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Welcome to the Thumb Chapter of Michigan Steelheaders

June 18, 2012 By

Welcome to the Thumb Chapter of the Michigan Steelheaders. We are committed to promoting, enhancing and safeguarding our great lakes fisheries. As a chapter of the Michigan Steelhead & Salmon Fisherman’s Association (MSSFA), our mission is to take part in educating the general public on improving, preserving and promoting sport fishing on the great lakes and their tributary streams and rivers. We do this by working closely with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, with other chapters, local sponsors and our members. Our involvement ranges from state and federal regulation reviews to tournament sponsorship and environmental projects. Our great lakes resources are fragile and consistently under pressure. The more members we have, the stronger our voice in protecting these resources. So, if you enjoy our fisheries, we encourage you to join our ranks for fun and preservation of our clear blue waters. Bring your sons and daughters too! They are the future of our club, great lakes and everlasting fish stories.
Fish on!

2022 Can2Can Fishing Tournament

April 7, 2022 By

Harbor Beach Can II Can
Fishing Tournament May 7, 2022
Harbor Beach Municial Marina
2021 Winner – Impulsive
Captains Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 6th @ Harbor Beach
Municipal Marina Pavilion

Prizes and
Payouts
1st Place (50%)
2nd Place (20%)
3rd Place (15%)
4th Place (10%)
5th Place (5%)

Contact Information:
Kevin Ramsey (989) 550-9227
Scott Stanke (989) 553-0972

$250 Entry
10% to support the Thumb Area Steelheaders
Mail Entry Form/Waiver to:
Thumb Area Steelheaders/Hbc2c
P.O. Box 0023
Harbor Beach, MI 48441

1. Tournament O-Fish-L’s will start boat checks at 5:30 a.m. Boats will be able to leave the harbor after they
are checked. Make sure your tournament sticker is on your antenna or visible from all directions before you
leave the harbor. We will have enough O-Fish-L’s to check your vessels and sign your card quickly. Once your
vessel is checked proceed to the committee’s destination.
2. You must follow DNR fishing rules and regulations. Tournament rule 12 rod max.
3. Total Weight: ONLY YOUR MDNR 2 Man Limit. (salmon/trout species only)
4. All boats must be back inside the harbor by 2:00 p.m. and notify O-Fish-L’s on Channel 68. You will be
disqualified if your vessel did not cross from either the North or South gaps. We will have volunteers
stationed at the gaps for the 2:00 p.m. deadline. (*deadline exceptions will be approved only by tournament
officials for emergencies only). If you have no intention of returning to the docks, please let tournament
O-Fish-L’s know by using Channel 68 or call (989) 550-9227
5. Once in the harbor, contact tournament O-Fish-L’s on Channel 68. Give us your vessel’s name to verify you
are in the harbor. Your fish to be weighed must be in a closed cooler (no tails hanging out). Tournament
O-Fish-L’s will verify your catch total, seal and tag your cooler at your slip or launch ramp. Please make sure
you TAG your biggest fish with the provided zip tie. NO OPEN BAGS OF ICE. If you have cubed ice, make
sure the bag is not opened. Loose ice will result in disqualification. NO WATER. Must be drained before you
go on stage. Proceed with your cooler after you have been checked and taped to the destination discussed in
the captains meeting.
6. Boundaries: North Boundary – Lighthouse Park Green Can (“44.02.55”)
South Boundary – Forestville Water Tower Can (“43.39’43 80”)
You must stay in Michigan waters to the west of the Canada-U.S.A. border
7. In case of high winds or thunderstorms & small craft advisory the tournament committee will keep you
informed as to when or if we will get started. A blow date will be the next day, if we cannot get at least 3
hours of fishing either day we will cancel the event. Once the tournament starts, it is the discretion of the
captain & crew if they want to return to the harbor earlier. If the tournament of the blow day is cancelled due
to weather conditions you will receive 100% of your entry fee back. A 10% donation to the Thumb Area
Steelheaders is asked, but not mandatory.

NOTE: If a waiver has not been submitted, you will not be considered a participant in the tournament.
Early Entry Prize
One Free Entry
Entry/Waiver needs to be postmarked by April
25th or dropped off to Phil Allen by May 1st

https://hbcan2can.com/

Jim Baker Presents at our Regular Meeting

March 23, 2018 By

Jim Baker presents at out meeting

Jim Baker, Fisheries Manager of Michigan DNR presented at our regular meeting on March 15th. He presented a capsule view of the information that will be presented at the annual SeaGrant Fisheries Workshops in the next few months. His presentation focused on the efforts currently underway to bring back the perch population and maintaining the walleye fishery. Other topics included Atlantic Salmon research, Cisco plants, Lake Trout fishery. As always he answered all the tough questions we threw at him.

We thank Jim for coming to our meeting in spite of the frigid conditions and drifting snow conditions.

