We can't believe that 2021 is almost over!

We have appreciated your support all year long and hope we can count on you to continue that support during our 2021 Virtual Fundraiser. Help us raise funds so we can continue to fight for fish and angling opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. Head on over to our website or find the link below to register today. We have some great items up for auction and it wouldn't have been possible without amazing organizations and companies that continue to support our work. 

We can’t wait to see you there!

Chris Hager, Executive Director

Our Virtual Auction Starts Next Week

Our 2021 virtual auction is next week from November 8 - 12th! 

We've fought to create angling opportunities for everyone by advocating for a comprehensive solution for our endangered salmon and steelhead populations. Our incredible volunteers and organizational leaders, Tim Lenihan and Bob Olson championed legislation that breaks down financial barriers for veterans and active-duty service members to participate in group fishing events hosted by nonprofit organizations. The Steelheaders are investing in a future of ample fishing opportunities, full-length fishing seasons and increased bag limits through all of our initiatives, and that won’t change anytime soon. 

We'll continue working hard to bring angling opportunities back to the Northwest. We hope you’ll join us as we “Reel in the Year” with our Virtual Auction next week. Bidding opens on Monday, November 8th, but don't wait to register! Follow the link below to register and view all of our incredible auction items. 


Help Us Protect the Tillamook State Forest

The Oregon Department of Forestry is developing the management plan for our North Coast forests over the next 70 years. Our state forests are home to old-growth trees vital for wildfire prevention and providing clean drinking water for coastal residents. The plan must include strong protections for old-growth trees, rivers and streams, and endangered salmon runs to protect the integrity of the ecosystem and the growing outdoor economy. Home to some of our last salmon strongholds, the health of our North Coast forests directly impacts the livelihoods of salmon and river-dependent communities and the state's recreation economy.

If you have a small business and support long-term conservation-minded protection and restoration, consider signing on to our business support letter urging decision-makers to commit to broad protections for the Tillamook forests. 

Not a business owner, but want to show your support? Become a North Coast Defender at the link below!


Fish Eggs to Fry Program in High Demand This School Year!

After a year and a half being locked down, schools are back in session and children are ready to learn. The Fish Eggs to Fry program is a valuable hands-on activity teachers are using to engage students while teaching them about the salmon lifecycle. A whopping 140 classrooms, triple the amount from last year, have requested Chinook salmon eggs for their students to observe as they mature into adolescent fish. The Association of Northwest Steelheaders volunteers have their work cut out for them coordinating with Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to set up aquariums in classrooms, deliver eggs, and introduce the importance of fish conservation to students throughout the greater Portland metro area.

If you'd like to volunteer, we'd love to have you! This program happens every year, so if you can’t commit this fall or winter, check back next year. Contact Gray Sorensen, our Education and Outreach Coordinator at or (503) 616-4280 for more information.

Visit our website to learn more about the Fish Eggs to Fry program and our partnership with the National Wildlife Federation. Stay tuned for updates on egg delivery and release days later this year.


Urge Governor Inslee and Senator Murray to Develop a Salmon Solution

Governor Inslee and Senator Murray have committed to crafting a solution that restores the Pacific Northwest's iconic salmon runs, honors treaties, and works to keep stakeholders whole. We're excited to see what their leadership will bring by July 31, 2022. In the next 272 days, there is time to develop a comprehensive solution that includes investments in clean energy, transportation services, and supports the Northwest well into the future.

Follow the link below to send an email to Governor Inslee and Senator Murray holding them accountable for creating a plan that invests in our communities, infrastructure, and builds a better future for the region.

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, Nov. 3 @ 7 pm
  • Columbia River Chapter - Wednesday, Nov. 10 @ 6:30 pm
  • Tualatin Chapter - Thursday, Nov. 11 @ 7 pm.

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Association of Northwest Steelheaders
P.O.  Box 55400, Portland, OR 97238
(503) 653-4176
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