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Veteran’s Fishing Day Held at Meander Creek

May 21, 2013
By Larry Claypool - OVO Editor , Ohio Valley Outdoors

It's always a good day of fishing when someone nails a hog five-pound largemouth bass. It's a great day of fishing when you can share it with several of our veterans of the United States military.

That was the scene on May 18 at the Meander Creek Reservoir when the Outdoor Writers of Ohio, ODNR, Division of Wildlife - District 3 and Mahoning County Sanitary District sponsored their inaugural Veteran's Fishing Day. Fourteen area veterans took part in the event, held at the Meander Creek Reservoir.

Since Meander is not open to the public for fishing, it was a unique opportunity for these veterans to fish a body of water that offers a coveted fish habitat and inventory. Meander is known to have several large species of fish that include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish and northern pike.

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Local World War II veteran Tony holds a largemouth bass he caught during the Veteran’s Fishing Day.

Meander did not disappoint. Several veterans caught nice-size fish - mostly bass and one pike. Many bluegill and small bass kept the veterans, and volunteers, busy most of the day.

The veterans were provided with free fishing rods and reels, bait and lunch. A goodies bag was also provided by organizer Mike Mainhart of OWO.

Members of OWO and DOW-District 3 served as volunteers to assist veterans with fishing. Veterans and residents from two area nursing facilities (Shepherd of The Valley and Gillette Nursing Home) participated. Other veterans from the area also participated.

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Visit YouTube for a video slide show of photographs taken from this event. Titled: OWO Veteran's Fishing Day.

"This is great being out here," said one veteran fisherman. "I don't even have to catch any fish. It's great to be here."

Meander Creek Reservoir is managed by the Mahoning County Sanitary District. It provides the cities of Youngstown and Niles with water and is one of the water sources for Akron. Hunting, boating and fishing are prohibited at Meander. Most of the reservoir, which was built in 1932, is located in Austintown Township, near the city of Austintown.

Mainhart said the event was a great success. He was pleased that the veterans had a great time and "caught some fish".

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"I'd like to thank all of the sponsors who helped put this on. And the veterans and volunteers," said Mainhart.

Sponsors for the Veteran's Fishing Day included: Austintown Comfort Inn, Mahoning Valley Sanitary District, Niles Table and Chair Rental, King's Sanitary Services, Outdoor World - Bass Pro Shop, Causeway Sporting Goods, Roscoe's Poultry and Lakeside Sport Shop.



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