Kids Fishing Day at Genoa National Fish Hatchery another great success
May 15, 2012
Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin celebrated the 9th year of its annual Kids Fishing Day on May 12. Set to the backdrop of blue skies and sunshine, 190 children and their families came out to enjoy a day of learning, fishing and fun. In the first part of the morning, families rotated between four learning stations that focused on fishing ethics and conservation, fish anatomy, fish behavior and habitats, and jig tying. Kids were then handed fishing poles and set loose on a hatchery pond stocked with 2,500 rainbow trout.
Within minutes of baited hooks hitting the water the first fish of the day, and for the youngest participants the first fish of their lives, were being reeled in. Most kids easily caught their six fish limit. Volunteers from the Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Fisheries Services were on-hand to gut and rinse fish. The Friends Group also provided lunch for the families.
An archery station was a new addition to this year's festivities. After learning basic safety and how to shoot, kids could practice shooting arrows at nearby targets with either a recurve or compound bows.
The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Fisheries Services and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fishery Program offices that they support. These local Fishery offices are the LaCrosse Fish Health Center, the LaCrosse National Fish and Conservation Office and the Genoa National Fish Hatchery.