Dear supporter,

Looking back on 2022, the past year for the Steelheaders couldn’t have felt more refreshing for the organization. Members, supporters, and our partners were all able to have a fuller return to our events, clinics, chapter meetings, and work on the fisheries we treasure in the Pacific Northwest. We were grateful for this shift, as our organization's members, volunteers and partners gave their time to connect with anglers of all ages, and backgrounds to provide fun, safe, and sustainable experiences.

All of this work would not be vibrant, effective or inclusive without the commitments from our partners and financial support from our donors and funders. As our dedicated staff and volunteers do the lifting and carrying each day, the support from far and near helps us sustain, grow, and remain resilient as an organization for over six decades. Thank you!

To ensure that our work continues to thrive, the Association's board voted to increase our annual membership to $40 a year. Those that auto renew will see the changes in future billing, no action is needed. Those who are joining or rejoining can use the updated form. We appreciate your understanding and support. If you have not filled out our survey, please do so here. Your feedback is valuable to us as we chart new directions and expand programs in our organization.

We are excited about the upcoming year and look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new folks in 2023!

Jason Wedemeyer, Executive Director


Win a Brand New $300 Rod

Win a US-1 rod from NW Rods out of Washington. The specific model and size is the US-1 9'6” 3/8-3/4OZ 6-12# perfect for pursuing steelhead!

A $300 value, we're only selling 100 tickets giving you a 1-in-100 chance of winning for each ticket purchased. Tickets are $10 each via the online raffles sales. Drawing in Portland, Oregon at 1pm PST on March 10, 2023 or when all tickets are sold.

All proceeds will be used to fund fish conservation initiatives.

*Free local delivery is potentially available (PDX metro OR/SW WA/Salem/Eugene). If shipped, the winner will be required to pay shipping and insurance. The shipper and service level will be at the discretion of the winner.

Click here to enter the raffle!


Hooked on Family Fishing Day

We are excited to announce that our Hooked on Family Fishing Day will be Saturday, April 29th this year!

We're still hashing out all of the details, but keep an eye on your email inboxes as we'll be sending out a volunteer interest form about your interests and availability next month. Until then, visit our website to learn more about previous years or read last year's blog post to get an even fuller picture of what the day looks like!


You're heard the statistics about how many of our beloved Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead runs will go extinct if we do not breach the Lower Snake River dams , but have you heard about the economic value of breaching them? Mandela, Communications Coordinator with the National Wildlife Federation sites that, "50 million people enjoy fishing, and that fishing generates $129 billion a year," and explains how a portion of that money is distributed to states and local infrastructure to support us in a number of ways.

Visit the link below to watch the full video!


By Brian West

This video was done in partnership with ODFW and is my effort to share knowledge I didn’t have when I started fishing. It’s also me trying to become famous on YouTube, just kidding, maybe not.

One of the many of techniques I learned from the Northwest Steelheaders is plunking. I discovered it from a member named Bill Sherwood. Bill would bring people to the beach on Sauvies Island to try it out. He had a kind heart but his informal style and rickety plastic table sure left a lot to improve upon. With Bill’s passing I realized I could carry on the joy of teaching plunking to someone who had nothing to start from like myself.

I fished a lot when I was younger, but that was in the Northeast. Sometimes I would think about trying in Oregon, but the harsh landscape, huge fish and complicated regulations were daunting. Little of my experience would translate to the Pacific Northwest so I had to start from scratch.

Visit the link below to finish the blog post and watch the video!

Chapter Meetings

A few chapters have resumed Monthly Chapter Meetings in-person, and we hope to get everyone meeting as soon as possible! To get more detailed meeting information please visit our Events Calendar. If you're having trouble finding a meeting you can attend, please reach out to us at and we'll help you out. As always, Chapter Meetings are free and open to the public. If you're new to Northwest Steelheaders, attending a meeting is a great first step to getting more involved with your local fishing community. 

Upcoming Meetings

  • Mid-Valley Chapter - Wednesday, February 1 @ 6 pm
  • Sandy River Chapter - Thursday, February 2 @ 7 pm
  • Emerald Empire Chapter - Tuesday,  February 7 @ 6:30 pm
  • Columbia River Chapter - Thursday, February 9 @ 6:30 pm
  • Tualatin Valley Chapter  - Thursday, February 9 @ 7 pm
  • McLoughlin Chapter - Tuesday, February 14 @ 7 pm
  • Salem Chapter - Tuesday, February 21 @ 7 pm

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