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Monday, December 28, 2015

First Annual Lake Havasu Veterans Fishing Classic


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First Annual Lake Havasu Veterans Fishing Classic

The inaugural Lake Havasu Veterans Fishing Classic at Lake Havasu State park was held on November 10th by the BLM Lake Havasu Field Office, Arizona State Office and Washington Office in partnership with FishingCommunity.org (FCO), Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona State Parks Lake Havasu, Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Lake Havasu City Veteran Service Center, Lake Havasu Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Bass Pro Shops and multiple local and community sponsors.
The Lake Havasu Classic host team

The event was designed to be a no-frills event open and free of charge to veterans with disabilities and their families as an integral part of the re-socialization and rehabilitation process.

Veterans and families were hosted and captained by volunteer boaters in tournament style fishing. Educational activities provided information on local Veterans Service activities and BLM and FWS public land fish enhancement and recreational opportunities.
Mark Curry Bass Pro Shop western regional sales manager and event co-leader presents prize winner

"We had a lot of fun and appreciated being part of the event. We hope to see the event grow in the community in the years to come" Jason West, BLM Lake Havasu Field Office Manager said.

"It was great to see the community come together to make this first event a great success. The smiles and gratitude received from the veterans made everything worth it, even though it is us who should be grateful for their Service" Elroy Masters, BLM Arizona State Office Fish and Wildlife Program Lead said.
Volunteer captain vets and family

"I love that we were able to bring a BLM Field, State and Washington BLM program team together like this," said Dave Hu, Acting WO Fisheries lead said.

The event was part of the BLM/FCO Partnership's Fisheries for Veterans Project, using America's public lands and fishing resources to reconnect and revitalize America's communities and American heroes.

Story by Jason West, Lake Havasu FO Manager; Elroy Masters, AZ State Fisheries Program Lead; and Dave Hu, Acting WO Fisheries Program Lead.  Photos by Gary Mackynen