Protecting and Promoting the Great Lakes Sportfishery for over 40 years

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 the 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.”

Latest News



Monday, March 23, the Pine Knob Elementary school with 

the assistance of the DAS released this year's smolts

 into the Clinton River at Yates Cider Mill. 

Check out the Cool Video by clicking on the picture!



For something to do in these Stay In ... Stay at Home Times,  Post some of your favorite fishing pictures in this new forum on the Message Board.

Click on the Logo to the right!



Browse Through the DAS Photo Galleries!

They go all the way back to 2008!

(Only Partial 2012 but 2011, 2010, 2009 are works in progress) 

Click on the pic left to start at the 2020 Gallery

Contact Us

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Better yet, see us in person!

Guest are always welcome! Come join us  at a meeting the last Tuesday of the month

Detroit Area Steelheaders, Inc

P.O. Box 1255 Sterling Hgts, MI 48311-1255