January 2024 Newsletter

Salem Chapter Northwest Steelheaders

Newsletter for January 2024


January Membership Meeting Plans

Our scheduled meeting program currently includes a presentation by Janine Belleque from the Oregon State Marine Board on boating access. If time allows, we will also continue with our ongoing plans to present another segment of ODFW’s Steelhead 101 Class. Robert Morton has graciously agreed to cover the “Basic Fishing Gear” and “Rods & Reels” portion of the lesson at next Tuesday’s meeting.

Winter Steelhead Are In the North Santiam…and Here’s the Proof!

On January 1st, Mike and Tony Frolov launched their raft at the Lyons-Mehama Boat Ramp to test the waters of the North Santiam for Winter Steelhead and were well rewarded for their efforts. By the end of the day, they reported hooking nine and landing four big native Winter Steelhead which were promptly photographed and released. The photos below bear witness to a very successful day of fishing.

Tony and Mike Frolov enjoying a very productive New Years’ Day on the North Santiam



Jim Kitzhaber Obituary Notice

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our fellow Salem Steelheader, Jim Kitzhaber on November 14th, 2023. Jim was a longtime member and enjoyed attending and participating in our Chapter meetings and events. A website address for his obituary has been provided below and members can view it and leave comments for his family at:


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

Submitted by Mike Ferris

Salem Chapter Secretary