Kids Ice Fishing Day at Genoa National Fish Hatchery
Two girls enjoy Kids Ice Fishing Day at Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin. Photo by USFWS.
On February 3, 2018 staff from Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin hosted their annual kids ice fishing clinic. Though the day was chilly, more than 640 people were in attendance. The pond was stocked with rainbow trout, and each child was given a catch limit of three fish. All the ice holes were pre-drilled and tackle was on loan for any child who did not have their own equipment. Before children were set loose on a hatchery pond, the crowd was given a brief lecture on ice safety. The largest fish of the day measured in at 21 inches. A true trophy! A warming tent was provided to help keep families warm, along with hot chocolate and a light lunch. The staff from Genoa National Fish Hatchery were joined by staff from the Midwest Fisheries Center in Onalaska, Wisconsin and volunteers from the Friends of the Upper Mississippi to help pull off the successful event.
A boy is all smiles as he shows off his catch, a rainbow trout. Photo by USFWS.