Women’s Fishing Program

Greetings chapter leaders,

We’re in the planning stages for the Women’s Program, which as many of you know, is a long time coming! Northwest Steelheaders is working to increase female representation in the fishing community in an effort to create a more equitable, inclusive, and strong society of anglers.  

What I need from you: please share this survey with women at your chapters to help gauge interest. (I’ve attached a PDF of the survey below if you have trouble with the link). We have already secured some funding to begin the program, so now I need to know how our members would like us to proceed.

I will also be including this survey in an email to our membership and in the July newsletter, so our bases will be covered. 

Program Objectives:

  • Support novice female anglers by offering events that provide knowledge, hands-on training, gear, and time on the water.

  • Support financially disadvantaged female anglers by offering full and half scholarships for these events.

  • Create a more equitable, inclusive, and strong society of anglers through the empowerment of female anglers. 

  • Build a group of dedicated female anglers that can share their skills and knowledge with each other and the next generation of female anglers. 

NOTE: This program is by women, for women – meaning all volunteers/instructors at clinics, fish-alongs, etc. must be women. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Thank you,

Alix Soliman

Operations Manager
Association of Northwest Steelheaders
(630) 608-7117


ODFW News July 2020

FYI, please pass on to your clubs.

From the ODFW news release on today’s F&W Commission meeting:

“The budget does not include any fee increases on sport or commercial licenses in this budget cycle. While 2021 would typically be a year to raise fees to take effect in 2022 (because the department adjusts fees every six years), ODFW is pleased to be in a position to delay this and not request any fee increase of hunters, anglers or commercial fishermen until 2024 at the earliest. The budget will now go to the Governor and then the 2021 Legislature for final approval.”

Karen M Hans

Salmon Trout Enhancement Biologist

Oregon Dept of Fish & Wildlife

7118 NE Vandenberg Ave

Corvallis OR 97330