In This Issue
Steelheader Meetings

Association ExCom Meeting
6:30 p.m., April 20, Association Office, 6641 SE Lake Road, Milwaukie
For More Info:
President Bill Kremers

Columbia River Chapter
General Meeting
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 NE Fourth Plain Road, Vancouver
For More Info:
President Don Hyde
Emerald Empire Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, Modular building beside Eugene Elks Lodge, 2470 W. 11th, Eugene
Guest Speaker: Scott Walters, Lucky Duck Guide Service, will present the various techniques for successful Kokanee fishing.
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McLoughlin Chapter
General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, Denny's, 15815 SE 82nd Drive, Clackamas
Guest Speaker: Ian Sheldon, avid fisherman and guide. Ian has different techniques for successful salmon fishing that he will share.
For More Info:
President Carol Clark

Mid-Valley Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, Albany Senior Citizens Center, 489 Water Avenue NW, Albany
Guest Speaker: Elise Kelley, ODFW Mid-Willamette District Fish Biologist, will address multiple topics about our local river basins
For More Info:
President George Larson

Molalla River Chapter General Meeting
6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21, Farmstead Restaurant, 28313 S Highway 213, Molalla
For More Info:
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, Chehalem Senior Center, 101 Foothills Drive, Newberg
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, April 19, 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, April 6, Glenn Otto Park, 108 Historic Columbia River Hwy., Troutdale
The Program will be presented by Pro-Cure Bait Scents.
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Tom McCall Chapter General Meeting
11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 20, Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft Street, Portland
President John Laing
Tualatin Valley Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 14, Aloha American Legion Hall, 20325 SW Alexander, Aloha
For More Info:
President Tom VanderPlaat
(503) 783-6228
Commission Poised to Roll Back Promises
Despite anglers paying an additional $9.75 Columbia River Endorsement fee, transferring tributary smolt production to Young's Bay in Astoria to boost gillnet catches in SAFE areas, giving up fishing the red-hot mouth of Young's Bay for Chinook and coho, needlessly going to barbless hooks in the Willamette and Columbia rivers, and abandoning Measure 81 that would have banned gillnets in the mainstem Columbia, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission seems anxious already to adopt "adaptive management" measures that will roll back allocation promises made to our community.
At the March commission meeting, both the gillnet fleet and sport interests (our partners NSIA, NWGAA and CCA, along with The Steelheaders) testified at the policy "update." While the gillnet fleet was crying that the policy shift (Senate Bill 830) was not working as modeled, the sport interests presented fish and wildlife statistics that ex-vessel values under the Kitzhaber plan were EXCEEDING expectations. The gillnet fleet continues to harvest over 60% of the salmon that are allotted the sport and commercial interests, but that doesn't satisfy them. In most years, the gillnet fleet takes more salmon in the SAFE areas than the sport fleet takes in the mainstem Columbia!
No action is required just yet, but Governor Brown has yet to weigh in. Despite hearing crickets from Salem on this priority issue, two senators continue to be champions for us, and they deserve a thank you e-mail from sportsmen. Please take a minute to e-mail Senator Rod Monroe and Senator Fred Girod to thank them for their diligence in what is a top-tier issue for our collective community.
Also, be poised to MAKE SOME NOISE in November, December, or January, when the rubber meets the road on where we're headed  next on this saga. This is what we've fought for, this is what we've paid for, and we will not compromise for all that we've given up!

Bob Rees
Action Alert: Half of Multnomah Channel proposed no wake zone

A marina owner has submitted a petition to the Marine Board that would turn roughly half of the 21-mile long Multnomah Channel into a no wake zone, bank to bank. The petition asks the Marine Board to establish a shore-to-shore zone from 500 feet before and 500 feet after any marina, floating home moorage, park, dock, or boat launch ramp on Multnomah Channel. The Channel is the place to fish spring Chinook. 

What you can do: Submit written comments by mail, fax, or e-mail by 9:00 p.m. April 14th to: June LeTarte, Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St NE; Salem, OR 97301  Fax: 503-378-4597. You can attend a Public Meeting to learn about the petition and provide testimony April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Scappoose High School Auditorium, 33700 SE High School Way, Scappoose OR.
Upcoming Events 
Mid Valley Annual Banquet and Installation of Officers
Saturday, April 9, 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.

Whiskey Creek Hatchery Fin Clipping Party
Saturday April 9th. This is a great event for all ages helping mark spring chinook at the Whiskey Creek Fish Hatchery located on Netarts Bay.  Clipping starts at 9:00 a.m.; lunch is provided.
Hebo Lake Family Fishing Event
Saturday April 16th, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Hebo Lake. Looking for volunteers to assist with basic fishing instruction, rod and reel maintenance, set-up, and clean-up.  These events are geared to help people learn basic fishing skills, or reacquaint those who have been away for a while. 

Salmonberry River Winter Steelhead Spawning Survey
Sunday, April 17th, all day. Contact Ian Fergusson, 503-957-8875, or Joyce Sherman, 541-614-1252 to volunteer. There also will be surveys May 1, 15, and 29.
Tillamook Bay Clean-Up
Saturday April 23rd, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help remove trash from the Tillamook Bay/Estuary. For more information, contact the Tillamook Bay Watershed Council, 
Watch this space for future events!
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Salmon Quest Results
This photo of Jackson Curran and Jim Martin won the photo contest. Other winning photos were of John Shmilenko and his dog wearing sunglasses and the first place team with their three salmon.

Fifty-eight anglers fished with 21 guides and landed 20 fish during a day that was filled with sunshine. Art Martin guided Ham and Chuck Hamilton to First Place (102.75" total), with Chuck Borgen's team of Jack Dowty and Kim Hamilton second (89.5" total), and Matt Markee and George Okulitch on Bob Toman's boat third (80" total). Big fish winner was Jerry Dilling, with a salmon that measured 37.25".  

Outdoor School for All
Please join Oregon Outdoor Education at this upcoming gathering in Corvallis to learn more about the Outdoor School for All Campaign:

Outdoor School is an Oregon Tradition!
Help save Outdoor School for all Oregon children--
Join us for a campaign kickoff and signature gathering party Wednesday April 6th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Corvallis Benton Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330.
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