April 2024 Newsletter

Salem Chapter Northwest Steelheaders

Newsletter for April 2024


April 16th Membership Meeting Plans

The program for our next meeting on Tuesday will be a partial review of the ODFW’s Steelhead 101 Class and Robert Morton has agreed to cover the lessons on “Basic Fishing Gear” and “Rods & Reels.” If time allows, Club Secretary Mike Ferris will cover a third lesson from the class on “Reading the Water.”

Tualatin Valley Chapter of ANWS “Fish-A-Long” event a big success

Larry Deck & David Doble “fishing along” with Secretary Mike Ferris on the Nestucca River

Following a deluge of snow, ice and freezing rainstorms early last month, the Tualatin Valley Chapter of the ANWS was able to reschedule their Tillamook Bay Area “Fish-A-Long” event at the Oregon Coast for the weekend of March 23rd & 24th. About 25 ANWS members fished the Trask, Wilson and Nestucca Rivers from drift boats and the riverbanks. Some participants without boats were matched up with several drift boat captains while others fished at pre-selected bank fishing locations. A good time appeared to be had by all and a total of three Wild Steelhead were landed, photographed and released by some very happy Steelheaders.

Mark your calendar for the North Santiam River Guides next “Learn the River” Trip  During most Spring and Summer months, the North Santiam River Guides Association offers free “Learn the River” trips on the first Saturday of each month which are open to the public. The next trip is scheduled to run from Mehama to Stayton on Saturday, May 4th. So, if you’re a drift boat or rafting enthusiast who would like to learn more about drifting the North Santiam, mark your calendar and plan to participate. More information about this and future LTR trips can be found at: https://nsrga.com/

The North Santiam River Guides “Learn the River” Trip from Stayton to Shelburn on April 6th

Second annual Learn to Fish event scheduled for May 11th

The City of Keizer has announced plans to conduct their second annual “Our River – Learn to Fish” event to be held at Keizer Rapids Park on Saturday, May 11th. Last year, several of our members volunteered at the event and we are planning to have a booth at this year’s event. Additional information can be obtained by calling (503) 856-3447 or by going to the link below.


Save the date for the Salem Steelheaders Picnic in July

Plans are currently in the works to hold our Summer Picnic on Saturday, July 13th at Mike Ferris’ home on the North Santiam River in Mill City. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Additional details will follow later.

Reminder Notice for Membership Dues

If you need to pay your annual membership dues, attached below 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