Nestucca Anglers is all about fish and their habitat.
We began in 1999, when a small group of dedicated volunteers received Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife approval for the Salmon-Trout Enhancement Program (STEP), a volunteer project. This allowed us to raise fall Chinook in the Nestucca River system at a satellite facility called Rhoades Pond. The fall Chinook program was eliminated from Cedar Creek Hatchery production in 1993 due to legislation budget cuts.
A $50,000 grant and many volunteer hours later, the STEP project was underway and raising 100,000 fall Chinook a year for release into the Nestucca River and Three Rivers. The returning fish have been providing additional angling opportunity since the first jack arrived in 2001.
From the start, our volunteers continue to involve local students in educational experiences related to the rearing of fish. We believe ODFW hatchery conservation programs are key in educating our students.