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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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March 2018 Meeting

Tuesday, March 27,2018

Just in time before all the great Spring Walleye fishing starts, Capt. Joel Piatek is our guest speaker. Click on his pic for more info.


2018 Wild Game Dinner

The best one yet!! Thanks to Country Smokehouse, MICH-I-GUN, Lombardo Taxidermy and all of our other sponsors. Click pic to read the WGD wrap-up article & see the 2018 WGD Photo Gallery

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2018 AOTY Outings

Next outing is the Manistee River Steelhead Challenge with the Metro-West Steelheaders. Check out the details & the remainder of the schedule by clicking on the pic.

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2018 SOTY Tournaments

First one at Lexington is just a little over a month away! Get all the details & make your plans with a click of the pic

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2018 DAS Color Calendar

Download the 2018 DAS Calendar of Events by clicking on it