The La Crosse area has a unique offering of waterways strewn throughout the coulees and valleys of the Driftless Region.  Pristine trout streams, acres of scenic backwaters, tributaries, numerous rivers, and lakes all abound in the area offer more than 119 freshwater fish species. 

It may sound silly but now is a great time to wet a line and catch some fish.  According to Safer at Home guidelines, outdoor activities (including fishing) are essential activities in order to maintain health, both mentally and physically, at this time. 

Spring is one of the best times to attempt to lure our finned adversaries from the watery depths.  During this time, the fish are gorging to prepare for the spawning process or looking to replenish after they finish spawning.  Either way, this time of the year is excellent for finding many interested lure takers. 

It is certainly a trying time for all of us but everyone is experiencing a lot more downtime.  What better time than now to make memories with your families that you may not have had before?  In fact, Bassmaster, the worldwide authority in bass fishing, has launched a new initiative labeled “Live Smart, Fish Smart” that focuses on fishing wisely and enjoying time with family during these uncertain times.  They encourage you to post #livesmart #fishsmart while safely enjoying your time on the water.

Some important tips to remember if you make a trip to the water:

  • Fish Local – stay close to home and avoid high-traffic destinations like crowded boat ramps
  • Be Safe – Avoid crowds and maintain social distancing (6 feet or more from others) from other anglers. Move quickly through parking lots and paths or choose a different location or time to fish if the area is busy.
  • Stay Home – If you are not feeling well, STAY HOME!

If you are in need of any fishing gear or equipment to make your trip successful, great businesses like Island Outdoors (FB: https://www.facebook.com/islandoutdoorswtw/) offer curbside pickup for all your needs.  No need to even enter the building (in fact you aren’t allowed in) as they bring your order to you at the door to ensure you get to enjoy the outdoors.

Locals to the La Crosse area are encouraged to get out and enjoy one of the best times fishing the area has to offer.  If you are not local, use this time to fish your nearby waters and plan your summer trip to the La Crosse region in the search of new personal bests and great memories.