In This Issue
2011 Annual Report
Summer Rendezvous
Meetings and Events
Salmon Quest
Veterans fishing program
NWF 2011 accomplishments
The 2011 Annual Report is now available online HERE. Members will be receiving hard copies in the mail anyday now.
Rendezvous 3
Fun in the sun at the Steelheaders Summer Renezvous
The 2012 Steelheaders Summer Rendezvous is just around the corner, but you must register by May 1 to ensure you get in the group campground. Reservations for trailer and tent campsites, as well as day participants for the Rendezvous on July 6-8, need to be turned in by May 1st to properly plan and guarantee space for this annual Steelheaders event. Professional Guide Jack Glass will be joining us on Saturday July 8th for a special presentation activity.
This event sure was a lot of fun last year, providing opportunities for kokanee fishing on Green Peter Lake, summer steelhead fishing on the S. Santiam River, and trout fishing on the camp ponds. This is not a fundraiser for the Steelheaders. We barely cover our costs. We have set this up to be a fun, inexpensive weekend to enjoy fishing and hanging out around the campfire with fellow Steelheaders.
For more info, contact info, and registration form, please click HERE.
Meetings and Events
(April 13 - May 15)



Newberg Chapter Senior Salmon Feed

The Newberg Chapter is hosting a dinner of salmon and sturgeon for the seniors at the Chehalem Senior Center in Newberg starting at 4 pm on Saturday, April 14.


Mid-Valley Chapter Auction and Banquet

Starting at 5:30 pm on Saturday, April 14 at the Lebanon American Legion.


Salmon Quest fishing tournament

April 21st on Portland area rivers. For more info, see the Quest webpage or see the article in this newsletter.


Sandy River Chapter Auction and Banquet

Starting at 6 pm on Wednesday, May 2 at Glen Otto Park in Troutdale. For more information or to register, please see the chapter's April newsletter HERE.

Association Board of Directors

meeting 10 am Saturday, May 5 at the Tillamook Fair Grounds in Tillamook. 

NW Steelheader magazine

The Steelhead e-newsletter


Ifish thread


For more information contact ANWS President Joe Domenico at (503) 778-0151, 


Columbia River (Vancouver)

Members meeting 6:30 pm Wednesday May 9 at Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 NE Fourth Plain Rd. in Vancouver.




Contact President Keith Hyde at 360-772-0996 or


Emerald Empire

Members meeting Tuesday May 2 at Eagles on the Green, 1375 Irving Rd., in Eugene. 




Contact President Bill Robbins at 541-689-5075,



Members meeting 7pm Wednesday May 8 at Round Table Pizza, 16550 SE McLoughlin Blvd.


Contact President Carol Clark at 503-632-6974 or


Molalla River

The Steelheaders' newest chapter's members meeting at 6:30 pm, Thursday, April 19 at Farmstead Restaurant, 28313 S. Highway 213, in Molalla.


Monthly members meeting 7 pm Wednesday May 2 at the Albany Senior Center, 489 Water Ave. in Albany.




Contact President Bill Nyara at 541-401-9559,


Monthly members meeting 7 pm Tuesday May 8 at the Chehalem Senior Center, 101 Foothills Dr., in Newberg.


Contact President Kevin Hula at 503-781-9378,

North Coast

Monthly members meeting 7 pm Thursday, April 26 at the ODFW Tillamook Office, 4907 3rd St. in Tillamook.
Contact President Bill Hedlund at 503-815-2737,

Monthly members meeting 7 pm Tuesday, April 17 at the Keizer Community Center, 930 Chemawa Rd. in Keizer.




Contact President Dana Roberts at 503-364-7923,


Tom McCall
Monthly members meeting 11:30 am, Wednesday, April 18 at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft St., in Portland.
Contact President Dave Reggiani at 503-657-5379,

Tualatin Valley

Monthly members meeting 7 pm Thursday, May 10 at the Aloha American Legion Hall, 20325 SW Alexander St., in Aloha.


Contact President Mark Hutchinson at 503-649-1028,

The Quest is full!
Participants also get to fish the Columbia this year

The Salmon Quest has sold out, and the Northwest Steelheaders want to wish good luck to the 150 participants who are fishing in the Quest on April 21.


Anglers got some good news on Thursday, as the spring chinook fishery on the Columbia has been extended to April 22. This is an exciting opportunity for Quest anglers, as it will allow contestants to fish both the Willamette and the Columbia.


After the day of competitive fishing, participants will experience a great program at the awards banquet at East Portland Community Center. Emcee Cody Herman of Outdoor GPS will be on hand to keep things fun and moving quickly. We've also got a dinner planned with catering provided by Famous Dave's BBQ. Other activities include a dutch auction, silent auction, slide show and award's ceremony.


All the guides receive commemorative Salmon Quest jackets, winners receive special winner jackets, and the top three teams receive plaques. Everyone receives a commemorative fishing towel.


