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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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Education

Fishing "How to" information through speakers, seminars, monthly newsletter and our club members. Learn More...

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Tournaments

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.

Meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month. Check the most recent Fishin' Tales, or the DAS Online Calendar for up to the minute meeting dates, agendas, and information. Meetings Start at 7:30PM and usually last 2 hours.

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DAS quickly became the largest of all MSSFA chapters. It was DAS’ Super Spring Show that all other chapter shows were modeled after.

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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.

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Awareness

Club support of our fisheries through donations to clubs and organizations that are working to improve and promote our sport..

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Join Us

A "Crews Program" matching captains and boats with crews without boats.

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Fish Stories

For more club history and interesting reading, check out past issues of Fishin' Tales, DAS's monthly newsletter.