“The opportunity given to the Service Members this weekend was astounding. Many non-profits and other organizations attempt to contribute to Service Members, your Program “Take A Warrior Fishing” actually contributed and influenced.” – Warrior, Canyon Lake, TX

This Take a Warrior Fishing event is designed to support military personnel and their families, specifically targeting persons assigned to Warrior Transition Commands, by creating an adaptive, community-based outdoor recreation experience through the sport of fishing.  Participants will have the opportunity to spend a morning on the water targeting a variety of species of fish and will return to shore for a BBQ lunch.

All equipment is provided to participants and licenses are not needed.

Event Location

Caesar's Creek Reservoir
Caesar's Creek, Ohio (map)

Event Contacts

Event Coordinator

Russell Curtis

(513) 897-1050



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2016 Event Report:

The 4th  Take A Warrior Fishing event was held on Caesar Creek Reservoir on August 27, 2016.  The event was coordinated for the 3rd year by Russell Curtis, Caesar Creek Park Ranger and Marine Veteran.

62 Veterans were able to participate, many fished from shore and some fished from boats, but most seemed to enjoy being around each other and catching up on old stories. Colonel Chris Beck, the Louisville District Commander, and his wife Sally attended the event and gave support for all of the Veterans attending. The event is very well organized and 33 volunteers assisted the Veterans with everything from coffee and doughnuts at sign in, to fitting life jackets and helping with fishing bait.

Lunch was provided by the J.T.M. Food Group and a live band entertained the Veterans as they enjoyed some great BBQ. Colonel Beck thanked all of the Veterans and all were acknowledged for their service.

2013 Event Report:

The first Take A Warrior Fishing Event for the Louisville District was held at Caesar Creek Lake on Saturday, June 8th. Fifty veterans ranging in age from 24 to 93 years old spanning from northern Kentucky to the north side of Dayton, OH attended the event. Corps staff and volunteers were able to accommodate veterans with all disabilities ranging from back and shoulder injuries to those in wheelchairs and with PTSD.  With these veterans were 100 of their friends and family members, 40 volunteer boat captains, and 20 other volunteers who joined Corps Staff in honoring local heroes through a day of fishing and fun.

Veterans and their families enjoyed a morning of fishing with equipment provided by the CAST Foundation, Ohio State Parks, Ohio Division of Watercraft, and Ohio Division of Wildlife. After a morning on the water, everyone was invited back to the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center for a free meal provided by Golden Lamb, live bluegrass music by Kentucky31 and Retread, and a chance to win donated prizes from event sponsors. A color guard ended the event with a ceremonial volley and the playing of taps

Thanks to our Event Sponsors

J.T.M. Food Group, Northrop Grumman, US Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Veterans Affairs,  Friends of Caesar Creek, Southwest Ohio Muskie Association, Yellow Ribbon Support Center, Lebanon Ford, Hunting Fishing Conservation, Bass Pro Shops, Lew’s, Plano, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits

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