left) Rebecca age 15 poses with the Wildebeast she bagged and (Right) Lauren age 23 poses along with her dad Steve with the Kudu that she got. They bagged other game too. Steve got a water buffalo.  


y Mark Torregrossa Michigan Weather

Hurricane Harvey has produced historic rainfall amounts in southeast Texas. If we took all of that rain and dumped it in the Great Lakes, it would raise the world's largest freshwater source significantly.

The current estimate of total gallons of rain from Hurricane Harvey is 19 trillion.

What if we took that 19 trillion gallons of water and dumped it in the Great Lakes? How much would the water levels go up in the Great Lakes.

For a one inch rise in water level on a Great Lake:

Lake Superior needs 550 billion gallons

Lake Michigan & Lake Huron need 790 billion gallons

Lake Erie needs 170 billion gallons

Lake Ontario needs 120 billion gallons.

So to lift the water level of the entire Great Lakes just one inch, it would take 1.63 trillion gallons.

The 19 trillion gallons of rain in the past few days over Texas would raise the entire Great Lakes 11.66 inches. That's almost a foot of water over the entire surface of the largest fresh water lake system in the world.

If all of the water from Harvey went into Lake Erie its level would rise by 111 inches.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (July 20)

Four new commissioners will soon join the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), following their confirmations by the state Senate on July 17.

William Brock of St. Marys, Elk County, was confirmed as the District 3 commissioner, representing Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties.

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. He will complete the remaining term of Glade Squires, who was appointed to an 8-year term in 2010 and resigned in 2016. 

Richard Lewis of Gettysburg, Adams County, was confirmed as one of two boating-at-large commissioners on the board.

Robert Small of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, was confirmed as the District 6 commissioner, representing Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.

The commissioners will officially assume their duties after they have taken the oath of office. They are appointed to four-year terms. Our 1st District Commissioner Ed Mascharka will complete his term next July.


ALEXANDRIA, VA (May 8, 2017) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced that fishing participation has increased by 1.5 million. The increase is being reported by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Outdoor Foundation.

The latest fishing license sales data from the USFWS shows a 1.79% increase in license sales. This increase was enough to bring the 10-year change in fishing license sales to 4.26%. Even more encouraging is that it marks the third consecutive year of increases in fishing license sales after a long period of stagnant sales.  


On Sat Sep. 9th we joined other groups at Frontier Park to help celebrate the annual L.E.A.F. festival. The Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park organization holds two festivals a year. Winterfest is usually held in February and the LEAF which is held in September. We have been part of these celebrations from the beginning. We show kids how to cast and also have a “Feed the Fish” bean bag game. We had ten volunteers who taught about 150 kids how to cast a fishing rod.

We passed out about 125 ABC’s of fishing coloring books.


Tues Oct 3rd  9:00 AM Vista #3 Presque Isle State Park fish habitat building. Volunteers needed


Downriggers: Three Walker electric downriggers two long arm and one short arm and 3 raised swivel mounting bases, downrigger balls and releases asking $1000 call Bob at814-397-8873
Anchors: 12 pound slip ring new $40, 4 pound with 100 ft of rope used $25, and 16 pound Danforth used $25 call Bob at 814-397-8873
Boat: 1990 Carver Montego 26 ft  Model 2557, Fiberglass hull, Merc Cruiser 350, galley, head, shower, radio, power trim tabs, AC/DC refrigerator, nice, low hours, Asking $10,000.00 Call Dennis at 814-450-0190 Can be seen at Lampe Marina.
Boat: 12 ft Crestliner Aluminum Boat asking $300 call Tom at 814-864-1886 after 3PM
Ice Hut: Amish built, one man, on skis 3”X4’10” opened call Tom at 814-864-1886 after 3 PM

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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