In This Issue
Steelheader Meetings

Association ExCom Meeting
6:30 p.m., March 16, Association Office, 6641 SE Lake Road, Milwaukie
For More Info:
President Bill Kremers

Columbia River Chapter
General Meeting
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 NE Fourth Plain Road, Vancouver
Guest Speaker: Local guide Paul Ambrose of Great NW Rivers Guide Service will provide an extremely in-depth presentation on fishing for Spring Chinook. There will be handouts.
For More Info:
President Don Hyde
Emerald Empire Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, Modular building beside Eugene Elks Lodge, 2470 W. 11th, Eugene
Guest Speaker: Joe Koffler, Koffler Boats, will talk about the history of the company, what it takes to build a quality drift boat, and some of the changes in the business. Koffler Boats is a long-time local Eugene business.
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McLoughlin Chapter
General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, Denny's, 15815 SE 82nd Drive, Clackamas
Guest Speakers: Jeff Kirkman and Jeff Stroeger of the Sandy Chapter will talk about the various methods of springer fishing.
For More Info:
President Carol Clark

Mid-Valley Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, Albany Senior Citizens Center, 489 Water Avenue NW, Albany
Guest Speaker: Trevor Smith of Northwest Trails Fishing Adventures discussing springer salmon fishing in our local area.
For More Info:
President George Larson

Molalla River Chapter General Meeting
6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 17, Farmstead Restaurant, 28313 S Highway 213, Molalla
For More Info:
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, Chehalem Senior Center, 101 Foothills Drive, Newberg
Guest Speaker: Brandon Glass will present a seminar on Spring Chinook techniques to help you hook more. There will be a raffle for a guided fishing trip with Brandon Glass for two people.
For More Info:
President Ty Campsey, 503-705-8296
North Coast Chapter General Meeting
No meeting scheduled.
For More Info:
President Bill Hedlund
(503) 815-2737

Salem Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, City of Keizer Community Center (at City Hall), 930 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer
For More Info:
President Brian Winn
(623) 363-7387

Sandy River Chapter
General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, Glenn Otto Park, 108 Historic Columbia River Hwy., Troutdale
Guest Speaker: Jack and Brandon Glass, Team Hook-up Guide Service, will show a video of how to be a more successful angler. 
For More Info:

Tom McCall Chapter General Meeting
11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 16, Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft Street, Portland
President John Laing
Tualatin Valley Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 10, Aloha American Legion Hall, 20325 SW Alexander, Aloha
For More Info:
President Tom VanderPlaat
(503) 783-6228
Register Now for Salmon Quest!
Spend a day fishing for salmon with a professional guide or experienced host, followed by a silent auction and awards dinner at the Portland Airport Holiday Inn April 2. Participate in the photo contest to see your photos displayed during the banquet. Seats are filling quickly! Register online, or call Joyce Sherman, 541-614-1252. 
Report from Salem

The frustrations of the current short session of the legislature make clear the need to get more anglers directly involved with their legislators at the chapter level. Our potential for grass roots connections is a big asset. Early involvement in proposals is where we often have the most impact. This week we saw a fish and wildlife penalties reform bill get voted out of committee; it has taken over three years of behind the scenes work to get HB 4046 close to enactment--keep your fingers crossed. Such things make me feel positive about our ability to improve legislation and rules. Most session days there are only three or four fish and wildlife advocates at the Capitol, but we frequently make worthwhile contributions in this sausage making factory, despite the fact we're frequently up against many powerful special interests heavily invested in candidates and lobbying. 

