Well, it was a hot one this past month. Unfortunately, it was a little too hot for salmon and steelhead as well. Recent reports show unbearable temperatures behind the lower four Snake River Dams making these reservoirs death traps for migrating fish. How can you help these fish? I'm glad you asked.

Join me and fellow anglers as we stand up for salmon next week on the Willamette River! And don't miss out on our pint night next Wednesday, Aug. 4th where you can pick up banners for your boat. The time is now to stand together and demand a plan for salmon. We can't wait any longer!

Also, it's OFFICIAL! We're throwing a fall salmon derby to raise funds to save Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead. Register through the link below and try your chance at winning some awesome prizes!

See you on the water!

Chris Hager, Executive Director


Register Your Team Today!

This will be an event you won't want to miss! Make sure to mark your calendars for the participant dinner on Aug. 27th at Sportsmans Warehouse as well. All details and registration information can be found through the link below.


Save the Date: August 4th Pint Night

On August 4th, join us for a Pint Night at Hopworks Urban Brewery at 6pm. Meet other Steelheaders and learn about the dire need for a salmon recovery plan that restores a free-flowing lower Snake River. Salmon don’t have any more time to wait: beloved Chinook and B-run steelhead runs across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho will start to go extinct in the next five years. 

We will have postcards for you to send your representatives in Washington + Oregon and banners for you to use during our boat Rally for the River on August 7th on the Willamette River between the Morrison and Burnside bridges near the Portland waterfront at 1:30pm. We printed 30 vinyl 6’ x 3’ vinyl banners for folks. Reserve a banner for your boat here! 

The pint night is where you can pick up your banner and learn more about the need to restore a free-flowing lower Snake River. We can’t wait to see you all there!


Rally for the River: Save the Date!

Join us for a boat rally on the Willamette River to urge lawmakers to get serious about salmon recovery. We will be meeting on the river between the Morrison and Burnside bridges near the waterfront in Portland at 1:30pm on August 7th. Speaker remarks (TBD) will begin at 2pm.

Reserve a banner for your boat! We printed 30 vinyl 6’ x 3’ vinyl banners for folks. Make sure to sign up and reserve your banner here. We are hosting a pint night on Wednesday August 4th at 6pm at Hopworks Urban Brewery so you can pick up your banner and learn more about the need to restore a free-flowing lower Snake River. 


Restoring America's Wildlife Act Would Provide Opportunity to Pioneer Bipartisan Conservation

By Tamsin Fleming, Operations Intern

For more than a century, wildlife conservation efforts in America have been predominantly funded with hunting and angling fees. But with increased use, environmental changes, and more sensitive species, funding from permits and license fees is not enough to conserve the vast inventory of at-risk species and their sensitive habitats.

The Restoring America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) addresses this critical funding gap and would provide significantly more funding for states to complete fish and wildlife conservation and habitat improvement projects. RAWA was reintroduced in the House of Representatives for consideration this year, and many of Oregon’s Representatives have already signed on as co-sponsors, including Rep. DeFazio, Rep. Blumenauer, and Rep. Bonamici. 

Head over to our blog post to learn more about what RAWA would do to revitalize and protect our endangered species and their habitat.


Oregon's North Coast Forests are Some our Last Salmon Strongholds

The many rivers and streams in Oregon's North Coast forests, like the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests, are especially important habitat for salmon and steelhead. As the State plans for how these forests will be managed for the next seventy years, it's important they provide strong habitat and water quality protections for salmon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) manages Oregon's state-owned forests to generate annual income to support rural counties and school districts by harvesting trees. In an effort to develop a long-term management strategy that allows timber harvest without causing additional risk to endangered fish and wildlife, including many salmon and steelhead runs, ODF is developing a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)

Head to our website to learn more about the importance of protecting our North Coast forests and how the Habitat Conservation Plan will manage our state forests.


We're Hiring! Apply for Our Part Time Operations Coordinator Position

The application deadline is Aug. 16th 2021. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references Executive Director Chris Hager at Don't wait, get your applications in today!


Zoom Chapter Meetings

A few chapters have resumed Monthly Chapter Meetings via Zoom, and we hope to get everyone online as soon as possible! To get the Zoom link to access a meeting, please visit our Events Calendar. If you're having trouble setting up Zoom but would like to join a meeting, 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, Aug. 4 @ 7 pm
  • Columbia River Chapter - Wednesday, Aug. 11 @ 6:30 pm
  • Tualatin Chapter - Thursday, Aug. 12 @ 7 pm.



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