Welcome to the website of the Sandy River Chapter of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders.

The Sandy River Chapter was formed in 1964 and is currently located along the shores of the Sandy River in Troutdale, Oregon. Since its inception, this chapter has helped by playing a key role in the development and conservation of sport fishing and is dedicated to improving the freshwater fisheries in the Northwest.

Sandy's members have a wide interest range including but certainly not limited to the following: sponsoring various fishing tournaments and outings, monthly membership meetings, assisting at the Sportsman Show, holding various fund raiser raffles and providing volunteer support for the Hall of Fame dinner and awards banquet in November. There are many other activities that the whole family would enjoy.

We are committed to safeguarding, promoting, and enhancing the social, environmental, and conservational values of sport fishing. Our mission is to take part in "educating the general public on improving, preserving and promoting sport fishing in the Columbia River and their tributary streams and rivers, which include the Sandy."

Be our guest and cruise through our website to learn more about our chapter and how to join this dedicated group. Whether you're a weekend angler, charter captain, or just someone interested in Sandy's scenic views and its fishery, you will find it here.

Army Corps Plans to Remove Cormorants

by Bob Rees
on 6/14/2014


Army Corps Plans to Remove Cormorants

Public Meetings Give Anglers an Opportunity to Demonstrate How Important This is to Out-Migrating Juvenile Salmon and Steelhead


After countless meetings and years of collaboration, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) plans to take action against the growing population of double-crested cormorants that call East Sand Island on the lower Columbia River their home. Known as the largest nesting colony of double-crested cormorants and Caspian terns in the world, the estimated population of cormorants was 13,600 breeding pairs in 2010.

The USACE plans on removing 20 percent of the breeding population in an effort to curb the growing loss of endangered baby salmon and steelhead that migrate through the area in the spring and summer months. Although this effort will help listed species to return as adults in greater numbers, the population of cormorants won't be compromised under this management activity, and great rates of predation will still go on.

The Association of Northwest Steelheaders is grateful to have active members such as Norm Ritchie, Bob Oleson, and Joe Rohleder (a Life Member who lobbies for several organizations involved in sport fishing issues)participate in this conversation. Oregon legislative leaders such as Wayne Krieger of Gold Beach helped move this issue to the national level where this proactive management strategy was adopted. Sport anglers owe these dedicated individuals a debt of gratitude for collaborating with state and federal agencies to ensure the future of our salmon and steelhead runs.

The USACE will hold two important public meetings on this proposed management action. It's imperative that stakeholders such as sport anglers participate in this process. You can also submit written testimony.


July 10,2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 N.E. Knott St., Portland

July 24,3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Best Western Lincoln Inn, 555 Hamburg Ave., Astoria.

More info on the program:



Read The Oregonian article

If you have any questions, feel free to call Association of Northwest Steelheaders Executive Director Bob Rees, (503) 653-4176.




Calendar of Events

Date Title Contact Phone
7/26/2014 Sandy Chapter Annual Family Picnic Norm Ritchie
Joli Ritchie
8/9/2014 Sandy River Chapter Fishing Clinics Larry Palmer 503-286-2093

Meeting Place

We (normally) meet the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM.
We don't normally meet in July (when we do our picnic) or August.
The public and guests are welcome!

Glenn Otto Park
Sam Cox Building
1208 Historic Columbia River Hwy
Troutdale, OR 97060

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