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Action Alert
Sandy Classic
Raffle winners
Still time to take action to protect Bristol Bay


Please comment now to the EPA to Protect Bristol Bay, Alaska's priceless watershed from the proposed Pebble Mine. Comments have been extended through the end of June.

To comment, go to Save Bristol Bay 

Upcoming Meetings
Association Executive Committee Meeting
6:30 pm Wednesday, June 19 at the Association office, 6641 SE Lake Road, Milwaukie.

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Contact ANWS President Joe Domenico at (503) 778-0151,


Columbia River

General Meeting 6:30 pm Wednesday, June 12 at Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 NE Fourth Plain Rd., in Vancouver. This month's meeting will feature Joel of Joel's Jigs explaining how his jigs work and what his jigs work well for.




Contact President Keith Hyde at 360-772-0996 or


Emerald Empire

General meeting 7 pm Wednesday, June 5 at

Veterans' Memorial Building, 1626 Willamette Street, in Eugene. Gary Lewis of Gary's Guide Service. Gary will join us and share his expertise on shad fishing the Umpqua River.

Join the chapter early for a no-host dinner, 5:30-7 pm.




Contact President Bill Robbins at 541-689-5075,


General Meeting, 7 pm, Tuesday, June 11, at Denny's, 1585 SE 82nd Drive, Clackamas. Jeremy Jahn, "The Kokanee Kid," will present a program about successful kokanee fishing.

Contact President Carol Clark at 503-632-6974 or 


General Meeting 7 pm, Wednesday, June 5 at Albany Senior Center, 489 Water Ave. in Albany. Robin Brown, the Marine Mammal Program leader for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, will give a presentation and take questions about seals and sea lions, and pinnipeds' impact on Oregon's fish. 


Contact President Larry Bell at
541-337-5427 or


Molalla River

General Meeting at 6:30 pm, Thursday, June 20 at Farmstead Restaurant, 28313 S. Highway 213, in Molalla. Steve Trask of Bio-Surveys will give a presentation of the Molalla's fish populations. Bio-Surveys just completed two year's of snorkel surveying river.


Contact President Sam Wurdinger at 503-932-8386 or


General meeting 7 pm, Tuesday, June 11 at the Chehalem Senior Center, 101 Foothills Dr., in Newberg.


Contact President Kevin Hula at 503-662-4665 or

North Coast

General meeting 7 pm, Thursday, June 27 at the ODFW Tillamook Office, 4907 3rd St. in Tillamook.

Contact Co-President Bill Hedlund at 503-815-2737, or Co-President Bob Rees at 503-812-9036 or

General Meeting 7 pm, Tuesday, May 21 at the Keizer Community Center, 930 Chemawa Rd. in Keizer. Guest speaker is John Childs, Fin Addiction Guide Service, talking salmon fishing.

Contact President Jim Zelenka at 503-371-4063,

Sandy River
General Meeting 7 pm, Wednesday, June 5 at the Sam Cox Building in Glenn Otto Park, 1208 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale. Todd Alsbury, ODFW district biologist, will discuss the future of the Sandy River.
Contact President Doug Briggs, 503-729-2023,

Tom McCall
General meeting 11:30 am, Wednesday, May 15 at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft St., Portland.
Contact President Dave Reggiani, 503-657-5379,

Tualatin Valley

General meeting 7 pm, Thursday, June 13 at the Aloha American Legion Hall, 20325 SW Alexander, Aloha. This meeting includes a bbq and potluck dinner. Come early to enjoy the chow!
Contact President Tom VanderPlaat, 503-357-4825,

Upcoming Events


June 8 Bazzapolooza

Fun bass fishing event for the whole family hosted by the Molalla River Chapter. Open to all Steelheaders members. For more info, contact Jay Spassov, 503-477-2978 or 


June 8, STEP/Sandy River Watershed Council Project: Meet at Glenn Otto Park, 7:45 a.m. and bring waders, work boots & gloves.

Contact Doug Briggs, 503-729-2023 or

June 19, 8 am-Noon, Drift Boat Training: Tualatin Valley and Sandy River chapters. Contact Doug Briggs, 503-729-2023 or


Steelheaders' North Coast fish habitat organizers are hosting several trips to get outside and enjoy the amazing nature available in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests. Anyone interested in the state forests and the role they play in the local economy and ecosystem is invited to attend.


June 15, Edible Wild Plant Hike

Venture into the woods with a edible plant expert and learn about how to harvest food and herbs from the forest! Location will be in a proposed Conservation Area in the Clatsop State Forest Carpools will be available from Astoria and possibly beyond depending on interest.

To sign up or ask questions, contact Pearl Rasmussen at 503-338-8933 or


June 23, Plympton Creek Photo Outing

Learn about nature photography with Michael Granger in a scenic forest setting. The Buster Creek Terrestrial Anchor is a proposed Conservation Area in the Clatsop State Forest. Come see why this place is so special and learn skills for capturing that essence on camera.

Meet at the Berry Patch Restaurant in Westport for a cup of coffee and brief talk about the excursion at 10:30 am.

To sign up or ask questions, contact Pearl Rasmussen at 503-338-8933 or


July 2, Cross-Country Trek Across Bastard Creek Terrestrial Anchor

This trip is for those unable to join our weekend outings and willing to do some serious cross-country hiking. The Bastard Creek Terrestrial Anchor is over 5,000 acres of important forest wildlife habitat just north of the old Salmonberry Railroad. We will explore this area, its flora and fauna, discuss what makes it a crucial habitat area, and enjoy a day convening with nature.

