To conserve, protect and restore Michigan's cold water fisheries and their watersheds, including our own Huron River!

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2017-18 Activites Calendar

 Please consider donating to Ann Arbor TU on a  yearly or monthly basis to support our conservation and education programs. Thank You!

THANK YOU to all who attended the banquet and donated prizes.


Mill Creek Location

The Ann Arbor Chapter of Trout Unlimited welcomes anyone who has an interest in cold water conservation efforts, meeting others with similar interests, and learning more about trout and other angling opportunities in the AATU area and beyond while investing in habitat management that will benefit future generations.  Please join us at monthly meetings between September and May with guest speakers talking about conservation issues and angling opportunities.  Click on the Meeting tab for our newest schedule.  Our success in conserving, protecting and enhancing coldwater fisheries and their watersheds depends on the active participation of people like you.

Tight lines,

John Zolan
AATU President

Click here for Guides that support AATU's conservation efforts

2017-18 Meeting Schedule ​​
New Location - Webers Inn
5:30-7:00pm -social hour and dining
7:00-9:00pm- regular meeting

September 12th:  Ethan Cramer will present ...Spring Creek fishing in SE Michigan and Mill Creek strategies. All you need to know but were afraid to ask!! (my words)
October 10th:Kelly Neuman of Steamside Custom Rod and Guide Service. Sharing his years of experience for whats hot this year for your best successes.
November 14th: Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC)
Laura Rubin , Executive Director, will present fish habitat and stream restorations as well as updates on dam removal projects for the Huron at Milford, Pinckney and Ypsilanti locations.

January 9th: Jon Ray, Head Guide at Hawkins Outfitters. 23 years of guide experience on many northern Michigan rivers with focus on the Upper and Lower Manistee and the PM...plus some "unknown and unspoken spots". Trout, Salmon, Steelhead and Small-mouth Bass are his main targets.
This Tuesday Feb 13 we will have Bear Andrews talk about carp instead of Pete Hodgman. Bear is a featured speaker at many expos.
March 13th:   Home movies night and annual AATU business meeting.

Thursday, April 12th, 2018, 5:30-9pm
11th Annual Conservation Banquet at Barton Hills CC, Ann Arbor

May 12 Dexter Mill Creek Festival
10 am- 12pm, Mill Creek Park, Downtown Dexter, MI
Several conservation groups, Fly tying and Casting Demontstrations, Artists, and the Planting of Brown Trout in Mill Creek are part of the morning. Families are welcome to participate!

Also, at 1pm, get a lesson in fly fishing from AATU volunteers in the park. Please contact  Mike Mouradian if you wish to participate. 

Additonally, for the first time, the new public access guide to Mill Creek will be for sale at the Mill Creek festival. Contact Bill Phillips if you are interested in purchasing one.

September's Meeting and Location will be determined later in the summer.


AATU Meeting Location- Weber's Inn

Mill Creek Fishing Survey
If you have tried your hand at fishing in Mill Creek near Dexter we would sure like to hear about your experience.  Please fill out form and tell us about it. This vital information will be submitted to the DNR for their continued suport of our fishery.
Number of Trout Caught
Size(s) of Trout
Lure or Fly Used
Total Number of Days Fishing on Mill Creek. (Dates if you can)

Environment News Alert:

MITU Executive Director Bryan Burroughs
In a February 26 e-mail to the MITU Council, Executive Director Bryan Burroughs called attention to a proposed Michigan bill, as follows:

"House Bill 5638 was introduced last week.  It would undermine the state’s large quantity water withdrawal statute and assessment programs.  This is the most directly dangerous bill I have seen for coldwater fisheries, in some time. I’ll be working up an action alert for our TU members during today, and hope with help from Ron, to get that out sometime today.   Until then, here is a link to an article that got posted last night. 


This is an issue your AATU board will continue to monitor, and any comments or questions will be welcome.

NEW: Public Access map to Mill Creek

The first  release  of this guide will be for sale at the 2018 Mill Creek  Trout Festival Contact Bill Phillips:  greyghostbp@gmail.com for more info.

   Rifle River Clean Up

   The Rifle River Restoration Committee (RRRC) has scheduled a river clean up on Saturday, June 16th.   Meet at Riverview Campground in Sterling at 9 am for coffee and donuts.  Riverview is a two hour drive (130 miles) from Ann Arbor.   Free camping at Riverview if you let them know you are working the clean-up. 

The canoe liveries will provide canoes and transportation to and from access sites.  Gloves and t-shirts will also be available.  In addition to cleaning up a stretch of the river, you can be free to enjoy a portion of trip on a natural river.   Hot dogs when you finish.  This is also a great time to seek out some fishing sites on the river after you finish.  Fifteen, sixteen, and seventeen year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Go to RifleRiverCleanUp.org for more information and to register.

Contact David Neal:  dneal@med.umich.edu for any questions.

Sloan Preserve  Wading Station

Fall Electro Shocking at Mill Creek

Want to Change Your TU Chapter?
When you join Trout Unlimted, you are then assigned to a specific chapter to attend meetings at or to volunteer your talents with. Sometimes, the chapter's meeting location that you are assigned to is much further away than a neighboring chapter.  Can you switch chapters?  The answer is "yes". 
An active TU member may change his/her chapter affiliation by: E-mailing: TUmembership@tu.org .  In your e-mail, include your name and address, and say that you wish to be assigned to Chapter 127 – Ann Arbor. 
Or, you can change it by calling: 1-800-834-2419 and making the same request.

State and Local News

Learn More about the Au Sable River Fish Farm Controversy

"Hearings are taking place at the state Capitol as environmental groups argue against a permit issued by the Department of Environmental Quality. That permit allows the operation of a fish hatchery operated by the Harrietta Hills Trout Farm in Grayling to raise rainbow trout on a branch of the Au Sable River, which is located in the northern lower peninsula, about 50 miles east of Traverse City... 'The primary concern is the addition of nutrients to the Au Sable River,' said Professor Luttenton, who will be testifying on behalf of the anglers’ groups that are objecting to the permit, which would set regulations for certain levels of water quality for the river.  For more information, check out this and related stories on  WUOM Radio website
Below are links to various publications that discuss this threatening expansion of the Graying Fish Hatchery:

Michigan TU

Fish Farm Hearings Start: First Week Ends Well

Anglers of the Au Sable

Battle Over Holy Waters, Anglers put Michigan Fish Farmig on Trial, M-Live

Something Fishy about the Graying Hatchery Permit, Detroit Free Press

Graying Fish Hatchery, Mason Griffith TU

Searching for the truth about grass carp and their impact on the Great Lakes
Weeek after week, month after month over the past year, headlines have denied the presence of Asian carp in the Great Lakes.
But there are Asian carp in the Great Lakes, and the way they are being handled has been the subject of heated discussion among scientists. 

  http://freep.mi.news Click here for the Rest of the Story

TU Women's Initiative
Learn about the TU Women’s Initiative. You can view that TU web page at:  www.tu.org/blog-posts/tu-w omens-initiative , and you also can click a link on that page to see the Women's Initiative newsletter, On the Rise.

On-Line Trout Media

Trout TV    http://www.trouttvshow.com
Jointhe Trout TV Community by becoming a subscriber to their digital distribution portal.
A Tight Loop- http://atightloop.com
a digital magazine about fly fishing in the Midwest.
Dun Magazine- http://www.DunTheMagazine.com
a digital fly fishing magazine for women.