Much more information will be presented at our next meeting when we will host one of the SeaGrant Lake Huron Fisheries Workshops. This meeting will be April 19th at 6:00pm.

2017 Can2Can Tournament May 6, 2017

April 3, 2017 By

The big Can2Can tournament is coming to Harbor Beach on May 6, 2017.

The official website along with all detail and registration form can be seen here.

Kids Fishing Day – 2016

July 25, 2016 By

kids-fishing-2016Each year our Chapter organizes a Kids Fishing Day. We take kids out to give them the chance to experience the joys of fishing and perhaps recruit another hard core fisherperson into our ranks. The event is organized by our Vice President, Aaron Pfaff and sponsored by many local merchants. Our members and other captains around the area donate a day to take a few kids out on the boat. The kids receive some prizes and everyone is treated to a cookout after the event.

Enjoy more pictures on our Facebook page

A Promise Made-A Promise Kept

July 7, 2016 By

promiseWith the thoughts of the 2016 Vets Fishing Outing still fresh in our minds we have one more story to tell about the 2015 Veterans Outing. As many of you recall, it was a thick as “Pea Soup” of a foggy morning one year ago as the Boats headed out to fish from Grindstone City. One boat Captained by Dan Tracy of Bluebird Fishing Charters stayed in port to see if the fog was going to lift a little before heading out. Dan and his crew went up to the restaurant in Grindstone City for a cup of coffee to wait out the fog. After a hour or so it was apparent the the fog was going to win this battle on this day. Some of the Vets were disappointed of the lost opportunity to hit the Great Lakes to chase Salmon and Lake Trout. Capt. Dan was determined to get these folks out on the water so he told them to pick out a day when they could all come back and try again. It didn’t take long for the Vets to come up with a day, made the call to Dan and it was set.! Later that summer on a beautiful day, they motored out to the Lake . And what a great day it was as evident by this photo of happy Fisher-men and there catch ! Hats off to Dan Tracy and his First Mate on The Bluebird for Making a Promise to these Vets and Keeping it ! Again Thank You to ALL the Charter Captains and their Crews out of Grindstone, Harbor Beach and Port Austin who volunteered to take our Military people out for a great fishing day last year and again this year !

Veterans Fishing Outing

July 7, 2016 By

On Saturday June 11th, 2016, the Thumb Area Steelheaders hosted their fifth Veteran’s Fishing Outing. Sport fishing boats from all over Michigan met early Saturday morning, 54 boats in total, to donate their time and treat 130 local Veterans to a free half day of fishing on Lake Huron. The first wave of about 40 Veterans met at 5:30 am at Waterworks Park in Harbor Beach and boarded a Midnight Madness charter bus to ride to Grindstone and Port Austin to fish. The rest of the Veterans and boat captains met at 6:00 am and were given rides via golf carts to their assigned boats. There were donuts and coffee at the registration for all to enjoy. Continue Reading

Huron Daily Tribune Article

September 19, 2015 By

Huron Daily TribuneRich Harp from Huron Daily Tribune has written an excellent article on the Thumb Chapter. The article features an interview with our President, Kevin Ramsey where he discusses some of the great events we sponsor and our contributions to the Great Lakes fishery.

Check it out here.

2015 Pig Roast Coming Up

August 4, 2015 By

2015 PigRoast

Veterans Enjoy a Day of Fishing compliments of Steelheaders

July 22, 2012 By

Here are a few pictures from Sundays Warriors Charter fishing day in Harbor Beach sponsered by the Thumb Chapter of the Michigan Steelheaders. We had WW II Vets thru Afganistan Vets out fishing today. Lots of Steelhead,some Lakers,Salmon.  Two Big  Brown Trout around 10 lbs were caught by the Nick and Bruce DeShano. After a good lunch any Vet who wanted their fish cleaned simply dropped them off at the fish house and they were cleaned by the Capts. and their crews. A fun day for all. Continue Reading

Welcome to the Thumb Chapter of Michigan Steelheaders

June 18, 2012 By

Welcome to the Thumb Chapter of the Michigan Steelheaders. We are committed to promoting, enhancing and safeguarding our great lakes fisheries. As a chapter of the Michigan Steelhead & Salmon Fisherman’s Association (MSSFA), our mission is to take part in educating the general public on improving, preserving and promoting sport fishing on the great lakes and their tributary streams and rivers. We do this by working closely with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, with other chapters, local sponsors and our members. Our involvement ranges from state and federal regulation reviews to tournament sponsorship and environmental projects. Our great lakes resources are fragile and consistently under pressure. The more members we have, the stronger our voice in protecting these resources. So, if you enjoy our fisheries, we encourage you to join our ranks for fun and preservation of our clear blue waters. Bring your sons and daughters too! They are the future of our club, great lakes and everlasting fish stories.
Fish on!