2018 St. Joe SOTY Tournament - 1st Place - "Bobby's Toy'
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.”
The 13th Annual Big Tom Memorial Steelhead Tournament will be held on Sat., Oct. 27 in Ludington. It’s also the next event on the AOTY schedule. Tap or Click on the picture for all the details.
Although elections aren't until the December meeting, it's not too soon to think about how you can help out the DAS and serve on the Board of Directors in some capacity in an area you have interest such as boat trolling, AOTY outings, Salmon-in the Classsroom etc.
Send us a message if you have any questions about our meetings, events or membership. We'll aim to get back to you very shortly after!