Fishing the Fifty

My Quest to Fish All 50 States


The fishing opportunities of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are numerous, but I headed to Detroit for my fishing trip.  I had a hunch that Detroit would be an awesome place, if you were fortunate enough to have a job and did not go in the winter, and I was very happy to be proven right.  The Detroit River is beautiful and the downtown is full of things to do.  I saw the Tigers play the Athletics, whom, oddly enough, have been the visiting team in the games I have attended over the years when traveling to Seattle, Baltimore, Minnesota, and Phoenix.


Detroit would have been outstanding even if I had not had an amazing fishing trip, but, luckily, I did.  I fished with Steve VanAssche (, who first caught my attention by guaranteeing musky.  I knew I had to meet the man who could guarantee musky, and Steve did not disappoint.  We fished Lake St. Clair on a sunny and clear 96-degree day.  I caught 12 muskies [yes, you read that right:  12 muskies], five in the first 30 minutes of fishing.  The biggest of my 12 muskies was 42 inches, good enough for a Michigan Master Angler Award.  Of the remaining 11 fish I caught, three were longer than 36 inches.


To give you an idea of how good of a guide Steve is, he seemed disappointed that I did not catch bigger and better fish, and the pictures on his website clearly show that he has caught many bigger and better fish.  But catching 12 muskies, including a 42-incher, is certainly an extremely successful day in my book.

Welcome to Detroit

My 42-inch, 16-pound musky that would have been a trophy, had I known about Michigan's program

The last of my 12 muskies:  a 39-inch, 15-pounder

General Motors headquarters

My first Michigan fish

A gorgeous day on Lake St. Clair

Looking south into Canada across the Detroit River. This is one of the only places in the U.S. that is directly north of Canada.

Watching the Tigers play the Athletics at Comerica Park