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Conserving the Nature of America

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Alert

The Genoa National Fish Hatchery Office is closed.

The Genoa National Fish Hatchery Office is closed as of March 19, 2020.

The hatchery office is temporarily closed in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. Updates will be posted to the hatchery website and social media channels.

Get Involved

Youth Conservation Crew members working in the hatchery
Youth Conservation Crew members. Photo by USFWS.

Volunteer Information

An important part of Genoa National Fish Hatchery's success is directly related to its volunteers. Our volunteers include folks from many walks of life who are interested in making an impact to save a species, tag a fish, spawn a walleye, plumb a fish tank, or just help out in making the station more attractive to the visiting public. Something is going on all year round that will interest volunteers from ages 14 to 100!

For more information on volunteering with the hatchery call 608-689-2605.


Ongoing Schedule

The hatchery is a bustling place year-round. Mending and maintaining nets for river spawning and the creation of host fish cages for mussel propagation occurs January through March. River spawning for walleye happens March through May when lake sturgeon spawning begins. Spawning, feeding and care of young lake sturgeon takes place May through June each year. July through September the hatchery performs pond harvesting, grounds maintenance and microtagging lake sturgeon.October through December as the year comes to a close, pond harvesting is completed as well as fish stocking and the care and feeding of mussel host fish. Trout eggs also arrive around this time.


Special Events

A family shows off their catch at the Spring Kids Fishing Day
Spring Kids Fishing Day. Photo by Merry Clough/USFWS.

Genoa National Fish Hatchery hosts two Kids Fishing Days for children ages 5 to 12. The spring event is in May and the Kids Ice Fishing Day is in January or February. The events are sponsored by the three La Crosse area U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fisheries offices and our local friends group, Friends of the Upper Mississippi River. The hatchery also participates in the Tomah Veterans Administration Fishing Day at the VA hospital in Tomah, Wisconsin and has two or three handicapped accessible fishing events per year involving local area nursing homes. Volunteers interested in helping at these events should call the hatchery office.


Friends Group Information

Our friends group, Friends of the Upper Mississippi River, is shared with the La Crosse National Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office and the La Crosse Fish Health Center. The Friends group supports the activities of our Fisheries Program Offices and aquatic species and habitat conservation efforts throughout the Upper Mississippi River Basin. They accomplish this through active volunteering and sponsored events that mentor the next generation and advocacy.


Partner Information

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. In turn, the Fisheries Program routinely collaborates with tribal, federal, state, local and non-profit groups forming partnerships to implement on-the-ground conservation projects that protect and enhance fish and other aquatic resources and provide angling opportunities to the public.