In This Issue
Steelheader Meetings

Association Annual Meeting
9:00 a.m., July 30, Sam Cox Building in Glenn Otto Park, 1106 E Historic Columbia River Hwy., Troutdale
For More Info:
President Bill Kremers
541-602-0881

Columbia River Chapter
General Meeting
Summer break; meetings will resume September 14.
For More Info:
President Don Hyde
360-835-3372
Emerald Empire Chapter General Meeting
Summer break; meetings will resume September 7.
For More Info:

McLoughlin Chapter
General Meeting
Summer break; meetings will resume September 13.
For More Info:
President Carol Clark
503-632-6974

Mid-Valley Chapter General Meeting
Summer break; meetings will resume September 7.
For More Info:
President George Larson
541-971-1033

Molalla River Chapter General Meeting
Summer break; meetings will resume September 15.
For More Info:
Summer break; meetings will resume September 13.
For More Info:
President Ty Campsey, 503-705-8296
North Coast Chapter General Meeting
No meetings scheduled until after summer break.
For More Info:
President Bill Hedlund
(503) 815-2737

Salem Chapter General Meeting
Summer break; meetings will resume September 20.
For More Info:
President Brian Winn
(623) 363-7387

Sandy River Chapter
General Meeting
Summer break; meetings will resume September 7. Chapter Picnic, July 30--see events.
For More Info:
President Steve Rothenbucher
503-255-6232

Tom McCall Chapter General Meeting
11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft Street, Portland
Guest Speaker: Oregonian Outdoor Columnist Bill Monroe.
President John Laing
503-730-4662
 
Tualatin Valley Chapter General Meeting
Summer break; meetings will resume September 8.
For More Info:
President   Tim Lenihan
503-310-9824

Reserve a Spot for SHOT!
The Salmon Hawg Open Tournament (SHOT) will be October 13 -15 at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds. The fishing will take place in the surrounding rivers, bays, and ocean! The Northwest Steelheaders and event sponsors invite you to join in the fun.
 
The event includes participant commemorative gifts, two great dinners, and up-to-the-minute fishing report, a Tillamook specific fishing seminar, snacks and beverages, awards, and prizes for all participants. Get a couple of your fishing buddies together and join us to celebrate one of the best fall fisheries in the northwest.
 
SHOT and its sponsors have generated over $7,500 dedicated to improving sport fishing in Tillamook County. This includes improved fishing access, habitat restoration, and angler education. You will be accomplishing much more than just having a great time.
 
Register now!  For more information, contact Tim Lenihan at 503-310-9824.
Who Should be Added to the Hall of Fame?
Hall of Fame Celebrity and Foot Soldier Awards and the Member of the Year award will be presented at the HOF Banquet in November. Any member can nominate someone for HOF (lifetime achievement - does not need to be a member) and Member of the Year (dedicated volunteer member). You can get the nomination forms (either  a .doc or a .pdf file) from Norm Ritchie .  Nominations must be received by July 25th (via e-mail attachment or hard copy mailed to ANWS HOF Nomination, 6641 SE Lake Rd., Milwaukie OR 97222. The winners will be selected July 30th at the Annual Meeting by board members and chapter delegates.
Salmon Classic June 4

A small group of dedicated anglers ignored the attractions of the many Free Fishing Weekend events to participate in the Sandy River Spring Chinook Classic Saturday, June 4. The Columbia River was open, but the sun was so hot and bright that anglers checked in with signs of lots of sun. Leo Martel won both First Place and the Big Fish award.

2016 Sandy River Salmon Classic Sponsors
Abbott Construction,  John Aho Fishing  Adventures,  AMG Fiber Optic  Technologies,
Argus Network Solutions,  Bear Electric,  Cousins Rods,  Crescent Electric,
Eagle Claw,  EZ Marine Products,  Fisherman's Marine
Fritz Concrete Cutting and  Coring,  Historic Springdale Pub
Hometown Hearth and Grill,  Lamiglas,  Lanware Technologies,
Northwest Data,  Northwest Steelheaders and Sandy River Chapter,
Pro-Cure,  Red's Guide Service,  R2M2,  Salmon Trout Steelheader,
Sandy River Investments,  John L Scott--Sandy,  Sowles Steel Erectors,
Paul Swift Guide Service,  Weston Buick Kia GMC,  Wright & McGill
ODFW Wants to Hear From You!
The Draft Forage Fish Management Plan is now open for public comment!  These little fish are a big deal!  Our salmon, steelhead and other sport fish depend on them.

Many of Oregon's forage fish species are fished in other parts of the world, but not yet off the Oregon coast. The Forage Fish Management Plan will prohibit commercial fishing on several currently unfished forage species in Oregon state waters unless and until the science shows that such fishing could be done without harming existing fisheries or the greater ecosystem.
 
Add your voice in support of this important plan to protect the food for our fisheries, whales, and seabirds. Sign the public comment letter here
Managing Water Resources
The Oregon Water Resources Department is soliciting public comments on how best to manage Oregon's water resources.  This information will be used to update  the Oregon Integrated Water Resources Strategy, originally created in 2012.  Comments are due by July 15th  at the Oregon Water Resources Dept. 

This is an opportunity for us to ask for water rights for fish.

WaterWatch, a non-profit group dedicated to protecting natural flows in Oregon's Rivers, was involved in shaping the first strategy. They have some additional suggestions for needed updates to the strategy.

1. Set goals for new instream water rights, especially for fish.

2. Quantify future instream flow needs--include water needs for fish, wildlife, water quality, and recreation.

3. Measure Water Diversions in order to manage them.

4. Drought resiliency for rivers--
Oregon's existing drought laws do nothing to protect rivers and fish. The new strategy should require development of drought provisions which protect flows for fish and wildlife, and set minimum flows on ecologically significant streams.
 
5. Improve water use efficiency--regulate wasteful water use.
Oregon Coastal Values Survey
A Portland State University research team is conducting the Oregon Coastal Values Survey to understand how residents use and value the coast and ocean. The survey asks about opinions on marine management activities, and preferences for future management. The survey also includes an online mapping activity, allowing those who take the survey to indicate places on the coast that are important to them, and to recommend changes in management of areas. This includes coastal streams and watersheds.
 
The goal of the survey is to reach a broad set of adult residents who have lived in Oregon for a year or more. Access the survey here.  
Upcoming Events 
Sandy River Chapter Annual Picnic
Saturday, July 30, Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. Call Joli, 503-970-5620, to make a reservation.

ODFW/Sandy River Chapter Steelhead Clinic
Saturday, July 23, 9:00-4:00,  Oxbow Regional Park (Alder picnic Shelter (Picnic Area A), Gresham. Adults, $52, Youth (9-17), $22. Includes annual membership in Northwest Steelheaders, new or renewal for current members. Register here.

SHOT
Pre-event dinner and seminar, Thursday evening, October 13. Fishing, Friday and Saturday, October 14-15. Awards Dinner, Saturday night, October 15. All events will take place at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds.

Annual Hall of Fame Banquet and Auction 
Saturday, November 12, Wilsonville Holiday Inn.
 
Watch this space for future events!
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