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Fishing For Fun Backpacks

These kits are assembled and maintained by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office in La Crosse, WI, and its friends group, Friends of the Upper Mississippi Fishery Services. The packs are also available in the greater La Crosse area through libraries in the Winding Rivers Library System. Backpacks have an aquatic theme with hands-on activities relating to fishing, freshwater mussels, aquatic invertebrates, and spending time near water bodies. 

This Kit Includes:

  • Telescopic Fishing Pole
  • “Buck Wilder’s Small Fry Fishing Guide”
  • Tackle Box with tackle (includes approximately: 4 bobbers, 15 leaders, 8 sinkers, 30 hooks (3 sizes), 12 plastic worms, 1 green stringer, 8 lures, 3 spinners)
  • Fish ID Cards
  • Fishing is Fun Brochure
  • Fishing Coloring Book
  • Maps of good fishing holes (3)
  • WI Fishing Regulations
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Animal Tracks commonly found near water
  • Pond Life Golden Guide
  • Dry Erase Marker
  • Thermometer/Compass
  • Russel the Mussel Book
  • Mussel shells (4) & Quiz
  • Where to visit to see mussels/shells
  • Mussel ID Book
  • Genoa National Fish Hatchery Brochure
  • Bug collector with 4x magnifiers
  • Green minnow/invertebrate net
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Miniature Kick Net
  • Instructions on making invert catchers/water quality
  • Invert ID – homemade (laminated)
  • Secchi Disk

Heather Phelps

WCEE Resource Specialist

Contact Heather with any kit-related questions.