Who are we?

A Brief History of the Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association

The Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association (GTASFA) began in the seventies by sport fisherman, Bill Hicks. The turmoil between the tribal fishermen and sport fishermen on unregulated netting sparked Bill to gather concerned anglers that were against unregulated gill netting in Grand Traverse Bays.

He hired a young attorney named Steve Schultz and had the gill netting stopped until our day in court arrived. All parties signed an agreement in 1985, which was renewed in 2000. The new decree was signed in 2000 that was provisioned to last 20 years. This new agreement resulted in a more effective Lake Trout natural reproduction and reduction of gill nets in the Great Lakes.

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The GTASFA has, and continues to work with the tribes, the DNR, and communities to preserve our great fisheries. These relationships have been ongoing for the last 30 years. Since 1978, the Grand Traverse Sport Fishing Association (GTASFA), has been a prominent Michigan organization and strongly promotes it’s mission…

What do we do?

The success of projects we’ve developed translates into enthusiastic supporters. Our biggest fundraiser is our annual banquet. This year’s banquet was held on Saturday, April 14, at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City.

We also invite you to consider donating tax-deductible money or property to the GTASFA. Feel free to earmark your donation. You will allow us to continue to this type of work:

Salmon in schools

We educate students and promote the benefits of fishing in schools. We are working with Traverse City Area Public Schools to raise salmon in schools throughout the region. Every year, they will be able to release into pen nets in the river the fish they have raised.

Area high schools are exploring the idea of creating fishing teams. We’d like to get some of these kids out on week nights and fish with us! They will help us teach salmon where they live and bring them back for families to enjoy.

Pen net program

Our work has an enormous impact on quality of life and the economy. Anyone seeking an amazing fishing experience with more, bigger, better fish, will find it because of generous donors and volunteers.

We have specific and measurable results to prove it. The increase in salmon the harvest is a direct result of the GTASFA pen nets anchored in the Boardman River. The pen nets program paid off in the bays with an exceptional increase between 2010 and 2011: from 3,176 to 18,428 fish.

We are putting more fish in the water. They coming back to Traverse City. We couldn’t do it alone. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce helped us make it happen. Volunteers and donors positioned us for success.

Fishing for a Cure

More than 40 ladies participated in this GTASFA event and raised more than $3,000 for the Munson Women’s Cancer Fund.

The women’s cancer fund supports local women who have been diagnosed with cancer. Those in need receive monetary assistance for prosthetics or wigs, are given gas cards for travel to treatments, and help with other personal expenses when they experience a loss of income because of their illness.

Sometimes just removing the burden on a bill that can’t easily be paid is enough relief to help the healing process. Our thanks go out to all the boats and captains and ladies who fished and to the sponsors: Wicksall Distributors and U&I Lounge.

Your donation will allow us to fund our various community projects and fulfill our vision of a headquarters for fishing education.

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