Welcome to the Grand Traverse
Area Sport Fishing Association!

Our Mission is Fishin’

Proudly serving Benzie, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Antrim and Kalkaska counties.

The GTASFA is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting fishing lifestyle and heritage.

We are on a mission to make fishing bigger and better in northern Michigan by welcoming those new to the sport and giving experienced anglers the cutting-edge information they need to succeed.

Our members, sponsors and volunteer board members work together to make more fishing opportunities available to more visitors and residents throughout the entire region.

The organization is led by people who are objective and community-oriented. They are plugged into current issues and are committed to supporting the management of and protecting our fishing resources in northwest Michigan.

The efforts of the GTASFA impact quality of life and the economy. We are enhancing not only the fishing experience, but the entire community, with more, bigger, better fish. Our efforts support not just the anglers, but businesses, the local community and our world-class fishing.

What we do puts more species of fish in the water. These fish are coming back to Traverse City. GTASFA volunteers worked with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to make it happen.

Many of the salmon we have had the opportunity to enjoy in the Grand Traverse Bay represent shining examples of our work. The increase in salmon the harvest is a direct result of the GTASFA pen nets anchored in the Boardman River behind the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce building every spring. The pen nets program paid off in the bays with an exceptional increase at the weir, from 3,176 to 18,428 fish in one year.

With your help, we can help enhance our future fisheries. Join us at our next event or contact us to get involved with any of these projects:

  • educational opportunities
  • events for families and pros
  • community service
  • fundraising in partnership with nonprofits
  • enhancing fishing-related opportunities and access
  • fish cleaning station and fishing pier at Elmwood Township Marina
  • See you on the water!

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Upcoming Events

Weekly Fishing League

June 22, 2016
Frankfort – Public Launch (Wed. before the Battle at the Betsie) - Big Bob’s

Weekly Fishing League

June 29, 2016
Cedar Hedge Lake – off Gonder Road

Weekly Fishing League

July 6, 2016
Arbutus and Spider Lake – Meet at Spider Lake Launch


Lasting Memories
Villa Marine Bar
Frankfort Tackle Box
Great Wolf Lodge
Happy Hog
Mission Awards
Sport Fish Michigan
MC Sports
Mega Bite
Brady's Bar
The Reel People
Crystal Lake Adventure Sports
Big Bobs
Dinghy's Restaurant
Michigan Stinger
TC Expo
Tuscan Bistro
Michigan Truck Accessories
Newberry's Service Now
Nibbles Charter Service
Warrior Lures
Gander Mountain
WTCM Radio
Stein Decoys
Big Jon Sports
Crystal Mountain
Batteries Plus
Cherryland Electric Cooperative
Black Bear Lodge
Crystal Resort Service LLC
Northern Adventures
Big Kahuna
Nauti Cat
Schmuckal Oil
Critter Control
Shuston Charters
Franke Family Dentistry
Fub Wobbler
River Rat Charters
Shoreline Irrigation
Sail Inn Bar and Grill
Wynter Rose Photography
Da Designs
Betsie Bay Marina
Fish Hawk II
U and I Lounge
Wicksall Distributors
Reel People
Mayfair Tavern

Members in Action


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