Northwest Steelheaders is proud to continue this great tradition started by the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation as a way for anglers and sportfishing businesses to give back to the resource. OWHF is matching the proceeds of the Quest, which will go to projects on Portland-area rivers to enhance fish runs and fishing opportunity.


Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors that have made the event possible: B.C. Angling Post, Clackacraft, D&G Bait, Dick's Sporting Goods, Joe Domenico Farmers Insurance Agency, Fisherman's Marine & Outdoor, McLoughlin Chapter of ANWS, Plano, Stevens Marine, and Yakima Bait.


C U @ The Quest!

Help returning war vets by donating fishing tackle


The Association of Northwest Steelheaders; with our partners Soul River, Wounded Veterans Fishing Program and Bitter Brush Ranch; is excited to announce that our first-ever River Ambassador Program will be held Sept. 13-17 at Bitter Brush Ranch near Madras. This program takes veterans who have just returned from the war zone for three days of fishing. Included in the curriculum are classes on casting, fly tying, spinner making, water reading, and entomology. The vets will also get to practice on two ponds, one filled with warm water fish and one with trout. The final day is drift from Warm Springs to Trout Creek on the Deschutes River.


Bitter Brush Ranch is the perfect venue for this program, providing great lodging, wonderful meals, 12,000 acres of high desert wilderness, and five miles of Deschutes River frontage.


Got any good rods and reels you are not using? Please consider donating them to the vets. We want all our wounded warriors to come away from the program with a rod, reel and tackle. We are also looking for waders and boots for the soldiers to use while participating in the River Ambassador Program.


Our goal is to help returning vets who may be struggling with PTSD, are physically wounded, or have some other reason for not being able to be sent home yet, to experience the wonder and beauty of salmonids and fishing. Our hope is the program will help create ambassadors for their home waters wherever life may take them, and that the program will provide warriors who recently returned from a deployment with a cooping mechanism for adjusting successfully back into civilian life.


To donate rods, reels, tackles, waders or boots, please contact Russ at or 503-653-4176.

National Wildife Federation 2011 accomplishments


As an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, the Northwest Steelheaders is honored to work with NWF on several matters than can only be affected at the federal level. Despite a lot of nonsense in Washington throughout last year, we stuck to a proactive conservation agenda that made 2011 one of NWF's most successful years yet. We accomplished our proactive agenda while also derailing an anti-conservation agenda backed by 191 votes in the House of Representatives that were designed to undermine the nation's long-standing bipartisan framework of laws to protect wildlife, clean water, clean air and public lands.

Here's a quick list of highlights from 2011, focusing on issues Steelheaders worked with NFW:

Conservation Funding Protected: NWF fought to restore or maintain funding to a number of key wildlife conservation programs, including funding for restoration priorities, and funding for critical wildlife programs such as State Wildlife Grants, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and Climate Science Centers.

Bipartisan Support for Gulf Restoration and Land & Water Conservation Fund: NWF secured bipartisan bills in both chambers dedicating Clean Water Act penalties to Gulf restoration, advancing the Senate measure through committee and elements of the House bill though the full chamber. NWF helped secure 28 bipartisan cosponsors for Senate legislation to permanently reauthorize the LWCF with dedicated, full funding.  

Big Cuts in Toxic Mercury: a long-overdue rule will significantly cut mercury pollution from coal plants, which will directly protect wildlife and people from a dangerous toxic, and also likely trigger decisions to shut down the oldest, and least efficient coal plants in the U.S.

Public Lands Protected: NWF has successfully opposed more than a dozen pieces of federal legislation that aim to weaken public lands safeguards. The Department of Interior proposed a significant reduction in the amount of federal acreage that will be available for development of oil shale (from 2 million to 460,000), eliminating important habitat for sage-grouse, native trout and big game.  DOI also pulled back from issuing commercial leases for oil shale.


Clean Water Protections for Streams and Wetlands: In 2011, the Obama Administration issued draft new guidance under the Clean Water Act to restore protections for wetlands and other waters that provide habitat for wildlife, filter drinking water, and store flood waters from intensified storms due to climate change. 

State and Federal Progress to Get Kids Outside: 45 states now have No Child Left Inside coalitions aimed at passing state plans.  NWF worked with the OAK coalition to successfully expand White House efforts, including Let's Move and America's Great Outdoors, to include a focus on getting kids outside.

Setting the Conservation Agenda for the Next Farm Bill -- NWF has partnered with over 50 national and regional organizations around NWF's Farm Bill agenda and over 30 affiliates have been active in supporting this agenda. We have the broadest group of partners we have ever had, going into a farm bill, including ranching groups, agriculture groups, water utilities, great water restoration groups, local government groups, hunter and angler groups and land conservation groups.

As a member of ANWS, you are also a critical part of NWF, and we all share in these successes and look forward to more this year.

Steelheaders enjoying and giving back to the resource

The Columbia River Chapter of the Northwest Steelheaders took more than 40 recently-returned wounded warriors from Fort Lewis/McChord fishing on the Columbia on March 17. Photo by Kristin Dunn



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