U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Fisheries Friends Sponsor Kids Fishing Event May 16 at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Fisheries Friends Sponsor Kids Fishing Event May 16 at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery in WisconsinThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Fisheries Services will sponsor the seventh annual Kids Fishing Clinic at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin on May 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
 
Media are invited to enjoy a day alongside the Mississippi River with 100-150 youth ages 6 – 12, as they gain tips from fishing experts on fishing ethics, conservation, fish anatomy, behavior and habitats, and jig tying. After an hour of training, they will test their fishing knowledge and skills on a hatchery pond stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout and channel catfish.. To arrange a site visit, media should contact Doug Aloisi, Genoa National Fish Hatchery manager, at 608- 689-2605.
 
The Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Fisheries Services support three Fish and Wildlife Services fisheries stations in Wisconsin, including the LaCrosse Fish Health Center, the LaCrosse National Fish and Conservation Office and the Genoa National Fish Hatchery.

The LaCrosse Fish Health Center was founded in 1962, and services the Great Lakes/Big Rivers Region of the upper Midwest by providing fish health screening and wild fish health surveys on selected wild fish populations.  The LaCrosse National Fish and Conservation Office works to conserve, enhance, and protect aquatic ecosystems in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. Genoa National Fish Hatchery was developed in 1932 with the creation of the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Genoa NFH supports Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River fish recovery efforts, and rears more than 20 species of fish, including lake trout, coaster brook trout, bass, bluegill and sturgeon. The hatchery also serves as a repository for threatened and endangered mussels, including the endangered Higgin’s Eye Pearly Mussel and Winged Mapleleaf mussel.

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. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov