Hooked on Family Fishing Day 2021

The Association of Northwest Steelheaders hosted our inaugural Hooked on Family Fishing Day at Glenn Otto Park on Saturday, April 24th, 2021. This event was completely free to our scholarship families who could not attend Family Fish Camp in 2020 due to COVID-19. Our new Hooked on Family Fishing Day built on the successes from the last four years of Family Fish Camp, continuing to engage diverse families and partners from communities of color.

This year, we had 25 participants, 8 families, and 12 volunteers! Activity sessions included knot tying, fish dissection, casting, fish prints/Fred the Fish, fishing 101 (water safety), potting native plants, and fishing in the portable trout pond.

A special thank you to our event sponsors: Saling Foundation, Camps for Kids, National Wildlife Federation, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Starbucks, Gerber, Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Get Hooked Foundation, Littleleaf Guide Service, People of Color Outdoors, Confederated Tribes of Siletz, World Salmon Council, and Association of Northwest Steelheaders Chapters: Sandy River, Tualatin Valley, Tom McCall, and McLoughlin.

Our sponsors allowed each participant to leave with a life jacket, fishing pole, tackle box, native plant, gardening gloves, and SO MUCH MORE! We hope that Hooked on Family Fishing Days will continue to serve our diverse families and partners along with the return of Family Fish Camp in 2022.

Family Fish Camp

Join a family weekend of fishing and lodging at cozy Camp Angelos on the Sandy River. Family Fish Camp is for families who want to learn more about how to jump-start their fishing experiences in the PNW. Passionate, experienced anglers teach essential skills for all ages, and your family will have the opportunity to recreate in the great outdoors while building connections in the community.

Kids and adults can fish the pond, play games, plan their next fishing adventure, and participate in educational activities such as fish identification, casting and reeling, angler ethics and regulations, gear and equipment, water quality testing, and fish art projects.


Family Fish Camp is located at Camp Angelos along the Sandy River in Corbett, OR. Spend a weekend living a summer camp experience – sleep in cabin bunks, dine in the lodge cafeteria, and stargaze in the secluded forest along the rushing river. All cabins are heated and handicapped accessible. Families will be housed together alongside other families attending the camp. This means that cabins are shared and co-ed. Please contact us with any questions or concerns regarding this arrangement.

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Tickets Include: 5 meals, 2 nights lodging, and Access to all sessions and activities. Limited scholarships (full and half) are available to applicable participants. Please contact Allena Vestal at orhabitat@nwf.org with any questions


1What is the age range for youth?
The majority of youth participants in previous years ranged from ages 7-12. However, this event is open to all ages!
2What is included in the cost?
Two nights lodging in cabin bunks, five meals (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast), and all weekend sessions and activities.
3Do I need to bring fishing gear?
Nope! We will provide all necessary fishing equipment for the weekend. This event is geared toward families with little to no experience, so we do not expect you to bring any of your own gear.
4What is lodging like at Camp Angelos?
Families will be staying in shared (co-ed) cabins. This means you will get to stay together as a family, but you will be housed together with another family. All cabins are heated and handicapped accessible. If you have any concerns or questions about this arrangement, please contact us.
5When does the camp begin on Friday?
In previous years, check in began at 5 pm and dinner started at 6:30. Family Fish Camp 2020 will most likely follow a similar schedule. We may be able to accommodate you if you need to arrive later on Friday evening.
6When does the camp end on Sunday?
Sunday morning activities will consist of breakfast, the option to continue fishing, and future adventure planning. Camp will wrap up by late morning, so plan on being out by noon.
7What will the weather be like?
March in Oregon can be quite rainy. The Steelheaders fish the rivers of Oregon rain or shine year round, so you can too! Dress for wet and cold weather.