Friends of the Upper Mississippi

Genoa Fish Clinic

Genoa Fish Clinic - Genoa, WI

Our Vision Statement

To work to protect, enhance and restore our Upper Mississippi River resources by serving as volunteers and partners with conservation organizations to provide education about these resources for our citizens, to advocate for government policies that will support these resources and to increase awareness of threats to the health of the Upper Mississippi River.

Mission of the Friends of the Upper Mississippi

  • Provide volunteer services to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other Conservation organizations for native species restoration and population monitoring.
  • Provide education programs for members and the general public on conservation issues and benefits
  • Provide grants for educational activities
  • Provide outdoor activities for children
  • Be a primary point of contact with local and national public officials in support of Mississippi River resources
  • Provide fundraising activities to support local conservation programs
  • Inform local groups and provide education on conservation issues

Current News

Genoa’s Commitment to the Recovery of Endangered Aquatic Species

The Genoa National Fish Hatchery’s mission at its inception in 1932 was to provide sport fish for area waters, but with the advent of the Endangered Species Act in 1975, our mission has shifted to include the recovery of endangered … Continue reading

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Research Precedes Offshore Cisco Stocking

BY DOUG ALOISI, GENOA NFH The cisco (the fish formerly known as lake herring), is known for not only being a historically important commercial fish species, but also an important forage species in the Great Lakes. Many native species such … Continue reading

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You Can’t Release Just One: Higgins’ eye mussel release and new site surveys

August of 2017 saw the start of a long term project releasing Higgins’ eye mussels into the Chippewa River. Isn’t this just more of the same in mussel releases you ask? Hardly, because Higgins’ eye have been extirpated from this … Continue reading

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Moving the Needle Toward Recovery: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Honors Midwest Recovery Champs

Innovation, expertise and decades of effort on behalf of imperiled species highlight the accomplishments of two Midwest biologists named by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as 2016 Endangered Species Recovery Champions. The Midwest champions are among 31 individuals and … Continue reading

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La Crosse FWCO Assists in Asian Carp Sampling on the Minnesota River

  BY KATIE LIEDER, LA CROSSE FWCO On June 4th, 2017, a bow angler harvested a nearly 62 pound bighead carp in a gravel pit pond on the Minnesota River floodplain near Redwood Falls, Minnesota (MN). This was concerning because … Continue reading

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Spring Walleye Spawning

By Aaron Von Eschen As spring rolls around and temperatures increase male and female walleye begin spawning activities on the Mississippi River. In response Genoa National Fish Hatchery (GNFH) staff sets out 50 hoop nets each spring in an annual … Continue reading

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Thank you one and all for all of your assistance in making Kids Fishing Day a success in 2017.  Even with weather rivaling the worst that we have ever experienced for a spring Kids Fishing Event, 168 people braved the … Continue reading

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GENOA NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY ANNUAL FISHING CLINIC/DERBY

Saturday, May 20th, 2017,                     8:30 AM TO 12:15 PM               Ages 5 years to 12 years Event is limited to the first 250 children that register on the day of the event. Knot Tying, Boat Safety, Fish Behavior and ID, and … Continue reading

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Kalamazoo Trailer on site

Trying to operate and maintain a full blown culture system from an eight hour drive is a daunting task, but every year at about this time Genoa National Fish Hatchery (NFH) begins packing the 8 foot by 24 foot work … Continue reading

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Thank you one and all for your support in executing another successful ice fishing outing this past Saturday for Kids and their families. We had over 600 people on the ice counting staff and volunteers, with 315 children registered for … Continue reading

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