Veterans Fishing Day

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Veterans Fishing Day

Fishing Event Planned For Memorial Day Weekend

It’s a day of fishing, friendship, and remembrance, as Buncombe County Recreation Services hosts Veterans Fishing Day.

Saturday, May 27, Veterans with proof of status (VA Card, Military ID, driver’s license NC with Veteran status or DD214 form) and their guests will be able to fish at Owen Pond in Swannanoa, even if they don’t have a fishing license.

The intent of the event is to provide area Veterans an opportunity to enjoy the solace of the outdoors and a space for remembrance and reflection during the Memorial Day holiday.

Check-in and registration begins at 8 am, and hooks can hit the water anytime there after until noon. Registration is free and includes snacks and a hot dog lunch for Veterans. Veterans can bring their families or a fishing buddy to the event.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing supplies. Come bring your chair, toss a hook in the water and relax by the calming waters of the Owen Ponds. Trout, Large and Small Mouth Bass, Crappie and Cat Fish have all been snagged by anglers in these waters. Owen Pond offers accessible spaces for anglers with mobility limitations.

Josh O’Conner, Manager of Buncombe County Recreation Services, points out the importance of events like fishing days in encouraging lifelong habits in active outdoor recreation. “This is a first time fishing event geared towards our veterans. It helps highlight the diversity of Buncombe County’s recreational amenities and encourages everyone to explore hobbies and activities that will encourage them to get outside and to stay active. The event also offers veterans an opportunity to connect with other veterans and enjoy a quiet morning outdoors.”

The Veterans Fishing Day is made possible with support from the NC Wildlife Commission, which provided the fishing license waiver. Businesses or individual donors who’d like to help sponsor the event can call 828-250-6703.
Veterans Fishing Day

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