Dear supporter,

First off, we would like to thank each and every one of you who choose to be a part of the Northwest Steelheaders community. We value your support and want to serve you as best we can now and moving forward. Do you have any suggestions or ideas for how we can better serve you or your chapter? Respond to this email or email our Operations Manager, Tamsin Fleming, at with any thoughts you have. The better we can serve you all, the better we can advocate for our salmon and steelhead, and the preservation of our favorite fishing spots.

Thank you all for your continued dedication to angling opportunities,

All of us at Northwest Steelheaders


Hooked on Family Fishing Day Was a Success

Our annual Hooked on Family Fishing Day event wrapped up a few weeks back, and it was a hit as always. Families came out to Camp Angelos for a day packed full of fishing and water safety education. Read part of our Education & Outreach Coordinator Gray Sorensen's most recent blog post to learn more:

The weather on the morning of April 30th, 2022 was indecisive. Patches of blue sky and sun dared everyone to hope that the torrential rain forecasted for the day might just decide to pass on by. At the entrance to Camp Angelos, 15 cars were parked in a line waiting for the clock to strike eight and the gate to open.

Volunteers had arrived with the punctuality and anticipation of an angler to set up for the 2022 Hooked on Family Fishing Day event hosted by the Association of Northwest Steelheaders. They could not wait to teach the participant families about fishing and share their knowledge and passion for angling. When the gate finally opened everyone rushed to a parking spot eager to help wherever they could. As families began to arrive they were greeted by staff for check-in.

Head over to our blog post to read the full blog post.


We're Hiring! Join us as Education and Outreach Coordinator

We are looking to hire an Education and Outreach Coordinator with the National Wildlife Federation and Association of Northwest Steelheaders from September 2022 through July 2023 based in Sandy, Oregon.

This AmeriCorps position through Confluence Environmental Center promotes environmental justice and engages communities and partners in opportunities that help develop access to outdoor experiences like our Family Fishing Events, coordinate salmon education initiatives like our long-time favorite Fish Eggs to Fry program, support sustainable environmental education through Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitats programs, and recruit wildlife stewards to restore and protect wildlife habitat through the Garden for Wildlife program. 

Application review to begin June 23rd, open until filled.


Tune in June 23rd to Learn About Estuary Economies

Would you like to learn more about the importance of fishing and other recreational activities for our estuary economies? In a series of webinars hosted by Coast Range Forest Watch and other like-minded organizations, you can learn all about the different aspects of the Coos Bay estuary ecosystem and why it is so important to preserve and protect it, and other estuary ecosystems like it. In fact, the bay grasses in the estuary play a key role in a climate change solution. Eelgrass is an essential plant for a thriving estuary and acts as a nursery for juvenile fish and shellfish while storing massive amounts of carbon.

Learn more in the Coos Bay Estuary webinar series every fourth Thursday at 5:30 PM from February through July, and you can even go back and watch previous webinars.

  • Thursday, February 24: Coos Bay Estuary 101 (recording available)

  • Thursday, March 24: Native People in the Coos Bay Estuary (recording available)

  • Thursday, April 28: Healthy Estuaries: An Essential Climate Solution (session will be rescheduled)

  • Thursday, May 26: The Superpowers of Eelgrass

  • Thursday, June 23: Fishing, Crabbing, Recreation, and More: The Economy of the Coos Bay Estuary

  • Thursday, July 28: Protect the Coos Bay Estuary


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

  • Sandy River Chapter - Wednesday, June 1 @ 6:30 pm
  • Mid-Valley Chapter - Wednesday, June 1 @ 7 pm
  • Emerald Empire Chapter - Tuesday, June 7 @ 7 pm
  • Columbia River Chapter - Wednesday, June 8 @ 6:30 pm
  • Tualatin Valley Chapter - Thursday, June 9 @ 7 pm
  • McLoughlin Chapter - Tuesday, June 14 @ 7 pm
  • Tom McCall Chapter - Wednesday, June 15 @ 11:30 am
  • Salem Chapter - Wednesday, June 15 @ 7 pm

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P.O.  Box 55400, Portland, OR 97238
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