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LANSING – Denny Grinold’s resume eads like the Who’s Who of Great Lakes fisheries management. Outdoor Life Magazine included him in a 2010 feature about the 20 best anglers on the planet. Even the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission has bestowed honors on him for his leadership.

But it didn’t start that way for the 30 year veteran Lake Michigan charter fishing captain out of Grand Haven, who operates a 33 foot Bertram called Old Grin. Grinold began fishing with his dad and brothers as a boy, hitting the little creeks around the family’s DeWitt home (read more here)

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission today presented Captain Denny Grinold, Chair of the Committee of Advisors of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and past president of the Michigan Charter Boat Association, with the C.D. “Buzz” Besadny Award for fostering Great Lakes partnerships. The award, which the commission presents annually, recognized Captain Grinold for his tireless commitment to protecting and enhancing Great Lakes’ resources through determined participation in, and cultivation of, partnerships between anglers, the charter boat industry, Michigan DNRE, and the Great Lakes

  • Captain Denny Grinold Named 2016 Michigan Outdoor News Person of the Year

Politicians respect him, but he is not a politician. Biologists listen when he speaks, but he’s not a biologist.

He’s a charter boat captain and an auto mechanic, but most of all he’s an advocate, activist, supporter, and protector of the Great Lakes. Capt. Dennis “Denny” Grinold, and he is the 2016 Michigan Outdoor News Person of the Year.


  • Twenty Best Anglers on the Planet Outdoor Life 2015

    Denny Grinold
    People who want to catch big trout and salmon on Lake Michigan inevitably find themselves hiring out charter boat Captain Denny Grinold (pictured right). Fishing the great lakes since 1973, Grinold operates “Old Grin,” a 33-foot Bertram Sportfisherman, out of Grand Haven, Michigan.

“He’s the premier charter captain of Lake Michigan,” says Jim Martin, conservation director for Berkely’s Pure Fishing. “An excellent angler for great lakes salmon.”

He’s also a dedicated fishery conservationist, recently honored by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission for his work to protect and enhance Great Lakes fisheries.

  • MSU  Honorary Alumnus Award was presented to Dennis L. Grinold.

Fishing the Great Lakes since 1973, Grinold operates a charter fishing operation from Grand Haven, Mich.

In addition to being an active advocate for productive Great Lakes fisheries, Grinold has provided a platform to introduce dozens of rising fisheries professionals to the industry and the value of Great Lakes fisheries.

Grinold has served on more than 20 boards and commissions since 1983, most notably as Michigan’s gubernatorial choice to serve as advisor on the U.S. Committee of Advisors to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, where he currently serves as chair. Among his honors from state and national organizations, Grinold received the only lifetime membership to the Michigan Charter Boat Association in 1996.

Grinold has led efforts to prevent the Asian carp invasion of the Great Lakes by meeting with congressional members to discuss the importance of the $7 billion fishery to those who live, work and recreate in the region. He was an essential partner in developing a research and Extension agenda for Great Lakes fisheries.

Grinold is known throughout the Great Lakes region among Americans and Canadians for his commitment, insight and determination to secure a better future for the lakes.

  • The American Fisherman: How Our Nation’s Anglers Founded, Fed, Financed, and Forever Shaped the U.S.A. Denny Grinold featured in Duck Dynasty’s “American Fisherman” best seller

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