Veterans and Kokanee Fishing at Odell Lake


For the past decade, kokanee fishermen from around Oregon have gathered at Shelter Cove Resort for a weekend in July of camping, fishing, and camaraderiewith those who have served in the military particularly combat veterans. The event is called Take a Veteran Fishing at Odell Lake and July 8, 2022, marked the 11thannual celebration.

A military veteran holds a kokanee at Odell Lake, July 9, 2022.  ODFW Photo.

This year, TAVF partnered with ODFW’s Angler Education Program whichsupplied fishing equipment and instruction for the veterans’ families while the veterans were on the water fishing for kokanee. TAVF also contacted ODFW to obtain free fishing licenses for some of the veterans attending the event, an option created by the Legislature in 2021 with Senate Bill 320.

After a sunny weekend at Odell, approximately 170 people attended, and many fish were caught.

A service dog accompanies a military veteran at Odell Lake, July 9, 2022.  ODFW Photo.

Visit TAVF’s website to learn more about next year’s event at Odell Lake, July 14-16, 2023, and how you can participate either as a veteran or by donating.

TAVF is also looking for new boat captains to lend their time, talent, and resources.

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