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

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Big Win for the River: Grayling Fish Farm Case settled, all commercial fish farming to cease by end of 2018   It’s official: the Grayling Fish Farm is no more. Harrietta Hills, the company operating the Grayling Fish Farm, has agreed to end its lease, to cease all operations at the Grayling Fish Hatchery by December 31, and to never again operate any fish farming operation in the Au Sable watershed.   This is a big win for Anglers of … read more

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Anglers will continue to fight polluting fish farm on the Au Sable River The following statement can be attributed to Joe Hemming, president, Anglers of the Au Sable Board of Directors, regarding the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s approval of a permit to allow pollution from a fish farm into the pristine Au Sable River Anglers of the Au Sable is disappointed by the decision of the Michigan DEQ to issue a permit allowing a fish farm to pollute the … read more


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.