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Detroit Area Steelheaders

Protecting and Promoting the Great Lakes Sportfishery for over 35 years

About Us

The Detroit Area Steelheaders, Inc. is a non-profit fishing club. We're dedicated to the protection and promotion of trout, salmon and other fisheries in the Great Lakes Region. Learn More...

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Fishing "How to" information through speakers, seminars, monthly newsletter, Salmon-In-The-Classroom and our club members. Learn More...

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Both Boat Trolling & River, Surf & Pier, which provide an excellent means to improve salmon & trout fishing knowledge and techniques, as well as great fun and some friendly competition.

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A Brief History

The Detroit Area Steelheaders (DAS) was originally organized as a chapter of the Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishing Association (MSSFA). Tom Schneider, John Makela, Ed Raquel and Joe Sizemore, as a committee of four, founded the club in September, 1974. The first organizational meeting was held on October 16, 1974. Forty one people attended that first gathering at the Northwood Inn. It was decided that the first ‘annual meeting’ would be held on December 4, 1974, and that date would be the official beginning of the chapter.

DAS quickly became the largest of all MSSFA chapters. It was DAS’ Super Spring Show that all other chapter shows were modeled after. The DAS started the first research trips on the Great Lakes, introduced river tournaments, and held salmon and steelhead river fishing clinics to teach the proper techniques in catching river run fish. This had never been done before.

In January, 1990, due to conflicts with MSSFA 96% of the members voted to withdraw DAS from MSSFA and be an independent organization. Our official name became the Detroit Area Steelheaders, Inc. a Michigan non-profit corporation.

Our official corporate purpose is: “To teach, inform, and guide the public to respect and appreciate the Great Lakes, rivers, and land around us. To promote and protect the fisheries resources therein.”

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DAS News

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Feb. 20, 2016 DAS Higgins Lake Ice Fishing Outing

Location for the Feb. 20 Ice Fishing Outing has changed to Higgins Lake. For more info, visit the Message Board in the Fall-Winter-Spring Tournaments & Outings Forum or Call Carl Ventimiglia (586) 615-7459. Click on the picture at left to see the full upcoming schedule.

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2016 DAS February Meeting

This month's meeting features 2 great guest speakers: Dan O'Keefe from Michigan Sea Grant talking about the state of Lake Michigan Fishing as well as the Salmon Ambassadors progam plus Roger Hinchcliff of Steelhead Manifesto talking River Steelhead fishing! Don't miss it! Just Click on the meeting picture to the left if you need directions to our meeting place.

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2016 Boat Trolling Tournaments

Check out the 2016 DAS Boat Trolling Tournament Schedule. A few changes have been made. Click on the West Basin Marina in St. Joe photo to get all the info.

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DAS Photo Contests

The DAS 2015-2016 Fall-Winter Photo Contest is now open for entries until March 31, 2016. Check out the rules and how easy it is to submit a photo by clicking on the 2015 Spring-Summer Photo Contest winning picture to the left