Welcome to the Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishermen’s Association
Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fisherman's Association (MSSFA) was organized in 1971 by a handful of individuals who knew that Michigan's newly formed trout & salmon fishery was something worth working to protect. They were a small group who wanted not only to protect their fishery, but learn how to catch their elusive prey and tell fishing stories.
MSSFA Chapters have membership meetings with guest speakers to learn all the aspects of sport fishing. MSSFA Chapters also sponsor fishing clinics, seminars, sport-fishing shows, derbies and tournaments. And are active sponsors for fishing outings for kids, seniors, veterans and our handicapped.
For those who love to fish but have no means, MSSFA chapters sponsor a "Crews" program that allows a sign up as a crew member for a day of fishing.
With a common goal, and a close working partner with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, MSSFA helps to enhance the resource and sport fishing in our rivers, streams, inland lakes and of course the Great Lakes. MSSFA is a front-runner at all levels of the legislature and in courtrooms and has spent countless hours working behind the scenes and attending hearings.
Congressman Kildee Introduces Bills Supporting Sport Fishing
On Thursday, February 8, 2017, in Fenton, MI, at Red Fox Outfitters, MSSFA along with our coalition partners, joined Congressman Dan Kildee as he introduced two federal bills aimed at protecting our fisheries and water quality from commercial fish farming expansion. HR 961 would prohibit net pen fish farming in the waters of the Great Lakes. HR 962 would prevent commercial fish farming on federal Wild & Scenic River watersheds unless an operator can demonstrate they will not discharge pollutants.
Both bills address serious and significant threats to Michigan's waters and valuable fisheries. In Michigan, last year, legislation was introduced to allow Great Lakes fish farming. On the Au Sable River, a commercial fish farm is currently expanding under a state issued permit, which is being challenged legally. The permit and its challenge is, unfortunately, about how much pollutant discharge should be allowed - not about preventing it. Both of these bills will help to ensure Michigan's waters and fisheries receive the protection they deserve.
HR 962 protects Wild & Scenic Rivers in the U.S. Click Here to see all the rivers organized by State.