August was one for the books with two back-to-back events that went off without a hitch!

First off, I want to thank each and every one of you who helped with or made it to our Rally on the River. Whether you were on the water or shoreline, together we stood up for salmon and steelhead and sent a statement to our electeds that the time for salmon and steelhead recovery is now!

A second big round of thanks goes out to everyone that joined us on the water this past Saturday for our first-ever SAVE SALMON fishing derby. We were able to raise a substantial amount of funds that will go directly into fighting for the conservation of salmon and steelhead for generations to come. Make sure to see photos and read our recap of the derby in this month's newsletter.

We'll see you on the water!

Chris Hager, Executive Director


Our Rally for the River Made a Splash!


Thanks for making our SAVE SALMON Derby a success!

Karen V. of team Hutchinson caught the largest fish of the day! This king came in right over 37inches - Congrats Karen!

Matt N. of Team Vanderplatt with a nice hatchery coho from Saturdays event. Team Vanderplatt took home 3rd place.

Winning Team Hutchinson (Karen V., Derek L. and Mark H.) showing off their catch.

Saturday's event was a blast! Beautiful weather and good fishing made for a competitive day on the water. All teams and most of the individual participants caught fish during our SAVE SALMON fall fishing derby. A big thanks to all the volunteers who made this event possible. And thank you to all the sponsors for supporting this event. 

We're already planning next year's fall derby and we hope to see you there! Stay up to date on what's happening next with our Events Calendar. 


Save our Wild Salmon's 9th Edition of the Hot Water Report

As we saw earlier this summer, heat waves and hot water temperatures wreak havoc on our wild salmon and steelhead populations. Unfortunately, as this summer progresses river temperatures continue to rise. On the lower Snake River the Lower Monumental reservoir had a high mean temperature of 73.04 degrees Fahrenheit, while on the Columbia River the Bonneville reservoir had a high mean temperature of 73.94 degrees Fahrenheit. Coldwater salmon and steelhead begin to develop serious health issues that can result in death when water reaches 68 degrees Fahrenheit, as we are seeing.

To learn more about the urgent need to lower river temperatures and how the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report makes it that much more pressing, visit Save our Wild Salmon’s website to read the full 9th issue of the Hot Water Report.


Sign Up Your Business In Support of Protect Tillamook's State-Owned Forests Today

Just as Oregon’s North Coast forests are important recreationally, environmentally and financially for the state, they’re important for small businesses too. Placing long-term protections on streams salmon call home opens up opportunities to increase tourism and recreational opportunities in Oregon’s coastal communities. If you own a business and want to help us protect these vital state lands, sign up today showing your support for protecting our state-owned forests and salmon strongholds.

Learn more about the campaign and sign up at the link below to help us safeguard clean water for coastal residents and salmon strongholds.


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

Oregon’s North Coast forests’ don’t just have recreational value, they have many different environmental benefits, such as filtering water, shading streams and providing habitat that are just as important as their value as timber. Tasked with balancing various conservation and recreation values in Oregon’s state-owned forests, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has the duty of continually regenerating forests and harvesting trees while protecting soil, air, water, and fish and wildlife. In order to balance conservation and timber-harvesting needs, ODF has proposed the Western Oregon State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) to provide long-term stability for these often competing forest uses.

The conservation plan covers roughly 85% of state-owned forests throughout the state, a total of 640,000 acres across several counties, for the next seventy years. It has the opportunity to protect salmon and their habitat, but we must make sure the plan includes strong salmon habitat protections. We will need your help to stand up for salmon and water quality protections against the powerful timber industry that opposes these measures.

Head to our website to learn more about the importance of this opportunity and join us in defending North Coast salmon and streams: sign up to stay involved!


Image Courtesy of Human Rights Campaign

Thank You For Leading the Way, Governor Brown

In her recent guest opinion in the East Oregonian, Governor Kate Brown expressed her continued support for an urgent solution that recovers endangered salmon and steelhead populations while investing in communities and vital infrastructure. Recognizing the failure of previous recovery attempts, Brown sees the opportunity to bring people together all over the Northwest through developing a plan to restore abundant salmon populations and ensure security for inland communities.

This past spring Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson opened the dialogue on the future of wild salmon and the lower Snake River dams. Gov. Brown took a seat at the table to have the hard conversations necessary for finding a lasting solution that best provides for all stakeholders. We need Gov. Brown to stay strong and continue leading us toward a comprehensive solution!

Please take a moment to express your support for Gov. Brown and her vision for a future with abundant salmon, climate resilience, and vibrant communities by visiting the link below.


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, Sept. 1 @ 7 pm
  • Columbia River Chapter - Wednesday, Sept. 8 @ 6:30 pm
  • Tualatin Chapter - Thursday, Sept. 9 @ 7 pm.



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