Steelheaders Work With Save Our Salmon Coalition (SOS) to Remove Lower Snake River Dams

NW Steelheaders is dedicated to removing 4 lower Snake River dams, which are decimating salmon populations and have proven to be both economically inefficient and a meager power source. NW Steelheaders has been a member of SOS for over 20 years, a coalition founded in 1992 with the mission to protect and restore abundant, self-sustaining, and harvestable populations of wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia-Snake River Basin and Northwest marine waters for the benefit of people, fish and wildlife, and ecosystems. SOS boasts a long, successful history of leading and coordinating its members and allies to plan and execute regionally-focused, politically-targeted, multi-pronged programs. We will keep you updated with the latest news and information on this effort on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and our website. Learn more about the project in the articles below.

Scientists Assert Only Breaching Can Cool Northwest Waterways for Salmon, Steelhead

By Eric Barker of The Tribune

"In a letter to Northwest policymakers recently, more than 50 scientists said breaching the four lower Snake River dams is the only action that can counteract warm summertime water in the lower Snake and Columbia rivers that often reaches temperatures that can be lethal to salmon and steelhead. In the coming years, climate change will continue to worsen the problem of elevated water temperatures in the sunbaked slackwater reservoirs behind the dams, they said. According to the letter, modeling by the Environmental Protection Agency shows federal dams on the two rivers elevate water temperatures." Read more...

Snake River Salmon: Letter to the Editor

By Chris Hager

A response to Kurt Miller, executive director of Northwest RiverPartners’ guest opinion. Miller wants to blame the decimation of Snake River salmon populations on anything but the four lower Snake River dams. So he invokes overfishing that took place 80 years ago and adverse ocean conditions... Fish biologists agree that removing the dams is the most important step we can take to restore salmon whose populations have dropped by 90% since the dams were built. Read more...

The new weapon in the war over dam removal: Economics

By Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News

"Hydropower is no longer the Northwest's cheapest energy, and if BPA wants to get its books in order, critics say, it should start by removing expensive and possibly money-losing assets like the four Lower Snake River dams from its books... A recent economic analysis by ECONorthwest, an economic consulting firm, concluded that the benefits of breaching the dams outweighed the costs by somewhere between $5.4 billion and $12.4 billion." Read more...

5th Graders Learn Salmon Anatomy & Gyotaku 

On October 29th, Allena Vestal (Confluence AmeriCorps member) and Morgan Parks (National Wildlife Federation) visited Bonny Slope Elementary School to teach Ms. Klingner’s 5th grade class the art of Gyotaku (fish prints). They will be labeling the anatomy of the salmon once their prints have dried. Soon they will be able to utilize their knowledge about the anatomy they learned with the fry they will raise in their aquarium as a part of the Fish Eggs to Fry program. Massive thanks to the Steelheader volunteers who will be traveling all across Oregon to deliver eggs to over 65 classrooms on November 5th and 6th. 

President's Teriyaki Smoked Salmon

Recipe by Tom VanderPlaat and Joe Rutledge   

Ingredients (for 5-7 pounds of fish filets)

  • 1 ½ Cup Kikkoman Soy Sauce 
  • 1 ½ Cup Apple Juice
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup warm water
  • ½ Tablespoon of Garlic powder
  • ½ Tablespoon of Onion powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of coarse Pepper

Instructions: Blend ingredients in large bowl and place in a plastic tub. Cut fresh fish filets in 1-inch wide strips with skin attached. Place fish in brine and refrigerate for 48 - 72 hours. Mix occasionally.  Remove the strips from the brine and place on drying racks for 6 hours until tacky. This drying process will have a strong aroma, so find a place that is well ventilated. As with all smoking of fish, fresh fish makes the best smoked fish.

Smoking Process: Place fish skin side down on racks. Smoke for 6 – 8 hours depending on the temperature outside. I use a little Chief Smoker. Use 1 pan of mesquite wood chips for each 2-hour period. Should use 2-3 pans per batch. I use a Traege, which works incredibly. Check fish for firmness and desired dryness. This recipe is good for Steelhead, Salmon, Sturgeon, and Halibut.

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NEW Open Seat Program

Many of our members have been anglers for their entire lives, and they're thrilled to share their knowledge, passion, and most importantly, space on their boats! We have just launched our Open Seat Program, which matches eager new anglers looking for guidance, community, and a spot on a fishing boat with our experienced members who have an open seat on an upcoming fishing trip. You must become a member to participate in the Open Seat Program, but there is no additional cost.

If you have an open seat on your boat, email the details of your trip to with the subject "Open Seat Program" and a coordinator will post it on our Events Calendar. If you are looking for an open seat, search the calendar with the keywords "Open Seat Program," then contact anglers directly!


Our first batch of merch with the new logo is in! We will be selling leather patch snapback hats for $25, screen printed hoodies for $35, and screen printed T-shirts for $20. Sales begin November 9th at Hall of Fame. Can't attend but still want to represent NW Steelheaders? Our online shop will launch on our website by early December, just in time for holiday shopping. We are not currently accepting pre-orders.




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We can't wait to see everyone at Hall of Fame! Keep in mind that games, the dutch auction, and chicken bucket will be cash only -- there is an ATM in the lobby. 

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