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A decade of kids ice fishing at Genoa National Fish Hatchery

February 12, 2019

A boy proudly displays his trophy catch (left). A girl reels in a rainbow trout (right). Photos by Megan Bradley/USFWS.
A boy proudly displays his trophy catch (left). A girl reels in a rainbow trout (right). Photos by Megan Bradley/USFWS.

We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service understand the thrill of pulling a fish through the ice on a brisk winter day. On February 10, warmed by cupfuls of hot chocolate, more than 250 youth ages 5 to 12 and their families converged on Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin for an afternoon of ice fishing.

Participants absorbed ice safety tips and fishing techniques from fishery experts before taking to the frozen hatchery pond stocked with rainbow trout to practice and perfect their newfound skills. The annual event was made possible by hatchery staff, the La Crosse Fish Health Center, the La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office and the Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Fisheries Services, who generously supplied lunch for participants.

We are excited to continue this well-loved tradition with a focus on family, fun and connecting with nature. Successful events like this help grow lifelong anglers!

Learn more about Genoa National Fish Hatchery.