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Frequently Asked Questions:
What should I bring?
We suggest you bring medium to medium lite spinning rods, river rigs, hair jigs, terminal tackle and blade baits, stringer, basket or cooler, sunscreen, hat and seasonal outerwear. You may use two fishing rods at a time. Be sure to pick up live bait at Captain Hook’s Bait and Tackle, get some minnows, worms and suckers (for northern pike). There is food and soda to purchase at the lunch stand but you can bring your own alcoholic beverages if you like.
When should I come?
This really depends on what species of fish you’re targeting. Early season and late season are best for big Walleye and Sauger. May, June and September you can catch just about any species. Walleye, Sauger and now Sturgeon have become a favorite fish to catch off the fishing piers. The opportunity is there to land just about anything. Be sure to contact us by email or by calling 608-689-2800 for more information. Check out our Fishing Reports page for up to date reports. The last three years we have experienced an explosion in Perch fishing; huge Perch.
How much does it cost?
Prices are very reasonable for a fishing trip. We charge adults $18 and $5 for kids between the ages of 12 and 6, younger children are free. We also offer a 3 day pass for $50, a seven day punch pass card (good all year) for $115. We have a season pass for $393 and a couple’s pass for $550 (if you purchase in December you can take off $25).
Is there food available?
We have pop, water, sandwiches, chips, candy, seasonal soups and breakfast sandwiches. No live bait though!
Do we need reservations?
No, just come when you’re ready. It’s a first come service and reservations are not needed or required.
Should we bring chairs or nets?
Chairs and nets are not necessary. We have chairs, benches and stools to sit on and we have large landing nets for customer use.
Are the fish biting and will they bite on Thursday or Sunday?
We are asked this so many times. The fish are always biting; it’s the catching that can be difficult. Best bet is to check out our Fishing Reports page or follow us on Facebook for up to date reports. It’s difficult to predict. We can tell you when and what species should be coming in, but with weather patterns changing, river levels in flux…it’s tough to tell you what will happen. Still any day away from work, relaxing on the river can’t be all bad!
Where can I stay?
We have listed all the places to stay that advertise on our Area Resources page. They are listed in distance to our location. We do offer a cabin at Captain Hook's Bait and Tackle.
What else is there to do in the area?
There is a wide variety of family friendly activities. We will list a few of those and contacts for those areas. This is a great area for a family vacation, so much to do, inexpensive and the scenic beauty incomparable.
- Great River Road scenic highway 35 along the Great Mississippi River
- Genoa National Fish Hatchery
- River towns to explore: Ferryville, Lansing, DeSoto, Victory, Genoa and Stoddard
- La Crosse Community
- Apple Orchards in Gays Mills and La Crescent MN
- Shopping, lodging and restaurants in local communities and La Crosse
- Amish Country – Cashton & Ontario
- Antique Shops
- Kickapoo Valley Reserve
- Hunting for Ducks, Turkey and Deer
- Mt. La Crosse for skiing
- Bike/Hiking/Snowmobile Trails
- Vernon County Vineyards
- Seasonal Activities
- Cabela’s in Prairie du Chien
Where are you located?
With GPS navigation so common now, we generally give you the address to Captain Hook’s Bait and Tackle which is 108 Main Street, Genoa, WI 54632. We are located just 17 miles south of La Crosse, WI or 40 miles north of Prairie du Chien, WI, along the Great River Road, scenic Highway 35. Just south of Genoa, you will see a long parking lot with two historical markers, park here. Carefully cross the highway and head down the stairs to the shoreline. If you are unable to use the stairs, you can park at the lock and dam and walk the grass area to the flag pole.