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What’s for Dinner?
Midwest Region, March 6, 2013
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Throngs of children and guardians set out across the slick water to claim one of hundreds of fishing holes pre-drilled through the ice.
Throngs of children and guardians set out across the slick water to claim one of hundreds of fishing holes pre-drilled through the ice. - Photo Credit: USFWS

On a recent Saturday morning when many area grade school students may have been roasting indoors as couch-potatoes watching cartoons on TV, more than 290 children and nearly as many adults (parents, grandparents, and guardians) braved sub-freezing temperatures on January 26th to enjoy a mid-winter day outdoors while ice fishing at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Genoa, Wisconsin.

 

Arriving by the carload, they came to participate in the Kids Ice Fishing Clinic, an annual event sponsored since 2003 by Friends of the Upper Mississippi Fishery Services, a non-profit organization supporting the work of three local Service fishery program offices. This was the fifth consecutive year the Genoa NFH hosted the event with assistance from the La Crosse Fish Health Center and the La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office.

Held entirely on a frozen two-acre pond, attendees began their outdoor adventure in a heated tent learning from experts about safety on the ice, fishing regulations, and winter angling techniques.

It wasn’t long before many of the stocked rainbow trout, most 10 to 14 inches long, began to emerge from the frozen depths at the end of a baited hook and line.

Before leaving that day, most participants returned to the warming tent where hot chocolate and grilled hot dogs were served for lunch. And what was on the dinner menu at most of these homes that night?

Why, fresh trout, of course!


Contact Info: Mark Steingraeber, 608-783-8436, Mark_Steingraeber@fws.gov



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