For more information, contact Chris Smith at


Action Alert header

Time to take action to ensure historic changes to Columbia River fisheries

Please help to move gillnets off the main stem and create a sport fishing priority


Please take a couple moments to make your voice count for conservation and fishing. The Oregon legislative session in now in the home stretch, so please ask legislators to take time now to help secure a vote on Senate Bill 830 that is currently in the joint budget committee(Ways and Means). SB 830 is the vehicle to ensure the historic changes voted in by both the ODFW and WDFW Commissions are fully implemented in Oregon. 


These harvest reform changes include moving non-Tribal commercial gillnets off the mainstem Columbia River and ensuring a sport priority for CR fisheries, both long-time priorities of the Steelheaders and our top priority for this legislative session.
SB 830 makes it legal for the use of selective gear in the main stem; something that was previously made illegal by the gillnetters. The bill also enables ODFW to collect a small fee (not to exceed $9.50) from Columbia River anglers, which will go to a newly-established
Columbia River Fisheries Enhancement Fund
. This dedicated fund is different from the Columbia River Fisheries Transition Fund that the bill also creates to offset hardships to the commercial industry and mostly comes from the general fund. Our efforts, along with our allies, have helped to ensure that the CR fee is not used to buy out commercial interests, and we fully trust the main bill author Sen. Girod, who championed this process from the beginning.
Steelheaders understand that it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel with having to go to barbless, losing some trib smolt plants, seeing the nets get first crack at this extended springer fishery, and now a new fee. But the positive aspects of these changes are coming, and NOW is the time to take action to make sure they happen by contacting your state senators and representatives, asking them to support SB 830 to protect our wild salmon stocks and improve Oregon's economy. Right now the main targets are Republican leadership of both houses and members of the Ways and Means Committee. As always, be courtesy and respectful when talking to decision makers.


For more information on SB 830, click HERE.
To find your state legislators, click HERE.
To see members of the Ways and Means Committee, click HERE.

In addition, on Thursday, June 6, the ODFW Commission is set to vote to clean up a few small process concerns with these changes to Lower Columbia River fisheries management. We encourage you to attend the meeting or send a note of support for all the changes. We will be working to overturn the barbless rule in the future, but right now is the time to make sure this all goes through smoothly. 


The Commission is meeting at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 9000 SW Washington Square Rd in Tigard. The agenda starts at 8 am, with this agenda item likely to start around 9 or 10 am.


To contact the ODFW Commission, send e-mail HERE. 

For more information on the ODFW Commission meeting, see item C HERE.

Big fish and overall winner Jeanie Zuniga gets her fished weighed by Trevor Storlie of Red's Guide Service and ODFW District Biologist Todd Alsbury
 at the Sandy River Spring Chinook Classic on Saturday.
Fishing tournament raises funds to defend fishing opportunity in court 


110 fishing participants and more than 200 people enjoyed the fun festivities of the Sandy Classic June 1 at Historic Springdale Pub in Corbett. More fish were caught at the event than any other Portland-area spring tournament this year.


The event raised apx. $7,000 to defend fishing opportunity and agency hatchery reform efforts in the courtroom, and was a ton of fun with a live rock band, plenty of bbq, brews, raffles and gifts.



1st Place and Big Fish Winner: Jeanie Zuniga, 25.08 pounds

2nd Place: Steve Notz, 21.86 pounds

3rd Place Tom Granberg, 20.06 pounds


Congratulations to the winners and many, many thanks to our amazing sponsors Dick's Sporting Goods, Red's Guide Service, Lamiglas, Yakima Bait, Wright & McGill, Trokar, Salmon Trout Steelheader magazine, EZ Marine, Weston Kia, Sandy River Chapter of the Steelheaders and Historic Springdale Tavern.




Raffle winners score big time!
2013 ClackaCraft Drift  Boat winner Bill Kremers was all smiles when he picked up his 16' High Side from ClackaCraft Owner Bruce Belles on May 22. Bruce has graciously agreed to donate a boat again, so be sure to buy your 2014 raffle tickets for your chance at a new drift boat.
Nick Stephens, winner of the North to Salmon Raffle in congratulated by Association President Joe Domenico in May. Nick won a four night, five day trip to Yaktuat Lodge in Alaska that includes air fare, lodging, meals and guided fishing. Nick bought his lone ticket at the Portland Sportsman Show.
Jim Nichols, winner of 2012 North to Salmon Raffle, recently returned from Yakutat Lodge and sent in several nice fish pics, including this beauty from the Situk River. Here's what he had to say about the experience, "The trip to Yakutat was awesome. Fishing was fantastic, and the boys caught more steelhead than I ever thought possible. I will most definitely go back. I never win anything and to win this trip was fantastic." Be sure to buy your 2014 North to Salmon Raffle tickets for your chance at this amazing adventure.
Steelheader Activities
Veterans, guides and volunteers from the Steelheaders' May River Ambassador Program event pose for a photograph before drifting the Deschutes River on May 19. This program takes wounded warriors on a three-day fishing adventure and seeks to install a life-long for the outdoors and fishing. Many Steelheaders members donate to the program, including the Tualatin Valley that donated many rods and reels, the Deschutes Basin Chapter that guided the troops, and the Molalla River Chapter that provided instruction. For more info on the program, click HERE.
Saturday, May 11 was a beautiful sunny day for the Sandy River spring clean up, with 14 members participating.
Sandy River chapter members assisted ODFW staff with a kids' fishing event at the Mt. Hood CC Pond May 18. This little girl's brother was anxious to be included in the photo of her first fish. This event was one of many where Steelheaders' chapters volunteered at family fishing events throughout the month of May and during the Free Fishing Weekend.

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