The wetlands bill (SB 1517) started as a bad statewide proposal, and it soon became clear the Governor and legislative leaders were committed to getting something passed to give the farm community and coastal county commissioners control over local restoration projects. However, our reservations helped lead to the bill being scaled back with sideboards and limited to being a one county pilot project, one that will be carefully monitored by the conservation community. Thanks to OWEB funding, it is likely to result in some good new local wetland restoration planning tools. I am proud of the damage control we achieved even though we didn't end up with a clear victory.
Please keep in mind that this is hard work, but ANWS and its allies frequently make significant policy contributions. It is important to keep building on what we have already accomplished. The work to strengthen the suction dredge mining moratorium (SB 1530) is likely to be rolled over into the 2017 long session. Keeping good water quality in our streams and maintaining habitat are areas of conflict that will be high on the upcoming political agenda. Please provide input to ANWS advocates to improve public policy. You can reach me via e-mail or at 503-329-9528.
                                                                                                           Bob Oleson
Last Chance to be Part of the Hook, Line 'n Sinker Steelhead Tournament!

Next Saturday, March 5th. Fish daylight to 3:30, any Tillamook County river. Weigh-in, 3:30-4:30, and awards, 5:30, at the 
Garibaldi Hook Line 'n Sinker Bar and Grill. There will be a Grand Prize drawing, plus three anglers will win $200 championships for biggest fish landed by a Tillamook County resident, Oregon resident, and a woman. There will be a chapter competition in addition to the three championships. Net proceeds will go to the broodstock program.
For additional information, call Len Clarke, the event coordinator, 503-329-6572.

Action Alert: March Commission Meeting
Association of Northwest Steelheaders, along with our community partners at Northwest Guides and Anglers Association, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association and CCA, will once again engage the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission March 18th in Salem on the Columbia River Reform Policy. We talked with the commission in December, providing factual information showing how well the transition is working for both the sport fleet and commercial fleet from an economic and social standpoint. We will once again need our collective voices present as a visual testament as to the importance of this hard-fought initiative. Statistically speaking, in 2014 sport anglers harvested slightly more than a quarter of the total catch of mainstem Columbia River salmon while providing six times the economic benefit. It's simple math.

With the appointment of a second commercial fishing voice and no clear advocate for sport fishermen on the commission, it's hard to remain optimistic that the "adaptive management" clause of the policy won't work against the true intent of the legislation. Join us on the morning of March 18th in Salem, to help solidify the strong voice in favor of staying the course on current Columbia River management. By 2017, we'll be able to realize the full benefits of this new policy and move forward to focus on other aspects of recovering stocks of Columbia River salmon and steelhead.
Family Fish Camp
We want to thank volunteers, participants, and sponsors for a very successful 2016 Family Fish Camp. We'll report more soon, but special thanks to your sponsors:
Visit Tillamook
Trilene Fishing Line
Camps for Kids
National Wildlife Federation
Upcoming Events 
Tillamook County "Hook Line 'n Sinker" Steelhead Tournament
Saturday, March 5th. For additional information, call Len Clarke, the event coordinator, 503-329-6572.

Learn the River Trips
A series of Saturday trips on the North Santiam, from easy to difficult. March 5, Greens Bridge to I-5; April 2, Stayton to Greens Bridge; May 7, Lyons to Stayton; June 4, Fishermans Bend to Lyons; June25, Packsaddle to Fishermans Bend. Contact Bob Lusk, President of North Santiam Guides, 503-859-2880.

Tillamook Fishing Trip with the Tualatin Valley Chapter of Northwest Steelheaders
Friday, March 11, 5:00 p.m. to Sunday, March 13, 11:00 a.m. at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds, 4603 E Third Street, Tillamook, 4H Dorm. Price is $95 ($70 for members) per person includes Friday/Saturday night lodging, three meals Saturday, plus breakfast and lunch Sunday. Contact Jeff Hernandez  or call 971-404-5793.

2016 Salmon Quest
Saturday, April 2. Weigh-in by 4:30 at the Portland Airport Holiday Inn, followed by Awards Dinner. Register here

Mid Valley Annual Banquet and Installation of Officers
Saturday, April 11, Lum's Garden, 1236 Price Rd SE, Albany; 5:30 for silent auction, 6:30 dinner. Price: $18 per person. Please buy tickets in advance: Vicky Heintzman or call  541-619-3873.

Watch this space for future events!
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