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

Summer Brings Warm Water On The Trophy Run   To veteran fishers of the Au Sable taking the 70 Degree Pledge has become a regular occurrence, which varies in necessity based on the summer heat. The idea is a simple one:  if the river water temperature is 70 degrees or more for an extended time then catch-and-release for trout is impractical.  Salmonids, especially rainbow and brook trout, cannot handle the stress of being hooked, fought, and handled so the mortality … read more

A number of dedicated river conservationists have gotten together to form the “Fish Farm Fight Flotilla” .  This is your chance for you and a friend  to enjoy a great day on the river, make some new friends, enjoy a great streamside meal (maybe even an adult beverage might show up) and help us in our fight.  All this for $500! Here’s how it works: Read about each of our “guides” (bios are below), figure out which one you would like to … 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.