Military veterans, activity duty military members and their families can enjoy a day of fishing in a specially-stocked pond, when the Bureau of Land Management Redding Field Office hosts its annual Veterans Fishing Day, Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area north of Red Bluff.

Coyote Pond will be stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish and catfish.  The BLM and its partners will provide fishing rods and tackle for loan to anglers who do not have gear.

“Providing this special day is our way of saying thank you to those who sacrifice so much to serve in our country’s armed forces,” said BLM Redding Field Office Manager Jennifer Mata.

There is no need to register for the event that runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  BLM staff and volunteers will be on-site to greet anglers of all ages and provide information.  Those over 16 years old must have valid California fishing licenses.

In addition to providing fishing opportunities, the Sacramento River Bend offers areas for hunting, camping, horseback riding, river boating. Picnicking and wildlife viewing.

To reach the area take the Jellys Ferry exit off I-5 north of Red Bluff and travel east about two-and-a-half miles to Bend Ferry Road.  Continue another two-and-a-half miles on Bend Ferry Road to Coyote and Bass ponds.  The route is signed.

More information is available from the BLM Redding Field Office at 530-224-2100.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.