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Neosho National Fish Hatchery hosts seventh annual veterans fishing derby

March 21, 2018

An event participant shows off his catch. Photo by Bruce Hallman/USFWS.
An event participant shows off his catch. Photo by Bruce Hallman/USFWS.

On Saturday, March 17, Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Missouri hosted Rainbows for Veterans, the first of three public fishing events to be held at the hatchery 2018. More than 300 people, including 182 veterans, participated in the seventh annual veterans fishing derby. This year, the event coincided with St. Patrick’s Day. The luck of the leprechauns brought sunny skies as participants dipped their nets into a hatchery pond stocked with a few thousand rainbow trout. Most participants reached their catch limit by the time the ending whistle sounded at noon.

The event always attracts a wide range of ages and tenures – from World War II veterans in their 90s to active soldiers in their 20s. Most participants wore some hat, shirt or other emblem of their service, creating a colorful display from all branches and experiences. Participants were thankful that the hatchery again hosted the event, and were appreciative of receiving recognition for their time in the armed forces. The morning also provided ample opportunity for veterans to reminisce with fellow participants and share their stories.

Neosho National Fish Hatchery is proud to be able to honor our veterans, and thankful for the ongoing support of our volunteers who made the event a huge success.

182 veterans enjoyed a morning of fishing at Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Missouri. Photo by Bruce Hallman/USFWS.
182 veterans enjoyed a morning of fishing at Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Missouri. Photo by Bruce Hallman/USFWS.