Great Lakes Bay Region Steelheaders Chapter
History and Mission Statement
Our group originated with local members that had a desire to fish and promote sportsmanship; they began meeting in their back yards. Hearing about the Michigan Steelhead and the Salmon Fishing Association which was still in its infancy and wanting to be active in preserving our natural resources, they became representatives of this organization. The Steelhead and Salmon Fishing Association had its beginning in the early seventies and has developed into the largest fresh water Fishing Association in the state with 16 chapters. Throughout the years this chapter has branched out to many communities and people as our name indicates. Our State Chapter directs us to help promote,protect and educate with respect to this great resource we have here in Michigan…Sport Fishing.
Some of our recent involvements:
1. We worked with St. Brigid’s Catholic School in 2013/14 on a program called “Salmon in the Classroom”. This program brings the cycle of the salmon into the classroom. The state provides 200 salmon eggs. The class had an 85% survival rate of 4 inch long salmon, and were released into the Tittabawassee River. An excellent job done.
2 .During the school year 2014/15 we joined with our Benefactor, CanaDream, to sponsor the “Salmon in the Classroom” program with Pine Elementary School in Midland. This year gave a 26% survival rate. The fish were released into the Chippewa River as the children looked on. They have committed to having this program again for the next school year.
3. We have financially supported the graduate students in fish biology and management.
4. We help sponsor the local “Kids Day Fishing” at Sanford Lake.
5. We have two days a year where we invite youngsters to a “Kids Day Fishing Outing”. One day on Lake Michigan and one day on the Saginaw Bay.
6. We support the state organization by providing input to the Michigan State Legislature to facilitate good decision making with regard to our Natural Resources.
7. We put out a newsletter and post on Face Book to keep our members informed as to the activities of this Chapter. Google “Great Lakes Bay Region Steelheaders”, go to the face book site. Hit the like button and you will receive all of our postings.
8. Our Board meets on the first Tues of every month at 6:00 pm with exception of August, at the VFW, 3013 Bay City Rd. Midland. All Board meetings are open meetings.
9. Our Membership Meetings follow the Board Meetings at 7:00 pm with exception to May, June, July,and August. We bring in speakers to share their knowledge with us and keep us informed as to the issues most current, and those that could have devastating effects on our Fishery. For example ”Asian Carp”
10. We have news stands at various retail fishing stores and the Linwood Beach Marina, with brochures about who we are and how to become a member of this organization which strives to keep the sport we love so much alive and well for all…FISHING
Our Mission “Motto”
Enjoying good people, being Safe, having Fun, Good Sportsmanship, Comradery and the common sense to protect our Natural Resources Statewide.