What is Tillamook Anglers?
Tillamook Anglers is a non profit organization dedicated to the
enhancement of habitat and fishing in Tillamook County.
Who are Tillamook Anglers?
Mostly, they are people who like to catch fish and are interested in
preserving the fishery resources of Tillamook County. They are men and
women of all ages from all walks of life, who are willing to volunteer
their time and effort and/or make financial contributions to fishery
What has Tillamook Anglers accomplished involving thousands of volunteers?
Since it's inception in the summer of 1988, Tillamook Anglers has made
improvements to several boat launch facilities, worked on habitat improvement
projects, sponsored informational public meetings on fish-related matters
and has raised and released over 1.5 million salmon and steelhead into
Tillamook Country streams.
We also assist the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at their state
run hatcheries and annually deposit tons of fish carcasses into local
streams to add nutrients to the water to boost the natural fish food
chain. Tillamook Anglers has been in full operation of the Whisky Creek
Hatchery for the last 14 years. The Anglers have also provided some
exceptional fishing opportunities for thousands of fishermen and physically
What is Whisky Creek hatchery?
Located on Netarts Bay, 2 miles north of Cape Lookout State Park, the
Whisky Creek hatchery is an all volunteer Salmon and Trout Enhancement
project. Tillamook Anglers obtained a lease from Oregon State University
to renovate the hatchery and raise 100,000 Spring Chinook smolts annually
for release into Tillamook Country streams. The old, deteriorated rearing
ponds have been removed and replaced with a modern enclosed facility.
An incubation room, work room, and storage room have been added, along
with an existing classroom/meeting room that provides an educational
facility for the public and school groups. A new water intake structure
was built along with an expanded parking lot that has a park-like setting
with picnic tables, hiking trails, informational signs and a viewing
area where people can watch returning Chum salmon. The hatchery sponsors
an annual fin clipping day in April where 400 volunteers work throughout
the day clipping adipose fins for 100,000 Chinook salmon smolts. Lunch
is provided for all volunteers by local merchants from surrounding communities.
In September, the hatchery sponsor a Fishing Day for kids with disabilities.
Upwards of 600 kids come from all over the state of Oregon with each
child being allowed to catch and keep 4 Rainbow Trout. 300 to 400 volunteers
assist in providing the special day for these special kids.
Where does the money come from to finance these projects?
All projects of Tillamook Anglers are finaced entirely through grants
and Tax Deductible Donations and memebership fees. Thus far, the Tillamook
Anglers Board of Directors have been able to secure grants fro ODFW's
Restoration and Enhancement Program, the Fish America Foundation, the
Oregon Lottery, the Department of Land Conservation and Development,
Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation, and Parks Medical Foundation. Volunteer
of professional service has also conributed to a large part of the building
How do I join Tillamook Anglers?
Click here to print out this coupon
and return it with your annual tax-deductible membership fee of $20.00.
You will receive an official Tillamook Anglers membership card, a sticker
for your car, a Tillamook Anglers hat, and you will be put on our mailing
list nad kept up to date about the activities and accomplishments of
Tillamook Anglers. To recieve your Tillamook Anglers hat, bring your
membership card to the hatchery and show it to a volunteer and they
will present you with your hat.