Vets offered a day on the water

The second annualVeteransFishing Day on Lake Almanor is scheduled Sunday, June 24.

“Our goal is to put a max of two veterans on a boat; that said, we may need to adjust that number depending upon attendance.I am hoping to accommodate 50 veterans,” said John Crotty of the Almanor Fishing Association.

This is a non-competitive event. “The only goal is toshow appreciationto our Veterans by providing a dayon the waterfollowed bya family-style barbecue,” he said.

Coordinators will be working with the Redding and Plumas County veteransoffices to place veterans from their organizations on boats.

“We have also extended an invitation to four veterans from Field of Dreams and veterans who areemployeesof PG&E,” said Crotty. “AFA and Almanor guides are humbled and honored to assist Field of Dreamsfulfill their dream to make the ‘Outdoors Accessible to All.’”

He added “Field of Dreamsis afirst-classoperation and we have been working with them to provide trips on Almanor.” Field of Dreamswill be providing the meat for this year’s barbecue.

The paperwork has been submitted to the USFS for access to the Canyon Dam boat ramp for the event.California Fish & Wildlife will be planting catchable rainbows a few days in advance of the event.

AFA expressed gratitude to all that participated last year. “I am looking forward to working with everyone to provide a relaxing, fun-filled day for our veteran’s during this years second annual Veterans Fishing Day,” said Crotty.

If interested in participating either as a guide or fisherman, contact John Crotty at quaillodgelakealmanor.com and include what type of fishing you prefer, what species you typically fish for and any other pertinent information such as catch and release, fly, bass, trolling, boat accessibility, etc. “That will assist us in placing a veteran on your boat that best fits his/her fishing preference,” said Crotty.

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