Salem Chapter Northwest Steelheaders Newsletter
for February 2023
February 21st Meeting Program by Greg Walsh – Emergency Preparedness Manager for the City of Salem
Our February 21st meeting will feature a program by Greg Walsh – Emergency Preparedness Manager for the City of Salem. Greg is a Certified C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) trainer. We look forward to his presentation.
Winter Steelhead Beginning to Show in Oregon’s Coastal Rivers…and a Fish Story to Prove It
Beautiful sunny days don’t happen very often in the middle of January so, when the rain finally subsided and the river levels dropped on January 24th, Salem Chapter Secretary, Mike Ferris and former Salem Chapter member, Lee Harrington headed for the Siletz River. They launched their drift boat near the town of Siletz and, as expected, both the weather and the fishing were great but the catching was a little slow. After releasing several good-sized Sea Run Cutthroat Trout, Lee decided to change up his fishing gear and switched from the usual plugs, bobbers and jigs over to a colorful size number 4 spinner. His efforts were almost immediately rewarded and, after a lively five-minute battle, Lee landed a beautiful, bright native Winter Steelhead which was promptly photographed and released. About thirty minutes later and a quarter mile downstream, Lee hooked another larger Steelhead which proved to be too big to get a good look at before it spit the hook and disappeared back into the fast-moving current. All things considered, it was a “picture perfect” day of Winter Steelhead fishing and similar stories were also reported by a few other fishermen we met on the river that day.
Dr. Lee Harrington with a wild Winter Steelhead caught and released on the Siletz River
Our Next Board of Directors Meeting is Scheduled for March 1st
As usual, our Board of Directors welcomes Salem Chapter members to attend our Board Meetings held at Sportsman’s Warehouse at 6:30 PM.
Reminder Notice for Membership Dues
If you need to pay your annual membership dues, attached is a Membership Form for your convenience. Please return your completed form and dues payment to:
Linda Chezem – Treasurer
663 Rockwood St. SE
Salem, OR. 97306
Please note that the payment amount for annual dues has changed to $40.00 effective February 1, 2023.
Submitted by Mike Ferris
Salem Chapter Secretary