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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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July 2018 Meeting

Tuesday, July 31,2018

Guide and Instructor Luiz DaSilva, who held the instructional fly fishing clinic at Yates Park, Sat. July 21, will be the featured speaker. Click on his picture to the left for all the meeting details

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2018 SOTY Tournaments

The meat and potatoes of the SOTY Tournament Schedule are coming up at Ludington, Aug. 4 and Manistee, Aug 11. Get all the details for these and the final Tournament at Rogers City, Aug. 25 with a click on the picture to the left

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2018 AOTY Outings

Check out the pics from the Saginaw Bay Walleye Outing and the Leaderboard standings on the message board. Check out the details for the remainder of the schedule by clicking on the pic.

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2018 DAS Color Calendar

Download the 2018 DAS Calendar of Events by clicking on it