Anglers of the Au Sable

The Anglers of the Au Sable is much more than a fishing club. Our activities are driven by issues affecting the greater Au Sable ecosystem.


Latest News from the Anglers

The Mud Snail, the State of Michigan, and the Au Sable Fish Farm…a timeline.    June 6, 2016. Dr. Mark Luttenton discovered mud snails directly below (and at that time ONLY directly below) the hatchery during a routine water quality inspection. AotA notifies DNR and DEQ immediately. AotA and TU groups post NZMS info signs at access points to educate anglers and boaters on how not to spread the snails.   DNR releases State of Michigan’s Status and Strategy for New … read more

Tom Baird President Anglers of the Au Sable Via email at   The Honorable Rick Snyder Governor of the State of Michigan P.O. Box 30013 Lansing, MI 48909   Sept. 6, 2016   Dear Gov. Snyder, I am writing to ask that you order state agencies to immediately investigate whether the Grayling Fish Hatchery, recently licensed as a fish farm by state agencies, is responsible for the introduction of an invasive species, the New Zealand Mud Snail, into the … read more


Anglers of the Au Sable

The idea for establishing an organization like the Anglers of the Au Sable was borne out of the need to counter the efforts of individuals and organizations to rescind the 1986 Catch and Release fishing policy implemented by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Catch and Release Regulations, as they were adopted on the upper section of the Au Sable River’s main branch, popularly known as the “Holy Water,” specified that all trout, regardless of size, must be returned to the water unharmed.

Since then, this organization has grown to be so much more. Please take a moment and view our Current, Past, and Future Projects pages to see the many different things we do to protect, preserve, and enhance the AuSable and Manistee watersheds.

We need your financial help TODAY.

Planned trout factory on the Au Sable threatens our river

We’ve invested more than $85,000 over the past two years. It will cost $150,000 more to win this battle. And we can win, our experts say.

It will cost $150,000 more to win this battle.