Hall of Fame is fast approaching!


It's that time of year! The 32nd annual Hall of Fame banquet and auction is set for Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn. The Next Generation theme is an opportunity for Steelheaders to introduce new and younger anglers to what it means to be a Steelheader, and why it's critical that we fight for fish. Hall of Fame is our biggest fundraiser of the year and serves to keep the association on track and in fighting shape on all fronts — education, conservation, and advocacy. All members and supporters are invited to an evening of eating, drinking, games, prizes, and auctions! Help us ensure that there will always be places to fish and fish to catch for this generation and the next. We look forward to seeing you there, and we challenge you to introduce someone from the next generation of anglers to the Northwest Steelheaders family. Share on Facebook


Continuing the Fight for Public Access to Lake Oswego

The Northwest Steelheaders has long been a leader in advocating for the public’s right to use Oregon’s waterways for fishing, boating, and recreation, including the Sandy, Deschutes, and John Day Rivers. Steelheaders became involved in this legal case because it concerns important issues that affect the public’s use and access to waterways throughout Oregon. The fight continues over Lake Oswego, where a local ordinance bans non-Lake Oswego residents from accessing the lake. The Oregon Supreme Court issued a decision affirming the public’s right to use and access Oregon’s navigable waterways, a win for the Steelheaders! Now, the case is going back to trial to determine whether Lake Oswego fits the bill as a "navigable waterway" under Oregon's constitution. Many thanks to our attorney, Karl G. Anuta, who filed an Amicus (“friend of the court”) brief on behalf of Steelheaders. Read More

Our Team is Growing

We recently welcomed Executive Director Chris Hager, Operations Manager Alix Soliman, and AmeriCorps Education and Outreach Coordinator Allena Vestal to the Steelheaders family. With new leadership and an expanding team of employees and volunteers, the association is looking forward to a year of new opportunities and increased involvement. 

Alix Soliman, Operations Manager

Alix comes to us with a B.A. in environmental studies concentrated in international law and policy from Lewis & Clark College, as well as 6 years of experience in journalism. Growing up kayaking and canoeing in Illinois, her determination to work in conservation originated with her concern for the declining water quality she observed in the Fox, Du Page, Des Plaines, and Kankakee Rivers.  She studied fisheries management for the past two years, completing a stakeholder survey regarding the imidacloprid controversy in Washington oyster beds, observing the benefits of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in New Zealand, and doing an in-depth policy analysis of marine fisheries in Ireland for her senior thesis. Alix is excited to help Steelheaders with digital media management, marketing strategy, event planning, volunteer coordination, and donor relations. 


Allena Vestal, AmeriCorps Education and Outreach Coordinator

Living and growing up in Hawai'i allowed Allena to appreciate the outdoors. She spent her high school years engaging in environmental sustainability and stewardship, and then pursued a degree in education to share her passion for conservation with young people. She had the chance to work with many organizations on O'ahu during summer breaks by being a part of KUPU. Having recently completed the Masters of Arts in Teaching program at Pacific University, she is ready to make connections and expand her knowledge in Oregon. Allena is excited to dive into Fish Eggs to Fry activities (rearing salmon and trout in the classroom), Garden for Wildlife outreach, and planning the Steelheaders’ Family Fish Camp event. In addition, she looks forward to engaging teachers and students through Eco-Schools USA.


Coming Up

  • Tackle for Turkeys Workshop: Nov. 12, 7– 9 PM. Learn how to tie leaders, make a spinner, cure and properly present bait, and make your own steelhead jig from our McLoughlin Chapter experts.

  • Support Steelheaders in Style: We will soon have stickers, decals, leather patch hats, T-shirts, and hoodies with our new logo on a "Steelheader green" base. Keep an eye out!
  • Website: Our new website is expected to launch at the end of October. Please stay updated with events and information via our facebook page until then. 

Get Involved

  • Hall of Fame Volunteers Needed: Receive free entry and food to the 32nd annual Hall of Fame by volunteering! Approximately 30 volunteers are needed to facilitate games and auctions, sell merchanise, and usher. Contact Alix Soliman asoliman@anws.org if you are interested. 

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Association of Northwest Steelheaders

6641 SE Lake Rd. Milwaukie, OR 97222

(503) 653-4176


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