All memberships renew November 1st except new members that joined after June 1st. The price of regular membership will be $45. We have discontinued our senior membership program, however all current senior members are grandfathered in at $35. You will note that these prices reflect a $10 increase that the state organization levied recently from $25 to $35. Associate memberships for members of other chapters that also want to join our chapter remain at $10.

 Membership dues can be paid through ...

  • PayPal ($2 online fee added)
  • Tackle Haven
  • The Fishing Hole
  • Mail to: Southwest Michigan Steelheaders
                 P.O. Box 575, St. Joseph, MI 49085
  • Membership director at our next monthly meeting 7:00pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month
    St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Elks Lodge #541
    601 Riverview Drive, Benton Harbor, Michigan

We no longer accept credit card payment by mail in method. To use a credit card, pay online with PayPal.

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($2 online fee added)

The Southwest Michigan Steelheaders is a local chapter of the Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishermen’s Association (MSSFA). MSSFA is approximately 9,000 members strong and headquartered in Paw Paw, Michigan. The MSSFA was organized in 1967 by a handful of individuals who knew that Michigan’s newly formed Trout and Salmon fishery was something worth protecting. They were a small group who wanted to protect their fishery, learn how to catch their elusive prey and tell fishing stories.

MSSFA is now the largest organized group of fishermen in the Midwest and one of the largest in the nation. You will find the Michigan Steelheaders setting the pace on the Great Lakes and their tributary streams and rivers. You will also find the Michigan Steelheaders in the courtroom, attending countless hearings and working with all levels of the government to protect and preserve the fishery that we all enjoy so much.

Southwest Michigan Steelheaders Activities

  • Southwest Michigan Steelheaders’ Monthly Membership Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month (7:00pm) at the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Elks Lodge #541 located at 601 Riverview Drive, Benton Harbor, Michigan. Public is invited to come meet the membership and learn from the area’s top fishermen.

  • Members receive an informative monthly newsletters published by Southwest Michigan Steelheaders Chapter and a bi-monthly newspaper from the MSSFA state organization.

  • Southwest Michigan Steelheaders have planted over 2 million Salmon in the St. Joseph River through annual club net pen projects.

  • Southwest Michigan Steelheaders work with the Michigan DNR through stream and lake committees to address local issues and maintain a healthy fishery in our area.

  • Southwest Michigan Steelheaders co-sponsor and hold tournaments on Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph River.

  • Southwest Michigan Steelheaders conduct annual fishing classes. (Discounted to members.)

  • Annual Picnic & Christmas Party

  • Coded Wire Tag (CWT) rewards programs

  • Co-sponsored fishing day for kids

Write to us, or mail payment to;

Southwest Michigan Steelheaders

P.O. Box 575, St. Joseph, MI  49085