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Detroit Area Steelheaders

Protecting and Promoting the Great Lakes Sportfishery for over 40 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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August 2017 Membership Meeting

Currently serving his second term in Congress, our featured speaker for August will be Congressman Dave Trott. As a defender of our Great Lakes, he will be highlighting his continued efforts to preserve the lakes and their habitats for anglers from across Michigan to enjoy. Click on his picture to the left for all the meeting details

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2017 DAS Boat Trolling Schedule

Saturday, August 26 is the final tournament on the SOTY schedule at Manistee. Bob Feisel holds the lead in the standings but both Bob Jones and Tom Gorguze can possibly tie him with a win at Manistee. But will it be enough? Get all the tournament details by clicking on the schedule to the left. Also, Check out the latest SOTY Standings on the messageboard

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Lake Erie Perch Outing

Saturday, September 23rd is our next Angler of the Year Outing on Lake Erie for Yellow Perch. Check out the latest information on the messageboard by clicking on the mess of perch to the left.

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2017 DAS Color Calendar

Download the New 2017 DAS Calendar of Events by clicking on it to the left